I had another pair of socks on the needles, but I wasn’t enjoying the pattern; I ripped it out.  Maybe it’s just using the pattern for socks that I don’t like.  The stitch(pattern) is called Cable Rib Stitch.  There seems to be several variations of this pattern and I don’t remember where I found it.  It was probably on Ravelry.  I have one stockinette ankle sock finished, but have not started the second one.

I finish another Lizard Ridge dishcloth.

I have on the needles the pattern called Summit.  It’s a shawl by Mandie Harrington.  I’m really enjoying working on this.


The Jalapeño and Habanero jelly is finished.  We ended up getting 7 pint jars.  I can’t wait to try some on a toasted bagel with cream cheese.

101_0767(2)Until next time, be well.

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I finished my Diamond and Lozenge socks yesterday.  I’m kind of ambivalent about them.  I’m sure that I will wear them, but I don’t know that I enjoyed the pattern enough to want to use it again in a pair of socks.  Below are a couple of pictures.  Click on picture and then click on picture again to enlarge and read note.


I’ll either go back to E. Z.’s sewn bind-off or another stretchy bind-off that I like to use as well.


Click on picture and then click on picture again to enlarge and read note.

Because I use a customizable sock pattern, most of my socks will just be stockinette.  Two reasons for this is that one, I like plain stockinette socks and two, when I use a pattern, I have to adjust the number of pattern stitches to fit the number of stitches on my two needles.  That’s why you see the stockinette ridge that goes up the sides (both sides) of my socks if there is a pattern involved.


From the Jalapeño and Habanero photo in the previous post entry, my roommate and I made jelly.  We added about four bell peppers to the mix to add more volume to the mixture.  The jars are cooling now and we’re waiting for the lids to make that popping sound so that you know they’re sealed.  I’ll post a picture next time once everything is done.

Until next time, be well.

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Still working on my Diamond and Lozenge stitch pattern socks.  I don’t know why, but I’m struggling to finish these.  I’m enjoying the pattern okay, but I think it’s because I have a lot on my mind.  I hope to finish these before Tuesday so that I can take them for show and tell at the guild meeting.  I’ll either show them in a post here or just put a picture on my Flickr page.  We’ll see.  Other than the socks, just working on another Lizard Ridge dishcloth.  I really like this pattern.  I did a few of these a several months back, but never posted pictures of any of them.  Here’s one that I did in Katia’s Jamaica colorway.  These are so my colors.  I really hate that they no longer make this colorway.



I went out to my roommates garden this morning and picked some hot love…. see


Yes, my friends, I’m a hothead.  Growing up in a small-town, Southern U. S. State during the 60’s and 70’s, I never heard of Jalapeños and Habaneros; much less tasted them.  Now that I’m in my adage years, lol,  I can’t seem to get enough of them.  The Habaneros will set you on fire though if you’re not careful.  I’ve been wanting to try Ghost peppers, but I hear they’re quite lethal!

Until next time, be well.

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Because I am a short man (coming in a 5’ 1”), I have a small foot at 8.5” from heel to tip of big toe.  Because of this, I always had a hard time knitting top-down socks that fit my feet correctly.  I know that you can knit toe-up socks and measure on your foot as you go, but I’m the type of person that likes to see something written in concrete form when I’m knitting it.

One day I was perusing sock patterns on Ravelry and came across David’s Toe-Up Sock Cookbook pattern.  I finally found a sock pattern that worked for me.  All you need is two measurements, the length of your foot and the circumference of your foot.  From those two things, you do a few easy calculations et voila, you have a personalized sock pattern that fits your foot.

With a stash of sock yarn sitting around over the past several years, I set out to start knitting myself some socks.  Most of these will be plain stockinette with a couple of patterned ones thrown in for good measure.  Over the next few days/weeks, I’ll show what I’ve done so far.  They will not be in any type of date order as to when they were knit.


A dear friend of mine gave me this sock yarn a couple of years ago.  I think it’s Regia.


I initially used this yarn (Regia?) to knit a scarf pattern called Wingspan.  It sat around for many months waiting to be blocked.  After I finally blocked it, I put it away because I knew I wouldn’t wear it and didn’t know of anyone that would want/wear it.  I took it back out of my bin and decided to rip it out and to use the yarn for socks.

In non-knitting news, there’s not too much going on.  I’m looking forward to fall/winter because as I’ve said before, the older I get, the less I can deal with hot and humid Southern summers.  I’m still a member of the Palmetto Purlers knitting guild.  If you’re a knitter or someone that wants to learn to knit, please join us.  Information can be found at the above link.  Until next time, be well.

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I may give blogging another try.  If I do, hopefully it will stick this time.

This is a scarf that I finished a couple of years ago (I think).  It has sat in my chest-of-drawers since then because I didn’t want to take the time to block it.  Well, I finally took the time and here it is.  It’s a pattern by Nik of Nik’s Knits called “Mine”.  I think it’s a beautiful pattern.


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This is a picture heavy post.  This is a beaded that I did.

Same scarf.

Second beaded scarf.

Same beaded scarf.

Third beaded scarf.

Same beaded scarf.

Fourth beaded scarf, but a different pattern.  This yarn was originally a

cream colored yarn, but when I slid the beads onto the yarn, the inside

of the beads put this black looking stain along the yarn, so I dyed it this


Same beaded scarf.

Fifth beaded scarf.  I had only worked the first half of the scarf when

I took this photo.

Adamas Shawl

Swallowtail Shawl

Close-up of the Nupps.

Ethereal Shawl

That’s what I’ve been up to these past many months.  Hopefully I won’t wait as long to update next time.

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Happy New Year!  Pictures of finished knitted projects coming soon.

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