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Monday, January 18, 2016

And there was a Wedding . . .

The bride was beautiful . . .

. . . really, really beautiful.

Grampa was there with her and she wore the birthstone necklace her mom got the day she was born.

The girl was more beautiful in the dress.  The earrings were her something old from the Russian side of her family.

Her aunt officiated.  Her best girlfriend was the maid of honor, his best bud was the best man.

He helped her down the stairs afterward.

Then there were photos - her and her groom.

The bride and maid of honor.

The groom and best man.

The officiant, bride and groom.

There was cake . . .

. . . traditional dance with dad . . .

and a fancy car for the exit.

All in all, a wonderful and happy day!

Teresa

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Today Is THE Day


Today is the day that Girl Far From Home gets married.

Is there anything more special than that in a girl's life?

Here is Girl Far From Home. And Her Guy.  And grandma Elaine.


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Dressed Bears

The bears did try on there clothes, then they went over to grandma's house so she could check them over.  It turned out that I had the clothes on the wrong bears.   The pictures were taken before the clothes were changed but it is these three bears and these three outfits.
There were overalls and dresses.
There were hats and coats and galoshes.

And great grandmother gave them a finall before they climbed in their boxes for the trip to Texas.   

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Corn On the Cob Redux

The pattern was published in The Workbasket Magazine Vol. 15, No. 4, January 1950.

Ravelry has the pattern listed and had a link to the pattern, but the link now goes no where.  

We (Teresa and Dena) do get many requests for the pattern, usually from people who do not have an e-mail address that we can access.  So here is the pattern.  Actually two versions of pattern.  The first is verbatim from the magazine.  The second is Karen's version that Ravelry used to link to.  

Teresa and I interpreted the last two rows as k2tog all stitches, doing that for each of two rows.   So we had 36 stitches, then decrease row (18 stitches) then another decrease row (9 stitches).  This made a nice end to the ear of corn.  

Karen's version only decreases once at the beginning of each of the last two rows. Since I haven't knit this version I don't know what it looks like.




Knit an ear of corn penholder or a pair of them, using two colors of four-ply wool yarn, or the heavy cotton yarns now available, with a pair of knitting needles about size 5.  A golden yellow with white for one and yellow and orange for the companion piece would make a colorful pair.  Then there's blue corn, which alternates a purplish blue with white, or a purple and blue, or purple with white; all may be topped with leaves and hangers of green.  One ear will require about 16 yards of the color and 20 yards of contrast, about 12 yards of green.

Abbreviations: Sts (stitches); k (knit); ch (chain); sl st (slip stitch); dc (double crochet); hdc (half double crochet).

Begin with white and cast on 18 sets.  Turn; in the next row, K 2 in each st, turn, on these 36 sets, k 2 rows in garter st -knitting every row.

For row 4, turn, pick up yellow or other contrasting color, and k 4 sts; drop yellow, pick up white and k 4 sts with it; k 4 sts with yellow again, carrying the yarn firmly across the back of work.  Alternate, knitting 4 sets in each color and carrying the yarn of the other color across, always keeping it to the same side or back of work, which becomes the inside; always turn at end of row.

Continue in this manner until colored portion of ear is about 4 1/4 inches long.  Work following rows in white only, next row even, then decrease by knitting two together; repeat the decrease row once.  Cut a six-inch length of thread, and with needle, run it through each st; draw up tight and fasten.  Sew edges together about an inch from the top and same distance from tip.

Leaf:  With green, ch 20, sc back into each st of ch, sl st to 2 sets at beginning; this forms a looped stem.  Ch 8, sl st into a ting; ch 3 to count as a dc, make 19 dc into ring, sl st to beginning ch.

Ch 6, turn and sc back for center stem of leaf, sc into circle.  Turn, 1 sc, 1 hdd, 6 dc into side and end of leaf stem.  Ch 3, sl st to dc, 6 dc back up other side, 1 hdc, 1 sc, sl st to center.  Sl st into next 3 sets on center and repeat leaf.  Make 4 leaves and sew this piece to top of corn ear.



NOTE BY Dena: When carrying yarn, you want to pull it tight, not at all like stranded knitting.  Pulling it tight makes the rows of corn kernels.   The tighter, the more corn like the knitting becomes. The looser the carry yarn, the less definition on your ear of corn.

Or to put it all another way:

Corn on the Cob Pan Holder
Free Knitting Crochet Pattern
Materials:No. 5 Knitting Needles
Size 2 Crochet Hook
Four-ply yarn
- 16 yards MC (golden yellow or yellow)
- 20 yards CC (white or orange)
- 12 yards Green for leaves
Abbreviations:
 K knit
 MC main colour
 CC contrast colour
 ch chain
 sts stitches
 sl st slip stitch
 dc double crochet
 sc single crochet
 hdc half double crochet
Begin with CC and cast on 18 sts. Turn.

Row 1: K 2 in each st, turn (36 sts).

Row 2, 3: K each row, turn.

Row 4: Pick up CC and k 4 sts; drop CC, pick up MC and k 4 sts with it; k 4 CC again, carrying the yarn firmly across the back of work. Alternate, knitting 4 sts in each colour and carrying the yarn of other colour across, always keeping it to the same side or back of your work, which becomes the inside; always turn at the end of each row.
Continue in this manner until the coloured portion of the ear of corn is about 4 1/4 inches long.
Each row will alternate colours like a checkerboard.

Next Row: With MC, K row, turn.

Next 2 Rows: K 2 tog, k remainder of row, turn.
Cut a six-inch length of thread, and with a needle, run it through each st; draw up tight and fasten. Sew edges together about an inch from the top and same distance from the tip.

Crochet Leaves with Green:

Looped Stem:  ch 20, sc back into each st of ch, sl st to 2 sts at beginning.
Begin Leaf: 

Ch 8, sl st into a ring; ch 3 to count as a dc, make 19 dc into ring, sl st to beginning ch. (20 sts)

To Make Stem:

Ch 6, turn and sc back for center stem of leaf, sc into circle, turn.

To Make Leaf:

1 sc, 1 hdc, 6 dc into side and end of leaf stem.
Ch 3, sl st to dc, 6 dc back up on other side, 1 hdc, 1 sc, sl st to center.
Sl st into next 3 sts on center and repeat leaf.

Make 4 leaves and sew this piece to top of corn ear.


Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

I have so many pretty flowers blooming in my yard today that it is really difficult to fathom that it is New Years Day.  We still haven't had our first frost of the winter down here in Atlanta.  We had a few close calls, but no real frost yet.

The Camelias are blooming - not normal for December, but not totally unheard of either.


 The Daphne usually blooms later in January or early in February, but again, not unheard of in early January (pretty much unheard of in December).

I had a Peace rose planted next to the last house we lived in and it bloomed once or twice on Christmas Day.  I was told that it was because it was next to the house and it was very happy growing where it was.  It was lovely and the folks who bought the house dug it up and tossed it.
This rose is not next to the house.  

 These are impatiens.  They should be dead, not blooming.

This is not the fall blooming type of azalea - it is the regular spring bloomer.  This is not the only azalea plant out there that is putting on a small show for me.

Weird weather.  Wonder if anything at all will bloom in the spring?

Teresa

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Hope Santa was good to you!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Bears For Christmas

The amazing bears that Teresa knit are almost ready to be a small child's Christmas gift from Great Grandmother Elaine.

Since Teresa knit a couple of dozen amazing bears, I got the easy part of knitting some clothes for three of the adorable little guy and gals.

The bears are waiting patiently beside their clothes that are drying from blocking.  The clothes might dry faster if my house were warmer but I did put the fan on.




This bear is going to a cute little girl.  Since it is going to a girl I assumed that it was a girl bear and made it a bright yellow sundress.  With bumblebee buttons.  For rainy (and snowy) days we have a yellow hat, a warm red coat with a hoodie, and blue galoshes.

The purple-blue overalls?  Oh yes, they are for Jimmy but don't tell him.  Yes the Jimmy who is on social security retirement.  But he needs a bear.

Here is a bear going to a little boy, so obviously he is a boy bear.  His overalls are the ones in black with the cute ladybug buttons.  The purple-blue overalls are still going to Jimmy.  And the green ones?  Oh those are for my favorite sister.  My only sister.  My dearest sister.  Teresa.  Notice the buttons?

The boy bear gets the traditional Paddington colors for his outerwear, a red hat, a blue coat with hoodie and yellow galoshes.  So perfect for a polar bear living in Texas.


And the third bear is going to another little girl, the sister of the first girl.  So a fun tangerine sundress  with butterfly buttons for the hot Texas summer days.  Plus a blue hat, a yellow coat with hoodie and red galoshes.

No I do not want you to point out the mistakes in that coat.  Not at all.  Please don't.  I feel bad enough as it is.

And you needn't point out that someone didn't finish sewing in the last tail in that galoshes.  It will get done.  Maybe.

Once the clothes are dry, perhaps I can talk the bears into modeling their clothes for you.

Then everything will go into packages and then into boxes.  And then to the post office.  And then to a loving home,  and under a Christmas tree and into loving arms.

Dena










Thursday, November 19, 2015

Done and Published!




This is Anna's Lace Sweater pattern.  Anna Zilboorg originally published this pattern in 2007 but it was only available at one small yarn shop.  It has now been revamped and is available on Ravelry for everyone!  It is a super quick and fun knit and it makes an attractive and comfortable pullover.  I enjoyed knitting it so much that I might just knit another one!

Teresa

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

No Knitting

Until tomorrow or the next day . . .

Here are some puppy pictures to entertain you until then.













Teresa

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Um, those socks have holes!



Both done!  Quick and fun knit.
Pattern is Hurly Burly from Claire Ellen's latest sock pattern club - Club Mac (for MacBeth).  
Finished just in time - next sock pattern in the club should be out tomorrow!

Teresa