Thursday, April 24, 2008

How Lucky I am!!

This is what I see when I take my little dog for a walk. How lucky am I to live in a safe place where walking outside is not dangerous. I know this is impossible in many places in this world.

Here are my latest projects.

The first is a baby sweater made with Nature's Palette wool/silk lace which we will be getting in the store very soon. It is most wonderful to knit....I LOVE IT! This pattern is my own creation.

The second is my first lace shawl done in JKnits DK weight. I bought the pattern from Vicki Mikulak, Celtic Hearts Shawl and the yarn is in our store here. I thought a dk weight would be great to start with and next I will go with the lace yarn.

That's all for now. Hope everyone is enjoying nice spring weather. We are, finally, here in the south.

Monday, April 14, 2008

I'm lost

My desktop computer is sick. It can't keep itself on for long....virus? power source problems? I don't know. I really need a computer doctor. Called Geek Squad and they wanted $369 to come out and fix the problem. Seems high to me but I have a poor sick computer, so how much is it worth? I could buy a new computer for $600-$700. I am using my laptop right now but all my pictures and other info is on the poor old sick desktop so no pictures today. This is a wireless computer but I can't figure out how to link it to my desktop information. I am a poor excuse for a computer user!. What do you do when your computer gets sick?

Well, I guess I will talk a little knitting here. We are having a contest on Take a quiz on your footprint on this earth and email us the results at and be put in a drawing for 4 skeins (2 colors) of OWool organic sock yarn. Enough to make 2 pairs of organic socks. How cool is that!!

What are you knitting? I am working on my first lace project and I am using dk weight JKnits and I am really enjoying it. I will be ready for lace weight yarn after I finish this one. My project is a shawl with the dk weight so I feel I will wear it more than just a fine lace shawl. Will get a picture of it as soon as my poor desktop gets well.

Well, signing off for now. Please send health energy to my computer...I'm lost without it.

PS: We are having a heavy frost tonight. Very cold for Georgia this time of year. I brought in all my plants and ficus so the house is green inside. How's your weather?

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

WIPs or UFOs

I went through my stuff the other day and here are some things I found. Now, are these WIPs or UFOs? These, my friends are UFOs.

Have you ever wondered what might be the difference in WIPs and UFOs.

Just by being an object means it's "something" that probably is not on needles, maybe on holders, most likely without a pattern anywhere to be seen. These objects will be in a bag or closet somewhere waiting to be frogged or heaven forbid, thrown away. This would be a UFO (Unfinished Object).

WIPs (Works in Progress) are on needles, have a pattern with them and can be expected to be finished at some time in the future. If not finished or if the project is taken off the needles (needles being needed to start a new project) they will become UFOs. Here are some WIPS.

It seems I have several of both. Now what should I do with them?

My UFOs are sock yarns, felting yarns, organic yarns, fat yarns, skinny yarns. Time for frogging. I think I will frog them all and start a lengthwise scarf with the remains of the UFOs.

My WIPs will be put in orderly fashion and beginning with the most important (those to be gifts) they will become FOs, Finished Objects. The thrill of a finished object can overcome the guilt of a pile of I will rid myself of guilt and start finishing those WIPs.

How many WIPS and UFOs do you have?

Saturday, March 15, 2008

It sure was Hail today

Have you ever been in a hail storm. We just had one here in Georgia. The diameter of the hail was about 1 inch or more and there was an inch on the ground....I mean covering everything. The hail was coming down with such speed that when it hit the ground it bounced up about 8 feet. I have never seen anything like it. My poor ficus trees were outside and took a beating but they will survive. They have learned to be tough.

It looks like we had snow here on March 15.

Look at the size of this thing!!!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Hat Life - 1 Day....AAAAAAARGGGGG

Yesterday I posted the new hubby hat. He tried it on, it fit, but he said can you wash it. Well, yes but for what reason I don't know. He thought the knitting was a little loose and it would tighten up. HAHAHAHAHA. Little did we know.

I throw it in the washer and agitate. The hat comes out twice as big as it went it. What's going on here? So I throw it in again with some mittens and agitate some more. A few phone calls later I pull it out.....OH is now a felted hat for a small child. NO HAT FOR HUBBY. I don't think he is meant to have a hand knitted hat from me. Maybe I can add some crocheted flowers and give it to one of the granddaughters. What do you think?

The OWool mittens turned out just great. They fit me perfect now.

Well, on to my next great adventure with knitting!!!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Done and to be Done

Well, the hat is done. Simple, plain and just what my husband ordered and it fits. Sometimes the easiest things are the hardest. Well, the hat is very warm and we are freezing here in the South this week. Yesterday morning the temperature was 27 and it felt like 12. Right now it is 36 but feels like 29....Burrrrr. For us here, that is really, really cold. Our warm blood doesn't adapt well to the Cold.

Anyway, here is the next hat, Thorpe. Now to figure out which bulky yarn to use.

To be Done: I am working on a blanket. It seems I like blankets and hats. Not sure how this got started but that's what I'm into right now. At least until my next obsession starts.

This blanket is made with OWool Organic Worsted in Sky and Lorna's Laces Worsted in Child's Play. It really looks good in person but it's very hard to photograph as it wants to ripple with the camera. Not sure how big it will end up. Just keep knitting rounds until it's the size I want. Of course, all these yarns are from The Yarn Grove.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Toasty Warm Under My Blanket

Several months ago we, at The Yarn Grove created the Under Cover Club. It's purpose was a finished blanket made from organic O-Wool. It was for 8 months with two 12" squares being knit each month. Patterns and yarn were sent to each member every month. The program has finished and there are some very warm knitters out there.

The picture here is my Under Cover blanket. I am going to put a border around the whole thing now. I like it but the border will just make it even better. You can go to the Under Cover Club Blog and see more blankets.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day and pass the popcorn

Happy Valentine's day to everyone. This year, instead of candy I asked for some Dale and Thomas popcorn. There is none better. I received a tin today with chocolate and white chocolate swirl, white chocolate and peanut butter, and chocolate and carmel. The peanut butter is my favorite. many pounds might I gain from all of this?

When I was a little girl, my dad popped popcorn all the time. Sometimes he would pop it at night after I had gone to bed. If I was still awake he would bring a handful of popcorn into my room and lay it beside my pillow. That was always the best popcorn ever and I would eat it slowly, one piece at a time (real butter on it too). When I had my 3 girls I did the same for them.

Well, back to knitting the hat I started last week. A Foggy Knitter can't be expected to knit fast.

Friday, February 8, 2008

How Hard Can It Be?

I have made hats, big hats, little hats, felted hats. I even had a hat pattern published. So, my husband wants a knitted hat. I take some Thirteen Mile Bulky in a nice beige color that I think he will like. He likes no pom poms here..hehe. I cast on and knit a few rows. For some reason the hat is too small. Frog it. Start again. Do a few rows in stockinette and then a few garter stitch rows. The rim turns up and it looks entirely too feminine. He will never wear this. Frog again. Ok, so I will make a nice ribbing for the rim of the hat. Knit, knit, knit, take a look. Duh, what a dummy. Knit 2, purl 2, only I ended with a knit 2. That does not make a nice ribbing (I knew that, didn't I?). Frog again.

Ok, I have cast on again with the right number of stitches for size and ribbing. at least 10 rows far, so good. Wish me luck that my vanilla husband likes this hat.

PS: I love the picture of my youngest granddaughter Hannah in her eyelash hat!

Thursday, February 7, 2008


I voted in our Georgia primary on Tuesday. The candidate I voted for isn't important but voting is. I have been voting for years and I am always glad I make the effort.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Yikes! No sticks in a month

I just realized that I have not picked up my knitting needles in a month. Being that I have had pneumonia would account for no knitting. I am better now so out come the needles.

This is my first post on this new blog. A little about myself. I am half owner of The Yarn Grove, an internet based yarn shop with natural, organic and hand dyed yarns. We have lots of goodies. I also like to quilt and fool around with other crafts. I love to work with watercolor paints although I don't really see any talent there, just fun for me.

Having 11 grandchildren makes it easy for me to knit just about any size and it will fit someone. My grandchildren range in age from 19 down to 1 year. I have 3 daughters who have produced all these wonderful grandchildren. I also have 1 husband and 1 Jack Russell Terrier, Lucy.

Most blogs seem to be what goes on with a person's daily life. Making it interesting is another story in itself. How does one make an interesting blog? What makes a blog interesting for you? Do you like to see what someone is doing with their knitting? or maybe funny little stories that happen from day to day? This I don't know but am going to just blog what is in my heart and see what happens. If you don't have a blog it seems you are missing something, maybe just a URL to put in the spot designated blog on most sites you sign up for.