I found my marbles!!!!
Hahahaha! I kill myself. Anyway, I found this jar of marbles in one of the antique shops we stopped in on the way home from SAFF last weekend. When I was six to ten years old, I was a huge marble player. Everyday, we played in the dirt of our backyards and alleys. Cat's eyes, smoothies, shooters, and steelies. Knee and knuckle down, sight the enemy, and let fly! Such heartbreak when a huge steelie would smash a favortie glassy. Ah, what wonderful memories live within this shiny jar.
I've been gift knitting lately, but took a break this week to crank out a few small things that are probably for me.
First, the Amanda Hat.
I've had the baby version in my files for a while and decided to try the adult one. This is a fast and easy pattern. The lace sections are't really "lace", but rather are decreases involving yarn overs. I have yarn to make the baby one and think I'll add a few to the Christmas gift I have already knit for a small friend.
Next, New Canaan Cowl.
Now this is a very clever pattern. Just simple rib and garter stitch, it translates into a cushy, reversible cowl. And the pattern gives you the option to use anything from fingering to worsted weight. The yarn I used was a thick/thin more or less worsted weight. It is from a purchase made several years ago at SAFF. I bought two skeins of this farm raised, hand spun Jacob wool in worsted and one in fingering. Despite the pretty pattern photo showing the cowl in a plain, smooth wool, I thought it would look good in this rustic handspun, and I think it does. This is one for those colder days I know are on the way.
But what is a cowl or scarf without a hat? I had almost a full skein of the worsted left over, and so embarked on using the same pattern to make a hat. Now, I'm not generally good at winging it when it comes to knitting, but I've made a zillion hats, so gave it a go. I'm insanely happy with the result.
I increased above the rib and made a longer than usual body with a gradual decrease, resulting in a slightly slouchy fit. I'm going to dig around online and see if I can find another skein of worsted to make some mittens. If only I'd done these BEFORE going to SAFF this year!
My horse, Gracie, is doing well. She has been on pasture rest for the last two months due to a lameness issue. She'll be living the good life until the first of the year when I will have the vet out to do another ultrasound to see how she has healed. But evidenced by her kicking heels and high spirits out there, I venture to say she'll be ready to go back to work - physically, if not entirely mentally! We will start doing some ground work with her next week, just to remind her that life is not all sweet grass and sunshine.
The kitties are also fine, spending their days as cats do, sleeping on the couch and bugging me for food twice a day. Life is good for us all. I hope it is the same for you.