*Plan for the New Year 2017– contact friends you haven’t seen in awhile and make time to get together
I met two friends/former colleagues from Greenfield School Tuesday evening.
The first photo is my view as I waited for them to park after battling rush hour.
Forrest was our attentive and knowledgeable waiter who guided us in our selections.
The appetizers and the BYOB bottle of dry red wine that Lara and Joz brought to share
Cappuccino Gelato Panna Cotta and a wild brownie with Cayenne Pepper in it- zing!
Thanks Joz for taking our photo with the nice young man Jeffrey who brought out the Greenfield Shirt I’d left on my chair in the restaurant.
Turns out the he was our former student at Greenfield School in 1997
(cool that he could still recognize us)
I taught him art and Ms Evans was his third grade teacher.
Multiple factors affect the size of your knitting.
*Knitting needle size and type of needle (wood or metal).
*The thickness and weight and number ply of the yarn you use from a lace weight to super bulky. Best to stick to pattern guidelines and suggestions or be prepared to do some tricky math calculations. And pray.
*Your inner tension- yes- there are loose knitters and tight knitters and those in between. Some people go UP a needle size or two and some knitters go DOWN a needle size or two to get the correct gauge. You knit the way you knit and it isn’t easy to alter the tension. Everyone is different. You get to know pretty soon where you fall on the gauge continuum.
*Checking gauge is crucial for successful outcomes. Once I knit a sweater for a high school bf and the woman at the yarn store ripped out the ENTIRE SWEATER in front of my eyes. I am not kidding.
*At the beginning of a pattern you can see the requirements for yarn type, needle size and the gauge is – how many stitches per inch, how many rows per inch.
Here’s a quote from Craftsy site (and you can click it for more info about knitting gauge adjustment)
Gauge is the number that determines how big or small your knitted project will turn out, so learning how to make adjustments to your gauge is necessary if you want to avoid ripping out your project and starting all over again.
Today after the sad task of attending a funeral together, two friends and I went to lunch on Carson Street on the South Side.
Deb brought her knitted Christmas stockings.
The smaller one was knit 32 years ago for her daughter and Deb added the little knitted skirt to the original pattern. The second one was knit this Christmas for her daughter’s new husband. A different needle size. Ooops!
Plus, Deb noticed that the first stocking she knit was going a different direction than the one she made for her daughter’s husband. Double Ooops!
I asked if I could photograph the stockings and she agreed- as long as I didn’t put her in the pic.
Deb used a different needle size for sure. She’s already started another one.
And now she has to make the pattern in reverse so the stocking will hang the same direction. Thanks Deb for allowing me to photograph the stockings you knit as an illustration for gauge today. Nicely knit!
Five years ago I received unexpected mail from quilter Colleen. Today I found it in my cloth napkin basket and pulled it out to set my hot lemonade and honey mug on top. Feeling festive! Added a couple of Nurnberger Lebkuchen. A hot drink helps when the temperature drops to single digits.
Remember Joanne sent the beach glass yarn the other day? She contributed the Nova Scotia posts this past week, the Loonies and Toonies Store in Lunenburg.
She wrote and mailed some photos below after I asked her about the glass she finds on the beach in Florida.
Joanne says –
1. I walk the beach almost every day, and I’m always on the lookout for sea glass – this was a lucky day because often there is none to be found. Most common colors are clear, green, and brown. Least common colors are cobalt blue, red and purple.
2. Here’s my collection of shells and sea glass. The tiny colorful glass in the lower right hand shell on the table comes from a beach in Spain (collected by my sister). And the tiny glass in the upper right hand shell on the table comes from a beach in Nova Scotia. All the rest from the beach here on the Atlantic Ocean side of Florida.
3. My friend Celia separates her sea glass treasures by color and displays them on her kitchen counter.
4. Since Hurricane Matthew, Celia and I find lots of large shards of glass, bottles, and lightbulbs among the debris on the beach. Celia collects this for a future art project she calls “Hurricane Glass”.
There were two messages from my friend Joanne but I was so excited about the beach glass yarn she sent a surprise a gift, I missed the second.
Here’s what she said –
“Where else would the dollar store be the Loonies & Toonies Store? Canada has one dollar coins (Loonies) and two dollar coins (Toonies). No paper ones or twos.
And the puzzle is set up in a gift/coffee shop where guests are invited to sit a while and puzzle.”
Today I received a skein of sock yarn in the mail from my friend Joanne. The name of the colorway is beach glass. She sent a little bag of smooth beach glass, too. Here’s the photo I took of the yarn
Here are the photos Joanne emailed to me today.
“Here are a few photos from Lunenburg – such a lovely little town.
The Mariner’s Daughter is the yarn store.
A few street scenes.
Our lunch – mussels with garlic and cream; and a lobster roll.”The Mariner’s Daughter
We made it to Homer on the Kenai Peninsula.
So happy to be here. Welcomed by dear friends. We sat on the deck and caught up, then-
King Salmon, King Crab and Halibut for dinner.
Mary and I had a beautiful drive down from Anchorage today with sunny skies and blue water, snow topped mountains.
Tonight you can hear the waves on the beach. We’re ready for a good night’s rest and more adventures in the morning.
It’s a peaceful setting to sleep well.
If you are in the vicinity of the Amanda Smith Gallery in Johnson City Texas be sure to check out the current exhibition, curated by Julie Blackmon.
(Click to see the Habitat exhibition)
My photograph Jane’s House on Atlantic Ave at Friendship was selected to be part of the show.
I’m glad this image was chosen as I feel it honors Jane’s memory. We liked to say we taught together in Hell. I remember great parties- the Winter Solstice with the Useless Gift Exchange, Chinese New Year and the 10,000 Year Old Eggs , our Unpretentious Wine Group gathering with a crazy glossary of terms and a kitchen a sink that sucked down plastic garbage bags with unbelievable suction.
My colleague and friend gave me this card that’s she’s been saving for when she’d see me.
She’s had it for me for a year, for my retirement last June.
We gathered together for another colleague’s retirement Thursday evening.
I love that she gave it to me tonight and I’m reading the message on the little change purse.
Plus a nice gift card to spend at the bookstore. Wow! It’s a feel good message all around and never too late. Fun to receive.
Great photo. Great card.
Hope you don’t mind my posting it.