Birthdays and Visitor

Well friends, my youngest child has finished up another trip around the son. He is now, as he says, a preteen.

He’s gone from a sweet little boy
To a silly comedian to be

We had a small celebration at home of course, with his last minute cake of choice. He changed his mind several times over the weeks and the week of, it was changed several times in one day. “Whoopie pie wait! Rice crispy cake…actually strawberry cake”

GF vanilla cake with homemade strawberry buttercream frosting is where we eventually ended up.

We recently had a surprise visitor, if you follow me on IG you would have seen our fluffy friend who made itself comfortable on our breezeway

Hello friend!

We’ve had another furry creature wondering around outside recently as well.

Soot has ventured out a few times, staying close to the house, and of course being watched ever so carefully by “Mama” Runa to ensure he doesn’t get into trouble.

I’m happy to say I have finished THREE crafty things this week 🎉 for this year, that is a rather large accomplishment.

Potted plant cozies

This one friends, I feel took forever. I don’t know if it’s because it got annoyed having to pick bits of plastic out of it while I spun or if it was because I have been down for months. I’m sure it’s a combo. I do know it’s not my favorite.

This is from the Atlantis and Poseidon colors I picked up last year in Virginia. 524 yards 😳 happy to have my wheel back to move on to other things.

Like the romney that has been sitting around forever or you know, the luscious 12+ oz of polworth/silk braids I picked up the other week from Port Fiber. Also there is probably 100lbs of wool sitting in tubs in my basement ready to be spun up.

One way or another it will get spun up I’m sure. The days are getting shorter and unlike the last two years I am no longer working, as the resort restaurant closed. That frees up a lot of time to spin, knit, crochet, sew, and hopefully weave.

Well folks I hope you have a great weekend and we will end here with a picture of last nights beautiful sky

After the magic cast on

I’ve had to put down my bartók once again to quickly work on a birthday present. My daughter was invited to three birthday parties, all of which overlap each other, all of which she did not want to turn down.
The first birthday party is for a third grader who loves art, we picked up pads of drawing paper, chalks, & colored pencils along with a easy carry around storage container for a budding artist.

The third birthday is for a classmate (first grade), we found masquerade my little ponies & a littlest pet shop set.

The second (was actually the third birthday we were invited to) is for a second grader who loves to read…also whose parents do not allow anything made from china in their home which is a-ok with me! A challenge woo!! For her I am making a knitted book sleeve/purse which will be able to hold multiple books depending on their sizes, along with a couple of horse chapter books.

Now in making this book sleeve, I have come across Judy’s magic cast on, which I have tried once before and could never for the life of me figure out. It took forever to figure it out and then when I finally got the cast on I was stuck….where did I go from there?!

Well friends I found one site that gave me a little information, I had to go by one picture to figure out. I thought to myself (as I did when it came to reading knitting charts, one blog back), surely I cannot be the only person who struggles with the damn cast on (no offense Judy, I figured it out and I love it).

So this morning when I got up super early (4:59, that’s a whole different story) and went to work on the book sleeve, I noticed I missed a small step (not relating to the cast on) and was actually elated that I had to take the entire thing apart ( I was only on row 20 of 70 no big deal), so I could take pictures of what to do after the cast on.

So here is my little tutorial, if you want to know how to cast on well…my main camera is actually just my phone and it was too hard to take pictures while casting on but there are plenty of pages to show you how.

So here are your needles after the cast on…here is where I had previously been stuck.

Here’s the thing, you can take your right needle and just pull it through. I always thought it would screw up the project some how. It doesn’t.

Pull it through as much as you need to be able to start working the pattern.

Because you cast on with both your tail and working yarn, for the first round or so it is important to keep them separated or else you could be starting round three and realize “gosh darn it, I’ve been knitting with the tail”. So the working yarn should stay on the side of the needle you are working with and just hold the tail with the needle that has all the stitches waiting to be stitched.

My first stitch on this project is a purl, usually you come in this way, but for the first round you want to knit and purl into the back….trust me it is easier that way. After the first round you can work the stitches in the front again.

If you don’t know how to work stitches in the back, well this is a purl. Instead of going in from the top, you go in from behind the needle and go up….it almost looks the same in these pictures I know. Maybe I’ll make a video about it sometime.

This is knitting in the back.

So you’ve finished the first half of your stitches and your back in the same “what the heck do I do now” spot

Go ahead and just take that right needle and pull it up again

Keep following the pattern

I’ve finished the first row here and just wanted to show you the results. From here on out you can just keep knitting the way I showed you but knit in the front as normal.

Have a great day folks!