Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Driver Golf Club Recipe

Now, my friend, AlwaysAlice, is the one who helped me with this pattern...this is not MY pattern, but I am going to list the generic 'recipe' here just in case you want to make your dad (or whomever) a 'driver' golf club cover.  I put 'driver' in there because I know Alice has been making her hubby other golf club covers and they are each a little different.  She also puts a different number of stripes in the stockinette part to mean something different.  You can stripe or not stripe or change up anyway you like.

Here is her recipe:

She used size US 6 and size US 8 and using smaller needle she cast on 56, joined in round and worked a 2x2 rib for 11-12 inches.  She recommend I try 52 stitches, so I did.  My gauge was about 22 stitches for 4" in stockinette.

Using smaller needle, I cast on 52 stitches, joined in the round, then knit in a 2x2 rib for about 11-12 inches.
Then, switching to larger needles:

If you cast on 52 do this:

Knit to 3 1/2"

decrease round:  (knit 11, k2tog) repeat () one entire round = 48 stitches

Now knit to 4" and do the same decreases as below, starting at the **.

If you cast on 56 do this:

Knit to 4 inches, then do the following decrease:

(knit 6, k2tog)  repeat () all around
knit one round
**(k5, k2tog) repeat () all around
knit one round
(k4, k2tog) repeat () all around
knit one round
(k3, k2tog) repeat () all around
knit one round
(k2, k2tog) repeat () all around
knit one round
(k2tog) repeat () all around

Cut long tail, run yarn thru last 6 stitches, weave in ends and add Pom Pom (I used this clover pom pom maker),

Thank You Alice, I think my dad will love it!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Almost a Grand Slam!

Hello everyone!  I hope everybody had a great week!  I did!  I got lots of knitting time.  My bf, Jaime, had to go to Burleson (outside Ft Worth) to look at a truck that his friend might buy for a business venture they are doing....so I got to tag along and knit the whole way there, and the whole way back....it was truly Knitting Knirvana!

So, I almost have a grand slam.....I did a triple Play back in October with this post...so I figured a grand slam would be 4 FO's....well, I only got 3 FO's that I did, but the last one is soooooo close, I am calling it an "Almost Grand Slam"

Prior to the trip, I finished my Ves (FO #1)......Yahoo!  I love this shawl!

And Blocking:

I also worked a little on my Vine socks for a Hiya Hiya KAL....this is Madeline Tosh Light Twist Yarn in the Dachsund colorway....I LOVE this color...and I love all Madeline Tosh yarn!

About a month ago, I purchased some sock yarn from Canada....along with this yarn is option to have the yarn hand knit into a pair of socks....so I got that option for two skeins of yarn.  The shop is on etsy and it is called Yarn Enabler....if you buy one of her skeins of yarn...for less than $13.00, you can have it knit into a pair of socks.....that is CHEAP!  One is called Flamingo and it is an orange-ish color with a touch of black.  The second yarn colorway I got is called "Not your Mother's Sock Monkey" and it stripes like a sock monkey.  I got 2 skeins of the sock monkey one and had one knit into a pair of socks for me...with the other skein, I think I will knit a pair of socks for Antonio....then we can match!

On the trip there and back, I started and finished a golf club 'driver' cover for my dad...this is my striped item for Loopy Academy (FO #2)...I had to play around with the pom pom's a bit....and had two sorry starts before the final pom pom:

I will post the pattern recipe in a new post.

And, I finished my Pin Striped Socks for Loopy Academy...this is my slipped stitch project (FO#3):

And, I am sooooooo close to finishing my rainbow socks....but not quite there...I only have about 3 more rainbow stripes and I will be done....so I guess that makes it a HO.....anyway, that is my 'Almost Grand Slam':

My last knitting item......you know those vine socks I am knitting (second thing in this post) and I told you how much I am loving the Dachshund colorway.....well, I love it so much that I changed my Camp Loopy Yarn.  I was going to use Malabrigo Arroyo in the Chispas colorway (from last week's post, toward the end)....but I love this Dachshund so much, I had to change and ordered it in the Pashmina base last Friday.....it came in today already.....it is gorgeous and I cannot wait for camp to start!

My flowers from Mother's Day have Bloomed Beautifully!

I got to hang out with Antonio a little bit....He wanted a Captain America Costume...this is size 6 (remember, Antonio is 3)...and it almost fits him....

Lastly, on Sunday, I went to my step son's house to have dinner with his family, and Paige and Antonio.....Here are some pictures of the kiddos:

Happy Happy Knitting!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Mother's Day!  Paige, my daughter, surprised me with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from her and my son (he lives out of town).  I love them!

My sister also got me a flower bouquet with sunflowers (which matches my current project bag....I love sunflowers!)  It is sooooo super pretty!!

So, we all went to my mom's for dinner....me, Paige, Antonio, my sister (Janice), her hubby (Jim), and my niece and nephew (Grace and Sean), plus my mom and dad of course....my mother made a delicious brisket and my dad made his famous red cabbage side dish.....I think most of you know that my mother is German....I mean full blood, German Citizen (not USA), her sister and her sister's family is all still in Germany.....my sister and I were both born in Germany......so, I mention this because my mother's father had a bakery in Germany and my mom can cook and she can bake like nobody's business!  Well, she used to make us a noodle dish when we were younger....it is called Spätzle and some people spell it Spaetzle (without the umlaut).  My mother does not make it much anymore because it is pretty labor intensive.....but with my sister traveling to Europe so much lately, she had a coworker that gave her a Spätzle maker.....it is pretty cool.  We made it yesterday and I have to say, the Spätzle was delicious!  Here are some pictures of it being made....it reminds me a little of a french press coffee maker...you put the ingredients in, then mix with the built in mixer, then the bottom comes off to put over the pot of boiling water and you churn the dough into the water.

and here it is boiling in the water!

It was delicious!  Anyway, a great Mother's Day was had by all!  I know this is not a cooking blog.....so I will get onto the knitting.  First.....stash enhancements and I have A LOT!  Remember my friend went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool show and got me some goodies?  well, they came in!  Yahoo!  She did such a great job of getting everything packaged up in ziplocks with air all sucked out of them!

I got a bat of fiber from Loop in the Abracadabra colorway....it is so awesome!

Two skeins of Miss Babs Yowza in the Mad Hatter Colorway!

Two skeins of Miss Babs new base called Hot Shot (wool and Nylon) in the Drunken Watermelon colorway!

Two skeins of Miss Babs Yummy 2 ply in the exclusive Maryland Sheep and Wool Show 2015 colorway!

and lastly, a ceramic cup from Jenny the Potter that says :YaRRrrn!

Oh, and did you know that Bags By Awesomegrannie just celebrated it's one year Anniversary?  Darlene is so awesome! She made me a sock material bag set with matching needle holders as a thank you to me for my help here and there (really, I do not do much!)  She never needs to thank me, but I love the set!  She also had some new material with Orange Sheep....who does not love Orange Sheep?  So I had to buy a set....both bag sets are so happy!  Thank you Darlene for being so Awesome!

Then......Yes, there is more.....guess what was announced this past week?  CAMP LOOPY 2015!  No, I am not done with all my Loopy Academy stuff...but I am super excited about Camp Loopy.  I got some Malabrigo Aroyo in the Chispas Colorway...the color looked to have more of alight mauve and a goldish color in it, but when I got it in person it is more purply-grey...but that is A-Okay...I still love it!  I think I am going to make a Lintilla with it, but I am not 100% sure yet...I still have time to look some more!  I got a couple of t-shirts and a Leonard the Lion along with my yarn!

Here was the picture from website:

As for knitting this week...I started a new shawl for a KAL with the Bags By Awesomegrannie Ravelry Group....I am also going to double dip in the Melanie Berg Any Shawl Kal...I am making You're Beautiful by Melanie Berg in a gorgeous yellow!

I worked on my Miss Babs Knitting Tour Ves shawl....I need to get caught up on this, I am a touch behind.

And, I finished my secret project.....just needs blocking...I have it folded on purpose, so the while surprise is not given away, but so you can see the gorgeous coloring of the yarn!

and I finished the Team Spirit socks for a Hiya Hiya KAL....they are so small, they do not even fit Darlene's 7 year old grand daughter...but I will find someone to wear them...LOL!

Well, I think that is just about it.......oh, I also got a Vitamix....I am pretty excited about it and I hope the healthy shakes help me to loose some weight and just be 'healthier' in general.....of course the first thing I made was a margarita (not so good for weight loss), but I had a healthy kale shake today and it was yummy!  I hope I can keep it up......wish me luck!

I leave you with some fun pics!  Happy Happy Happy Knitting!

Happy Happy Happy Knitting!