Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Early Thanksgiving

We got together with my brother, Dave, and his kids at our parents' house for lunch and some playtime for the boys, as an early Thanksgiving gathering. Dane and Mitchell enjoyed playing together, and watched some videos.

Thanksgiving 1

Reese played peek-a-boo under the table.

Thanksgiving 2

Happy Thanksgiving!
Lisa Kay

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Handspun Ivy League Vest

I had a bit of a delay, because I decided to take the arm bands off and narrow the shoulders. I steeked off five more stitches (about an inch). At the bottom of the arm hole shaping, I snipped one thread and put five more stitches on the holder for the steek and then machine sewed five rows inside the previous stitching. I trimmed away on the previous fold line. That made the lower armhole shaping cut away, so the new pickup was just along a diagonal of stitches (not actual knitted shaping). That turned out OK, in fact, somewhat neater than the shaping. This brings to memory an article in Interweave Knits some years back, about Karen Allen (yes, the actress from Raiders of the Lost Ark), who machine knits and then cuts the fabric to shape.

In the end, I'm very happy with the outcome. In fact, I should probably stop knitting, now, because surely it is downhill from here, no?

Ivy League Finished - Front

Ivy League Finished - Back

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Ivy League Steeks

I made it through the steeking of the Ivy League Vest. I sewed them by machine, even though many folks who made the project on Ravelry said there was no need to reinforce, with Shetland. I'm too much of a dubious steeker for that, though!

Knitting done, and ready to sew the steeks:
Steeks Ready to Cut
Steeks sewn and ready to cut:
Steeks Ready to Cut-closeup

It still feels unnatural to do this to knitting:
Steeks Cut

Steeks Cut 3

Steeks Cut 2

The vest is finished and currently blocking. Modeled shots, soon!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, November 4, 2013

Grant's Farm

We visited Grant's Farm on Saturday. It was a blustery, cool day, and we were a bit chilly. Mitchell enjoyed the animals, though.

Grants Farm 1

Grants Farm - Scottish Cos

Grants Farm - Longhorn

Grants Farm - Buffalo

Grants Farm - Black cow

Grants Farm - Goats

Grants Farm - Chris and M

Those two kind of look like trouble, don't they?

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Halloween

We had a very rainy Halloween, and we trick-or-treated under umbrellas. One of the ladies handing out candy said what a shame it was, and I said that I thought he liked it. He hollered, "I do! I like it!" So all was well.

It wasn't a great night for photos, though, and so I took some the day after.

Halloween 2

Halloween 3

Halloween 1

Halloween 4

And while we were having a photo op, I took one of us.

Mitchell and Mom

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay