I See What You Did There

About the eyeballs.

When you work at a middle school and you’re friends with the art teacher, googly eyes are bound to appear.

It appears I took the summer off from writing. It wasn’t intentional, I assure you, but during the summer months, I love spending as much of my free time outside as I possibly can. I love the heat and humidity and enjoy working in the yard until the sweat drips off the tip of my nose.

We took a trip up to Autumn Lake again and it was wonderful. I made many new friends. There were two beavers, a barred owl and blue heron on the lake. It was fun watching the activity on and around the water. It was an encounter with a playful Loon that was the highlight. I found myself playing hide-and-seek with this guy:

The loons, Norman!

Razz enjoyed his time at the lake as well. He made himself right at home in my suitcase.

The yard is shaping up and I enjoyed hours and hours of playing in the dirt and hauling stone. We added a number of plants which attract pollinators. Here are a few images:

I managed a bit of knitting this summer. I tried knitting socks from the toe up using the Turkish cast-on and absolutely loved it! Using Lolodidit Plush Sock in the Auburn Tiger colorway, this pair of vanilla socks fit my son perfectly. I did a German short row heel which turned out fine, but I am not in love with it. If you knit your socks toe up, what is your favorite heel?

I also finished the Felix Pullover by Amy Christoffers. I loved everything about this project. My project notes can be found here. The yarn is Donegal Tweed by Tahki in Blue. This sweater was gifted to my mama for her 94th birthday. I hope to get a photo of her modeling it, but here are some photos of it blocking. This is a straightforward top-down raglan design with lace detail at the increases. Look at all the pretty, tweedy bits.

The only modification I made to the pattern is on the cuff. Rather than finishing with the same 1×1 rib as the hem, I finished with an I-cord bind off. I like the nice, neat finish it provides. I don’t like cuffs that get out of shape. I plan on making a Felix for myself. I might even choose the same yarn, too. Yes, that is how much I liked this project.

Do you remember the Perth yarn I attempted socks with on three separate occasions? I finally found a project that suited the wool nicely. The Sockhead Cowl by Kelly McClure is a classic. Her other pattern, Sockhead Hat is equally popular. I found the Perth yarn to be a bit fussy, so the simplicity of the Sockhead created a nice balance. I love the results. I have another ball of Perth in my stash, and rather than pull my hair out again, I just might cast on another Sockhead. Aren’t the colors pretty?

How many of you are planning on taking part in Stephen West’s next MKAL? I am the world’s worst when it comes to knitting timelines. Nonetheless, my friend Katherine suggested it and well…anything that I do with her is a hoot! The pattern calls for 5 skeins of fingering weight yarn in 5 different colors. Here are mine:

From top to bottom: Miss Babs-Babette “Thankful”, Suburban Stitcher-Silky Single “Sage”, Emma’s Yarn-Hella Hank “Mood”, Shirsty Cat Designs-Sock “Druid’s Rest” and Jill Draper Makes Stuff-Windham (unknown colorway).

Even though I am not a huge fan of the designer, I absolutely LOVE these yarns, so I feel good about the project. This is really busting down my fingering weight yarn stash.

The final item on the needles is a pair of socks. Deep stash merino and bamboo sock yarn purchased years ago at a craft chain. Another toe-up pair, but I have not decided on the heel to use.

Suggestions, anyone?

In non-knitting related news, school is open and all the kids are back! I am waiting for someone to figure out how to bottle up all that middle school energy and sell it to old goats like me. According to my fitbit, on the first day of school, I walked over 18,000 steps and 7.5 miles by the end of the school day.

For my first post in months, this is not very exciting. I have been keeping very low key and off line in an effort to maintain my sanity. I don’t have much to work with so I have to guard every bit! I am way behind on reading my favorite blogs as well. I look forward to seeing what everyone has been up to in the knitting/crafting/blogging world.

Thanks for stopping by!

{{hugs}}

ReginaMary

In my cup: Lavazza Perfetto coffee (molto delizioso)

In my earballs: The birds quarreling at the feeder.

Saint of the Day: September 17: St. Hildegard of Bingen. One of my absolute favorites! St. Hildegard was an abbess, artist, author, composer, mystic, pharmacist, poet, preacher, theologian. She is a Doctor of the Church. She is a rock star. From the time she was a little girl, she began having visions. Hildegard’s visions caused her to see humans as “living sparks” of God’s love, “coming from God as daylight comes from the sun”. Virtuous living reduces the estrangement from God and others that sin causes. Like all mystics, Hildegard saw the harmony of God’s creation and the place of women and men in that.

Being in nature always brings me closer to God and the writings and philosophies of St. Hildegard really speak to these experiences. Feeling stressed out? Put the kettle on, light a candles and let this beautiful music fill your heart. Voices of Angels – Voices of Ascension

“The Word is living, being, spirit, all verdant greening, all creativity. This Word manifests itself in every creature.” —Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Note: the featured image is “Cosmos, Body and Soul” by St. Hildegard

Yes, Sir…That’s my Baby!

I don’t know how it gets to be a month between posts. I admire all of you who write daily or weekly. I really do.

I have two grown boys, aged 27 and 25 years. Who is my real baby? I think you all know.

This guy:

A few weeks ago Razz developed a growth on his lower lip. It grew quickly and it was ugly. His vet said she doesn’t like to play around with things on a dog’s mouth, so off it came! He did great. Surgery was uneventful and he came home without the cone-o-shame. The biopsy showed it was cancer. Good news is that the vet got it all and the skin around the site is healthy. Look at that face. Tragic.

Besides fretting about Razz, what have I been up to? I have had a productive few weeks. I have finished objects, people! You were introduced to some of these projects here: https://cosmicknitter.com/2020/09/22/sound-and-fury-signifying-nothing/

I am very proud of this sweater. It is Savage Heart by Amy Cristoffers. There were obstacles, but not with the pattern. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. This had some ‘new-to-me’ techniques. The sweater is knit in two halves and from side to side. It also has an applied I-cord edge on the bottom which I loved doing! And finally, I learned how to seam reverse stockinette along side seams as well as a bound-off edge. I am very pleased with the results. I am going to wear the HECK outta this one!

Next off the needles was the Larks Alvina by Louisa Harding. I would describe this as a nice palate cleanser! Easy pattern to follow using two balls of Morehouse Farm Merino Lace.

The last project to come off the needles was another Barley Light. I received a surprise delivery a few weeks ago. The doorbell rang and I was greeted by my son who was bearing gifts from his client, Bill, with the message “pretty please?” How could I resist? The tomatoes were supposed to go into sauce, but I ate them whole with a little sea salt and black pepper.

This is a great pattern and the yarn is from Sawkill Farm which is 10 minutes away in Red Hook, NY.

I love a good impulse buy as much as the next gal, so when I saw this fella online, I had to pick up a few for my knitting friends. I love his face. Here are photos of our front stoops. Mine is in the middle. I’m going to call her “Baaabs”.

We are planning a much needed vacation to Orwell, NY.

See that little dock? I love to sit there and say my prayers each morning.

Razz can’t go swimming because of his surgery, but there is no reason why he can’t go canoeing with his mama. These were taken last year. It was his first time in a boat.

Welp, that’s all folks. This post took forever and day to finally make it out of drafts!

Have a blessed day and kiss your favorite furry!

Love,

ReginaMary

In my ears: The wind is howling and gusting. Such a great sound!

In my cup: Tomato Bisque and black pepper crackers…I could eat this every day.

Saint of the Day: Today is All Souls Day! All Souls Day is a holy day set aside for honoring the dead. The day is primarily celebrated in the Catholic Church, but it is also celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox Church and a few other denominations of Christianity. The Anglican church is the largest protestant church to celebrate the holy day.

Still Crawling- LI Yarn Crawl pt. 2

The third stop on my list was Knit, located in Roslyn, New York. Knit is a bright and roomy shop just off of Main Street. I was greeted at the door by a friendly woman who made sure to stamp my Passport, enter me into the raffle and hand me the list of daily specials. I was immediately drawn to the Cozy Color Works trunk show. Sandy, who hails from New Jersey, was on hand with her beautiful yarn. I have seen her wool at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival and figured it was high time I bought a skein. I fell in love with Nightfall on the SW Merino base. It is 550 yds of crazy color and a perfect gift for my friend Katherine. Katherine would give you the shirt of her back and the wool from her stash. She typically knits with solids, so naturally I pick something totally off the wall to remind her of ME! I really love this color. I really love Katherine.

Who can resist a sale on Perth? Apparently I can’t. This going to make my feet so freakin’ happy.

I’m doing pretty well so far, don’t you think?

Hopping in my car once again, I head south toward Oceanside, New York. This is on the south shore, where I encounter a bit more traffic and a lot less parking.

The Knitting Store is a tiny little shop tucked neatly off a small alley between the main road and the municipal parking lot. It may be a small shop, but you bet they have room for a table at which to knit!

Once inside I met Tina, mastermind behind Tina’s Toasty Toes. Tina is local to Long Island and dying is her passion; that passion comes through the moment you meet her. Just look at the smile on her face!

Even though her selection was huge, my choice was easy. I wanted a skein of sock yarn for my friend and colleague who is also named Tina. The yarn had to be in school spirit color. Check out this beauty. The shade is so deep and rich. She is going to love it. Tina has never made socks, so yes, it comes with free sock knitting lessons!!

I still have two shops to share with you. Stay tuned yarnies!!

Don’t forget to wash those paws of yours. Soap and water is more effective in the long run than hand sanitizer. Tired of the Birthday Song? Scrub to this: Africa by Weezer with a convenient 20 second chorus!

Today’s Saint, St. Constantine, was the King of Cornwall and is regarded as Scotland’s first martyr.

Beverage du jour: Daily Immunity Tea by Nuestra Salud. Tastes like dirt, so it must work, right?

Love and good health to all of you, and as always, thank you for stopping by.

Regina

The Way to a Man’s Heart

So, this was not my original title. It was initially going to be something along the lines of “How I please my husband while keeping my jammies on.” I think the reason for the veto is obvious.

For the first time in our 5 year marriage I made him one of his favorite breakfasts (NOT hard-boiled eggs). Blueberry pancakes. He was in heaven. He is very satisfying to cook for and very easy to please. I should mention, he sent me a link to a 43 sec YouTube tutorial on how to peel hard-boiled eggs. Now I am peeling eggs like a ninja! Bless his heart.

In the knitting world, I am busying myself with the Habitation Throw by Helen Stewart. Here I have a lunch box full of really pretty odds and ends. As you can see by the photo, I am in the infancy stage.

I am also doing a KAL with my fabulous yarny colleagues. We chose Love Note by Tin Can Knits. My intention is to use the yarn below held double with a very light green mohair, but the swatch is giving me a very bulky gauge. I am debating if I should go down a pattern size and up a needle size, or should I choose different yarn. I think the mohair is going to obscure the lace yoke. See what I mean?

The yarn on the left is dyed by a friend of mine. She has been at the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival for the past few years, and I am thrilled her work is getting the recognition it deserves. Please visit her Etsy site; she has yarn and notions. Mt. Rutsen Studio Tell her Regina sent you!

My son and I have the same sense of humor. There are times when we will have conversations exclusively in movie or comedy show dialog. The latest came after mentioning Texas in a conversation.

Today in my faith: It is Ash Wednesday. Somehow my husband manages to get the BIGGEST cross on his forehead each year. I think his lack of hair allows for a bit more flair.

In my cup: Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea. Their tea bags are in silky sachets. I would recommend brewing these with water just below the boiling point. The bags contain a small amount of plastic, and even though it is food grade it may still leech if heated to boiling. I prefer their loose teas for this reason.

In my ears: The Yarniacs Podcast on the Stitcher App, because what does a knitting fanatic do while knitting? Listen to people talk about knitting.

Do you listen to audio podcasts, or are you a strictly YouTube watcher? Share some of your favorites!

Have a blessed and productive Lent.

Love, Regina

New blog and much to share

The last post by Cosmicknitter was November 2015!  A lot of stitches over the needles in the past year-almost year and a half!

Well, for starters,  I have moved my blog over to WordPress.  I like the functionality so far, but this is my first post. I was so pleased to learn that my previous Blogger posts could be imported.  This blog will have three distinct areas of content: knitting posts, all things Razzle, and stuff that makes me happy.

So, without further delay, here is a summary of what I have been up to!

I discovered podcasts, lots and lots of podcasts.  Podcasts like The Knitting Pipeline, Susan B Anderson, Curious Handmade Knitting and the Cottage Notebook.  I fell in love with The Grocery Girls, and out of love with Facebook.

I discovered new knitwear designers, football and became addicted to KALs – especially football themed KALs like Michelle Hunter’s Scoreboard 2.0.  I had so much fun knitting this cowl!  Scoreboard 2.0 KAL Carolina 6-10

And MYSTERY KALs like this one…

Ambigious Cowl MKAL
Ambigious Cowl-Knitpurl Hunter

From finding the ‘inspiration’ to the final product, this was such a great and challenging project that really boosted my confidence and taught me new skills.  Thanks, Michelle!

I also embraced the swatch.  That’s right!  I have fully accepted the swatch as my knitting sherpa.  I knit a Timber Bay for my sister, currently residing in Tokyo, and it fit her BEAUTIFULLY.  I measured her head once, and after that, I was completely dependent on my gauge swatch and the pattern.  Another confidence builder.

I knit myself a sweater-the second one ever.  I chose to knit Mothed by Mags Kandis again.  Just love this sweater.  This time, I used Miss Babs Yowza in Aubergine and the finished product was perfect.  Can you see the pretty details on the sleeves?

Mothed
Mothed – Mags Kandis

Finally, I overcame the fear/guilt/panic of having multiple projects in the works.  Presently, I am working on two pairs of socks, one sweater and a shawl KAL.  I recently spent a snow day browsing Ravelry and websites while listening to podcasts and purchased 3 patterns for no particular reason other than I loved them and wanted to knit them.  In most cases (actually, in all cases) I had yarn in my stash all ready to be knit.  This may sound silly, but it is not something I have ever done before.  It feels good.

I look forward to spending more time here, sharing my days with you.  I look forward to making more knitting friends.