Saturday, October 30, 2010

My Fall Trip to see the Leaves and How many bridges do we need to see?

Our fall trip to upper Pa and New York could not be complete without a trip to see one of the bridges Brad's company help design repair.  He is a Drafter (CAD) and the company makes bridge decks, rails and railroad rails.  These bridges go ever the Erie Canal in a couple of small towns in New York.  They were pretty neat lift bridges, actually.  This water fall is at Taughannock Falls.  It is a gorgeous cricular "cut out" made by the glaciers.  Very beautiful. This picture below depicts one of the Finger Lakes.  Look at the tree in the foreground.  Below is the spooky cemetery at Cornell University.  None of these stones appeared to be after late 1800's  though I thought I saw a few WWII markers.  Spooky but  beautiful.

Yarn spun from Lady in the Stone from Crown Mountain.  Also one of the snowflakes and awareness patches I have been making.  A very busy week.

Monday, October 11, 2010

A visit to see Alpaca Farm and Poor Meat stars in my Dreams

Highland Alpaca Farm, Grove City, PA  Oct2 was the open to the public day.  What fun we had looking at and patting the animals!!  Can I have one?  Please?  I promise to be good...No?  Well, ok never mind!

I bought some wonderful black alpaca from the farm and am tempted to buy more yarn..Very soft.  I will post pic of sock I made from Socks From The Toe Up...Diamond Gansy.  The guy in the lower pic used to play bass guitar with Bob Dylan.

Started another pair of socks from Nore Silk Garden Light (Col2018)     is    now a discontinued yarn for some reason...Kinda splitty according to some; I have not had problems.

Tatting on snowflakes with new thread from Fuji...glow in the dark of coarse.  Also bought three from Robison-Anton in white and pink also for glowing Christmas ornaments..Do you see a theme here.  All I can tell you is that acquiring larger numbers of these on your tree is really an amazing sight...after the lights go out!


Friday, October 01, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things!!

Welcome back again!  These are the pics I referred to in the podcast.  For those that don't listen (shame,shame) the top pictures are some of my older shuttles; the top one my first Lady Hoare type with an ugly yellow "string" on it...clockwise the huge plastic ones are the infamous Tatsy's great for large cords and throwing at the cats.  The snipet of tatting is prob 40 years old from an older book...a really nice it tedious edging.  And a few Susan Bates oldies!

To taunt one of my fav patients, I am making a yellow and blue (Gooooo PITT) lanyard from these threads found at The Lacemaker, Cortland Ohio  He likes Penn State (gasp).  The shuttles are from David Reed Smith.  The third photo is my last stash haul from The Lacemaker.  Some of the threads were "bump and scratch sale...were all balls that hit the ground at one point or the other....Love the book marks in that bookmark book!

The fourth pic is a sample of the designs that were previously associated with the Maus's Tatted Round Robin (doilies) site now no longer functioning Tatted Round Robin 19.  I have saved many of those pages from the early years and thank goodness printed many of them out .  The can still be found on the archives Tatting Round robins  I am not sure if the site goes down this October, I don't remember seeing that warning before. Sooooo.  Many of out most well known tatters and designers participated through the years for our collective benefit.

Sites for purchasing tatting goodies...don't be mad if your site is not listed..let me know and I will list it.  Others are already listed on the right of page.


On the knitting front.  I am happy this darn sweater is coming along as well as it is!  Boy that took a long time to do correctly.  Fortunately, I am stubborn as well as beautiful and persevered!  I could not be happier with it now.  Also on the knitting from new needles from KnitPicks and DYAK.  Love the Rosewood Darn Pretty needles in a 6inch DPN for the sweater Nicole from Ewe & I Originals.  It is a baby sweater for no one special.  I intended to knit for new Grandbaby almost three...ah well, the thought counts, right?
Enough for today...Off to up-load this weeks episode!  Until later...knit and tat happy!