Thursday, March 21, 2019

Changing my mind

When I first started Marly Bird's TOS, I chose five colors as suggested. As I started the shawl, I wasn't sure I liked the colors together, so I changed my mind and decided to knit it in two colors. This morning I looked at the progress others have made on their shawls, and there was one that had four of the five colors I had chosen originally! Luckily, I was only two rows into the slip stitch pattern. I unknit those two rows and started in with one of my original color choices. I'm glad I did!

I was able to resume my normal duties at school today. Still, I only managed to tat one Ice Drop. Joanne and the three little ones arrive for a visit tomorrow. I'll have to tat one more with a glow-in-the-dark center so that all three of them will have a special Ice Drop from Grandma!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Look what I found!

Last night I went in to one of shuttle cases to choose a few shuttles to show off, and I found this St. Patrick's Day shuttle that I blinged several years ago. I wish I had seen it before St. Patrick's Day! Better late than never, though... right?

I subbed again today, so I didn't have much time for crafting. I did manage to reknit the garter stitch section of my TOS shawl that I ripped out yesterday. I'm only about half way through week 1, and week 3 will be released tomorrow. I joined this Make-Along after week 2 was released, so I'm not feeling too bad about my progress. I will be paying closer attention so that I don't have to go backwards again. Marly Bird will be having a sweater knit-along beginning April 1. I'd like to finish this Make-Along so that I can join the knit-along without simply adding to my number of works in progress!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019


I subbed again today. I wasn't expecting to, but I was prepared. I'm still tatting Doodle Ice Drops with the same ball of size 20 Lizbeth Green Ice. I love both the pattern and the color! The shuttle is one I blinged a few years ago using fabric from Origami pouches that I made.

This shuttle is one of the new Boye shuttles with the pick cut off. I do not like the pick on these shuttles. I've also found that they pop apart quite easily, so before blinging the shuttle I used super glue to hold the two halves together. I don't mind the shuttles once I've modified them, but straight out of the package I think they're terrible!

As for the title of this post, I was referring to my TOS shawl. I just couldn't stand the mistake. It took me about 20 minutes to rip back, put the stitches back on the circular needle, and fix the mistake. It will take me a bit longer to reknit the rows I took out, but now I'm happy!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Slipping stitches

I was admiring my progress on my TOS shawl this morning when I noticed a missed slip stitch. I remember when I did it. I found one when I finished the row and I corrected it. I looked at the rest of the row and didn't see any mistakes.

Guess what? There were two missed slip stitches! I know it was getting late when I found the one mistake. Lesson learned... I should have set my knitting aside and rechecked it in the morning. Now I have to decide if I'm going to rip out and fix or just leave it be.

I was called in to sub again today, so I only managed one Doodle Ice Drop. The shuttle is another beauty by Middy Clark of The Knotted Vine. I do love my shuttle collection!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Where did the weekend go?

It certainly flew by quickly. I'm sure a big part of it was that I needed time to recuperate from a full week of subbing. I hope no one is out sick this week!

I was too tired to do anything on Friday, so I just browsed through some of my books. I called Denise on Saturday and we did some shopping. We only live a few miles from each other, but because our schedules are so different we don't actually do things together very often. It was nice to have a change of pace!

Daughter Joanne has been crocheting up a storm! I think the girls look adorable in their new sweaters, and Janko loves his new bunny.

Yesterday morning I saw a link on Facebook to the Tournament of Stitches Mystery Make-Along 2019. I was curious, so I headed on over to to find out what it was all about. I had not heard of Marly Bird before. I was in for a real treat! When Denise and I were out shopping, I found this beautiful yarn at Hobby Lobby. I thought it would be perfect for the asymmetrical shawl that is part of the TOS. While I love both the yarn and the pattern, they were not a good match.

This morning I went upstairs and raided my stash, something I probably should have done in the first place. I decided to use these two shades of Wool-Ease that I know I purchased eleven and a half years ago. The yarn was at a terrific price, and I think I purchased every color! Several years ago, daughter Joanne took enough home with her to make at least one afghan. I think I must have let her take all of my favorite colors. ;-) At any rate, these two colors are much better for showing off the stitches in the TOS, and I managed to knit as far as I did yesterday!

I had to tat one more Doodle Ice Drop in Green Ice in honor of St. Patrick's Day. The beautiful shuttle is from Middy Clark of The Knotted Vine.

Mother Nature decided to play a trick on us. This was our view out the back around 8 a.m.

...and this was our view around 2 p.m. March sure is a crazy month for weather!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Work, work, work

It's been a busy week for subbing. I filled in for one of the part-time teachers every morning so far this week, and then I spent the afternoon doing my supervisory job at the high school. She has three boys in school, and they took turns with the flu. I'm very happy to help out, but I'm hoping they don't need me to sub tomorrow morning. I'm just about worn out!

I've now finished with four skeins of Mandala Griffin for daughter Alison's waffle stitch afghan. I made this one 180 stitches wide. The ones I made for the grand children were 166 stitches wide. This one seems so much bigger!

My love of Doodle Ice Drops continues. These little cuties just seem to fly off my shuttles!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Thinking green

Back when I was in high school, there was a major snow storm in the Chicago area. Everything came to a stop, and we couldn't wait for Spring. It seemed that everyone was saying, "Think green!" in anticipation of warmer weather.

I was thinking of that winter and of the contests on the radio as I tatted today's Doodle Ice Drop with my new shuttle from Middy Clark of The Knotted Vine. My sister Janet entered a radio contest. Winning the contest meant listening to the radio, waiting for your name to be announced, and calling the radio station within a specified time limit. We were at home working on sewing dresses, Mom's way of keeping us from going stir crazy. Mom must have needed a break from the constant noise of the radio, because we had to turn it off for a while. When Mom let us turn on the radio again, we heard the dj say that Janet Green hadn't called in, so another name was chosen. We were thrilled to hear Janet's name on the radio, even though she didn't win the contest. That was big excitement for 1967!