Too Beautiful Outside

I really wanted to stay home and knit all day. It has been a while since I just relaxed and knit. Problem was it was so beautiful out, that I would be a fool to stay indoors. So, my daughter and I went hiking. I live in the Hudson Valley in NY and there are some great hiking trails. The mountain we went up today is called Anthony’s Nose. The view from the top is breathtaking

 

The view from Anthony's Nose

The view from Anthony's Nose

and there are some great rocks to sit on and knit ūüėČ

 

Knitting on Anthony's Nose

Knitting on Anthony's Nose

My Knit Picks magnetic chart holder was indispensable on the windy mountaintop! I love this tool

 

Knit Picks magnetic board 4 thumbs up!

Knit Picks magnetic board 4 thumbs up!

 

 

And here is what my daughter did when we got to the top

 

Rachael texting

Rachael texting

 

 

It was a great day all around, but I am very tired now. I took some great shots of my Luskentyre in the sunlight and some of the Alice Starmore yarns I carried up in my back pack also looked so beautiful in the sunlight I just have to share them here.

 

Luskentyre

Luskentyre

 

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach just glowed!

 

Clover

Clover

Clover is definitely a favorite. Just gorgeous!

 

Spindrift

Spindrift

Spindrift has an understated elegance to it. A perfect backdrop.

 

Limpet

Limpet

The Limpet showed the most dramatic change in the sunlight. This color would be great for any of Alice’s solid color sweaters.

Here is my daughter and I. I told her I wanted to take one of those facebook pictures that I see on her page all the time. Instead I got this “Mom you are so weird” look. Sigh…..

 

Mom, you are so weird. Can't we just keep hiking???

Mom, you are so weird. Can't we just keep hiking???

I’m Going to Share Something Special With You

Something very special….

If you read the ‘About Me’ you know that my Grandma was the beginning of my love for knitting. She taught me the basics and helped me with my earliest projects. Many of the gifts she knit for the family are gone now, but my Mom came over the other night with something she found in her attic. It was a sweater that Grandma had knit. It has some holes in it and is somewhat rotted so I won’t be able to keep it, but I took some pictures for memories sake. I touched some of the stitches and smiled thinking they were most likely made in front of a Mets game, or maybe at my Mom’s kitchen table during a visit. ¬†So without further adu…. Here is one of Grandma’s sweaters.¬†

 

Grandma's Sweater

Grandma's Sweater

Note the signature TLC label! 

 

Made With TLC

Made With TLC

and here is the infamous Grandma Quintal most likely listening to a baseball game on the radio ūüôā

 

Grandma Quintal

Grandma Quintal

Still Knitting

I know I haven’t been blogging in a while, but I assure you I have been knitting. Knitting the Luskentyre pretty much¬†exclusively. It is looking so nice. I haven’t posted for a while because I wanted to have a substantial amount of progress to show you and because I can’t find my camera! So, I am posting a pic taken with my iPhone. It is the best shot I can get for now, but you can see how it is coming a long at least.

 

Luskentyre

Luskentyre

I am so in love with these colors and the feel of this wool. In the future I will be ordering her wool instead of Jamieson’s as long as the exchange rate stays down. It is much less expensive but just as impressive.

I also wanted to show you the finished Baby Kimono. My MIL sewed the buttons on for me because I really can’t sew and underneath the buttons we put snaps instead of ribbons. I had been holding off giving it to them so I could get a pic, but couldn’t wait any more so I took a pic with my iPhone. I also took it at work so the lighting is all yellow. Sorry! DJ (the Daddy) promises to take some pictures of Trishden (the Baby) wearing it for me and I will share them here.

 

Baby Kimono sideways

Baby Kimono sideways

 

 

Don’t you just love the cute little Teddybear buttons!

Isn’t it lovely!?

I have only been working on this a couple of days so there is not much to look at yet, but I just can’t help putting up a picture of my Luskentyre progress. I love the yarn and the pattern is just starting to show itself. The rich colors are a dream to look at.

 

Luskentyre

Luskentyre

I also want to share with you some great tips from the Rainey Sisters Blog about counting rows and increases. Very good ideas and easy peasy!  She uses waste yarn as a row counter and puts markers where the sleeve increases start so you can easily track you increases.  I love following this blog just to see the beautiful work these 2 sisters do. You should check it out for yourself.