Monday, October 27, 2014

GATOR BAIT is here!!!!!! The fifth book in the hilarious Miss Fortune series.

Things are starting to look up for Fortune Redding. Even though her life was at stake, the CIA assassin had balked at taking on a new identity in Sinful, Louisiana. But instead of hating it like she’d thought she would, Fortune now has friends she cares about and just finished up an incredible first date with the sexiest deputy in the state. Sure, there’s been a murder or two that she’s gotten mixed up in since she arrived in town, but she’s hoping all of that is behind her.

But when someone almost kills Deputy Carter LeBlanc, Fortune tosses her dreams of peace and quiet into the muddy bayou and shifts back into being the deadly trained professional that she is. With the help of Ida Belle and Gertie, Fortune launches a manhunt, intending to find a killer before he tries again.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Chaos in Mudbug 

Available now! the latest book in the Mudbug series by Jana DeLeon.
More adventures and shenanigans with Helena.

What it's like when a ghost lives a second childhood.

Monday, March 24, 2014

New Jana DeLeon book, third in the series

I have found and read everything I could from this author and Grab up every new book that she puts out; they are hilarious. I wanted to share her with you, as everyone seems to like her humor, although humor can be subjective.
Must read, funny mystery series. Fortune and her friends could change your out look on a few things like; old age, pie, life in general, and leave you laughing like crazy.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Lapse in time, technology issues. Underwear progress


I am still here, knitting on the underwear. I had a couple of things come up, one of which is all my technology issues, I'm sure you can relate. I need a new computer, but affordability is not my friend at the moment. The second thin is the HOLT awards, I was reading and judging romance novels for the HOLT awards and now I am finished with that.
Back to knitting like a fiend, a couple repairs came in, the first is finished and the second is in the works, I hope to finish the underwear at my knitting groups annual knitting retreat, which begins in about 5 days from now.

I am also about finished with another child's sweater for the yarn shop, I love making little sweaters for them, I have made a shawl and cowl as well.

The other thing on my needles is a cardigan for myself. I have finished both sleeves and I am working on the back. I am excited about this project, looking forward to wearing it next season if not before.

Happy Stitching Trails to all


Friday, January 31, 2014

Norwegian Star, it's a theme.

I have been knitting away, making some progress on my underwear. It occurred to me that the Norwegian star in the first chart of the underwear is kind of a theme in my life lately. As I was finishing the first chart and looking at the star I realized that I used wrapping paper at Christmastime with the Norwegian star on it, the night gown I was wearing had the star on it as well. hmmm.... okay, well I guess its a pattern I like.
As for the underwear, I have completed the first chart and I'm working on the second chart, getting closer to the leg openings. I thought about working in steeks to stay in the round, but decided, it would be more work than its worth on something so small. I can purl in fair isle, and if I have any trouble, there's always my local knit shop. I think they look pretty!
Life is good in the world of knitting underwear.

Mom is passing away slowly, latter stages of Alzheimers and not eating or drinking. I when someone passes in my life, I have been making a grieving project that helps me get through things.   I have crocheted curtains for an Aunt, when Dad passes I made a baby sweater and bonnet. I did not want the underwear to represent my grieving project, so I dug into my stash and pulled out yarn to make a rainbow hat, requested by a niece of mine and thought it would be the right project. Putting positive energy out and a gift that someone wants.

 Stitching my life together with needles and yarn.

Happy stitching trails,


Monday, January 20, 2014

Pattern Credit and Changes

I have to say there is a big difference between looking at a website on your iphone and using a computer, because it was with the computer that I was able to get the best translation. I had gone into the website once more on my computer, but did not get to it in a way that showed me the fabulous words "translate this page" next to it. I had tried (thinking is was Swedish) to translate from Swedish to English. When I used the translation link, I then discovered it was in Norwegian and got a good translation.

The Blog is called "Homemade" (Hjemmelaget).
Contact by mail
Posted January 3rd, 2012
Briefs with "proboscis" (men)

The pattern is free, I am not reprinting it here or claiming ownership, just talking about working a project.
I would recommend looking at Margrete's blog, she has some lovely projects. When you look at this blog you will see how multi talented she is with a variety of projects.
To start, I have been making some pattern notes as I go. After the 6th round an eyelet round is to be made, for a string to to be woven through for tying the briefs to keep them up. I did not do this and went two rounds past. not I'm having a mental argument with myself about following the pattern, not a big deal to go back. Then the argument goes on like; patterns are a starting or taking off point and the briefs will be in a shadow box. Hmmm.... I will let you know how that comes off later.

There is a decrease round before starting the patterning, it says to decrease by 8 evenly around. ok, knit 23 k2tog. easy.
Complete pattern A and continue with pattern B until piece measures 17cm. No problem!
Then the translation says: Share now work 95 m ahead and 97 m behind. Im going to just believe that is the no brainer it looks like and divide the stitches into front and back (yes, this is the translated version). The decreases look fun; bind every game of each side... hmm... Yup, I get it! onward!

I just decided the eyelets and string need to be included, if for no other reason that it will add to the character of the garment. Who knows what all this could lead to, and garments like this deserve character.
There does seem to be a women's version in the pattern as well. If I decide to make the women's version, I will share that as well, however it will lack the extra character of the "snabel" giggle giggle.

Kepp you sticks clicking  and as always
Happy sitiching trails.


Sunday, January 19, 2014

All fun in the Love and Pursuit of knitting

It's all fun, in the Love and pursuit of knitting! This could be my new mantra.

What I had this morning was, a desire to make a pair of Fair Isle man's underwear, a Pattern in Norwegian (which I do not speak), and the yarn. Now I have a 24" 3.25mm needle and some progress.

I knew I needed a 24", 3.5mm needle for this project, in the US that is a size #4, without recognizing what might look like gauge in the pattern, I decided to swatch (knit a mall square of fabric for measurement to equal stitch and row count needed for garment), to see what the knitted fabric would look like. I have knitted fair isle before and am used to using 2.5mm or 3mm needles, so 3.5 for underwear, even though I am not making them for wear, seemed like it would be loose.
I went to the yarn shop and knitted a gauge swatch (that I did not measure, it's not being worn) first with the 3.5mm which I thought seemed a bit too loose, and then with 3.25mm. The fabric created by the 3.25mm needles was more dense and seemed like it would work better and hide the floats; the second yarn trailing behind along the back of the fabric.
Here you see the gauge swatch below, the beginning was knitted with the larger needles, I purled a ridge before using the smaller needles. You may or may not be able to see the slight difference, It felt different as well. The fabric I knitted with the smaller needle is denser by look and feel.
This is not a good example of a gauge swatch, which is usually slightly bigger than your stitch count in 4x4" in the US or 10cm x10cm in Europe. So when a pattern says you gauge is 28 sts by 30 rows, those stitches and rows should fit within a 4x4" or 10cm x 10cm square of fabric knitted using the needles and yarn prescribed. If I were truley making these to wear, I would use the same yarn or an equivalent yarn and needles to get the gauge called for in the pattern. Now, there are a lot of horror stories about people having terribly large, small or misshapen garments because they did not work a gauge swatch or get gauge.
Not to worry, I am adjusting this as i go to make sure I end up with a reasonably sized and shaped garment. I went with the smaller needles, so my finished product should be on the smaller side if not right sized or close, if I end up with a more loose gauge than the designer. Again, I am not making these to be worn, it could be that they will be able to be worn, but mine are to be framed, Fair Isle is Art right? Knitting can be considered Art.
I could tell by the pattern in Norwegian that I would need to cast on 200 stitches, at least I think it is. Here is what the pattern says;
Legg Opp 200 m og strikk Vrbord 6 omg.
So my guess was, cast on 200 sts and either work 6 rounds or 6 inches, I opted for rounds since from the picture it looked like ribbing and it did not look like it was 6" worth. It also looked like later on the amount of stitches would be decreased. The original translation through babel fish did not seem to be helpful, it said it was 70% accurate and left me with questions, a lot of words were still a mystery. It was not clear in cast on, rounds or if there was a decrease or why the pattern looked like it restarted or something.
I ran the website through translation, ah, there was my problem. I still don't speak the language, but its wasn't Swedish as I originally thought, no, it is in Norwegian. So much more translated and it makes sense, its also not a step by step pattern. there will be a lot to work out, that just is not written in the pattern.
Here is my beginning;
The pattern Behind it is for a child's Fair Isle sweater, in English. As you can see I have cast on and knitted two rounds in knit 2 purl 2 rib. The pattern says (know from translation) to work 6 rounds, I plan on knitting at least an inch in rib, it could be that will equal 6 rounds, we will see.

As I have suggested above, I have a good translation of the pattern, and, I turned it into a PDF and its now in my ibooks on my Phone for reference; at some point I will print a copy, but for now I am working from this copy on my phone.

I had told people that there are pictures of a women's pair of panties by someone else in another blog, but it looks like there is somewhat of a pattern for them embedded in this pattern. and now I'm wondering if I bought enough yarn for both and it is possible, but we will see, first thing s first, one pair at a time.

Keep your sticks clicking and as always,
Happy stitching trails

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Setting up for the Underwear

I'm almost ready to start the man's Fair Isle underwear.
First it is important to say a few things that I know about the pattern and creator. This is the Website Mame and Preliminary information until I get a translation going.

Hjemmelaget - Blogger

Not sure what it all means, but its the link to the underwear. And I thank the Blogger for sharing her creation.
This adventure is me having fun and sharing the journey with others.
I have worked with both vintage and now foreign language patterns, they are not the same to work with, they are different to figure out.
Without translation I selected my needles and yarn, MJ at Linden Yarns and Textiles was helpful in making sure I had enough skeins in each of the colors, going into back stock for me. What I did not know at the time was that I do not own a 24" circular 3.5mm needle and due to having to shovel snow to get out of the drive way I was not able to get one. Oh darn, a trip to the yarn shop tomorrow. Because knitters don't like going to yarn shops. ha ha...
I thought I would post the project picture today and show the cast on tomorrow.
So here are the yarn and pattern. My background color will be the red and the white will be the design. I'm pretty excited about the project and thinking of following up with a women's pair. My head is already starting to spin with spin off projects, lol.

I am pleased with my chart re-work and can't wait to get started.

Here's to knitting wishes and project dreams....

Happy stitching trails, keep those neeldes clicking.


Friday, January 17, 2014

Wow, that's a long time!

Okay, It's been over a year since I have written a blog post. A few things have happened, I have been on the Board of the Minnesota Knitter Guild, I have been knitting, but not posting my projects anywhere, I have made some shop models and I'm looking to challenge myself and have decided, with encouragement to blog about that journey.
I am taking a couple of classes at Yarn Over this year and I hope you attend and take classes if you can. If you don't know what Yarn Over is, you have missed out. The Minnesota Knitter Guild has an event every year called Yarn Over, where iconic knitters from around the world converge to teach classes, there is a Friday night dinner, a day of Classes on Saturday as well as a vendor area that brings in vendors from around Minnesota and surrounding states. I have been volunteering in the mornings and its a lot of fun, very energizing. Shelley H. is the whirlwind ball of energy that puts Yarn Over together, bringing in the fabulous teachers and putting everything together with a wonderful committee that Includes cheerleaders who call themselves the Woo Hoo girls.
I have a couple of challenges in my knitting life right now, but will blog for the most part on a pair of fair isle underpants for men. No, my husband will not wear them, but I think they will look fun on the bathroom wall.

Watch for my Fair Isle underwear challenge posts, starting soon.

Happy Stitching Trails to all of you!
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