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Good Morning!

I am working up my book review for Sock Innovation, by Cookie A. I took pics this morning of the sock patterns that you could knit in the book, leaving out any pattern instructions so that you have to buy the book if you want it.. 🙂 I thought that the patterns in the book don’t seem to be that complicated, even though they look very complicated with the cables, twisted stitches, and lacey socks patterns.  I am a very newbie sock knitter, but these patterns look as if I could do them without pulling my hair out or making me go completely gray while trying to do one of the patterns! The stitches are ones that I am familiar with, so I can figure it out.

From what I can tell so far, Cookie A really goes into the construction of a sock from the toes all the way up to the top of the sock. She shows you the different toe types you can knit. She shows you the basic stitch patterns, as well as the harder ones. She explains about the different yarns one can use to make socks, along with the needles needed to do the same. She speaks of the construction of the charted pattern versus the written one.

I found all of this just flipping through it this morning when I got up. I will post more about the book once I have a chance to get into the meat of it and read it through. I think that I will FINALLY be able to get the gusset and the heel and how to prevent that little hole between the 2 as she addresses that.

On a totally different subject…

I am now on to  figuring out how to do a proper YO when you are purling the stitch behind it. That is not addressed in this book review, but I need to learn how to do it. When I do a YO, it is normally on the right side of the work right before a knit stitch that normally follows the YO. Of course, when I purl back on the wrong side of the work the YO is purled to create a nice hole for my lace work.

This pattern, however, calls for YO on both sides of the work, and the YO before a purl stitch is stumping me. I am working on 198 Yards of Heaven, free on Ravelry, for my 5-year-old niece, Katie. You can find the pattern here:

She loves pretty, feminine things, you know. She loves pink, especially hot pink. This is a shawlette for adult women, but on her it will be a shawl for a long time before it becomes a shawlette or scarf she can wear when she grows up. I am hoping that she will grow to love wearing it as much as I loved making it for her. Anyway, if I am needing to make a YO on the knitted side of things, I simply bring my yarn forward as if I am going to purl and then I knit the next stitch, which puts the required YO right in line where it is supposed to be. With the next stitch being a purl, I can’t do a YO that way. Any ideas or links you could offer to explain this to me would be most appreciated!

Thank you for reading this post. A much longer one is to follow later in the week. Someone told me recently that she likes to read my blog because even though I write long posts they don’t bore her!  LOL!! She just doesn’t know.. LOLOL!!!  I am sure I will succeed in boring her to tears at least ONCE. 😉 Hey, Latasha!

Have a great day everyone!  I am off to work now, even though I would SO rather be knitting. 🙂


It has been too long..

First, I want to apologize to any of my readers who have been checking my blog only to find nothing new in terms of updates or posting. I have been out of commission for a while now. When I was able to function, I had to work, and life just generally got in the way. I wasn’t able to knit for a little over 5 months, and I have only started to pick my MIL’s shawl back up in the last week or 2. Even then, I wasn’t able to do a whole lot on it. I certainly have not met my goal of one complete 8-row repeat each day. Obviously, it wasn’t finished by the time she got here. I am very disappointed in myself about that. **Sigh** However, I also know that I am my own worst critic, so I should probably give myself a break and realize that when one has tendinitis AND one has surgery within weeks of each other, one is usually out of commission for a good long time.

The surgery that I had was called the BPD/DS or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. Those are a lot of scary words to say weight loss surgery, wouldn’t you say? It is and was a major surgery. I was in the hospital for 5 or 6 days, I cannot remember for sure. I slept almost all of that time, and even though I took my little shawl project with me to work on.. that was a joke for sure! I was so wasted on pain medications that when I tried to do just 1 row of the shawl, I messed it up so badly that I had to rip back to my lifeline. So, that went into the project bag which then went into my duffle bag to go home and be picked up at a later time. You don’t have to tell me twice. I made a note to self that day. I told myself that I can’t knit when I am high as a kite with watery eyes and an unfocused mind. I just thought I could. Luckily, I had just put the lifeline in right before I went into surgery, (I was in the waiting room waiting to be called back for preoperative workup,)

Anyway, I had my surgery on May 7, 2013. When I went in for the surgery, my recorded weight before surgery was 399.8 lbs .  To date, I am down 89 pounds, WOO HOO!  If you are interested in weight loss surgery, then you can go to this web site to learn more about the surgery and if you are interested in reading more about my history, then you can click on the 2nd link. I won’t use this blog to discuss this type of thing. It has nothing to do with knitting. However, I will say that you can write to me using the comment form below, and I will try to help you or answer your questions if you wish.  You will have to remove my name from the comment boxes and put your info in instead. That said, here are the 2 links..

This is me, several years ago, at one of the highest weights I have ever been. I think I was about 425 in this picture. I can’t remember for sure though.



I think I am going to end this post and start another one that has to do with knitting! This one got off on a different tangent, and it seems odd to go on with  the post talking about knitting now. 🙂

See you in a bit!

My latest shawl in my quest

Good Afternoon!

I am currently working on my 2nd shawl in my year of the shawls in 2013! I am making it for my mother-in-law, and I plan to give it to her when she comes to NC in September from the Netherlands. I am quite excited to make this for her, and I hope that she will love it and feel the love that I feel for her as I make it. I have completed the Irish Hiking Scarf from from my father-in-law, Wim, last month. I wrote about this scarf in March. I have also completed another scarf for my brother-in-law, Joram, and I am sure that neither of them expects the gifts that I have made for them.

Anyway, on to this shawl. I have embarked on the Rose Leaf Trellis Shawl for my mother-in-law, Grietje.

I am using Claudia Handpainted Yarn in a purple colorway, and I must say that it is a pure joy to work with. I love how this colorway is knitting up! It appears to have a different color or shade of purple depending on how you hold it up to the light. Sometimes the brighter colors take the lead, and sometimes the more intense colors pop out in the light. I just LOVE this yarn!

I am using the Knit Picks Sunstruck Interchangeable needles, size 6, with a 24 inch cable attached. I also love working with the light-colored cousin of the Knit Picks Harmony needles. I don’t yet have a preference between the 2 of them, but I do love how the patina develops on the Sunstruck needles vs. how soon the patina develops on the Harmony needles. Perhaps that is because the wood is so much lighter.

This shawl is a paid pattern, and if you are interested in purchasing it, you can do so here:

I have frogged this shawl 3 times because I just could not make the stitch count that seemed to be necessary based on the designer’s text. When I contacted her, she told me that on 6 of the rows the count would be off, coming in at only 18 stitches per repeat. She said on rows 7 and 8, the stitch count would come in as it should at 20 stitches per repeat +5 on the end. It was quite confusing the 1st and 2nd time I knitted this. I would get up to having done 3 repeats, which came to a total of 24 rows, and I couldn’t see the pattern starting to develop. After having e-mailed the designer and talking to her a little bit, I have now started it yet again, and I am working on the 2nd repeat of the pattern, up to row 5. I have been very attentive to the pattern, and I have corrected any errors in each repeat because I count each repeat as I do it to determine if I have the right count. I hope that by doing this extra step, I will be able to see the pattern start to develop as it should.



I am truly enjoying the pattern, especially since I have finally figured out how the stitch counts work across the pattern. I will be running my lifelines for sure! However, I believe that it will be quite beautiful once I am done. I have figured that if I can do 1 complete repeat of the pattern’s 8 rows each day, I will be finished with it in plenty of time before September 2013 when she arrives. I have to find a nice shawl pin to do this beautiful shawl justice. If you have any ideas on where I can get a musical shawl pin, something like a musical note, or a nice flower pin, I would appreciate the links. Thank you so much! Until next update with pictures, I look forward to reading any comments that my readers care to give me.

I hope to hear from you soon!

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I am going to check out Bloglovin I think.

For sale!

I have for grabs today 4 different annual CDs from Interweave Knits and Knitscene.

Each CD has 4 issues of the years mentioned below, and 1 of them has an additional copy of the Holiday issue that came out in that year.

First up is the 2002 Interweave Knits Collection. The 2002 season showcases over 100 patterns for sweaters, socks, shawls, and more—all from sold-out issues.

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Next is the 2009 Interweave Knits Collection. This CD has the bonus Holiday 2009 issue on it.

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From the website:

Enjoy all 4 issues of Interweave Knits exactly as they were printed in 2009: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter editions. Plus, you’ll receive a free digital edition of the 2009 special issue Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2009!

The full-color electronic versions of these magazines include easy-to-navigate table of contents, easy-to-print patterns, informative articles, designer profiles, and all the tips and techniques that Interweave Knits is known for.

The 2009 season showcases over 100 patterns for pullovers, cardigans, home décor, accessories, and more. Learn how to make colorwork easy, add textural stitches to your knitting, knit jogless stripes, venture into organic yarns, learn reversible cables, and much, much more.

Next is the very first Knitscene Collection from the years 2005 through 2007, to include 4 issues. This magazine used to be a special publication before it became a regular one like it is now. You can’t get the original issue in print any longer. This issue is the only way that you can get it, and it is the Knitscene Fall 2005 digital edition.


Next is the Knitscene for years 2007 (Winter 2007-Spring 2008) through 2009. This one still has the plastic wrapping on it.


Per Interweave web site: Enjoy all 4 issues of Knitscene magazine exactly how they were originally printed, including the incredibly popular Fall 2009 issue. These full-color electronic editions include easy-to-navigate tables of contents, easy-to-print patterns, informative articles, and all the tips and techniques that Knitscene is known for.

The 2007-2009 seasons showcase stylish projects for the spirited knitter. Considered for the advanced beginner, Knitscene has an abundance of one-of-a-kind projects using great yarns.

I paid $19.99 for each of these, and I am asking $15 for each CD plus 2.50 shipping, which totals out to $17.50 each.

I am downsizing all of my stash, including books, magazines, and digital magazines on physical CD.

Please PM your interest, what magazine you would like, and if you will be paying via Paypal or money order. Thank you so much!

I decided to change the 2 colors in my scarf back to the blue only because I just didn’t care for the 2 colors in the cable pattern itself. I am also considering knitting up a few rows of ribbing to add to the bottom once I am done with the scarf. I have completed 9 repeats now, and I will post a picture sometime today or tomorrow. I think it just looks better with only one color. I could not get the rows where the 2 colors met to look neat and clean. They were all up and down at the join lines, supposedly because of how the cables are done, although I don’t really understand why.

Any comments on why this happened would be greatly appreciated! I really need feedback from the more seasoned knitters. Perhaps I will also post some of my previous projects later in the week. Thanks for reading and following my newbie adventures!


My 1st real cable project!

Hey everyone!

Wow! I just realized that I have 125 followers! I can’t believe that! Thank you to everyone who is interested in my newbie knitting adventures!

So, I have just recently started a 2-color cable scarf for my father-in-law, Wim.

Here is the first pic of the blue starting repeats. You may be able to see that I have just started to put the black colorway in on this shot. 

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It is my version of the Irish Hiking Scarf on Ravelry, which can be seen here:

The pattern is beautiful, and the best of all is that it is free! I love beautifully written/designed free patterns. I chose the blue to match Wim’s eyes. He has gorgeous white hair, a square jaw, and his eyes are blue like this yarn. The 2nd color I chose was black because his winter coat is black, and these 2 colors pop and complement each other. I am using Berroco Comfort Worsted in the colorways of Licorice 9734 and Berroco Vintage in colorway 5178-Violetta.

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I know that would make one think this is a purple yarn, but looking at it right now, it is so blue.. I can see tiny bits of purple in it but the bits are so tiny that the blue takes over and dominates this colorway. It is just gorgeous no matter how I turn it in the light. 

The yarn links below are for Vintage and Comfort respectively.

I love working with the 2 different yarns for this project. They have the same gauge on a size 9 needle, which is 4 stitches per inch. Gauge wasn’t critical for this project, so I just checked it for my peace of mind. I am using my Signature size 9 circulars in an effort to use the needles, LOL.. and to see how well they work for worsted weight yarns. The pattern called for a size 8 needle, and I just wanted to make this scarf a wee bit larger without having to cast on more than the 42 stitches. 

I will make another blog post once I have completed the next 2 pattern repeats in black so that ya’ll can see how it looks with both colors.

I also have this shawl on another pair of needles, but I have to find the SD card that the beginning pics are on.. This shawl is turning out gorgeous as well. 


Be on the lookout for a blog post about that soon! I am doing it in my mother-in-law’s favorite colorway of purple, and I am using Claudia Hand Painted yarn to do this project. It looks different depending on the lighting in the room. 

Until later..


How much yarn can one girl have? Stay tuned.. I know that my stash isn’t anywhere near as big as some.. but to me it is overwhelming.. As such I will be posting it for sale where ever I can.. Keep watching!

Don’t you just love a great craft book?

Kate's Twirl

I was inspired this morning by reading my lovely friend, Martine’s, post on her regular blog feature of Things I Like Thursday. This week she chose to share her delight at other people knitting her pattern. She was a little concerned that it was a tad self promoting; hence my title Trumpet Blowing, but isn’t blogging a little trumpet blowing anyway. Let’s face it, all us bloggers can do is write about our experiences from our point of view and hope that others may find something to relate to or learn something, or just enjoy a bit of a window in to another person’s life. I know that I always write “happy” blog posts and leave the not so nice parts of my life to myself. For example, I could write a blog on living with depression, endometriosis and the various trials and tribulations surrounding my (not really a)…

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This cowl pattern is from one of my favorite bloggers for knitting! She is giving this pattern away for free, but she also designed her first pattern that you can get from Ravelry. I am sure that she has many good patterns to come!

How many of you have ever done this type of sock?

Check out Martine’s very first design! Are they not just adorable? I will have to purchase the pattern. It is in my Ravelry favorite queue.. So.. what about you? Please go support Martine in her new endeavor! Maybe she will design more if people appreciate her hard work by purchasing a pattern or 2. Nothing says “YAY” like having your work recognized, yes?

These are Martine’s 2013 Crafty New Year’s Resolutions! I will have to think on my own resolutions regarding the craft part of my life.. I will post my own blog post when I figure them out. 🙂

Martine is giving away something else for the new year! Yay!

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