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Friday, December 4, 2015

The Winter Bucket List

First, I want to thank all of you for your kind comments and emails from my last post.  I took your encouragement to heart and got out those knitting needles and yarn.
And haven't looked back...

I haven't posted since then because I've been knitting like a crazy fool.  My Kindle is dying of neglect.  I have gone on to library books on CD so my hands are free.

Here is the first sweater.  It looks pink in the picture but it's burgundy for real.  My photography skills have gone to the dogs.

I used the plus size A-line cardigan pattern from Deb Gemmell of 'Cabin Fever'.  Her patterns are my favorites for making larger sized sweaters.  She adds in all the little extra techniques that make sweaters fit well on larger women.  Thanks, Deb!
I finished this one in October.

I immediately started another.  This one is also Deb's pattern from her book 'Need A Plus Cardigan'.  I modified it to make a crew neck pullover.  It's a really basic sweater but fits well and I am happy.  I had a skein of darker wool that I added on the neck, sleeve and bottom ribbing to give it a little interest.   I finished that sweater last week.  The picture of the finished piece didn't come out well.

Yesterday I started another!  Same basic pattern but this will be a v-neck pullover. 

This one will be a little more challenging because I'm doing stripes with slip stitch and a lot of color changes.

So far I have cleaned out about a quarter of a bin of yarn from my stash.  I did have to buy the variegated yarn to pull together the burgundy and dark green in this sweater.

My winter bucket list is to knit six sweaters four is OK too) and clean out a whole bin of yarn, or most of one anyway.

The kitties have been helping me.  Anyone for a pile of cats???

This is Deiter and his harem.  The girls just love him!  Ha-ha!
And where is this pile of kitties located???
Right behind my laptop in my messy work area.

The basked with all the manilla envelopes is my filing system for circular needles.

The only needles I use any more are circular ones and this is the best way I've found for keeping my 50-plus sets neat and organized.  In the past I've had nice plastic sleeves in a binder or a case with fabric pockets to hold the needles and neither of these methods has worked as well as this inexpensive method.  If the envelopes get torn or dirty, I just replace them.
The plastic tubes in the back are double point needles and crochet hooks.  I got those handy little tubes years ago when I worked in the hospital lab.  They held inoculating loops for microbiology specimens.

Just one more knitting thing, then on to other stuff.

I got the 'Sweater Wizard' software to be able to create and modify my own patterns.  I'll have to play with this a while before I can make a judgment on how well it works.

 OK!  On to the chocolate factory, Willie Wonka!
Well, it's not really a factory.  It's a warehouse and distribution center.  And a discount store. 
It's the new Lindt chocolate outlet right off of I-81 just south of Carlisle.  What fun!

Bins of truffles!  Quantity discounts!

Great time of year to shop if you like to give chocolate for Christmas.

Doesn't this picture just make you want to eat chocolate.  Be still my heart!  Ha-ha!

That trip was three weeks ago.  Sadly we are all out of truffles.

So that you don't get the idea that I've been noshing on a steady diet of sweets, I have been cooking occasionally.
Do any of you love the Zuppa Toscana from Olive Garden the way I do???
I used this basic recipe
with a few modifications.

Chopped onions, garlic and kale.  BTW, kale is the only thing left living in the garden.  I hope it survives a while yet.


I didn't add any bacon, the sausage added enough flavor.  And instead of potatoes, I added cannelloni
beans.  It was yummy!

I've rambled on long enough for one time.
Thanks for stopping in!

One final picture.  This is what I see every day while I'm working on the computer or knitting.  Deiter laying right behind my work area looking at me with his head upside down.  Life is GOOD!!!


  1. OMG! Your sweaters are beautiful! I was so glad when I saw your post. I am not sure which color I like best. Red is usually my favorite color but I love that brown. I am so glad you are knitting. I cannot imagine being able to produce such beautiful creations. Knit Pat Knit , Don't STOP Knit!

  2. Fabulous work! It's all so cozy- wonderful sweaters, snuggly cats, chocolate, soup. Handmade sweaters are like the perfect little hugs you can give yourself.

  3. So happy to see you back. I LOVE your sweaters. All of them gorgeous creations. Love those kitties too. Hello to them from my Sugar kitty.

  4. Pat, I'm so happy to read a post from you and to know that you've been knitting like a fool.
    I haven't posted often either. Life gets busy and take priority sometimes.

    I love your sweaters, they are just amazing. How do you keep you tension so even? You sure have some great talents with yarn.

    I noticed some burgundy yarn by the pile of cats and thought that this must be the color of the first sweater. One of my favourite color.

    I can't eat regular chocolate because of soy by-product in them but I had to reach in my desk drawer for a piece of Free trade dark chocolate and now, I'm calmed down. hahaha. What a place for a sweet tooth....

    I've copied the recipe and I just might try this tomorrow after I get some fresh kale. I have every ingredient but will use Carnation 2 % can milk in instead. It sounds so good.

    What a great storage idea for those circular knitting needles, so many of them...

    I'm looking forward to updates on your knitting.

    I've been under the weather for a whole week on antibiotic to UTI and had so many side effects that I spent most of my time in bed. Today is my first day as human. I woke up to a big snowstorm but so glad we kept our power. Do many have been without power.

    Stay safe and knitting.

    1. I meant so many have been without power.

    2. Julia, I didn't use the heavy whipping cream either. Just plain 2% milk.
      For me, recipes are like speed limits. They are only suggestions. Ha-ha!

  5. lol! That last pic of Dieter cracked me up!!! What a handsome (and silly) fella! :-)
    That soup sounds delicious! Beans have more protein than taters, so you just made that soup healthier. Great going on the sweaters.... so much detail with knitting! Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Pat,
    Your knitting is breathtaking! So happy to hear you have needles in hand.
    Hugs :)

  7. you have been so busy! Love your sweaters and your soups look so yummy I have not hat that soup.

  8. *****keep knitting!!! remember what Elizabeth Zimmerman said, "knit on with confidence and hope through all crises!" isn't it the truth...and treat the knitting as a form of a prayer shawl. the person to whom your thoughts go out to while knitting the garment will benefit, and this is a great way to work through the "writing" of the chapters of your own life! your knitting is, knit on!!! tom

  9. Hi Pat! OMG my mouth dropped open when I saw the pics of your gorgeous sweaters! I could only dream of doing something like that! And your organization skills for your knitting tools is perfect! It's heartwarming to see you keeping at the craft you love so well! And that chocolate place!!! All that wonderful stuff in ONE place.... how can it be so?!!! I just LOVED this post!!
    Merry Christmas to you and your house full of kitties, Zip and the kids!!
    Big hugs!!
    Cathy G

  10. I love your sweater Pat!
    So glad you are knitting for yourself again.
    sure the others are just as lovely.
    That soup looks so good, i would not have thought of adding in the beans. mmmm
    Love your precious little buddy, and his lady friends!
    Happy New Year!!


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