Three Candles

and left over latkes for supper.

I had a lovely and pleasant day. I spent some of it reading, some listening to an audiobook (Cast in Flight by Michele Sagara) and the rest of the time completing another 12 rows on the cross-stitch.

15/132 rows completed.

which leaves me with my fun calculations of 5148 stitches to go.

My last decision of the evening is this –

which color should I pick?

I’ve promised Bill a hat to protect his bald head. Rather than go wandering into the garage, I just hit the drawer in my studio and came up with four skeins of STR. The first is warm grays and browns, the second a rather hot set of reds. The third combines fall greens, oranges, and leaf browns and the last shades of chocolates and creams. All of them would make a good hat. I love this yarn; it is by far better for hats and scarves than socks due to the lack of nylon. I’m going to go with my standard Exeter Hat pattern which means ribbing all the way up. Radical color changes will get smoothed out.

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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19 Responses to Three Candles

  1. Steven says:

    You inspired me to make something to go with the latkes on night 2. Mostly veggies, a little cheating with some leftover ground chicken patties I had made with Thai green curry

  2. Cat says:

    Oooh nice yarn!

    • Holly says:

      Isn’t it just? Its a lovely tight ply merino which gives it bounce and a good hand. It is sold as sock yarn but I’ve never had great success with it for socks. No nylon and a bit short on the yardage…

  3. Christiane says:

    which one did you choose ? I would have taken the second from right 😀

  4. Angela says:

    Your canvas is shaping up beautifully. Never did cross stitch but lots of needlepoint back in the day.

    Have you ever done a hat with STR? Just wanted to mention that I have done a pair of mistake-ribbed gloves in STR Heavyweight and although beautiful, they stretch out terribly every time I wear them. To the point they fall off. Don’t know how that would work out in a hat.

    Hope you are feeling well. Thinking of you.

    • Holly says:

      and you are making my exact point for why I don’t like it as a sock yarn. So far, as long as it is knit on 2.00 to 2.25 mm needles in ribbing I haven’t had problems with the light weight for hats. We shall see….

  5. Marie says:

    Glad you are so busy ,I love the cross stich you are flying it .

  6. Carmen says:

    The yarn is beautiful! Which skein did you choose?

  7. Bill R says:

    Oh boy oh boy…This is fun…

  8. Isobel says:

    I like Klimt. We saw a special exhibition when we were in Vienna at the Belevedere Castle. Amazing.

    • Holly Doyne says:

      amazing what lovely exhibits are around when you have the major cities of Europe practically in your front yard…

  9. Carmen says:

    I love the hat color. The cross stitch is beautiful and very enticing, but I am resisting cross stitch in favor of crocheting some doilies. I already have the thread and the hooks. It’s barely worth considering it to be stash-busting, however. It’s hard to use enough crochet thread to make an impact.

  10. Marie says:

    .You are doing so much with the cross stich ,it is truly stunning.
    I don’t know how you have so much done in a short space of time .

  11. Jo says:

    I have to say that I really like the warm colors you’ve chosen for Bill’s hat. Fall colors are a particular favorite of mine.

    • Holly says:

      since I didn’t get anything useful for what color he really wanted, I figured that something that would go with a sheepskin jacket would be good!

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