Wednesday, May 30, 2007

An Honorary EWE!

Jane, it was a pleasure to meet you and have you join us the last couple of weeks. As an honorary EWE please feel welcome to join us whenever you are here on the Cape. I hope you keep visiting the blog and let us know how you are doing!

I also wanted to say you have just the cutest accent! I like listening to you talk :)

take care,
Dawn K


I just wanted to say thanks to Dawn(S) for all of the yummy food. And thanks to everyone else for the great company. I am so glad that we started this group - you guys are the best :)

Jane, it was really nice to meet you. Have a safe trip home and next time you're in town, please feel free to come by!

So, about those drawstring/canvas/burlap/hemp/zippered/tote/project bags.... (just kidding!)

here's a link to one of our distributors...

let me know if you see anything you are interested in.

Baby Blanket

Here are the directions for this baby blanket.

Size 7 circular needles 29" or larger.
Finished size is 36" wide by 42" long
4- 100 gram balls of worsted weight yarn. (I used Plymouth Encore)

Cast on 135 stitches

Knit 8 rows

Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 10 Knit
Rows: 2, 4, 6, 8, : K5, *P5, K1* (Repeat P5, K1 until you get to the last 5 stitches), K5

Repeat rows 1- 10 to until desired length. (I repeated 24 times)

Knit 8 rows

Bind off.

Here's a close up of the pattern.

take care,

Speaking of Mascots...

We passed by an Alpaca farm while we were in N.H. - these guys were so cute (the picture doesn't do them justice) They had just gotten a shave and had big fluffy heads.

I think I want to be an Alpaca farmer...

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Fruit, Vegetable or Don't Be So Silly?!?

I'm sure I've mentioned before that I'm planning to knit a hat for my friend's baby boy. A month has gone by already since he was born, so I should really get going on this. (These are my procrastination skills revealing themselves at their best!) Thank goodness it's warm now, so he won't need it right away anyway! I was hoping to get the opinion of some of you Loopy Ewes on a couple of patterns I have been eyeing. One is for an Apple Hat and another pattern is for a Veggie Hat - pumpkin, eggplant or tomato. Do you think these are too silly to knit for a little baby or cute? I'm on the fence about whether to go with one of these or a simple hat like Ingrid made for her granddaughter (although who knows if I could get the stripes to line up. LOL!). What do you think?
The Indecisive Loopy Ewe, Kathleen

A Mascot From DawnElle?

Hope everyone had a nice weekend...Judy and I (plus Jane) had a blast yard-sale(ing) on Saturday!!! But, sadly enough, no yarn to be found!

SO...does anyone think we need a mascot? I received this email addressed to volenteers at the Animal Rescue League!!

"From Lisa,Please note that we have several sheep currently for adoption. There are 22 ewes and 25 weathers (castrated males) or "soon to be weathers". Please, if you know of anyone interested do not hesitate to give them my email address or Nextel number 617-293-6392. I am hoping to move rather quickly with finding them new homes so don't be shy. I am also working on getting photos of them on Petfinder, but it doesn't seem to be working the way that it should right now. There are a few, however, listed on Petharbor. Let me know if you have any questions. "

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Project Bags from Dawnelle~

Hi Everyone...
I have been looking for the perfect project bag for all of us to use...And I think I may have scored! This one comes in many colors and may be able to be embroidered...Ingird?
So...let me know what you think and we can talk about it next week!

I hope this link works....

Last night's light show

I found this on line this morning about all the emergency vehicles we saw last night.

Route 6A crash kills dog, injures drivers

May 24, 2007
BREWSTER — A head-on crash on Route 6A yesterday evening killed a dog in one of the cars and sent the two drivers to the hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening, police and fire officials said.

In an unusually busy night, rescue personnel were returning from medical and fire calls when summoned at 8:40 p.m. to Route 6A east of Holly Avenue, where the two cars collided and a third car hit a tree to avoid the crash, Fire Chief Roy E. Jones III said.

Both drivers in the head-on crash, a man and a woman, were taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Jones said.

The dog, who belonged to the woman, died at the scene because of its injuries, he said.

The names of the drivers and other details were not available from police at press time last night because a police report on the incident was still being completed, a police dispatcher said.

Route 6A was closed for about an hour because of the crash, Jones said.

How sad :(

take care,

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Enough Said

This isn't a good picture because the lighting is bad. ...but here's the floor! So....was Brittainy right in her description?
take care,

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

"Bad news goes about in clogs, Good news in stockinged feet."

So a Welsh proverb says. I think my new clogs are too pretty to think about bad news, so my plan is to just march around in them when I'm feeling positive. Although, maybe Dawn S is on the right track with her sock addiction. :-) I'm going to have to give a sock pattern a try one of these days. I'm so excited that my clogs are finished, and that I can actually wear them! And they seem like they are the same size. Even better!

In other news - with all of this talk about the naughty dog, I thought it would be nice to mention the elder beagle who is a good girl and turns double digits today (10!). Happy Birthday Emma!

I'll see all of you Loopy Ewes tomorrow!
Kathleen :-)

Thursday, May 17, 2007

manos from Dawnelle!

For all of you Manos Del Uruguay is a georgeous
scarf and hat I would just love to figure out...any ideas Dawn K?

I had a great time last night...thanks for all of the encouragement on my scarf...

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

More Felting Fun

Hello Ladies! I had a blast tonight with all of you, Loopy Ewes! Thanks for the yummy food, Dawn K! And thanks to Pam for the yummy wine!

I thought I would post the link for the Sophie Bag. No, Ingrid's new pup isn't that talented. . . yet :). It's by the same lady who designed the Booga. I think it's a cute bag, and I might give it a try one of these days. That is, if I can ever get this shawl finished!!!
Have a good night!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Bitty Baby outfit

For those of you that want the directions I am posting them here.
I have searched and searched the internet for the place where I originally got the pattern and can't find it. I can't give credit because I don't know who to give it to :(

I did discover after I made the first outfit that the pants were too loose and the sweater too tight. I made some adjustments in the pattern.

Size 5 (US) needles
Size 7 (US) needles
Size F crochet hook
Small buttons
One 3.5 oz. skein of worsted weight yarn is barely enough to knit the outfit; you may want to buy 2 skeins.

4 sts = 1"


With size 7 needles, cast on 20 sts.
K1, p1 ribbing for 2.5 inches.
Do three needle bind-off at bottom of bootie, then sew up the back seam.
Make a matching bootie!

Short Pants

Using size 5 needles, cast on 56 sts.
K1, p1 ribbing for 3 rows.
Change to size 7 needles and begin stockinet stitch.

Cast on 52 sts using size 7 needles.
K1, p1 ribbing for 3 rows.
Begin stockinet stitch, increasing 6 sts across the first row (which will be a knit row).

You may want to do a row of beading below waist ribbing so that you can put a tie in it: K1, *yo, K2 tog, repeat from * across row ending with K1.

Continue in stockinet stitch until piece measures 4".
Using size 5 needles, K1, p1 ribbing for 3 rows.
Bind off.
Sew back seam.
Fold with seam in back and sew only 3 to 4 stitches for the crotch seam.

Using a size F crochet hook, chain 100 sts for a tie.


Using size 7 needles, cast on 39 sts.
K1, P1 in seed stitch for 4 rows.
Work in stockinette stitch until piece measures a total of 2.5 inches.

When doing the following rows to shape the bonnet, slip first stitch of each row:
Row 1: K26, sl 1, kl, psso, turn
Row 2: P14, p2tog turn
Row 3: K14, sl 1, k1, psso, turn
Row 4: p14, p2tog, turn
Row 5: K14, sl 1, k1, psso, turn

Continue as established, decreasing 1 st at end of each row, until 15 sts remain on the needle, ending with a purl row. Break yarn. Place 15 sts on a holder.

Beginning at left front corner of bonnet, pick up 9 sts. Knit 15 sts from holder for back of bonnet; pick up 9 sts on right side of bonnet. K1, p1 ribbing for 3 rows. Bind off.

Ties for the bonnet can be made by crocheting a chain. Or do as I did and just sew a piece of ribbon to the corner edges of the bonnet for ties.

Raglan Cardigan Sweater

This is made from the neck down.

Cast on 48 sts with size 5 needles.
Work 3 rows of ribbing, keeping first and last 4 sts in garter stitch (knit every row).
Change to larger needles.
Work next row, placing markers as follows:
k 10 sts for front, place marker, k 6 sts for sleeve, place marker, k 16 sts for back, place marker, k 6 sts for sleeve, place marker, k 10 sts for front.

Continuing in stockinet stitch, increase every knit row before and after each marker for seven (7) times.

Next row: Knit across row placing sleeve sts on a st holder. Keep body of sweater stitches on needles and cast on 2 sts at each underarm. Do stockinet st on body of sweater for 10 rows or about 1 ½ inches. Then do 5 rows of ribbing using size 5 needles and bind body stitches off.

Put sleeve stitches back on the needle (do either one sleeve or both at the same time with separate balls of yarn). Increase 1 st each side on the first row. Do stockinet stitch for 3"; then do 4 rows of ribbing. Bind off. Sew underarm sleeves. Add decorative buttons that can be buttoned through the garter stitch edge.

take care,

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Naughty or Nice

With all of this talk about dogs . . .
What do you think? This is the face that always gets me!
Miss Apple (a.k.a. Naughty Dog) is turning "one" this week.
Happy Birthday Apple!

Thanks Judi & Dawn S.

Judi, the food was great last night - thanks so much for everything :)
and Dawn, thanks to you I am no longer a martini virgin LOL! Very yummy!

Kindness to Kritters

Quick Reminder to Anyone who may be interested...

Saturday night from 6-9 is a silent auction for the Animal Rescue League at the Eastham Sheraton!

Be there or be a square!!!!

oh yeah, $25 to get in and bid!!!!!
no cost to buy a $100 raffle ticket for a brand new Honda CRV!!!!

People and Dog Training!

Just wanted to get Heather Garre's link out there for

Kathleen or anyone else who may be interested in some dog training...

Good luck to Apple and her mommy!
From Sam & Banjo!!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Just wanted to say...

you guys are awesome :)

Thanks for another great evening - it's so much fun getting together with everyone. It made the socks class so worth it LOL!

oh, and one other thing

if anyone would like a loopy-ewe t-shirt, post your size and scarf color here (or email me) by Sunday. I had a bag catalog to show everyone and I forgot to pass it around - we can do that next week. Until then, we'd be happy to do tees.

Have a great evening everyone

Monday, May 7, 2007

DawnElle (S)

Hi Loopy Ewes,
Quick question for all...does anyone have a size 7-7.5 foot???
I'll tell you why on Wednesday!!!
Hope everyone had a nice weekend...if I was less vain I would post
the photo of the Poison Ivy all over my face that I enjoyed all weekend,
but you will have to wait and see the remnants on Wednesday!

Friday, May 4, 2007

She's a Loopy Ewe too!

Just wanted to share a picture of my knitting mascot :)

Thanks for sending the picture Dawn!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Sheep, Artichoke Dip and Some Other Stuff

I had so much fun with all of you loopy ewes last night! Ingrid, thanks so much for the sheep shirt. David did such an incredible job with the embroidery, and it is so awesome to see the sheep in the thread! I love it!!! I guess this logo means that we're official now!

I'm so glad that you all liked the munchies that I brought last night. Here are the recipes, courtesy of my sister, Nancy. Thanks Nancy!

Artichoke Dip

1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 T lemon juice

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 garlic clove, minced

Dashes of hot sauce (I did 4 dashes)
Mix all of the ingredients together and put into a small baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, until the mixture is bubbling. Serve with tortilla chips or pita chips.

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup peanut butter (natural peanut butter doesn't work well in this recipe)
1 cup light brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together first 5 ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Drop tablespoon sized dollops of dough onto a cookie sheet. (I lined my cookie sheet with parchment paper. I'm an insecure baker!) Bake for 12 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Good luck with your knitting projects! Dawn S, I feel your pain as I feel like I'm at the bottom of the enormous mountain that is my shawl. We'll get there, right? (Can't they postpone Mother's Day this year?) Dawn K, what does that little engine say? I think I can, I think I can. . .
Kathleen :)