Ward House

Lemons with a hook

I follow the Simple, Green, Frugal Co-op and today Thomas wrote about growing dwarf lemons inside.  It is a great article and has inspired me to want to try this at home.  He includes a link to a company that shares how to grow these beauties indoors –  1 year old trees run $22/each.

Today is my grandfather’s 103rd birthday; we celebrated yesterday.  It was great having so many family gathered together in one place for cake and conversation.  Grandfather looks the same yet does not appear to be interested in gifts or conversation.  I know when he looks at me that he knows me yet cannot seem to remember who I am.  That’s ok Grandfather – your 103!  Fuzzies are a gimme. 

Meadowlark, my sock is still in progress, just on a back burner as I work on holiday gifts.  One of which includes mittens.  I plan to use the following pattern with one alteration – instead of knitting the cuff (do not have the needles) I am going to crochet the ribbing.

MITTENS:
Size: S/M – M/L

Materials:DROPS Eskimo from Garnstudio
100-100 g color no 14, dark gray
50-50 g color no 46, middle gray

DROPS crochet hook size 7 mm (K/10½) – or the crochet hook size needed to obtain correct crochet gauge.

DROPS double pointed needles size 8 mm [US 11] – or the needle size needed to obtain correct knitting gauge.

Decreasing tips: Crocheting tog of 2 sc to 1 sc: Crochet 1 sc, but wait pulling through last sts (= 2 threads on crochet hook), then crochet next sc but when last pull through is made, pull yarn through all sts on crochet hook – now 1 st is decreased

Crochet gauge: 12 sc in width = 10 cm [4’’]

Knitting gauge: 11 sts x 15 rows stockinette sts with 1 thread = 10 x 10 cm [4’’ x 4’’].

Mittens: Crochet 28-32 ch on crochet hook size 7 mm (K/10.5) with dark gray and create 1 ring with 1 sl st.
1st round: *1 sc in each of 3 first ch, skip 1 ch * repeat from *-* = 21-24 sc. Continuing crochet sc round and around. When piece measures 8 cm [3 1/8’’] make an opening for thumb by crocheting 5-6 ch in beginning of round, skip next 5-6 sc and continue with sc around like before. On next round crochet 1 sc on each of 5-6 ch that were crochet for thumb opening = 21-24 sc. Continue round until piece measures 19 cm [7½’’], or to desired measurement (there are approx 2 cm [3/4’’] left to complete measurement). Now dec by crocheting sc tog 2 by 2 on entire round – read Decreasing tips = 11-12 sc (crochet 1 sc in last sc in size S/M). Crochet 1 round without dec, then crochet 1 round at the same time dec again by crocheting sc tog = 6-6 sc (crochet 1 sc in last sc in size S/M). Crochet 1 round more with dec in same way = 3 sc left. Pull thread through remaining sts and pull tog before sewing away.

Thumb: Crochet 10-12 sc around opening of thumb. Crochet 1 c in each sc at the same time dec 1 sc on each side by crocheting 2 sc tog = 8-10 sc. Crochet 1 sc in each sc round and around. When thumb measures approx 5 cm [2’’] (or desired length) crochet 1 round with sc at the same time dec by crocheting sc tog = 4-5 sc left. Pull thread through remaining sts and pull tog before sewing away well.

Rib: Pick up 21 sts around bottom edge of mitten on double pointed needles size 8 mm [US 11] with middle gray Eskimo. Knit * K1, P2 *, repeat from *-*. When Rib measures 8 cm [3 1/8’’] bind off, K over K and P over P. Crochet 1 mitten more.

This site also includes patterns for the hat and sweater; I just want the mittens.  =)  Something basic and functional.  Mine will be created using New Denim Merino wool, size H hook for the cuff and then the K for the remainder of the mitten. I’ll include some pictures tomorrow.

Other pictures from this weekend:

Wood swirls from the logs we cut up
Birthday flowers
My new cousin, Maya, with Katelyn

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November 10, 2009 - Posted by | Crafting, economy, family

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