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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Another Cold Snap.....

OK. So it's not considered that cold in other places, but here it has been in the high 70s and low 80s for the past week. It is mid day and only 55 degrees and the wind is blowing. Not nice weather for desert rats.

Tessie was whinging and complaining about the coming cold last night. I think that she fears another gas outage. She came in the bedroom with a ball of #8 perle cotton and some 0000 steel knitting needles. She said to me, "I don't want to freeze again! I want to be prepared this time. Make me a wrap."

So, rather than argue, I made her a wrap. I thought of the ones that I have seen in old books that women wore in the 19th century. They were very practical. They crossed in the front and tied in the back so that the tails of the shawl wouldn't get in the way while they worked.

Here are the directions if you ever want to make one.

I took the 0000 needles and cast on three stitches with the #8 perle cotton. Then, simply put, the rest of the shawl is knit the same every row. Knit in the front and back of the first stitch(increase), knit to the end of the row and turn. Keep doing this until you have 65 stitches on the needle. You can make it longer if you want a regular shawl that ties in the front. I stopped at 65 and then cast off.

I then took a piece of perle cotton about two feet long and doubled it. I put the doubled loop end through one corner of the front and chained enough stitches to make the cord about two inches long. I pulled the end through and secured it. then cut off the tail.
After Tessie tied it in the back, she flipped the point down over the tie.

Here she is, ready to go to work....This isn't exactly what I had in mind.
She is determined to wear a rut in the desktop....I thought that I hid the sign. I guess not well enough.

She has taken to shouting, "Rock the
Vote!" every now and then.

Thank you all for voting. I really appreciate it. Please keep doing what you are doing....It is making Tessie much easier to be around.

She only swatted me with the sign twice this morning! That's some kind of record.

See you tomorrow.


Kathi said...

SOMEDAY (she says sheepishly) I am going to learn how to do this!
The shawl is so pretty!
Tell Tessie not to worry. The votes are coming in!

Norma said...

Yep, I agree, that's darned cold!!!
Love Tessie's new wrap :)

Lucille said...

Hoping the cold spell does not last too long. I know how you hate the cold. Over here, it's -14C with the windshield. We're expecting more snow tonight. I love your little shawl. I shall make one when I have a moment. I'll have to get that special thread you used. Thanks for that tutorial.

rosanna said...

The shawl is so pretty that I'd like to wear one myself.Have a nice day, Rosanna

Claudia said...

Tessie looks great in her shawl! I'm wearing one right now myself!


Caseymini said...

Rosanna, you could make one for yourself simply by changing the needles to U.S. size 8 and the yarn to knitting worsted and just keep knitting until it is the size that fits you! Very easy.

Christine said...

Its a bit exciting all this voting. Every time I look it has changed a little. Even being a finalist is pretty impressive so make sure Tessie realises that!

Merri said...

I'm voting faithfully every day. Tell Tessie not to worry, you look like a shoo-in! *spits to ward off bad luck*

Oops, sorry, I'll clean that up. *mops*

Lataina said...

How adorable is Tessie's little wrap. I've always wanted to learn how to knit and crochet, but never understood it enough to learn on my own.

Caseymini said...

Iris, I suggest that you simply go to your favorite search engine and put in knitting instructions. I believe that there are even some on Utube. Just take is slowly. It's pretty easy once you get the hang of it. Good luck!