Dec 9

Okay, I knitted a couple of hats as Christmas gifts for two of my nieces.  The first one I made using the needles sizes as specified in the pattern – 6 for the ribbing and 7 for the main part of the hat.  It fit me rather snuggly and, while I figured it would fit the smallest of the two nieces (4’10”), I knew it would not fit the taller of the two nieces (5’7″ ish).

The second one I changed the needles to 7 for the ribbing and 8 for the main part of the hat.  I also reversed the colors so they would look differently.  I was completely shocked at the size difference between them.  For what it is worth, I love the fit of the second one.

size difference

One needle size difference.  That is all.  Same yarn, same pattern, just one size of needles being the difference.

Which makes you think about how changing the needle size on something like a sweater, which is much larger than a hat.  Which, again, make you think about gauge and gauge swatches.  If nothing else shows the importance of doing a gauge swatch, this does for me.

Interesting lesson, eh?


Hat pattern is: Celtic Fair Isle Beret knitted with Cascade 220 in Twilight Blue (dark) and Robin’s Egg Blue (light).



Dec 8

Scott and I worked at moving furniture and equipment into his studio on Sunday afternoon, and we got a tremendous amount done.  Remember, these are “in progress” shots and we still have several hours worth of work to do to finish it up.


This is looking toward the computer area with the painting area just to the right in that east-facing dormer.  Yes, you are counting monitors right – three – one for each computer he uses.

The left hand monitor goes to the computer that runs the scanner.  The scanner works great, but there are no drivers for anything beyond Windows XP for it, so this computer has to be kept alive for the scanner.  The scanner is an 11 X 17 one and they are hard to find at a reasonable price.

The middle monitor goes to the internet computer.  This is the only computer allowed onto the web and Scott uses it to communicate with clients, do research for his art, and to publish our books and update the Johnny Saturn site.

The monitor to the right goes to the graphics computer, a huge monster that he does 99% of the digital portion of his art on.  And yes, there is another computer sitting on the floor, but it has issues booting up and really just needs to be scavanged for parts.

The photocopier in the foreground is one we bought in 1997 and it still works just fine.  I dread the day it dies because it weighs a ton and a half* and getting it down the stairs is going to be one pain in the arse.

Batgirl (drawn by John Byrne, I am told) watches over Scott while he works.  It’s nice having your own personal superhero keeping an eye out for you.



This is looking from the relaxation station (the corner to hold the chair, ottoman, music, boombox, etc.) toward his drafting table in the west-facing dormer (we have large dormers upstairs, which we love).  The door on the right goes to the small walk-in closet where he stores nearly all of his art supplies (very neatly, I might add).  The stacking cubes will hold artist models and other knick-nacks, as well as some art reference books.

I love the color in this room.  So much better than that gloomy pink and green.

Yesterday, I took a trip to southern Indiana to pick up my Christmas turkey from the farm who raised and butchered it.  It is a small, heritage breed and I am looking forward to it becoming the main part of our Christmas dinner.

I love historical markers and will stop and read most that I pass.  This one really caught my fancy.

canal sign

Canals are as romantic to me as railroads and I love trains.


And it’s still there, if rather diminished in size.  Sorry for the gloomy weather, but it is December and I was just glad it wasn’t raining, sleeting or snowing for my drive south.

Speaking of trains.

old train1

I was told that this train was pulled into this spot a couple of decades ago and just left.

old train2

I stopped and took pictures of them to show Scott.  He loves painting derelict things and I knew this would capture his attention.  We might have to go back down there early next summer and give him a day to draw and paint these.

Sometimes, it is good to get off your normal route and see what you can find.  I am sure these sites are just normal to those living in the area, but to us getting to see them for the first time, they are very interesting.

Sandy and I will be working on the newly brought-home fiber tonight and it is my goal to get the shop updated by the end of this week.  I hope your weekend was as pleasant as mine was!!

Dec 4

Tomorrow, I (and a student/friend of mine) are off to Ohio Valley Natural Fibers tomorrow.  I will be picking up 15 processed fleeces from them (to be added into the Dyed in the Wool shop by the end of next week) and dropping off two dozen (plus) more for processing, plus fleeces for a couple of friends of mine from their own sheep.  If you think Laurel the CR-V is going to be full, you’d be right, but such a lovely, satisfying load of goodness.

Needless to say, I will be stopping at Jungle Jim’s on the way home.

And to let you know, I am now on Instagram as fiberpusher.  Please come and follow me so I can follow up and we can share all of the goodies we are making.