JRob's blog

Jack Frost Nipping at the Pumpkins

We've had our first heavy frost this week in St. Louis (but today is forecast to be 70). Almost finished my grandson's last sweater for the season and was thinking what to do next and thought I'd do my first cock sock/willie warmer. Anyone know of a good pattern and want to join me in knitting one up? I thought us guys could have some fun with a short project together.


Bennett's next sweater - Johnny Boy

Good Evening All,

I've started the next sweater for my new grandson, Bennett who just turned 3 weeks old. ( I am doing 4 for this winter and glad they knit up fast) The free pattern is called Johnny Boy a web exclusive by Berroco using their sox yarn. I've substituted a German yarn Schafpate Baden - Wurttemberg "Opal" a pull over and sock yarn. It is 75% virgin wool yarn & a 25% polyamid.

AAArgh Too!! - Updated

Yesterday was cold and damp in St. Louis. Wife out of town visiting the new grandson this past week so I spent the day at the yarn shop knitting in the company of friends. I got a lot done on Bennett's ribbed baby jacket. Came home had supper and complete the jacket at 9:00 pm and went to put it together and had trouble. Found a mistake and had to rip out three hours of work. Went to bed frustrated - I know how to count so how could I have missed 18 rows in the second sleeve!

Bennett's BSJ Done

Good Afternoon All,

My official end to summer - my pool was closed and winterized today. Had a great morning visiting with my landscaper to finalize the design plans for my back yard. Project should start in the next couple of weeks. Then spent the rest of the morning knitting. I am almost done with Bennett's jacket that I started last saturday. Finished the jacket this afternoon.


I had several requests for a photo of the ES Adult Surprise Jacket I knitted for my wife. Here is a picture needs the buttons and blocking. I used a Noro for the stripping and a co-ordinated a honey brown wool to pair with it. I followed her pattern as written in School House Press Pattern #5.


EZ BSJ School House Press Pattern #5

Hi guys,

What a week. Just got back friday from Memphis. At 2:20 am tuesday morning the call came - my first grandchild was on his way and about to be born. Wife and I rushed out of the house and headed out of STL down highway 55 to Memphis (4 hours). Missed the birth by 9 miles. Mother and grandson are doing well and my son is as proud as can be. Who can blame him.

Harvesting Color - How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes

Last September I bought this book by Rebecca Burgess. She visited 3 natural dye artist across the US and in her book showcases 3 dozen common plants that yield striking hues. One of the places she visited was Hillcreek Fiber Studio in Columbia Missouri only two hours from my house. Intrigued by the process detailed in the book, last October I enrolled myself and my wife in a 2 day class that was held last weekend. It used Missouri Wild Plants which we collected and processed to dye cotton, wool and silk. We had a blast and learned so much and yes I was the only male there.