Ten On Tuesday

This week’s Ten on Tuesday topic comes from Mary and it’s actually about . . .  knitting! Because, you know, it’s good if we occasionally talk about knitting. And so, today, I want you to tell me the 10 Patterns You Could Knit Again . . . and again and again. (All links are Rav links but you’re all on there at this point, right?)

repeat knits

  1. Carole’s Picot Edge Sock. I know I’ve knit this many, many times. It is my go-to sock pattern and I don’t have to think about it at all.
  2. The Ball Band Dishcloth. This is a necessity every now and again when the dishcloths get old and tired.
  3. Monkey Socks. Perfect for when I want to knit a sock that’s a bit more challenging.
  4. Feather and Fan Socks. See #3.
  5. Cedar Leaf Shawlette. I’ve knit 2 already and I’m sure I will knit it again. It works with lots of different yarns and it especially nice for handspun.
  6. Hitchhiker. Like the Cedar Leaf Shawlette, this one is versatile and easy and also looks great done up in handspun.
  7. Baby Surprise Jacket. It’s my go-to baby sweater. It’s clever and fast and can be made bigger or smaller very easily.
  8. Calorimetry. Fast and flattering and perfect for when you don’t want a hat but you don’t want something warm on your head.
  9. Everyday Cardigan. I actually need to make myself one of these in a smaller size. My original one is huge.
  10. Irish Hiking Scarf. I knit a few of these so long ago that they aren’t on Ravelry! It’s a great scarf pattern for a guy.

Wow, that was easy! I think it took me longer to add all those links than it did to write my list. I’m looking forward to reading your list of the patterns you can knit over and over again. Don’t forget to add your link by clicking the button below. And click here if you want to be on the Ten on Tuesday mailing list.

A New Look

As a photographer, it’s very difficult for me to hand my camera to someone else. First, there’s the money factor. My camera is not a cheapo thing and I get nervous when other people handle it. Second, there’s the trust factor. I have a hard time trusting that anyone else can capture the shot that I see. Let’s face it – they can’t. Even the best photographer in the world can’t get exactly the image that I want - only I can do that.

However. I needed a head shot so last week when Dale and I were in Rockport and I took that great picture of him, I relented and gave him the camera to take one of me.

cjp headshot for carole knits

And, it’s okay. It’s not exactly what I had in mind but I think it captures the way he sees me and that works since he adores me and maybe that will make other people adore me.

Why did I need a head shot, you may ask? And why do I want other people to adore me, you may also ask? Because I have launched my photography website. Yes, Carole Julius Photography is now a thing.


You may also have noticed this morning that the blog has a new look. It’s pared down and cleaned up and it matches my photography website. I hired the awesome and talented Carrie to design the themes for both and she has done a fabulous job.

How’s that for a Monday morning announcement?

Eye Candy Friday

sunset over monponsett for carole knits

I took this photo on Brant’s birthday when we went out to celebrate, figuring we could toast the birthday boy even if he wasn’t with us. We had a great meal on the water and the sunset wasn’t half bad either.

And here we are at the weekend and that’s nothing but good news!

Kathy Mattea Concert

If we’re going to take things in chronological order, and what with me being a librarian and all you just know that’s the way we’re going to take things, then the first thing I’m going to tell you about is last Thursday when Dale and I went to see Kathy Mattea in Rockport. I got him the tickets for his birthday back in June and part of the deal was that a) he had to take me and b) we had to go to Woodman’s for fried clams.

fried clams for carole knits

Here is the obligatory picture of my fried clams. They may not look all that pretty but they are so delicious. And expensive at $28.95/plate. Good thing we don’t indulge in this particular treat very often as it’s hard on the wallet and the arteries.

woodmans pick up counter for carole knits

Woodman’s is worth it, though, and the staff there is friendly and the service is fast. It’s all counter pick up, whether you’re getting food, as pictured above.

dale at woodmans for carole knits

Or beer, as pictured here as Dale waits patiently to order a draft.

shalin liu for carole knits

It’s a short and pretty drive from Woodman’s to the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. And it was a beautiful early summer evening so we took the opportunity to walk down to the water and take a few photos. The building you see with all of the windows is the performance center. I’m sure the view from inside is amazing but the curtains were closed so that all that glass didn’t detract from the musical performance.

dale rockport harbor for carole knits

And here’s my handsome husband with Rockport harbor in the background. I may have even handed the camera to him for a shot or two of me but you’re going to have to be patient and wait for those.

kathy mattea for carole knits

We had a cocktail on the 3rd floor of the theater and then headed down to take our seats in the 4th row. Woot! Dale was very happy about that, I can tell you. Close enough for a few good pictures of Kathy Mattea and her band, close enough to see their expressions and really feel part of a small circle of friends.

dale and kathy mattea for carole knits

Not as close as this, though! It’s a confident wife who gladly takes a photo of her husband with one of his major crushes, you know.

If all of this sounds familiar, you aren’t having deja vu. We did this same thing back in Jan of 2013.

Clearly, we need to start liking new foods and new performers or this here blog is going to get repetitive.

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