Saturday, April 04, 2015

Back to the knitting

Well, I think I got my knitting mojo back.  I have been knitting a lot more than I have been in awhile.  Maybe it’s because the snow is finally gone from my yard and after ending March with snow, it looks like April will really be bringing us the spring weather.   Although, we may have rain, at least it will be warmer.  Tomorrow and Monday are supposed to be in the 60’s.  How wonderful is that?

I have been knitting on my Yowza  weigh it shawl.  I am using a size 7 needle with Miss Babs Yowza yarn in the color Prince.   I still have a way to go, but it has gotten bigger.

Yowza Weight it shawl

I finally finished one of my St. Patrick’s sock except for the heel.  I am doing an afterthought heel on these socks, so I will do the heels when I finish both socks.  I am using a size 1 needle and I’m using Fab Funky Fibers shades of green yarn.  I did start on the second sock.

Fab Funky Fibers - St. Patricks Sock

I also worked on the Blue Heron Bulky Rayon Diagonal Cowl.  I am using Blue Heron Bulky Rayon Chenille  in a blue violet colorway with a size 6 needle.

Blue Heron Cowl

I like this cowl so much and also the yarn, so I bought another skein in the color silver.

Blue Heron Bulky Rayon Chennile - Silver

I am working on a third hitchhiker.  I am using Wollmeise pure in the Amazonia color with a size 2 needle. 

Hitchhiker #2

Last, but not least, I am knitting a second baby blanket for charity.  This is the Sunny baby blanket that I have made before.  I really like the pattern.  I am using a size 8 needle and I’m using Encore worsted yarn in the color 0215 (a yellow color).

Sunny Baby Blanket - Yellow

I did finish a Bonbon bunny for my great niece for Easter.  This is a great pattern by Susan Claudino (no knit sherlock).  The pattern has great instructions.  They are very detailed and I love it that you don’t have to sew the limbs on.  They are attached as you knit with a three needle bindoff.  It knit up very fast.  I used a size 4 needle with Gnome Acres Squishy Gnome in the Bunny foo foo colorway.

Bon Bon

I have so many other projects that I want to start, but I need to finish some of these projects.  So, back to the knitting for me.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Counting the days to Spring

Honestly, I can’t wait for the warmer weather.  We haven’t had a ton of snow, but we had several days of snow throughout the winter and I am so sick of it.  It has been melting and I can’t wait until it’s all gone.  At least the temperature has been in the 40’s and 50’s and the sun has been out most days.  Today is a dreary rainy day, but the rain has to be melting the snow.  Right?

I haven’t been knitting much.  I had an upper respiratory infection and that has kept me down.  I am almost over it all together and I am happy about that.

I did finish the vertical lines baby blanket.  I used a size 9 needle with Encore Colorspun in color 7650.  This is for charity.

Vertical Lines Baby Blanket

I then bought more baby yarn to make blankets.  I got Encore color 0215 and Encore Colorspun in color 7749.

Encore for Baby Blankets

After finishing the vertical lines baby blanket, I started my third Sunny Baby Blanket.  This time I used a yellow yarn (Encore in color 0215) with a size 8 needle. I am making this pattern smaller than it is supposed to be.  I cast on 108 stitches and won’t have as many repeats.

Sunny Baby Blanket 3

I also bought yarn from GnomeAcres in her fingering and worsted weight to make bunny rabbits out of the color bunny foo foo.  I hope to get one made for Easter for my great niece.  The pattern is BonBon by Susan Claudino (no knit sherlock on Ravelry).  It’s so cute.

Gnome Acres Bunny Foo Foo Kits

I have so many things on the needles, so I have to get back to those projects too.  Maybe the nicer weather will get me knitting?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Many projects on the needles

Everywhere I look, I have knitting bags with projects inside.  What was I thinking?  To top it off, I could start more projects.  I think I need to finish some before starting something else.

What do I have on the needles that I am actively knitting (note that I said actively – I have other projects on the needles that are in time out)?

1. The chenille diagonal cowl

2. Hitchhiker

3. Yowza weigh it shawl

4. Cameo Shawl

5. Hedera sock

6. Gale sweater

7. Baby blanket shown below

8. St. Patrick’s day sock shown below

Too many projects and not enough time……..

I did start a baby blanket to donate to a hospital.  I am using the Vertical Lines Baby Blanket pattern with a size 9 needle.  I am using Plymouth Yarns Encore Colorspun in the color 7650.

Encore Colorspun - 7650

I just started this on Friday and this is how far I have knitted.  It is interesting how the colors are knitting up.  I am using the Addi Turbo needles with this project and I just love these needles.

Vertical Lines Blanket

I also got past the heel on my St. Patrick’s day sock.  I figured that I needed to do an afterthought heel for this sock.  I am using Fab Funky Fibers yarn in the Shades of Green color with a size 1 needle.  I am only using a basic sock pattern for this sock.

Shades of Green - Sock 1B

I had put in a request many months ago for Dream in Color Classy in the color Mountain Wildflowers at the Loopy Ewe.  The yarn finally came in and now I have two skeins.  I think this will be a hat and cowl.

Dream in Color Classy - Mountain Wildflowers

Back to knitting and listening to podcasts.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Snow is an incentive to knit

We have had some snow recently and it got me knitting.  We didn’t have as much as they had in Northern New England, but there is something about snow and being in the house that gets me in the mood to knit.

I finished my Christmas socks, which turned into my Valentine Socks.  I used yarn from the Lemonade Shop.  The color Peppermint ice cream.  I used a size one needle.

Peppermint Sock Complete

I cast on for the Blue Heron Bulky chenille cowl using the color blue violet.  I cast on 44 stitches and I really like how this is knitting up.  I used a provisional cast on and will join both sides once I finish it.  I am knitting with a size 6 needle.

Blue Heron Chenille Cowl

I also cast on for another hitchhiker using Wollmeise pure in Amazonas with a size 3.0mm needle.

Hitchhiker - Amazonas

Since I finished one pair of socks, I cast on another using Fab Funky Fibers yarn in the color shades of green.  There are 7 shades of green with navy blue between the shades. I am using a basic sock pattern with a size 1 needle.

Basic Sock - Fab Funky Fibers - Shades of Green

I did get two new skeins of yarn.  I got Plymouth Kudo yarn in the color 41 to make the Birthday cake cowl.

Plymouth Kudo - Color 41

I had ordered yarn from Desert Vista Dyeworks to use for next Christmas.  It’s in her Viso base in the color Holiday Stripe Thick.

Desert Vista Dyeworks - Holiday Stripe - Thick

Well, we are supposed to get more snow tomorrow, so I guess I will be knitting up a storm.  I have a lot of things on my needles to keep me busy.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Yarn, Yarn and more Yarn

I’ve been on a yarn buying spree.  I just couldn’t resist.

From the Loopy Ewe, I got Tumbleweed Yarns Aurora in Sidewalk Sandwich and Sugar Shell.  These are both self striping yarns.  I also got Western Sky knits Aspen in Rustic Rainbow to make the sockhead hat.  I couldn’t help but pick up a bar of Loopy Ewe soap.

Loopy Ewe - Jan 2015

Then, the Loopy Ewe put up Wollmeise Yarn.  Even though I came to the party late, I was able to get two skeins of Pure.  The colors are Amazonas and Happy Birthday Kristina.  I plan on casting on Hitchhikers with these skeins.

Wollmeise Pure

When I was at my local yarn shop, I saw a really neat cowl made out of Blue Heron Bulky Rayon Chenille in the color blue violet.  Well, next thing I knew I had to buy the yarn.

Blue Heron Bulky Rayon Chenille

So, I need to wind a skein of Wollmeise and cast on for the hitchhiker and then cast on for the cowl.  I also have my sights on another skein of yarn for another cowl.  I think I am going to have a lot of things on the needles soon.  As if I don’t already.

I did finish one of my Christmas socks in Peppermint Ice Cream that I bought from the Lemonade Shop on Etsy.  One down and one to go.

Peppermint Ice Cream Sock 1

It’s time to knit!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Happy New Year 2015

Goals for 2014

1. Read 65 Books – I think that is a good number and don’t want to set a goal too large. – I redid my goal to 100, but only ready 91 books

2. Knit 12 pairs of socks – didn’t make this goal either.  I knit 9 pairs of socks, but have knit over 100 pairs of socks

3. Finish the Central Park Hoodie – One of these years I will do this. – didn’t make this goal either.  I didn’t even touch this knit.

4. Stash Bust – Get rid of at least one storage tote of yarn either by using it or passing yarn along or selling it. – I did stash bust.  It probably amounted to one tote of yarn, but probably filled it with new yarn

5. Clean house – it’s time to go through the house again and reorganize and get rid of stuff I don’t need. – I did a good job of this.  I went through 3 floors and got rid of a lot of stuff.  Only have to clean out the attic.

Goals for 2015

1. Read at least 90 books

2. Knit 12 pairs of socks

3. Finish a sweater.  I have the Central Park Hoodie, the Olivia sweater, and the Gale sweater.  So, hopefully I will finish one of them because I would like to knit Lori Versaci’s Pour Moi cardigan.

4. Stash Bust

5. Clean out the attic and books

6. Finish some UFO’s

7. Finish more knitted projects

8. Counted Cross Stitch

 

FINISHED PROJECTS FOR 2014

I finished 16 projects this year.  In 2013, I finished 29 projects.  It keeps getting less and less.  What’s with that?

1. 9 Pairs of socks

2. 2 shawls

3. 1 Baby Blanket

4. 1 Cowl

5. 1 hat

6. 1 prayer cloth

7. One washcloth

UFO’s

10 UFO’s in 2014.  Last year I had 8.  The list keeps growing

2 Pairs of socks

Strandwanderer

Advent Calendar Scarf

3 Sweaters

1 Afghan

2 shawl’s

That is 10 too many, especially when there are other projects that I want to cast on the needles.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Reading makes the world grow

Well, 2014 is over and I did not make my goal of 100 books.  I did read 91 books.  This is what I have read since I last reported.

Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steel

Concealed in Death – J D Robb

Gods in Alabama – Joshilyn Jackson

Key Lime Pie Murder – Joanne Fluke

Stealing Home – Sherryl Woods

Waiting for the Moon – Kristin Hannah

The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman

Top Secret Twenty – One – Janet Evanovich

Love Letters – Debbie Macomber

Pretty Woman – Fern Michaels

A Slice of Heaven – Sherryl Woods

The Fixer Upper – Mary Kay Andrews

Feels Like Family – Sherryl Woods

Guidebook to Murder – Lynn Cahoon

Mission to Murder – Lynn Cahoon

Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh

A Seaside Christmas – Sherryl Woods

Santa Baby – Sherryl Woods

The Christmas Bouquet – Sherryl Woods

All is Bright – Katherine Spencer

Can This be Christmas – Debbie Macomber

Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy – Debbie Macomber

All Fall Down – Jennifer Weiner

The Island – Elin Hilderbrand

Savannah Blues – Mary Kay Andrews

Mr. Miracle – Debbie Macomber

Guess, I better start reading.  Maybe I will be able to read 100 books in 2015?