Saturday, April 19, 2014

Reading Like Crazy!

I have been reading a lot since the new year.  To date, I have read 28 books.  So, I am going to try to finish reading 100 books this year.  We will see if that happens.

So far to date, I have read the following books

Missing in Death – J.D. Robb

Fantasy in Death – J.D. Robb

Cure – Robin Cook

Songs of Christmas – Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer

Candlelight Christmas – Susan Wiggs

Starry Night – Debbie Macomber

Indulgence in Death – J. D. Robb

Possession in Death – J.D. Robb

Takedown Twenty – Janet Evanovitch

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder – Joanne Fluke

Candy for Christmas – Joanne Fluke

The Inn at Eagle Point – Sheryl Woods (I really enjoyed this book)

Treachery in Death – J. D. Robb

Strawberry Shortcake Murder – Joanne Fluke

Between Heaven and Texas – Marie Bostwick

A Single Thread – Marie Bostwick

Flowers on Main – Sheryl Woods

New York to Dallas – J.D. Robb

Harbor Lights – Sheryl Woods

Blueberry Muffin Murder – Joanne Fluke

A Chesapeake Shore Christmas – Sheryl Woods

Driftwood Cottage – Sheryl Woods

Chaos in Death – J.D. Robb

Moonlight Cove – Sheryl Woods

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder – Joanne Fluke

The Kitchen House – Kathleen Grissom

Beach Lane – Sheryl Woods

A Thread of Truth – Marie Bostwick

Saturday, April 12, 2014

What a Beautiful Day!

The temperature was close to 70 degrees today.  The sun is shining and tax season is almost over.  I have 2 more days to work.  I am so glad that it is coming to a close.

I have been knitting somewhat.  I finished one sock of the No purl monkey socks using Gales Art sock yarn in the color Hydrangea.  I am using a 1.5 needle.  I love how this sock is turning out.

Easter Sock - Sock 1 Complete

I also started a cowl called the Willow Cowl.  I am using a size 5 needle with Blue Mountain Fiber Arts Socks that Rock in the lightweight color of Muddy Autumn Rainbow.

Willow Cowl - Start

I also purchased two skeins of yarn from Kirby Wirby.  The yarn is Soft and squishy and the colors are Bonkers and Rockin my Banana Clip to the NKOTB concert.  Love these colors!  They are both self striping yarns for socks.

Kirby Wirby - Bonkers and Rockin my Banana Clip

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Finally, it’s April

I am so glad that April has finally arrived.  Some days it has been so beautiful.  Today, the sun finally came out, but it is windy making it a little cooler.  At least we aren’t having snow.  Tomorrow is supposed to be a wonderful day.

April also means that tax season is ending soon.  I am counting the days.  It’s so funny that I can’t wait for it to end, but after a few months off, I will be ready to start again.  Tax season has been keeping me busy and it’s taking my mind off of things.  But, now I am looking forward to spring and sitting outside on my back porch.

Knitting is going slow, but I have been knitting.  I finished my Zombody Go Bragh socks.  The yarn is from Desert Vista Dyeworks and is her Visio sock yarn.  I used a size 1 needle with a basic sock pattern.

Zombody Go Bragh Socks complete

I also finished the leg on the first Monkey Sock using Gale’s Art in the Hydrangea color with a size 1.5 needle.  I love the color of these socks and I’m calling them my Easter socks.  I probably won’t get them finished by Easter, but that’s okay.

Easter 2014 Sock 1 - Leg

I want to cast on for a cowl using sock yarn, so maybe I will do that tonight.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

And, the snow is melting!  Yahoo!  Although we may have a little snow this week.  I certainly hope not.

I haven’t done too much knitting, but I did do some.  I finished one sock of the Desert Vista Dyeworks Zombody go Bragh sock.  I am using a size 1 needle.  I love this colorway. This is for St. Patrick’s Day; however, I do not have it finished for that day.  Ah, maybe next year!

DVD - Zombody go Bragh - Sock 1 complete

I did start another sock using Gale’s Art sock yarn in the color Hydrangea.  I figured that this was a great spring color.  I am making the no purl monkey socks with this yarn using a size 1.5 needle.

Gales Art - Monkey Sock - Hydrangea - Sock 1

I did work a little on the Gale Sweater. I got a couple more repeats knitted on the front. I am using Plymouth Homestead yarn in taupe heather (it kinda looks like grey) with a size 11 needle.

Gale Sweater - Front2

I forgot to mention last time that I finished the Flutterby baby blanket using Flutterby yarn in the pink/purple color with a size 10.5 needle.  This was for my new great niece Chloe.

Flutterby Baby Blanket complete

I couldn’t resist getting more striping sock yarn.  From Must Stash yarn and fiber, I got Fae Queen and Candy Crush (I had to get this because of the name)  in her Perfect sock base.

Must Stash - Fae Queen and Candy Crush

And, I also got Chocolate Bunny Cake in the same base.  This yarn is Must Stash yarn too, but I got it from Little Skein on Etsy.

Must Stash - Perfect Sock - Chocolate Bunny Cake

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Spring is around the corner?

At least I hope so.  The sun is shining today and it’s 43 degrees out.  Melt snow Melt!

I have been knitting.  I am still working on the Flutterby baby blanket and started the second ball.  I should finish this soon.  Maybe this week.

I also worked on the Zombody go Bragh sock by DVD using a size 1 needle.  This makes me think of spring.

DVD - Zombody go Bragh - Sock 1B

I also started the Gale sweater.  I am using Plymouth Homestead yarn in a gray color with size 10.5 and 11.0 needles.

Gale - Front - Ribbing

Forgot to mention last time that I also got Malabrigo Rasta yarn in the color Violeta Africana.  This was a back order from Webs.  I want to use this yarn to make mittens.  I know, it will have to be mittens for next year.  I love the color.

Malabrigo Rasta - Violeta Africana

All my chores are finished for the day, so I guess I will do some knitting and reading.  Sounds good to me.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Here we go again–More snow!

Another snow storm is on it’s way.  It could be 6 – 12 inches starting Sunday into Monday.  I am so glad it’s finally March, but I was hoping that we wouldn’t be getting much snow anymore.  Plus, I would really like the snow on the ground to be melted before getting any more.

I was able to finish two pairs of socks this week.  I completed the Angry Birds sock.  The yarn is Lollipop yarn in the color Angry Birds.  I used a basic sock pattern with a size 1 needle.  I loved the colors on this sock.

Angry Birds Sock Complete

I also completed the Drift socks.  I used the Sanguine Gryphon’s Bugga yarn in Tropical Shield Bug with a size 1.5 needle.  The pattern was very easy to knit.

Drift sock - Complete

So now that two pairs of socks are off the needles, I cast on for another basic sock pattern using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso yarn in the color Zombody go Bragh with a size 1 needle.  Great colors for St. Patrick’s Day.

DVD - Zombody go Bragh

I also got some more skeins of yarn.  From Gales Art I got her Wonder Sock in the colors Hydrangea and Graffiti and Asphalt.

Gales Art - Hydrangea and Graffiti and Asphalt

Also, I plan on knitting the pattern Gale by Alicia Plummer.  It’s a sweater pattern.  I bought Homestead yarn by Plymouth in the color 2 – Taupe Heather (looks more like grey) to use for this project.

Homestead - Color 2 - Taupe Heather

Well, one more week and it’s Daylight Savings Time.  I am looking forward to that because I am hoping that we will be getting some warmer weather to melt this snow.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

50 Degrees

We actually hit 50 degrees today.  It was wonderful.  The sun was shining and the snow is melting.  We will have one more day of this kind of weather and then it’s back to the cold. But, at least we got some of this snow melted.  I even went to knitting yesterday and today and got to be with my friends.  Pure Bliss!

I got two new skeins of yarn today from Desert Vista Dyeworks.  The colors are Zombody Go Bragh and Zombody Throw me some beads.  I couldn’t resist them.  But, the post office really messed up with delivery on these skeins.  I was suppose to receive them last Saturday, but the tracking still had them leaving Arizona.  They finally hit Philadelphia two days ago and sat there until this morning when they finally moved and got to my post office.  I almost thought that they got lost.  I am so glad to have received them.  I know it probably had to do with the snow last Thursday and then President’s Day on Monday.  But, Geez!  That long to get here???

Desert Vista Dyeworks - Feb 14 - Zombody

I have been working mostly on the two pairs of socks I am knitting.  I am knitting on the second sock for both. I finally turned the heel on both of them. 

The one pair is Lollipop yarns Angry Birds using a basic sock pattern with a size 1 needle.

Angry Birds - Sock 2- Heel Turn

The other pair of socks is the Drift sock using Bugga in the color Tropical Shield with a size 1.5 needle. 

Drift Sock - Sock 2 - Heel Turn

I should finish up both of these socks next week.  I think I will cast on another basic sock using Zombody Go Bragh for Saint Patricks Day.  I probably won’t finish it by then, but at least I will have a green pair for next year.