Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Rainy Dreary Day

It’s raining today.  I think it’s been raining most of June.  I guess it makes it a good day to knit.

I finished the Lemonade Shop Rainbow socks.  I used a size 0 needle with a basic sock pattern and an afterthought heel.  I love how these socks turned out.

Lemonade Rainbow Socks - complete

Then, I had to start a new sock.  I am using Must Stash yarn in the color Dark Side of the Moon EPV.  I am using a size 1 needle.  These socks are working up fast.

Must Stash - Dark Side of the Moon - EPV - sock 1 - leg

I also started to knit a cowl.  Its’s called the Restoration Cowl.  I am using Madelinetosh vintage yarn in the color Grey Garden with a size 7 needle.  I like this pattern and of course, I love the yarn.  Can you believe that I am using yarn from stash!

Restoration Cowl - 1

I love project bags and had to share these new bags I got from Craftsomatic on Etsy.  They are all medium size bags.  The bags are well made and I love the fabrics.  She usually puts new bags up in her shop on a Friday morning.

Craftsomatic Project Bags

Well, off to do more knitting…..

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Catching up on Reading

I wasn’t reading much the first couple of months of the year, but now I am catching up.  My goal this year is to read 90 books and I am almost half way there.

So far, I have read:

Wonder – P.J. Palacio – excellent book

The Love Season – Elin Hilderbrand

Dogwood Hill – Sherryl Woods

The Blue Bistro – Elin Hilderbrand

Candy Cane Murder – Joanne Fluke

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafĂ© – Fannie Flagg

The Wedding Letters – Jason Wright

Me Before You – JoJo Moyes

A Summer Affair – Elin Hilderbrand

Spring Fever – Mary Kay Andrews

Wild – Cheryl Strayed

Welcome to Serenity – Sherryl Woods

Home in Carolina – Sherryl Woods

Honeysuckle Summer – Sherryl Woods

Midnight Promises – Sherryl Woods

Where Azaleas Bloom – Sherryl Woods

Catching Fireflies – Sherryl Woods

Festive in Death – J. D. Robb

Swan Point – Sherryl Woods

Hissy Fit – Mary Kay Andrews

The Chance – Karen Kingsbury

Obsession in Death – J. D. Robb

Mad About the Boy – Helen Fielding

The Residence – Kate Anderson Brower

The New Yorkers – Cathleen Schine

The Payback Club – Rexanne Bernel

Don’t Go – Lisa Scottoline

The Second Sister – Marie Bostwick

Delicious – Suzanne Mallery

Summerland – Elin Hilderbrand

Carrot Cake Murder – Joanne Fluke

Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline

Barefoot Season – Susan Mallery

Three Sisters – Susan Mallery

Irresistable – Susan Mallery

Sizzling – Susan Mallery

Evening Stars – Susan Mallery

Accused – Lisa Scottoline

Sweet Salt Air – Barbara Delinsky

Tempting – Susan Mallery

Dead Ringer – Lisa Scottoline

Saturday, June 13, 2015

It’s hot, but I’m knitting

It’s been hot the last two days, but it hasn’t stopped me from knitting.

I finished the first basic sock using Lemonade Shop Rainbow Stripe Yarn.  I am going to do an afterthought heel, but will knit that after finishing the second sock.

Lemonade Shop Sock - Rainbow

I did start on the second sock and have finished the leg and will be starting on the foot.

Lemonade Shop Sock 2 - Rainbow

I bought 3 skeins of Bella Bulky Chenille by Universal Yarns in the purple pansy color way.   The yarn is so soft that I had to buy it.  It is even softer than Flutterby Bulky Chenille.

Bella Chenille - Pansey

 

I started another baby blanket using this yarn.  I don’t know who this will be for.   The pattern is the Flutterby Baby Blanket.  I am using a size 10.5 needle.  I really love the yarn and may just buy more yarn in another color to make myself a lap blanket for winter.

Flutterby Baby Blanket - Bella Chenille - 2nd photo

I also started back on the Gale Sweater that I started last March.  I am using Plymouth Homestead in the color taupe heather.  I am using a size 11 needle for the body.  I am getting close to finishing the front.

Gale Sweater - Front -Decreases

I bought a pattern for sock earrings.  It came with the the wires for the earrings and I also bought the needles (a size 0000).

Sock Earrings

I got my first shipment of the Concert Series from Must Stash Yarn based on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.  The color is called Dark Side of the Moon EPV.  The next shipment will be in July.  I can’t wait.

Must Stash - Dark Side of the Moon 2

I need to get back to the knitting!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Happy Memorial Day

It’s so hard to believe that it’s the end of May and we will be celebrating Memorial Day this weekend.  The last few days have been cool and today I have a picnic to go to .  Hope it warms up.  At least the sun is shining.

I finished the Cameo shawl.  I didn’t have enough of the red in one skein to finish the striping, but since I started this shawl last year, I forgot I bought two skeins of both colors.  So, I was able to finish the pattern as written.  I only needed one skein of the white.  I used Madelinetosh Tosh sock yarn in tart and farmhouse white with a size 5 needle.

Cameo Shawl - complete

I still need to block the shawl.  This is another pattern that called for the picot bindoff.  It wasn’t too bad as it didn’t have as many stitches as the Yowza weigh it shawl.

Since I have been so good, I cast on another sock.  I am using a basic sock pattern with a size zero needle.  I started with a size 1, but the pattern was pooling, so I dropped down a size.  The yarn is by Lemonade Shop and is the rainbow stripe color.  I already finished the leg on the first sock.  The yarn is really soft and nice to work with.

Lemonade Shop - Rainbow Stripe - sock 1 - leg

I plan on going back to the Gale sweater this weekend.  This is another project that I need to finish.

Hope everyone has a nice weekend!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

More Finished Objects

I completed the Bulky Rayon Chenille Cowl using Blue Heron Bulky Rayon Chenille.  I used a size 6 needle.  I did wash and dry it.  The approximate size prior to washing was 46 inches and it grew to about 56 inches.  I panicked when it was drying as I didn’t think it was growing, so I stretched it.  I had to turn the dryer back on several times. Unfortunately, some of the side stitches broke.  I used needle and thread and sewed it back together.  I think it will be okay.  The cowl really softened up after washing and drying.  I will definitely make another, but will not stretch it.   I believe that it will grow once completely dry.

Bulky Rayon Chenille Cowl

I also finished the CookieA Hedera socks.  I can’t believe that I cast these on almost a year ago.  I used Hazel Knits Artisan Sock yarn in the Blueberry color with a size 1 needle.    I love this yarn.  The pattern was easy and I enjoyed it.

Hedera Sock Complete

I started back knitting the cameo shawl.  This is another project that is almost a year old.  I am knitting the striped section now and am more than half way completed.  I panicked because I didn’t think that I would have enough of the main color yarn (Madelinetosh sock in tart) to finish all of the striped repeats.  Good I checked Ravelry because I bought two skeins of both colors, so I will have enough.  I am using Madelinetosh sock in tart and farmhouse white with a size 5 needle.

Cameo Shawl - Striped section

It feels good to finish my knitting projects.  After the cameo shawl, I will go back and finish the Gale sweater.  I’m being real good and not casting on any new projects.  That helps a lot.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

It feels good to finish projects

I am finished with the Yowza Weigh it Shawl.  I used Miss Babs Yowza yarn in the color prince with a size 7 needle.  The knitting wasn’t bad, but the picot bindoff was torture.  I couldn’t wait to finish it, but it got nice.  I do need to block it though.

Yowza Weigh it Shawl 1 - complete

I also finished the first Hedera Sock by Cookie A.  I am using Hazel Knits Artisan Sock yarn in the color blueberry with a size 1 needle.  I love Hazel Knits Artisan sock yarn.  The stitch definition is wonderful.

Hedera Sock -1

I cast on for the second sock, but I’m currently trying to finish the Blue Heron Bulky Chenille Cowl.  I am close to finishing this project, so I think that I will keep at it.  Interesting that these 3 projects are in the blue family.

I also bought some Universal Yarn in Cotton Supreme.  I need cotton yarn like I need a hole in my head, but I wanted to try this cotton yarn out.  I will make a washcloth out of it.

Universal Yarn - Cotton Supreme - color 611

So, this week my goals are to finish the cowl, cast on the washcloth and make progress on the second Hedera sock.  Here’s hoping that I can do it.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Finally it’s warm outside

Today was a beautiful day.  It was warm enough to sit outside to knit and read.  I really enjoyed it and it looks as if this coming week will be the same.  Finally winter is behind us.

I have finally been knitting and trying to finish things before casting on something new.  I did finish the Sunny Baby Blanket that I was working on.  I used Encore in the color 0215 ( a yellow color) with a size 8 needle.  I did adjust the pattern.  I cast on 108 stitches and only did 9 repeats total of the pattern.  I like how it turned out.

Sunny Baby Blanket

I also finished my St. Patrick’s Day socks.  It’s a little after St. Patrick’s day isn’t it?  I used Fab Funky Fibers yarn in the color Shades of Green with a size 1 needle.  I also did an afterthought heel for this sock.

Green Socks

I am working on finishing the Cookie A Hedera socks, the Yowza weigh it shawl, and the Bulky Rayon Chenille Cowl.  Hopefully, I will have another finished object this week.

I did buy more yarn.  I got Madelinetosh sport yarn in the Woodstock color.  I plan on using this to make a shawl.  I don’t know what kind yet, but I am sure I will find a pattern.  However, this is on the back burner for now because I want to finish some projects first.

Madelinetosh - sport - Woodstock

I also got Llama Lace Melange yarn in colors 105 and 106.  I plan on using this to knit the kite shawl.

Llama Lace Melange

Last, but not least, I had preordered yarn from Fibernymph Dyeworks in Soft Kitty, which is in the Bedazzled Base and Sad Panda, which is in her Bounce Base.  I got those this week.

Fibernymph Dye Works - soft kitty and sad panda

My camera broke, so I ordered a new one.  I should get it this week.  I ordered a new bag from CraftssoMatic on Etsy and I want to show the picture of it.  It is so cute.  I had to order another bag from her and that should come this week.