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?

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Belated Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah

It’s over.  All the time and preparation and before you know it Christmas is over.  Why do we do this to ourselves?  At any rate, I hope for those who celebrate, you had a Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukah.

Finally, things have calmed down and I can knit again.  I probably didn’t do any knitting for about 2 weeks.

I finished my Thanksgiving socks using Dancing Dog Dyeworks Grade School Turkey color using a size 1 needle with a basic sock pattern.

Grade School Turkey Sock Complete

I immediately cast on for a Christmas sock, which won’t be finished until next Christmas.  I am also using a basic sock pattern with a size 1 needle.  The yarn is from The Lemonade Shop in the color Peppermint Ice Cream.

Peppermint Ice Cream Sock 1

I did get some more yarn.  I had ordered more yarn from Knit Circus awhile ago and it finally arrived.  The yarn is The Greatest of Ease in the Color Brew Crew.  I love the blue color.

Knit Circus - Greatest of Ease -Brew Crew

Katia Jumbo yarn in the color 100 to make a cowl.  This yarn is very soft and should knit up fast.

Katia - Jumbo - Color 100

Last, but not least, I bought Madelinetosh Twist Light in the color Doctor’s without Borders.

Madelinetosh Twist Light - Doctor's Without Borders

Back to knitting!

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Better Knitting Week

This has been a better knitting week.  I am turning the heel on my Grade School Turkey sock using a size 1 needle and a basic sock pattern.  The yarn is from Desert Vista Dyeworks.  I really love her yarn and colorways.

Grade School Turkey Sock 2

I also started on another shawl.  It’s the Yowza weigh it shawl by Susan B. Anderson.  I am using Miss Babs Yowza in the color Prince.  The pattern calls for a size 9 needle, but I am using a size 7.

Yowza shawl

I also got two skeins of yarn this week.  From the Lemonade Shop, I got her fingering weight yarn in Peppermint Ice Cream.

Lemonade Shop - Peppermint Ice Cream

From Lollipop Yarn, I got a skein of What a Maroon.  I love the colors in this ball.

Lollipop Yarn - What a Maroon

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

It was a nice week.  I only had to work in the office one day.  I was able to get a lot of cleaning finished this week and was even able to get most of the Christmas decorations up.  I only have to put up my small tree and I will do that later today.

I got the Bella Shawl blocked and here is the finished product.

Bella Shawl - complete

I really like this shawl.

I also finished one of the Grade School Turkey socks.  The yarn is by Desert Vista Dyeworks and I am using a basic sock pattern with a size 1 needle.

Grade School Turkey Scok 1 - complete

I started on the second sock.  Looks like I won’t have this finished for Thanksgiving.  Oh well.  I am enjoying knitting this sock.

I also received a skein of yarn from the Lemonade Shop.  It’s fingering weight yarn and the color is Holiday 2014.

Lemonade Shop - Holiday 2014

I still have one more day of peace and quiet before I am back at work again.  December is going to be a hectic month.  I have to get my Christmas shopping finished.  Enjoy the holidays!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

I finally finished something

It’s been awhile, but I finally finished the Bella Shawl.  This was made with Miss Babs Yowza in the color Zombie Prom using a size 6 and size 4 needle.  I am happy how it turned out.  Here is the shawl blocking.

Bella Shawl - Blocking

The Miss Babs skeins are Babettes, which mean that no two skeins are the same.  Two friends of mine also made this shawl using the same color.  See how they differ. I think mine is on the top.  We each like the color we got.

Three Bella Shawl's

I have also been working on my Thanksgiving sock using the color Grade School Turkey.  I have turned the heel on the first sock.  This is Dancing Dog Dyeworks yarn using a basic sock pattern with a size 1 needle.

Grade School Turkey Sock 1 - Foot

I have bought more yarn.  I had to get more Miss Babs Yowza for another shawl (plus a spare).  The colors are Bat S**t Crazy and Prince.

Miss Babs - Yowza - Nov 2014

Also, I got Noro Kureyon to make some mittens from a pattern that Susan B. Anderson did.  The pattern is called Waiting for Winter.  The color is 344.  Plus, I also got some Lang Jawoll sock yarn that has the reinforcing thread.  The color is a green.

Noro Kureyon and Jawoll

From the Lemonade Shop on Etsy, I got Lavender Speckles in a fingering weight.

Lemonade Shop - Lavender speckled yarn

From Knit Circus, I got one of her gradient sock yarns (Greatest of Ease) in the color Tropical Sunset.

Knit Circus - Greatest of Ease - tropical sunset

It’s getting cold outside. Time to get knitting!