Saturday, August 15, 2015

Summer is coming to an end

I am still reading and knitting.  I did finish two projects.

The first is the Zig Zag sock.  I used Fleece Artist basic merino sock yarn in the color Rainforest with a size 1 needle.  I really love the sock and the color.  Sorry that the picture is dark, but the color is a dark green.

Zig Zag Socks - Complete

I also completed the Antarktis shawl using Araucania Italia Multy in the color 1001 with a size 5 needle.

Antarktis Shawl

Antarktis Shawl - pic 2 - closeup

I enjoyed knitting this shawl so much that I can on for another one for a gift.  I am using Shalimar Breathless in the color scarab with a size 5 needle.

Antarktis Shawl - Breathless - Scarab

I also cast on another sock using a basic sock pattern with Must Stash perfect sock in the color Night@ the Roxberry with a size 1 needle.  This is a self striping sock yarn.

Must Stash - Perfect sock - Night at the Roxberry

I did have to buy more self striping sock yarn.  I just love Desert Vista Dyeworks yarn, so I bought 3 colors.  Fireworks for the Fourth of July in the Zien base (a sparkle yarn), Harold’s purple crayon, and If they kill Abraham in her Viso base.

Desert Vista Dyeworks - August 15

Then, I couldn’t resist more Hazel Knits Artisan sock yarn in the color Tastes like Purple.

Hazel Knits - Artisan Sock - Tastes Like Purple

Must get knitting!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Too many neat projects to knit and not enough time.

I have been knitting, but I keep coming up with more projects to knit.

I finished the first Zig Zag sock.  I am using Fleece Artist basic merino sock yarn in the color Rainforest with a size 1 needle.

Zig Zag Sock 1

I am enjoying the pattern and think that I have knitted another sock in a similar pattern.

I’m almost finished with the Antarktis scarf and want to make another one using Shalimar Breathless in the color Scarab for someone else.  I would also like to make another one for myself.

Then I want to cast on for the Adamis cowl suing Madelinetosh vintage in grey garden.  I have a leftover skein of this from the Restoration cowl and another full skein of it.  That should be enough.

I still have the Flutterby baby blanket, hitchhiker, and Gale sweater on the needles.  It seems as if I can only handle two projects at a time.  I must get knitting!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Finishing–Thank goodness

I have been knitting quite a bit, but I finally finished two projects.

The Restoration Cowl is complete.  I used Madelinetosh vintage in grey garden with a size 7 needle.  I enjoyed knitting this project.

Restoration Cowl - complete

I also complete the Dark side of the Moon socks by Must Stash Yarn.  I used a size 1 needle (but it was a 2.5mm instead of a 2.25mm).  The sock is a little bigger on me, but fits okay.  I love the socks.

Must Stash - Dark Side of the Moon EPV - complete

I then started another sock called Zig Zag socks.  I am using Fleece Artist Basic merino yarn in the color Rainforest with a size 1 needle (2.25mm).  Of course, I love the color.  This yarn has been in my stash for a long time.

Zig Zag Sock

I also cast on for another shawl called Antarktis.  I am using a size 5 needle with Araucania Italia Multy yarn in the color 1001.  I think this will be a great shawl.

Antarktis - start

I got my next skein of sock yarn from Must stash yarn in her basic sock.  The color is Wish you were here.  This is another self striping yarn.  I love the colors.

Must Stash - Wish you were here

I have another cowl that I want to make and hopefully will cast on for that project soon.

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!