Saturday, July 30, 2011


I love cookiea designs and her socks fit me well.  I am so glad that I joined her first sock club.  The patterns are great and the yarns are super.  The first patterned sock I made was the monkey sock pattern designed by her.

I finished the Boysenberry Yo socks.  I used a size 1 needle with Solemate in Boyesenberry Jam color way.  Solemate is a great yarn and I will definitely buy more of it.  Can’t wait to wear them.

Boysenberry Yo Sock complete

I started the next sock by Cookiea called Jubilee socks.  I am using size 1 needles with Hazel Knits artisan sock yarn in the color Oh my darling.  I am not a fan of orange, but I love this color.  It’s more like a creamsicle color.

Jubilee sock beginning

Next shipment from the sock club is due in early August and I can’t wait.  I’m predicting Socktopia yarn.  Let’s see what happens.

I am still working on the Sugared Violets shawl.  This is an easy knit.  I am using size 6 needles with Sanguine Gryphon’s Travelor in Gaudi House.  I love the colors.

Sugared Violets Shawl

I am using the Signature circular’s and I really love them.  The cable is 32 inches and I find that with the longer cable, it’s easier to use the longer size needle.  So, I got 6 inch needles instead of 5 inch. Signature is suppose to be coming out with smaller size needles (size 1 and 2) and I can’t wait to get them for sock knitting.  I am hoping that they will make two different size 1’s and 2’s to distinguish what needle you are working on when using circulars to knit socks.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

So Many Projects…Can I find the time?

I have been buying more yarn.  I can’t stop myself since I have projects I want to knit.

I am planning on joining the Stephen West Mystery KAL that starts on August 1st.  So, I bought Madelinetosh pashmina in tern, nebula and steamage.  I just love the colors.

Stephen West KAL - August 2011 - Pashmina

I also got Bugga from the Sanguine Gryphon in Bog Fritillary and Cowkiller.  Possibly for another Daybreak shawl or another Stephen West project.

Bugga - July 2011

Finally, I bought Koigu KPPPM to knit a linen stitch scarf.  The colors are:  P123A, P401, P304, and P6308.

Koigu - Linen Scarf

Now, I just have to find the time.  I am almost finished with my Boysenberry Yo socks and I’m still working on the Sugared Violets Shawl.  I think I am going to knit the Cookie A Jubilee socks next from her sock club using the Hazelknits yarn in Oh my darling.  I need to wind the yarn tonight.

I did finish the July Mid Month Dishcloth KAL.  The pattern is Sea Waves by Andi Worthy in Peaches and Crème peacock.  I used a size 7 needle.

July 2011 Mid Month KAL

Off to knit…..

Monday, July 18, 2011

The dog days of summer have arrived

It’s going to be hot this week.  Guess, I will spend my time knitting inside.  This past week was a fixit week.  We had Sears in to fix our icemaker for the refrigerator and a plumber in to fix our powder room toilet and we had to get a new water heater. I finally have hot water…..thank God!

I finished the Daybreak shawl by Stephen West.  I really enjoyed this knit and really loved the yarn.  It is so soft.  I used size 4 needles with Turtlepurl Softshell Turtle toes in the coloways Kiping at Camp and Haeyyy!

Daybreak - Complete

In fact, I liked the pattern so much that I bought Skinny Bugga in Common Emerald Moth and Bess Beetle to do another one.

Skinny Bugga - July 2011

However, I won’t be starting this right away.  I already started another shawl called Sugared Violets by Rose Beck and I plan on participating in the Stephen West Mystery KAL that starts on August 1st.

I also completed the July 2011 Dishcloth KAL.  The pattern was Heart and Moss by Janet Nogle.  I used Peaches and Crème cotton in red with a size 7 needle.

July KAL 2011 - Heart and Moss

I am finished with one Boysenberry Yo sock by Cookie A.  I am using size 1 needles in Solemate by Lorna’s Laces in the boysenberry jam color way.  I highly recommend the yarn and I love the color and pattern.  Can’t wait to get more.  My local yarn shop is getting this yarn.

Boysenberry Yo Sock 1 finished

Well, I better get my cleaning in before it gets too hot.  Stay cool where ever you are.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Twenty-five more books to go to reach my Goal

Well, I finally am back on track with my reading goal for 2011.  I have been reading like crazy.

Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch

Dreamlovers by Dodd Darin – brings back old times of the beach movies and oldies songs

Dewey by Vicki Myron – a great pet story

On Christmas Eve by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer

The Girl who chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen – wonderful book

Say When by Elizabeth Berg

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen – guess you can tell I like her books

House at Riverton by Kate Morton

Summer and the City by Candace Bushwell

Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah

Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

How to Knit a Love Song by Rachael Herron

Until the Real Thing Comes Along by Elizabeth Berg

Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell – didn’t like this as much as the other two books

The Wedding Promise by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer

Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler – liked it better than I thought I would and almost considered getting her other books, but got tired of the stories by the end of the book.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett – Great Book!

The Land of Mango Sunsets by Dorothea Benton Frank – I love this author

Lavender Morning by Jude Deveraux

Never Change by Elizabeth Berg

Lickety Split by Kathy Hogan Trocheck

License to Pawn by Rick Harrison – interesting read

Crisis by Robin Cook

Smokin Seventeen by Janet Evanovitch – love these books and can’t wait for the next one.

Unraveled by Maggie Sefton – Love this series too and I’m looking forward to the next one.  Why can’t authors write fast enough?

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Enjoying my knitting projects

Yes, I am enjoying my knitting projects.  I haven’t finished anything this week, but I am making progress on several projects.

I got past the heel on the Boysenberry Yo socks (a Cookiea pattern) with size 1 needles and Lornas Laces Solemate in the Boysenberry Jam color.

Boysenberry Yo sock 1 - foot

I’m happy with the Olivia Sweater I am knitting.  The pattern is by Berroco.  I started this sweater back in 2004, but it was too big.  So, I frogged it and started over.  I am past the ribbing on the back.  I am using size 10 needles for the body of the sweater with Araucania Nature Wool Chunky in an orange colorway.  Hopefully, I will finish this by September.

Olivia Sweater - Back 1

Then, I am also working on the Daybreak pattern by Stephen West.  I am using size 4 needles with Turtlepurl yarn Soft Shell Turtletoes in Kipping at camp and Haeyyy!  I am currently working on the stripes and I’m loving this pattern as well as the yarn.

Daybreak - Stripes

I got more Socktopus Sokkusu yarn from the Loopy Ewe in lime and basi and pinkly.

Socktopus - Sokkusu - green and pink

From the Knitter’s Edge (my lys), I got a cotton yarn on sale called Cotonade by Knit One Crochet Too.  I got one skein in a lime green and 5 skeins in a purple colorway.  I plan on knitting a market bag with the purple yarn.

Cotonade Yarn

Hope everyone has a Happy 4th of July!  I also hope you are enjoying your summer.