Saturday, October 29, 2011

We have snow…a Northeaster in October?

Yes, it did snow today.  Don’t know how much we got so far, but it didn’t accumulate much on the roads yet.  I don’t know what will happen over night.  We might have freezing that could make the roads really bad.  But I don’t have to go anywhere, so it’s okay.

I have been buying yarn for projects that I want to make:

Fantasy Naturale in color 2674 (blue).  I used this to make a bib and I want to make a washcloth too.

Fantasy Naturale - Color 2674

I also got it in color 8414 (grey) to make the washcloth called the Nineteen Hundred House.

Fantasy Naturale - Color 8414

I got my shipment of Hazelknits Artisan sock yarn.  I love this yarn and I do want to get more colors.  From top to bottom, Shady Verdant, Violeta, and Blueberry.

Hazelknits - Artisan Sock

I bought Plymouth yarn’s Dreambaby in the color 0310.  It’s a Green Tweedish yarn that I want to use to make a sweater for my Great Nephew for Christmas.

Plymouth Dreambaby - 0310

I also got a skein of the Sanguine Gryphon’s Bugga in Pink Katydid.  I had this color from their Valentine kit and made a sock out of it.  I really loved it and one of my knitting friends had an extra skein that I bought from her. 

SG - Bugga - Pink Katydid

Sanguine Gryphon is disbanding and forming two new companies.  I have mixed feelings about this and will be interested in how this plays out.  So sad.  But, I have more than enough of their yarn.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Snow? In October?

Yes, we will possibly have snow this weekend.  Four to six inches.  I am NOT ready for snow.  It’s still too early.

The best thing about snow is that I may knit more.  I have been knitting many small projects.  Like…….

The October Mid Month KAL from my Yahoo group.  The pattern is the Twisted Rib cable pattern from Knitwits Alley.  I used Peaches and Creame in shrimp with a size 6 needle.  I liked this pattern.

October 2011 Mid Month KAL

Then I finished the Lizard Ridge Dishcloth.  I’ve seen this pattern before, but finally tried to knit it.  It was worth it to learn Wrap and Turn.  It took me awhile and a lot of frogging, but I finally got the hang of it.  I used Sugar and Cream in Beach Ball with a size 6 needle.  I would like to knit another of these and then maybe do an afghan using Noro Kureyon.


Lizard Ridge Dishcloth

I also knit a bib for my great nephew Carter.  He likes trucks and his first birthday is coming up soon.  I enjoyed knitting this pattern.  It’s called Trucking along by Elaine Fitzpatrick.  I used Fantasy Naturale in a blue colorway.  I liked the Fantasy Naturale for this knit because I felt that the pattern really popped with this yarn.

Truckin Along Bib

I completed my Witches socks.  Just in time for Halloween.  I used String Theory Colorworks in the electron colorway with a size 1 needle.  I used the afterthought heel for this sock.

Witches' Sock Complete

Then I started another basic sock using Gales Art yarn in crayon box.  I am also using a size 1 needle for this sock.

Gales Art Sock 1 Start

Well, the temperature has been dropping.  I guess I need to get my snow shovel out.  Drat!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Slow knitting week

Not much knitting going on here this week.  I’m still working on the second witch’s sock.  I am at the foot of the second sock.  I hope to finish it next week.  I am close to finishing the hood on my central park hoodie.  Next will be the band on the sweater.  I will be happy when this is complete.

I did get some yarn this week.  I got Madelinetosh Pashmina in Antique Lace and Moorland to make the Min Ulla scarf.  This will be a challenge as this will be the first time I will be using two different colors of yarn to make a pattern.  Wish me luck!

Madelinetosh - Pashmina - Happy Knits

The Loopy Ewe had a Wollmeise update and I was lucky to get three skeins.  I got the following colors from top to bottom: Im dunklen Wald, Chim chim chimney, and Lila Ludmilla.  This is the 100% merino, which I like the best.

Wollmeise - 100 Superwash

Well, off to knit a few rows on my sweater.  I want to finish the hood before tomorrow, so I can get help with the next phase at my knitting group.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Yarn and Books

I got my Cookie A sock club yarn for October.  It’s Fleece Artist Silky wool in pewter.  It’s a nice grey.  I’m not sure if I will knit the patterns offered with this yarn.  The nice thing about this club is that I am getting yarns I don’t have or haven’t tried.  Even though grey is not a color I might have picked, I think I am going to like this yarn.  One more shipment to go for the year and I will definitely sign up for another year.

October 2011 - Cookie A Club - Sea Wool - Pewter

I also bought Sirdar’s Smiley Stripe yarn in color SH261 to make a premie hat.

Smiley Stripes - SH 261

I have 6 more books to read until the end of the year to meet my goal of 65 and 13 more books to read until I reach the number that I read last year (72).  I think I can make it.

The most recent one’s I have read are:

Crash Course by Kathy Hogan Trocheck

South of Broad by Pat Conroy – I really enjoyed this book.

What we Keep by Elizabeth Berg

Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King – This was also a good one.

The Summer Hideaway by Susan Wiggs

Open House by Elizabeth Berg

Between Sisters by Kristen Hannah

Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank – another of my favorite authors.

The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber

Coming Unraveled by Susan Mallery

Return to Summer Island by Christina Skye

Marrying Daisy Bellamy by Susan Wiggs

Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

How to Knit a Heart back Home by Rachael Herron

Final Jeopardy by Linda Fairstein

1105 Yakima St by Debbie Macomber

We are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg

Goddess of Vengeance by Jackie Collins

Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah – really enjoyed this

Groom Wanted by Debbie Macomber

Bride Wanted by Debbie Macomber

I really did well on my goals this year.  Hope I can keep it up until the end of the year.

Friday, October 07, 2011

It’s October?

Where does the time go?  Before you know it, we will be getting ready for Christmas.  I can’t believe it!

I haven’t been knitting much in the last two weeks, but I have made some progress on projects.  I did complete the October KAL for my Monthly Dishcloth group.  The pattern is Skies of New York by Janet Nogle.  I used a size 6 needle with Peaches and Crème in light blue.  This is a nice pattern.

October 2011 Dishcloth KAL

I finished one sock (except for the afterthought heel) of my Halloween socks that I am calling Witch’s socks.  The yarn is String Theory Continuum in the electron colorway with a size 1 needle.  I love this yarn.

Witches sock 1 complete

I finally got the sleeves finished for my Central Park Hoodie.  All pieces are now knitted.

CPH - Sleeves complete

I do have to knit the hood, which I am working on now and then it’s the bands and putting the sweater together.  This will be my first sweater that is completed.  I will be so happy when it’s finished.  I am using size 8 needles with Tatamy Tweed worsted yarn in purple.  I like the yarn, but it is a little splitty.

CPH - Start of Hood

I seem to working on these two projects the most when I am knitting.  I hope to have both completed by the end of October.