Saturday, June 25, 2011

It was a good week

I got a lot of things accomplished this week.  It’s nice having the house all straightened up.  Now, I am chipping away at small little things.  I found a box of yarn I had purchased years and years ago.  Most of it was acrylic and I know that I won’t use it so I gave it to someone who would make good use of it.

I also found a bunch of needlework kits.  Some I put aside to keep, some to sell and some to throw away.  I found a bunch of macramé yarn.  This I decided to keep.  You never know when I might want to make something with it.

Last week, we had some work done on our front yard.  Stones placed around the edging of the flower beds and grass replanted.


We now have grass.


On the knitting front, I completed the Lorna’s Laces Jungle Stripe sock.  I used a basic sock pattern with an afterthought heel and a size 1 needle.  Purple and Green are my favorite colors.

Lornas Laces Jungle Stripe complete

Also finished is the June Mid Month KAL from my dishcloth group.  The pattern is called Little Tweet by Elaine Fitzpatrick.  I used Peaches and Crème yarn in light green with a size 6 needle.

June 2011 Mid Month KAL

I started on another sock using the yarn I got from the Cookie A sock club.  The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Solemate in boysenberry jam.  The pattern is Boysenberry Yo.  I am using a size 1 needle.  The yarn is really nice and I love the color.  My local yarn shop is going to get some of this yarn in, so I wanted to try it out in advance.  I will definitely buy another skein (or two).

Boysenberry Yo sock start

And, I started the Daybreak Shawl by Stephen West.  I am using Turtlepurl Softshell Turtle toes in Kiping at camp and Haeyy with a size 4 needle.  I started this last week, but had to start over as I wasn’t following the directions…now I am on track.  The yarn is nice and soft.


This week, I also frogged an old project.  It was the Olivia sweater that I started as my first knitting project back in 2004.  First of all it is too big on me now and second, I have learned a lot about knitting and can make it better.  So, yesterday, I cast on again for a smaller size sweater.  I will post pictures next week.

I feel really great that I know have my knitting projects under control.  I now have only 7 projects on the needles.  That is much better than the 24 I had at the beginning of the year, don’t you think?

I did get a skein of yarn in this week.  I really wanted to try Three Ewes Twisted in Fiber in a striped yarn, so I got a green and grey colorway.

Three Ewes Twisted in Fiber green-grey stripe

Friday, June 17, 2011

Frogging an unfinished sweater


The Swan Lake stole is blocked.  Yippee!

Swan Lake Blocked

I also finished the Minnie Scarf by Jumpers Cable Knitting.  I used Manos del Uruguay silk blend in color 300A with a size 7 needle.  This was an easy and enjoyable knit.

Minnie Scarf complete

Today I started the Daybreak pattern by Steven West.  I’m having a heck of a time getting the M1L and M1R’s correct on the knit and purl side.  Once I finish this project, I will be a Make one expert!

Loopy Ewe had an update this week and offered Socktopus Sokkusu yarn.  Of course, I couldn’t resist getting  the  jammy dodger and ayame colors.

Socktopus - Sokkusu

After some deep thought, I decided today that I was going to frog the first sweater that I was knitting.  I never completed it but planned on finishing it; however, it’s way to big for me now.  So, maybe over this weekend, I will rip it out and rewind the yarn.  I like the pattern and the yarn, so I plan on knitting it again in a smaller size after I complete the Central Park Hoodie.  I started this back in 2004 and have learned a lot about knitting since then, so I think if I reknit it in a smaller size, it will knit up faster.  So rip it, rip it, rip it…….

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Mystery Stole Complete!

Another old WIP completed.  I finished the wing on the Mystery Stole.  Boy do I feel relieved.  I had some bumps along the road, but I got through it.  The wing looks kind of cool.

Mystery Stole - Wing complete

The pattern is by Melanie Gibbons and is called Swan Lake.  I used a size 4 needle with Jaggerspun zephyr yarn in ebony.  Here is the completed stole unblocked.

Mystery Stole - complete and unblocked

I also completed the June Monthly Dishcloth KAL.  The pattern is Bluebonnet by Lindy.  I used a size 6 needle with Peaches and Crème in Williamsburg Blue.

June 2011 KAL - Blue Bonnet

One sock is complete using Lornas Laces Shepherd Sock in the Jungle Stripe colorway using a size 1 needle.  I didn’t finish the heel since I am going to use an afterthought heel.  I will do both heels after I finish the second sock.  I love purple and green.

Lornas Laces Shepard Sock - Jungle Stripe - sock 1

I was happy to get the June shipment of the Cookie A sock club.  The yarn is Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in the color Oh My Darling.  I love it.  We got two sock patterns with it and of course cookie recipes.  I am really enjoying this club and plan on joining again.

Cookie A Sock Club - June 2011- Hazel Knits - Oh my darling

I had to buy a new sock yarn.  It’s from Three Ewes Twisted in Fiber Sock for Ewe in the saltwater taffy color way.  I like the colors.  This is a variegated yarn, but, she does have striped yarn too and I did order another skein in a stripe.  Her colors are really nice.

Three Ewes Twisted in Fiber - Sock for Ewe - varigated - Saltwater Taffy

Right now, I am just working on the the Jungle Stripe sock and the Minnie Scarf.  I want to get these two projects finished and then try another shawl/scarf.  There are so many wonderful patterns out there.  I just have to decide what pattern I want to knit first….. decisions, decisions.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

The Sun is Shining and the Heat is ON

And I am not going to complain.  I love to see the sun and I’m glad it’s not raining.

I haven’t completed anything in this last week.  I am diligently working on the Mystery Stole/Swan Lake.  I will be so glad when this is complete.  So, I have been plugging away.  I had an knitting attack’s episode and had to rip back to a lifeline (about 20 some rows), but now I am back to where I had the problem and have my mojo back.  I have about 69 more rows to go.  So I am about half way finished with this section.

Mystery Stole - Wing

I needed some mindless knitting, so I started another sock using Lornas Laces Shepherd Sock in Jungle Stripe using size 1 needles.  It’s a green and purple stripe  with a basic sock pattern and I plan on trying the afterthought heel on this sock too.

Lornas Laces - Basic sock - Jungle stripe

I only purchased one skein of yarn.  I saw a finished shawl using the Sugared Violets pattern by Rose Beck and I loved the pattern and the yarn.  So, I bought Sanguine Gryphon’s Little Traveller in Gaudi House.

SG - Little Traveller - Gaudi House

Well, back to knitting the stole.  I hope to get at least 12 more rows completed today.