Saturday, April 28, 2012

Great Knitting Week

I has been a great knitting week.  I started two more projects and finished two projects.

I completed the April Mid Month Dishcloth KAL.  The pattern is Waves of Lace.  I used a size 6 needle with Peaches and Crème in delft blue.

April 2012 Mid Month KAL

I also finished the Hayrick Sock by Anne Hanson using Lorna’s Laces Solemate in pine with a size 1 needle.  I really liked this pattern.

Hayrick Sock - Complete

I finished the main part of the Sheldon blanket, but still need to pick up the side stitches and knit the pocket.  I am using size 7 needles with Knitpicks shine in cream, pea pod, and french blue.

Sheldon Blanket - Main

I started the Color Affection Shawl.  I am using size 6 needles with Plucky Knitter Primo yarn in Elmer T, Miniature Lilacs and Speakeasy.  I have started on the second color.  This is an easy knit and I am enjoying it.

Color Affection Scarf

I was also anxious to begin the Cookie A sock club socks for April.  The pattern is Nanaimo Socks.  I am using a size 1 needle with Socktopus Sokkusu yarn in River Styx.  This yarn is wonderful and the pattern is very easy.  My needles are flying.

Nanaimo Sock 1

So, hope next week I will get to report more progress with my knitting.

Friday, April 27, 2012

I’m behind on my reading

I don’t know what happened, but I got off to a slow start at the beginning of the year.  So, now I am trying to catch up.

The books I read so far this year are:

V is for Vengeance – Sue Grafton

Dixie Divas – Virginia Brown

Face of Deception – Iris Johansen

The Wednesday Letters – Jason F. Wright – I loved this book

The Killing Game – Iris Johansen

Range of Motion – Elizabeth Berg

Dead in the Family – Charlaine Harris

Honeymooning – Rachael Herron

Angel Falls – Kristin Hannah – her books are great.

The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks

The Wedding – Nicholas Sparks – what a great story

Fifty Shades of Grey – E. L. James

The Search – Iris Johansen

Died in the Wool – Mary Kruger

Fifty Shades Darker – E. L. James

Knit Fast, Die Young – Mary Kruger

Miss Julia Delivers the Goods – Ann B. Ross

I am 7 books behind.  I think I will be able to catch up.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

We finally have rain

Yes, we have had some rain this past week and a half.  It’s not a lot and it hasn’t been pouring, so that is a good thing.  It’s been so dry here that I haven’t even minded the rain.

As a result, I have been buying yarn.  I couldn’t resist the update from Numma Numma.  I got Doppio in blue cheese and violet bruise.

Numma Numma - April 2012

Then some of my knitting friends and I drove to Emmaus, PA to go to Conversational Threads.  It’s a nice shop, but it is small.  They have so many different kinds of yarns there, but they don’t have too much out because of the size of the shop.  As a result, it’s hard to see.  Also, it seemed as if they had many dark colors.  The good news is that they will be expanding into the space next door.  That will give them more room and the yarns will probably be displayed better.  They have many yarn lines that I like.

I did get a skein of Spud and Chloe Sweater in the turtle color.  I plan on using this to make an animal.

Spud and Chloe Sweater - Turtle

I also couldn’t pass up the last update from the Loopy Ewe.  I did have a $25.00 credit too, so that helped.  I got 4 skeins of  Malabrigo Finito in the estragon color way and a skein of the Biscote & Cie Felix yarn in the color Go Haps Go.  This is a self striping yarn and I wanted the red, white and blue to make socks for the 4th of July.

Loopy Ewe 2012 April

I ordered other yarn this week and I will post the pictures next week, if I get it by then.  I was excited to score big in this update.  I can’t believe that I did so well.  I’m not telling what it is until I can post the pictures.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Quiet Week

Yes, not much going on.  I did finish the first Hayrick sock.  I really like this pattern.  I am using Lornas Laces solemate in pine with size 1 needles.

Hayrick Sock 1 Complete

I got the April Cookie A shipment.  I knew we would eventually get this yarn.  It’s Sokkusu by Socktopus in the color river styx.  I really love the color and patterns are nice.  After I finish the Hayrick sock, I will be knitting with this yarn using the Nanaimo sock pattern from the club.

Socktopus - Sokkusu - River Styx

I couldn’t resist buying the Seasons hat kit (spring) from Brooklyn Tweed in the loft yarn.

Seasons Hat Kit - Spring - Brooklyn Tweed

The colors (from left to right and then at the bottom) are:Thistle, Fossil, Plume, Sweatshirt, and Fort Blanket.

I’m still working on the Sheldon Blanket and the Hitchhiker.  I am getting close to finishing the Hitchhiker scarf.  Maybe, I can finish it up this week.  I would really like to start on another project, but want to finish something first.

We are due for some warm weather this week, so maybe I can sit out on my back porch and knit.  Maggie would like that.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Happy Easter



Aren’t these rabbits cute?  I made them from the pattern called Huggie Bunnies.  They were a very quick knit.  I used a size 8 needle and used Plymouth Jeanne Worsted yarn in color 0055 (green), 0053 (orange), 0052 (blue), 0056 (yellow) and I also used Knitpicks Dishie in the aster color.  I liked the Jeanne worsted best for this pattern.  I plan on giving them to my great nephew Carter tomorrow for Easter, but I’m keeping the Purple (aster) for myself.

This week went fast and I hope that next week does as well.  It is my last week of work and then I’m free!  I did get to complete the April Dishcloth KAL.  The pattern is called Ramon Noodle Dishcloth.  I used a size 7 needle with Peaches and Crème in the camel color.

April 2012 KAL

As far as yarn purchases, I didn’t buy much.  I got another skein of the Jeanne worsted but in the blue color (0052) for the rabbits.

Jeanne - Blue

I also bought a kit from the Plucky Knitter for the Sonoran cowl.  I got the pattern plus two skeins of Plucky rustic in the bombshell and oatmeal color.

Plucky Rustic

I’ve been catching up on podcasts this week.  I’m really enjoying the videocasts, but still like the audiocasts.