Saturday, June 30, 2012

Hot, Hot, Hot

Well, you can tell that July is on the horizon.  It’s hot outside and I’m inside with the air conditioning.  It feels good in here.

I did get more knitting done this week.  I finished the Color Affection Shawl.  I used Plucky Knitter Primo yarn in Speakeasy, Elmer T, and Minature Lilac with a size 6 needle.  I need to block it.  I should have done a YO at the beginning of the row, but I didn’t see the notes on Ravelry until I had already started knitting this.  I hope it blocks okay.  It’s a puckered on the one side. We shall see.  I will make another one of these.  I enjoyed the knit.

Color Affection Shawl Unblocked

I also started on other projects.  I started knitting a sock at the beginning of June, but haven’t made much progress on it.  The pattern is Karen’s socks by Monica Jines.  One of my knitting friends made this sock and I liked the combination of the cables and lace.  I am using Socktopus Sokkusu yarn in lime and basil with a size 1 needle.

Karen's sock

I am knitting another monster.  The pattern is Ruby the Lovable Huggable Monster by Jenna Krupar.  I am using Lorna’s Laces Zombie BBQ yarn in worsted weight with a size 5 needle.

Ruby Monster

I love two color knitting and already had taken a class, but wanted a refresher.  So, I am knitting the Faux Fair Isle hat using Madelintosh Vintage in scarlett and tern.  I am using size 7 and 8 needles.  Practice makes perfect.

Faux Fair Isle Hat

I was watching the Knitgirllls videocast and Leslie was knitting a sock out of Lollipop yarns in the It’s 5 O’clock somewhere colorway, and I had to buy it.  I also couldn’t resist getting the USA colorway as well.  These will make cool socks.

Lollipop Yarn - June 2012

Off to knit or maybe read or just relaxing on this hot, hot day.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Not Much Knitting Going On

I haven’t been knitting much at home.  We are had our bedroom repainted so stuff is all over the place.  Next we are having new hardwood flooring put in and then new furniture delivered.  So hopefully everything will be back to normal soon.

I did get two things completed.  I finished Iris the Gourmet Monster.  The pattern is from Rebecca Danger and I used one of her kits.  The yarn is Lornas Laces Green Line Dk in the color envy with a size 4 needle.  I had to get help from a good knitting friend to sew the legs on and the bottom of Iris.  She got really cute!

Iris the Gourmet Monster

I also finished the June Mid Month dishcloth KAL.  I used Peaches and Crème in red and white with a size 7 needle.  I liked this cloth, but I do not have a name yet or who designed it.

June 2012 Mid Month KAL

I am close to finishing the Color Affection Shawl.  I am knitting the border.

I did get the June shipment of yarn from the Cookie A sock club.  It’s Plucky Knitter’s primo in the color Vintage Ice Box.  I love it!

Plucky Knitter - Primo - Vintage Ice Box

I will post pictures of what I am working on in the next blog post.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I’m ahead of my Reading Goal

Finally! I was way behind, but I got caught up in May and now I am ahead of my goal for the year.  Here is what I have read since the last time I reported:


Summer Island – Kristin Hannah (any book by her is great)

Gossip Girl – Cecily Von Ziegesar

Once in Every Life – Kristin Hannah

Miss Julia Renews her Vows – Ann B. Ross

Rapture in Death – J.D. Robb

A Wondering Heart – Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer

Wishes & Stitches – Rachael Herron

Most Talkative – Andy Cohen

Dead Reckoning – Charlaine Harris

The Last Boyfriend – Nora Roberts

Through a Dogs Eyes – Jennifer Arnold – wonderful incite into a what a dog can do.

Fifty Shades Freed – E.L. James

The Knitting Circle – Ann Hodd – Great book!

Dog On It – Spencer Quinn

Lakeside  Cottage – Susan Wiggs

Stories I only Tell My Friends – Rob Lowe

Moon Spinners – Sally Goldenbaum

Ceremony in Death – J. D. Robb

A Holiday Yarn – Sally Golenbaum

Thereby Hangs a Tail – Spencer Quinn

Body of Lies – Iris Johanson

Cast On Kill Off – Maggie Sefton

Saturday, June 09, 2012

It’s been a productive week

I finished the Colonade Shawl by Stephen West.  I used Madelinetosh Vintage in cove and thyme with a size 10 needle.  Loved the yarn and the project.

Colonade - Completed

Colonade - Complete - 2

I also finished the Froot Loop Socks.  The yarn is Fibernymph Dyeworks in the Froot Loop color with size 1 needles.  This yarn is really nice and I love the striping.

Froot Loop Socks

I also completed the June 2012 Dishcloth KAL.  I used Peaches and Crème in light blue with a size 7 needle.  The pattern is Summer Daze by Sue Schaeffer.

June 2012 Dishcloth KAL

I’m going to take another Fair Isle class at the end of June for review.  So I bought Madelinetosh Vintage yarn in tern and scarlet for that project.

Madelinetosh Vintage - Tern - Scarlet

Dancing Dog Dyeworks had an update so I had to buy more yarn for Monster projects.  I got the Twist Sock in the Dawn Stripe and Waltz Worsted in bright tropical blue and lime.

Dancing Dog Dyeworks - April 2012

And Gnome Acres makes great yarn for Monsters, so I got her worsted yarn and fingering yarn in the color Franklin for a KAL in July.

Gnome Acres - Franklin - Worsted - Fingering

I couldn’t resist getting Dragonfly Fibers yarn in her Dragon Sock in the Maggie May color (for my Maggie May of course).

Dragonfly Fibers - Dragon Sock - Maggie May

Since I finished off several projects, I got back to knitting on my Color Affection Shawl.  I have 4 more repeats until I get to the border, so that project is getting closer to the finish line.  Maybe I will get to finish that up next week.  I really would like to make another shawl using this pattern.  I am already eyeing some yarn for it.  We will  see what happens.  Plus, I have to finish sewing up my Iris monster.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Yea, no rain today

It was a beautiful cool day. Thought I better post some project pictures.

I finished the May Mid Month dishcloth KAL.  The pattern is Diamond Moss cloth by Janet Nogle.  I used a size 7 needle with Knitpicks Dishie in aster.  I liked the yarn and there is probably enough to do another dishcloth.

May 2012 Mid Month Dishcloth

I have been wanting to knit a monster, so I had a kit from Rebecca Danger that I bought quite awhile ago.  It is for Iris the Gourmet Monster.  I am using a size 4 needle with Lornas Laces Green Line DK yarn (now discontinued).  I am finished with the knitting and just have to sew the pieces together.  I will definitely knit another monster.  Her instructions are super.

Iris the Gourmet Monster - Pieces

I started a KAL with my local yarn shop (The Knitter’s Edge).  I am knitting the Colonade shawl by Stephen West.  I am using a size 10 needle with Madelinetosh Vintage in cove and thyme.  I really love the yarn and the cove color.  I am almost finished with this project.

Colonade Shawl

I have finally started using the third color on the Color Affection scarf.  I am really enjoying this knit and it is easy since it’s all garter stitch.  I am using size 6 needles with Plucky Knitter’s Primo yarn in Elmer T,  Miniature Lilacs, and Jazz Age.

Color Affection Shawl - Three Colors

Color Affection Shawl - 3

I may just do another of these shawls.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Rain, Rain Go Away

I wanted it to rain because it was so dry, but this is getting ridiculous.  The other day we had hail and now there is a tornado watch until 2 AM.  Will it ever end?  It started to rain hard again a few minutes ago.  Here we go again.

I did finish one of the Froot Loop socks.  The yarn is from Fibernymph dyeworks and I am using a size 1 needle.

Froot Loop Sock 1 Complete

I love the yarn.  It is her bounce base.

I did get more of it.  The colors are Good and Plenty and Snips and Snails.

Fibernymph Dye Works - April 12

The only other yarn I got was some Cotonade yarn.  The colors are Willow (529) and a Gold color (849).


I am still working on my Color Affection scarf.  I am on the third color.  I also started two new projects and will post pictures in the next post I write.