Saturday, January 31, 2015

Snow is an incentive to knit

We have had some snow recently and it got me knitting.  We didn’t have as much as they had in Northern New England, but there is something about snow and being in the house that gets me in the mood to knit.

I finished my Christmas socks, which turned into my Valentine Socks.  I used yarn from the Lemonade Shop.  The color Peppermint ice cream.  I used a size one needle.

Peppermint Sock Complete

I cast on for the Blue Heron Bulky chenille cowl using the color blue violet.  I cast on 44 stitches and I really like how this is knitting up.  I used a provisional cast on and will join both sides once I finish it.  I am knitting with a size 6 needle.

Blue Heron Chenille Cowl

I also cast on for another hitchhiker using Wollmeise pure in Amazonas with a size 3.0mm needle.

Hitchhiker - Amazonas

Since I finished one pair of socks, I cast on another using Fab Funky Fibers yarn in the color shades of green.  There are 7 shades of green with navy blue between the shades. I am using a basic sock pattern with a size 1 needle.

Basic Sock - Fab Funky Fibers - Shades of Green

I did get two new skeins of yarn.  I got Plymouth Kudo yarn in the color 41 to make the Birthday cake cowl.

Plymouth Kudo - Color 41

I had ordered yarn from Desert Vista Dyeworks to use for next Christmas.  It’s in her Viso base in the color Holiday Stripe Thick.

Desert Vista Dyeworks - Holiday Stripe - Thick

Well, we are supposed to get more snow tomorrow, so I guess I will be knitting up a storm.  I have a lot of things on my needles to keep me busy.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Yarn, Yarn and more Yarn

I’ve been on a yarn buying spree.  I just couldn’t resist.

From the Loopy Ewe, I got Tumbleweed Yarns Aurora in Sidewalk Sandwich and Sugar Shell.  These are both self striping yarns.  I also got Western Sky knits Aspen in Rustic Rainbow to make the sockhead hat.  I couldn’t help but pick up a bar of Loopy Ewe soap.

Loopy Ewe - Jan 2015

Then, the Loopy Ewe put up Wollmeise Yarn.  Even though I came to the party late, I was able to get two skeins of Pure.  The colors are Amazonas and Happy Birthday Kristina.  I plan on casting on Hitchhikers with these skeins.

Wollmeise Pure

When I was at my local yarn shop, I saw a really neat cowl made out of Blue Heron Bulky Rayon Chenille in the color blue violet.  Well, next thing I knew I had to buy the yarn.

Blue Heron Bulky Rayon Chenille

So, I need to wind a skein of Wollmeise and cast on for the hitchhiker and then cast on for the cowl.  I also have my sights on another skein of yarn for another cowl.  I think I am going to have a lot of things on the needles soon.  As if I don’t already.

I did finish one of my Christmas socks in Peppermint Ice Cream that I bought from the Lemonade Shop on Etsy.  One down and one to go.

Peppermint Ice Cream Sock 1

It’s time to knit!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Happy New Year 2015

Goals for 2014

1. Read 65 Books – I think that is a good number and don’t want to set a goal too large. – I redid my goal to 100, but only ready 91 books

2. Knit 12 pairs of socks – didn’t make this goal either.  I knit 9 pairs of socks, but have knit over 100 pairs of socks

3. Finish the Central Park Hoodie – One of these years I will do this. – didn’t make this goal either.  I didn’t even touch this knit.

4. Stash Bust – Get rid of at least one storage tote of yarn either by using it or passing yarn along or selling it. – I did stash bust.  It probably amounted to one tote of yarn, but probably filled it with new yarn

5. Clean house – it’s time to go through the house again and reorganize and get rid of stuff I don’t need. – I did a good job of this.  I went through 3 floors and got rid of a lot of stuff.  Only have to clean out the attic.

Goals for 2015

1. Read at least 90 books

2. Knit 12 pairs of socks

3. Finish a sweater.  I have the Central Park Hoodie, the Olivia sweater, and the Gale sweater.  So, hopefully I will finish one of them because I would like to knit Lori Versaci’s Pour Moi cardigan.

4. Stash Bust

5. Clean out the attic and books

6. Finish some UFO’s

7. Finish more knitted projects

8. Counted Cross Stitch



I finished 16 projects this year.  In 2013, I finished 29 projects.  It keeps getting less and less.  What’s with that?

1. 9 Pairs of socks

2. 2 shawls

3. 1 Baby Blanket

4. 1 Cowl

5. 1 hat

6. 1 prayer cloth

7. One washcloth


10 UFO’s in 2014.  Last year I had 8.  The list keeps growing

2 Pairs of socks


Advent Calendar Scarf

3 Sweaters

1 Afghan

2 shawl’s

That is 10 too many, especially when there are other projects that I want to cast on the needles.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Reading makes the world grow

Well, 2014 is over and I did not make my goal of 100 books.  I did read 91 books.  This is what I have read since I last reported.

Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steel

Concealed in Death – J D Robb

Gods in Alabama – Joshilyn Jackson

Key Lime Pie Murder – Joanne Fluke

Stealing Home – Sherryl Woods

Waiting for the Moon – Kristin Hannah

The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman

Top Secret Twenty – One – Janet Evanovich

Love Letters – Debbie Macomber

Pretty Woman – Fern Michaels

A Slice of Heaven – Sherryl Woods

The Fixer Upper – Mary Kay Andrews

Feels Like Family – Sherryl Woods

Guidebook to Murder – Lynn Cahoon

Mission to Murder – Lynn Cahoon

Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh

A Seaside Christmas – Sherryl Woods

Santa Baby – Sherryl Woods

The Christmas Bouquet – Sherryl Woods

All is Bright – Katherine Spencer

Can This be Christmas – Debbie Macomber

Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy – Debbie Macomber

All Fall Down – Jennifer Weiner

The Island – Elin Hilderbrand

Savannah Blues – Mary Kay Andrews

Mr. Miracle – Debbie Macomber

Guess, I better start reading.  Maybe I will be able to read 100 books in 2015?