April 28, 2013 § 9 Comments
I was talking to Letty and we decided that it is probably post traumatic kitchen remodel & lost kitty trauma. I’m sure my mojo will return again one day. In the mean time, I did finish a pair of socks. And then started another pair of the same pattern for my best friend. With different yarn, of course. I made these toe up and used a different kind of heel that I hadn’t tried before. I’ve never been a big fan of toe up… mainly because I don’t enjoy the short row heel. But this one may have changed my mind. It’s super easy.
Pattern – Pyroclastic socks from the Knitty, Winter 2009 issue
Yarn – Colinette Jitterbug, color 180 Salted Caper
Needles – 2.25mm & magic loop
August 27, 2012 § 6 Comments
Vacation knitting :: Most of which was knit while in the car :: pattern – Moorhouse from the book Rowan Dalesman :: I love knitting cables. As long as they are not in socks! :: For the Hubs. It’s his turn to have a new sweater.
We had a chance to stop at the old community cemetery where my mother-in-law’s ashes are buried. Some of the grave stones date back to the 1860′s.
Last two days of vacation knitting :: Yarn picked up last summer on our Alaskan cruise :: Yarn – A Tree Hugger’s Wife Soft Sock – color Sitka Spruce :: For the Hubs :: One cuff was done before we left.
May 23, 2012 § 3 Comments
After hitting yet another roadblock in my old knitting projects, my friend Carlie gave me permission to start something new. And she also offered future moral support for those obstinate projects that are tempting me with guilt. What a good friend! My mind is feeling more relaxed already.
September 16, 2011 § 4 Comments
Although the leaves haven’t really started turning yet, I’ve definitely been in the mood for some autumn knitting. This is my very first top-down sweater. So far so good! The pattern is Paulie and free. The yarn is Rauma Finullgam, a fingering weight yarn that I found at my LYS. It’s made in Norway. It starts out kinda stiff and scratchy, but I was assured that it gets softer with washing and wearing. The sturdier yarns seem to wear longer while the really soft luxury yarns tend to pill badly and just look ratty in a short period of time. I’ve sorta ditched my sock knitting for the moment in favor of a nice autumnal sweater. oops! Next month is Soctoberfest so socks will reemerge again.
And what seems like forever, I’ve been longing for a wool skirt to wear with a warm sweater and tights and boots. Well, all the ready-made ones I’ve seen in stores are ridiculously expensive for what they are. When I ended up at JoAnn Fabrics for a new cutting mat, I noticed that the wool fabrics were on sale. I’ve also been wanting to try out Liesl’s new women’s line of sewing patterns called Lisette. I’ve heard amazing things about her children’s patterns and am curious about these adult patterns. I really, really
need want to do some clothing sewing. But it seems like the last few things I’ve intended to make never got finished. That needs to change!
On top of the desire for autumnal creating, I’ve got this HUGE urge to completely clean, organize and repaint every room in the entire house. Spring cleaning in the fall?
And completely random… a friend of mine posted this video below on Facebook. It is so charming and endearing. I’m hoping that my hubby and I can be so fun-loving and cute when we are that age. Heck, I wish we were right now. My thought for the day is love your life, take every opportunity to have a little fun and enjoy learning something new! You can read the rest of the their story over here. They are just too cute!
April 28, 2011 § 12 Comments
~ Once I switched to Addi Turbo Lace needles, these socks seemed start flying along. For a month now, I’ve been trying to knit this sock and it felt so painfully hard. And it was coming out a little tight on my 2.25mm Hiya Hiya needles. So I finally broke down and bought a 2.5mm Addi Lace needle. Why oh why didn’t I try these needles earlier?? They make fairisle knitting so much more enjoyable! And I have been faithfully knitting along on this sock in the evenings. I just might get both socks done by the end of May yet.
~ Well, this one could fall under both the success & failure category. But I’m counting it as mostly success… Success that we didn’t give up and that it mostly works. I am nearly done with my horrible Civil War quilt blocks that we have been making at work over the last year. I’m not going to tell you the pattern because it has been a nasty bugger to work with and I don’t want you to face the same challenges we have been having. But I am happy to have completed the last block and now be able to sew the top together. I think it will look better than all the trouble it has caused. Maybe I’ll snap a pic of the finished quilt before I donate it to a good cause.
~ I’ve got two UFO quilt tops ready to quilt!!
~ I heard that the bride loved her quilt!!
~ I actually made it to the gym this morning and it didn’t kill me!
~ My asparagus looks like poo. Our challenge this month in my Flickr quilting bee is vegetables. I think I may have to find a different vegetable to sew. What a waste of a perfectly fine background fabric.
~ One of the trees we planted last year to cover up our neighbors horrible eyesore deck has died. I need to go buy another one to replace it.
~ I haven’t been exercising much since January for various reasons and it is depressing how quickly all strength and stamina is lost.
Don’t let the failures drag you down. And enjoy the successes. I hope your weekend is filled with more success than failure!