A few of my favorite things

April 15, 2014 § 5 Comments

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I know people say this all the time… but where has my week gone?  In between or at least in the evenings I’ve caught the knitting bug.  This is my second pair of the Mohair Ballet Slippers.  These are going to be given to my sister-in-law.  It feels good to be using up yarn from the stash!

Random quirky fact… these were my favorite colors in high school.  Spring or lime green – the color of the leaves in the spring when they first come out – and yellow.  I wish I had a photo of my ruffly, totally 70’s bedroom.  You would laugh.  I am not a ruffly kind of girl so I don’t know where that came from.

Everything is bursting into bloom right now.  And on the random sunny day like we had yesterday, it is glorious!  The crab apple tree is getting ready to bloom.  So are the lilacs.  The flowering current is already blooming along with the rosemary.  The tulips are nearing the end of their season.  And I put some compost on the raspberries & rhubarb.  I love urban gardening!  I even bought a blueberry bush yesterday.  We just need to figure out where to plant it.  If we had just a little bit more property we would get some chickens in a heartbeat!  Our city requires at least a quarter of an acre, though we know that there are some neighbors who aren’t following that rule.

A side note…  last year we planted micro clover in our yard. It is supposed to be good for the soil, putting nitrogen back into it which in turn helps make the grass stronger & healthier and then hopefully makes it harder for the moss to grow.  We do have a reason for our madness!  However… we didn’t spread the clover very evenly in the back yard and it looks like mostly clover and hardly any grass.  Oh well.  At least it is green.

Slipper stats:

Yarn – Cascade 220, this yarn felts nicely and not too fuzzy like the first (Ravelry link) pair of slippers I made.
Size – Small
Pattern – Mohair Ballet Slippers from the book Felted Knits, the sole is a double thickness so I knit the inside yellow and the outside green.

Here and there

April 4, 2014 § 8 Comments

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What I’ve been doing in between work type stuff…

~ A couple of weeks ago Letty and I went down to the Tolt River to enjoy the sun & the blue skies.  What a gorgeous day it was!

~ Awhile ago I finished the Laredo vest (Ravelry link) for my hubs. He loves it! We picked up the yarn while visit Orcas Island a few years ago.  And the pattern can be found on Twist Collective.

~ I knit a pair of slippers for a friend. Her mom brought her the yarn. And I made it into slippers. Neither one of them knit but they know I do.  I had NO idea that the yarn would end up so fuzzy wuzzy after felting!  The pattern is the Mohair Ballet Slippers (Ravelry link) from the book Felted Knits.  My evil plan is to make another pair for my sister-in-law and for myself to wear during our summer vacation.

~ Speaking of which, we are planning our summer vacation. Yippee!  I am ready for a relaxing break.  But why do we seem to leave just when the weather is getting nice around here?

~ And I have been working a little bit on my Merry Merry Snowmen blocks. Why oh why does applique take so long???

What have you been up to?

My sewing mojo has gone AWOL

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

Mods – Judy’s Magic Cast-on for the toe & Wendy Johsnon’s Gusset Heel with Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Sewn Bind-off

Yarn – Colinette Jitterbug, color 180 Salted Caper

Needles – 2.25mm & magic loop

A gentle return to the routine

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.

Knitting Mojo

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.

Autumn is in the air

September 16, 2011 § 4 Comments

Paulie cardigan

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.

Lisette skirt pattern

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!

Autumn outfit

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!

Success & Failure

April 28, 2011 § 12 Comments

"Pinked" at the halfway mark

Success

~ 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!

It's supposed to look like asparagus.

Failure

~ 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!

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