Monday, August 15, 2016

The SALT collection - DONE

I finished the last dishcloth in the SALT collection by Aimee Alexander. A lovely set of simple to knit cloths. Here is my Refined Salt:


And here is the completed collection. The 2 pink ones are folded. I managed to make a matching set.

I think I will be knitting many more of these for my gift stash.
Happy knitting!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Smooth Operator Socks - WIP

I have been itching to start another sock and the Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B. Anderson fits the bill. It first caught my eye on Instagram and learning a new heel sounds like fun. There is a KAL which is perfect for me because to join you just need to start a pair, The KAL ends on August 22nd, but there is no pressure to finish. So stash diving, once again, I came up with 2 skeins of Knit Picks Felici in Marsh. I took some time to find the same color repeat on both skeins and cast on my normal 64 stitches.

Smooth Operator Socks
And we're off....

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Washcloths anyone?

I joined the Salt KAL in the Polka Dot Sheep group on Ravelry. Four washcloths to knit in the Salt collection. I dug into my cotton stash (which I keep saying I will not add to) and got started.

Sea Salt
Yarn: Peaches and Creme in Strawberry Stripes

Infused Salt
Yarn (left): Knit Picks Dishie in Coffee and Peaches and Creme in Strawberry Stripes
Yarn (right): Knit Picks Dishie in Coffee and Knit Picks Simply Cotton in Golden Heather

Himalayan Salt
Yarn: Knit Picks Simply Cotton in Golden Heather

All so far are quick, fun knits and have given me a head start on holiday knitting.You have until the end of September to knit all 4 cloths to enter the drawing, but there are random prizes given out in the KAL thread. I am so happy to have won a free pattern from Polka Dot Sheep when I posted my start to the Sea Salt. There are many wonderful patterns to choose from. I settled on the Harvest Moon Blanket. 

The last pattern in the collection, Refined Salt, was released today. I am looking forward to casting on to finish the collection.
Happy Knitting.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Zephyr Cove - DONE

Add this to the list "finished stitching, needs to be blocked!" A tiny bit of the dark blue (Jay) left, but I was playing yarn chicken with the light blue (Frost). And I lost, so I bound off a few rows short.

Pattern: Zephyr Cove
Published in: 7 Small Shawls; Year 3: Home is Where the Heart Is
Designer: Rosemary (Romi) Hill
Yarn: Knit Picks Glimmer in Jay and Frost

Yes, there are ends to weave in and blocking will help even out the garter stitch. This project gave me fits on the stitch count. Many rows were ripped back and reworked, so I am glad to have these off the needles.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Majestic Tie Cardigan - DONE

So, I've put the last stitches into this cardigan in at the end of June. It has been waiting patiently to be blocked and set up for a photo shoot. Who am I kidding? I need to set aside a big block of time to wash and block a bunch of things, yeah, not happening so here it is in its rumpled glory. Untitled
Majestic Tie Cardigan
Published in No-Sew Knits: 20 Flattering Finish-Free Garments
Pattern by Kristen TenDyke
Yarn: Cascade Ecological Wool

I think this will be traveling to the Pacific Northwest, where it will get more use than here on the islands. Hope you like it, Mom!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Making Progress....

Since I have finished my cross stitch project, I needed a new one for my lunch break. I pulled out my stars and have settled in to stitched them to my squares. Two patriotic prints will proudly show off my 50 States stars with a simple (wonky) running stitch. A poor choice of fabric to embroider the stars on leaves me with lots of little threads. My star points may not last too long. It is going faster than I anticipated and 10 stars are done already. Slowly but surely... a few stitches a day is better than none!

 There is other motivation to complete this project. Mollie at Wild Olive is starting a new stitch club, Around the House. I'm in, are you?

Monday, July 11, 2016

On the needles...

I am not a "BLING" person. I know that. So, why would I purchase yarn that has silver flecks in it? I have been struggling to find a use for some Knit Picks Glimmer, 2 skeins each of Jay, Frost and (grey). The "glimmer" is subtle, but still just not my style. I have started and ripped out no less that 4 projects using this yarn. This try is Zypher Cove by Rosemary (Romi) Hill. I started with Jay and I'm pairing it with the Frost. The lighter color is a bit more blue that what shows up in the photo. All of the garter stitch makes this project go fairly quickly.

I've made it through the stripes and need to find some stitch markers for the short row before I move on. Happy stitching everyone!