Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Happy December!

I thought I would get at least one post in for December as were slowly settling in for the holidays. Starting with a Christmas Parade. Lights, Marching Bands and Treats...

Then my helper elf got busy decorating our tree. Most ornaments were placed only as high as the elf could reach.

Counting the days with the Lego Advent Calendar...


With a bit of stitching and knitting  thrown in...

Cozy Blue Stitch Club (November) and Blanket knitted in Knit Picks Brava Bulky.

Hope you are enjoying a peaceful holiday season.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Dishcloths - DONE!

I like carrying around a quick project and dishcloths/washcloths fit the bill. What I don't like is weaving in ends. Here's part of the stack of cloths waiting to be finished... Can I procrastinate anymore?  Just sit down and get to it!


So I did... And I have an assortment of cloths for gift giving.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Hello November!

Well, hello November! Did you see October just zoom by? I did manage to get some projects done.
Floral Opulence is off the needles and waiting to for the straps to be stitched down. No photos yet...

And while that was waiting, I used the extra skein of Comfy to knit up a pair of reading mitts for a college student in Tacoma...
Pattern: Susie Rogers' Reading Mitts
Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy in Pomegranate

Her mom made her a scarf and gave me the leftovers to knit a hat.
Pattern: The Vermonter
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Marble

And let's not forget the crown for a certain birthday boy...
Knit Crown
 Pattern:Elegant Knit Crown
Yarn: Cascade 220

And there's a pair of socks on the needles...more info later.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Cast on - Floral Opulence

My stash consists of sock yarns and an odd assortment of one ball miscellany. So I was happy to find a project's worth of yarn, including the pattern, just sitting in my stash. A free book offer in 2014 led to the purchase of the Knit Picks Comfy 2014 Collection and the yarn to knit Flora Opulence by Rosalyn Jung. I'm using Knit Picks Comfy Sport in a lovely red called Pomegranate.
I quickly cast on and made some progress. The lace section of this pattern has a 34 stitch repeat that I am having trouble memorizing, but it is only a short section before the wide rib starts. I hope to get past the lace quickly and onto some simple knitting.
Happy Knitting everyone!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Kid Socks - DONE!

I used the Purl Soho Toddler Sock pattern to use up the left over yarn from my Smooth Operator Socks. I started the socks with the smaller ball of Knit Picks Felici in Marsh and ran out just before the toe decreases. Take a deep breath and do not panic... I dug into my stash and found the leftover KP Felici in Mermaid and even though it doesn't quite match I joined and finished the toe. One sock done, Cast on for the second side and at the toe decreases realized that I have more than enough yarn to finish both toes. But decided to cut and join the Mermaid to match the first sock.


These socks fit him now and with a little bit of room to grow. So we have almost matching socks. but it is mama made and that is what counts.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Slowly, slowly, slowly....

One by one, I am getting the star squares done. There were 25 more to do and I thought I would get a chunk done last week while waiting for car maintenance. My plan was to get all 25 blocks prepped, but once I got started ran out of glue. Best laid plans....

However, it became my "lunch project" this week and as of today there are only 10 more to go.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Smooth Operator Socks - DONE

So the deadline for the Smooth Operator Socks KAL was on August 22nd and I knew I wasn't going to make it. Did you see all the wonderful sock yarn in the KAL thread! It was so tempting to order some of those bright and cheerful skeins with creative names like "Hello Little Birdie", "Family Reunion", "Rainbow Bouquet" and "Rainbow Trout Stripe". I kept knitting and finished a few days later.


I love that the stripes are almost matching. I started the heel with the cuff facing the wrong way so the double up on the light green is on the heel of one sock and the leg of the other. I also made my foot too long, so I ended the decreases on the toe abruptly.See the sock on the right? It should decrease nicely similar to the heel, but I stopped before it got too long.
It fits fine, and there were some great tips in the pattern. I'm glad I tried, it but I think it will be returning to the regular gusseted sock.... do I hear another Fretful calling?...