Monday, July 27, 2015

Year of projects

Happy Monday greetings!
I guess a Sunday update just didn't happen for me this week.  Why do the weekends fly by so quickly?

I spent all day Saturday finalizing what I am going to wear to my son's wedding in a month.
Whew!  What a relief that is.  I have spent 2 months searching--now I have a skirt, top, shoes and purse!

Sunday was spent on church, laundry, grocery shopping and  date with my husband to see Cinderella at the $3 theater.  What a beautiful, magical, sweet movie!

As busy as it all felt, I did manage to find some knitting time.

Still on the needles is Lyddie's Livie sweater but not much progress so no new photo...

My Duped shawl/scarf is coming along and I am now on the lace border which is nicely just knit on--no picking up stitches.  I am in love with the fabric created with this woven/linen stitch.  I am hoping the lace bit will open up more when blocked....

A little stash enhancement happened this weekend....

First up is a skein of sock yarn which flew into my car as I drove past the yarn store, on my way from a doctor appointment. I have never heard of this brand before, but it was on sale and I figured what the heck!

Next,  this lovely denim colored yarn came home with me-it is from Jorstad Creek and the shawl I hope to make with it is called Canyon Rim. I realized that I don't have a little blue shawl and blue is a color that will  go with almost everything I wear!

Last I am sharing a photo of our garden--but the most exciting part is that it was raining when I snapped the photo!  Rain, glorious rain!  We so desperately needed it, and could have used a bit more.... Is everyone else's summer weather been crazy too?

What are you all up to?  Knitting, crocheting, reading......

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Friday, July 24, 2015

have you heard...

...... coloring is not just for children, but it is for adults too!
And it is becoming all the least where I live.
It is good for you.
Read about why it is
I remember loving to color as a child.

So,  purchased a small set of quality pencils and a coloring book and I have to say, it was rather relaxing. I spent about 10 minutes before bed the other night and it was calming.   I have a larger set of pencils on the way as I discovered I want many more color options!  Has anyone else journeyed down this road?  If not, have you considered it or even been made aware of this comeback?


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Sunday, July 12, 2015

year of projects....

Happy Sunday and greetings from sunny, hot Seattle!  We are having a record shattering, hot/dry summer and I sure do miss my normal Seattle.

Still and all, knitting continues to happen. I found a website/video that might help me with my seaming dilemma on Rosie's Tiny Dress. I think the video is just the mattress stitch, but shows how to do it on a garment that has been knit side to side!  I hope to maybe give it a whirl tonight after a meeting I need to attend at church.

My fingering weight, Yarn of the Month skein arrived last week.

It is so pretty and summery, I almost want to eat it!  I am thinking the Lionberry shawl for it!

I have also cast on a new project, a Fall sweater for my little Lyddie.  The pattern is Livie and right now I have to pay very special attention to the pattern as I am doing Raglan increases and front increases at the same time, but on different rows!   The yarn is a Malabrigo which I am in love with!

The other project I cast on is this scarf, called Duped.   I have had this yarn in my stash for about 1.5 years and have been just waiting for the perfect pattern.  Again, this is Malabrigo and it has quite a halo about it.   The pattern right now is kind of a mock linen stitch and when I am done with this section there will be a lacework border.

It seems a bit ludicrous to be knitting cool weather items. We spent  the 4th of July holiday with our daughter and her family.   She lives in the desert region of Washington State and the temp outside during out holiday bbq dinner was 104 degrees at 7 in the evening!  It was in the low 100's the whole time we were there--but we did not let that stop us from having a great time.   If you are a regular follower of my blog, you know I sometimes --okay.....maybe a lot times,  share picture of my little lovelies and today I am sharing a few of my favorites from our visit last weekend!

Poor littlest sister Rosie was running a temperature all weekend (likely from 2 year molar teething) so she is not in a lot of my photos--she spent  lot of time napping and going to bed early, thus missing out on a lot of the festivities.

That is all the news I have for now!  The summer is flying by and life is amping up a bit.  My son's wedding is just a month away and we are busy with bridal showers and getting things ready for the rehearsal dinner, and finding the right clothes to wear, know!  All those little details.

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Saturday, July 11, 2015


That moment.....

A new project .....

The excitement!

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Year 5!

Year Five!
Guys!  I have been participating in A Year of Projects on Ravlery for four years and it has been so much fun.
I love having a (tentative) plan for my knitting in the upcoming year...  (July to June)
I love visiting all the other participants and I appreciate the visitors and their comments on my blog.
I am ready for a new year to start!

This pictures embodies many of the yarns I want to work on.   Most of these are yarns I have purchased over the last couple of years on yarn crawls and trips by train to Portland.

So now I present to you below, some of the projects for next year....Of course not all of these will get done in a year, but I want to have one of these on the needles at all times...

 For Me:  I have decided to not put a sweater for myself on  here as a goal like I have in previous years.  I recently  realized that I really don't want one at this time. I much prefer wraps and ponchos and scarves.  Plus, we are predicted to have another dry warm El Nino winter, weather-wise-for the 2nd year in a row and I just have not been cold enough in the past year for a heavy sweater.

Lionberry Shawl (pink alpaca)
Sundry Shawl  (yellow and gray merino)
Nangou, or  Meridan  (brown, gold, rust cobasi) (Or Ashburn Shawl)
Juggler's Scarf (pattern not online) (gold Road to China)
Reverse Psychology (pink and gray)
Churchmouse Folded Poncho (gray-blue)
Batkus (multicolored Malabrigo or possible a fingering version)
Le'Enveloppe (rust/gray/blue/orange)
Firwood Mitts (purple alpaca)
Wisp Scarf (pattern not online---pink/purple/tan Suri Alpaca)
Turkish Bed Socks (Koigu)
Night Owl Mitts (Madeline Tosh- probably a different pattern)
Wingspan (yarn my son gave me, zauberball)
Dangling Conversation or Sunray Shawl (April yarn of the month, green and purple)

For the Grandys:

Sheep (for the Grandys)
Sweaters (2, one for each of the older girls) for the Fall of 2015. I better get crackin' on those!
Dress (1, finish Rosie's Tiny Dress for Fall, in place of sweater)
???? Whatever else strikes my fancy!

Socks: I do want to focus more on socks this year!   I loved Cat Bordhi's class and look forward to some plain vanilla socks, in fun yarns, in which  to practice personalized sock fitting on myself.

Finish my Kaika socks
Regia #1
Regia #2
Turkish Bed Socks (Koigu)
??? Any others I might sneak in!

I finished 4 projects last year that were  knit for  KALs, and the Kaiko socks would be project #5 for this category.
I am looking forward to what comes my way this year.....

Christmas and Birthday gifts-to be determined, (what, for who and how much gift knitting), at a later date.

I am looking forward to stopping by and visiting  all the YOP participants, both old and new.  If you are interested in joining our group, visit our Ravelry page, here....

Currently I am away visiting my daughter and her family.  We are in Yakima Washington and it is hot, hot, hot over here! But apparently almost as hot back home in the Seattle area.  We are having  record breaking summer so far, and it is barely July.

Stay cool!

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Year of Projects-the end


Year 4 is done??

The year is a blur in so many ways-life feels like it is a ride that keeps speeding up and I can't slow it down.
What fun it was then,  to look at my Ravelry page and see all the lovely things I have created---items lovingly knit on in the evenings where I manage to grab some time to sit down, breathe and center myself.

My list, posted last June for Year of Projects,  year 4 is below.
Did I change some stuff  on it throughout the year?
You bet I did! 
And so did several other members.
Is that okay?  You bet it is!

Even though  many of the items do not have a  ~Finished~ next to them, there are 17 items which do!  I am pretty proud of myself  All of these projects can be viewed on my Ravelry page, and I have included many pictures too, at the end of this post. 

So, that is a wrap on year 4 and next week I will be posting my plans for year 5.  If you want to join us in this little endeavor, click this link to our Ravelry group page.  This group is easy, drama free, and full of wonderful yarny people from all over the world.  All you do, is put together a list of what you would like to work on for the coming year, post a weekly blog update each Sunday and then publish that link on the Rav page for our group. Then, we get to visit each other--to Ooo & Ahh  over items, offer encouragement and help when needed too! 


Year 4 list:
1. Knit Alongs
I completed a total of 5 kal's last year (year 3) and those projects were some of my favorites. So I will leave myself open for as many of those that come my way. Knit Along's are a great way to learn new techniques and meet new knitting friends!
1. Traveling Doll, named Hattie,  with Knitting Group friends--Finished
2. Knit Purl Hunter October Namesake mystery cowl- Finished
3. KAL with Myra's yarn--Frisson with my January yarn-of-the-month- Finished
4. KAL Hitchiker for Portland Yarn Train--Finished
2. Just For Me
1.Gray shawl -with yarn purchased on my Portland Yarn Crawl in 2013
2.Scarf, using pattern not on Ravlery with locally hand-dyed Alpaca (from Raniers game in 2013)
3.Scarf -pattern to be found, using blue silk Shibui  yarn
4.My first "Me" sweater: Vitamin D
5. Batkus(or something else) with gorgeous Malabrigo in stash(purchased at least 3 years ago)
6. Mitts; pattern to be determined, using yarn I received from my swap partner in England (possibly Honey Comb Wrist Warmer pattern) --Used leftover Trekking yarn from Spectra and did a pair of Sweet and Simple Mitts, called Rainbow--Finished
7. Mitts--using X-Mitts pattern with Seahawk yarn- Finished 

7. Firwood Fingerless Mitts-with alpaca purchased on yarn crawl
8. Shawl--using pink yarn from Fancy Image Yarn: Finished
9. Painted Desert Lace Shawl--also from yarn crawl-maybe something different with this yarn
10.Other patterns I like (shawls): Frisson, Wingspan (with yarn Andrew gave me for Christmas) , Rondelay, 
11, Hitchhiker:  Finished 
12.Socks--finish pair on needles, at least 2more pair
13. Finish Ashby Shawl--Frogged--started Iberian Discovery Shawl with this yarn--Finished

3. For the Grandys and Kids
1. Leksak Tunic: for Adelaide's November birthday--Finished
2. ?  for Amelia
3. Finish Tikki's Jane sweater pattern  for Rosemary: Change of plans, doing Maddie's Tiny Dress for Rosie
4. Seahawk hat for Sam( have done by first game of season): Finished
5. New pair of slippers for Adelaide
6. Finish Rebecca Danger Kitty (for Lyddie's birthday)--Finished
7. Two Seahawk color work hats (for Sam and Austen_colorwork hats-- Finished x2
8. Color work hat for Andrew with Sounders yarn--Finished
9. Color work hat for Sam with Sounder's yarn--Finished
4. Gifts
1. Dishcloths to have on hand.... Finished 3-- I gave to Sarah for Birthday
2. Flowers (pattern from Ruth) for my Mom
3. Knitted Fairies for Grandys  (maybe Noro sheep instead)
4. Finish baby sweater for little Azaria--just need sleeves: Finished

5. Skills
1. Sweater for Me
2. Line a bag (my unfinished Noro bag)

6.  Items from previous year's lists that I don't want to lose track of.
1. Small little Acorn Bag
2. Rebecca Danger Toys (see above--finished a Kitty for Lyddie)
3. Hanging Bird
4. Gordan, Jaimie and Hugh Chickens




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