Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Always Socks

Hello Dear Friends!

I've really been feeling the cold this winter. Especially my feet. I've even taken to wearing thin cotton anklets inside my wool socks. At this point, pretty yarn turning into warm socks and hot drinks is the only thing getting me through the season. My love affair with the beauty of winter is pretty thin on the ground by February. I've had enough ice and snow and salt and sand...sadly, they're houseguests that just won't leave. So there's nothing else for it. I Must Knit More Socks. They make me happy...and warm.
 
Gazebo
pattern: plain vanilla socks
yarn: Berroco Boboli Lace

 
Rye
pattern: Rye by tincanknits
yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Superwash Worsted

My current socks in progress are a shameless copy of these. I thought they could be my Valentine's socks. But they won't be done in time because I didn't start them till Monday night, and at 9stitches/inch, they're not very fast. And then there's the intarsia heart. Have I ever mentioned how I dislike knitting intarsia (or fair isle?) I think they're gorgeous and I envy people who churn out colorful knits. But, I struggle. The stitches are wonky and the yarns tangle. And I find myself frustrated and pulling out my hair and yarn. Not pretty. But yet, there is a wonky little heart on the heel, and I hope that it all evens out in the blocking. I suppose I could have done it in duplicate stitch, but not sure I was using all my brain cells when I started this sock. Because, if I had been using my brain cells properly, I would have knit the cuff in red to ensure that I would have enough gray yarn for both socks.

 
Well dear friends, that does it for me. I'm off to see what the Olympic events are tonight and knit. Maybe I'll have one Valentine sock by Friday :)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Battling Winter

 
Hello Dear Friends!
 
Winter is still thriving here, as it is in much of the country.  As a knitter, I love the romantic idea of winter...dreaming of warm, woolly handknits to protect against the chill.  Sitting inside where it's cozy with my needles, while the snow falls outside my window.  But the reality of facing the frigid temps is a different story.  I'd stay inside and avoid them if I could.  But, I have to venture out early every morning to take the kiddos to school.
 
I searched Ravelry and then dug into my stash.  And then spent my week making two pairs of warm and woolly cabled mittens to wear on those cold mornings.  These mittens were exactly the sort of project I needed.  Quick, useful and oh, so lovely!

 
Skinny Mittens
pattern: Skinny Fit Mittens by Andrea Black
yarn: Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool
 

 
Cruiser
pattern: Cruiser by Cailyn Meyer
yarn: Tahki Yarns Donegal Tweed Homespun (Vintage)
 
 
We've been having snow every few days.  Big, beautiful soft flakes floating in the air, and fast, small flakes pouring from the sky.  And the way it all clings and coats the trees is breathtaking.  And then in between it all, sunshine and melting and then the next round of snow and ice.  So my next battle plan was casting on some very simple stripey socks.  The sun may be shining, but don't let it fool you, it was cold!!!

 
 
Winter's Cure
pattern: plain vanilla socks w/ picot edge
yarn: Knit Picks Felici Sport Self Striping
 
Spring is still several months away, so I'm still arming myself with needles and yarn!

Monday, January 20, 2014

More of Everything

Hello Dear Friends!

Thank you so much for the very kind welcome back! It feels good to be in blogland again. I need to spend some time with my bloglovin account and add some blogs back into it (I had cleared it all out a while ago.) I still miss google reader.

The new year had me wanting to get the list of knitting wip's whittled down. I've managed to get two crossed off.

I finished my Colorado shawl, knit with some rustic 2-ply Colorado homespun purchased at the Taos Wool Festival many moons ago. The yarn and pattern felt like they were meant for each other. And the pattern...so simple and lovely and clever! Wendy doesn't recommend blocking the finished shawl, but I felt like my yarn could use it and I was right. It bloomed beautifully, and while it's still very "rustic" feeling, it isn't quite as scratchy.

 
Colorado shawl
pattern: Colorado Spring by Wendy D. Johnson
yarn: 2-ply Colorado Homespun
 
 
 I finished my Christmas socks a wee bit after the holidays. I have easily knit a couple hundred pair of socks, but I still get a little giddy with a newly finished pair.

 
Roman Holiday socks
pattern: Blueberry Waffle by Sandy Turner
yarn: Regia
 
And...I actually crossed a few stitches! I cleaned out my drawers (2!) of cross stitch wip's and came across this one that only had a few stripes left to do. Hopefully I'll get it sewn into a little pillow to add to my patriotic basket this year :)
 
 
flag motif
pattern: Summer Patches by Plain & Fancy Collection
fabric: 28ct "staci-dyed" linen
fibers: WDW brick and whiskey, GAST uniform blue, coffee dyed DMC
 

As I said, I cleaned out my cross stitch wip's: tossing some projects, reclaiming linen from others and organizing what remained. I pulled out a couple that I hope to work on here and there, fingers crossed :)
 
So what do I mean by "more of everything"? I hope to knit more stash yarn, do more cross stitch and embroidery, read more, and continue to do more cleaning and organizing. And just appreciating everything a little bit more :)

Thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods. Sending you all a little Colorado Sunshine!
 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A New Year and a Return

Hello My Dear Friends, is there anyone out there?  I never meant to stop blogging, it just sort of happened.  And then as more time passed, it became harder to get back into it.  I became a lurker again, lol.  But I've felt the blogging urge coming back to me in recent months, and well, here I am.  It's a new year and it feels like the right time to dust off my little space and start anew.


Hoping the New Year is full of peace and happiness and wishing the same for you!


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sock it To Me

My sock needles are almost never empty.
But there was almost a full month where they were.
Thankfully, Middle had a band concert.
So I cast on some very plain ones to take with me.
Sock respite over.
Socks have resumed...
**most of these were actually knitted BEFORE the respite**


Cross-Stitch Lounge Socks
by Veronik Avery
Knitting 24/7



Candide "Ragg" Boot Socks
Reynolds #38



64st Picot Edged socks



64st Simple Stockinette socks

You can check out my Ravelry page for more project info.
Thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods and for all your wonderful comments,
they sure make my day!
Happy Sunday!


Friday, March 9, 2012

Happy Friday!

Hello Dear Friends!  I'm so happy it's Friday...although the way we all dragged ourselves out of bed this morning, we were wishing it was Saturday, lol!  I sewed this little birdie into a simple pillow and added some vintage buttons that belonged to Hubby's Grandma.  Considering that the stitching was finished in 2009, it is downright shameful how long it's taken!



I've been remiss in showing this beautiful little gem of an ornament sent to me by sweet Julianne.  Thank you so much Julianne, I love it and look forward to putting it on my tree!


And I received this wonderful surprise in the mail!  Corinna no longer keeps a blog, but this bag is a gorgeous treasure.  She's right in saying that it's the perfect size for a sock or dishcloth project.  Thank you so much Corinna for your beautiful and thoughtful gift!




Thank you all so much for your thoughtful blogiversary wishes!  I wish I could send you each a little something...and how about Terri's amazing little poem she left.  How creative is she?!?!  Congratulations Julie (Julie's Stitchyknitter Journal)!  Will be sending you an email :)

Thanks again for stopping by, your visits brighten my day!  Sending you all a little Colorado Sunshine!!!