Sunday, July 14, 2019

Year of Projects: Year 6, Week 28


Hellooooooo It's been many, many weeks....I thought I was coming back a couple of weeks ago, but it just didn't happen...sigh...I lost my crafting mojo for a long time...I've also been dealing with a personal issue that has been very frustrating and I just wasn't crafting....I started back up at the end of May.   I worked on socks, as I have a ton of them started, but didn't finish any....I also started a shawl...I just wanted a garter stitch shawl...and look at that I finished it....It is not blocked yet


I also finished a birthday gift for a friend's daughter.  I asked her what she wanted and she wanted a zebra!  So I made a zebra....the pattern is Zane the Zebra...you can just google it...it is linked on Ravelry, but is not a pdf, it's in a blog post....

I'm sure Lucy will change the name.....


I've also worked on Lucy's Elephant sweater.  I have 1.5 sleeves, ribbing and buttons and then it is done!

So while I took a long break, I have been knitting or crocheting everyday for the past couple of weeks...I'm glad to be back.......

2019 Finishes!!!!!
Muertos: 8/13/17-1/19/19
Who Socks: 10/7/18-1/22/19 (the Who socks were never on my list)
My Shelly Valentine: 2/10/16-2/9/19 (almost three years exactly!!!)
Alpaca Fun: 2/24/19-3/3/19
Green is the Best: 12/23/18-3/10/19
Willow Fields: 9/6.14-3/16/19
Lucy's Zebra 7/5-7/6/19
Black Widow Shawl 5/5/19-7/12/19


Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17 - would like to finish for the fall

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18 
Lucy's Elephant - 7/24/18, ripped out and restarted next size up 1/26/19


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Box O'Chocolates: 2/9/19
Snow Day: 3/4/19

Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Year of Projects - Week 14

Good morning!  I actually have no updates this week, but I didn't want to skip another week.

It was parent conference week, so it was an exhausting week....I am finally recovering....

Did you hear about what happened to A Hundred Ravens?  They are awesome indie dyers out of New Hampshire.  They were in Dallas, Texas for the Dallas Fiber Festival and had their trailer stolen, which had everything in it!

Luckily, the thieves donated over 1000 skeins of yarn to a local charity.  A crocheter that works at the charity knew that was unusual and did some research....so they were able to recover part of their stock.  The other vendors cobbled together a booth for them and they were able to recoup some of their loss....there have been two gofundme set up...https://www.gofundme.com/a-hundred-ravens-trailer-was-stolen-fully-loaded?member=2006756&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_co_campmgmt_m&fbclid=IwAR0DcFjOnEnx4ZAO_bENea8ScNTsOIHa2vZOfebaxyQK4Gse2Dem0c7pOn8

and another one https://www.gofundme.com/a-hundred-ravens?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_dn_cpgnstaticxlarge_r&fbclid=IwAR0nJDPcBG3HgDFRX0ocGE_o05HOYesucIhWzd-pa1MIC7esBYJpHFsCyqI

This one has met its goal and they will be able to replace their trailer.....

There is also a raffle organized by the vendors at DFF, $30 for a ticket....not sure that one is still happening, as they are pulling the winners today.....

A Hundred Ravens are a great bunch of people....I do personally know them, as I've bought from them at fiber shows and also they are one of the vendor booths we use as a meetup for New England Fiber Festival....

Since my stash is split between two places, this was the only AHR yarn I have with me...
That's Maleficient on their Iacos base and Peggy Gradient set, inspired by Hamilton.

So no new finishes, no new cast-ons, and no updates....one more week before Spring Break, when I plan on working on bunches.....but we all know how plans go....

I'm going to be starting a blog about The Homestead....I'll post a link when it goes up....

2019 Finishes!!!!!
Muertos: 8/13/17-1/19/19
Who Socks: 10/7/18-1/22/19 (the Who socks were never on my list)
My Shelly Valentine: 2/10/16-2/9/19 (almost three years exactly!!!)
Alpaca Fun: 2/24/19-3/3/19
Green is the Best: 12/23/18-3/10/19
Willow Fields: 9/6.14-3/16/19

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17 - would like to finish for the fall

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18 
Lucy's Elephant - 7/24/18, ripped out and restarted next size up 1/26/19


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Box O'Chocolates: 2/9/19
Snow Day: 3/4/19

Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Year of Projects, Week 13


Well I skipped another week.  I skipped because I had nothing to write about.  Many times when I finish a project, I take a break.  I don't tend to cast on or start another project right away.  So I took a break for about a week.  Added some rows on socks, but that was about it....

Then yesterday I took out my Miss Winkle, or Porch Winkle, as I call it.  It took a few minutes to figure out where I was in the pattern and of course, I did a loop wrong.....but I did put on three new loops!


There's a black marker under the third loop, that is where I started.  I really love this yarn and think i'll wear this a lot.....so this should be my next FO...I started it in June of 2016.....

I also worked on my Game of Thrones shawl, but now the stitch count is off, so I put it away again, until I have the brain power to work on it!   I have spring break in two weeks, so I hope to finish up some projects then....although right now I have no option to watch Game of Thrones, as DISH is in dispute with HBO......

This upcoming week is parent-teacher conferences, which are exhausting!!! Then another full week before vacation!  I'm not sure I'll survive....March is a long month....

My giftee LOVED the alpaca! I blogged about him here

I received a nice package.  A beautiful cobalt blue yarn bowl, gorgeous purple gradient minis, some beautiful alpaca autumn gradient yarn....I guess she is sending a second package, as she forgot a few things....

I guess that is about it.  I'll be watching The Walking Dead all day, as the season finale is tonight.  Plus been having issues with my ankle this week, so trying to stay off of it this weekend....which is sometimes hard, as Baxter would like me to go with him on walks....I only made it a bit and then was back at the house to put the ankle up...



2019 Finishes!!!!!
Muertos: 8/13/17-1/19/19
Who Socks: 10/7/18-1/22/19 (the Who socks were never on my list)
My Shelly Valentine: 2/10/16-2/9/19 (almost three years exactly!!!)
Alpaca Fun: 2/24/19-3/3/19
Green is the Best: 12/23/18-3/10/19
Willow Fields: 9/6.14-3/16/19

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17 - would like to finish for the fall

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18 
Lucy's Elephant - 7/24/18, ripped out and restarted next size up 1/26/19


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Box O'Chocolates: 2/9/19
Snow Day: 3/4/19

Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Year of Projects: Week 11


Oh look at that!  Two weeks in a row!  And I again finished something on my list!  Without starting anything new this week!

It still needs to be blocked, but here is my Willow Fields shawl.  I started it in September of 2014. Finished March 16, 2019.  I did run out of yarn and it took awhile to get another skein.  It was a club yarn.  First person I asked to buy a skein, she was waiting for her first baby to be born.....but several months later I PM'd her and never heard back......so I tried again last month and I was able to snag a full skein of it....and she only charged me $10 for it!!!!!  The dyer did offer to dye me another skein, but the dyelots would have been so off....

Pattern:  Maedwe by AnneLena Mattison in the book, Free Spirit Shawls: 20 Eclectic Knits for Everyday
Yarn: O, Willow, Willow, Willow on Mad Color Slink.  It was a club yarn

I now want to finish ALL THE SCARVES/SHAWLS!!!!! But I'll probably go back to a sock project, although I did find my Miss Winkle and I adore the yarn, so really want to finish that one too!

2019 Finishes!!!!!
Muertos: 8/13/17-1/19/19
Who Socks: 10/7/18-1/22/19 (the Who socks were never on my list)
My Shelly Valentine: 2/10/16-2/9/19 (almost three years exactly!!!)
Alpaca Fun: 2/24/19-3/3/19
Green is the Best: 12/23/18-3/10/19
Willow Fields: 9/6.14-3/16/19

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17 - would like to finish for the fall

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18 
Lucy's Elephant - 7/24/18, ripped out and restarted next size up 1/26/19


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Box O'Chocolates: 2/9/19
Snow Day: 3/4/19

Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Year of Projects: Year 6, Week 10


I have again, not blogged for several weeks.....it has to do with pictures....haven't taken pictures or when I thought about taking pictures, the light was not good....but I'm blogging today...mainly to avoid correcting papers as it is the end of this term....Hopefully it won't be several weeks again before I blog....

I do have two finishes...one today and one earlier this week....Today I finished my Northhampton socks or Green is the Best socks.....these were the socks that were closest to be finished....I did cast on two more pairs of socks, however!


The other finish was not on the list, it was for my swap partner....I made an alpaca!  I love this so much!  I will need to make one for myself....

And I started the Snow Day socks on Monday...when we had a SNOW DAY!!!!  I had been holding on to this yarn for the occasion! Yarn is Snow Day by Pixie Yarn....I may have bought a couple of her sock sets...

The other socks are a vanilla pair.  So I kept seeing all this pink and red yarn for Valentine's Day..although I love red, I'm not much of a pink girl, unless it's like fuschia..I do like a rose pink too...but then Freckled Whimsy posted Sweet Treats and Rosy Cheeks and it was more browns, with a touch of pink.....the cuff is Leading Men Fiber Arts in Bent Neck Lady (I think).....


2019 Finishes!!!!!
Muertos: 8/13/17-1/19/19
Who Socks: 10/7/18-1/22/19 (the Who socks were never on my list)
My Shelly Valentine: 2/10/16-2/9/19 (almost three years exactly!!!)
Alpaca Fun: 2/24/19-3/3/19
Green is the Best: 12/23/18-3/10/19

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17 - would like to finish for the fall

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18 
Lucy's Elephant - 7/24/18, ripped out and restarted next size up 1/26/19


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Box O'Chocolates: 2/9/19
Snow Day: 3/4/19

Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 
Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn, may have to frog.

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Stitch Along - February 13

Well I keep missing weeks......

I have one finished object, My Shelly Valentine....which I'll wear on Thursday and get a good picture of it. But this is before blocking

Started: Feb 10, 2016
Cast Off: Feb 9, 2019 (almost three years!
I used a pair of straights from Lantern Moon...love their wooden needles...
Pattern: Ribbed Shell Cowl
Yarn is from Knitmona, not sure she is dying any longer....it was a special order called Red Velvet Cupcake...it has a bit of a sparkle....blocked, it's just stretched a bit....

So several months ago, I wrote about my Stash Space....well I just looked back to link and it seems like I never published that post! Anyway, I was going to have a Stash Space in the attic of our house.  Since we are moving, I am going to be using the master bedroom as my space.....there is still a lot to do...but little by little...
The bed will eventually be moved out of the room.....but this is where it was today....I moved the cedar chest over to the wall, so that I can use my ball winder and swift...

So there is still a lot of work to do.....this house has three large "crawl"spaces (we can stand in them) full of stuff....but most of the rooms are 80-90% done.....

So I'm working on that big project, as well as trying to complete my WIPs....




Sunday, February 10, 2019

Year of Projects: Year 6 Week 6

It is blocking now, this was before blocking.....

2019 Finishes!!!!!
Muertos: 8/13/17-1/19/19
Who Socks: 10/7/18-1/22/19 (the Who socks were never on my list)
My Shelly Valentine: 2/10/16-2/9/19 (almost three years exactly!!!)

Look at that!  I have another finish!  I am trying hard to work on the WIPs....so this is my third WIP done this year...and I have not cast on anything new...yet!  I will be casting on a few new things during this long weekend....

Took a break from writing this to run back to House #1.....we had to feed the birds, Hubs had to drop off his car for an oil change.....and I was picking up some more stuff....we are slowly moving into House #2 - the Homestead.....and going back to house #1 is like visiting my own LYS...but my stash is split....so today I am going to update my Stash on Ravelry with the "Where it is Located" option as I watch The Walking Dead marathon....I did bring back a bag and a basket of yarn.....


Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17 - would like to finish for the fall

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18 
Lucy's Elephant - 7/24/18, ripped out and restarted next size up 1/26/19


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Northampton Socks - 5/26/18, sock one done 2/9/19
 
Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 
Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn, may have to frog.

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy


Sunday, January 27, 2019

Year of Projects, Year 6, Week 4

Well I missed last week, had some personal stuff going on.......But I did finish two pair of socks last weekend!  We ended up having a four day weekend, as we had a snow day on Tuesday, after the day off on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The blog post for the finishes went up on Friday, if you'd like to give a peek....
Sorry so dark.  I had to rip out the baby sweater I had started.  It's been so long since I worked on it, I had to go up a size! 

I really have been on a sock kick and got past the heel on the first Northampton sock
I was also catching up on podcasts...

I pulled out the yarn for the baby projects...these are not on my list yet, as I have not started them yet...so I have two girls and two boys to make for...one is the Elephant sweater that I had to rip out and restart.
Probably going to make two Cria, one for one of the boys and the other girl....not traditional baby colors...
The last one is the Teddy Sweater

Only one of these babies has not been born yet...

So those are my plans, what about you?


2019 Finishes!!!!!
Muertos: 8/13/17-1/19/19
Who Socks: 10/7/18-1/22/19 (the Who socks were never on my list)

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17 - would like to finish for the fall

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- why I may crochet the others...have these and still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18 
Lucy's Elephant - 7/24/18, ripped out and restarted next size up 1/26/19


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Northampton Socks - 5/26/18
 
Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 
Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn 
My Shelly Valentine (2/10/16) - should finish for this year's Valentine's Day, yeah, that did not happen

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy

Friday, January 25, 2019

Finally Finished - First of the Year!

So I did finish two sock WIPs last weekend...one long languishing one and one I'd recently started.

These are my Muertos socks:

Cast-on: August 13, 2017
Kitchenered: January 19, 2019

So a little under two years...;/

Yarn: Desert Vista Dyeworks Dia de los Muertos on her Viso base
Pattern:  Vanilla with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel, yarn from TwoSisters Sister Sidekick in Red
Needles:  Karbonz 2.25mm

I was amazed at how well the heel color matched the red in the stripes!

Of course these lived in my Sugar Skull bag from Jessalu

My second pair of socks are Doctor Who themed....

So I kept hearing about Felici yarn from Knitpicks...I have an issue with the company, so had never ordered from them.  But I gave in awhile back when they brought Time Traveler back....I actually bought three colors (2 skeins of each), but I have gifted the others away...
Cast-on: October 7, 2018
Kitchenered: January 22, 2019

Yarn: KnitPicks Felici in the Time Traveler colorway
Pattern:  Vanilla pattern with a slip stitch heel
Needles:  9 inch circular 2.25 mm

Okay, so I'm glad I tried it, but I won't order any more from them....The yarn is super soft, I'm assuming it wears well, since so many people rave about it.

However, I was still working on the cuff when I ran into a knot...
Obviously I was not happy.  Also, which I'm sure this is me just used to matching skeins, but I did them side by side on two 9-inch circulars and the skeins did not start at the same place.  So I had to run off some yarn to get them at the same starting point.

Yes the knot is still in them....I'm living with it.........Oh and they lived in a Doctor Who bag from Jessalu

I am working on some more socks now...I came home early today with a stomach bug, so in bed with a sock WIP.....

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Stitch Along - Jan 23

So two of these projects are DONE!!!!!!!  I'll do a Friday Finish post, if I can get good pictures of the socks...So I'm down to 8 sock WIPs!!!!  And trying really hard not to cast on a new one....I'd like to finish two more before I cast on another, but I did bring one of my crates of self stripe sock to the Homestead.....(I have 3 self stripe crates)

I think I'm either going to work on my Beekeeper Cardigan or the Elephant sweater for my friend's daughter next...

but tonight I also decided to wind some more of the minis from the Knits4Comfort Advent shawl...
So how was your week?  I'm going to throw up the link this week if anyone wants to hook up and share their WIPs...



Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Stitch Along _First of the Year

Good early afternoon!  I am home today thanks to a PsA flareup...It started Monday night, I went to work yesterday and left half day and I'm letting myself continue to heal today.....it's been awhile since I've had one last this long....the weather has been really sucky for me, with all the rain.....and we do have some nasty weather coming in...I also have my infusion in about a week and a half...and usually around the 6 week mark, I start hurting more....

So I've been working on socks....My Dia de Muertos socks are almost done!  I have the FLK heel, foot and toe to finish on the second sock....but again, I stopped at the heel!
I had two stripes to add this morning before starting the heel.

My Time Traveler socks are also almost done...I am working on the second heel flap today...
I've got some things to say about the Felici yarn when I do my Finished post....

So that is what I have worked on so far this week.....so many socks, so little time...but I have been wearing them more this year than I have in the past...so need more and more!!!!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Year of Projects - Year 6, Week 2

This was my first full week back to school after the holiday break.  I was exhausted most days and asleep by seven each night......

so that means I really did not work on anything this week...a few rows here and there....but that is all.....I did make my first yarn purchase of the year....but I'm going to do a stash post on Saturday.
My current sock WIPs, except for Kai-Mei, as I couldn't find the bag.....So, yes, I do have an issue with self-stripe yarn....only one is not self-stripe, well the Kai-mei is also not self stripe....so this is part of my WIP 2019.....I will cast on more I'm sure....as I have an issue with stopping at the heels....I did start a heel on the Time Traveler socks...I elected to do a heel flap and it seems to be taking forever!  It's been so long since I did one...And two of them only have cuffs started......

I have been doing a lot of reading on Instagram the past couple of days around the issue of the knitting/crochet community and racism that rose from the Karen Templer blog post.  It has been very interesting and enlightening.  If you are on Instagram, it is worth your time to read some of the posts...@duckling.designs, @ladydyeyarns, @labienaimee, @su.knitter, @nappyknitter, @tina.say.knits...I have added many new people to my feed....

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17 - would like to finish for the fall

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- why I may crochet the others...have these and still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18 
Lucy's Elephant - 7/24/18


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Muertos - 8/13/17
Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Northampton Socks - 5/26/18
 
Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 
Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn 
My Shelly Valentine (2/10/16) - should finish for this year's Valentine's Day, yeah, that did not happen

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy