Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Needles Report

I love this sock yarn!  It is Indulgence--it was in my stash.  The repeats are fun.  I cast on the second sock Wednesday night--I am hoping to finish by the end of the month.  Yeah, I know that gives me four days, but we are going to Lafayette, LA for a race so I hope I can get a lot of knitting done on the way.

 Apologies for the busy background.  I was trying to take a pic on the kitchen table real fast during my lunch break and the flash reflected too much off the table. 
Is that any better?  IDK.  Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Needle Report--Mitts!

The Maine Morning Mitts are clicking along.  I was a little apprehensive about knitting the thumb hole on the first mitt, but I confirmed with my knittly friends and then did it.  I cast on the second mitt, which appears will be mostly turquoise.  I used Ella Rae Sand Art yarn from Tuesday Morning, and after knitting the first mitt re-read the ball band:  random color repeats for original colored fabric, or something to that effect. 

Anyway, the second mitt will probably turn out totally different than the first.  I may try to knit another pair and see which two match the best.  It is a quick knit with worsted yarn and larger (5 or 7?) needles. 

I did cast on another sock in fabulous Indulgence self patterning yarn, but forgot to take a picture, so I will show it to you next week. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

C'mon Spring!!!

Enough of all this rainy/cold/unpredictable weather!!!  I'm ready to ride! 

I did get to go for a short ride at the Gulf Islands National Seashore park Saturday with my running buddies.  It was a great day for the first ride on my new bike.  Looking forward to more rides this spring.  Photo: Great day for a ride!!!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Needles Report

I finished my socks!  Woohoo!!  On the Florida trip, since I didn't drive, I had about 6 hours of knitting time in the car.  The pattern is Wise Hilda's Basic Sock, yarn is Knit Picks Thirst Heather.

Now to decide what to start next!!  I pulled out four different projects I want to start NOW.

I had a couple of those days where I was craving a new project and did not have the correct needles for ANY of them!  So I cast on my Sycamore Vest and realized I didn't understand the chart.  ;(

So I cast on Maine Morning Mitts using Ella Rae Classic Sand Art yarn from Tuesday Morning.  I usually don't knit with dpns, but they were the only needles I had in that size.  So, I am doing ok even though I feel like I have "sticks" everywhere.  These go really fast!  I am ready to cast on more stitches for the thumb.  I think I will unravel the turquoise and start mitt #2 in purple so maybe they will match.
Whoops!  I just read the ball band that says the color repeat is randomized to make a "unique fabric".  Oh well.  Still a fun knit.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday Sewing

I'm making string pieced place mats for my kitchen.  I wanted them to be scrappy, but may have taken that concept a little too far--

If I decide I don't like the scrappy side, I do like the other side and will turn them with the background fabric up. 

I did have a great afternoon of sewing.  I love string piecing.

Friday, February 28, 2014

On The Needles Friday

Still working on the socks.  Last night I knitted the heel flap of the second sock.  I am going on a road trip with some of my running friends, so I am hoping to maybe finish the second sock this weekend.  Fingers crossed.  I'm using Wise Hilda's Basic Sock Pattern in Knit Picks Thirst Heather. 

I have been fighting the urge to cast on the next project.  Trying to finish one thing at a time, but it is really difficult.  I am so easily distracted.  Squirrel!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cowtown Half Marathon

So last weekend I didn't get any sewing or knitting done, because I went to Texas for the Cowtown Half Marathon!  It has become an annual event with some of my schoolmates.  I am on the left.  Elaine, the woman next to me was in my nursery school class!  We were classmates for 14 years! 

Cowtown really knows how to throw a race expo!

My race was ok.  I had run The biggest Loser Half Marathon in Mobile, AL two weeks before and I felt like I hadn't recovered completely.  It was still a lot of fun, and it was great to hang out with my old friends.