Friday, April 18, 2014

Back in the Swing Friday

Seems like ages since I have posted.  A lot of travel--a couple of weeks ago I ran the Zydeco Marathon in Lafayette, LA -- what a great race!  I had a blast.  Then I was on work travel and I do hate it when I have to travel on the weekends for work. 

While I was on travel I worked on a summer weight shawl using La La's Simple Shawl pattern in some yummy hand dyed merino bamboo fingering weight yarn I bought in Hawaii.  I knitted about a third of the shawl during the trip. 

Last Sunday I got a foster dog, a 100 lb Weimaraner named Buddy.  Tuesday Buddy broke out of his crate and ate my shawl.  :( 

So now I am working on this: 
A pair of socks using Flat Rock Toe to Toe yarn, which is hand dyed in Gloucester, MA.  Buddy got a hold of that skein too, but I was able to rescue it before he destroyed it.  It was a challenge to wind but I don't think he damaged the fibers.  It is more of a sport weight, so I adjusted my basic sock formula and needle size.  I hope they fit someone.  Yes, I knit a swatch, but that does not always translate into success for me.  I needed a mindless relaxing knit, at least till Buddy settles in.
Photo: Say "Hey" to Buddy, my foster weim!   Buddy is 100 lbs of goofy Weimaraner.   So far he knows how to drool excessively, counter surf, escape from his crate, and shred the latest knitting projects.  

Really---he is a lovable goofy guy in search of his fur-ever home.  We are working on house manners , basic obedience and he is skin and bones, so he needs to put on at least 10 lbs

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!