A WIP complete

. . . . and another well on the way

I finished my Cherry Cola socks Tuesday morning. I love them. The yarn is Lana Grossa and I really liked working with it (which is good as I have much more stashed in other colors). They fit great and I can’t wait for it to cool off more to wear them! :)

Also have these striped socks well under way. I have plans to make a red, grey and blue sweater to go with them out of mystery wool (spools from a mill that were given to me). Eventually. :)

 

Another WIP Nearly Done

We’re away for our last camping trip of the season.  I always bring a knitting project and this time around I’ve brought my Cherry Cola Socks. Last night I finished one and cast on the other. I’m a little over half way to the heel of the second sock. I’m hoping to finish them before we head home tomorrow. 
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One WIP down…

Managed to get one WIP finished, finally. Yarn is just Bernat something or other. (Know your recipient, I’m not spending the money on good yarn when I know it likely won’t be taken care of). Afghan is a basic feather and fan. Will ship this out Wednesday.

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WIP Wednesday, the sock edition

In my post the other day, I mentioned heing stuck in WIP Limbo, which included two pairs of socks.

This is one pair. The yarn is Lana Grossa, which I adore a lot. It’s knitting up very nicely and rather reminds me of Cherry Coke, don’t you think?

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Where have I been?

It’s been kind of quiet at this end of things. It’s not that I’m not knitting, I am. But everything is in WIP-limbo, which is frustrating.

1 – I’m still plugging away at the Rowan Mystery KAL. I’m taking my time, trying to keep it fun.

2 – I am knitting a feather and fan afghan for my toddler nephew. It’s just about halfway finished. I’ll be glad to get it away. It’s getting a bit boring, now.

3 – 2 pairs of socks. I’m to the heel in pair #1. It’s more like a traveling project than one I’m really working on. It goes to knitting group, etc with me. The other pair was started because I went to visit with a knitting friend and forgot Pair #1. So now there’s pair #2.

4 – Haven’t worked much on my Sock Yarn Blankie because I have other things to get finished. :/

5 – And because I have to end this in a multiple of 5…. Yesterday was my older sister’s wedding reception. They got married last fall and because he’s been in Baghdad, they didn’t have one until last night. What a good time! (We’re hoping my brother in law is home for good. He’s a contractor, so … It’s possible!)

 

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Personal Post – Family History

Now I’m going to do something a wee bit different tonight. I’m posting a super personal post. o_O

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to put this into words.

This being my mysterious family history…

On the left hand are… all these things we missed out on. Traditions. Foods. Community. Rites. All these things that we should have celebrated as a family and rejoiced in and instead, we hid and buried like a shameful secret. So ingrained was this secrecy that my one remaining relative still won’t talk about it even now, 69 years after the end of WWII. My great grandmother is nearly forgotten in an unknown Jewish cemetery somewhere in Maryland.My grandmother even gave up her name, changing it to a more French variation just so my grandfather’s parents would be more accepting of her.

What about all the things we would have passed down through the generations? Yes, they’re just things but what happened to them? Where did they go? Are they packed away and forgotten somewhere? Or are they still in the Czech Republic with any remaining family members still being used and treasured? (My grandmother was Polish, but thanks to floating boundaries, where my family is from is now in the Czech Republic, as far as my cousin can tell)

And on the right hand, this same secret shaped who my family is today. We’ve forged new traditions and celebrations.

We watch The Waltons most evenings because it’s better than the new shit that’s on. On an episode shown a week or so ago, a Jewish family had moved in at the start of WWII. They were afraid of people finding out they were Jewish. Of what Hitler was doing in Europe following them to the States. Even though they came just before WWI, was this how my great grandparents felt?

Both my great grandmother and her mother were only children. Do we have any extended family? Were they all murdered in the war? My cousin thinks that she found a cousin, but will there be any answers? Can there be?

I have a Pandora bracelet. It has charms for my family and loved ones – an Autism puzzle piece for my nephew. Birthstone charms for Marvin and Lee. An RN charm for my mom.

And for my great grandparents and other relatives that we will never know – a Star of David.

A Nøstepinne – Who knew?

My child rules. No really. I saw a nøstepinne online and my son (he’s 15) told me he could make one – and so he did. It’s not fancy. It doesn’t have a fancy finish or shaping. In fact, if you’re so inclined as to have your mind in the gutter, it looks like something else entirely BUT. It works and works beautifully. I wound some homespun from my sister’s friend on it today to see.

And my child made it. How awesome is he? Very.

What am I up to? (Marion Foale Yarn US)

I may have mentioned once or twice in the past that I spend a day or two a week working at my LYS. She’s also the US Distributor for Marion Foale yarns (which I adore) and we’ve been working on a HUGE website update that went live today!

Clicky MarionFoaleYarn. There’s a newly added Pattern Download section with more patterns on the way. There’s new yarn added to the yarn page. The Retail page has been updated.

We’re so excited. The yarn is a dream to work with and the patterns are classy and gorgeous. I want to make them all! The yarn is also absolutely perfect for Sanquhar knitting. :)

So that’s what I’ve been up to! :)

Blog Hoppin’ Den Style

I was nominated by Windy Wonderings to participate in a blog hop about the creative process. I have to admit, it’s something I just DO and have never really thought about …

1. What am I working on?
I’m actually at a low point in projects on the needles. Often, I have 4 or 5 projects going at a time and right now? Amazingly, I don’t. The project I’m really focused on right now are my Sanquhar Gloves, which you may recall me talking about once or twice. :P I also have a pair of socks that are my traveling project and a feather and fan afghan I’m knitting for my toddler nephew.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Oh hm. I’m … Not sure? I think all knitting projects are each a bit different. My sister and I could knit the same project… And they’re both different. The BFF and I did a scarf together… and our pieces are each different. But could I put my finger on why? No. Just that personal touch.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Mostly, it relaxes me. In the case of my gloves, it’s the challenge. They’re something I haven’t done before and that appeals to me. Also appealing is that it’s not something that is done by many. I also love to make gifts for people and look for just the right project for someone – and then seeing their face at the reveal. I love to give!

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
It’s never the same. Some days I’ll find a yarn that I just have to have and I’ll buy it then wait for the right pattern to speak to me. Sometimes I’ll see a pattern I just have to make and will zip off down the road to my LYS to get the yarn for it or just pick it out and pick it up later.

I’ve enjoyed being part of this hop, so I’d like to nominate the following blogs I enjoy reading to answer the same questions:
KaliTimes Growing Lunacy
Knitting Sarah

A Tangled Yarn Knitter

You should “hop” on over and check them out!

ETA:

I just want to say that I don’t normally do something like this BUT. I think it’s a pretty neat way to meet others and it can offer up topics that don’t normally come up in posts. :) I hope y’all enjoyed reading this as I did answering these questions! :)