Thursday’s Needles

The socks are coming along. I’m on the homestretch now and have one repeat to left to do before a few rounds of stockinette and then the toe decrease. I DO love this yarn and I do love the pattern so much, it’s just been very challenging to work on.

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Also, a Sock Yarn Blanket update. :) It’s starting to take shape but obviously has a way to go. I’m definitely not wide enough yet, though I’m undecided how much wider I want to go. Definitely about half again as wide, so I can curl up with it on the couch.

And you know, for someone that doesn’t generally like pink, I have a lot of it. LOL

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Socks on my needles today

I ALWAYS have a pair of socks on the needles. Right now, it’s these and I’m very anxious for them to be done. For one, there’s always the wonderful feeling of a new pair of socks. But also, the yarn is a very dark cinnamon color and I just have horrible eyesight, so it’s been a challenge knitting with a darker yarn.

The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Merlot Heather and has been just wonderful to work with. The pattern is Robin Lynn’s My Cup of Tea. The pattern is great and does go by quickly and they fit so well! :)

Not sure what the next sock will be, something springy, of course! :)

Stash Additions and Wishlists :)

I’m not sure I’ve ever really done a stash update here before, but here we go.  :)

I keep telling myself I’m going to be good. We’ve gotten some new yarn at the shop and I’m making myself wait to stash bust a bit of the heavier yarns before I get any, but it’s hard! I have gotten some sock yarn recently, and a few other miscellaneous bits….

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This is a recently finished project with Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Hand Dye. The yarn is absolutely amazing and I want to roll in it. SO soft! However, try as I might, I can’t get into the current length. I used two hanks and put the buttons on instead of sewing/grafting the ends together and it isn’t quite enough. I grabbed another hank and have plans to add on as soon as I get 2 seconds.

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Two new additions, even though I swore I wouldn’t. :P The Trekking is a new line at the yarn store and it’s green, so I just had to check it out. I’m thinking Linda Welch’s Spring Forward socks for this.

The Lana Grossa to the right I actually have more than pictured. I even have a plan for this! Several years ago, I made the Annual Eat-Fest Sweater out of Reynolds Garden Tweed linen. It’s adorable, but not the right yarn for the project, so it was worn once and has been laboring in my closet ever since. (Doesn’t everyone have a project like that?) I’ve always wanted to remake it and have been trying to find the right yarn and then lo! I found this for the Lace Border Top.

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Nothing exciting in the plans for this Lana Grossa yarn. :) At some point in the near future it’s going to become the Avalon Cabled Hat.

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I really might have a thing for Lana Grossa, but it works up so nicely! :)

Recently I saw Mary Scott Huff’s Dragons scarf and fell in love with it. Then the hunt for the perfect yarn began! I was really trying to venture outside of the purple and orange combination that she used to make it a little different BUT. That bright orange was calling to me and I had to have it. The purple just worked so well with it and the grey is something I had left from a previous project.

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This is actually a Current WIP of something we just got in at the store. The pattern is by Tutto and the yarn is Isager, which I’ve never used before and am completely in love with. It’s just a basic triangle in garter, an increase at the start of every row. It’s so light, it’s barely there. I like this project because it’s a good “tv in the evening” sort if I can’t focus on something more complicated, like cables.

20150226_071304Last photo! :) For Christmas, I got a set of Karbonz interchangeables and I absolutely LOVE them. I also got a set of DPNs and love those too. BUT I prefer circulars when I do socks and I always have a pair on the needles, so. The Interchangeable set only goes down to 3 or 4 – obviously not small enough for socks. I made big sad eyes at the yarn store and she ordered these for me. Hurray! So excited to start using these.

And if you’ve made it to the end, I appreciate it! I always love to see what others post for recent stash additions, it’s how you discover new yarns, so thought I’d share this morning! :)

Newest Project

I have been wanting to make Bernat’s Sterling Cables sweater for ages. It’s one of the oldest patterns in my queue on Ravelry. This past week, I decided that enough was enough. I had more than enough Cascade 220 in my stash from a long ago spree and cast it on.

The back is flying along, to my delight. The pattern is well written – the large cable panel in the center is both written and charted. I do have plans to make it a bit longer in the body for that extra bit of warmth for a brutal New England winter. Likely, I’ll probably get it done just in time for spring, but ah well. Warm thoughts as I knit, right? :)

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Snowmageddon Part II

I’m all set to be snowed in tomorrow, which is good since they’re once again calling for blizzard like conditions.  Yowza.

I’m about to bind off one project and have the next set to cast on – Ali’s Cap by Marion Foale in this lovely eggplant color, also known as Aubergine.  I’ve had my eye on it for a while and can’t wait to cast on! :)

In the meantime, I’m snuggled in – watching Avengers, wearing my Captain America jammies and sipping cold medicine.

Ta Dah!

So, I finally finished something besides a hat. In this picture, I am wearing a slightly modified version of the Keeping it Simple Stockinette Cowl because I did not have as much yarn as I thought I did.

You see, once upon a time there was this amazingly gorgeous Blue Sky Alpaca yarn and a herringbone cowl. I love the herringbone look, but this yarn and the way I’d done up the original project just weren’t working for me, so I was on the look out for the right pattern to frog and reuse the yarn. And I found it!

You might have heard it’s been a wee bit snowy and cold in the Northeast recently, so I cast this on late last week and sewed the last button on it Monday morning, just in time to wear it! :) (I’ll Soak it, but in this case, I’m not too concerned about blocking it)

Now, you may recall from a couple of paragraphs back that I said it was slightly modified and indeed it is. In the original pattern, she has the ends joined together, but because I’m a dingy and I had less yarn than I thought, I was trying to figure out a way to end it smaller and still make it work.

I ended up doing a row of buttons instead and think it works perfectly. You can even see yours truly in the picture. :)

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It just keeps snowing

We have about 4 feet of snow accumulated. Want to guess what it’s doing today and tomorrow and Tuesday? If you guessed snow, you would be right. Depending on which channel you watch, we could get anywhere between 6 inches and a foot between now and Tuesday. Being the hardy New Englander that I am, I’m just going with “Going to snow like whoa.”

My poor house and shed. They’re getting buried! :) And yes, you do see a backhoe in the first photo. We needed it to move snow banks back. We’re running out of space for it all and we still have 2 more months of snow, possibly.

So now the question is. What do I bake? I’m thinking about trying an almond meal paleo bread, to start with. :)

 

In Which I Cry Uncle

I have lived in the Northeast since I was 4 and my parents grew up here. Normally, I love snow and winter and crisp, clean air. But right now? I’ve about reached my limit. We had the blizzard a week ago and got about a foot and a half. We had another Nor’Easter Friday and Saturday and got another foot. Today? We’re getting another foot, then tomorrow will be decent so we can clean up – Just in time for another storm Wednesday into Thursday! (and it’s supposed to dump about what we’ve gotten today, too) There’s even the possibility of another one over the weekend.

Truly. Enough already. It makes it hard to plan ANYTHING and it’s getting very difficult to get things cleaned up between storms.

This was my house this morning before I left for work. Before Storm #3. Enough already.

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Employment Update

Shh.. I know, I know. Not one, but TWO personal posts. Ooh. Although.. this one does sort of tie into knitting. LOL Loosely.

I haven’t been around much since the start of the year because work has been absolutely batty. And along with this battiness, I was asked to go full time, which brings my free-for-knitting days down to 1 day a week. Yes, I’m working 6 days a week. Yes, I am insane, except I love both my jobs.

For one of my jobs it is pretty obvious why I enjoy it so much – it’s once a week at my LYS and it’s like a bit of fiber heaven when I’m there. :)

For the other job, if you could quirk your eyebrow at me, you probably would. The one I just began working full time at is a funeral home. We’re fairly large, the largest in our state, and we have a good reputation. We work hard for that reputation. It may seem incredibly weird to say that I work there but.. I do. I work in the office upstairs, one of those people that almost no one ever sees but without us, nothing would run smoothly for the families we help.

Is it sad? Oh my word yes. There are some days when you get a call that just rips your heart out.

But what makes it worth it? Is when you can do something so simple in part of preparing for a service for the family and it gives them just a hint of a smile. To help ease them in what is the most difficult time in their life. I like to think we help just a little bit.

So yes, for 5 days a week, I’m at a funeral home, for one day a week I’m at the yarn store – and all of this severely cuts into my knitting time. Plus. I’ve just been knitting hats. You can only see so many hat pictures. :)