It’s coming along…

This weekend, we’re dog sitting for one of my husband’s closest friends. Two beautiful sweet pitties spent the night last night and, as always, I hate to see them go later today. One is only about 6 or 7 years old and is a spitting image of my pittie-mastiff cross Cassie, just smaller. He’s a big knuckle head and is always walking around with a huge pittie smile. The other is very very ancient and we call him “The Old Man.” He’s mostly blind and deaf, but knows my house so gets around fine and we just keep a close eye on him. He can’t hear us when we talk to him or see us when we smile at him, but I like to think he knows he’s loved by the gentle touch of a hand. Both of them have such gentle souls, I love to have them here.

While they’ve been here, I’ve been working on my niece’s Grapes n’ Limes socks. Considering we had company yesterday and a birthday dinner for my father-in-law, I’ve made some good progress on the cuff and just love how it’s self striping so perfectly. I ended up not being able to stand it and showed my niece. She loves it and was so thrilled when I told her I asked someone to custom dye it for me. 🙂 I have decided I’m going to do an afterthought heel on them for speed’s sake.

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Grape n’ Lime Socks

On the 17th, I posted about my Ever Growing Stash and the yarn I was getting custom dyed by LittleAliceYarnStash. It arrived yesterday! As the yarn Swift is at my sister’s an hour away, I balled it by hand and cast on for my niece’s sock. I have to say I am VERY pleased with the colors and the way they are striping up. I’m also thrilled with her shop in general because she was quick to reply to my question about a custom order, quick to get something together to show me and shipped it right out. I will definitely be buying from her again, for sure!

And the socks, you ask? I’m just doing a basic cuff down, tube leg for my niece. I want the colors to do the talking, not lace or cables. TA DAH!!

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WIP Wednesday

It will probably also be WIP weekend because I have things to finish. Several things! Le Sigh.

At the moment, I am working on my first linen stitch scarf and just adoring it. I love the way the yarns weave together and can’t wait to see how it works together. I know this isn’t one of the projects I’ll finish this weekend, but I do enjoy working on it!

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The Ever Growing Stash

I tried to put myself on a yarn diet. I did. Only it didn’t work so well. My high school age niece emailed and asked if I’d make her a pair of socks. Duh. Of course! When given the choice of colors, she wanted bright green OR bright purple, so off to Etsy I went to see what I could find. And I found something so very close, but it was an array of colors. So I direct messaged the seller and asked if the color combination was at all possible. She was fantastic and came up with this. My niece is going to be thrilled!

 

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My Philotes

This is the Philotes, a KAL by Liz Corke I participated in on Ravelry last fall. I am particularly proud of it because it is the first beaded project I’ve done and I loved it. And while I finished knitting the project, I kinda procrastinated blocking it until now (and clearly I need more pads!). I finally have it pinned out and can’t wait to see how it looks when it’s finally done!

In Progress:

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Pre-Pinning:

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Pinned:

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Idle Hands

Anyone that knows me knows that I am currently owned by a 7 1/2 year old Standard Dachshund named Belle. We live in the Northeast and we’re still in the throes of a huge storm, much to her dismay. She’s long haired and snow just clings to her feathering in what we call “snow dingles.” Whenever she gets them, she meticulously picks them out when she comes in and glares at me whenever she gets a chance as though I personally put the snow there to torture her.

I keep telling myself I’m going to knit her a sweater, but I don’t know if she would be more disgruntled by it or less. 🙂

In the meantime, I haven’t gotten a lot of knitting or crocheting accomplished this week, which explains my lack of post. There’s been lots of feeling under the weather for various reasons and lots of overtime where I work, so I’m just drained by the end of the day.

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Another project finished…

Just finished this! It’s called the BFF cowl. I made the red portion of it and then oddly enough, the BFF made the brown portion. We each made two and traded, so we each have a 2 colored cowl. 🙂 Yarn is Knit Picks Swish. It is the first time I’ve had to kitchener something besides a sock toe (note to self: wrong sides together!) and it’s the first time I’ve really needed to do a provisional cast on (note to self: crocheting over the knitting needle = awesome!).

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It’s taking shape

Recently I’ve become obsessed with linen stitch. Browsing Pinterest, Ravelry – the projects are all so gorgeous. I was supposed to spend an evening at my sister’s last weekend (cancelled due to weather & illness, alas) and wanted something that didn’t require a lot of brain cells and was easy to transport. I dug into my stash, visited my favorite LYS (Essentially Felt, my home away from home).

Then I began. The dark tones are a colorway from Lana Grossa Meilenweit, the lighter tones an Ella Rae and the rosey tones are Regia Angora Merino. Everything is very subtle this time around and I’m just loving the way it’s shaping up!

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Unfortunately, this weekend I have to set it aside and work on some smaller and/or WIPS to try and get those finished up, but I’ll be back to it before long!

2013 Knits in Review…

I can’t remember where else I’ve seen this, but I’ve posted something similar elsewhere in the past and thought it would be nice to continue it here…

I was productive in 2013.

Namely,I finished my second Peasy. This is my favorite. I could live in this one.

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I crocheted and knit an Ice shrug:

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I finished a Paulie (and bought yarn to make another):

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I started the Lundell:
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I tackled my first beaded project, the Philotes:
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I began the BFF cowl (which will be finished this week):

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I made a pair of socks… (Pattern here)

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A pair of toddler socks for a co-worker:
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Made my third Peasy in a swap with a co-worker:

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Made three pairs of pichous for Christmas gifts, though I only got a pic of one:

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And lastly… made a cowl (simple 5×5 rib):

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Whew! And here I thought I didn’t get much done!

A New Recipe Tried . . .

I love to cook. Often that means adapting some recipes that I find due to a dairy allergy, but this time I didn’t have to. Since finding out nearly a year ago I was allergic to milk, my kitchen adventures have led me to many places. Tonight, that led to mushroom ravioli from Vegan Yumminess.

To start with, it is delicious. My 14 year old is loving it and is devouring what I’m not eating right now. I didn’t do the sauce mentioned in the recipe only because by the time the pasta was cooked, I was starving.

First, I sauteed the mushrooms, onions and garlic (I used 2 and not 1 clove).

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It smelled SO good as it was cooking, too. After I added the liquified cashews, it looked like this:

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The dough was challenging. I had an idea it would be, but underestimated it. It had to be kneaded by hand and as I am a wee bit vertically challenged, I put the bowl on the floor so I could get above it to kneed. It looked like this:

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And we’re almost there. Needless to say, a pasta roller is on its way:

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And finally, we have this. Yes, I do plan to make it again, but after the pasta roller arrives. 😛

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