Today on my needles . . .

One of my current projects is Cadillac Mountain, a lovely vest by Kate Gagnon Osborn. We’re shaking it up a bit and I’m using Anny Blatt Calyce for it – which is so lush!  The pattern is great,  very easy to follow with clear,  concise directions. The back is finished,  as is about half of the first front piece. 

FO Fest!

*waves* Anyone still out there? It’s been a busy, hot summer. We’ve had vacation, we’ve been on day trips and I have had finished projects languishing with no pictures. *gasp* Today, I finally have pictures. Yay!

The socks are fraternal twin socks made with Spud n’ Chloe. The cream sweater is the Lily Cardigan by Marie Grace Smith and was made with Blue Sky Fibers’ Alpaca in sport weight. The green sweater is Allegro by Marjorie Dussaud and published on Knit Picks’ website. It was knit with Rowan Pure Wool Worsted in Grasshopper. And the crochet chevron is for my niece to beat on at college, so it was crocheted with Red Heart so we wouldn’t have to worry about it. πŸ™‚

Now I’m working on Cadillac Mountain in Calyce by Anny Blatt and am just adoring it! πŸ™‚

And now for something a little different…

I haven’t sewn in ages and a couple of weeks ago, I picked up a new sewing machine. My intent is to make new curtains for our camper and I have those started.

In the meantime, I found this adorable pink flamingo fabric that I just had to have (long standing inside family joke with my husband, who hates them) and this bag from Sweet T Makes Three the result. I put the flamingo fabric on the inside because I think it would be hard to keep clean. The directions were fantastic and easy to follow and I whipped this up this morning before work. I DO have to shorten the straps (that was my own fault, I wasn’t paying attention) and I’ll do that tomorrow. It’s the perfect size for a small knitting project or lunch or yoga clothes (once I find the perfect fabric for it).

It’s by no means perfect, but I learned a lot and gosh dangit, I did it all on my own. I was so proud of myself. πŸ™‚

PS – If anyone has any sewing blog suggestions, I would certainly welcome them. πŸ™‚ I’m looking for clothes (especially mid-20th century clothing) and easy household projects.


An Update about Me

I’m still here, though I can’t remember my last post. Yikes. There’s been lots happening, much of the knitting variety, much of everything else, too.

At the start of April, I had some minor surgery, emphasis on minor. I was having female issues and the surgery helped to resolve them. So there was me feeling like hammered poo as we were leading up to the surgery, then there was my recovery (which was blessedly short, actually).

My son took driver’s ed. In my state, if you’re under 18, you must take the class. There’s many other restrictions and requirements as well. He now has his learner’s permit, which he must keep for a minimum of 6 months and also log 70 hours before he can send off for the date he takes the road test for his driver’s license. I am *so* not ready for this.

My son taking driver’s ed sort of threw a monkey wrench into everything, since he had class 3 days a week, plus his driving time with the instructors.

I didn’t even make it to yoga for nearly 2 months! I made it last weekend, finally, and I also made it again last night. I think I have finally found the perfect fit for me and I can feel my passion returning.

I’m knitting, though I only haveΒ  2 FOs and no photos to show for it. Maybe tomorrow I can do something about that. Perhaps.


FO Friday

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I’ve just finished Blue Sky Alpaca’s Two Harbors Poncho and I adore it! It’s very boxy, but it’s also very warm and snuggly – perfect for those cold New England days to curl up with a book and a cup of tea. πŸ™‚

I’ve also begun a Lacy Baktus, made with Marion Foale in grape and love that as well. It’s very easy to work on while watching tv or sitting with the family. πŸ™‚

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Baby Bonnet Finished

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Tonight I finished this baby bonnet for a former co-worker. πŸ™‚Β  It’s sort of from all over the place – the crown is from one pattern, the leaves from another and the flower from yet another. πŸ™‚ I think it works though. The yarn is Marion Foale, which was perfect for this!

She’ll be picking it up in the morning. I hope she likes it!

Today’s WiP

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In between watching the Daytona 500 and rendering lard for soap and cooking, I’m also crocheting this wee baby hat that a former co-worker has asked me to make for her. the yarn is Marion Foale in Grape and the pattern is Crochet Baby Hat with Butterfly.

I was also given unrendered lard by a co-worker for soap making or, since some is also leaf lard, baking/cooking. I am currently rendering it now. We’ll see how it goes. πŸ™‚ So far, it looks pretty good.

FO … Sunday?

Before the holidays, I’d sent a friend a Yule gift… Only to have it disappear somewhere along the way. Boo hiss.

I have just finished her replacement and will send it out tomorrow. Hopefuly this time it makes it to her. I’ve made her a pair of seed stitch washcloths and am including homemade (by me) Calendula soap and Coffee Soap. Think she will like it?

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Oh the weather outside is frightful…

My drive home from work (2+ hours early) was uneventful, which I am so so thankful for. We’ve already had about 8 inches of snow and it’s still heavily coming down. The roads are dreadful and visibility is even worse.

I have a new office at work. Where I was sitting previously was a shared office and had a lot of traffic going through. It was nightmarishly distracting and noisy and I had NO space. Plus, I’m closer to the door when families come in, deliveries, etc. I got settled in today, mostly, and I’m starting to love it.

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And finally, I’m also working on a delightful poncho from Blue Sky Alpaca using Blue Sky Alpaca Extra in red. I’m just loving it. I’ve never done a three needle bind off before, so I’m looking forward to something new. Β And the yarn! So lush! I just love it.

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Tonight on my needles

I truly wish they would stop changing the update page and just leave things alone. ARGH

Anywho. I’m currently working on yet another pair of socks. I’m pretty sure the yarn is Lana Grossa, the pattern is Abbey Morris’s Dancetty. I thought it would work nicely with the different colors in the yarn. I really like how it’s striping up! πŸ™‚ 2016-02-04 19.49.51