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. 🙂 So far, it looks pretty good.

Real life intervening….

I hope that everyone that celebrates it had a wonderful Easter. We had a very nice, quiet Sunday at our house.

Real life has been busy with incoming spring and I have been madly busy working on my green spring sweater. I’ve borrowed the shaping from Mary Jane Protus’s Lace Border Top, however I’m working the body a bit longer and doing a few rows of garter stitch at the hem instead of the lace. 🙂 The back is completely, the front is getting close to shoulder shaping. Hurray!


I’ve also been bouncing over to my Sock Yarn Blanket occasionally. That’s nearly as wide as I want it to be and I have a couple more squares to attach to the base row. For someone that doesn’t like pink, I have quite a bit of it, but it’s been for projects that were not mine. I have decided, however, there’s far too many different grays, so I’m trying to expand on that.


And lastly I have the chance to get some cashmere for an amazing deal and even have the project picked out… So much yarn, so little time!

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.


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


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! 🙂

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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Nearly there…

My Lehigh Jumper in Rowan’s Pure Wool Worsted is nearly done. I cast on the second sleeve last night, blocked the front and back pieces yesterday and hope to be able to block the first sleeve tonight after the trick or treating is done. With any luck, I can put it together Sunday when I’m off work. I hope.

This is the first time I’ve done a sweater that will be seamed, so I am a bit nervous there. I want it to look nice and can see myself being a perfectionist over it. (Usually I do top down sweaters)

I do love this project – the pattern is written extremely well and the yarn! Oh! I do so love it. I can’t wait to cuddle up in it when it’s finished. It’s been fantastic to work with.

Here is my pile of finished bits:

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Taking a break…

I didn’t make as much progress this weekend as I’d hoped. I did manage to get a hat finished and cast on the other, however the first needs to be resized a bit, which will require more tinking. And I’m sick of working on them. And so…..

I’m working on my sock yarn blankie. I had company this morning and realized that I had more stash to add to it than I thought, including some very brightly colored yarns. 🙂  I finally decided how wide I want to make it, which is WIDE because hubby likes bigger afghans… It’s going to take me FOREVER. LOL Especially since I only have this so far….

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There’s not a lot of knitting going to be done to these this weekend, unfortunately, but there is progress! I’m really considering doing the heel and toe of these in a nice soft, heathered gray. (I wish the color showed up more accurately, but it’s gloomy out, so the lighting is rather sucky. LOL It’s really pretty pinks/roses)  Hmm..

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