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 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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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Critical Design Decisions…

This is the cardi with the body nearly done. I’ll do the sleeves full length, but I am undecided whether to add buttons or not! And if so, WHICH buttons? Such crucial decisions! 🙂


Why is the entry area where I post so small It’s only an inch tall (in Firefox, Win8.1). Can I change that?

Little Thing….

1 – Help? A question. I keep seeing Kauni yarn used in some amazing colorwork but never see it in shops here. Is there anywhere to order it from? Is there something else comparable?

2 – Soap Update: It’s taken a few days to dry, but it’s getting there. I’ve patted the excess oil off once or twice, and flipped them and they’re coming along nicely. I need to see about getting more calendula to infuse more oil. 🙂

3a – There’s an upcoming camping trip I’m trying to figure out meals for with my restrictions. I’m leaning toward grilled peppers wrapped in foil for breakfasts (may attempt some Paleo donuts and/or muffins to take with) and just some of my usual cut fruit for lunch. Dinner is looking like kabobs and other foil dinners, also. 🙂 I’m going with some family and so I need to be sure there is enough for dinner with them as well, but I think that should do it. There’s also excellent fishing where we’re going, so if anything is caught, that gets added to the menu. 🙂

3b – Knitting projects for the camping trip will likely be limited to socks and, possibly, the sock yarn blanket. But it will be so peaceful. Loons on the lake in the mornings, no internet, limited cell reception. QUIET!

4 – Current WIP besides socks is this cute cardi from Knit Picks (Really Fits Top Down Cardigan For All Seasons) , being knit in Rowan’s Kid Classic Canard.

The photo isn’t really accurate for color, it’s more of a brighter teal, but you get the idea. I’m undecided about buttons at the moment and will have to see once I’ve gotten the body done what I’m in the mood for. LOL

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Let’s shake things up

I love knitting socks. I’ll wear nothing else and love to try new patterns. They’re how I started knitting (my husband asked for a pair when I hadn’t done anything for years and what I HAD done was simply garter stitch when I was a child).
But I’d never knit a pair of toe up. Frankly, the toe and its different methods for cast on intimidated me. Finally, a week or so, I bit the bullet and cast on my first toe up sock.

The pattern is from Wendy Johnson and I did the figure 8 cast on. I have to admit, after doing so many pairs cuff down, it feels downright ODD to do it in the other direction. I had a very hard time picturing the heel as I was going (gusset with short rows), but I took the advice I’d given someone when I’d taught them to do socks and told them it would make sense in the end – and it did.

I’m on to the leg now, I’ve completed the heel, and I have to admit that I can see why people like toe up. 🙂 I’m hoping I can get it finished tomorrow morning before heading down to the yarn store for work tomorrow. Hope hope!

So here it is. My first toe up sock knit in Regia. 🙂 Love it!


New WIP?

I’m working by myself at the yarn store this week and next so I found a new sweater to cast on.  It’s called Lehigh and made with Rowan’s awesome new Pure Wool Worsted in Rust. I love that it looks so comfy and warm and is working up so quickly (I usually do sweaters in fingering weight yarn). I can’t wait for it to be done!