Sunday, April 18, 2010


This week I have been monogmous knitting - what I mean is - I have been
knitting only one project all week - The Forest Canopy Shawl. I only have
6 rows left and then bind off. It's hard to see how big it is in this picture. I am
really liking it, and for reasons I don't even know myself, have decided to
keep it.

Martha finished a pair of alpaca socks - Knitspot
pattern. Lovely!

I was lucky enough to purchase two books from Knitpicks during
their 40% off book sale ( I think it's still going on).

Knitting 24/7 by Veronik Avery

30 smallish projects....very cute. I will (well I would) like to
make a lot of them.

Here are some:

Fueur De Lys Hat

Linen market bag:

Leafy Knot Clutch

and Lacy Cable socks

The 2nd book is called: Northern Knits by Lucinda Guy
and I am in love....many nice projects. I am having fun
just looking at the pictures. She seems to use a lot
of laceweight yarn to make sweaters...which means smaller
needles, but not as small as I would expect.

Here are a few projects:

Lilja Textured Jacket

Hulda Striped Pullover

Ola Placket Pullover

Liv patterned Socks

Inger Ski cap and gloves

and Ulla Twined Socks
( sure hope twined kitting is not too difficult to learn)

Sunday, April 11, 2010


A Baby Surprise Jacket in one week! Quite an accomplishment for me.
And my 2nd (only my 2nd) finished object for 2010.


Plymouth Encore Yarn
Size 7 needle
Size - maybe a 2T

This sweater was much faster than the first one - probably partly
due to the fact that I did not have to wrangle 3 strands of yarn
at once and obviously the larger yarn and needles.

The blue yarn has splotches of dark blue and yellow so I chose
yellow buttons. I am in love with I-cord bind off - especially on this

I really wanted it a little smaller but I am very happy with the
size, the little boy can wear it much longer now.

this week I will concentrate on the Forrest Canopy Shawl and hopefully
make some good progress.

Ruth spun some beautiful yarn from some roving stuff (is that what
you call it?) that I gave her for Christmas. She did a beautiful job
and spun it in a way that really made the colors pop!

Martha finished up her vest and is wearing it in NYC this weekend.
I think it is awesome !

Thursday night after a weird rain/cold front we had awesome
rainbows and the sun was just setting so it had a beautiful
red/orange glow.

Look what's at the end of my rainbow!

Drywall - way better than a pot of gold - trust me.
Joe and Joey have the whole family room drywalled....
now the finishing begins.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Yes, another BSJ

I finished up the first blue Baby Surprise Jacket - just need buttons.
I have some very cute green frog face buttons on order. I don't feel
like I can consider it complete until the buttons are on. It took me
a couple of tries to get the collar right, but so worth it!

I decided this would not be big enough for the intended little boy
due in May. According to the Dr. he is predicted to come out
half grown already - and I wanted the jacket to fit him in the fall....
so I decided to give this one to the baby boy coming in July and hurry
up and get another one done by April 20th!

This is size 5 needles, Knitpicks sock yarn - three
strands together.

The new one is in Encore and on size 7 needles. It is moving along
faster using only one strand of yarn. I am just starting the long increase maybe 1/3 - 1/2 done.

Ruth finished up hers this week. She used two strands
of sock yarn purchased from a woman on Etsy - it is
superwash. Cute!!!!!!!!!!

Martha is working on her very colorful vest...Isn't it lovely! I think it
is amazing....but she is not thrilled with the colors for some reason.

martha's words:
I am attaching my latest vest. I am up to the collar. I did not
really make it like the pattern exactly (as usual), and want to put a
shawl collar on it which I am going to fudge from another pattern.
This color work was from a pattern in Knitters fall 2009, called
Shaded Diamonds by Rick Mandragon. I changed the shaping for my
figure and am going to try to copy a shawl color from a Ravelry
pattern by Meg Swanson. I am not crazy about the colorwork and how it
turned out, but I didn't want to change it after working on it for
several hours. That is as it is. I have to look at that some more
and see if I can figure out the construction better. I used Lopi lite
and some Noro for color change.

Things are status quo here at my house. Joe put up a piece of drywall
yesterday and I thrilled. Maybe things can move along a little quicker now.
The weather this weekend has been amazing...hope you all enjoyed it....

Have a fun knitful week.