Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Stitch Along Wednesday - Week 9

Good morning my friends.....and I do say that meaning "friends."  My sister-in-law had to write a paper recently about "online friendships" and how being in online communities can be detrimental and make people more lonely.....and the professor was adamant that this was true....and while I can see it being true for a percentage of the population...I really believe that online communities have opened our world...but they should not be your only social interactions....people need to have some type of social life in the real world with real people, whether it be at work, at school, support groups, craft groups, etc...

So on to our crafting support online community!  This week I started another sock...yes, yes, I know...I now have 7 pair of socks on the needles....so why am I stopped on them?

My oldest pair is Kai-Mei, a Cookie A design...I absolutely love these and actually bought the yarn used in the pattern for them.....but when I started them, I hadn't really learned anything beyond the stitch/purl combination and the lace panel on the foot gave me pause.....and I just haven't gotten back to them...
Then I have Johnny's socks, which were a kit I bought at Stitches a couple years ago....it helped raise money for heart disease....these are intensive, as the pattern changes quite a bit...I've already frogged them once...but they need a lot of concentration...
My next pair are a straight vanilla pair....made with GnomeAcres Rolling in the Deep yarn...hence my name of my Adele socks...as I can't work on them without the song playing in my head...I have frogged  these and restarted them, as they were too big....I am back to the heel flap...
Next were the socks when I joined a KAL...they were the first ones and I never finished them...they are also down to the heel....I'm a little lost in the pattern on these...so I may need to frog them...
Then we have my Irish Tea socks, which were the next socks in my Love Your Library book...however I'm stuck..it's a toe-up (Darjeeling by Cat Bordhi).  It's already too big and I'm suppose to increase the foot more for the special construction....so not sure what I'm going to do...
And then the green ones I started last week...I'm on the heel...
And then the ones I just started...they will be my Easter socks...don't they look like speckled eggs?
It's just a basic vanilla pattern...
Whew!  I had a hard time uploading this morning, as my computer decided to do some updates in the middle of it!  So how are your projects coming along?  Link up with us, and provide a link back from your blog...

As for reading, I'm still working on Cinder....and it snowed again last night, so we have a 2 hour delay this morning...and it's snowing again tonight into Thursday, so a possible snow day tomorrow...










Sunday, March 1, 2015

Year of Projects - Week 9


Good morning!  I haven't finished anything this week and only worked on a few things...But I did start two new projects....I decided I needed a grey hat, so using the Woolfolk yarn I purchased in November, I cast on Bedrock by Stephen West....and coming home from school on Friday, i decided I needed some new green socks for Monday....so cast on a pair of vanilla socks with Zauberball...although I thought they'd be more stripey and they aren't...and they are really dark...so we'll see how they turn out...

Inside the sock is a nifty little tool called The Sock Ruler, no need to keep pulling the tape measure out...

I also worked a bit on my Far Side of the Moon socks...they look great, but the heel is a new construction called "Fork in the Road" and it needs a provisional cast-on (my first) and I did it, but I have all this extra yarn in between the stitches, so I don't quite get how to do it...I may just do a different heel and move on...I just bought the Fish Lips Kiss Heel pattern...and I also worked a bit on my Adele socks...again..I'm at the heel.....

2015 Completed Projects:
White mittens - 1/10/15
Quick Crochet Cowl - 1/12/
15
Stripes Cowl - 1/22/15
Frosty, the Snowman - 1/24/15
Head Wrap - 1/24/15
H's Everyday Socks 2/7/2015
Stepping Stones 2/17/15
Ita's Shawl 2/18/15

WIPS: Crochet:
Mission Falls Poncho: (Started 2006)
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done

Betty Shrug: I don’t know how long I’ve been working on this, but it only has an arm and a border to go.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done.
Tis the Season (11/10/13)
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14)

 Knit:
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done
Light in Shadows (1/14/14)
Garter Path (6/1/14) 
Turtleneck Capelet #2 (8/12/14)
Willow Fields (9/6/14)  
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)
Olivia Owl (12/14/14)
Hawk Baktus  (1/19/15)
Bedrock (2/23/15)

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012)
Faces in Wallpaper (Sept 2013)
Adele Socks (April 2013)
Johnny's Socks (Jan 2013)
Irish Tea (Feb 2015)
Those Socks (2/27/15)
Scarves/Shawls:

Splashy Flowers: (May 2011)
Larry Stashbuster Scarf (2012)

 
Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in
 
KAL/CAL:  
Fire and Blood (5/4/14)
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14) 
Zuzu's Petals (1/1/15)
Downton Abbey (1/4/15)
Far Side of the Moon (1/16/15)

Misc:
Sunflower: (August 2012) Need a back and to felt  
 
 Projects in Mind - I have the pattern and the yarn  - this list is remaining about the same...I could add a ton to it...but I'm not going to at the moment...I think when I move one of these projects to the WIP category, I will add another project to this list...I like seeing it all laid out..and it is not overwhelming to me..because it's my list and I can follow it or not!

Gifts/Charity: 
Owl for Rose
Hats for friend's babies (ongoing)
Hats for students (ongoing)
Kimberly Skye's tunic

garter for Caitlin
Two Elsa doll/blanket things

Sweaters:
Test Pattern Sweater
Car Coat
Cowl Vest
 
Shawls/Scarves/Cowls 
Rockefeller
Wholehearted
West End Scarf 
Gathering Leaves
Alhambra
Petal Edge Scarf
Filippi Scarf 
Firefly Scarf 
Fraxinus 
Danube Cowl
Simple City
Fire and Ice
Multnomah
Leylines 
Holden Shawlette
Daybreak
Trellis Shawl
Bedford Springs Shawl   
 
Hats and Mitts
Hermione Hearts Ron
Nehalm Hat
Felicity
Stellar
Cabled Headband
Fetching  
Cayunga Hat and Mitts set
Preposterous
Ruffled hat and mitts
Evergreen Gloves
Sheepy Cuffs
Twisted Rib Mitts and Hat
 
Socks:
Memento Mori
Rubus
Siren Socks
Savory Lace Socks
Autumn Flame

Firebird
Rescue Me, Chin Boy and Show Me the Stars
Twin peaks
 
Bags:
Sarape Shopper
Pleated Purse
Circular Felted Bag

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stitch Along Wednesday - Week 8

Good morning...hope all is good in your world.....I am sick....after doctor visit yesterday...sinus/ear infection that are pretty routine for me....so with that in mind, haven't worked on much this week...

How about you?

I have been reading...I'm still on Cinder by Marissa Meyer and enjoying it immensely....what have you been reading?

Come along and join us in the link party....I have been using the free code, but if I keep getting people that want to link and it grows, I'll upgrade....oops...just link to the first one, can't seem to delete the second one...



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Love Your Library - Vol 8

So I finished my first project, out of The Knitter's Book of Socks...and started my second project out of the book...I'm kind of stalled on that project though...so yesterday I started another...I need a grey hat.....so I pulled out a bunch of books I had...first looking through Ysolda's Whimsical Knits..and then pulling out Stephen West books....and I decided on Bedrock out of Westknits Book 3.  I have finished the brim and am starting the pattern for the crown...it's a new one for me!

This was taken at night...it is a lighter grey..more of a medium.....

And I'll probably start another sock from something.....I have startitis.....



Sunday, February 22, 2015

Year of projects - Week 8


Out my back screen door....
Must be the weekend.....cause it's snowing again...seriously..every weekend for the past several weeks....although today it should get up to the forties....after the icy crud stops falling from the sky..

oh, well...onto the fibery goodness....

2015 Completed Projects:
White mittens - 1/10/15
Quick Crochet Cowl - 1/12/
15
Stripes Cowl - 1/22/15
Frosty, the Snowman - 1/24/15
Head Wrap - 1/24/15
H's Everyday Socks 2/7/2015
Stepping Stones 2/17/15
Ita's Shawl 2/18/15

Well look at there!  I have two more finishes...another pair of socks...my thick, squooshy Stepping Stones.....and Ita's shawl....I showed off both of these on Friday....


WIPS: Crochet:
Mission Falls Poncho: (Started 2006)
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)

Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done
Betty Shrug: I don’t know how long I’ve been working on this, but it only has an arm and a border to go.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done.
Tis the Season (11/10/13)

Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14)

 Knit:
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done
Light in Shadows (1/14/14)
Garter Path (6/1/14) 
Turtleneck Capelet #2 (8/12/14)  

Willow Fields (9/6/14)  
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)
Olivia Owl (12/14/14)
Hawk Baktus  (1/19?15)


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012)
Faces in Wallpaper (Sept 2013)
Adele Socks (April 2013)
Johnny's Socks (Jan 2013)
Irish Tea (Feb 2015)
 

Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011)
Larry Stashbuster Scarf (2012)
 
Bags:

Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in
 
KAL/CAL:  
Fire and Blood (5/4/14)
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14) 
Zuzu's Petals (1/1/15)
Downton Abbey (1/4/15)

Far Side of the Moon (1/16/15)


Misc:
Sunflower: (August 2012) Need a back and to felt  

 What else did I work on?  well I pulled out my Adele socks and got several more rows done...I'm at a point of, do I want to start the heel flap now?

I also worked a bit on my Irish Tea socks....they are toe up and already a bit big..and I'm suppose to increase for the special heel support...and I think they will just be too big...so they were set aside for the moment...

I also put in a couple rounds on my Capelet....it sits on the side of my bed in a pretty yarn bowl, asking to be worked on every day.....

And many more rows on my Hawk Batkus....almost to the halfway point, I believe...

Except for the Irish Tea, which is part of a challenge...I have successfully staved off the "must cast on/hook all the things" feeling....I've also been doing quite well on the yarn acquisition front..and resisting the urge to splurge.....

As I have no pictures of projects.....how about some creepy dolls?  I went to a local indoor flea market yesterday looking for an old sock egg....found one...but also lots of creepy dolls....



 
And this was only half of the booth! See you next week.....

Projects in Mind - I have the pattern and the yarn  - this list is remaining about the same...I could add a ton to it...but I'm not going to at the moment...I think when I move one of these projects to the WIP category, I will add another project to this list...I like seeing it all laid out..and it is not overwhelming to me..because it's my list and I can follow it or not!

Gifts/Charity: 

Owl for Rose
Hats for friend's babies (ongoing)
Hats for students (ongoing)

Kimberly Skye's tunic
garter for Caitlin
Two Elsa doll/blanket things

Sweaters:
Test Pattern Sweater
Car Coat
Cowl Vest
 
Shawls/Scarves/Cowls 
Rockefeller
Wholehearted
West End Scarf 
Gathering Leaves
Alhambra
Petal Edge Scarf
Filippi Scarf 
Firefly Scarf 
Fraxinus 
Danube Cowl
Simple City
Fire and Ice
Multnomah
Leylines 
Holden Shawlette
Daybreak
Trellis Shawl
Bedford Springs Shawl   
 
Hats and Mitts
Hermione Hearts Ron
Nehalm Hat
Felicity
Stellar
Cabled Headband
Fetching  
Cayunga Hat and Mitts set
Preposterous
Ruffled hat and mitts
Evergreen Gloves
Sheepy Cuffs
Twisted Rib Mitts and Hat
 
Socks:
Memento Mori
Rubus
Siren Socks
Savory Lace Socks

Autumn Flame
Firebird
Rescue Me, Chin Boy and Show Me the Stars
Twin peaks
 
Bags:
Sarape Shopper
Pleated Purse
Circular Felted Bag

Friday, February 20, 2015

Freshly Finished Friday #7

Good morning from the Arctic Northeast!  Yes it is currently 2 degrees, but with wind chill feels like -12 degrees....and tomorrow...must be Saturday, as we have another snow storm on the way!

So I have two finishes this week!  The first are my Stepping Stone socks...they are the first pair completed for the Love Your Library challenge....they are made with Malabrigo Rios...and are thick and squooshy!!!!!


The second project is Ita's shawl/Danae's cowl.  Ita is Danae's mom....Danae is one of my best friends...Ita passed away last week, after a battle with Alzheimer's...I had been making her a shawl for the nursing home....I wasn't sure what to do with it....I knew Danae would not wear a shawl...but Danae loves cowls...so I changed the shawl into a cowl and gifted it to Danae yesterday....I added buttons, instead of sewing the ends together, so she can wear it as a scarf, if she wants....
Yes, it's green...Ita's favorite color....

Eventually you'll see some not green projects on here....

So check out the other places for Friday Finishes....here, here, and here....

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Stitch Along Wednesday - Week 7

I hope this week is finding everyone in good health...I have had a craptastic last week..so it can only get better....

I have one finish.....my Stepping Stones socks, which I showed yesterday...but will probably post another picture on Friday...

I was also making a shawl for my friend's mom who just passed away...she will not wear a shawl, so I turned it into a cowl for her....I'm going to add buttons, so she can wear it as a scarf or as a cowl.....so this will be shown on Friday...


I also worked on my Baktus during Walking Dead and put another couple inches on it....

I also started another pair of socks for the Love Your Library challenge....

I have joined two new groups on Facebook....Addicted to Sock Knitting and Addicted to Indie Dyed Yarn, which is an off-shoot of the first group...come join us.....

I also started reading Cinder  on the nook.  I kinda stopped reading the Kate Morton book...sometimes I do that....I just stop reading something and then pick it up later....

So, if you have anything that you have been working on, please post and link up with us.....and please post a link back to us....many of you still have Tami's links up..and she is no longer doing these...