Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Overly enthusiastic....and vaguely panicked

I have more things on the needles in progress than most people knit in a year.  This is not a problem for me usually.  I have never been a monogamous knitter in any real way. My enthusiasm for knit alongs this summer means I've added three shawls(plus a fourth one I've already finished) and a pair of socks to the list of things to complete soonest.
The socks are Bovary by General Hogbuffer in KnitPicks Chroma fingering weight in the colorway Lupine
I am loving both the colorway and the pattern! It's kind of eye-searingly bright, making it perfect for socks.
This shawl is the second in the Elemental series by Erica Jackofsky, Water:

The yarn is Cascade Heritage sock in the Marine colorway.
I'm also still working on the Naked Gardening knit along shawl in Malabrigo lace, Black Forest colorway. 
The beads are an iridescent taupe I had a couple of tubes of.
Lest you think I have forsworn my most favored color; here's the start of the Forest MKAL
It's another piece using Cascade Heritage sock, this time in Mossy Rock.
I even finished something!  This is LivedIn (minus the front purl stitch) in Comfy worsted in a limited edition colorway called Cabernet Heather.
It fits so wonderfully I already have more yarn for a second one on the way!

None of this is a problem...except, it looks like we will be moving at the end of the year (or thereabouts).   I will not be able to carry all my works in progress with me, as it's currently a pile two feet high and three feet across.  I already have minor separation anxiety over the thought of lack of access to my yarn stash for a minimum of two months. When first confronted with this idea, I made cookies that were supposed to look like cinnamon rolls, but overly warm dough made them roses instead.

Now, now I realize I need to start finishing as many things as possible...while getting everything else ready to pack.   I'm going to need more cookies!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Happy sounds for your ears

I may be behind the curve a bit, but I've been wallowing in Post Modern Jukebox lately. The music brings a grin to my face, I hope it brings a grin to yours!

Friday, July 3, 2015

There might be a theme to all this...

But it seems difficult to put my finger on.  Maybe it will become clear if I make a list?

I've found rose perfume I love! It actually smells like fresh roses! It also layers nicely with the amber scent I have worn for years.
 Then I bought some rose water and vegetable glycerin (plus some other stuff), and now I use a Victorian-esque rose water lotion just about everywhere!
I may have found lip stuff that is either rose scented or that particular mauve/pink shade deemed rose.

I found this stuff while wandering the grocery store:
The taste is fairly light, even in water (though it's also good in gin), and it turns the drink a lovely color.
To wrap it up, I found a pattern called Tangled Rose for worsted weight socks.  I immediately bought yarn in a colorway called Beet and cast on, because everyone contemplates and knits winter socks mid-summer...right?

I think I may be on a rose kick...indefinitely.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Having a few fangirl moments...

First and foremost, the most fantastic, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka Yarn Harlot) is proving her wonderfulness again, so a signal boost is in order to help her team to their goal.

The next is a chair I hope to coax Darling Husband into making for me,  (furniture building would put a serious dent in my available knitting time).  I'm already thinking about themed fabrics for the cushions for different genres of books, providing he can be convinced to make more than one chair.

The book, Geek Knits came out last week! I was immediately smitten with the patterns! I have Toni Carr's Knits for Nerds book, so of course I need this latest publication in my greedy little hands.

With my love of the previously mentioned knitting books, you can imagine my glee when I pulled up Knitty's First Fall 2015!  I may have been seen by at least one of my teenagers, bouncing up and down with joy in the living room.  I was promptly laughed at.  I continued to bounce and giggle slightly maniacally.  
Maniacal laughter prompts a book/author recommendation.   Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain by Richard Roberts is a really fun read! The sequel, Please Don't Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon has also been quite enjoyable so far. 

At some point, (hopefully soon) I will finish more knitting projects...I need to free up the needles!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Knitting Along

Circumstances lately have definitely been knitting friendly, so I've been doing a lot of it.

The first of three pairs of baby socks were finished in two days.
I finished a pair of socks for myself, (from a knit along last year), I forgot to mirror the cables and the yarn is busy, but I kind of love them.
I finished the Bulky Teakwood Cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald in Cascade Eco+ in the Lichen colorway (I think). It fits beautifully, but still needs blocking.

I also finished a Game of Thrones knit along inspired by Tyrion in KnitPicks Biggo yarn in their Brass Heather colorway.
I whipped up some Shieldmaiden Gauntlets with the left overs. Those will get seamed up today.
I am also participating in an Interview with a Vampire knit along.  I am using Malabrigo sock yarn in their Violeta Africana colorway.

And how could pass up a Grace O'Malley sock knit along?

There is also at least another half dozen projects being worked on; another shawl, a few pairs of socks, and a couple of sweaters. 
I think I see lots more knitting in my future.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Back to our regularly scheduled programming

Which means knitting. Lots of knitting.  That I want to finish by the end of May.
The projects to be finished include: three tops, a pair of adult socks, a pair of baby socks, two lace shawls and two mystery knit along projects.  Nine projects. In the next three weeks or so.  I am trying to put a dent in my works in progress, there are just so many of them right now. I didn't knit as much as expected during the trip in April.
Traveling during pretty much the entire month of April also meant I missed my usual planting date.  I very thoughtfully raided the local garden center for plants.
Which means I instantly had a couple of cucumber plants, half a dozen tomato plants (3 different kinds), half a dozen peppers (hot and sweet), as well as two half whiskey barrels on the front porch with rosemary, thyme, lavender, oregano, flat leaf parsley, dill and cilantro in them. 
The only things I have going from seed are some beans and salad greens, which aren't very interesting to look at yet.

I still need to go through the pictures from our trip as well as send out thank you cards (I wish mentally writing them actually worked).
 I just needed to play in the dirt and put my house in order a wee bit more.  Hopefully, I get something accomplished while I'm at it!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A bit of a walkabout

There have been tromps through the Big Trees
Family get togethers...with too many pictures to choose from quite yet.
There was a stop at Purlescence, I hadn't been in the better part of a decade. I may have bought a little yarn.
I got some Lambie Toes for a start. I was so excited to actually get my hands on some!!
I also splurged on some Shalimar Breathless.
I also picked up a little felted raven kit to commemorate the trip.  There have been so many ravens cawing the entire time, it seemed appropriate.
There will be more pictures forthcoming, I just haven't managed to sort through them all yet!