Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Change of Plan

Brighton has bit the dust. The beautiful yarn I was using just wasn't looking beautiful with this cowl. I was disappointed with the garter part but thought once I go to the lace, it would be pretty but the pattern and the yarn just didn't play well, so I ripped it out and started a different pattern. I think I'm going to be much happier with this new pattern. It's a little too early to say for sure, maybe by tonight I'll know.

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Fill In Project

I've run into a snag on my shawl. I have the entire body finished and am ready for the bottom border but can't figure it out and will have to seek assistance from a more experienced knitter. Well, I can't not have a project for nighttime, so I cast on this Brighton cowl last night and it's a good thing 'cause it was 44 this morning. In August! I'm ready to start the lace patterning. Hopefully, I won't need help for that. The yarn looked much more deep purple in the skein. It looks much more brown knitted.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Pot Load of Quilts Done This Week

A little bit of insomnia goes a long way to getting a backlog of customer quilts done. Five all over designs in a row allowed me to move right along. Tomorrow will slow way down as I tackle another custom quilt of a New York bridge, music, and blocks followed by another custom quilt done in brights and modern blocks and needing a masculine look.


Went to Stitches Midwest with my sweet friend, Becky. Talked nonstop for hours and caught up on long awaited conversations. Golly, how I'd missed her! So I did succumb to a few purchases…green for a sweater, black-brown,cream for a shawl, and an amazing deep purple-brown-cream-pink-yellow for a dressy cowl. The pink will also be a sweater. I got a cowl pattern and a sweater pattern that I am standing by the mailbox to get because they had sold out at the show. The sweater is so adorable with a handkerchief hem - so different from the average sweater. I also got click row counter. No more lost rows because the dial got bumped and changed. Oh, how I am loving knitting!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Another surprise

Once again a frog took me by surprise. I had carried my houseplants inside when the temps were to drop to 48 and I just started carrying them back out yesterday, when something moved. I almost dropped the plant till I saw this guy. He's much bigger and greener than the last one.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Yarn Report

I finished up my Pedestrian Cowl and now I need to get 5 buttons for the closure. I really loved making this and I conquered a bit of patterning. The yarn is Malabrigo Rios in Iris and it was my first time using Malabrigo. It was lovely to use and I think the variegation worked out well for this pattern.

I figured since I finished up the Camp Loopy Project #2 and finished my cowl, I could get some more yarn. I was looking for a clear blue for my Camp Loopy Project #3 sweater and had pretty much decided on Mourning Dove Madelinetosh sport, but as I was looking for the color, I found the yarn in Blue Jeans Baby and fell in love. It is so beautiful! I got the BJB for the camp sweater, but still loved the MD so I got enough for another sweater. Move over quilting! Make room for knitting!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Couple of Quilts for Sharon

The Geese quilt was really fun to do. I was able to quilt each row without a stop, starting at the bottom center of the goose and feathering up, adding a pointed feather at the top, backtracking to the point, then cc'ing the upper side triangle, then cc'ing the bottom triangle, and then feathering the next triangle. Put on Il Volo music and dance and sing as I go.