Something fast, something that gives (almost) immediate gratification. I’m in the middle of a sweater, a huge crocheted shawl, a pair of socks, a dog sweater and the cutest flag garland ever. I’m not counting my Christmas knitting — it’s not the last minute yet and I don’t want to let the cat out of the gift bag. Anyhow, despite my vow to not start anything new until the WIPs are at least a little bit under control, I caved. I needed a project that offered some immediate gratification. Rav served up the perfect pattern, Leafy Washcloth. I knit up the first one last evening and it’s blocking as I type this.
I used some Sugar and Cream cotton that I had around and size 7 straight needles, filling the immediate gratification bill perfectly. Feels so good to have a FO!
The odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it. Mal Pancoast
STILL ON MY NEEDLES
My Julie’s Sweater is coming along nicely after that small hitch in the cabling. Will I have it finished in time to wear it this winter? Who knows, anything is possible. 🙂
After much back and forth with yarn, needles – wood or metal, double points or circular, and technique – toe up or cuff down, two at a time or one at a time, magic loop or two circulars. After a couple of false starts, I settled down and got into the rhythm of Simple Skype socks. See?
Simple Skype Socks
Patons Kroy Socks Yarn
I’ve been spinning up a storm – ha! it’s been raining for the past three days with more on the way today – visit tomorrow to see what’s finished and what’s waiting in the wings! I can’t wait to get started!
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. © Buddha
OFF MY NEEDLES
Red Bird Knits
Photobomb courtesy of Josie
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. William Shakespeare
OFF MY NEEDLES
Nothing. Zero. Zip. Nada.
But – I have a photo of the most precious grandbaby on the planet!
Worry gives a small thing a big shadow
Between Revival, Stephen King’s newest, my obsession with finishing Sockhead and more than a little experimentation with some new inks and stains in my art journal, something had to give and this week it was blogging. Anyone else familiar with the “as soon as I get to the end of this row/this page” syndrome? I’ve had a raging case of it lately and see no respite from it in the near or distant future. Oh yeah, and Michael’s 25% off everything (even sale stuff) Veteran’s Day sale ate up quite a few hours also.
OFF THE NEEDLES
This is the second go round for this hat. The first was way, way too big so I frogged and reknit using size four needles. It was still a tad big but after a soak, a spin and then a trip through the dryer at the medium setting, the size is perfect. Two thumbs up!
This week’s prompt for The Documented Life art journal project was to incorporate fabric onto the page. I found an old bandana that I knew was perfect but sort of got stuck as far as overall ideas. Nothing felt “right”. I did a bit of brainstorming about what I thought of or felt when I looked at it. The cowgirl motif fell into my head and I swear I actually heard a loud click. I had the Wild West card in my paper stash, then added vintage cowgirl ephemera I found on the internet. After I got everything in place on the page, I was reminded of how we used to stick photos around mirrors back in the day. Actually, I still do this. Old school all the way, me. I love how this page turned out –
The Documented Life Project
Use fabric on your page.
At Mr. Iknead’s request, I baked Hello Dollies today.
Butter, chocolate, coconut, pecans and Eagle Brand – what’s not to like??
STILL MY BABY
My son and his girls. An amazing dad who got a surprise promotion today at work. I couldn’t be prouder!
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight… The truly wise person is colorblind. Albert Schweitzer
OFF THE NEEDLES
Honey Nectar Cowl
Tosh Chunky in One of a Kind Nectar
This yarn was much prettier after it was knit up. The colors seemed sort of, I don’t know, blah, I guess. I’m so glad I stayed with it to the finish. I love the soft, subtle colors now!
I DO RENEW
Mr. Iknead and I are renewing our marriage vows this evening, with our sweet son in law officiating. It’s very low key, just family, the kids and their spouses and the grands, in front of the fireplace here at home, with dinner afterward. The past 35(!) years hold so much laughter and love, along with some tears, of course, but the love and laughs far outweigh anything else. So, yeah, I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. Pictures to follow.
A WORD TO THE WISE
When your paper carrier leaves your paper right on top of your sprinkler system, do not, I repeat, do not attempt to dry it, the paper, not the carrier, in the microwave; or at least, don’t get distracted and walk away.
I didn’t know paper would ignite at around the 20 second mark. Yeah, my attention span is about that short. Burned clean through the first section and about halfway through the second, FYI.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. Henry Ford
OFF THE NEEDLES
ON THE NEEDLES
For the third time, I frogged my Vivacious Chocolate Shrug and started from scratch. I hope this time’s a charm. I’m getting burned out on the first three rows. Thinking positive thoughts.
Mr. Iknead and I are in Stuttgart, riding herd on the Papoose and Sprout while their mom and dad fly off to somewhere in Texas for a wedding that their dad is officiating. A short working vacation I suppose you’d call it. So far, so good. The girls went to bed with no fuss, no muss. Here’s hoping that tomorrow is pretty for a visit to the park.
I’m linking with Tami and Frontier Dreams.
Indulge your imagination in every possible flight. Jane Austen