In my last post I shared about my Shell Cottage Socks project, part of The Handmade Sock Society, Season 2. Unfortunately, the original yarn I used became so fuzzy after even a couple of rows it drove me crazy enough to put that project aside and try a different yarn.
I found a nice JoJoland Melody yarn in the stash and cast on right away….
I think the JoJoland Melody was a good choice, even though I can never do the colors justice in photos.
Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes. Napoleon Hill
Do over 279 stitch i-cord cast on is in my rearview mirror. Finally. On to short rows!
Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement. Brian Tracy
Despite my vow to myself that I’d not start anything new until my WIPs were finished, I found I could’t exist one more day without at least casting on the Abella Pullover from Knitpicks Sunday Morning patterns and so caved. A word to the wise – Beware the 279 stitch i-cord cast on. 🤪
Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. Jonathan Kozol
Here are a few of the projects I’m working on at the moment –
Clockwise from left: Whatever Socks, Malabrigo Sock, Indiecita colorway for me. These are a variation of Hermione’s Everyday Socks using (I think) a linen stitch, Sunburst Lichen Cowl, in a really pretty blue mystery yarn and last, a pair of Simple Skype Socks for Babydaddy using Fingerpaints Supersock Self Striping from Cherry Tree Hill Yarn, in the Java Jive colorway.
From the pottery wheel
Unfired pots, using low fire red clay
A couple more days of drying time and then they’ll be ready to bisque fire, the first step toward a finished pot.
NEWS FLASH – Unfortunately, the darker, larger pot didn’t make it through the first firing. ☹️
Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. Janis Joplin
I’m finished with the Christmas gift knitting which, unfortunately, was started way later than it should have. Yay anyway because she loved it and didn’t mind giving it back to be finished right after opening.❤️❤️❤️
Sunburst Lichen Cowl
Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude. Zig Ziglar
ON MY NEEDLES
I seem to be caught in a startitis vortex, convinced that every new project start magically completes the WIP above it in the Everlasting Endless Knitting Queue, except it doesn’t. The tabletop next to my knitting chair continues to become more and more crowded and is developing a layered look, sort of like what you’d find in an archeological dig with recent stuff on top and progressively older stuff underneath that. Here’s a few off the top-
Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 5
Freak Flags has progressed to this –
I’ve recently fallen in love with banners and such so when I saw the Freak Flags in MDK Sequences it was all over but the knitting. The plan is to make a set of seasonal set for my mantle, with this particular set in fall colors. Winter will be next using blues, grays and whites.
I’m making good progress on my Simple Skype socks –
Enlarged to show stitch detail
Simple Skype Socks
Fingerpaints Supersock Self Striping
100% Superwash Merino
Have I ever mentioned that I’m a handbell ringer? Advent is upon us, a busy busy time for musicians, with extra rehearsals and the butterflies that go hand in hand with ringing in public,but it’s a labor of love. Aren’t they beautiful?
Here’s a look at the first pot out of my very first glaze kiln –
B clay with grog
Mayco Jungle Gems Peacock Green on outside and Blue Azure on the inside
I like the inside better I think.
BIG DAY TODAY
Hit the ground running this morning…..Baby Shepherd will be baptized at 10:30 mass this morning and we’re having a Baptism/Birthday/Belated Birthday chili supper this evening to celebrate. I’ll do my best to get photos of the Baptism Boy and Birthday Boys up on the blog in the next few days. Busy with blessings!
Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him. Albert Schweiter
Same at five grandgirls on the hoof and one grandboy still in utero. This is what 39 weeks looks like
Best daughter in law EVER!
Stay tuned! Her due date is TODAY!
ON THE HOOK
Ginny’s Patronus Cloak continues to grow……
This cloak may be my biggest crochet project ever, with this kitchen window valance running a really close second.
and, if you’ve kept up with me over the last few weeks, you remember our new four legged resident here at Casa Coleman – Dixie
Being the puppy she is, some of my fiber and several needles and hooks have taken it on the chin, necessitating the purchase of replacements. I got lucky this weekend when I went to buy replacement hooks and found this nice set of Boye ergonomics on sale at Wal-Mart. I prefer wooden needles/hooks, but until Dixie gets over her appetite for wood, I’ll be sticking with something a little sturdier. 🙂
Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does. Mary Almanac