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
ON MY NEEDLES
Due to an overwhelming case of wanting to cast on all the things, my WIP to FO ratio has fallen so far as to be nonexistent. Every time I pick up whatever catches my eye in the WIP pile, I swear to myself that THIS IS THE ONE, the one that will spark my stick-to-a-tive-ness and soon it will move from the Land of WIPS into the Paradise of FOs. Yeah, still working on that.
Work continues on the Simple Skype Socks. Link to my project page here.
This project probably would have been finished if I hadn’t noticed a few rows that were cataclysmically screwed up. I finally ended up frogging them completely, after trying for at least an hour to tink them back. Lesson learned, don’t try to tink on the last leg of a 20+ hour trip. It’s much more efficient to rip and start over.
Don’t even ask me what this hot mess is. I think it’s a bit of handspun that I decided keep as a single. This obviously was a mistake on my part. I got busy and plied it into a double and we’re all a lot happier with the result. See?
Found my notes on this hot mess! Yay! Organic Polwarth from Three Waters Farm Top of the Month Club in Maple and Hickory.
ON MY WHEEL
This is slowly becoming this –
I’m working on spinning this lovely roving close to laceweight, hoping to end up with a nice sock yarn after plying – a challenge. This roving is from, you guessed it, Three Waters Farm Top of the Month Club. It’s a Blueface Leicester wool and called Living Color.
Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it. Oscar Wilde
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
ON THE WHEEL
This lovely is the October Top of the Month Club offering from Three Waters Farm. If I remember correctly, this is Polworth roving, in the Hickory and Maple colorway.
I think I’m going to leave it as a single instead of plying since I’ve fallen head over heels for this
Svetlana Gordon, designer
I think the singles will do this pattern proud, don’t you?
I plan to get right on it as soon as 1) I finish My Julie’s Sweater, which, by the way, suffered a HUGE setback when I noticed that I had completely screwed up one of the cables. 🤬😱🤭 So, after much soul searching, I frogged it and started over.
The sweater deets can be found here.
and 2) I finish the Simple Skype socks my son requested –
So, it might be a while. ⏳⏰
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. © Ralph Emerson
OFF/ON THE NEEDLES
Mr. Iknead’s Simple Skype socks are finished and he loves them! I decided after finishing the first one cuff down that I would do the second toe up, which is how I usually knit socks. Like the toe up sock construction better, confirming once and for all that pretty much any sock can be done toe up, I usually just read the pattern from bottom to top instead of the regular way and use the Fleegle heel. You can see the difference in the picture, the one on the left is toe up.
IN/OUT OF THE OVEN
Another type of FO – I baked seven loaves of pumpkin bread yesterday and once again, my new KA mixer rocks! I doubled the recipe, bringing the total flour tally to seven cups, total sugar to six cups, with four cups of pumpkin and eight eggs. KA performed like a champ. I once tried to double the recipe in my old KA, a totally dumb idea, since I’m still scraping pumpkin off my kitchen ceiling. : p
These are earmarked for friends, I hope to get them delivered today. Must make list so I don’t miss anyone.
Here is the most recent pic of Babydiva and her mommy. How beautiful are these two??
Check out Tami Ami’s for more awesome FOs.
Joy shared is twice the joy. Sorrow shared is half the sorrow. Swedish proverb
ON THE NEEDLES
A couple of WIPs this week, Mr. Iknead’s Simple Skype Socks and a pretty cabled scarf that I started on a whim, both coming along nicely. The second sock has great potential to be a FO Friday project, only lacking the leg and the top cuff. Hope I haven’t jinxed it.
Simple Skype Socks
IN THE OVEN
Today is my mother’s birthday, I’m in the process of making a lemon pound cake to take up to the nursing home for her to share. I’ll post a pic when it’s finished and ready to go. Happy birthday Mom, I love you!
For more WIP happiness, check out Tami Amis blog. You won’t be disappointed, I promise.
Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
ON THE NEEDLES
Mr. Iknead’s first sock continues to grow and it’s close enough to being finished that I need to have him try it on just to make sure it fits perfectly. Since this is the first time he’s requested any kind of knitting, I want it to fit perfectly and be all he wanted in a sock and then some. To me, knitting+socks=warmth+love with a little practicality thrown in. Here’s where I am on the first one –
WIP – Simple Skype Socks for Mr. Iknead, modeled by yours truly and
a close up of the stitch pattern
Yesterday, I blogged about breathlessly waiting for my new Kitchenaid mixer’s arrival; believe it or not, I hit the publish button, my doorbell rang and there stood my UPS guy with an armful of gifts I’d ordered for the fam on line and then he said, “I have a mixer in the truck, I wanted to make sure you were home before I carried it to the door.” I couldn’t hold my happy dance in check and by the time I’d wound down, I had my new KA. Here she is in all her glory –
I christened her this afternoon with a recipe from Pinterest, Meili’s Cinnamon Cream Cheese Streusal Coffee Cake. I think we’re made to be together! Sugared Pecans are on the schedule for tomorrow, a Christmas tradition in our house.
Check out Tami Ami’s blog for more WIP Wednesday love.
Clear your mind of can’t. Solon