On the Needles

After checking out my friend Mary’s blog I realized that I have only shared one of my knitting projects thus far. I usually had something on the needles. I just finished a wool soaker for a sweet little baby that was born this past weekend. It is in my bolga basket waiting to be delivered.

On the needles currently is an almost completed sock. This pair of socks is only the fourth pair that I have knitted. Mostly because socks come in pairs and I lose momentum after the first one is done. I need to learn the two at a time method but can’t get the time or my brain to the point it needs to be to learn something new right now. It will happen, just another time.

The yarn I am using is lovely!!! The colors are deep reds and burnt oranges. Unfortunately the pics I am about to add do not do the color justice. I bought the yarn at a fiber festival in Michigan at least 2 years ago. Maybe longer. Time runs together for me! The trip to the fiber festival was wonderful. I got to spend the entire day with one of my best friends surrounded by one of my favorite things….fiber! She was a big part of my learning to knit journey and it was great to spend that time with her.

Are you a knitter? Do you have anything on the needles? I would love to see it. 🙂

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Yarn Along

Joining Ginny at Small Things for this week’s yarn along. I am working on a shawl with a yarn that I absolutely love! It is knit picks DK swish and it is yummy. I am also enjoying the pattern as well. Super easy to remember and it goes quite fast. You can find the pattern here.

 

As for reading I am going to be pulling out the book Easy to Love Difficult to Discipline today. I need to refresh my memory and put some more gentle parenting tools in my tool box. I seem to be reverting to yelling and that is just not cool.

A bowl

This morning I finished this project.

It is the first in a set of nesting bowls for Z for Easter. I washed it in hot water 3x sine I had three loads of towels to do today. It felted pretty well and I threw it in the dryer for a bit. Overall I am happy with the way it turned out. I will start the second one tonight after I wind the skein into a center pull ball.

I am thinking about dyeing some handkerchief silks so I can add one to each bowl. I have a few left from an order a made a while back.

On the Needles and in the Works*

 

So, what have you got on the needles or in your crafting line up? Right now I have a Gryffindor scarf on the needles and am about to cast on for a hat (scroll down and click on “cabled” on the left margin) for my friend Rhonda. I also have one bowl of a set of felted nesting bowls just about finished. Once those are done I am going to turn my attention to a shawl for my grandmother. I cast on for a shawl weeks ago but couldn’t figure out how to follow the pattern after line 22 and was not liking how the yarn was working up.

I firmly believe that you can choose a yarn and start knitting with it only to find that it wasn’t intended to be what you started knitting. Are you following me? I imagine it is similar to what a potter or sculptor might experience when they begin working with their medium. They may have one thing in mind but the clay or marble may have something completely different that it wants to be. The same goes for yarn I believe.

Then there are my sewing projects. Tomorrow night Emi and I will go to the library to start on these http://www.purlbee.com/fabric-window-valentines/. We are having a mommy daughter date and she wants to work on sewing. The library is the perfect place to go because it is first and foremost free, warm and who doesn’t like to work on cool projects while surrounded by thousands of books??

I also have a knitting needle case in the works which , if it is going to get finished, is going to require that I find a hidden sewing room supplied similarly to Anna Maria Horner’s where I can sprawl everything out(yes I said sprawl) and get it all done. I am actually anxious for it to be completed because the outer cover is a pieced quilt square that my great grandmother made years ago. As well as having a few or her sewn and crocheted pieces I am also blessed to own her sewing machine, a 1950s singer that sews beautifully and is in desperate need for a room all its own. I must confess that in the years that I have had it it has not produced the same flawless garments that my Nana made. From the stories my grandmother has shared I know she was an excellent seamstress. Her talent helped to take care of her six children, that she raised on her own, in a time that was not really kind to divorced women.

Then there is my small canvas and fabric artwork that is in process. I have one canvas done and the other is 90% there.

I also finished a scrapbook project last night as well but am not able to share any photos just yet. Once the recipient of the gift has seen it then I will share.

So, how about you? What creative things are you working on now?

 

*Just to make things clear…..while I have all of these going I don’t get to work on them everyday and when I do my house falls apart and that is just fine. Life is too short to not be creative. I promise that a clean house is not what gets you into heaven. If it was I would be SOL!

 

Help from afar

I’m sure by now everyone knows about the horrible catastrophe in the gulf.

I have to stay away from the pictures.

I’m from Mississippi.

I want to help but funds are not abundant right now.

I do however, have extra cotton yarn, cotton flannel, two able hands the ability to knit and sew.

Care to join me?

Project 8