Monday, June 12, 2017

Of socks and blisters

I had been wearing a brace for my ankle, but it is rubbing a blister on the back of my heel.  It is a great big thing...and rather than continue with the brace, I downgraded to an Ace bandage.  Those sure have changed over the years.  I used to wear one on my wrist, and I had little elastic claws to grip it closed.  Now they are sticky, so it adheres to itself.

This has also happened, as I finished using one half of the poncho on the Princess's sweater.

I think this will be a pair for Christmas.  The colors are a little girly, so it will be probably for my SIL.  It is self-striping, so no pattern necessary.  That means it goes fast.  What are you working on?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Haul

I thought I would share what I recently received from my brother.

I got one skein of Noro Silk Garden, color 87, lot q.  This picture doesn't do it justice.  I hope to create a light box soon, and will take a better picture. 

There were 4 skeins of Lion Brand Impeccable, 2 in Deep Forest and 2 in Soft Taupe.

Next up are 2 skeins of Andean Treasure from Knit Picks.  Two skeins of Wool of the Andes in Cloud and Fern.  I also have 6 skeins of Sock Landscape, 3 in Red Wood Forest and 3 in New England Foliage.

A test skein of Elegance in Oatmeal was found, as well as a mystery skein.

Too many pictures?  Maybe.  But wait there's more...

A skein of Cascade 220 in Black (color 8555), Fisherman's wool (that is to be dyed soon), 2 skeins of Bamboo in Black, 3 skeins of Jo Sharp Aran Tweed in 125 Tartan, 3 skeins of Noro Kureyon in 124, 2 other skeins of Noro wool/silk in 2 different colorways, and a skein of some sort of tweed.

There was more, but I will share all of the other non-yarny things later.  Any suggestions on what to do with it?  I have a few ideas swimming around, but some of it has not been designated for anything yet.

Friday, June 09, 2017

What's old is new again

June has been interesting.  I sprained my ankle and fell, which hurt a lot more than expected.  I guess that means I am getting old.  It has been about a week; my back still hurts and my foot is a lovely shade of purple. 

I am knitting the crocheted poncho from Christmas into a sweater.  The Princess was not thrilled with the poncho, so I just repurposed it. 

The dragon still has to be seamed.  I am horribly behind in that. 

I am also wanting to get this ancient UFO done.  This is a baby blanket from when Little Man was born...10 years ago.  The main reason I haven't finished it is that I lost the instructions.  I hope to get a copy of them again soon.

I am thinking ahead to Christmas as well.  I bought some sock yarn on sale, and am still trying to decide what to do with it.  I have the Party of Five set, and have thought about putting these Madelinetosh skeins with it for me.  But I may pull the blue for someone else. 

It has been slow for knitting as pain makes it difficult to even sit.  How is your summer looking?

Monday, May 08, 2017

Letting things go

Here are all the pieces to the dragon...and it is still not put together.  I need some time and the ability to focus in order to seam it.  



There is a question about the eyes as well.  I bought these cat eyes at a hobby store, and once I get the eyes put together I will see if I can add them.

The first sweater for the Littlest princess is finished, except for weaving and blocking.  I still have another one to crank out by the end of the month.  She has also declared that she wants a pink zebra, a purple zebra, and a green zebra.  Maybe not for her birthday.



My Boxy sweater is coming along.  I have about 17 inches of the body done, and need about 5 more before splitting it for the sleeves.


The coughing crud is running through the house, and my brain has all kinds of things running through it too.  Hopes and dreams, thoughts and plans, some achievable and some not.  Either it is that time of year, or I am ready for another change, or both.  I have also learned that one person in the house now has walking pneumonia.  Isn't that fun?!  

I have to let go of some things, in order to do others.  I can work myself to death cleaning and tidying up everything all the time, or I can let it be a little messy and enjoy life.  Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same way.  Messiness bothers some people.  How about you - a little mess with lots of enjoyment, or no mess with no enjoyment?

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Coming together

I have almost finished the Littlest Princess's first sweater for her birthday.  She is growing so fast!  I had to make a 4t just to make sure she can wear it in the fall!  I made it from Cascade Eco Plus, and because of it's size and the nature of working a chunky yarn on large needles.  There is still another one for her to be made, and that one will take longer, as it is in a worsted weight on slightly smaller needles, but it should still work up fairly quickly.  She has made it known that she would like a pink zebra, and a purple zebra.  She is a riot.  I will see what I can make up, although I am still not finished with the dragon.

These things take time.  I need some concentration and some fortitude.  I don't know when I will have either at the same time, but it should be soon.  I also have some plans to work on for this month.  I find that if I can get a goal set, work out logical and reasonable steps for that goal, then I can usually reach it.  I need a good planner too, which would help.  I used to use a paper one all the time - it was like my right hand.  I was never without it.  Since those days, it has been a bit harder for me to be quite so organized and together.  I have tried several different planners: cheap ones, expensive ones, free ones, ones I've made...and still I haven't found one that works quite as well as that one did back in the day.  I think one of the major helps was that I carried it in my purse.  I now don't carry a purse all the time (I don't go to work daily) so I don't use it as I should.  I hope to get a few things organized and maybe I can find a place to put it so I can see it all the time.  It's harder to do that when you don't live in your own house.  How do you stay organized?  Any planners I should check out?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Not moving at all

Some times you need a break.  Whether it is mental or physical, you just have to stop.  That has been today for me.  I have done the necessities, but not much else. 

I need to fix the curling at the bottom, but this sweater is coming along.  The nexr sweater I hope to finish in a week or two.  It is a small one, and I have a good start on it.  Chunky yarn and big needles combined with a toddler size work up quickly. 

I still have to sew up the dragon.  It takes some stealing of one's self to sew that many pieces together. 

I am also attempting to plan out Christmas.  And other things, like some sewing projects and items for the Etsy shop.  I have to rework stuff there and really think about what to do.  What have you been up to?

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Late spring

Does anyone else feel like spring is elusive this year?  It was hot here quickly, followed by more than one cold snap, and it feels like spring now just doesn't quite want to get started. 


This is as far as I have gotten on my two sweaters.  The top is Little Man's second birthday sweater, and the other is my Boxy.  

I still have tons of other things to do, but I have the same issue as spring this year.  I am also having trouble getting started.  I think most of it is the waiting.  A few weeks ago, my grandmother had a stroke, and since it happened, it has been a waiting game. We waited to see how bad it was, then waited to see how much she could recover, and now we are waiting for "the call."  This waiting is just another season, and it too shall pass.  Best to do what you can until it passes.  Much love to you and yours.