Monday, December 15, 2014

Sarah Elizabeth Brooke

I have a last stitching finish for the year to share with you.  Oddly enough, this was one of my two New Years starts.  I finished both - the other was Sarah Seifer.  The color is off in the pic here.  Sure was a fun stitch.  The thread used for the house bricks is just one color - the beauty of a variegated skein of thread! 
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Sarah Elizabeth Brooke 1842
The Scarlet House
40 Count LL Vintage Light Examplar
Called for Belle Soie 
Substituted Mer for Herb Garden

I think I'll be back before the end of the year with a quilting finish too - the red and white quilt I've been working on for a very long time!  

Wishing you all a happy holiday season - and a safe one as well.  Greg and I have had a relatively stress free one but this weekend is going to be a busy.  We'll enjoy it though!  Since our kids are older there isn't much stress in the season.  We're pros and have learned to pace ourselves!  Haha! (you probably shouldn't believe all of that) 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ishbel

I finally got around to weaving in the ends, blocking (my favorite! ha!) and photographing my latest knitting finish.  It will most likely be my last knitting finish of the year.  This one gave me fits because I didn't set up the pattern in Knit Companion and instead chose to use a printed pattern with a post it note.  Bad idea/never again!  I kept losing my place because the sticky note lost its stickiness.
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Ishbel
Large
Shibui Knits Sock Colorway #323
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We had a great Thanksgiving with my parents, sister and MIL.  Just 6 of us this year.  The nice thing is that with my online shopping over the weekend, we're about 75% done with Christmas shopping.  We just need to wait for it to arrive, wrap it, and ship part of it back out.  We will host Christmas too so there is quite a bit to be done between now and then but we're definitely not feeling any pressure at the moment!  Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday season.  May all your stitches be happy ones!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Back From Vacation Giveaway!

October was a busy month and it's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  About a month ago, Greg and I went on vacation to the Smokies.  It rained EVERY day but one but we made the best of it and had a good time.  Our vacations these days are about disconnecting from the world and spending quality time together.  Mission accomplished.  If you've never been to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, it's truly delightful and you need to put it on your list!  We saw chipmunks, deer, turkeys and even a black bear in the park.  Just the recharge we needed!
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I've not been sewing much but this weekend I managed to get a couple of applique blocks done for a quilt that almost has all the blocks done.  I also clipped threads and ironed another quilt for the quilter.  That part wasn't fun but I did rather enjoy the time I spent in the sewing room today.  It felt rather good.  Even the cleanup I started with felt good.
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Now to the giveaway part!  I've realized I probably won't be using this cute journal from Aneela Hooey.  The first half of this is blank paper and the second half graph paper.  Perfect for notes and sketches.  If you're interested, leave your name (plus email address if your profile doesn't have it) and I'll pull a name this upcoming weekend.  Thank you all for sticking with me.  I know I'm not blogging that much and while I'm not quitting, posts will continue to be infrequent.   I do still read your blogs and enjoy learning from you and seeing what you're doing!  You all are so inspiring!

***Giveaway is closed!***
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Friday, October 3, 2014

How Did That Happen?

How did I finish another knitting project?  I guess I'm on a roll!  I have another project that won't be on the needles long either.  This is the Follow Your Arrow shawl.  I joined the KAL, got within 8 rows of finishing (on time no less!) and put the project down.  It was my first KAL and while I normally don't knit on a deadline, I felt the weekly requirements were attainable.   I'd definitely do one again.   It was fun waking up to see what next on Monday morning before work and then coming home that evening to look at other knitters progress and decide which clue I was going to knit.
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Ysolda Teague, Designer
Clues Chosen:  BABBA (I think!)
MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light, Venetian colorway
US 6 Needle

I made just one tiny change.  See those stockinette triangles?  They were charted as garter.
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If you're not familiar with this pattern, it's kind of like the books "Choose Your Own Adventure" where you make choices along the way and it affects the outcome of the finished shawl.  I chose the options that would give me a symmetrical shawl.  Fun though and lots of options from one pattern!
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See the arrows?
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It was a fun knit and it showed me how rusty my chart reading skills were!    The color of the yarn in real life is deeper/darker but still very beautiful!  I'm keeping this one for me!  

Sunday, September 7, 2014

No Hint of Fall in the Air

As I've been reading blogs, I've noticed that many of you are mentioning that fall is in the air.  I sure wish it was here!  We're still having hot, humid days.  Though it does look like it's going to drizzle rain here most of the day today.  I love fall but I'm not sure we can say we have a fall season here in Florida because we don't have the glorious color that much of the country gets.

Even though it's not fall, I've been knitting!  Below is my finished Duotone Cowl.  I used a jogless stripe method using this tutorial.  Another tutorial was also helpful regarding kitchner/grafting in the round.   Honestly, this one has been done for ages except the 88 stitch kitchner stitch.  Thankfully, it was summer and it didn't matter.  This isn't a long cowl and I can already tell it's going to be my go-to cowl this winter.  I've found if I keep my neck warm, I really don't need much other than a light sweater or light jacket to go back and forth to work or if I'm not going to be outside for more than 15 or 20 minutes.
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Duotone Cowl
MadelineTosh Tosh DK in Dirty Panther and Dove
Size 9 Needles

I also knit a hat for my husband - surprisingly in just two days.  I never finish anything in two days.  Never.  He picked the pattern and the yarn.  It's just a tag loose but that's how he likes it.  He really doesn't like a snug hat.  I skipped the tubular cast on - I just wanted to knit not a learn a new cast on at that particular moment and used the suggested alternative which was a long tail cast on.  It was plenty stretchy.
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Turn a Square
Lorna's Laces Worsted in Chocolate
MadelineTosh Tosh DK in Buckingham Fountain
Size 7 Needle

I've actually got another knitting finished but it needs to be blocked.  Considering how much I love blocking, don't hold your breath.  It may be a while!

We've been on vacation since my last post.  A very much needed break away from technology (mostly) and all the hustle and bustle of our daily lives.  Greg and I had three picnics in nearby state parks and spent some great time together.    It's my favorite way to recharge and since it's just he two of us, we don't have to go-go-go every second.
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One of our picnic spots

I hope you are having a great weekend full of happy stitches!