Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I have three projects currently on the needles: a scarf, a sweater and a pair of socks. So naturally I cast on something new! You know to chase away the end of winter blues. I've been wanting to make another color affection shawl since I knit my first one. I loved the pattern, but the shawl felt too heavy to wear with nearly three skeins of fingering-it's a tad heavy, so I "lent" the shawl to my daughter who has a young strong neck :)
Anyways, this shawl is a lace weight version and I'm kind of excited about the process. Already it feel light and airy! Last night I added the second color and who knew miles and miles of garter stitch could be so compelling of a knit. The older I get the more I love garter stitch.
There is sweater progress of course and I posted about it yesterday here. I am enjoying that knit process as well.
For my reading, well, it's the same and really I have nothing new to add to my critique. The book is good and I'm a slow reader :)
What are you knitting and reading this week?
Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I completed the body of the Kelp sweater over the weekend. I originally went straight to an icord bind off but it just didn't look pleasing. I decided to rip out the icord bind off adding three garter stitch ribs before an icord bind off. I think it looks much better. I'm hoping blocking will tame the edging from curling.
I started the first sleeve and my oh my the progress that can be made in mere minutes on a sleeve compared to the body of the sweater. So speedy so fast so much gratification :) When I arrive at the cuff I think I'll do the same as the body edging. This sweater has been fun to design and knit, using Ann Budd's book.
If you are feeling adventurous in branching out and trying your hand at designing, all the math is complete in this book. You just do a swatch, take some measurements and choose. Easy peasy :)
I recommend for the best fit, measure a beloved sweater in your closet. If you love the fit of that garment, you can knit that specific size and be just as thrilled with a hand knit of your own creation.
Monday, March 3, 2014
This weekend, I listened to the birds singing to me, well at least I think to me. Each morning they serenaded and whispered about the changing season. Yesterday, I walked in the afternoon drinking in the fresh air, witnessing the melting snow. A huge snow storm is now predicted to be a dusting. I'm guessing friends south of me will be experiencing shoveling.
Saturday was dinner at a friend's house, laughing, talking and eating-all good ingredients for a happy life. I made chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing piped on top in a decorative swirl. We talked of our children, house projects, vacations and animals.
Over the weekend, I helped my husband with some paperwork that needed to be done. I was the figure checker-with my trusty calculator I am invincible! Since I was working, dinner was a simple soup and sandwiches.
We started watching All Creatures Great and Small on netflix. Ah, the simpler life :) We used to watch this program religiously when we were first together.
How was your weekend?