Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WIP-Wednesday-Still moving along.

I'm still making progress on my Parabola and Sommer Sleevless Top (SST). Saturday's road trip allowed me to make good progress on the inner layer of the Parabola, and all the knitting is completed, and it needs to be blocked. The photo shows my second swatch-I went up a needle size and after reading the instructions again [which I'm glad I did] I need to get 18 sts over 4 inches instead of 16.  So far this swatch is real close.  I'm going to work some more rows then block it to be sure.  However, I'm thinking, I'll probably stick with the size 7 needles used in this swatch as I like the fabric, and I don't want the outer piece to be scraggly looking.  I think the fact that it's made out of silk cloud and will be very billowy I could get away with this needle size provided I don't hold the yarn too tight.  I'm really pleased with the way the inner piece-Shibui staccato=true love.
My SST is coming along-I've done 4 of the 7 decreases and you can start to see the chevron pattern.  It's a pretty intuitive pattern, and is good for social knitting provided you can count to 8, which I thought I could do, but sometimes I get only to 7!   I do have to give my hands a break with this project as the yarn doesn't have a lot of give, but I am still loving it.
I have a lot of things to catch up to on over the next few days, so I don't know how much knitting I'll get done.  I will be working on the Falcons socks tomorrow night at the game, and I wouldn't be surprised if I get a sock completed-we'll see.  Right now I'm thinking about fall/winter and baby knits.  In my mind I want to be in a certain place with my knitting and quilting projects before the holidays arrive, so I'm trying not to get too far ahead of myself.  I'd love to work on hats and other small projects during November and December.  It's predicted that we'll have another winter similar to last year, and if that's the case I'd love to have some new things ready to go on the needles when I'm "stuck" inside.  What's got you "moving" along?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WIP Wednesday-Socks

Here are the other 2 things I'm currently working on:

My Falcon's Football socks.  I take socks to the games to keep me busy during those arduous TV commercials. I tend towards just a plain vanilla sock so that there's not tons of thought required.  This year I wanted something in the team colors.  I had hoped to get some yarn from Fab Funky Fibers, but she was not taking any custom orders.  She referred me to Loopy Ewe and that had just what I was looking for.  These socks are being knit out of the Biscotte & Cie Felix Self-stripping yarn in the colorway Eragon.  This yarn has been lovely to work with, and I enjoy watching the stripes come around.  I had cast on the cuff during a pre-season game we watched on TV, and then worked the leg, heel flap, and began to turn the heel during Sunday's rather thrilling game against the NO Saints.  The goal is to have them finished by the end of the season, but if I keep up this pace I may have to cast on another pair.
My other pair of socks are again-just vanilla. This is my 3rd attempt at socks using this yarn.  Note to self avoid dark colored yarn for socks.  This is Miss Babs Windsor Monochrome in the colorway lilacs.  I don't even think she uses this base anymore, and honestly this yarn has just been okay to knit with, perhaps I'm just tired of it.  I purchased this at the Southeaster Animal and Fiber Festival (SAFF) in 2010, and really wanted to get it out of my stash-I have completed one sock, including the toe grafting! And am now on the heel flap of sock #2.  I'm looking forward to adding 2 pairs to my sock drawer, and hopefully a few others before the spring.  My feet get cold, so I get  a lot of use out of my wool socks.
I continue to make great progress on my Sommer Sleevless Top and Parabola.  I plan to swatch for the outer layer of Parabola this weekend.  Once these are off the needles I plan to start Apeture, but still need to swatch for that project.  What's on your needles or in your queue?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WIP Wednesday


 Being inspired by Mary [as always] I'm going to post some knitting progress.  Aside from 2 pairs of socks on the needles, my current WIPs are

Parabola, part of the Shibui-Geometry series, and I'm loving this so far.  The pattern is pretty straight forward and I'm already at the neck and armhole shaping.  This tank has two layers the bottom layer has a razor back which provides some interesting shaping, and the top layer has a standard tank construction.  The design of this top is such that you can use the top layer as a cowl, but I plan to make a separate cowl following the suggestion of a knitter of Ravelry.  I'm knitting this out of Shibui Staccato-colorway Tar for the razorback piece, and for the top layer I'm using Shibui Silk Cloud-colorway fog.  I'm planning to pair it with some skinny black jeans as my holiday outfit. 

 My final summer piece is the Sommer Sleeveless Top by Mari Chiba and featured by Juniper Moon Farm.  As suggested, I'm knitting this out of JMF's new yarn- Zooey-Colorway 03-White Pepper which I am loving!  I fully plan to knit something else out of this yarn; I really love the neutral colors it comes in too.  However, I don't understand why the model featured in the pattern looks so irritated.  Really that's my own complaint.
I will be going to a quilt show next Saturday with my quilt club.  I'll be taking one of these to work on while in the car, so hopefully there will be a FO from this post very soon.

A review of August

is it just me or did August just zoom by?  Honestly, I'm doing much better with a photo a day which please me tremendously.  Definitely looking forward to capturing some fall color soon.

dogs-definitely dominated this month-4 with Sophie, 2 which Harley, and 1 of potential newbies that didn't pan out :-(

knitting-am glad to see more of that-reminds me to update my Ravelry project page more often.

food-made frequent appearances including an empty plate cause sometimes I'm slow on the uptake.

I think I looked around a lot more this month.  Many of the things I enjoy in general are represented in some way-love that.  Maybe I should do a full month of either looking up or down, or some combination.



Friday, August 29, 2014

Fall knitting?

On my way into work this morning the temperature got me thinking about fall knitting?
On my home this afternoon-I'm thinking it's not quite time-yet!
I'm hoping that this long holiday weekend will be productive, and that there will be some posts next week of WIPs, FOs, and Queued projects.  Hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  I'll get to see both my boys this weekend-a pleasant change of plans.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Harley-Marley

Taking in a second dog has proven to be a bit of work and a test of patience. Say hello to our newest addition-Harley.  When we were discussing "adoption" with her owner she was called "Arli", well it turned out that we had to exaggerate the "A", else she was being called Harley, so decided not to fight it.  Turns out her official name is Scarlett O'Here We Go Again or Scarlett for short.  She is a very very sweet and obedient dog. She had puppies about 4 months ago, and is officially retired from breeding.  Sophie is still not quite sure about her, but I think they are warming up to each other.  For a 4 year old Harley has ALOT of energy, and comes from a home with kids which means she and Sophie have some adjustments to make.  Everything I'm reading says to give it time and be patient, but firm-so we all are trying to do our best.  When the door bell rings it now sounds like we have 2 big doberman's in the house-might be a good deterrent-right?

Harley with her new squeaky toy that lasted 10 minutes before it was in shreds.
The girls out for a walk

I believe these two will provide me with plenty of blog fodder when there is no knitting content.  We'll see.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Currents


celebrating ..actually celebratED another year older. A lovely meal at a new to me restaurant, and getting to open cards filled with love and well wishes.  There was also champagne and cupcakes!

hoping for perfect cycling weather on Saturday, Sunday AND Monday-On Monday I have some morning appointments, so I'm really looking forward to being able to get a ride in afterwards.

planning my next few knitting projects- Geometry|Parabola and Monochrome| Aperture.  I have the yarn for Parabola and will be swatching this weekend, and I have some of the yarn for Aperture and plan to get going on that very soon too.  I also have the yarn for my Falcons Football Season socks.
enjoying cool mornings and energizing walks at lunch time.  I'm also enjoying my book club which met last night, these ladies are so much fun.

reading Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslayer (for book club), Written in my own Heart's Blood Diana Gabaldon.

knitting plain vanilla socks (i'm on the 2nd one) and Irish Coffee- that is ALL I have on the needles.  I still need buttons for my Mix No. 28 and I need to sew the side seams on Flex.  I also have several FOs that need to be photographed.

watching Outlander, Hard Knocks, Hell on Wheels, pre-season NFL football, Drugs Inc.(I am only watching this one episode because it is in Atlanta), but want to get caught up on Mr. Selfridge and the Paradise (Season 2).

listening right now-it's is soooo quiet at my office, only the tapping of me on the keyboard

eating breakfast was cottage cheese and a banana

drinking coffee-was there every any doubt.  There will be cocktails and sangria this evening!

wearing capri jeans, t-shirt and white Keds.
looking forward to- quilt club tonight at my house, knitting with my favorite girls next week, and a great-nephew who will be here very very soon!

wondering if Sophie and Arli will enjoy each other, and if she'll be a permanent member of our family.
Also wondering if I'll EVER get caught up on project life?!

what's current with you