Friday, August 8, 2014

Yarn report Week 32

I may have been in Ireland but that didn't stop me from adding to my yarn stash--and none of it was bought in Ireland.
When ordering for a project for Eat Sleep Knit I miscalculated how much I needed of the Dream in Color bluefish.  So I needed to order another skein.  And rather than only order one skein, I found some lovely Madelinetosh ASAP for a Christmas gift cowl.  The color is Dachshund.  I almost chose Whiskey Barrel.  I may have to make two cowls!
That took care of internet yarn shopping.  But there is more.  Youngest daughter is expecting a baby boy in November.  My first night back in the States she calls with a bit of panic in her voice.  This new little cherub doesn't have a Christmas Stocking.  We have a little family tradition of knitted stockings from my trusty needles.  So an emergency visit to the yarn store was in order.
Mom to be chose grey and blue.  I think these will do nicely.  While purchasing this yarn, I saw a Sirdar Crofter which I thought would make a lovely newborn hat.  It jumped into my bag (after I paid for it).
But I did finish two waterfall scarves and Puerperium cardigan.  The sweater is blocking and needs buttons.  The scarves need to have their ends woven in and a little light blocking.

Yarn in this week:  1240 yards
Yarn out this week;  411 yards
Yarn in YTD: 9196 yards
Yarn out YTD:  3638 yards

I have a lot of knitting to do before the end of the year!!!!

On the Needles Friday

I am back and ready to go!!!  We just returned from a trip to Pennsylvania and Ireland.  As much as I hated vacation to end, I am happy to be back.  I love routine and I am more than ready.  It is amazing how much knitting can be done while waiting in airports and sitting on a plane.  Currently on my needles is Camp Loopy #3--knit at least 800 yards in my favorite color.
The pattern is Reader's Wrap from Lisa Knits and the yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash Aran in Ruby.  The wrap is almost half done.  I hope to make the August 31 deadline.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Camp Loopy #3

The Loopy Ewe is one of my favorite go-to sites for yarn.  I am continuing my camping tradition this summer.  Our third challenge for August was to knit or crochet at least 800 yards of our favorite color.  Now, my favorite color is red--because my husband said so!!  I actually do like red.  But he loves it when I wear anything red.  Since I will be in Ireland when the third challenge begins, I want to choose something simple that would be easy to work on while on a bus or plane.  I chose the pattern Reader's Wrap by Lisa Knits.  And I chose Cascade Aran in Ruby.
Unfortunately, I won't be visiting the Aran Islands on this trip.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

On and off the Needles

Again I find my self trying to catch up with blog posts.  I love visiting Judy's place to see what others are working on.  I have discovered many future projects there. 

As some of you saw in my previous post, I finished a baby blanket for a Camp Loopy challenge. 

Several members of our knitting group, The Wooly Women, have been making a Waterfall scarf.  I am ready to start the bind off and stitch dropping.

Camp Loopy Project #2

The challenge for project #2 was to think of a place we like to visit.  This will be a stretch but it is the first thought that came to mind when I saw this yarn.  I have to confess that often times I buy yarn because I like the name.  Twig sounds so much lovelier than brown.  And then there is Fig, Copper Penny, Glazed Pecan. just to name a few.  So for project #2 I chose Madelinetosh DK in Chickory.  There are lovely shades of teal and grey-brown.  Mom-to-be chose the color.  The pattern is Alex's blanket from Auroraknits.

The design is simple but elegant.  I can see making this blanket again.  It wasn't a fussy knit.

OOPS.  forgot to say how this tied into a place I like.  Chickory reminds me of New Orleans--no I have never been there!  Chicory reminds me of coffee that may be served there.  I definitely want to go to New Orleans.  It is on my bucket list of adventures.  I have a niece who attended Tulane and a nephew who will be going to Tulane this Fall.  I'm not sure even I can follow my own logic!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Another Project?

Have you ever asked yourself, "I need to start another project?"  I would have to answer, hands down, NO.  But that isn't stopping me.  I have been obsessing over hexagons.  I see them everywhere and cannot stop thinking about them.
So I gathered a few 30's fabrics and the never-been-used Accuquilt cutter and proceeded to cut a "few" hexagons--just to make a sample--not two, not three, just one.
I now have enough hexagons to make 15 or so flowers for a Grandmother's Flower garden.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Wolf #4

The fourth and final corner of Mr. T's fleece blanket is done.
I think he is going to like this!
My next machine embroidery project is going to be a quilt for my not yet born grandson.  I am going to use an Anita Goodesign--Hoot