More knitting planning

First – I found a photo of another favorite fall quilting project.  I think this one is a top that needs to be quilted.  I’m going to have to check the closet when I clean it out because I think it’s hanging there needing the final border added.


And – sharing with you another of the GAL items I plan to knit — a vest for my favorite sister (as well as my only sister). 🙂  I love the Desert Arrows Vest and had been contemplating trying to make it using CustomFit to get the size I want for myself.  But it will be much easier to alter if I make it per the pattern first and I think it would look very cute on my sister.

I’ll be using this Cascade Cherub yarn in this pretty dark teal color.


Now to go refill my coffee cup and go tackle this


All the stuff that was on the bookshelf I removed from the sewing room piled on the table and chair (and floor).  Time to reorganize, clean out the closet and move some furniture around in there.



Another knitting finish

Yes the needles are flying here.  I did some cleaning and rearranging furniture while awaiting my new chair.  Part of the rearranging was to bring an old big bookshelf out of the sewing room and back into the living room so I could put the TV on top of it — raising the tv height so hopefully when reclining in said new chair, my line of sight would be through the correct part of my trifocals.  I think it worked.

However, that means everything off that bookcase is now piled on top of my sewing room table — and in the meantime I  decided that room needed a total overhaul.  I want more storage room IN the closet in that room so I need to pull a wooden shelving unit out of the closet and put it along a wall in the sewing room.  All this means much unloading of shelves, moving furniture about and finding everything a new home.  But that will be tomorrow’s project…. or next weekend’s.   🙂

So as for the knitting finish – I just cast off my third DaVinci Cowl.  Another one I love.  This whole pooling yarn thing is so addictive.


Goes perfect with my brown jacket.  Yep this one I keep for me.   I’ve got some yarn picked out from the stash to try another of Mary-Ann Lammers’ pooling designs.

This is Mary-Ann’s  design – DaVinci Cowl III Spanish Steps  (photo used with permission)

davinci-cowl-iii-spanish-steps and there’s a companion design that uses the same color yarn since you have plenty to make both with just one hank of each color (perfect for making one for yourself and one to give away).  I like the lacy edging on this one and the tassels.

And I also have some yarn plans to her  KISS Cowl A Tucked Hood.  Love the look of this pattern.


(Photo used with permission)

I like that its a cowl but you can also pull it up as a hood if needed (and you know where I live it can often be needed).  I plan to use this Madelinetosh speckled for the main yarn and then make the tucks different colors using this yarn.

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Yes – I need another pair of hands to get all this stuff done but I don’t really have any deadlines.  The other projects I’m knitting for the Indie Gift Along have a deadline if you want to win prizes but I’m just joining in for fun (though I did win a random trivia question today and got to choose a free pattern!).

Oh and I tried out my air fryer for dinner tonight.  I popped my Cornish hen into it after marinating it and 20 minutes or so later — check this out.


The skin was really crispy and the meat juicy.   Delicious.





One Mitt done…..

My first fingerless mitt is done — in bulky yarn they knit up very quickly but bulky yarn is also hard on my hands to knit with when doing twisted stitches so I switched to a different project last night after finishing this mitt and casting on the second one.  Will finish the other mitt up soon.


These mitts are seamed – but I prefer that since I can get the thumb opening exactly where I want it and for some reason, other than socks, I don’t like knitting smaller items on double pointed needles – especially larger sized double points.  These are a bit snug on me (but not unwearable) so if I made them again for my big hand size, I’d probably had an extra stitch or two in stockinette stitch on each side.  The pattern says to cast of tightly at the top — that makes it a bit too tight for my hand so normal tension cast off would be better.

It’s very difficult to take a picture of your own hand. 🙂


Really simple stitch pattern with faux cables.  If you’re looking for a quick holiday gift – these are definitely quick and easy.

I cast on – but didn’t do much else – my kid’s sweater for the GAL.  The pattern is  Lupine Seed Cardigan – a cute, swingy little girl’s sweater.  Yes, you know I’m not fond of futzing with  cables but I do really like that seed stitch cable mix that goes down the back of the sweater and there’s just a bit of cabling on the stand up collar so I think I can handle it.  🙂


The yarn is Cascade 220 superwash in Brambleberry.   I used a needle size one size smaller than the pattern calls for.  The pattern doesn’t have a size 1-2 (which is what I would ideally like); it goes form 12 mos. to 2-3 yrs so I used a slightly smaller needle to get a slightly smaller sweater.

It’s new recliner delivery day — so I need to get off the computer and move furniture around to make room for it.   So this evening I can be knitting in comfort with my feet up  in this chair – wider than average; seats taller than average (finally a chair for a tall person) — finally something comfortable (my old furniture hasn’t been comfortable in ages).

chairYes – I’m so excited to be getting a new chair. LOL

Indie GAL #2

I’m doing the easier projects first I guess – or that’s the way it’s turning out but I also want to get the cowls finished I’m working on so am going back and forth between GAL and other projects I’m knitting on.

My second project for the “hands /arms category” will be the Robin fingerless mitts.  I like the fact that there is nothing around the thumb (no partial thumb just a buttonhole sort of opening)- and I like the faux cables.  I pulled from the stash some  of The Fibre Company Tunda yarn (bulky).  I’ve used this yarn before and it is great to knit with.  The color is called Red Fox.


OFF the needles 11 -25-16

It’s done!   My Lodgepole Hat – first finish for the Indie Gift-A-Long.   The pattern does warn that it is a loose fitting hat and it is.  I made the largest size but I would definitely go down a hat size if I made it again.  It turned out really pretty.


On The Needles – 11/25/16

Lots of things on the needles – more things than should be on the needles – more things to get started on the needles soon.   It’s knitting madness here. 🙂

The Indie Gift-Along 2016 is going on on Ravelry and I hope to get several things made.  My first project for that will come off the needles today.  I started the Lodgepole  hat yesterday and I just had to go find the double pointed needles since I’m on the final decrease rows at the top of the hat.  I love those this is turning out.


Off the needles this week was my second DaVinci Cowl.  This one I knit up in record time – I made it a bit shorter than the pattern called for – I wanted a single loop that wouldn’t hang down much.  I just love how this turned out – look at that great pooling/stacking of colors.



It’s so squishy and turned out the perfect size.   I need to add this photo to my finished knit projects page and add the yarn used into my knit-to-date yardage tally.

I have two other pooling projects on the needles.

The cowl in the fall colors will probably get finished off this weekend.  That one I purposely shifted the pooling to the right after several inches — just to see if I could — and it worked.


DaVinci Cowl Villa Borghese Park below –  I’m a bit more than half way on and need to start thinking about what kind of buttons I will use on it.


These two hanks of yarn did arrive this week — they are for more pooling cowls.




Black Friday Shopping

I think I’m running out of images of my favorite fall quilts.  This one isn’t a “made” quilt yet but it is one I want to make.  This is just the Electric Quilt image of it – it’s a pattern I sell on the EQ website.  I haven’t done any applique in a while so maybe I’ll get started on this one soon.


Pumpkin, sunflowers, applies blackbird, cattails – all fall images I love.

I took the day off work since neither of my guys were going to be in but was up at the same early time for a doctor’s appointment at 7:30 a.m.  It was a good idea at the time I scheduled it since I figured I go into work afterwards originally (since I had originally planned to work today)  but last night I was thinking – what did I schedule that so early for?? LOL  But a friend who also was off work dropped me off – she went down the street to do a little shopping – came back and got me and we went off for breakfast.

I had no intention of doing any Black Friday shopping.  I hate shopping under normal, uncrowded circumstances so there’s no way I venture into a store on this day.  We did stop at the grocery store (I picked up all the stuff I forgot to get for my Thanksgiving dinner which I will be having either today or tomorrow) which was definitely pretty empty.  But we did make one specific stop (since it was near where we had breakfast)  to see if they had any Black Friday sales.

morningThese were the Black Friday special – buy one get one Morning buns…..  breakfast treat perfection with a good cup of coffee.  Yep, we stopped at a great German bakery – eyed all the holiday cookies that are already packaged and waiting, but I only got a few morning buns.   I did have to call my Mom and tell her about our stupendous sale find (okay I was teasing her jut a bit because she loves their morning buns too).  So that was the extent of my Black Friday shopping – not even any yarn was purchased at the various on-line stores running sales today.  It’s a miracle! 🙂

Hat Progress

First – the next fall quilty project I love –

Fall Medley - row by row and block swaps combined

This one is somewhere in a tub waiting to be quilted.  It started out as a row-by-row project but people dropped out or just didn’t respond after signing up (thank goodness I wasn’t the swap hostess on that one because I hate it when people don’t follow thru on the swaps) so I never got enough rows to make a quilt top.  So I made more rows myself.  The houses, star blocks in the center and large leaf blocks were all swap rows I got from others.  The applique rows are all ones I did – the squirrels gathering their harvest on a sled, cabbage roses and moths, sunflowers, and pumpkins/gourds/blackbirds at the bottom.  Then I made use of some swap blocks from other swaps — the rail fence blocks, nine patches and smaller leaf blocks – all in fall colors  – were from three different block swaps.   It’s busy and a riot of fall colors but I love it.

Now as for the Lodgepole Hat – well it’s a much quicker knit than I thought it would be.  I’ve got all the color work done and just have the very top of the hat left to do so may get this finished off tonight.  I need to Duplicate Stitch one white stitch in place since I just realized I missed one in the chart but not a big deal and a little steam blocking wil make all the stitches show a bit better.  I love the way it’s turning out.


Gift-Along Hat


Thankful bounty cover photoresized

Continuing the fall/Thanksgiving quilt images — this one is my absolute favorite and the one we had hung at the office.  I need to bring it home and put it up for a while here.

Here’s the link for the Indie Gift-Along on Ravelry.  You can find all the information there, i.e. designer pages and their patterns, KAL groups you can join for prizes, what those prizes are, chat with other knitters, etc.  There are discounted patterns – lots and lots of them – until a date later this month so info on the discount code is there as well.

Will I get all the items done by the end of the Gift Along period – very unlikely – not a chance!  But I did get some great patterns on sale that I plan to work on even if they don’t get finished in order to qualify for prizes.  And actually I haven’t even checked out what the prizes are.  It’s all about the fun of “doing.”  I still haven’t decided how many categories I might want to make items in but I’ll tell you about the one I just started this afternoon while watching the Macy’s Parade.

It’s called Lodgepole Hat and has been on my want to make list even before the Gift-Along.  I had one hank of Madtosh Vintage in Pendelton Red – a gorgeous red color –

20161124_2leftover from another project so pulled that along with some white left over from some other project.   I love the simple colorwork trees.  I’m not sure I will be able to gift this one — I may need to keep this red hat for myself.

While watching the parade I finished the ribbing and have about three rows of the colorwork started.




Happy Thanksgiving Day

turkey tracks projects from 100 blocks blockI have several favorite Fall/Thanksgiving wall hangings and table runners and would you believe that I forgot to put any of them out so far this year! And one of my absolute favorites is sitting in a cabinet at the office since we hung it up on a cubicle wall last year.  Dang!    So I’m going to start all my blog posts through the weekend with an image of one of my favorites so at least I can see them that way.

What to do today?   It will be a quiet Thanksgiving Day here.  My plan had been to make my version of Thanksgiving dinner (Cornish Hen) but I forgot the important ingredients needed to go with that meal when I was at the store last weekend and no way was I going to stop at the grocery store on my way home last night.     I can’t have “thanksgiving” dinner without cranberry sauce or my mom’s stuffing recipe (for which I didn’t buy the celery or bread).  What was I thinking?    So I think my Cornish hen will wait until the weekend and I’ll be feasting on smoked pork chops and acorn squash (and whatever else looks good in the fridge) since that is also one of my most favorite meals.

Today will be a lazy day.  Tomorrow I’m off work but have an appointment first thing in the morning – but basically a four day weekend – so the cleaning can wait.  I’m excited to have a new “all people” recliner chair delivered on Saturday morning.  I need to move furniture around tomorrow to make room for it since I want to make sure it actually arrives before I have the junk guys come get the old couch and chair out of here – so my living room will be a bit crowded until the old furniture is removed.  Then I’ll just look for a love seat to replace the couch.

Today will be a watching old movies and knitting day I think – unless I get ambitious with something else.  Here’s my latest DaVinci Cowl in the Cornucopia yarn.


On this one I knit bout 3″ or so and then decided to see if I could shift the colors to the right and then continue pooling. It worked!   You can see about an inch down from the needles I shifted the colors once more to the right — so it will have sort of three different sections.  I love it.  I may just get this one finished off today.

I’m also working (between all these other cowls I’ve been compelled to start) on my DaVinci Cowl Villa Borghese Park. I’ve got about 15″ knit so far – more than halfway done.


I have looked a the Black Friday and weekend yarn and fabric sales emails from my favorite on-line locations and have decided – no I really do NOT need to order anything and I actually don’t think I’ll change my mind about that this time. 🙂

10:00 AM – time for more coffee and to get dressed — its definitely chilly in jammies in the apt but despite the drop in temps from 60s last week to 20s at night and currently 36 right now – I haven’t had to kick the heat on until today!!  Where my particular apt is located (below a hill, on the nonwindy side of the building with apts above and to the side of it) the apartment stays quite warm all on its own but yesterday’s cold temps and rain all day has let the cold and damp finally make me think – hey I should kick the heat on.   But not having to turn the heat on until Thanksgiving day — I like that!

Hope you have a lovely day whether with family and friends or hanging out on your own like I am.   If you are a knitter or crocheter, have you heard about the Indie Gift-A-Long on Ravelry.   A chance to try out new designers, get reduced prices on patterns, win prizes, and get started on some gift knitting you may need to do.  Yep – because I don’t have enough on the needles, I’ll be participating.  I nearly forgot about until friend Judy posted about what she’ll be making.  Check out the projects she’s picked at the link.   I’ll tell you later today about the ones I’ve chosen — I’m off to do some stash diving to see what yarn I can match up with the patterns I’ve picked.