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.


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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