Tinbridge Scarf

The switch of yarn for the Tinbridge scarf was definitely a good thing. This Rios is showing off the simple zig zag and garter stitch pattern so much better – and what’s not to love – it’s my favorite color green and my favorite color of green yarn – Lettuce. If you are looking for a simple to knit scarf – which would make a great holiday gift too or a gift for yourself – I highly recommend this pattern. I’m calling mine the Crooked Path scarf (for obvious reasons) I’ve finished off the first hank of yarn to where I am in the photos so need to wind the next one. The first photo is the truest in color.

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Since I finished the knitting on my Primavera cardigan a few days ago, I now have two sweaters to get blocked so I can continue with the seaming. But with totally rainy dreary weather it’s not a good blocking/drying time (plus I just don’t feel like blocking at the moment) so I was digging through my projects to see what else I might work on.

I decided it was too stripey/pooly looking (plus I made a mistake and got my yarnover in the wrong places in one row) so decided to switch yarn and start over. I’m going to be using Rios in Lettuce – a favorite green.

I also picked up a scarf I had about half done, wound another hank of yarn and have knit have that hank into it last night. I’m using a Lacy-Vee stitch, which is easy to memorize and if you can read your knitting, very easy to do without having to refer to what row you are on. I’m hoping to get this scarf finished this week.

Wisconsin Quilt Expo

This weekend is Wisconsin Quilt Expo weekend – I just remembered it – and it’s gone virtual so anyone can see all the lovely quilts. So if your day is a dreary, rainy day like mine is, I can think of nothing better than knitting and watching the virtual show, vendors mall, and lectures that are available.

Just go to Quiltshow.com. You will be asked to register – email/name/address – but there is no fee. Today is the last day.

And of course I had to add a quilting photo to this post – I looked for the last project I was sewing on – it was a project to use some of the special designed Loopy Ewe print fabrics.  as I was cleaning the sewing room last weekend I found this still on my table (tho these blocks are all sewn together).

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Sheffield knitting done

I finally finished all the miles of stockinette for the Sheffield Cardigan. It needs to have those long side/underarm seams seamed up and there’s a small seam area at the back of the neck, but I’m waiting for some binder clips I ordered to arrive since I put my box of them somewhere really safe and can’t find them. But I needed more anyway so glad I finally ordered some.

I picked back up on my Primavera Cardi. I’m about 3/4 done with the back section and then I have just one sleeve left to make. Compared to Sheffield this is going so much faster since the needles are much larger and it’s heavier yarn.

Yesterday I actually wandered into the sewing room to do some cleaning. Since February when I broke my arm, I haven’t done any work in there but I did keep shoving stuff that was in my way into that room. The big tub with the x-mas tree and decorations was still sitting in the middle of that room becuase I wanted to see if it would fit into that closet or not.

The x-mas tub fit even better than I thought it would into that closet, with a bit of room to spare, various totes with yarn I had purchased or pulled out to audition for projects was put back where it belongs. Slowly but surely I am making progress. It’s a rainy day to day so I plan to head back in there in a bit to sort thru some more clutter and maybe regain the table so I can actually get back to some sewing in the not too distant future.

Camp Loopy Finish

I finally finished a Camp Loopy project for 2020. My first project I will finish but just didn’t finish before the end of the month it was due. The second project – well you might recall that was the toddler sweater pattern that had issues with the instructions and despite my best efforts to make it work, once the birds pooped on the pieces I had blocking and drying outside — well that was the end of that project!

So here’s my shawl I call Pink Sky at Night. The pattern is The Sky at Night and it’s an easy one to knit. As I’ve said before, I love squishy garter shawls with a bit of lace especially when knit on larger needs with worsted weight yarn. This is 825 yards (so I managed to get the 800 required for the month of August Camp).

More dishcloths completed

 

 

 

More dishcloths – the Lacy Vee stitch is one of my favorites and a really easy repeat to memorize.  I’m planning to use that stitch in a sweater.   The Bean Stich – easy to crochet but I don’t really are for the look of it nor the Packer colors but the yellow was sitting there handy at the time.  The Victorian Lattice Square I added a couple more rows of double crochet/single crochet to make it just a bit larger.  That one will be used as a trivet and was a fun one to crochet.

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This gorgeous pile of yarn I pulled out is going to become a sweater.  It’s two different colors of Dream in Color Jilly – a single ply fingering weight yearn.  I did a swatch yesterday with the lighter color.  I came across a cast on called Old Norwegian Scalloped Edge Cast On which would make a pretty edging for my sweater so added that to the bottom of my swatch.

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This year knits up so pretty and I love the little scallops along the bottom.  It took a time or two watching the video to get my fingers to coordinate with how she was casting on but after you get the stitches cast on, the rest of the rows are really easy to do.  It will be a very light weight sweater in this yarn.  My plans, which I need to finalize in CustomFit, are for a vee neck, A-line sweater with elbow length sleeves with the scallops at hems.  I’ll start with the darker colored yarn at the bottom and then fade in the lighter color as I go along.

I keep forgetting to take a photo of the pink shawl but I am still working away on that.  I just might finish it before the end of the month when Camp Loopy ends for the summer.

 

Sunday – August 9, 2020

Hmm … looking back at last Sunday’s post, I’ve finished some things and started more.   The blue dishcloth is done, as well as another one started and finished since last post – well make that  two more finished since last post since I’ve got a yellow one done.  An orange one and a green one are in the works  I’ve mostly worked on the dishcloths this week.  Photos of those later since some of them are blocking.

I finally wound more yarn for the pink shawl last night and have gotten through another lace  section and garter section on that.

Yesterday I just could not get motivated – I slept badly and kept dozing off every time I sat down.  It was a hot and humid day which just sort of added to the laziness.  I did get a load of laundry or two started and stacked the dishwasher but I think that was the extent of chores I got done.

Today – up earlier than normal for a weekend – several more loads of laundry done and some other cleaning tasks and as of now I have a peach pie in the oven.   Last time I ordered peaches in my grocery delivery they were not the normal size peaches I had been getting.  They were almost the size of softballs.  I have never seen peaches that big.  I ate the first one and it was okay, but not real sweet and juicy.  I had a pie crust in the fridge so I decided I’d cut the other two up and put them on the pie crust and sort of fold it over in half.   Little did I know that those two peaches would fill the crust so I had no room to fold it over!!   Since I had been debating making peach crisp versus pie, I just put the “crisp” mixture on top of my pie.  There just might be a bit of vanilla ice cream stashed in the fridge too.

Today must be “cookin in the kitchen” day for me – not that any of these things are hard or real timeconsuming but I’ve been making some pretty easy fast meals lately and haven’t used the oven much and definitely haven’t done any baking in a long time.

Once the pie is done, there’s some oven baked crispy chicken thighs to go in (that large package of chicken was hogging too much of my freezer space) and I think baked potatoes since I’ll have the oven going anyway.

Remember all these sea glass bits I got to crochet into a multistrand necklace.  I’m debating yarn color to go with them.

These are the contenders at the moment.  I’m leaning towards the first one, since I don’t know that I would like the natural color.  What do you think would work best?  I’m not in a hurry to start this project so still waiting to see if any other good colors come into stock.

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The yarn is Malabrigo Mora which is 100% Mulberry silk so the strands of the necklance won’t get caught up or “stick” to each other like other wooly yarns will.  This yarn also has a greaat silky sheen.

The dryer has buzzed….. back to work.

Many projects on the go

Right now I have several projects I’m working on that I keep hopping back and forth between.  Variety is good.    I’ve got the “sweater of endless stockinette” that I’m working on (that I can knit on when I’m watching a really interesting show because right now it’s just long row upon long row of stockinette.

I have this beaded scarf I showed yesterday – I’ve made a bit more progress on.  I only have to pay attending to the first 8 and last 8 rows where the beads are alternated.

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Camp Loopy August project was cast on after midnight on 8-1-20 since I was still awake and knitting into the week hours.   I’m calling my version Pink Sky at Night but the actual  The Sky at Night pattern by Lisa Hannes

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Compared to all the fingering weight projects I’m working on, this worsted weight one on size 9 needles is moving along rapidly.  I love heavier yarn shawls with a bit of lace and this one gets a great wide lacy edge.

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In addition to using larger needles, I will be using more yardage than the pattern calls for since August Camp Loopy requires a project of 800 yards or more but this is an easy project to enlarge to make the most of the yarn you have.

Lastly (at least at the moment), I started another dishcloth out of some new Cascade Ultra Pima Fine.  This is super easy knitting.

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And it will qualify for a year long KAL of different stitches I’m doing, plus some other badges for the ESK Yarnathon.   There’s a badge for placing an order on your birthday so last week I did so – I’m now 60  – so a coworker friend has been teasing me about “how much older I am than she is” — of course she turns 60 this month. LOL  Anyway, I ordered more Cascade Pima Cotton Ultra to make more dishcloths, finish some coaster sets I’m working on,  and see if this yarn can work for potholders (making it double layered.

Here’s all the pretty colors in my birthday order.

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A beaded project

The camera is back in working order so I have some pictures to share once again.  This is going to be a little shawl – not to wrap around the shoulders but more as a neck wrap since it only takes on hank of yarn.  The yarn is Dream in Color Jilly and the color way is called Blanchefleur.  It is just so pretty with little blips of color in it.  There are two different colors of beads. You work the pattern from corner to corner on the bias so the corners are heavily beaded but it’s three rows of beads all around the edges of the shawl with the center beadless, which will be apparent once I get farther along.  The pattern is Beadier Shawl.  A couple new projects in the works since I last posted but I’ll save those for later

The hot/humid streak of the last three weeks has finally broken and I was able to turn off the air and open the doors and let some fresh air in and hear the birds singing. Definitely a nice change of weather.

 

Sweater progress

I’ve been knitting along mostly on the Sheffield Cardigan.   Miles of stockinette and many more to go.  But if it turns out the way I hope, I’m already planning one for me (this one is not for me).

It went from this last picture I showed you.

sweaer This is the sweater knit from sleeve cuff to sleeve cuff sideways.  So that is the left sleeve and start of knitting from and back of sweater where sleecve meets body of sweater.

This yarn is so soft it will feel great on and give a very nice drape to the sweater.

 

Here is where I am as of now.

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Not a great photo – it looks a it blob like –  but it’s raining yet again outside at the moment.  I’ve got it sort of  folded in half at shoulder as if it were on, and that is the left sleeve along with left front and the back is finished across to where the right shoulder would start after neck shaping.

The back stitches are on a piece of yarn being held at the moment so it’s not laid out real flat.  So with those stitches held, I’ve now gone back to the left front section and am in the process of adding a 3″ border section to the front in garter stitch.  The front border is worked in separate sections and will have a little seam in the back.   I was a bit dubious when starting the border section but now I see how it all works.  Interesting construction and since I’ve made a bunch of Amy Herzog patterns, I know to just trust the instructions  and it will all make sense in the end even if reading ahead it did not. This really is a beginner friendly pattern  – knit, purl, knit two together, SSK  – all easy stitches.