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Fall

What can I say, it’s been a few weeks since my last post  and, as always, I’ve been busy. School is a time sucker and although I love it, much too often it’s getting in the way of my fun. I’m still knitting as much as possible and even have some finished projects to show for it. I love how my metro turned out.

It’s knit out of merino and alpaca which is just as snuggly as it looks. The one problem with the cardigan is that I wish it had a tie in the front; I can’t stand constantly pulling it together. We’ll see if I decide to put some i-cord on it or not. Time will tell.

I also finished my Rowan wool and cotton cardigan.  I bought this yarn at a super price because they were all leftover balls of different colors that looked great together and this is the result of my efforts at creating a cardigan.

The colors look so much prettier in person but this is the best I could do for now.  I think this would be a great spring sweater.  I haven’t written up the pattern but if you’re interested, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

Of course I can’t go a minute without a knitting project so as soon as I read about this KAL I knew I had to join.  I’m knitting both hats and it’s so exciting to see how they turn out.  I hadn’t done a mystery knit-along in sooo long that I felt it was time to do one.  Here is a picture of the yarn I’ve decided to use.

Of course Chiquita had to get her nose in the picture and who am I to say no to that.

One of my favorite holidays has come and past; Halloween.  This summer I painted ping pong balls to look like real eyeballs and at the beginning of October I tied them on a wreath to hang on the door.

We also dressed up for a fun night of trick-or-treating. It worked and we came home with tons of candy.  OH no, my hips!!  Those stripes don’t help any either. ;-)

Of course our beautiful adopted daughter, the neighbor’s daughter who lives in the city, came out for the night to celebrate with us.

Thanks to Colleen who wrote to say she wished I would blog more.  That made my day and has really made me want to get back to blogging!!!!  Thank you!!!

Categories: Family, Knitting, My Patterns, Parties | 2 Comments

modifications

Remember my whisper cardigan with the long sleeves?

I don’t like 3/4 sleeves and much prefer long sleeves on a cardigan, I always have.  Well, after wearing it twice I noticed how the sleeves just grew and grew with each wear.  This drove me nuts so after spending a wonderful afternoon with my knitting girls on the deck in the sun…

and trying on Sooza’s whisper cardigan with 3/4 sleeves, I decided I needed to make some major modifications in order to be really happy with my sweater.  I then ripped and ripped back until the length was right and knit the cuff one more time.  Here she is after the first sleeve was done and then the final product.

Much better!!!!!!

Oh and here are my new slippers knit out of one ball of Lana Grossa Royal tweed.

This pattern made me cry and throw my needles down in frustration, but as soon as I had it, I found it no big deal and actually quite fun.  I had to admit, I knit them late at night when my brain wasn’t at all at its best, but then again finding  a time where my brain fully cooparates with me is very hard thing to do nowadays.

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Fabric buckets and two summer sweaters

Thanks to everyone for the wonderful comments on my last post, I’d almost forgotten about the wonderful bloggers out there, I really did miss you guys.  It’s good to be back!

I admit it’s been hard getting my much-needed knitting in with work, kids and house but now that I have summer break and a bit of freedom with the kids heading to various kids’ houses to play, I’ve actually found some of that golden time to play. Here are some of the fruits of my labors. The first is my brainless knitting that I started a few months ago with sea silk, oh how I looove this stuff!  My whisper cardigan.


As soon as I finished her I cast on for my ambrosia from Interweave Knits. I fell in love with the pattern when I saw it and funnily enough, I had 4 skeins of the called for yarn in my stash from a sale I couldn’t pass up 2 years ago. Instead of bothering with the hooks and eye closure in the front, I sewed the two sides together and I’m extremely pleased with the result.

It’s been a while but a few days ago I was a bit tired of working in the yard so I went straight to my sewing room in the basement to make some fabric buckets. The left one is for me and the right one is for Alida and her many hair things.  As you can imagine, she picked out the fabric and, once again, I really like the result.

Since sewing the buckets I’ve been in the yard working to get this in order and I’ve made tons of progress.  The deck is done and roses, lavendar, blueberries and a butterfly bush have been planted along the edges so now all I have to do is sit and knit.

I’ve cast on for the Metro from the twist collective using Carpe Diem which is a merino/alpaca mix.  It’s sooo yummy!

The sun is out so I’m off to knit, bis später!

Categories: Finished Projects, house, Knitting, Sewing | 6 Comments