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Finished in a single day, two sittings if the truth be told!
EASY as can be, Pocketbook Slippers! They’re always loved by recipients and these were knit on Saturday November 30th, probably the finest college football watching day in all history. They flew off the needles and I have plans to knit at least one more pair for gifting this season. They’re hilarious looking flat and just sitting there…… thought I’d show you what they look like on the feet, sort of like a slippery socky version of Mary Janes yes?
With the December 1 project finished I have a little more time on my hands which is delightful and much needed.
Christmas decorating has been almost completed (photos to come), but I haven’t tackled the exterior yet. 70′s on the way next week, perfect for getting things done out on the porch!
The afghan marches on (and 0n). With knowledge that this will NOT be finished my Christmas I can relax a little and enjoy some other projects for gifting. YAY the first quarter of the afghan is finished, and sooooo pretty! The next quarter is worked in blues and will be equally handsome!
Biscuits have come to the top of my bucket list. I’ve never made great biscuits from scratch and hate ‘whomp’ biscuits. My friend Janice makes the most lovely biscuits and with the recent luxury of spending a weekend with her we baked biscuits together until I think I’ve captured her secrets. Absolutely— the biscuits that came out of the oven this morning were near perfection, Hot, Fluffy, Delicious and Tall these were sooooooo good. I might now become a biscuit machine and can’t wait for the pre-Christmas trip to my daughters to make them for her and my grands. I’ll pack all the fixin’s including a pastry cloth, biscuit bowl and scraper of her own— including a big bag of White Lily self-rising flour!!
The new mixed media paintings are in various stages of completion, I’ve cast on for a pair of wedgewood blue Pocketbook Slippers (simple and lovely in the giftable category). They’re so named by creators Lisa Vienneau & Allison Barrett because they look like little ‘pocketbooks’ when they’re off the foot. They look like they wouldn’t work…… but they do, and they’re great for cold feet everywhere! I have the cutest white snowflake buttons to adorn my blue socks in progress.
I’m generally loving this holiday season. It was a year ago to the date that beloved boy dog Prince became soooooo sick and it kind of took the starch out of Christmas. This year has a happier feeling fo’ sho’!
Definitely feeling Elf-ish!!:)
Notes from recent roadtrip:
all holiday, all the time!
I think I’ve listened to more Christmas music than normally heard for the first 3 weeks of December! And now that I’m back home work has me pretty busy. Add in contractors in the house taking a big problem and making it ENORMOUS—– I haven’t knit in a couple of days and now have Big Fear that this afghan will be a New Years gift.
It has been a wild and crazy busy time away, last day of the road trip today, I have no words for how much I want to go HOME! I’ll be there in time for dinner and with any luck the contractor will be finished and won’t have trashed the house!
The afghan is growing and I’m still in love with it and with the process of knitting it. Of course there are only 10 squares of 100 done so the tune might change a bit!
Remember, the afghan is created in four sections of five rows with five blocks in each row.
Not even halfway through the first section.
I hate it when something gets frogged. Rip it indeed. But rip it (or more accurately, remove from needles the offending project!!) I did. Green leaf yoke? Sitting in a bit of frogged glory. And the new baby sweater is cast on. A super super super simple one, perfect for deadlines and the new season of hockey knitting.
Man I love hockey. Knitting and hockey are not always happy partners– at least for me!
So the new lil’ sweater is still sweet as pie and I’m loving it. Of course, when you’re an inch in to a sweater pretty much knit in one hunk with the sleeves picked up and knitted on, there’s not much to say about it. Except garter stitch bliss.
And there it is……. smashing isn’t it? I think it’s very classic and tailored. The Garter Stitch Baby Kimono on Ravelry from Joji Locatelli.
Here is mine. Ahem.
This sweater for baby is being knit for a couple I adore and they’ve just started ‘trying’. I can only hope that there is no similarity between a sweater that can’t quite get it together and the much hoped for wee one.
I’m knitting it with good intentions and love, surely that counts for much? Yesterday I found out that another baby on the way in my circle of friends is going to be a girl. I think that means that the Knit Owl Baby Hat will have a pink base instead of a blue one!
Knit on (and Let’s Go Blues!)
I knew I had to do it. There was no way to ignore one second longer the ufo’s that were scattered about. Did they taunt me in their quiet yarny way? Absolutely. But Christmas is coming and I need to finish those things I had planned in order to add a few more. And babies! All of a sudden I have lots of babies waiting for knitted happiness (along with their parents). It’s a good problem to have but in order to solve it I MUST get some things finished.
The first step in addressing this was to look at them, full in their wooly eyeballs.
The green leaf yoke baby sweater is first (and latest)—— I’m still having repeating issues with that pesky row that just doesn’t work out right…. so I’m stuck. And cranky.
This delicious happy blue shawl has been in the knitting bag a long time. So long that with a great deal of shame I tell you I can’t remember what pattern it is! I changed it twice and this one is simple to the point of a lacy border. Ahem. I should really figure this out…… how hard can it be right? I know somewhere in the dim recesses of my brain that this one is pretty close to putting the border on. Finding the pattern would be lovely. Just lovely.
This yummily colored shrug is Prima from Maggie Pace and to be fair it’s almost done. About 3 more rows and then the bind off. It’s been a lot of fun to knit as it started at an arm and grew from there and I do love the ballet inspired shaping. This one will be off the needles by the end of the weekend.
This second sock might be a record holder for the longest time a pair has waited for completion! I’ve finished the heel flap and need to turn the heel, gusset up the sides and march down the foot to the toes. I don’t know why but I really don’t like to turn the heel, not like it’s hard— it’s one of those mental things that just sticks with me. But I think this is the next thing to be picked up after Prima is finished. Once that gusset is completed these socks should go pretty quickly.
I’m not sure if I feel better or worse having looked at the queue of UFO’s. Better I think, it’s actually not as bad as I thought. I’ve always been the sort that wants to finish nagging projects before taking up new ones and like I said— there are wee baby things to be cast on.
But first, we finish.
It’s my habit to know (and lust after) the next project I really want to knit. I’m not positive but I think I’m really hankering to knit Maggie Pace’s Knit Owl Baby Hat from Craftsy. It is the cutest thing ever!!!
Have a great weekend!
After lamenting the lack of knitting for a really long time one thing became clear. Shut up and just DO SOMETHING!!!
With a pair of socks (half of sock two) and 1 and a half inches remaining on a shrug that have been sitting around forever and ever….. to break the lacka mojo I cast on for a sweet new happy knit! With hopes that my favorite niece will indeed have luck with beginning to try for a baby with her hubster a new sweater has begun. Knit in a soft green that says neither boy nor girl but also not too sweet and pastel, the needles are moving. The pattern is easy but so stinkin’ cute! I may have to knit that cute little beanie too!
Looking at the start of row 10, not much to see yet but it sure is good to
Thank heavens I actually DO remember how to knit! I was wondering. Been so busy I haven’t knit a stitch and when I sat down to work on a long languishing pair of socks tonight I wondered why I do this to myself? When things are so busy and stressful, that’s when knitting should be job one.
Socks on the DPN’s….. getting ready to turn the heel on the first sock. Ahhhhhhh.
LOVE me some Creativebug—— and the latest project on my needles happens to be one of their FREE projects. (Content is worth paying for, really!) I’m a member of Creativebug and was actually shocked that the Prima Shrug from Maggie Pace was a freebie, check it out if you haven’t.
It’s mad birthday knitting time around here and the Prima Shrug was a perfect option. I even tried the featured yarn in the video even though I’m not normally a Redheart knitter. This yarn is Boutique Treasure in Abstract, it’s really delicious, super soft and the color variegation is wonderful. Prima is lots of fun to knit as it uses interesting shaping (it’s constructed all in one piece), using a provisional cast on as well as picking up stitches so there is no seaming at the end. Add in the fact that you just can’t wait to see what the color will become as you knit, this project keeps you going. My only gritch is that it is knit entirely in ribbing! Makes it look really great but I’m always in a hurry to finish rib on a project so I can move on. I’ve found that because the shrug is all rib and there is no next stitch to begin the process is wonderfully meditative.
My yarn is on the left, the finished project photo is on the right
You can see the sleeve on the left waiting on waste yarn, the back is in progress and knit flat
the provisional cast on is in the purple thread hanging off the back
On we go. Wish that I didn’t work through the weekend so I could have had more time for this rhythmic contemplative knitting project.
Related Creativebug content, I have 3 projects waiting for me to play with them! I’m sewing the GORGEOUS Linen Caftan from Liesl Gibson, a gorgeous tablerunner from Alabama Chanin, and some really fun image transfers from Courtney Cerruti. This is absolutely the downside to Creativebug—- too much fun to have and never enough time.
This weekend was 80% play and 20% work, not bad as far as percentages go. Sunday afternoon is always a bike ride to my favorite island coffee shop and some coffee or sweet tea and a bit of knitting or reading. I took along the new socks I cast on for, nameless yarn but probably Deborah Norville purchased for car knitting last year. Love the colorway and it’ll be a fun knit.
Here’s to a fresh new week!