Tuesday, September 23, 2014

heavenly autumn


Happy Autumn!!
My 'day' is finally here!!
Today is the first full day of autumn!!

I'm so excited I'm serving up a "double-shot" of coffee to celebrate 
the return of knitting weather!!

woot!! squee!! and PARteeeeee!!!

xoxo


In Heaven, it is always Autumn.
John Donne


Friday, September 19, 2014

be bold


Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. 
Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 


Just do it. 
Do it now!
xo

Toasty twist socks by Teresa Fox in BMFA 'overcast'




Tuesday, September 09, 2014

autumn prepper


 I'm ready for autumn.
Crisp days.
Rain.
Falling leaves.
A steaming cup of coffee to warm my hands.
Handknits on hands, neck, and feet.

Soon.

Very, very soon.

And I'll be ready.


Four steps to achievement: 
Plan purposefully. 
Prepare prayerfully. 
Proceed positively. 
Pursue persistently.
~ William Arthur Ward  

Willow Cowl in Kitchen Sink Dyeworks (no longer available)


Thursday, September 04, 2014

yesterdays


The last days of August were warm and lovely.


I had the opportunity to wander around the city and riverside.


Per usual, I was accompanied by socks and camera.

You never know what you might come across!


papaver sock in Hedgehog Fibre 'olean'
toasty twist sock in BMFA 'overcast'


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

caliente


I'm always blabbing about breaking out of my sock knitting routine...
...I dood it!!


Jen showed me her Willow Cowl the other day, and gosh dang it,
I cast on ASAP.

Autumn is around the corner and I need to get my accessories in order!!


The yarn is a merino/cashmere blend from Kitchen Sink Dyeworks in 'Holly'.
Sadly, her company is no longer in business as she was a beautiful dyer.
This yarn is circa 2009.

There you have it -
A new project...not a sock.
Yarn from the stash...and the pattern is free on Ravelry!

Life is good!


Women are like teabags. 
We don't know our true strength until we are in hot water!
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, August 18, 2014

sorriso


This sock is soooooooooooooo bright...
...and sooooooooo happy!!

The burst pattern on the cuff is complete and 
we're moving down the leg of the indiegogo sock.


Elongated stitch motifs make awesome pops of color and play well with
variegated yarns; and importantly - are simple to do!!

This sock makes me smile whenever I pick it up.
I think I'll name it 'sorriso'...Italian for smile.


If someone is too tired to give you a smile, 
leave one of your own, 
because no one needs a smile as much 
as those who have none to give.

pattern by me in  Knitted Wit.'indiegogo to the studio'  yarn


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

of a cat and yarn


First, the yarn...
You know what that little ball of yarn means, right?
Of course you do!!


And now for the cat...
...my little helper.
Of all the umpteen shots I took, this was far and away my favorite, of course!
How could I not choose the image with his little paw in it.

The socks are finished.
There was actually much more yarn remaining than this (~15g), so don't fear
running out of yarn if knitting an average sized pair of socks (~85g), prob'ly even a largish pair.
Sometimes, when I'm using a new-to-me yarn,
I divide the skein into two balls and knit toe-up to prevent surprises.

And now I have 4 pairs of socks in the queue waiting for official glamour shots.
Sigh. Hope springs eternal that I'll get it done.

Look at who's at the other end of that sweet paw...Mr. Skittles, our neighbor's cat!
This is a rare moment when he held still long enough
for me to focus AND take the shot.
He's always on the move!!


Time spent with cats is never wasted. 
~ May Sarton 

pattern by me in Hedgehog Fibres 'verdigris'