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'


Tuesday, August 05, 2014

yesterdays


I pulled some Hedgehog Fibre yarn out from my stash while organizing on Sunday.
I finished a pair of socks, so it's time to cast-on for a new pair.

I'm going a bit retro with these socks.
Yarn from the not too distant past...
...and a pattern, too. 


It's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.
Lewis Carroll


Thursday, July 31, 2014

a day in the park


A walk in the park should always begin with a good breakfast,
don't you agree?!


I finished these socks last evening.
I love all the pops of color provided by the twisted stitches.
I think it's a pretty good match of pattern and yarn.

It has been horribly hot in the Pacific NW. 
Just being by the river cools me off.
What about you...what do you do to cool off?


We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.
~ Helen Keller 

pattern by me in Hedgehog Fibres 'verdigris'