I am half way done with the scarf that goes with the Bella Mittens. I am starting from the bottom of the other side & plan to graft them together in the middle so that the cable will run correctly on both sides.
Below are some random pictures that I found that made me smile.
Here is my parent's puppy Tucker, when he was three months old.
There has been lots of Christmas knitting. This week I took a break after completing one of the projects to work on the hat & scarf that i designed to go with the Bella mittens. The good news is that the hat is totally complete. The bad news is that at 1 a.m. (I was more awake then than I am now because I think I forgot to take my p.m. allergy meds!) this morning, I realized that I am REALLY not happy with the scarf's all too successful sausage impersonation & I'll be ripping it out later this morning. The kicker is, I only think I have about 150 yards to make the scarf. I went for skinny to get length, but the two seed sts on either side of the cable were not strong enough to counteract the pull of the crossed sts. I am thinking about adding three more to either side & hope that I will not have ripped out a day's worth of knitting invane.
Yes, there is a stitch marker in the mittens. The knitting was finished in time for the warmth of spring. I just need to weave in the ends. The hat was designed on the fly. I like the way it hugs my head. It only took me four complete re-starts to get it right. I kept trying to add the cables right after the ribbing & they pulled it in too tight. I had thrown it on the backburner in the spring & was able able to wip this one out in two nights.
I've also updated my facebook page. Ages ago, Karen suggested that I link this blog with that site. I have, but it means I really have to hide my Christmas projects. I guess that shouldn't be too hard because I have been such a slacker updating this space.
The sweater is still on the backburner. I started the first sleeve four times. Each time it was way too big around the wrist. I bought the book Custom Knits & will use the formula in the back of it to bang them out. I am kicking myself for not having it complete because the weather here has been perfect for V-necks.
I am also feeling an incredible urge to start several new projects simultaneously. I need to make a surprise gift for someone soon. A neighbor is having a baby & I want to make her one -two things by mid July. The socks that rock that I bougt at MDSW keep beckoning and now have the new Sock Innovation book to tag team, plus, I am itching to make a lace stole/ scarf. Then there is the Christmas knitting.
The second blackrose sock just needs to have thetoe grafted & the ends woven in!
I am also working on the fitted sweater from modern classics. I am making it abou 1.5 inches longer. I love the colors. The blues and specs of gold shimmer in the sun.
I am switching balls of yarn every row to limit pooling and to ensure that the three hanks blend together. It is Blue Heron's Silk/Merino.
One month after starting the first blackrose sock, I am still working on it. It's the only project I am knitting, but work & life seem to be slowing me down. Progress was made today & more will be done, I hope this evening.
This afternoon, I gave up a few precious knitting hours to read The Horse and the Boy - the third in the Chronicles of Narnia series. I picked it up at the library today, along with a few knitting books. It was a fun read on a hot afternoon. Chloe seemed happy with my company.
DH & I also hit Home Depot & Bluemont Nurseries. I got another cherry tomato plant, tarragon, basil, pineapple mint, spearmint, rosemary, marjoram, catnip (which, oddly enough, Chloe didn't seem that excited about) and parsleyy. All will be planted soon.
A couple of weeks ago I planted radishes. The first sprouts are popping up! They are on the left. The strawberries that I planted last year came back and are on the right. Today I planted in two tomato plants (one a smallish early variety & the other is acherry), cilantro, lemon thyme and parsley. I hope it's not too early.
Knitting has been on the back burner due to Easter and work. I am just past the gusset rounds on the sock. I hope to make headway this week. Soon, I also need to start a secret project.