…”minutes with nature, unless you’re busy, then you should spend an hour.”
Hello! How is your week going? I had no idea when I wrote this journal entry that I would be sharing it, so please pardon the incomplete sentences. I am always surprised how peaceful life becomes when I step into nature. The feeling really never gets old and if I look close enough, I always see something I haven’t seen before. What I could work on, is remembering to head there when life gets hectic, because no doubt, it will.
I finished my Antarktis Shawl and a pair of socks that are currently being blocked. I’ll share them on my next post. I’ll be looking through my yarn this afternoon to choose a skein for a new project. I’m curious, do you typically find yourself thinking of a project and then choosing a yarn, or choosing a yarn and finding a project? Either way, it’s all a delightful process:) Have a lovely rest of the week! Jeannine
I’ve been thinking lately that the next time I am invited to a “little black dress,” party, as they say, or a dress up event, I will be prepared. I have found myself in the past, not prepared at all, feeling as though I am showing too much shoulder, cleavage (oh my, no please), being chilled, or downright cold running back to my car…and even all of these combined. Well, this can all put a real damper on an evening.
The reason why I have been thinking of this is because I don’t love the cropped black cardigans I see in the stores, often too short, with too short of sleeves (hitting the elbow or higher), and made out of nylon, acrylic knit, or polyester, that feels like fine netting and is a cold sort of fabric. Do you know the cropped cardigans I’m talking about? Because really, I think they are all the same. Not that they are bad looking really, but just sort of not enough there.
By being prepared next time, I mean I will have a hand knit, waist length cardigan made of a wool, silk, and bamboo blend, with sleeves the perfect length, to be determined by me. When it’s chilly outside, or inside, or I am feeling a bit too exposed (honestly I don’t wear those kind of dresses anymore, but it could happen I suppose), my cardigan won’t be too little, or too scratchy, or the fabric too cold, but instead will feel more like a soft hug. Oh, if you don’t knit, this is why we do!
However, as knitters know, that means I have to knit with black yarn, which was a deterrent for getting started for a while, but I kept thinking I need to get this done before the next event, whatever that may be. So I cast on the Honeyflower Cardi, by Hannah Fettig, found in Making magazine, issue number 3, DOTS, and it really hasn’t been too bad because the yarn is soft, doesn’t split, and is smooth on the needles. My yarn is a thicker weight, probably sport weight, so even though this sweater is gorgeous in fingering weight, (I need to watch my gauge which could be bad in this case), this will be more of a cold weather sweater. I would love to make a fingering weight version as well. The yarn is from my stash, Yin, by SWTC.
I have several new yarns made and have added a few to the shop and will add a few more by tomorrow morning. I don’t want to send out lip balms after it gets too hot outside, so the next 20 people who order yarn will get a free organic lip balm with their order, if ordered before May 12th:)
It is almost graduation time for our senior and there is a lot going on, including a final orchestra concert, a speech tonight downtown, and prom for two young men here At Stone Cottage.
I hope you have a lovely rest of the week! Jeannine
Hello and welcome to a new week! I finished my Forever and Always Socks! Even though I said I don’t actually love knitting socks, I adore a hand knitted pair of socks as much as the next knitter, and I think each pair are really a small treasure. Do you think so? The pattern was very nice to knit, well written, and easy to follow.
I have additional pairs of socks on needles (at least three), waiting to be finished. I wish I had patience to knit a drawer full, but for now I’ll work on some shawls and other knits that I look forward to sharing. When it’s time for hot summer knitting, I’ll pull the socks out to finish.
I made some progress on my Antarktis shawl. (It was less of a knitting week, and more of a make chicken soup and Zuppa Toscana, with Kale, not spinach, for loved ones kind of week.) Antarktis is a fun and also a familiar pattern in the knitting community. It’s very easy to knit if attention is given to keeping track of the rows. It will be a perfect shawl for summer and especially for those times when air conditioning is too much, when I’m out in restaurants and such.
I hope you have a lovely week! Jeannine
P.S. I will be adding items to my shop this Friday. Happy Knitting!
Hello! I hope you had a relaxing weekend! Ahh Spring! Isn’t it just wonderful?
This past week I finished up the first of my Forever and Always socks and cast on the second. I’m always happy when I get a new pair of socks made, and knitting them doesn’t feel awkward anymore, like it can when first learning to knit socks, but I still can’t say sock knitting is my favorite type of knitting. So best to get that second one going ASAP don’t you know? I do like the sock a lot though :)
Friday night I cast on an Antarktis Shawl. I have a thing for yellow. Yellow has been described as the color of sunshine, hope, friendship and happiness. I really like it, but never choose it to knit with for some reason. I had some golden yellow yarn, (dyed by me using marigold flowers last fall), and I wanted to make something with it since. I’ve picked it up several times over the past months, thought about what to make, and each time ended up placing it back in my stash. This time though, I had already picked out the pattern and the yarn just seemed to fit. I am happy that I decided to knit with it after all. Do you have a color that you like, but aren’t sure about knitting with?
I’ve started a list of blogs I like to read on the right side of this page. Some I visit all the time and others are new to me. I’ll be adding more as I enjoy more blog visiting.
In shop news, I am almost done with a second ring pillow design, I have a few more skeins of yarn to dye this week, and I have a knitter’s balm bar coming soon! Thank you so much for visiting. Jeannine