Hello!! How was your week? I made it through my busy work schedule and I'm so happy to have a three day weekend. The Tulip Shawlette I'm working on has given me a little trouble. This morning I cast on the 325 side stitches for probably the fourth...maybe the fifth time. I made a little progress this week and started the short rows, but I have never made a pattern with a w&t. I purposely avoided such patterns in the past and I don't think a lace pattern, dark wool, and the short rows being in the middle of the long row of work is the best way to learn a new stitch. The w&ts are kind of fun and not difficult. I just did a couple where I wasn't supposed to, not realizing where I was on the short row. I finally decided to wait until this weekend and during the sunny morning hours to try to work through it. So, I'm sitting near the window this morning, coffee and bagel nearby, with a fresh view of all those stitches.
I did make some progress on my Falling Slowly shawl and I'm close to starting the border. It you have an interest in making this shawl, it's a pleasant pattern to knit.
I am working on dyeing some plum and brown yarns and I cast on the REMI sweater in the golden yarn from my last post. (Pattern found on Ravelry, but photos of the pattern seem to be restricted for linking) I really have a certain color in mind though, so I think I am going to overdye the yarn again and I'll show you an update when I cast on again. The REMI pattern has wrap and turns as well so I'll gain practice with my tulip shawl.
I didn't have a lot of knitting progress this week but wanted to stop in to visit. I hope you don't mind if I improvised with a little nature. As you may know, I have a love for such things and for the peace of mind I find when I'm outdoors. Have a lovely weekend. I will keep working on these projects and I'll see you soon. Happy Knitting! Jeannine
The weather has changed. It rained a lot yesterday, followed by a cool front that came through the Midwest. The heat is on in the house and we are cozy after spending the evening outside at our son's football game. I'm thinking of hot chocolate, but it's too late to make it, and I'm working all weekend, but I took some quick photos of a few things I'm working on at the moment and stopped in to say hello!
I wanted some golden yarn, so I dyed a few skeins. These will either be for the shop, or to knit a sweater with. I haven't decided. I have two more to wind.
I finished the border of a work in progress, and then picked up 325 stitches down the side, and going the wrong direction the first time across. (I think it's a left handed thing.) The yarn is a cashmere lace weight by the Yarn Barn of Kansas that I have had in my stash for years and the pattern is the Tulip Field Shawlette from the first issue of Making magazine. I should finish this next week and I am curious about how the cashmere will look and feel after blocking. I'll show you when it's done.
This is the view from my back door. I took it when it was raining so it's rather gloomy, or wonderful depending on one's mood. These trees house many birds and I love to just sit and listen to them.
I made another soup. My last post was beef vegetable like my mom used to make, only a lot more vegetables, and this is my version of Zuppa Toscana. It is a family favorite and fried prosciutto sprinkled on top makes it really good. We like to have soup Saturdays when the weather turns cold, and always with crusty bread. This was last night though, when I needed something quick to feed the family.
Have a lovely weekend. I'll be back after my work weekend with a knitting project update. Jeannine
Hello and welcome to fall! I am so excited to be sitting and writing to you today. It's quite a feeling of elation really. I had hip surgery this past February, and a couple months ago I went back to work full-time. The 12 hour shifts, along with training, and hours of walking during those shifts required an adjustment period, and well...sleep! All along though, I knew I'd return here. I decided I wouldn't let a job I need to do, keep me from things I love to do. Thank you so much for checking in, visiting again, and thank you to those who have purchased yarn from my little shop! Thank you all!
I recently finished my Nurmilintu shawl. I have always loved this pattern. I like how the pattern looks like little trees and the asymmetrical shape which makes for shorter rows while knitting. I love this shawl in just about every color, but always wanted to knit it in a forest green. I overdyed the yarn in shades of green and some black to get the variegated deep green color.
There are a couple new knits on my needles at the moment. The socks are Coffee Talk by Tracie Millar. The yarn is a blue scrap found in my stash and one of the first yarns I dyed, in a mixed berry colorway. I love the mix of colors at the toes in this pattern and think that will motivate me to knit them. You may remember that I don't love knitting socks, but I absolutely love a finished pair. The shawl pattern is Falling Slowly by Irish Girlie Knits. The yarn is by Sweet Sparrow Yarns, in colorway, Peninsula's Third Cutting.
A little shop note:
I recently received a delivery of wool and I'm planning a shop update some time in early November for the holidays. It feels so good at summer's end to be doing what I love and right in time for the cozy days ahead.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Jeannine:)