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
Welcome to the new At Stone Cottage. A while back when I took a break from blogging, I took time to plan and write goals for what I wanted to do next. If you have visited here before, you may remember I mentioned wanting to have an online store. I realize now why I didn't get it done at the time. It's a lot of work! A few months ago, however I put those goals in place and took one step at a time towards opening a shop. I started hand dyeing yarn, working on hand embroidery projects, organic lip balms, and candles, so that when I came back here, I'd finally have the shop, and something to share with you.
I started dyeing yarn last fall using natural plants such as goldenrod, purple sage, onion skins, and teas, I enjoy natural dyeing and will likely do it again this summer for some new projects I have in mind. I think gathering for dyeing is a hobby all its own and is quite fun, but can be hard if it is not the time of year to gather. I then spent time reading books about dyeing, watching videos, and learning dyeing techniques using commercial dyes until I got the colors I desired. Dyeing is relaxing and gives me the same peaceful and meditative feeling most of us experience when knitting.
I'll be finishing up some computer work this afternoon and then will be opening my online "market" this evening or tomorrow morning! Thank you for allowing me to share a little bit about the process with you here:) Now let's talk about a little knitting shall we...
I couldn't help but cast on a pair of Forever and Always Socks after seeing Andi's pair. It's a nice pattern with a ribbed cuff, (knit through the back loop) and an alternating knit/purl cable to keep things interesting.
It's raining here today as you can see by the wet Primrose and the shadows. (The yarn is dyed by me. Color: Sprinkle Jar.)
I still adore nature and photography. Bluebirds stop by often and it is usually a split-second decision to race and find my camera vs. just sitting and enjoying them. Aren't they just perfectly made?
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a lovely week ahead. Now that I am caught up on work here, I will be enjoying visits to the knitty blog community this week and starting a list of my favorites. I'll talk to you soon! Jeannine xo