Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Yarn Along - Knitting on Cardigan

I have been trying to get this cardigan finished but throw a trip to Kansas in there and a couple of busy weekends besides the pneumonia, and you have slow progress!

I have been working on it though and all that is left is to pick up the stitches up the fronts and neck and create that awesome looking band.  This has been a fun knit but it looks a little wonky to me but the measurements are perfect.  Go figure!

On the reading front, I'm enjoying my Monica Ferris books.  Actually, they have put me in the mood to do a little embroidery but not sure I can switch between that and my knitting! :-)  I'm reading Framed In Lace and believe me, these books are a quick read.  Love that about them!

Framed in Lace Book Cover

Join Ginny's Knit Along.  It's fun and motivating!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Day Late Yarn Along

I'm a day late posting my progress on Blue Honey

It's coming along nicely.  I wish the edges didn't roll so bad while knitting so progress could be seen better but I'm at least half way there then I get to Block!!!  Can't wait!

On the reading front.  I'm sticking with my Knitting Cozy Mysteries of course.  I'm reading A Deadly Yarn by Maggie Sefton which is the 3rd book in the series but the 4th that I've read.  My used book store didn't have it so I skipped ahead to A Killer Stitch a couple of months ago.  Low and behold they had this one in a couple of weeks ago so picked it up and thought I should read it.

Also battling pneumonia at present.  Had a shot in the Fall yet here I am struggling with it and my asthma so I've actually had more time to knit!  Just wish I could feel better.

Till next time!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Yarn Along March 5

Participating in Ginny's Yarn Along: Books and Knitting!!

Hopefully this won't be my only Yarn Along post for March.

I've put my Lady Marple sweater to the side after going to my local yarn store (actually not so local, it's 35 miles away) and finding the most beautiful Malabrigo yarn! There was a sample knit of a long sleeved Blue Honey. I fell in love with it!!!!
So, I bought the yarn, bought the pattern and got started.  It has been so much fun to knit even though I only have one sleeve done.  It's a One Piece Side to Side pattern and is so awesome.  The designer was a sweetheart and helped me figure the cast on and length for the long sleeves.  The shop knitter (owner) wasn't available so once again "Ravelry" to the rescue!  Love that site!!!!

On the book front, I finished my first Mary Kruger book and now am on the second in the series, Knit Fast, Die Young, and found out that's all there is at present.  Hope she writes more because they sure put you in the mood to knit. Motivation!!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Yarn Along This Week

Join the Yarn Along over at Small Things!

I've started a new sweater and am finishing up a pair of fingerless gloves.  I've also been reading a cute cozy mystery "Died In The Wool" by Mary Kruger.  I love a simple read especially when I'm concentrating more on my knitting.
The sweater pattern is Lady Marple by Nadia Crétin-Léchenn.
And the fingerless gloves are really just my version of  Easy Fingerless Gloves by Maggie Smith.

Have a great Knitting Day!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

It's been awhile.....

since I've posted.

My knitting is usually the priority and yet I'm not sharing much of it on here. And not very often.  I hope to do better in the future but no promises.

My current projects have included another pair of Monkey's (the best sock pattern in the world), several pairs of fingerless gloves and I've just begun a sweater. The pattern looks awesome, Lady Marple by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne.

Just 2 pair I made!

 Besides knitting, this Winter has been unseasonably warm for the NW corner of New Mexico. We are only 30 miles from Durango, Colorado so we usually get quite a lot of snow but not this year.  I'm afraid drought conditions will be bad this Summer.

We have had some cute visitors most days and their "herd" is growing....LOL.

Hopefully, I will keep up with my blog and rekindle many of the friendships I had in cyberspace.

Until tomorrow when I post my Yarn Along........

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

February Yarn Along

It seems like I've really been in the mood to knit lately.  I finished both sweater for my granddaughters.

 Top sweater is actually a shrug style for Avery and the bottom one is a waist length for Emma.  They fit them so perfectly.  I can't wait to deliver them this coming weekend!!!


Now I'm back to my old standby, socks! I don't know what it is about knitting socks but it's so relaxing and it seems that even a complicated pattern goes rather quickly.  Now that I said that, I just hope I keep motivated and finish the 3 pairs I have started.

Hyacinth Socks

 Pythagoras Socks and the book I'm reading

I love the monthly knitalongs on Ravelry's Sock Knitters Anonymous group.  I haven't really participated for awhile but decided to work on 2 of my socks for the month of February which has one criteria of using an 'under appreciated' pattern.  So that's what I'm working on for SKA. 

Then I started another pair of Monkey's by Cookie A. because that is definitely my go to pattern for socks. I've knitted several pairs for my older sister and so although I don't have any Monkey's for me, I decided to start a pair.  We'll see who ends up with

Monkeys by Cookie A.

As for the book I'm reading, I'm still working on The Water Lily Cross by Anthony Eglin.  I love his writing and his very descriptive style.  I'm a real mystery lover, especially the cozy mysteries so this book is great.  I started it over a year ago then put it aside to read other things.  Now I'm back at it and only have a couple of chapters left.  Can't believe I ever put it down to start with.  Good book!

Thanks Ginny for hosting such a fun weekly event.  I may not be here every week but I know I look forward to everyone's posts and project pics.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Yarn Along Dec. 19

I love participating in Ginny's Yarn Along!


I've been knitting all week!  My dishwasher went out and my hubs and I decided not to get one for awhile.  It's not like I don't know how to do dishes or anything after 37 years of marriage and two children and two grandchildren.  I actually prefer to do dishes sometimes.  It brings back memories of my childhood which included my older sister and I doing the nightly dishes in one of the smallest kitchens I can remember.  It was cozy, though!!!!
But now, the reason for knitting was to get an arsenal of dishcloths for my kitchen.  I am the type that wears my dishcloths out!  They are threadbare when I finally put them in the rag bag (still don't throw them out).  So I got out my cotton stash and went to work.  I actually have enjoyed this knitting because it is mindless and still keeps me busy.  I'm using my old standby pattern which is so simple yet they look so cute!  I must admit her dishcloths look much more appealing than mine but it's a simple pattern.

The book I'm looking at (not really reading but sort of.....kind is Hans Brinker!  I remembered the movie Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates.  It's winter and it's a 'winter' book so thought I'd check it out.

And this is why knitting and reading sound good about now!!!!

Happy Knitting!!!!!