Saturday, July 1, 2017

June (barely) finish

Yup, I knew this would happen.  But at least I barely managed to finish Ilia in June.  The last day.

I'm very happy to be done with it, and looking forward to wearing it come fall.

In the meantime, I've been debating what to work on next.

The project on needles is the Terrace Wrap by Purl Soho.  I started it the other day during a day trip to NYC.  The skein at the top of the pic is for the Tale as Old as Time cowl.  I admit it, I envy all you sock knitters who get to use self striping yarn.  This is my chance to use some too!  There are other projects I'm contemplating as well.  Of course!

It's the same feeling you get when you finish a huge cross stitch project -- that feeling of loss.....

Happy 4th for those of you in the US!  Happy Canada Day for you Canadians!  Happy Wimbledon for tennis fans!  Two more days!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The never ending sweater.....

Yikes, it's been a while since I've blogged!!  It's almost the end of June, and I'm still not finished with this darned cardigan.  Close, but no cigar.  Sigh.  I figured I'd better post and forget about finishing before July starts.  Here are the various pieces of Ilia, designed by Michele Wang.  I'm using Brooklyn Tweed Loft in the Faded Quilt color.

The first picture shows the fronts and back with the stitches picked up for the wide ribbing that goes around the front and the collar.  The second shows the blocked sleeves.  The third picture shows the endless ribbing I'm now knitting on.  Snore.

I'll leave you with some Mia cuteness.

Hope everyone is having a great start to the summer (or winter, depending on where you are!).  Less than a week to the start of the best slam of the year -- Wimbledon!!  (Can you believe we are talking about Federer and Nadal being the best again?  Amazing!)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Lovely Miss Rachel, cable-y Ilia, tiny bit of stitching, and family

It's May!  So here is another post from me.  It's interesting how with both cross stitch and with knitting, finishing a project takes a while!  At least for me.

Anyway, here is my finished object -- Miss Rachel's Yoke by Kate Davies.  I love it so much!!

I used a kit from Kate Davies for the sweater -- love the colors so much!  I think I've finally learned that I don't need to go up a size when I knit a sweater -- just knit the size that is good for my measurements.  (Of course, I still went up sizes according to Kate Davies.  She likes little to no ease, which I don't.)

I actually stitched a tiny bit on a project I found languishing in a bin -- Adam and Eve by the Scarlett House.

I still get the urge to stitch once in a while!

And then I started the Ilia sweater, from Michele Wang's Capsule Collection -- a book from Brooklyn Tweed.  I'm using Brooklyn Tweed Loft in the Faded Quilt color.

I'm just an inch or so from starting the armhole shaping.

Easter happened in April, first time both kids have been home for it since Boy Child went off to college.  it was nice to celebrate together again.  No Easter baskets or Easter egg hunts though -- I thought they were a bit old for that.  :D

The Father Type also got to see the Girl Child this month more than I did -- she popped by his work once or twice.

We went to Crafts at Lyndhurst this past weekend, always a fun thing to do.  The boy child likes going, so go we did.

I sadly did not get the name of the artist who did these sculptures.  But how could I not take a picture of them?  The closest I will get to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, also this past weekend.

These are my purchases -- a lovely dish from Three Wheel Studio,  and an adorable monster (or interesting aardvark?) from Mary-Lynne Moffatt.

We also had to pick up a lovely blueberry tart from Dutch Desserts.   So yummy!

Boy Child and Mia have been doing their thing, of course.

Hope everyone has a great month of May!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Second Grace

It's April!  So I'm posting a blog post.  Yay!

I actually finished this in March, but since I neglected to say so, here it is in an April post.  It's Second Grace, by Bristol Ivy, knitted in Fibre Company Cumbria.

I left off the color work on the sleeves, but otherwise it's as the pattern was written.  Even down to the colors used.  The colors are what got me the first time I saw the designer wearing hers at Rhinebeck!  (I saw pictures on Instagram.)

I have since started a new project -- Miss Rachel's Yoke by Kate Davies.  I'm using the called for yarn and colors (Buchaille).  Love it so much!  (I'm farther along than this picture shows, but no color work yet.)

Methinks this is the year of color work.  :D

Here are the sweaters I've knitted so far this year.  Love my drawer!

And here are my two babies.  (At least the ones who are at home right now.)

(My sweet father type is in the background too!)

Happy spring to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere!

Monday, March 20, 2017


Happy birthday to my sweet boy child.  I love your sweet, gentle nature and good humored, easy way.  Still can't believe how old you are.....  Love you.

PS: Mia, I think he loves you best.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Once a month, I guess....

Here it's March and I thought I'd better post before the month escapes me.  I finished my Firebirds!

Firebirds is a kit from Virtual Yarns.  The design is by Jade Starmore, Alice Starmore's daughter.   I love the sweater, but boy, I definitely feel I could have done better if I'd had more experience with the various techniques used.

Father type and I went into NYC to Tender Buttons to find the buttons for my sweater.  What an amazing store!

I decided to reinforce my button bands with ribbon on the inside.  And here are the buttons I chose.

While in NYC, we managed to see our sweet girl child as well, and to grab some yummy food.

The last pic shows some mini cupcakes -- so yummy, and just the right size for a bite!

I have since started the Second Grace sweater by Bristol Ivy.  It uses Fiber Company Cumbria yarn.  (i'm actually farther along than this picture shows.)

Back at home.....

I hope everyone has a great week/month!  And let's hope this huge blizzard that's coming isn't as bad as they say.  Ugh.

Sunday, February 5, 2017


So the month of January seems to have come and gone without a blog post.  I had promised myself that I would do at least one blog post a month.  I'm doing well so far!  Ahem.

Anyway, I suppose one reason I haven't posted this year is that I've just been beavering away on the same thing.  I don't think I've even shown it on this blog yet.  Well, here it is.  It's called Firebirds, and it's a design by Jade Starmore, the daughter of Alice Starmore.  It's a kit from Virtual Yarns.

Here is the swatch I knitted to check on my gauge -- just so you can get a better view of the motif.

I won a prize for the Fair Isle KAL from the lovely Fruity Knitting Podcast.  It was money towards yarn  from Virtual Yarns, and Virtual Yarns doubled the prize!  And so I was able to put that money toward buying this kit.  And I love it!  If you'd like to see a beautiful finished version of this sweater, you can see Andrea's version on her podcast.  She converted the pattern into a pullover for her husband, Andrew.

I also got to go to Vogue Knitting Live in NYC in January.  It was fun -- got to see lots of knitting celebrities and check out all the vendors.  My favorite celebrity sighting was this one.

I don't know about you, but to me, Kaffe Fassett is a god.  It was amazing to see him and Brandon Mably in the flesh.

I'll leave you with a picture of Mia.  Hope everyone has had a good start to the New Year.