Wednesday, May 27, 2009

WIP Wednesday

This is the start of an Ulmus Shawl by Through the Loops. You alternate 2 skeins of fingering weight yarn. I am using a multi-color by The Painted Sheep and an Araucania Ranco Solid. It is a fun knit and I have yarn ready for another one. It is my work knitting for now until it gets too big.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

A co-worker received these flowers on Administrative Professionals Day. They were the most beautiful flowers I have seen in a while. The colors were so vibrant, just gorgeous. I grabbed my camera and told her I just had to take pictures of her flowers. She took them home that day so I was glad I did.

I did a quick trip to MA Sheep and Wool on Saturday and then stopped at Webs on my way home. Saw some cute sheep and a few people I knew and shopped a little.

Finished two projects, one is blocking and one will block next weekend. I have started an Ulmus shawl, ripped it out at least 3 times but seem to be on the correct path right now. It is a fun knit and I have at least 2 more planned.

I hope everyone has a nice Memorial day. The sun is finally out here in CT and it is just beautiful out.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Catnip Mice, finally done and being enjoyed

I have been slowly cleaning up my room (tons of yarn and patterns laying around) so that it can be painted. I found the bag of catnip mice and sewed and stuffed them this afternoon. They were a hit with the kittens. The old cat (going to be 17) couldn't be bothered with them.
For other knitting, my work shawl (Old Shale from Spin Off) has about 20 rows or less left to knit. I hope to finish it over the 4 day (hopefully will have Friday off, too) weekend next weekend. The other shawl will probably have the pieces finished next weekend. I finished reading the instructions though and I still have 2 ruffle sections to knit after it is sewed together. One is about 440 stitches and 10 rows, the other is a little less and also 10 rows. That will take me awhile. I am not looking forward to picking up all those stitches.
The baby sweater I worked on a little yesterday. I hope to get that mostly done next weekend also. I was hoping to work on it today but my mother had been knitting a felted bag and I had to do the whole bottom which had the decreases. That is now finished up also except for the felting.
I have all this knitting planned for next weekend and I just hope I stay home long enough to get some done. Friday (if we have it off), I plan to take my parents to Trader Joe's, LLBean, Talbots and maybe Marshalls/TJ Maxx (one is next door the plaza with the other shops). Then Saturday is MA Sheep and Wool and a Webs visit. Sunday and Monday I plan to do nothing. I usually plant my flowers Sunday but will probably put that off a week or two. I am not in a rush.
I put together some yarn to start an Ulmus Shawl once as the work shawl is done. I can't wait to start it. That should be incentive to finish one up.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

These were one of the items I gave my mother for Mother's Day. She collects puffins and when I saw these stitch markers, I had to get them. She will probably put one on a chain and wear it as a necklace. They are by Weeones Creations on Etsy.

Not too much knitting going on. Last weekend the oldest kitten, Juliet turned one so all three cats received a treat of canned food. They liked it a lot so after the second kitten turns one in June, I am going to start giving them canned food more often.

Knitting wise, I am still plugging away on the work shawl, the home shawl and the baby sweater. I have so many new things I want to start but want to get these three done first. I may rip the one Malabrigo Lace scarf I have on the needles but I am not sure. It is set to become my work project when the shawl is done so I will probably wait until then to see if I still want to finish it.

I had blocked a poncho I made last week and took that off the blocking board yesterday. I plan to crochet all around it and then add fringe. I had hoped to have it done already but once as it came of the needles, the desire to do anything else to it went away. But, I will finish it. Today I blocked a vest my sister knit out of sock yarn. She had been calling me all week to find out if I did it yet so I forced myself to do it today. She stopped by this afternoon so she was able to see that I actually did it.