A quick dance before bed.
My first knit finish!
A simple knit stitch wash cloth! Its about 8 1/2 inch square using Sugar n Cream cotton.
On to the next square!
Sort of in the spirit of March being the craft month, Ive started a new craft. Or more so I found my third arm and started knitting.
Ive tried knitting before but with my background in cross stitch my tension was way too tight and I just couldn’t figure out the best way to hold the needles and figure out the holding of the yarn and keep the tension happy. Hence the need for that third arm to make everything work as it should
My third arm just happens to be circular needles.
A friend and I joined in on the Rose City Yarn Crawl this year and made it to 4 of the 18 shops that were part of the fun. Friday was a perfect day to walk around downtown Portland and check out the shops.
Ive been wanting to knit my own socks but felt that a loom wouldn’t get me the ease of crafting I wanted and I know the crochet wont craft the socks I want so hear I am.
On the yarn crawl I picked up a beautiful skein of yarn that will be made into a scarf – someday soon Im hoping. Until then Im practicing to get up to the whole k1, p1 business. Other needed items were the needles. The scarf suggested circular needles and that’s what I picked up.
I spent most of the weekend practicing cast on, knit, and purl. Even did a bit of the pattern the scarf uses
My first knitting project – a simple knitted washcloth
I have a few rolls of Sugar and Cream cotton yarn and I will be spending some time practicing stitches and making lots of washcloths.
Sharing that Ive caught the knit bug with another friend at work, she muhaha’d me and welcomed me to the madness.
Hidey Ho peeps!
Ive been lazy. Thoughts of creating posts, then by the end of the night I just don’t want to, so I havent.
Tonight Im a bit jumpy thanks to being on the wrong side of ick and taking some real sudafed to help keep my head unclogged. Sudafed has side-affect for me that makes my heart race and nerves jumpy. All that keeps me really awake for a good hr then I get to fight the crash.
So as Im on the jumpy side of that noise I have energy to burn so to speak and I have some new finishes to show and other updates to share along with sharing my WIPocalypse and IHSW posts.
The yarn from this is from a scoody (scarf-hood) I made a couple years ago that I just havent worn so I thought to rip that out and create something that I would/might wear or gift to someone who will
I have a scarf that will go with the hat that I will show when its completed. It has front & back post stitches along with shells and looks pretty and I think complements the hat well.
Wisdom is complete!
Im taking a break before starting the next sheep. All sheep-ed out at the moment.
I have been working on LHN Neighborhood – total blast from the past. Looking back though updates, last time I may have touched this is in 2010 so its in dire need of some needle time. 2010
I do have a bit more done than the above pic and have decided to frog the lady currently stitched and just leave them out. The people have always bothered me and Im just choosing not to stitch them. Not sure if they will be replaced with other items or just leave the voids.
Ive also have Ladies’ Night by Cricket Collection mostly fully kitted.
I have a 28ct fabric (CS Gothic) that I picked out years ago – for this project, that I have been thinking about going to a 32ct but as of today Im sticking with what Ive got. 1) finding another fabric to go with the ladies is hard. 2) Ive already got it – paid for it, and its in my stash now. That said, when I finally get around to stitching this, my mind may have been changed again but that’s for then. Thread is as charted but I may not use Kreinik for the braid, still thinking that over.
Well, that’s all Ive got for now. Im off to get a few other things completed while the energy is buzzing.
The weather has been a tad nuts over the last few days. Snow, snow and starting this afternoon, freezing rain/sleet. Love ya Nature!
Here are a few pics from what nature has gifted us today.
There are kids down the road building an igloo. Looking pretty good!
We may get some snow, as in see it falling, rare is the year we actually get a good bit sticking. So seeing the flakes fall for three days and have freezing rain on top of that is not fun.
Thankfully D got home early on Friday and we trekked off to the store and got most of my usual Sunday shopping done. More of a prepare for possible snowed in weekend, which we have been. Very happy this mess landed over a weekend and not during the week. Less reasons for people to think they have to be out and about..
Thanks to this year’s SNOWMAGEDDON, school was cancelled Friday and I spent part of the day making this
It’s a pattern from Crochet Geek, Caleb’s Hat. I stitched 26 rows on mine, the pattern called for 21 just felt too short and I wanted to flip up the edge. Its very thick and warm.
Today I finished the basket weave scarf. Its not very long but Im hoping after a wash it will stretch out a bit.
Asthma, mold, mildew and harsh cleaning chemicals have had me searching for a better for me cleaner. The shower areas are always such a pain to keep clean and using any chemicals is harsh as I always seem to smell it everywhere, even after the shower is cleaned, like its stuck in my nose, hair, on my skin and I cant wash it off.
My latest trial is using Tea Tree oil. Its very astringent and if not mixed with the right amount of water, can be over-powering. But so far its strong smelling but not as harsh as a chemical.
I have the essential oil mixed with water and Dr Bronner’s soap with Tea Tree oil. The first run through went well, nice not to deal with chemical smells.
Things are moving a bit slowly. Still cold outside for much activity in our garden. The greenhouse was picked up and D got the frame together this weekend. I have a game plan for getting plants started and it looks like next weekend will be a good time to get some of those started.
I checked the strawberries from last year and I see new growth already started!
This year Im planning on getting the runners planted, then replanted so I can have loads of home grown strawberries to nom on.
Thanks to the Super Bowl, my LNS was open and having a % off drawing. I ordered Ink Circles Turrets and Town, picked that up along with the floss and fabric.
My thoughts for this chart when I first saw it was making the colors gradient, inside to out. The fabric is R&R Mink. I have two color choices and talking with P, I will be doing the group on the left starting with the lighter color in the middle and moving out to dark and the group on the right, dark in the middle and going out to light.
Wonderful Friday!! Time to wind down, put feet up and relax for the weekend. Right?
Nope. Our greenhouse arrived! So now I really have to get down and go through all the seeds we have and figure out what needs to be started when, planted outside when, which have special needs so Im ready and they are ready when D says the greenhouse is ready.
I know snap peas, lettuce, chard, and spinach will be started first so we can get a spring crop. Tomatillo, tomatoes, cucumbers and summer squash will need to be started inside sometime in March (I think). Lots to do!
Tonight I amazed myself with dinner. With no specific thoughts, plans or even ingredients (an important item if you ask me), I took a walk through my Pinterest pins and found a few for Quinoa stir fry so I went digging in cupboards and fridge to find additional items to add to such a dish.
I ended up with quinoa (4 cups), carrots, onions, minced garlic (mmm), red bell pepper, broccoli, mushrooms, seitan and enough teriyaki sauce to cover everything.
Thankfully it was a big hit.
First finish for 2014! I finished another C2C scarf. This one was gifted to a friend but I did get a pic before sending it off
I used a full skein of Red Heart Super Saver so it ended up a bit longer than I expected.
With this one done, I started on my next scarf (using up more of my stash). This one is using a basket stitch instead of C2C. I needed a break from all the C2C projects Ive got going and basket is a wonderful thinking break.
Ive added 10 rows and have a good view of how wide this scarf is, looks, feels (sort of) and it just looks too wide for me. 7 inches wide. So it will be frogged and I will re-stitch it so its 5 inches wide. (chain of 18+4 instead of 24+4 to start)
I shall leave you with yet another cat pic. P came home from school and found Loki sacked out on DL’s afghan. Sadly Loki got woken up during the picture taking process.
No picture updates today.
Had a great evening. Im making pizza and chatting with P in the kitchen while D and DL are playing a round of Magic. Just one of those nights were you wish you could just copy it and replay every once in a while cause it was just too perfect.
Not that anything that happened after messed it all up, it was just a nice evening.
In other news Im almost done with a scarf. DL’s blanket is coming along even though Im still working out the pattern. Ive got yarn for another scarf waiting in the wings and my Wisdom piece is over the 3/4 mark completed. – don’t I sound busy as a bee!
Nice and easy day
And with that I leave you a fun pic of the duo of chaos hogging the good seat.