I took on two full time weeks in a row, which became adventurous this week. There are some decent stories, but not many I care to share yet. Besides, while I’ve gotten little done knit-wise, I have gotten past the center and begun creating a little tail.

001

Check out this little tail…isn’t it cute? 

The tail is so neat, I’m looking for opportunities to knit. (I’ve just been too tired after working all day and writing notes. I get a day off Sunday, besides a fair amount of cleaning, there will be sewing and knitting breaks. All are needed…and there may be a dinner out involved.

002

My dear monkey likes to help show this off…soon, the dog will help as well, as she’d rather sit with her head on my lap and snuggle if I must knit when she needs love.

In the meantime, allow me the indulgence of one pet dog story. I give the chow mix mini-walkies each night at my boyfriend’s before returning home. One night, we decided the pit-lab mix needed to join, or at least get a potty break before I left for the evening. So, I attached the double leash and began mini-walkies…corner to corner of the yard. I was ready to take them inside, my good deed done for the night, when this dog simply stood there, looking at me, then looking down the road. If I gave her an inch, she gently tugged me a foot until she was in the street. As I gave in, (because I’m really a big softie), I thought maybe she wants to find the street light in the intersection. Checking there were no cars, I led her in that direction. She kept going, on the leash, and I wondered where she would pick to finish her business. She talked me into the whole walk, as “mini-walkies” was a foreign concept to her. (Yes, I know. I have just been ‘had’ by a dog). We’re both better for it. 

She’ll likely help me pose the shawl as it grows. Until next time, 

Happy Knitting!

Advertisements

Six More Stitches!

June 27, 2019

I knit in public this Saturday while volunteering…maybe instead of a day, we should have a day of the week…or make it an everyday habit. I was knitting my shawl because it is all garter stitch with an increase at the beginning of the first row or an increase at the end of the second row. It’s even easy to tell, because sometimes a girl needs an easy knit, even if it takes forever.

004

Shawl pattern is inspired by each of those I could find…but is, essentially, mine.

 I promised a company I would create and photograph some quilt blocks if they accepted my work (I left it up to the reviewing committee and they accepted it!). It’s for a magazine, for a July issue and it’s a Canadian press magazine. So, it’s either digital or Canadians have their own sense of time. When I made the promise, I expected I’d have a couple of weeks to months to finish the blocks and photograph them. I have five days. 

002

Five days to make seven blocks, okay two really are done…but I only intended to make three with a working copier (on my printer) and time to construct them, plan and hopefully have money for fabric. I may have to make a whole darn quilt…this publication better take me places… Alas, I’d better get back to paper piecing, but today I made progress on my shawl while interrupting my block assembly progress. (I did get the blocks done, in time to share them and my publishing story with my quilt guild too). 

001

Pattern is Toe-Up Travelers by Ann Budd in Sock Knitting: Master Class

A fellow volunteer is a knitter. She asked about my shawl, but I’m at the long part, so a row takes some time (it can be interrupted though). I’d been knitting furiously to show her the end of the increase row, and as she was about to leave, I look down and knit the seventh stitch to the end, so I feverishly declare “Six more stitches, I’m knitting as fast as I can.” We did have a good chat about knitting, and will forever have something to discuss when I review my notes better and volunteer there in the future.

002

Lovely bottomside and backside of Toe-Up Travelers from Sock Knitting: Master Class.

In addition, I did get some progress done on the socks, and need to change the needles in just one more row…Now, can I find my camera? (It’s not in my hand like my phone was earlier when I was searching for it)…but the dog needs some love first.

Until next time, Happy Knitting

I had no idea how much I wait for spring flowers to arrive until this week the first week of June. I pulled into the drive after satisfying the fuel gods of the car and switching some laundry over (at my second home, or my first and this is my second, who knows anymore). Alas, I pulled into dear James’ driveway and saw the first Iris of the season! Thank goodness. I put the dog out and got the camera right away while we still had some light. Check theses bab out.

Spring Flower happiness…apparently needed by me…

A couple of days later, the first Iris went to visit someone’s mom (darn it!) but two of her friends had popped over. I took my shawl to the doctor’s office this morning, and had it out on previous evenings, and finished up skein four. Now I have to decide if I’m making an eight, nine or ten skein shawl. I think I’m going for the ten skein shawl. It’s measuring 22 x 34 inches right now…we’ll see where it’s at when I finish skein 5.

DSCN4817

Current shawl progress…I’m going for cover your tush on this one…

 

I didn’t even have to stress over the knot. I was at the doc’s and my phone was supposed to be off. I simply tied a square knot and joined. The rest is history. In the next row, whether I increase or decrease will be my deciding factor, but I decided I want this shawl to feel more like a blanket and less like a bolero (cute as they are).

Sock* progress…maybe one day I’ll want to return to this lovely pattern…

*Pattern is Twisted Stitch Socks by Ann Budd from Sock Knitting: Master Class. It’s well-written, but I have the mid-sock are we there yets?

I also got to an almost decision point on the socks. These socks are a challenge, even for me…and I normally love a challenge. However, this pattern is too challenging overall (I’m ready to be done and I have 47 rows left, on the first sock!). There is a part of me saying you have time, just work on it (and when you switch needles, you better cast on the next sock). There is the other part of me trying to convince me to set this aside for an easier sock pattern. I’m working with the idea that “The only way out is through.” I just don’t know if I’ll get to all fifty rows…I may shorten it to 23 rows left (that sounds so much better). But I’ll keep you updated.DSCN4823

Full view of the shawl in progress…Fall is going to be so lovely.

In the meantime, may your needle works bring you joy and Happy Knitting!

I’m not sure what I was doing all last week. I was training for my new job (Yeah!), substitute teaching, and recall going to another appointment, I think. I have no recollection of what it was, where it was, or why it happened. Maybe I just needed to get out of the house. Maybe the knitting happened during a training video.

I did attend my niece’s band concert that Sunday. I did knit in public…I made good progress on this shawl. The when and where of working on it bugs me, because I did leave off mid row at one point (I’m wondering if that’s from the week before), or if I’m just imagining things. It could go either way. I’m just a girl, recovering from a tough beginning of the year trying to make everything work. I got through most of it unscathed. The knitting occasionally went to the backburner.

005

However, I knew I’d be talking to people, so I took the shawl (that’s taking forever to knit). I’m most of the way through skein four. Yet, part of me knows it’s three to more rows (at least) until I move onto skein five. Now I have a decision to make…Do I continue increasing with the fifth skein or do I finish skein four, start decreasing and make a matching hat, scarf and mitt set? Choices, choices. I may just have to see how the shawl wraps around me soon.