Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I can't decide.....start a new project, or finish some of the myriad projects on the needles? Wouldn't it be great to finish the two (or maybe three) pair of socks on my needles? How about those two, whoops, three lingering scarves? Wouldn't I like to finally finish that Noro blanket?
Hubby is begging for his hat and gloves.....Mittens - I gotta have a pair. It was -3 degrees on the way to work yesterday. And there's that shawl pattern I wanted to cast on yesterday.
And I have to block three, possibly four finished shawls, and a cowl.

Oh, I give up. I can't focus on the knitting. Apparently I have knitting ADD.
But, I need a picture for this post......so how about a photo of my salad? This was Friday night's dinner last week. Tonight - Chicken breast stuffed with broccoli and cheese, and I'm going to make a knitting list (after the laundry, the dishes, the kids' homework, yada, yada, yada......)!

Friday, January 14, 2011

It's That Time of Year

It's that time of year when I'm spending a lot of time in the bowling alley, watching paint dry, supporting my children in their activities. Knitting helps to get me through these events, but it's got to be a bit of mindless knitting. The mindless knitting takes awhile to finish, as it only gets attention in the car (when I'm not driving), and during events like this, or at the doctor's office, etc. I marvel at those crazy talented people who can knit when they are driving. That's kinda impossible here, where traffic lights are 15 miles away, and farm equipment and snow plows dominate the back roads.

So here's a photo of my current mindless knitting (taken at the bowling alley, no less)......aka the Striped Noro Scarf.
This one is being knit to match my black coat, and to give me a little infusion of bright color on these long winter days.

Do you have mindless knitting on your needles now?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

First Finished Object of 2011

Snow is softly falling outside my window this morning. The house is quiet, and I've got a nice cup of coffee sitting next to me. Welcome Saturday morning!

I've finished my first project of the New Year last week. It's an iPad cozy for my Aunt. She opted to forgo the button closure, because she didn't want the button to scratch her screen. I can't say that I disagree with her at all, but IMHO, I think it might resemble a water bottle without that button......ah well. She likes it, and that's all that matters. I enjoyed knitting it too!

IPad cozy - pattern here
PS - Pattern is free!
Yarn - Nature Spun Worsted in Stone colorway (my oldest stash).
Size US #8 needles.
This pattern taught me a lot of things.....
Judy's Magic Cast On for knitting in the round.
Cabling without a cable needle (okay, this is my second project utilizing this technique, but it's still new to me).
Use that stash yarn! This is probably the oldest yarn in my stash. I'm glad it's finally getting put to good use!

I've not made goals or resolutions for myself lately, because I usually fail miserably at them, but I have made a firm decision.
I want to be a prolific knitter. In order to do this, I must spend more time knitting. I already knit quite a bit, but often times, I don't record my projects in Ravelry, and I don't take the time to photograph (however measly my attempts) my projects. This is something I would like to make a conscious effort to do this year.
Hmmm....that sounds an awful lot like a New Year's resolution to me!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome 2011

Welcome 2011! Today was so gray and dreary, a perfect day for lounging about, which we did! But yesterday was a different story. I got a chance to get some very quick outside photos of a shawl that has surprised me to no end!

The pattern held no surprises. It's a straight forward knit. I was afraid that the variegated color of the yarn would obscure the results, but I like it. I like it very much! I think I'm keeping it. Yes, indeed I'm keep this one for me.
Pattern: Wandering The Moor
Needles - US#6
Yarn - Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga - colorway - Frog-Legged Leaf Beetle (gorgeous color).