Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jeezy PETE!

While watching podcasts last night I cast on a new project.

I'll admit right up front, the first row nearly did me in.

Lovely it is.

However, the first row starts out with knit 1, purl 1 through the back loop ribbing.
It nearly drove me out of my mind.

I slogged on because I really think the end result is going to be stunning.

Thankfully, subsequent rows aren't nearly as fiddly as row 1.

Pattern:  Windlass from the Summer 2015 edition of Pom Pom magazine

Yarn:  Cotton Classic 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

True Scrappy Blanket

I love my Coziest Memory Blanket,
but it's not REALLY a memory blanket.

Few of the squares are actually from MY projects.

A lot of the squares are from mini skeins purchased specifically FOR the blanket.

Memories of SHOPPING maybe,
but not really memories of past knitting.

Enter ...............the TRUE SCRAPPY,

a SECOND blanket made ONLY with yarns from past sock projects.

This one truly will be a Coziest Memory

Monday, May 22, 2017

A Finish Finally

Since moving into our apartment in Jacksonville there has been a lot of yarn activity.

There has been a lot of yarn BUYING.

There has even been a lot of yarn KNITTING.

What there hasn't been a lot of is finishing.

Most of my projects got frogged back before they ever got near to completion.

But, I am happy to say I finally have a finish 
and it's a finish I am quite pleased with.

The gussets that were giving me such fits actually turned out 
quite nicely on both sides of the socks.

No gaps, no bunchy bits ....just nice smooth gussets.

The pattern is Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder,
but I only put the pattern on the front of the socks.

The back side of the socks is a 6 x 2 rib

As you can see, the ribbing, heels and toes were done in a contrasting color.
That yarn is Cascade Heritage Silk in the colorway: Marine

The rest of the sock is Plymouth Happy Feet Splash 100
in the colorway:  104 Autumn

It feels really good to finally be able to say ....


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Quite a Catch

Last Friday Steve and a few of his buddies had the opportunity to go deep sea fishing. I was going to take myself on a little excursion and hit a few of the vintage shops in Jax. Unfortunately, my car had other ideas and took this opportunity to throw a little electrical hissy fit.

When I turned on the ignition all the dashboard lights lit up and that could only mean one thing ......MY excursion was effectively canceled.

I did what the Owner's Manual said to do the gas cap (which DID appear loose) and then I took it for a small drive to see if that would *fix* it. No deal. I hit up the all-knowing GOOGLE that said a reset can take up to 100 miles of driving. With Steve out at sea, a dashboard full of over-ambitious lights and rain in the forecast ... I didn't think I wanted to do that by myself. So, I had a quiet day at home watching for rain and knitting.

On Saturday with Steve riding shotgun, we took the car for a good long run.

Where would YOU go if you had to burn 100 miles?

That's right.


I had in mind to buy a few more mini-skeins to add to my sock yarn scrappy blanket,
(which I suppose is no longer a *scrappy* blanket since I am buying yarn to add to it).

The Stitchery of St. Simon's did NOT disappoint on that account.

Fiber Seed Sprout Seedlings on the left
(Melon, Spinel, Lilac, Mint, Pine Grove)

Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails on the right
(Magnolia Leaf, Antique Lace, Coquette-deux, Fathom, Worn denim, Cousteau)

And, since I drove so, so far ... it would be silly not to check out the full-size sock yarn skeins.

Two managed to find their way back to Jacksonville with me.

Mountain Colors Twizzlefoot - Copperberry on the left
The Fiber Seed Sprout - Spanish Moss on the right

Yarn-wise it was a productive excursion.

For those that were wondering.
Yes, Steve did catch a fish on his trip.

He caught the only edible fish . . . the others being a
 beautiful sailfish and a barracuda.

They were safely placed back in the water.
(catch and release)

He caught a 12-lb mahi mahi

The way I see it,
he caught something HE liked
and I caught something I liked!
It was a win/win weekend for us.

For those wondering about the car drove fine, but the CEL light did NOT reset itself. Further GOOGLING revealed another trick for resetting the CEL. Steve tried that and so far the lights are reset. 

I suppose if they don't stay reset, I'll be making a trip to my Subaru dealer to see what's up.
But, we're pretty sure the gas cap was the root of the problem.
GOOGLE said so.