11/52 : 2017

Some weeks just meld into one day for me. I can’t remember specifics of anything, just dark, grey, rainy. But those kinds of weeks can be surprisingly productive inside the house. Socks were finished. Handspun was finished. Projects started and works in progress still progressing. Paper shuffling happened.

Finished and wound up:

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Autumn Gold. 653 yards. I combined 4oz of Funky Carolina (my last, sadly) Falkland with an equal amount of fibre from Taylored Fibers in Washington. It is a blend of merino, alpaca and silk noils. Now the pattern search begins!

Finished and worn:

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Diamond Rib Socks. My pattern, offered for free on Ravelry. Just click on “Free Patterns” tab at the top and the link will take you to the Ravelry pattern page.

Started and half-way there:

Peruvian Poncho. I’m kind of cringing at the colour combination as I’m going along, but that’s what I get for buying 7 skeins in different colours! I keep telling myself it will be a fun thing to wear and go with jeans and a white tee-shirt. Keep telling yourself, Kathleen.

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Practiced:

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I organized my music this week and weeded out things I’ll never play or that my kids will never play again. This prompted me to organize my paperwork in my office, put my printed patterns in a binder, put yarn away. It feels very good to get that done! I moved my fluting station to my office as well. This gives a little more room to move around the living room. I’m liking this set up for now.

Celebrated:

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This sweet daughter of ours had her birthday this week. We celebrated via FaceTime. Can’t wait to see her in the real-life this summer!

Cuddled:

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He’s always looking for a cozy lap to sit upon, especially if there is knitting in that lap. The more complicated the knitting, the more desirable the lap.

Currently:

It’s not raining. Woohoo! I’m going to headΒ out for a walk now and get some fresh air and vitD.

Have a good week!

finished : started

Finished:Β Diamond Rib Socks in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Hydrangea. Soft, cozy, scrumptious.

Size 2.25 magic loop needles.

Started:Β Peruvian Poncho. The pattern is Wrapped Up by Susanne Sommer (Sosu). The yarn is various skeins of baby alpaca that I bought on our trip to South America last year. These are from Lima, Peru. I’m not sure if I’m going to use all 7 skeins. They are all different colours and it might be a bit much, but then again it might work. I’m making up the colour progression as I go.

Yarn is 4 skeins of Indiecita Alpaca DK and 3 skeins of Inka Tradition DK, all 50 grams each. The needles are 4.5mm circulars. The garter stitch really makes this soft and cozy. That seems to be my requirements lately. Soft and Cozy.

I’m trying my hardest not to cast on another project. But I may slip up and do it anyway!

10/52 : 2017

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The week started with snow, added a bit more snow over the next few days and then turned to rain. The one “nice” day when I wanted to get out and get some fresh air and go for a walk, I turned into a giant sneeze machine and blew my nose all day till. It was exhausting. I guess the springtime allergens are starting or I don’t know. It was weird. I’m fine now.

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I’ve been hard at work on my socks. I’m heading down the second foot (this photo was taken a few days ago before the blessed heel-turn). The end is in sight! This is the best part of knitting socks, beside the excitement of casting on. Almost there!

I’ve been sitting at my wheel for a few hours every day and it’s been so relaxing. I don’t know why I go for such long breaksΒ in between spinning because I absolutely love the process of making yarn.

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I may have started a new project this week too. That is one reason why I really want to get these socks finished, so I don’t have the guilt of eleventy-one projects going on at once. Not that that has ever stopped me from casting on something new.

This new one involves the baby alpaca I bought in Peru last year. I think it will be perfect for all the random colours I bought. I’ll have more to show and share next week.

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And I finished Becky’s Brain Hat… finally! Oh my that was a slog, but I love how it came out. It’s very warm and cushy.

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I used my hand dyed worsted for the hat and Knit Picks chroma for the brain. It’s pretty symmetrical at the front, the back not as much, but I think that will be just fine.

And finally, my favourite flowers. Tulips and Helebores. Even in the snow, the hellebores are hardy little flowers. Spring is coming!