I'm sorry I didn't 'feature' you on the 'Yarnalong' yesterday. I know you're worried. You are right. There IS a lot of competition for attention around this household lately. Maybe a bit too much.
Umaro found himself out of hibernation and kept me company though a couple of baseball games. But, you don't have to worry about him. It's much too hot again and he's back in hibernation, even though he's now big enough to pretend he's done and bedeck a chair back.
Little pumpkin socks reached the 1/2-way point. You know, one sock done. This is always a good place to pause. (Reason so many orphan socks live here.) So, don't worry about them. October is still pretty far away. (I didn't even cast on the second sock.)
Woodland shawl was fun when I discovered that the stash actually held a leaf-like color. But, the love has waned here.
The church pew shawl will get knit during Sunday school---on Sunday mornings. That's it. The end. (I really hate those big needles.)
The Mitered Cross Blanket may steal some attention now and again. It's portable; it's mindless. But, I know I'm in for the long haul here, so once, again----I wish you wouldn't panic so.
Funky Grandpa... ooooo, that might be a little different story....(I love you, Grandpa!!!! love, love, love, love!)
and Rachel has asked for a scarf to go with her hot pink winter coat...(I love her, too!!!!)
I think she might like these mittens as well. What do you think? (HUSH. Shame on you. Stop being so negative.)
But, Hitofude, YOU are the only one to get a knitalong. Karen and I won't let you down. Neither will all the other kind knitters who are joining us...to knit you, to cheer us on, to keep us company with other knits, and to just follow your progress.
I PROMISE (promise, promise, promise, promise, promise)....
that you will look much, much better by Tuesday, when you have your next photo shoot. Promise. But, remember. This is a knitalong, not a competition. There is no race; and no sprint to the finish line.
In an effort to once again coordinate my knitting with my book cover (just kidding), I cast on another pew shawl for our church needlearts ministry. It's a boring, uninspiring 3 x 3 double moss pattern, using large(r) needles that I pretty much despise. The one saving grace is that I will be able to knit and read, but since I just started both, it's too soon to give a book review. (The shawl I've knit before. The above review on it stands.)
I finished listening to City of Thieves by David Benioff, and really enjoyed it. Two unlikely characters, a young Russian deserter and a younger Jewish looter, are thrown together in worn-torn Leningrad during WWII and given the impossible task of finding a dozen eggs for the Colonel's daughter's wedding in exchange for their lives. It's an adventure story, a coming of age story, but most of all a story of friendship.
joining Ginny for yarnalong and Nicole for KCCO (Keep Calm and Craft On)
I know. I'm fickled with my sweater-love this season. Two sweaters on the needles already. This really is so unlike my usual sweater-knitting habit....of waiting until the first really cold day to cast on and then knitting like a madwoman, thinking that I'll be able to wear a new finished sweater the next day. (It's never happened. I remain an optimistic knitter, though.)
But, I still love Hitofude. If you haven't had a chance to take a peek at this sweater you really must. I. LOVE. IT!!! (I bet you will, too!) 7,939 other people have it queued or already on their needles!
Since I posted my start on it last week, Karen has cast on. We had a little side-bar chat, and decided some more of you might want to join us, encourage us me (Karen usually is so focused she doesn't need the group support I obviously need!), and simply share some fun knitting and end up with a great sweater. Is that a win-win-win-win, or what?
Neither of us want anything TOO structured....no start date (although how can you knit along if you don't start??)/no end date. My idea is maybe posting a progress picture once a week, either as a post of its own or stuck at the end of a post, and letting one of us know it's there. Karen might have some other ideas, too. (She's also far more organized than I am!)
So, here's my progress this week....one more repeat.
If you don't want to join in on our loosey-goosey knit-a-long, will you still be a cheerleader? I'm obviously going to need one.
Next update for me.....next Tuesday. (I think. Probably. Most likely.)
I couldn't leave him like this. (well, I HAD left him like that for months....adding a body part to the pile as I finished it, but once the parts were all there....)
At first, I thought I could just do the head. That was too creepy having a 'Chucky'-like stray head in the basket looking at me. And, once I put the head on the body.... I couldn't leave him limb-less.
And believe, me, no one wants a nudie elephant running around the house, so the clothes (which were almost done) had to be finished, too.
It took every single bit of those 14 pages of instructions to get me through this project. I think my little guy looks OK. Julie's are far better than mine; I'm sure my next one will be better. Her instructions are 'right on'....perfect in every tiny detail, even to the little purl stitch that is placed as you knit the head that indicates where the ears are to be attached. It's truly an amazing pattern.
He was just a bit embarrassed to turn around and show you how his tail sticks out of the little hole in his pants (that I forgot to leave open the first round of finishing).
So, I have one very hot little elephant (in his gansey sweater) who has now taken up residence here...(yes, that's the fridge)
Does this little guy look just a teeny bit queasy? a tad bloated?
He's just consumed an entire starfish. (You may be asking why there was a starfish setting out on our back patio---in the heartland of America--hundreds of miles from the coast? Long, uninteresting story. It didn't need to be eaten, though.)
They each got their mates a while ago, but their photo shoot finally happened...
the afterthought heel was bulls-eye right on...
Reynard socks by Kristin Kapur with mystery yarn. Too bad that fancy cuff will always be hidden under my pants.
Do you make your bed first thing in the morning? Or is your theory that you worked hard to create that sleeping nest and you want it ready when you collapse at the end of the day? I like being able to say I accomplished at least ONE thing in the course of the day. (I used to threaten our kids that I'd make the bed with them in it if they didn't rise and shine. #1 Daughter got cocooned more than once.)
And then, we have body parts.. (found during the major yarn-closet-clean up)
Can you tell what it's going to be?
The easy part is done. There are 14 pages of finishing instructions. I'm intimidated. (pattern: Boy elephant in textured sweater by Julie Williams--- of Little Cotton Rabbits fame!) I think I'll knit the elephant's sweater first. And then his shorts. THEN, maybe I'll think about giving him some personality and stuffing. (or put him back in the closet.)
We're in the midst of the hummingbird migration. I spent a good part of the day trying to capture a great shot of a ruby-throated hummer, the only 'native'hummer we have in our state. (supposedly, the rufous hummingbird and the black chinned hummer are seasonal visitors, and the green violetears will sometimes make a rare appearance this far north. None of these have visited my feeder--at least while I've been stalking it with my camera.) The males have already left, getting their winter digs ready for the ladies. Even though the prettier guys are gone, by the end of the day, I would have settled for a mediocre shot of a drab looking female. I doubt you want to see my 287 near misses (out of nearly 800 shots....thank goodness for digital photography).
Yep. This was a totally wasted day (except for making my bed). I did assorted other uninteresting things that accomplished absolutely nothing.
I DID have someone draw a winner for the pincushion......
That would be me.
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Thanks again to everyone who entered the giveaway....and for all the kind words. You all make my heart sing.
I've finished the book....The Road by Cormac McCarthy...since I took the picture. Haunting. Dark. Terrorizing. Heartbreaking. A love story. It tears at your heart. I may never recover from it. No wonder it has received so many accolades since it was written in 2006. (The Pulitzer Prize, James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, Believer Book Award, The National Book Critics Circle award, and shortlisted for the Best of James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Entertainment Weekly named it the best book of the past 25 years.)
Several times over the past few years I've started to download the audible version...mainly because the 'reader' was a high school classmate. I'm glad I didn't. I know I would have pictured Tom as the 'Dad' and that would have been too awful.
On the needles: Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu; I'm using Kilimanjaro by Miss Babs (yes, all 1700+ yards are wound into that one giant ball!); it's yummy soft. I had a chance to try on a sample knit with it and it was lovely. I have miles to go on this one and I plan to enjoy the journey.
joining Ginny for Yarnalong and Nicole at frontierdreams. And last chance to enter the blogiversary giveaway!
Yes, this IS last week's blueberry buckle, although it IS this week's picture of it, which shows how long it will keep. Trust me, it's still moist and yummy. I know because I ate that whole big piece and left Freddy only a couple crumbs. (hee hee....he wasn't happy either, and kept looking to PapaGeek to put down HIS plate. Can you believe PapaGeek opted for a Klondike bar over this? Freddy couldn't believe it, either!) Anyway, there is the recipe!
Zucchini (or courgette!...a new word for me. I'm using it all the time. No one here knows what I'm talking about! Would you like some courgette? Sometimes it hard to give away zucchini....but courgettes!) I PROMISE you...these were NOT in the garden yesterday. One day I'm thinking about actually BUYING one....the next, I have enough to share. So the kitchen goes into its zucchini mode...
this is the 'cute' tool...
but guess which is the most useful one? (for grating nutmeg, not for grating the zucchini!)
also known as zucchini blogiversary cake!
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Three (3!!!) years ago today, I hit the 'publish' button (twice--oops!) for the first time. I thought I was going to be 'journaling' my knitting life for myself; I thought this would force me to be just a bit more creative, a little less of a copycat, and to branch out into other arty pursuits. I was wrong. Along the journaling journey I've met so many amazing knitters, gardeners, writers, photographers, foodies, and artists who have not only inspired me (I've now elevated myself to copycat-extraordinaire), but who have become my friends. Little did I know then that THIS is the real reason for blogging.
So, thank you all....for spending time in my space, but most of all, for commenting and letting me get to know you and your blog (if you have one).
But what to give away? Obviously, something I've made. Something wooly, but not yarn. (See, I realize some people who read this don't actually knit!!) Something useful to anyone, but still usable by crafty people.
I couldn't come up with anything other than the pincushion.
(The pattern is Cearnog by Tammy Eigeman Thompson. Cearnog is an Irish word, meaning 'square', although after a lot of seaching I found it could also mean 'polygon'. I personally think it ended up looking like a star.....and anyone who comes back post after post after post to read about !KNITTING! is most definitely a 'star' in my world.)
To be entered, just simply leave a comment!
The giveaway will close next Thursday, August 21. Good luck everyone.