Saturday, June 29, 2013

Cutest Booties!

A dear friend is close to becoming a grandmother for the first time. We were pregnant together not once, but twice. I knit for each of her babies and now it is time to knit for her coming grandson. These are from leftover yarn from the San Juan socks and Yarn Harlot's Cutest Booties pattern. They are a quick knit and cute as can be.

Friday, June 28, 2013

On its way. . .

This is appropriately named Passion Flowers designed by Marisa Hernandez.  I knit it in Cephalopod Yarns' Skinny Bugga in Oleander Nympha.  It was a sample for the yarn company and much to my model's dismay, it is winging its way to them now.  These aren't the greatest photos, but they do give the idea of how gorgeous it is.  I think I might have to make another since I already have the yarn and this only took 9 days start to finish (including blocking).

Hey Dena, how about a knit along?


Monday, June 24, 2013

They Came!

My Dyakcraft Darn Pretty Double Pointed Needles arrived.  They are absolutely lovely!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Before and After

First, the before:

Same position, after:

As you can see, this shawl grew significantly when I blocked it.

This is Leaf Evolution by Tetiana Otruta.  It was introduced as a mystery knit along.  
If you look closely at the first close up photo, you can see the small leaves that then become bigger leaves and then become more like flowers, then flower buds and on the edges, flowers.
This was a lot of fun to knit.  I just might have to do another of her patterns as they are lovely.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Lovely, lazy Saturday morning

'nuf said . . .

Friday, June 14, 2013

So much yarn, so little time . . .

The purple on the left is for Mom's birthday and must be knit and in Idaho by late August. The blue on the right is for socks or a shawl that must be done by July 31. The orange linen in the front is for a sweater that must be done by Monday (it is about halfway done). The yellow in the back is a big shawl that must be done and mailed by the first week of August. The turquoise in the middle is for socks I want to knit - free-sole. The blue Noro Kirameki in the front was a gift from a friend and I want to knit something for me with it . . . Not sure what.

Do you think I can make all these deadlines? Anyone wanna take bets?


Monday, June 10, 2013

Free-Sole Socks Finished

Now I have to get the pattern edited and uploaded to Ravelry.
Dena, any edits?


Sunday, June 9, 2013

New project

This is a special request from someone far, far away. Dena helped me chart it and now I have started it. This is a sneak peak!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Purple is the Thing

 This is my next new project.  That is baby llama and silk yarn and it is oh so soft and delightful to knit with.  This is going to be Mom's birthday present so no clear pictures until she gets it in August.
I got another clue for the Leaf Evolution shawl today but I think I will wait to knit it until the last clue comes out next Monday.  I have the second of the San Juan Socks in the works and want to finish it so I can do the malachite free-sole socks for myself - no stranding should make them go fast.  I still have to finish that colorwork hat that's been languishing in my bag.  And then I have to start on baby stuff - the two pigs for the girl in Germany, some felted penguins and some baby blankets.

And this half purple/half blue flower is on one of my hydrangea bushes.  All of our hydrangeas were once blue.  Then about two years ago, one of the started to have purple flowers on one side and the next year they were a bit pinker.  This is the farthest plant from that one and the largest hydrangea.  This year it is throwing purple and even pink flowers.

 See?  Half purple and half pink.

Some of them are a really pink pink.

This is the pale blue that we expect - it's clearly a blue and usually all the flowers on all the bushes are this color.  They are big and beautiful and blue - always blue.

But no, many of them are now lavendar, at least.
Here is as much of the bush as I could get in one picture . . . just so you can see that the blue flowers, pink flowers, lavendar flowers and the half and half's are all on the same plant.

And look Dena!  This is my lavendar starting to bloom.  I cut both outdoor plants way, way back over the winter and they are rewarding me with tons of blooms.  I didn't cut the kitchen one back - hope it continues to do well in spite of that.


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Teresa Guess What

You got a very very beautiful set of needles.  They are gorgeous.

But Guess what I got today!

I went out very early this morning and picked mushrooms.  I got 4 1/2 pounds of coral mushrooms and 5# 12 oz of morels.

I got home late and Fred showed me what else I got.

Can you guess?

Can you?

I will give you a hint.  Look at the pictures.

HER name is Junebug

Note from Teresa - this is a shot of La Negrita after shearing just seven days ago.  She sure didn't look like she had a baby in the works!!!!

 my morels
and the coral mushrooms - this might not be the real name of these but it is what we call them


Beautiful Tools

These arrived in the mail today - my blue/green set of Dyakcraft Darn Pretty interchangeable knitting needles.  (Blues and blue greens are my favorite colors.)  These needles are wonderful to knit with as well as beautiful to look at.  I think they are well worth the wait, even if it is long.  The wait is long because each needle is hand made when they are ordered.  I am so tickled with how these turned out!!!

Now I have to go cast something on . . .