Wednesday Evening Unlocked

Second PSL Sock progress. It won’t be long now!

I’m knitting another cowl. I’m knitting the Broom Riding Cowl!

Image copyright Vanessa Ewing

In these yarns:

Less Traveled Yarn DK in Slutty Pumpkin and Forbidden Fibers Beatitude in Earl Grey
Time Team and knitting in my comfy chair

Wednesday evening unlocked!

Am I Becoming a Sock Knitter?

Pride Socks in TurtlePurl What Does It Mean

Yesterday, The Woolly Thistle started their Sock Sprint KAL. In the spirit of thank you sir may I have another I hurried to finish my Pride socks so I could cast on another pair!

Not a perfectly matching pair, but I don’t mind.

I was thinking about making some Pumpkin Spice Latte socks (just the same recipe with a different cuff) from this West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-Ply in Nutmeg.

Spicy

Am I becoming a sock knitter? The thought of not having a pair of socks on the needles has me feeling off-kilter. But the Sock Sprint is only two weeks, and I don’t know that I’ll be able to finish a pair in that amount of time. But if I don’t, it’s really no big deal. Right? So maybe I’ll throw caution to the wind and cast on.

This weekend’s movie theme is Joker. First we’ll watch The Dark Knight for Heath Ledger’s interpretation then Joaquin Phoenix’s performance in Joker. I think they were both equally good, but I absolutely loved the film Joker.

Our Blogville Knitters virtual knit is tomorrow at 1PM EDT! If you’re not already in the Skype group, please message your Skype ID to me on Instagram or Ravelry. Hope to see you tomorrow!

Saturday Gnomebodying

If you like to knit tiny naked gnomes, you can also make masks for them. Check it out at Mochi Mochi Land.

I am knitting (not gnomes). Thank goodness! I’m not sure how all these projects piled up. And yet this weekend I am hoping to cast on Shoalwater Shawl and Franca for my Mom. But there’s not much to show you. I would love to finish the yoke on Arachne this weekend and delve into that sweet, sweet stockinette.

Pete the Watcher Gnome

Speaking of gnomes, this is our new gnome, who replaced an old gnome, named Pete. The kids named him – I think it was Sydney – because they loved to watch the show The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Old Pete was graying, had lost his hand, and his bird was broken. But Old Pete was alert and earnest. New Pete looks like he’s been into some magic mushrooms.

My geranium is blooming!

This geranium was a Mother’s Day gift from my oldest, Harald, in 2017. It is loving the new digs. (See what I did there?) I can’t wait until all those buds bloom. What will I do with it in winter? I hope I can hang it in the bay window.

I checked out the book The Knitted Rug at the library. I’ve decided to make a Coiled Cord Oval Rug someday. I copied it and filed it for later. I also purchase yarn for the Cabin Kitchen Towel Set pattern in… you guessed it. Pink! Pink, gray, and natural, to be precise.

Gratuitous yarn photo.
Mmm… sustainability.

I finally checked out the new Ravelry. I don’t use the website much. I primarily use the Ravelry app on my phone. I recommend the app if the new Ravelry website doesn’t work for you. You only have to pay $5 to upload photos directly from your phone. Worth it! Although I noticed you have the option to switch back to the old site, so that’s good. I just can’t get into updating my Ravelry and keeping up with the forums there. It’s too much for me. Even the old Ravelry was overwhelming for me! I’m glad I have the Blogville Knitters.

I used the new WordPress block editor for this post. It was not horrible.

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I finished my sock! Hans asked me if he could try it on, and I said no, it is too small for him. Then I offered to knit him a pair of socks, and he said he would think about it.

This yarn really is a dream. It’s TurtlePurl What Does It Mean. I tried to cast on the second sock in a similar place in the dyeing. I hope it will be close to the first, but it doesn’t have to match exactly.

This morning I pulled out my violin with the intent to tune it. I haven’t picked it up in a few years. I popped the E string, but I’ve decided to devote 15 minutes a day to practicing. I have to restring it first! Strings are ordered and on the way.

My boys will all be here for dinner today! I hope you are having a nice Sunday.

Wednesday WIP

Thanks to bonnyknits for turning me onto the emPowerpeople2020 movement and this cowl pattern. Yarn is Wood Wool Stone DK baby alpaca, merino, and silk. I really needed something new to fan my knitting flames.

I recently watched Fruity Knitting’s interview with Cecelia Campochiaro about her book Sequence Knitting. I’m excited to dive into this because I’m really into systems. I like to think of a pattern as a system for taking an idea or item and making it replicable. Sequence Knitting takes the idea of a pattern as a system to an entirely new level.

I have made a goal to blog four times this week. Two down, two to go!

We Bought a House Today

Just add a pitchfork and a cameo brooch and you’ve got American Gothic. But seriously, it’s yellow. I love a yellow house. Especially one with pink tile. Tomorrow we pack and Sunday we move the big stuff with our army herd gaggle of children helping.

Marilee said she buys yarn when she doesn’t know what else to do, and I’m afraid I’m the same. Here’s my most recent acquisition from Countess Ablaze. I love her and their yarn and I am unapologetic. Shoalwater Shawl here I come. (I’ve been wanting to knit that for nearly two decades!)

Going to leave this here because it needs to be said.

Sock It To Me Monday – PRIDE Edition

I started my PRIDE sock KAL with the Blogville Knitters. This is TurtlePurl’s What Does It Mean? Double Rainbow sock yarn and for pattern I’m following a 64 stitch recipe based on Hermione’s Every Day Sock.

Also proud to have spent most of my day helping to create and communicate a Statement in Support of Racial Justice for the organization I work for. Exhausting day, but a good day.

Quiet Knitting

I’ve been quietly working on Deschain. I’ve finished the front according to the pattern, but I think I’m going to add another pattern repeat. Even with blocking this may be too cropped for me. What do you think?

If I do another pattern repeat, I may have to forego the sleeves, unless I buy more yarn. I think this tee with no sleeves would be fine, though. Or shorter sleeves.

The lace pattern is Shale. It’s a very easy lace pattern that I’m enjoying knitting. Maybe I will make a Shale shawl in the future.

This linen yarn from Quince and Co is a dream. I have enjoyed all their yarns so far. I’m glad I have this to knit because suddenly it’s summer. How did that happen? Cold, cold, cold, cold, WHOMP, hot!

Me Me May

Today is my birthday and I wasn’t feeling my current projects, so I cast on another blue hat. This one is Onion Organic Wool + Nettle in Denim, I think, or maybe it was Blue Jeans?

As you know, a blue hat is my favorite thing to knit. Doesn’t the nettle give the yarn a nice sheen and crisp stitch definition?

I’ve spent the day reading and knitting and listening to podcasts and trying not to work. It’s a blustery day out there, but we did get a walk in!