Sock It To Me Monday

I haven’t made any progress since Friday, but it won’t be long now.

Sarah is hosting sock knitalongs this summer. This is my theme-appropriate TurtlePurl yarn: Double Rainbow for Pride month and Mistletoe Kisses for Christmas in July. I’m going to knit plain socks, I’ve decided… probably short, plain socks.

Stay Home stitch markers from Katrinkles for my monthly club. The split-level is my favorite. I turned over the one that looks like the White House.

I am feeling a little better today. I think it is allergies. That’s what I get for sitting outside on Friday afternoon!

This morning Bob and I watched a heron on our neighbors’ pond. We were agog with delight, until I watched it eat one of their fish.

Favorite Make

Karen at nothingbutknit2 created a challenge for us to post about our favorite make. It can be anything: knitting, sewing, art, other craft…

This is tough for me because first I have to define what “favorite” means to me. Most enjoyable make? Most frequent use? Nicest to look at?

I’m pretty sure it’s my Birds of Blendon Hat. It’s my chart. I loved making it. It’s my first hat to grab. It’s soft and warm and fits my head well. It goes with everything.

My Twilight Paris Tunis Toujours Shawl is my second favorite. It’s the first thing I grab when I’m feeling a chill. It’s warm, soft, versatile, and my favorite colors. I dyed it! I can wear it wrapped around like a shawl (I often wear it tied in back) or I can wear it like a scarf with a jacket. It’s SE2SE yarn.

So I guess favorite for me means most frequently used. The shawl is a surprise to me because I don’t really think of myself as a wrap or shawl wearer. This changed for me once I started working from home.

I hope everyone is well. I have had a headache all weekend. Not much knitting going on here. Lots of reading, napping, and tisane drinking.

If you haven’t yet blogged about your favorite make, I hope you will do so!

Blogville Knitters’ Challenge

Where is your favorite place to knit? Blog about it for us however you wish. You can post a photo or describe it. Tell us what you like about it. This should be about your favorite place to knit, not where you knit most often (unless they are the same).

My favorite place to knit is on the hammock on the front porch in front of a fire in the chimenea.

I don’t knit here very often, but it was a nice day and Sarah recently blogged about knitting outside. I remembered how I used to love to sit outside and knit and read and listen to music. So I took a half day of PTO today and made a fire. I’ve been knitting on my sock and listening to Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Volumes 1 and 2. It reminds me of my boys. We used to listen to it in the car quite a lot.

Today I was visited by our neighbor boys. They remind me of my boys when they were little. They wanted to dig up our house so it would fall down. I told them to go for it.

Sometimes JoJo visits me on the hammock.

Sometimes she does this and chews on my needles so I can’t knit. But that’s ok.

I finished the gusset and it’s easy knitting and listening from here on out.

Please share about your favorite place to knit on your blog or in the comments below!

Arachne Update

She’s coming along. I ordered a new-to-me spider pin on Poshmark to wear with the sweater once it’s complete. I hope to make more progress this weekend.

Speaking of pins, I have a thing for vintage jewelry, especially holiday pins. I think it’s a holdover from my 80’s rhinestone jewelry collection. I don’t own very many now because I don’t wear them very often, but I’m thinking about starting a collection. The spider is my third pin.

The bird was a gift from my friend Laura. I found the millefleurs pin at a local vintage shop in the last few years, and I may have blogged about it.

I’ve decided I need a vintage Christmas pin. I am looking online but I might wait until quarantine lifts so I have an excuse to go shopping at my local vintage shops.

Easter Official Edition

It’s official!

I finished one sock and cast on the second immediately as recommended by Blogville Knitters.

Yesterday I spent most of my day binge watching Outlander and casting on. My new Arachne yarn arrived and I caught up to where I had previously knit on my ill-fated first attempt.

I love it! This yarn is Quince and Co Chickadee Heather in Sabine and Hydrangea. I looked through projects on Ravelry and someone else had used this yarn for Arachne. It’s lovely and soft and didn’t break the bank.

I also cast on Deschain yesterday. Several years ago, when I started knitting again, this was the first project I wanted to cast on. I purchased the pattern on Ravelry through my local yarn shop, which I thought at the time was fairly miraculous. I had planned to use something from my stash, but I’m glad I didn’t try it. This is also Quince and Co yarn: Kestral in Ash. I’m sewing a lantern skirt in black linen to wear with it, and I’ll probably sew a black knit tank top to wear under it as well.

It’s official! I’m gothy.

I made it to Douglas Henshall’s entrance on Outlander. Let’s face it, that’s probably the only reason I am watching it. Does it have Douglas Henshall and knitting in it? I’m in. But if I hear “Coming Through the Rye” one more time…

This weekend I thought we could “lean in” as they say, and I talked Bob into watching The Stand with me. I thought it would tick my horror box and be amusingly ironic. I forgot how truly unwatchable it is. By the end of Episode 3, I had completely lost interest, laws yes. M-O-O-N that spells Stephen King. We’re going to try The Outsider today. We enjoyed Castle Rock.

It’s official! I went outside today (to take photos for my blog)!

It’s pretty out there.

Gooood Friday

Interweave has a new podcast called Knitting Nerdcast. Knitting podcasts aren’t usually my thing. I’ve tried and I can’t get into them. But this one is my jam. Check it out! I am definitely going to try Outlander again, for the knitting. (I will look the other way during the steamy scenes because they embarrass me.) They talk about combination knitting in this episode, because that’s how they knit in Gilead. That’s also how they knit in Kenya. I couldn’t remember what it was called when I was there, so we called it Kenyan knitting.

I signed up for Daily Om’s Yoga for Empaths. It’s basically yoga that focuses on grounding. Day 1 was a little challenging, but what Day 1 isn’t challenging? I feel better and it was crazy inexpensive for 21 days of yoga practice, journaling prompts, and recipes.

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My favorite designer in the whole wide world has a new pattern out today. I love the orange, but I’m going to make it in Tarbet blue. That’s my happy color.

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Did I purchase yarn for another project? Yes. Yes I did. I am also going to look for some fabric — I will check my stash first — to make a button down shirt. I may dress up like Kate Davies for Halloween, or every day.

Or, I will dye my hair black and circle my eyes in black eyeliner and dress up like Noel Fielding. I’m pretty sure we were separated at birth and I want him to be my best friend. But for real, all I need is a furry neon jumper to wear with some skinny jeans and pointy boots.

Or I will wear my Arachne sweater with a rhinestone spider pin for Halloween. Yeah, probably that.

Arachne Update

Welp I twisted it. So I had to frog the whole thing. I also decided I don’t like this color combo, so I’ve ordered some charcoal with lavender for the spider web. I’m more likely to wear those colors. It may be a couple of weeks before I cast on again, but hopefully I’ll have the yarn in my hands for our next virtual knit along!

Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the first date of Bob and myself, and also the 8th anniversary of when Bob proposed. To celebrate, we watched a virtual tour of the Winchester Mystery House and ate mango sorbet. (We ate mango sorbet on our first date.) Did you know Sarah Winchester liked the spider web pattern and felt it was spiritually significant? She used it on many stained glass windows in the Winchester Mystery House, which brings me full circle.