I finished Clue 3 for my mystery knit along. Isn’t it gorgeous? Can’t wait for Clue 4 tomorrow.
Bob kindly modeled it for me.
I was a little under the weather this week, so didn’t blog. I didn’t even knit for two days! But yesterday, I caught up on my mystery knit along. Ready to start Clue 3!
I also cast on the Cemetery Cowl (Ravelry link) for a little impromptu knit along. It’s Halloween in July! Also, I sewed myself a Halloween treat/project bag.
I had to rip out the cowl and re-cast on because I twisted my stitches, of course. I was really careful so I don’t know how I manage to do that almost every time I join to knit in the round. The yarn is BFL Mohair Fingering from Forest Lane Fiber Co in Pitch and October. I also recently purchased an Apothecary Collection, and I love everything!
Especially this tiny skull planter from Ice and Dust Pottery, which I planted with a tiny coffee tree.
The garden is overflowing with cucumbers. I’ve canned five quart jars of pickles, and we have one quart jar plus a bucket of refrigerator pickles. Yes, a bucket. I went into the garden this morning and came out with enough for three more quart jars, so I ordered some that I will pick up later. I will also have to stop off for some dill because there wasn’t any at the farmers’ market yesterday and I used all my garden dill. It’s a good thing we love pickles!
I researched what might be going on with my zucchini plants, and learned that too much nitrogen + too much moisture = over growth of foliage and calcium uptake deficiency. The remedy? Plant Tums in the ground around the plant. I did it, and now we are getting zucchini! One got away from me (it’s very large) so I’m planning to make zucchini bread this afternoon.
Here’s one that hearkens back to my youth:
In addition to finishing Bob’s Pride socks, I’ve made good progress on my Milkshake Cardigan, and have been keeping up with the clues for my mystery knit along.
I finished my Emerson shorts. I’ve got some other sewing projects I’d like to get to, but today I focused on…
I made a new piece today. I had the same problem with the felt not attaching to the prefelt backing. I think the prefelt backing is the problem, as all my fiber felted together really well. It just slid off the backing. So that’s more needle felting to do, and I’m not sure how I feel about this piece. It’s the remake of the one I don’t like. Why do I keep making it? Because I love the photo! It’s inspired by a photo I took in Iona, Nova Scotia. It’s just really hard to interpret in wool.
A new episode “dropped” today, as the young folks say. In honor of Plastic Free July, I thought I would stick close to home and interview someone who inspires me a great deal. He has made a huge impact on reducing the amount of plastic waste in our home by creating almost all the soaps we use in our household from scratch. Listen in as I interview my husband, Bob, about soapmaking, the magic of science, and how to save money while saving the world. (It’s not as dangerous as it looks.) You can listen here or wherever you listen to your podcasts.
Listening to Music Intentionally
This one seems appropriate.
After complaining that I hadn’t done any sewing last Sunday, I decided to finish up these linen Emerson Shorts. They were cut out. I only had to sew them together. They came out really nice, and they are super comfortable.
I finished up Bob’s Pride socks!
This photo shows the colors better.
I made a “make do” drying rack with netting and a frame, and am drying calendula flowers to steep in oil.
Have you finished any creative projects this week?
My volunteer sunflowers have been taking a beating, thanks to heavy rains and critters knocking them over. So I cut the stems for a bouquet. They look lovely in my raku vase from The Alchemist’s Studio.
I’ve finished Clue 1 on my mystery knit along. I love how this yarn sometimes looks blue, sometimes looks purple, sometimes looks gray. I’m really enjoying this knit. Lots of repetitive lacework. Yes, please!
I’ve also finally picked my beads. I love the matte finish, and this color is perfect for this yarn. I think these beads have just enough glimmer to show up.
I also ordered two little glass mermaid beads, and made a stitch marker and a progress keeper to use with my shawl. I’m not very good at beading, but I think I’ve made it work with some zinc coated copper wire and parts from old stitch markers.
I’m ready to turn the heel on Bob’s second Pride sock. Maybe I’ll have a Friday finished object this week?
I spent my floating holiday on Friday framing all my finished pieces for the show in September. I’m pleased with the exception of one piece, which means I need to rework or replace that one. In total, I have three pieces to complete in two months. I can do that, right? I can do that.
Friday was the start of The Lonely Heart is a Hunter Mystery Knit Along (Rav link). I had to start over, but now my cast on is nice and loose and I have no mistakes in my knitting of the first repeat of chart A. I have one more repeat of this chart, and then chart B. Then that’s the end of clue 1! I have to say, I really like lace broken up like this. It’s been a long time since I’ve knit lace, but it’s like riding a bike. Also, this pattern is repetitive, which I like.
To get in the mood, I watched The Secret of Roan Inish on Friday, and Ondine on Saturday. I can’t believe I had never seen either of these films. Ondine was recommended by another MKAL participant. It’s a nice group. Usually, I am overwhelmed by Ravelry chat threads, but this one is smaller and more my speed.
I also decided to try one more time on the bead choice. Truth be told, I really like the matte beads. (I’m not really the sparkly type.) But the ones I have are too gray. I found some matte Tanzanite beads (the color, not the stone) and I think they will be perfect for this yarn. Fingers crossed!
I am also making good progress on Bob’s Pride / Father’s Day socks. I’m just about ready for the heel flap on sock 2.
Nothing to report. Maybe I’ll try to work on my Emerson shorts today.
This is my new list for a Year of Projects 2021-2022. My goal this year is not to deviate from the list too much. (Wish me luck!) You can find out more about the group here (Rav link) or here: Backstage Kath’s YOP bloggers list. I’ve enjoyed being part of this group. I’m thankful Liz mentioned it to me!
- I have a solo show in September 2021, and I need to make a body of work for this show. My goal is ten pieces. Ten are finished!
- I am growing flax, madder, indigo, and tansy. This year I would like to ret the flax and weave a wall hanging with the linen on my tapestry loom, maybe including some natural dyeing. Update: This was unsuccessful, as I over-retted the flax. But I will continue to experiment with natural dyes.
- I experimented with fresh leaf indigo printing from my garden.
- Cozy Autumn Socks
- Super Simple Summer Sweater in Cestari Ash Lawn
- Kiki Cardigan in Tarheelbilly Farm Tunis
- Arrowhead Cardigan (Ravelry Link) in Lettlopi
- Celtic Myths Shawl. I am so close to finishing this but procrastinating.
- Breton Red Cardigan to match my raglan plaid dress
- Skipwith in black Rauma Finullgarn
- Hansel Hap in Ramsay Farms fawn katmoget Shetland with Jamieson and Smiths for trim colors
- Peerie Flooers. I have the J&S Shetland yarn for the original version of this that you can see in the show Shetland.
- Hearth Rug in Black Welsh Mountain Bulky
- Celtic Tree Handwarmers
- The Oa (Rav link)
- Teal Niamh (Rav link)
- Pink Rhodes
- Long sleeve Treit in Foxglove
- Shoalwater Shawl (Rav link)
- Sunset Slouch
- Cabin Kitchen Towel Set (Rav link)
- Strom Cardigan
- Aurora Borealis Cowl
- Less Is More Cowl
- Peace Fleece Ronan in Siberian Midnight (Ravelry link)
- Taxus Mitts in Tukuwool Fingering (Ravelry link)
- Best Loved Shawl in Knitting Goddess Berry BFL-Masham (Ravelry link)
- Undulation Shawl in Shilasdair Tansy
- Straw Cardigan in Tukuwool DK
- ‘Onipa’a Shawl (Rav link) in Mindful Folk yarn
- Pride Socks for Bob
- The Lonely Heart is a Hunter Mystery Knit Along (Rav link)
- Milkshake Cardigan
- Cemetery Drive Cowl
- Nova Scotia Strong Hat for Margie
- Autumn Advent: Point Edwards Mitts
- Sleepy Hollow Socks
- Back Porch Shawl
- Ophelia Overalls in teal corduroy and navy wool flannel
- A wrap skirt/kilt with this plaid flannel
- Two A-line Tees in batiked cottons for summer
- Pietra Pants in black and indigo linen
- Emerson shorts in natural linen
- Halloween PJ Pants 1
- Halloween PJ Pants 2
- Ophelia Overalls in Purl Linen
- Barcelona Dress in lavender linen
- Pietra Pants in dark blue chambray
- Piedra Dress in Headless Horseman fabric
Listening to Music Intentionally
Contrary to how I was in my youth, I have become a passive music listener — listening to whatever is on our local NPR station during the day while working (which is usually pretty good). So I’m going to continue listening to music with intention as part of my Year of Projects goals. Recently, I got excited about the new Sparks Brothers movie coming out (which we are going to see tonight). I found out that some of my friends had never heard of Sparks, which surprised me. They’ve been around a long time. However, I hadn’t really listened to them since the 1980’s. So I have a lot of new Sparks music to discover! Here’s one that is new to me that I am enjoying right now.
- I have a solo show in September 2021, and I need to make a body of work for this show. My goal is 10 pieces. 8/10 finished.
- I dyed most of my own wool for this work.
Finished Fiber Art
- Spring Socklings in Bone and Birch Honeybees and Violets Please
- Anker’s Summer Shirt in Serpentine Blacker Lyonesse
- Water Shawl KAL
- Malabrigo Anniversario Rikke Hat
- Getting Warmer in Handdyed Red Kenyan Merino (silent auction prize)
- Kenora Toque
- Moondrake Advent Litmus Cowl (Ravelry project link)
- Blue Turtledove
- Pride Socks
- Purple emPower Bandaner
- Shetland Tweed Throw
- Arachne Sweater
- Four Square Cowl
- Mistletoe Kisses Socks
- Pumpkin Spice Latte socks
- Broom Riding Cowl
- Halloween Socks
- Trans Pride Socks
- Accidental Autumn Barley Light Hat
- Rikkemas Hat
- Meep the Christmas Mouse
- Birdies summer top
- Knitting alpacas PJs
- Raglan Dress in blue shirting
- Ophelia Overalls in brown twill
- Water Shawl KAL project bags
- Raglan Dress in plaid flannel
- Poudre linen curtains.
- Coffee filters
- Knitting Sheep flannel PJ pants
- Halloween Rachel blouse
- Winter Solstice project bag
- Manatee tote bag
I’m going to try to continue to post music with my YOP updates, as a way to keep up with listening to music intentionally. Here’s an old favorite.
This has been a Year of Projects Update. This is my final list for 2020-2021. I’m pleased with how much I accomplished this year. You can find out more about the group here (Rav link).
I took the afternoon off because I haven’t been feeling myself lately. It’s been quite cool where we are, so I knit on the porch, watched and listened to podcasts, and read the new book by Alys Fowler. You can see I haven’t made much progress on Bob’s Pride sock.
My Milkshake cardi is coming along. I skipped the waistline decreases because I figured those were for people with a waist. I will do the hip increases, though.
I cast on my swatch for The Lonely Heart is a Hunter MKAL. This lace pattern is repetitive, so I am enjoying it. I look forward to trying the beads with it when they come in the mail. I think I’m really going to enjoy my first mystery knit along.
My garden is a happy jungle.
The peas got a beating from a heavy rain earlier in the week. I’m hoping we can get some pods before the tops break. Even though they are English Peas, I’ve been eating them like snap peas.
Lots of lettuce.
Tomatoes are starting.
Apparently, I planted two different types of basil.
I’ll have calendula flowers soon.
Borage is in full bloom.
I saw a whitetail dragonfly in the garden. That’s a good sign, right?