I really wanted to blog again, but I decided that instead of just posting things that I’ve knit, I want this space to have more of an overall focus of the things that my husband and I do inside and outside of our home. I love making food from scratch, knitting various things to wear, sewing quilts and project bags, taking care of our chickens, and planting our garden. This would be so much nicer on a larger piece of property, but my husband and I have found a way to do all of these things on a little over a 1/4 acre in a development. In the upcoming posts, I will feature our 10 girls (this is what we call our chickens). Half of the girls have been with us for almost 3 years and the others are about 10 months old. Also, in the winter, I love to bake bread. I will post a few recipes for things I like to make. When it gets warmer, I will document the progress in our garden. This year we have to overhaul all of the raised beds. So these are the plans that I have for this space and I hope it inspires you to look at your space differently, slow down, and connect with the things you love to do or make.
I have a serious problem because all I want to knit on is socks. I’m not sure if it’s because they are small, quick, and mindless, but I want socks in every color. I am forcing myself to work on my Emiliana shawl so I can wear it soon, but the socks are calling my name. The Emiliana shawl is made out of O-wool that I purchased at Rhinebeck. The colorways are Pasture Rose and Gorge. I think the neutrals will work well with many outfits. Now onto the socks! Both socks are just vanilla socks because I wanted the colors of the yarn to shine. The blue/green sock is made of yarn that I received in a swap that was organized by Melody of the Mandarines podcast. My swap partner is from Nova Scotia and she sent me local yarn that is the color of the Nova Scotian tartan. The color is amazing! The yarn is from Fleece Artist and it’s so plump and round. I will definitely be getting more yarn from them. The other sock is made from yarn that I dyed called Nebula. It is on a stellina base and it’s one of my favorite colorways to dye.
I am still slowly working my way through the Making and Taproot magazines. I really like to take my time and read all of the articles. With the holidays I didn’t get much reading done because there were games to be played and cookies to be baked.
I have never been one to make New Year’s resolutions because I always see them as a set-up for failure. Resolutions can be so specific that one wrong move derails your goal. I recently saw on the By the Lakeside podcast, that Sandy was choosing a word that she can incorporate into her daily life as a gentle reminder of her goal. I really like the idea of having an overall theme for the year. I have been using this technique since the beginning of the year and so far it is working for me. My word is focus. I get very distracted because I want to do everything and then nothing gets done. I have been sitting down and making a schedule for myself and this also includes planning out dinners. Since I have started my small yarn business on Etsy, I feel like I haven’t been able to fully focus on it and it is definitely something that is important to me. I’m a stay-at-home mom now, I look around the house and see all of the things that need to be done. Again I get distracted. I’ve now scheduled time for the house, running errands, and my business while the kids are at school. Once the kids are home I focus on them because I’ve gotten the chores done that needed to get done. This has been really working out for me so far because I thrive on routine. I hope your goals for the new year are also going well. Now back to work!
I have been making a lot of progress on many projects this past month. I finished a Passerine hat that I started a long time ago. I think that it was because it wasn’t mindless, but it wasn’t hard either. I’m happy that it’s finished expect for a pompom. I also finished a the Random Act of Color shawl and wore it to Rhinebeck. I even got a picture taken with the two designers of the shawl, Amy Meeks and Debbie Reece. I even got a picture with Steven West. While in Rhinebeck I started another Hermione Everyday sock made with Coop Yeah yarn. It’s such a pretty, marbled, soft pink. I bought this yarn when we went to Maine over the summer. I’ve been working on my Featherweight cardigan and started working on the first sleeve. I didn’t cast off the bottom yet because I want to make the ribbing in a solid color and I just haven’t found the yarn yet. The sweater is made out of bfl and I want it all bfl. I also finished one vanilla sock with yarn that I dyed and I love how it came out. I know I should have casted on the match, but I cast on a sock for my daughter because she has been waiting so patiently for a pair of socks. I bought a sock blank from Gale’s Art and it’s so her color scheme. This is the first time that I’m using a sock blank and I really like it.
We have been busy with lots of autumn things like apple picking, carving pumpkins, and looking at the beautiful leaves changing. This is my favorite time of year so I’m trying to soak it up!
Random Act of Color with Amy Meeks and Debbie Reece
Our Rhinebeck Crew
Gale’s Art Socks
Temperatures have finally started to cool down and there seems to be a sense that things are starting to slow down. I do love this time when you are drawn inside, there are more comfort foods for dinner, and every night there’s tea by the fire. Sweater knitting is on top of my list right now. I’ve been making good progress on my Featherweight Cardigan. I’ve had it on my needles for way too long because I was so distracted with the Random Act of Color shawl, but that is finished now. I wove in the ends and hopefully it will be blocked today.
I’ve been reading through many of my cookbooks to get some new inspiration for meals. I’m not sure if anyone else does that, but it’s something I love doing. Weird, I know.
In just a little over a week I’ll be making my way up to Rhinebeck with a wonderful group of ladies. There are seven of us total and we rented a house so we can relax and have a great weekend. I’ve never stayed the night so I’m pretty excited!
This is a Miss Babs yarn called Volcanic Eruption and it’s in a BFL base. I think that the base is called Northumbria.
This will look so much better once it’s blocked. I can’t wait to wear it to Rhinebeck. Hopefully it will be cool enough to wear it.
Is everyone else ready for cooler temperatures? I know I am. I need sweater weather, fireplaces, and hot chocolate. I can’t wait to put on the socks that I’ve made over the summer and wear all of the shawls. I thought that I would have a sweater made by now, but it’s still on the needles.
I have been working a lot on my Random Act of Color by Debbie Reece and Amy Meeks. I’m so close to being done. I only have the last bit of striping and then I’ll be binding off. I’m also working on another pair of socks while my daughter is at gymnastics. One can never have too many socks! I was originally making them for my daughter, but she told me she didn’t like the colors. Who doesn’t like purple and pink? She’s a turquoise girl, so I should have known. I told her that we can dye yarn together just for her.
Rhinebeck is only a little over three weeks away. I’m really trying to be practical this year. I want to make a list of some projects that I want to knit and look for yarn for those projects. My reasoning behind doing it this way is I want to be focused at Rhinebeck because I could spend all my money in the first five minutes of getting there. Everything is so wonderful. I also want to have a set of projects lined up for winter and know that I have all the supplies for them. Hopefully temperatures are getting colder where you are!
This is folded in half and it’s bunched up on a 40″ wire. It’s going to be so big and cozy!
This is some of the yarn that I’ve been dying to put in my shop and sell at the craft fair I’ll be vending at in November. It’s difficult to see in this picture, but the yarn has stellina and it’s so sparkly!
I’m so happy to be back posting on my blog. This summer had so many unexpected twists and turns, but we are all back on track now. The one thing that has kept me sane was knitting. I’ve finished two pairs of socks, worked on my Featherweight Cardigan, and I’ve almost completed the Random Act of Color Shawl. There’s also been a bit of sewing. We even took a vacation to Maine and I got to visit the Knitwit Yarn Shop. I was so happy to get enough yarn for a sweater. We also added a new kitten to our family! He’s so adorable and such a good boy. Everyone is now back at school and we are still trying to get back into a routine.
I have actually finished these socks, but never took at picture. I love the colors from Nomadic Yarns. This is the McGonagall colorway.
This yarn is also from Nomadic Yarns in the In Bloom colorway.
I’ve only made a bit of progress on my Featherweight Cardigan. I just have a few rows left before I put the sleeves on scrap yarn. Hopefully it will move a bit faster once that’s done.
This is my Random Act of Color shawl by Debbie Reece and Amy Meeks. I’ve had these colors sitting together for such a long time and I know that I wanted to use them in a shawl. This was the perfect pattern.
This was our view from the top of the mountain where we stayed in Denmark, Maine. It was so lovely. The house had a large deck on the second floor so sitting outside made you feel like you were in a tree house.
We took a ride to North Conway, New Hampshire to go to Diana’s Bath for a day. The weather was beautiful and it was the perfect day to get wet because it was so hot.
While in Maine we drove to so many little towns and came across Norway, Maine. When I saw the yarn shop, Fiber and Vine, I had to go in. I bought these two skeins of yarn for some socks (such a pretty color) and I fell in love with these buttons. The shop was beautiful and they sold wine. How perfect! They also made felting supplies.
I couldn’t leave without getting this mug as well.
I’ve been sewing some things lately to put in my Etsy shop. I love this print on the bag! I even made some needle cozies with this same fabric.
The kids are back to school. I’m not one to wish the kids back to school because I love them being home. I feel like they are so grown up. (9th & 7th grade)
We also added someone to our family. My son has wanted a cat for a long time. We found this beautiful boy at our local shelter and needed to bring him home.
I had told myself that I needed to finish a pair of socks before casting on the Featherweight cardigan. Well, that didn’t happen. I couldn’t help myself. I have been so interested in seeing how the yarn I picked for the cardigan would knit up to I had to cast on. I’m so happy that I did because it’s beautiful! This will definitely be worn to Rhinebeck this year.
Besides some knitting we’ve been working in the garden. Here in the Midatlantic it’s been cold and rainy. Despite the rain and cold we planted. Things still need to be cleaned up and weeded, but it’s looking so much better. Today it’s supposed to be in the 80’s and hopefully I can get some flowers planted.
Recently I’ve been just knitting on socks. It started when the Grocery Girls started talking about their Fancy Feet KAL. To join the KAL all you need to do is knit a pair of socks using a new technique. One of the women I knit with taught me how to knit two socks at a time. I’ve only knit socks that were cuff down on dpn’s. These pink socks are going to be for my daughter.
The next pair of socks are going to be for me. I’ve never knit socks with self-striping yarn or with sparkle. I order this yarn from Nomadic Yarns and I love it. The name of the yarn is In Bloom. The other ball that is shown is called McGonagall.
Once I get finished with my daughter’s socks I’m going to cast on the Featherweight cardigan. This is the yarn that I decided to use. It’s a Miss Babs yarn and the colorway is Volcanic Eruption. I’m going to make all of the ribbing on the bottom, cuffs, and neckband a solid color. I’m not sure what I’ll use yet because I want to see how this knits up. I’m hoping this will be worn at Rhinebeck.
Yesterday I was interviewed by Laura of the Knit, Read, Pray podcast. I believe that the interview will be posted sometime next week. We were connected through Leanne of Arrow Acres and we’ll be going to Rhinebeck together so it was so nice to meet each other. I was really nervous, but Laura had such a nice, lighthearted presence. We talked about how I started knitting and how I choose colors when I dye yarn. I donated a skein of yarn for a giveaway and there will also be a coupon code for my Robin’s Roost Etsy shop. Visit her site next week to check it out.
I have been really trying to finish some of the projects that have been on my needles for a while. I feel like it’s a spring cleaning of my knitting basket. One more thing needs to be finished and then I’m planning to start my first sweater. I’ve decided that my first sweater will be the Featherweight Cardigan. I will be dying my own yarn for this, but haven’t decided on the color. I’m thinking a grey or some other neutral color so I can wear it with many shirts.
I finished my Hermione Everyday socks in my Spring Tulip colorway and love them. It’s just a little sad that the weather is finally getting a bit warmer and I won’t be able to wear them. At least I’ll have some nice socks waiting for when it gets cooler. Maybe I’ll even have a few more by then.
I also finished my Clockwork shawl that I think I started last August. It’s lightweight and I think that the colors will be perfect for the summer. I used Madeline Tosh. The pink color is Espadrille and the tan is Antique Lace (I think).
I did start something new today! My friend Seashore Sharon (Instagram – @seashoresharon) gave me a whole bunch of her leftover yarn so I could start a Cozy Memories Blanket. I was so surprised yesterday when she gave me a bag with so many different awesome minis at our knitting group. I had to start it! I think my first square worked out well.