Project Status

I have been working on two projects consistently this month and of coarse there’s always socks.  I love Caitlin Hunter’s designs so this post is a Caitlin party!  The first project is the Birkin sweater by Caitlin Hunter.  It is an absolutely beautiful sweater and I can’t wait to wear it.  The colorwork section has been going pretty slow though.  The places where it has three colors is a little tough for me and after a row or two I put it down.  I only have a few more rows to go before it’s just stockinette and I need to power through them.  The main color is O-Wool in the colorway Barn Owl.  I love O-Wool!  The color work section is made up from different yarns that were leftover from other projects.  The pink was from a friend, Seashore Sharon.  The yellow is Madelinetosh and the blue and green are Miss Babs.  I tried to flatten the sweater as much as I could, but my cord is a bit small.  This piece will get lots of wear!

The next project is the Ohra shawl again by Caitlin Hunter.  I started knitting the Kodikas by the same designer so I could practice knitting colorwork flat.  Everything was fine except I didn’t choose colors that contrasted enough in the colorwork section and the pattern just dissolved in the yarn.  I decided to rip it out and I will complete it later.  I took the darker grey that I was using and used it in this shawl.  The darker grey is yarn that I dyed.  The lighter grey is Quince and Co Tern in the colorway Oyster, and the burgundy is KnitPicks Stroll Tweed in the colorway Barn Door Heather.  I love this color combination and it will go with many shirts in my wardrobe.  After a good blocking, I think the eyelets in the burgundy section will pop.

The last project is socks.  I love knitting socks and especially love striped socks.  I’m not a fan of patterned socks for some reason.  I think it’s because I knit socks when I don’t want to think about a pattern or if I’m out somewhere.  Maybe that’s why I like the stripes because it gives interest, but is still a vanilla sock.  I belong to the Cozy Knitter sock club and this a January’s club colorway.  I’m not normally drawn to blue, but I really think this combination of browns and blues will be great with jeans.

 

Joining the Yarn Along

I couldn’t get the button to work, but the site is

gsheller.com

 

New Beginnings

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.