I’ve finished the first sleeve on my sweater. That means I really need to sit down and get to work on it. But I’m not doing that. Instead, I’m planning what to knit next. I have three items on deck.
First up: Stockings. I’m making two for my friend’s girls. My plan is to work 10 rows a day on these. That will get them done by Thanksgiving, and I won’t get sick of colorwork if I’m only doing 10 rows a day. I’ve made these stockings a few times. I love the design, but the toe and heel have given me fits each time. I am going in to this project knowing I’m going to ignore her directions and do what I think makes sense.
Sweater Knitalong. My friend Ivy and I have had Craftsy sweater kits in our stashes for too long. That changes now. We’re each working on our sweaters with the goal of finishing them by Thanksgiving. This is a bit of a stretch goal, as I can’t start on the sweater until I finish the one that is already on the needles. I’m going to make the Zadie sweater in Caribbean. I’m hoping the relaxed fit and casual design of this sweater will have me reaching for it instead of a hoodie this winter. I don’t remember which sweater Ivy is making, but I do know it is a different pattern. If you have a sweater waiting to be knit you should join us in making a Thanksgiving sweater.
After I finish the Zadie Sweater I’m going to start the Everyday Shawl by Jenny F. At least I think I am. I am still undecided on the pattern, but I know I want to make a shawl with my latest batch of CSA yarn from Garden Wool & Dye Co. I won the drawing for free yarn for participating in her knitalong, so I received two skeins in my box this month.
I am really going to miss being in the CSA, but I don’t knit fast enough to justify it for more than the three months subscription.
If you have any shawl suggestions for this yarn please let me know. I want something simple that lets the yarn shine. I also want to knit something that is interesting to knit so my brain doesn’t turn to mush when I pick it up.
What are you planning to knit next?
Do you ever get to the point with a project where you just want it done? That’s where I’m at with the sweater. I know I’m going to love it. I know I will wear it a lot. I’m just sick of working on it.
I’m getting there. I should be able to finish the first sleeve this week. If all goes well I’ll finish the second sleeve next week. I would have made more progress this week, but I could not stand to look at the ends hanging loose any longer and sewed them all in. I was going to try waiting to weave in ends until I blocked the sweater, but I don’t think I will ever have the patience to do that.
I managed to stay away from the sock most of the week. I only have an inch to go until the heel. It will probably take me months to finish these. I have all sorts of knitting that I want to do when I finish my sweater, none of which is socks.
Both kids staged a nap revolt today, so I’m hoping they fall asleep early so I can get a lot of knitting done. Wish me luck.
Greetings from the end of a wonderful day. The weather was perfect today, and we made the most of it.
We started our day at Center Grove Orchard, about 40 minutes from our house. Calling it an orchard doesn’t do this place justice. It’s full of entertaining options for little kids. We got season passes this year, so we will be there often.
We visited last year, but the kids were a little too young. This year Audrey is loving every part of the orchard. The jumping pillows were a hit with her.She even braved the huge slide – all by herself!
We took a hayride to the train. Elliot was terrified of both rides. He has no issue with the train at the zoo, but this one was too much for him. Audrey liked it. She got to blow the whistle at the end, which she thought was very cool.
After the ride out with a terrified Elliot, I decided we would take the trail back to the farm-yard. It had a couple of hills that were steep for little legs, but it was worth it because we saw a turtle on our walk. After our walk we headed home for lunch and naps. We will be back again soon – we didn’t even play in the corn pit or feed the goats or ride the pedal tractors or visit the three little pigs houses. I think we’re really going to enjoy having season passes.
This afternoon we headed to our neighborhood farmers market for the last market of the season. I really wish the market would go later in the year, it’s still nice in September, and there is still plenty of produce to harvest. I picked up a tote bag (I have a tote bag addiction – they work so well as project bags) from the neighborhood association. I love being able to get a new tote bag and justify its purchase because I’m helping the neighborhood association.We had a picnic feast of all sorts of foods – a falafel wrap, a bean and cheese papusa, egg rolls and pad thai. We brought baklava home for John. The pad thai was awful, Elliot ate the eggs out and we threw the rest away.
I love it when we are able to spend most of the day outside. Warm, sunny weather and fresh air are good for my soul. So is not having to cook dinner. I hope your Tuesday was as joyful as mine.
It was a beautiful weekend in Des Moines. It was sunny and in the low 70s. Perfect for playing outside. We visited a park every day. This afternoon we went on a family bike ride to a park for a picnic and play time. Audrey was so excited she didn’t want to take off her helmet to eat. Elliot, meanwhile, refused to eat any food. He was not happy that we made him eat a few bites of chicken before he could run off to the playground.
Tonight, once the kids were tucked in, I got started on dinner for John and me – Pasta e Fagioli. I found the recipe in the latest issue of Cooks Country. Until I read the recipe the only think I knew about pasta fazool is that it was mentioned in the song That’s Amore. This soup is hearty and complex. John even liked it.
The soup is not pretty. I skipped the pancetta and chicken broth and used vegetable broth instead. I found that looking at knitting patterns while eating this soup was a perfect accompaniment. John preferred to pair the soup with buttered toast. To each their own.
I intended to have an ice cream sundae for dessert, as earlier in the day I made some of my Grandma Runchey’s hot fudge sauce. Sadly, I am too full from soup, so the ice cream will have to wait until tomorrow.
If you are craving a deep chocolate sauce on your ice cream I recommend this recipe. If you are looking for something chocolatey you can have a spoonful of when you have an intense craving for chocolate, I can also recommend this recipe. I use butter instead of oleo, because margarine isn’t my jam.
Well over 20 years ago my sister Mary-Claire gave me a cookbook with family recipes in it. She must have been in Jr. High at the time. I love that I get to see her writing when I make a recipe from the cookbook.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I hope your week is filled with delicious food and beautiful weather. Let’s make this week a good one.
Happy Wednesday! It has been raining for almost a week here in Des Moines. So far we have a dry basement. I love knitting in the rain. It feels so cozy to be working with yarn on a dreary day. It really should have been a productive week for me, but it really wasn’t.
I’m still working on the body of my sweater. I have about six rows of ribbing to go, then it is on to the sleeves. I hope I get there soon, as it is getting harder and harder to convince myself to pick it up and work on rows of ribbing that take 15 minutes to complete.
I would be on the sleeves by now, but I decided to start a pair of socks for travel knitting. I shouldn’t be working on the socks at home, but I’m picking them up and working on them. The yarn is Knit Picks Hawthorn in the Eliot colorway. The pattern is Up All Night Socks by Meanest Mommy Knits. It is an appropriate combination, as our Elliot was a horrible sleeper as a newborn and was up all night often. I love the pattern because it looks complicated but it is not. It’s easy to memorize, and I can take it with me to knit anywhere and not have a problem. It even went with me to knit night at the bar on Monday and I could still knit it after a pineapple moscow mule.
Please wish me luck finishing the body of my sweater. I’m ready to move on to the sleeves.
Labor Day weekend is over. Kids are back to school. Starbucks has pumpkin spice lattes. That seems like a good time to end the Summer Passport.
I loved having a summer passport this summer. There were weeks where I wanted to just stay home, but the passport got me out. We tried different things, instead of going to the same three parks over and over. I liked it so much I’m thinking about doing a fall passport too.
The passport included the following items. The items we completed are crossed out.
- Go to music class
Walk to farmers market
Play at a new park
Make Pudding pops
- Have a breakfast picnic
- Go berry picking
Eat on Patio at Saints (a kid friendly sports bar in our neighborhood)
Visit the Clive Library
Visit the Science Center
Walk around Gray’s Lake
- Decorate 4th of July cookies
Go out for ice cream
Go to the beach at Big Creek
Play at Riley Park
Play at Tower Park wading pool
Play at Beaverdale Park
- Swim at Ashby Park splash pad
Have a Dance Party
Play at Greenwood Park
Hike at Walnut Woods
- Hike at Browns Woods
Go to the zoo
- Visit the State Historical Building
Walk the River Walk with Uncle Todd
Visit Ivy’s farm
- Swim in a hotel pool
Bike to Breakfast
Visit McHenry Park
I didn’t start the Summer Passport until late June. Had I started it on Memorial Day I would have been able to include the State Historical Building, Ashby Park, hiking at Browns Woods, having a breakfast picnic and music class as we did all of those things earlier this summer. It’s fair to say that we’ve had a busy summer.
Last week, leading up to the end of the passport was even busier than normal. We crossed several items off the list: the beach at Big Creek, walking around Gray’s Lake, eating on the patio at Saint’s, and going on the river walk with Uncle Todd.
This week we are going to have to spend a few days getting errands run to make up for last week. It was a wonderful summer, and I hope next summer is even better.