WIP Wednesday

I’m currently working on two projects. I do not have any socks on the needles, which makes me feel a bit twitchy, so I might be casting on a pair tonight.

On Friday I’m planning on picking up my Everyday Shawl and working it as my Finishing Fridays project. I like the shawl, but I’m working with two skeins at once, so I keep putting it off. It’s time for me to finish it and move on.

I am at the point in the Farmhouse Cardigan where I’m thinking “Dear God, What have I done??” The body is worked in one piece and there is a lot of 1 x 1 ribbing. So. Much. Ribbing. Did you know that I’m a thrower? We are really slow with ribbing. The good news is both sleeves are done, as are the pocket linings, so it is just a matter of forcing myself to pick it up and knit on it. It cannot go into hibernation, as it would mean I have two green cardigans in hibernation, and that is just excessive.

I finished my Twizzler socks yesterday. They were knit with yarn that I bought at the Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival this year. I am keeping a project with yarn purchased at the festival on the needles at all times until I’ve worked my way through the yarn. If I finish all of the yarn before the next festival I can feel a little less guilty about going wild there.

I decided to put two skeins of Garden Wool & Dye DK dyed with indigo and Osage orange to use and knit up another baby sweater for Mary-Claire’s baby. I’m not sure I love the pattern, so I might tear this out and try something new. Until I’ve decided I’m sticking with the pattern it’s no use sharing the name of it. This yarn is a joy to work with, even if there is a lot of crocking from the indigo.

Do you watch any knitting podcasts that are entertaining enough to keep my mind occupied when knitting on the Farmhouse Cardigans? I only watch a few and I’m looking to branch out. Please let me know what you like to watch.

Sock It To Me Monday

Before you read this post I would like you to do two things. First, pretend it is Monday. Second, click on this link and mentally prepare yourself for what you are about to see.

My Twizzler socks are finished! I love how they turned out. The pattern really plays well with the yarn, Quirky Fiber Werks 4 Ply in the perfectly named Razzle Berry colorway. It is amazing how fast these knit up when I actually picked them up and worked on them.

Pet Parade

After enjoying spending time on a working farm on Saturday, Audrey and I spent Sunday afternoon in the East Village of Des Moines to enjoy the yearly pet parade. I don’t think we could have found activities more opposite if we had tried. We are lucky we have the opportunity to explore so much of our town.

Fall Farm Visit

Yesterday the kids and I headed 20 minutes out of town to visit Ivy. She lives on a farm just outside of Des Moines. The kids spent time visiting with all of the cattle, goats (dairy & meat), cats, and chickens. After checking out the animals the kids checked out the swing set. Ivy and I sat down and knit a bit. You can’t beat knitting outside on a crisp day.