May Blanket Progress

How on earth is tomorrow the first of June? The blanket continues to progress. I’ll need to order more sparkly black yarn before the end of June. I really enjoy this project. You would think that four and a half years after I started working on a square a day I would be sick of it, but I’m not. A square is part of my morning routine (coffee, square, cook breakfast), and I really enjoy it.

Thankful Saturday

I’m thankful for beautiful weather. I’m thankful we have a good climbing tree in the back yard. I’m thankful that Ellio learned how to pump his own swing (this will probably be mentioned all summer because it is so awesome). I’m thankful my woolies came over for a yarn winding party (we are getting pretty good about staying at least six feet apart while knitting). I’m thankful my kids love car washes after years of being terrified of them. I’m thankful John’s parents were able to attend his sisters wedding today. I’m thankful we will be able to celebrate with her later this year. I’m thankful my kids are almost asleep so I can watch knitting podcasts and knit.

New Yarn!

If you have been a reader here for some time, you may recall that my friend Jess and I do a very tiny self-striping sock club. We take turns selecting and buying self-striping yarn to make matching socks. It all started with our Green Bay socks, followed by the Mondim socks, and most recently it was the Gothic Rainbow socks.

Jess and I recently met up to knit with Ivy over six feet apart in lawn chairs in Ivy’s yard. She gave me our newest yarn, which I can’t wait to knit up.

The yarn is Mint Rain Hand Dyed Yarns (a new to me dyer) in the colorway Christmas in Whoville. I love the teal and pink mixed in with the reds and greens. I can wait to get started on these in July for the Christmas in July sock KAL (info on the KAL coming next month).

Monday is June 1, which is the start of Pride month. I would love it if you would join me in knitting rainbow socks to show the LGBTQ community we stand with them. I’ll be sending a progress keeper or stitch marker to anyone who joins the KAL.

I hope you have a great weekend. I hope it brings you beautiful yarn and time to knit.

WIP Wednesday

Well, I can’t very well start a pair of socks, what with the Pride Sock KAL starting next Monday. I can’t knit on a sweater outside without getting incredibly hot. There was only one thing to do.

Grab a skein of lace weight from the stash (it helps if you find a nice Romeldale Suri Alpac blend). CO some stitches stitches. K2, YO, K to 2 stitches before end of row, YO, K2. On the other side K2, K1 TBL, knit to next YO, K1 TBL, K2. Repeat those two rows. Congratulations! You are knitting a triangle.

Now, as I was winding this yarn there was an incident.

The incident led me to throw away my swift and about 50 g of yarn. Great news: I have a new swift coming (thanks to Karen for the tip about American made swifts sold at the Loopy Ewe).

Because of the incident, I don’t know if I’ll have enough yarn for a triangle shawl. If I don’t, when I realize I’m going to be short I’ll start knitting in the round and make it a shawl cowl thingy. Either way it will be fine.

I expect this shawl and/or cowl to be on the needles for years as it is already boring to knit. It will, however, be a great mindless piece to keep around for interesting television, good conversations, or hanging out with my Woolies (we get so chatty I forget to pay attention to my knitting).

Tasty Tuesday

I’m still baking, but it is mostly repeats at this point. I continue to make all of our sandwich bread. I’ve made biscuits and banana bread. I can’t stop making cinnamon swirl bread.

I’ll probably stop baking as much now that summer is almost here. I try not to turn my oven on because it heats up my whole house.

Have you been baking lately?