I finished two pairs of slippers for my MIL this week. She loves felted slippers and is knitworthy. Even if she wasn’t, I would make her anything she asked for, as she provides free babysitting at least once a week. Also she drinks wine with me. And she is making a quilt for my sister because I asked her to make one. So, when she asked me to make her slippers and then bought me yarn from Jan’s Yarn Barn I knew I needed to get them made.
I used the Duffers Revisited pattern and Ella Rae worsted wool held double. I really don’t like knitting felted slippers, so I knit them very quickly so the projects weren’t looming over me.
In non-knitting news, I’m now fully vaccinated and ready to roll. The kids and I have been enjoying trips to the zoo and playdates with a homeschool group. We’re flying high on spring, walking without a boot, and the feeling of freedom.
I’m still working on my Throughstone sweater. I love knitting socks, so you would think I would enjoy knitting long tubes. You would be wrong. I’m working on this for 30 minutes a day and making slow progress. At least I’m to my second sleeve. If I can just get this done it will be no time before I’m working on the fun colorwork part.
I made my cousin a bonnet. She has the kind of style that can pull off a bonnet. I do not. I tried on the bonnet. It was not a good look.
The pattern is Beloved by Tin Can Knits and the yarn is Ewe Turn Dyeworks DK in the colorway The Grass is Always Greener. This is the best I could do in capturing this color. It is so bright and joyful in real life, but it doesn’t come across on camera. I love the color.
I spent the weekend on the Mississippi with my parents and siblings. It was incredibly relaxing. I cast on a pair of socks about a two hours into our drive to the river. I cast them off last night. I love sport weight socks.
The yarn is from the April, 2021 Knit Spin Farm Yarn Club in the World Plant a Vegetable Garden Day (May 19) colorway. The colors represent eggplant, carrots, snow peas, spinach, and sweet corn. The yarn is 90% Superwash Targhee and 10% Nylon. It is my favorite base. I love being in the sock club. It feels like I have a new favorite pair of socks every month.
Today I spent the day exploring Pella, IA with my MIL. I was headed there for my second Moderna vaccine, so we decided to make a day of it to celebrate. After my jab we had a day of mask on exploration.
We visited the quilt store.
We visited one of the many Dutch bakeries in town.
We looked at the tulips.
Pella does not have a yarn shop, so we headed up to Newton to check out Jan’s Yarn Barn. I had never been to that store, but I will be back. I picked up some yarn for an upcoming shawl, two pairs of slippers for my MIL, and some alpaca sock yarn. The shop owner threw in the fuzzy cake of yarn. She likes to throw in skeins from yarn reps to share with her customers.
It was fun to be out exploring today. It was a nice change of pace.