WIP Wednesday

OK, it’s not Wednesday, but I was out really late last night and didn’t get a post written. I was at an Indigo Girls concert, which really brought me back to my college days. I forgot to bring my knitting, which I was kicking myself for when there was 30 minutes between the opening act and the real show.

I’ve been doing some knitting this week, primarily on my socks. They are easy to knit and really fun to see progressing. I’m done with the gusset and hope to finish the foot in the car tomorrow. I live in a dream world where I can accomplish ALL OF THE KNITTING on a three hour drive.

My sweater has been ignored most of this week. I have attached the pocket linings, which was exciting. I now have about 9 inches to go before I get to do anything interesting to it again. I think we’re looking at our newest Finishing Friday project.

I’ve started to love the baby sweater. This is some of my last Garden Wool & Dye Company yarn, and working with it makes me realize how much I will miss her yarn. The yarn is dyed with indigo and osage orange, making for some nice variation. I’m looking forward to seeing the lace blocked. I need to find buttons for this sweater, but I suppose I don’t need to start worrying about that until I start the button band.

I’m heading off to a craft weekend tomorrow, and my hope is to finish this sweater. I have a lot of hopes for the weekend – I’m packing about 10 projects. Apparently I don’t plan on sleeping.

More Yarn

My in-laws just returened from a trip to Italy. They had us over for dinner last night to catch up and fill us on on their trip. They were kind enough to bring me some yarn from Florence. It is beuatufut merino sport weight yarn. I think I’ll make a color work cowl out of this yarn, as they colors are so pretty together.

Sock it to Me Monday

Sparkly yarn knits up almost as fast as striped yarn. I’m ready for the heel flap on sock one. I was able to get a lot of knitting done while chatting with my cousin this weekend.

The last time I knit this pattern I found it a little difficult to remember where I was at. This time it is easy. The difference? I no longer have a 2 and 3 year old. All knitting is easier now.

In non-sock related knitting news, I wound the self patterning yarn today. It is an argyle cake. I think I’ll be casting on tonight because I can’t wait to see it knit up.

I hope you are staying warm today. We woke up to this:

At least I have knitting and caramel apple cider to keep me warm.

Vacation Yarn Doesn’t Count

I spent the weekend visiting my cousin in Lawrence, KS. In addition to entertaining four kids, going to parades, and exploring the fabric shop of my dreams, I was able to pick up some yarn. I chose to ignore my yarn diet rules and picked up some yarn that I’m not counting against my earned yarn.

At The Yarn Barn I found a skein of yarn from Feederbrook Farm that came with a pattern. The yarn knits up into a pattern similar to argyle when knit into a scarf or cowl. I have no need for a scarf or a cowl, but the yarn facinates me, it is BFL, and the pattern name is Darwinian Evolution (I love a good pattern name).

At the farmers market I stumbled upon Pinwheel Farm, where a sheperdess sat spinning wool into yarn. I stopped to talk to her about her flock, and she went into great detail about her sheep. The primary breed started out as CVM, but she bred into the stock other breeds that are better for the climate of Kansas and other breeds that are better meat producers. I emjoyed talking with her so much I picked up a 300 g skein of fingering weight yarn. I have no idea what I’ll use the yarn for, but I will be happy to have it in my stash to look at and remember the nice trip we had.

Do you buy yarn on vacation? What do you usually pick up as a souvineer?

Thankful Saturday

I’m thankful for cousins that live a few hours away. I’m thankful for visits with family. I’m thankful for cousins who realize that if we put a Stinky and Dirty Show on a phone our four kids will sit quietly the entire time we wander around an amazing fabric store.

I’m thankful for cousins who volunteer to take our kids to the playground so I get time in the yarn store alone.

I’m thankful for yarn stands at farmer’s markets.

I’m thankful for Veteran’s Day parades. I’m thankful for Veteran’s.

I’m thankful for parks with trains.

I’m thankful for November days in the 60s.

I’m thankful for November.

WIP Wednesday

It has been a busy week, so I haven’t been knitting as much. It has also been too cold to knit on the playground, so that has cut back on my mindless knitting.

The Farmhouse Cardigan continues to grow slowly. I am almost to the point where I attach the pocket lining, so it feels like I’m making progress. I don’t love working on this project, but I think I’ll love wearing it so I keep plugging away.

I am working away on the baby sweater. The pattern I’m using is The Gift. I am not going to do the lace ribbing, because I think that is too much. A simple rib will be better for this.

I cast on a pair of Vanilla Latte socks last night. I only have a few rounds of ribbing done, but I’m hoping to make progress on these soon. I’m heading to Kansas the next two weekends, so I’m sure I’ll get some car knitting done.

What have you been working on this week? I keep wanting to knit sweaters. Is there anything you are in the mood to knit?