Study Hall Shawl

I finished my Study Hall Shawl last week. It might be the shawl that makes me a shawl person. I love it.20180823_1411068200878794325745035.jpg I’m so glad I used my Garden Wool & Dye Company yarn for this project. They are not colors I normally wear, but due to encouragement from AJ I decided to give it a shot. I think I’ll pick up a gray or black long-sleeved t-shirt and wear my shawl all winter long.

I wanted to block it in the sun, as it would dry in a few hours. After ruling out the back yard (Wrigley would run over it), the front yard (I didn’t want my neighbors to think I was crazy), and my driveway (I was hoping to leave the house that morning) I decided to use our small storage shed on the patio. 20180823_1102495466156871231205118.jpg

The shawl is bigger than the shed making it difficult to pin the shawl in place to block. Feeling lazy, I decided to try weighing down the corners with binder clips and hoping for the best. 20180823_1102201510565182295827340.jpg

It worked, and I’ll probably try that technique again. The corners weren’t as perfect as they would have been if I pinned them in place, but they are close enough not to bug me.

I had so much fun knitting this shawl. I might have to knit another shawl to see if the fun can be repeated.

Off the Needles: Grace Hopper Socks

The kids and I are headed up to Cedar Falls for a few days later this morning. I know John will miss us, so I wanted to leave him with something to make his afternoon better: fresh off the needles socks.20180813_1021351857550536698080672.jpg

Pardon the photo taken in direct sunlight. The yarn really looks closer to what was pictured in my post from last Wednesday. The yarn is the Grace Hopper colorway from Yarn Geek Fibers. The yarn was beautiful to work with, and I’m happy that I have another skein of her yarn in my stash.

I’m going to see what life is like without a pair of socks on my needles. I always have a pair in progress, but so far my shawl is so easy I can pick it up and put it down just like socks.

I hope your week starts with a completed project too. Even if I accomplish nothing for the rest of the week I’ll still feel like I did something.

 

SYSKO Update: It’s done!

I finished the scrap yarn shawl knock off! I love how it turned out. It’s incredibly warm and cozy. I was so excited I took pictures when the house was covered in every toy from the play kitchen, trucks, and books. Please ignore my floor.

I will probably be making one of these for myself. When I do, I will be casting on 100 stitches instead of 110. I think shorter sleeves would suit me as my kids leave most surfaces in my house sticky and I don’t want to drag a sleeve through muck.

I had a lot of fun working with Mary-Claire to determine what she wanted and picking the color order. I loved creating the pattern and using my knitting skills to build a basic wrap on my own. It was very rewarding.

Finished Socks

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I finished my vanilla latte socks today. I love how they look. I love how one of them fits. I somehow made the second sock two or four rows shorter than the first sock. I was impatient to finish them, so instead of really looking at the fit or comparing them to the first sock I started the toe. I have other socks that are that snug, so it won’t be a problem. It’s just an annoyance. I’m sure I’ll get over it. Eventually.

Now I’m off to work on my scrap yarn shawl knock off or start another pair of socks. I’ll see where the mood takes me.

WIP Wednesday: 23/52

Summer continues to be crazy and I continue to forget to pick up my knitting. I’m 2 days behind on my scrap yarn blanket. The sock I was going to finish last Wednesday night? That didn’t happen until Sunday. I don’t even have the ribbing done on the second sock yet.

I did manage to finish the hot pink scarf. It was well received. She was a little distracted when I made her take pictures, but I can assure you it did make her smile.

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Please note the old bunny slippers she wears whenever we visit my parents. 

I have high hope for getting a lot of knitting done this weekend. Saturday Ivy and I are heading to the Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival. I think being around the sheep, producers, and vendors will get me excited to pick up my knitting. I also think I’ll blow through my 300 g of allotted yarn from my yarn diet. I’m pretty sure I’ll go over that, but I am OK with that as long as I make it up by the end of the year.

I hope you are pleased with your crafting progress. You won’t judge me if I buy too much yarn, will you?

Thursday

I am so happy it’s nap time. We’ve had a big morning. I’m ready for a nap myself, but before I sleep I thought I would share our morning with you.

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My mom found an electric griddle for me at her church garage sale. Pancakes have never been so easy to make. I can also see a grilled cheese party in my future.

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Audrey now fits into one of the cutest outfits my niece ever wore. She will be in her strawberry outfit most of the summer.

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I put my blanket on my bed to continue drying. It is so pretty I had to share it again. It is probably the last time I will make you look at it. Unless you are at my house, and then you are for sure looking at it.

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I took the kids out to lunch with friends to celebrate my friends daughter finishing her year of preschool. The good news is both kids enjoy Indian food. The bad news is they were horrible. It’s like we never let them out of the house. On my to do list for this summer is to get them out more so they learn to behave. That or we aren’t going out to eat again until they are in high school.

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In addition to the rest of our morning I finished my socks. They are currently blocking. If Audrey ever falls asleep I’ll be casting on Vanilla Latte Socks this afternoon (thanks for the tip, Karen!).

Now if you will excuse me, I’m off to cast on some socks or nap. I’m not entire sure which I will choose.