Tuesday, September 16, 2008

How to Pick a Color for Next Knitting Project

You Are Mint Green

Balanced and calm, you have mastered the philosophy of living well.

Your friends seek you out for support, and you are able to bring stability to chaotic situations.

You're very open and cheerful - and you feel like you have a lot of freedom in life.

Your future may hold any number of exciting things, and you're ready for all of them!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Autumn Sunshine and Shadows Shawl

Something new to wear to school. I don't plan on going "back to school" shopping, so I scheduled some back to school knitting. A few more days and I won't see my needles again until the Christmas break.

I finished this shawl from "Knitting Lace Triangles" by Evelyn A. Clark.
The yarn is Sundara Sock Yarn in the Spiced colorway. I used one skein with about 10 grams left over. I added 3 beads to each scallop which you can see in the close up picture. The color of the yarn is darker than it appears in the pictures. It is a rusty orange.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Olympic Liesl is Finished!

No, not the swimmer, but my sweater.

The pattern is Liesl by Ysolda Teague.

The yarn is Aran Silky Merino by Sundara in the Celestial Clouds colorway, a spring color from last year's "Seasons" yarn club. I used 600 yards (3 skeins) of the yarn and the sweater was knit in 8 days on 7.0mm needles.

I found pretty handmade buttons with the colors of the yarn swirled inside. The sweater should be dry and blocked, with buttons attached, and ready for wear on this week's short vacation to the beach.

Be back soon!

Thursday, August 7, 2008


Have you seen the new online knitting magazine? Knotions.
Check it out!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Summer Knitting

Originally uploaded by cpaknit

I have been making good on the promise to myself to knit during my 8 week break from school. I finished my "Spring Forward" socks this weekend. I spent half of my knitting time squeezing the yarn to try to determine if I had enough to finish the second sock. Next time I will measure and wind the yarn into two skeins. It's not like I don't have the yarn meter to accomplish this.

I also started a "Sunshine and Shadows" triangle shawl from Evelyn A. Clark's "Knitting Lace Triangles". I ordered the book after finishing her Swallowtail Shawl. I gave the Swallowtail as a gift to a friend who was in need of a gift, and wanted to make myself something for fall. The "spiced" colorway of sock yarn from Sundara matches the leaf design and autumn feel perfectly.
Sundara's yarn are in demand, the last time I checked, she had no yarn available for sale. Luckily, I belong to her "Seasons Yarn club" and I haven't regretted signing up. I LOVE the shipments of yarn I receive, especially in the middle of the semester, even though I have no hope of doing anything with the yarn right away.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Swallowtail and Sundara

These two went perfectly together.

The yarn is Fingering silky merino from Sundara Yarn in Robin's Egg. I obtained the yarn as a member of the Season's Yarn Club. (I may not have time to shop for yarn while going to school, but I love getting my surprise packages from Sundara in the mail.) The yarn was a dream to work with and the color is beautiful.

The pattern is Swallowtail Shawl designed by Evelyn A. Clark. It took me about 2 weeks to knit this shawl, and I enjoyed the time knitting it. Perfect project for summer break.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

My blog account still exists!

Boy, that surprises me! I thought they (whoever "they" are) would have suspended it due to lack of posts - I haven't posted since the middle of January, 2008.

That's about the time I started the second semester of nursing school, along with tax season at work. Although I did have a short break and vacation between the spring and summer semester at school, posting to my blog was not top priority for those few days off. Those days were spent at the beach and pool in Marco Island, FL for a much needed get-away.

I doubled up on classes for the first summer semester in order to have a whole semester off before the last year of nursing school. So, after this Wednesday's final, I will have 8 whole weeks without studying and classes. (Wish I could get that many days away from work.)I've been dreaming of knitting, sewing and finishing my niece's wedding afghan. Now- I have to force myself to study for my final in pharmacology...... Just hold on a few more days.These pictures are of a few of the WIP's waiting patiently for me to get back to them. Can't wait to be a knitter again!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Happiness Project

In and among all the knitting blogs I read, I stumbled on "The Happiness Project". The link here is to today's post, "21 Phrases to Help You Fight Right with your Sweetheart".

As my DH and I are celebrating our 11th anniversary tomorrow, I thought it especially appropriate to read and share with you. If you have a chance, dig through the archives of the blog. Gretchen has written alot of encouraging words and I have found other supportive blogs within her links.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Your Heart Is Purple

For you, love is about establishing and developing a deep connection.

If it's true love, it brings you more wisdom and inner strength.

Your flirting style: Sincere

Your lucky first date: An afternoon at a tea house

Your dream lover: Is both thoughtful and expressive

What you bring to relationships: Understanding

Sunday, January 6, 2008

New Member of the Family

My new Grandcat, Peyton, adopted today.
He likes marabou.
And sitting on the bed next to the afghan I crocheted for my daughter.Don't mess with the afghan, little kitten.

ABC Along 2008

ABC Along 2008

Azalea in Winter

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Starting the New Year Off With a Post

The last few weeks have been hectic. Studying for finals kept me preoccupied in the beginning of December. Getting ready for and enjoying the holidays took up the end of the month.

One of the most meaningful gifts I received this holiday was this scarf, knitted for me by my youngest daughter, the first project she has ever knitted.Needless to say, I think it is absolutely beautiful.

I have also been busy knitting, trying to spend some time with my needles before class starts up again in the middle of January. I made small items for my children as Christmas gifts. For my youngest, I made a pair of Princess Mitts. For my first born, I knit a cabled headband. Both patterns came from "A Knitter's Book of Yarn" written by the wonderful Clara Parkes.

For my son I knitted the Maze hat. I used Cascade 220 and felted it a little to get the skullcap look he likes.

I also found time to knit myself a pair of Maine Morning Mitts, also from Clara's book. If you go back to my previous link to the book, you will find a free pattern for these fingerless gloves.
Blogger is acting up, I'm having trouble uploading some of my pictures. I will post pics of the girls' gifts in my next post.