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Making it up as I go

I’m making up my own striping sequence and so far I’m liking it.



On my needles

It doesn’t look like much yet but I’ve started my Spearmint Tea Shawl ( look back a few posts to see the shawl photo and link).



Off my needles

The Garter Rib blanket is done and cast off. It will need blocking but not now – I’ll put that off for some other time! I can’t believe this took me 2 months to knit!





I’m working on my blanket and Mom liked the one I was working on the last time I was here so I’m teaching her to make this one.



Casting on

Project: Drop Dead Gorgeous shawl
Book: Scarves and shawls for yarn lovers
Ravelry link

This will probably be boring to knit … All stockinette and then stitches are dropped during the bind off and a ribbon fringe is added. I think it will be something I can wear in GA and FL and right now, a boring knit is good!

I decided to finish sorting and packing up my yarn and knitting projects and found the ribbon that I’d planned to use for the fringe of this shawl. I have two, one’s lighter and one’s darker and I was going to wait until the shawl was done and pick one but I’m thinking I might combine them and use both. We’ll see.


I ended up with 5 bins for yarn and knitted items. I have some shawls that will be donated eventually and a bunch of projects that need ends woven in and blocking in one bin, one bin has yarn going to FL and the other 3 have yarn going to GA. I also sent a couple boxes to an internet friend who does donation knitting …. Sigh, my yarn stash is still bigger than I thought. The 3 bins going to GA are well sorted so I can find my blanket yarn, my sock yarn, my ‘really nice’ shawl yarn, and my everyday kind of yarn for hats, scarves, and shawls.

I set some skeins aside that I can hopefully wind into balls when I come back from FL to finish up the GA move. It’s nice to have them already wound and ready to cast on!

I’m heading upstairs to pack my clothing for FL. Two suitcases and hopefully one box will do it. The winter stuff will go to GA.


Cuddle time

We made good progress this weekend and I am almost done with the FL packing with 2 days to spare. I do have a couple hours worth of packing left before we head to VA for a week but I’m in good shape plus a lot of the GA packing has also been done and I’ll still have a couple weeks to finish that up before the movers come when I get back from FL.

So … Chesty got some cuddle time tonight and I got some knitting in. I even wove all the ends in rather than just setting it aside to do later!

It’s not a large blanket but it’s a good size for a car seat or stroller.




I must be crazy

With all the craziness that will be June, I must be crazy to even think about participating in Camp Loopy this summer but I am … thinking about it.

Project One: needs to be knit or crocheted between 6/1 and 6/30 (with a photo of the completed project uploaded to our Project One Photo Gallery by 7/1).

The Challenge for Project One – Find a project that reminds you of one of your favorite books, TV Shows, or movies. It can be based on a character, or a scene, or colors, or names, or however you’d like to interpret your love of that book/show/movie. We look forward to hearing you share your stories about what you picked and why! This first project must have a minimum of 400 yards, used in one project. (Not sets of things, like matching hats or shawls. However, a pair of socks or a pair of mittens DOES count!)

So the show that came to mind was the series Lark Rise to Candleford that I watched about a year ago on Amazon Prime. I loved the shawls they wore.

If I participate, it will have to be with some “conditions”. I will not participate with the Ravelry Camp Loopy group online. I don’t have time for that! There will be no pressure to actually finish.

Again if I participate, here’s the shawl I’ll make


And here’s the yarn I’ll use. (Yes, I did order more yarn) If I participate in July and August I’ll try to use yarn from stash.


I’ve already made this shawl once and really enjoyed knitting it. My intention was to donate this one but I haven’t worn the other one so maybe I’ll keep this one. If I participate.


I’m better at starting than finishing

I should be weaving the ends in and blocking the yellow blanket but instead I started the next one. This is a simple garter stitch blanket knit corner to corner. Mindless knitting is just what I need these days and it’s been hard to make myself set it aside so I can finish the binding on April’s UFO.


We’ve had a rainy day with snow mixed in …. Which is why I’m still sitting under a quilt even though tomorrow is the last day of April.


On my needles

I worked a little on the ribbed scarf on my trip but I’m back to work on the Feather and Fan blanket today. I might even finish the knitting this month and check it off my list if I’m lucky!




I seem to use this excuse a lot for starting new knitting projects but I’m getting ready to travel again and I’m not sure I want to carry the yellow blanket to work on because it’s getting big. Well it’s not terribly big but a smaller project like a scarf might be easier to work on while I’m on the plane.

I find I spend as much time looking at potential projects as I actually spend knitting and after a week of looking at scarf projects, I grabbed this ribbed one that I’d bought as a kit 2 or 3 years ago and cast it on tonight after working at the library.


I added a couple other scarves to the queue during my search but this one met my need for a mindless knit and the yarn was already wound into balls.

The yellow blanket is more than 2/3’s done so don’t worry, it won’t end up as a UFO and I’ll be back to work on it when I get home.

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