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Cast off, cast on

The feather and fan blanket is finished. It just needs a light blocking and it will be donated. 

The Madison Scarf has been cast on. Both are free patterns on Ravelry. 

More mistakes

I don’t have a photo but I managed to make a mistake in my feather and fan blanket while we were gone – I’m not good at knitting and talking! Instead of starting something new in the meantime, I pulled out this old, old UFO and knit a little while on it tonight. I’m so used to knitting on circulars that the straight needles were a little awkward to handle. 

When I went to check my database, I realized that I’m piecing a lot more than usual – normally I just have 12-13 new starts all year but I’ve already hit that number and it’s just May. Partly because I’m making smaller ones that can be quilted here in FL. 

I also managed about an hour in the sewing room today and got a couple more blocks made. Tomorrow afternoon my new Koala cabinet will be delivered. I wasn’t quite ready for it as they said it would take 4-6 weeks but I’ll make do – we’re going to move the day bed into the other room but not until they’re finished with the bathrooms and we get the bedroom furniture delivered. 

On my needles

It doesn’t look like much yet but I’m making progress on the blanket. 

Pattern – Feather and Fan, free on Ravelry

Needles – size 8 US

Yarn – Cascade 220 Superwash – a purple heather


A quiet weekend

Keith’s getting ready to travel this week so we had a quiet weekend. It was nice to have the house to ourselves without the workers here but they’ll be back in the morning to resume work on the bathroom. 

I did mange to finish all the blocks for the 9 patch quilt and started assembling the top and I finished knitting the hat for Maureen in the same yarn as the scarf I made her. I love how neat the decreases look in this pattern. Click the link for the free pattern on Ravelry. 


She wanted it longer than the one I made Mom so it’s a little slouchy.  

My goals for the week will be to finish assembling the 9 patch quilt and write up instructions for the website, pin baste one of the tumbler tops from Maine and get it quilted. 

Off my needles

I love the subtle variations in this hand dyed yarn. This one is a gift for my sister and I’ll be making her a hat from the same yarn. 

Pattern – Yowza shawl #1 but with a ribbed vs a ruffled edge

Needles – size 9

Yarn – Miss Babs Yowza yarn


On my needles

I find quilting very intuitive. I can look at many quilts and know how to make them without instructions – helpful since I like remaking vintage quilts but with knitting I usually follow a pattern from beginning to end – except tonight. I made two scarves for Mom and my sister wants the wingspan of one with the ribbed edging of the other so I’m trying to combine the two patterns without messing up. It’s not all that difficult but they do use slightly different methods of increasing. I’ve put a lifeline in and have doubled my stitches, let the ribbing begin!


Do you like purple?!

I seem to lean toward reds and purple accents for my wardrobe. I don’t know if I’ll keep this scarf but I’m liking it!


Off my needles

Needing blocking to open up the lace but off the needles today – project details here

Now that I’ve got Mom’s move behind me, it’s time to focus on getting the townhouse here into shape. First up we need quotes on updating the two upstairs bathrooms and we want some shelves built in around the fireplace in what we’re calling the library. The carpenter and contractor were both in today and now we’re just waiting for quotes – hopefully quotes that won’t break the bank because there’s plenty more to be done around here. 

On my needles

I worked hard getting Mom moved but don’t feel sorry for me. I enjoyed a quiet afternoon and evening here at the hotel – knitting, reading, and napping – and I have a week at home before heading off to Hawaii for vacation.

Pattern – Interlude 

Needles – size 6

Yarn – Wolle’s color changing cotton


Off my needles

I knit well into the evening and finished my scarf. 

Pattern – Falling Birch Leaves

Needles – size 9

Yarn – Wollmeise Twin – fingering

I’ll get it blocked when I get home and hopefully gifted in Feburary.