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I’m so close to finishing Salina – Everything is blocked, and I’m currently working on the collar. Just have the seaming and cuffs left – yay!! So far I”m really happy with how it turned out although I’m a bit worried it may be a bit too small. I may have to do some serious blocking to get it to not be so snug, but I’m pretty sure this will work as I was conservative on how I blocked each individual piece (i.e. not stretching it out too much). Hopefully I’ll have some finished pictures next week.
Of course as I’m on the cusp of finishing one project I’m trying to decide what to start next. I’ve swatched for both Green Gable and the Auburn Camp Shirt…I’ll probably start the latter of the two as I have the needles for it. I plan on purchasing the Knit Picks Options set for Green Gable as it will require 4 different cirs I do not have, and although I love Addi’s I really don’t want to spend the money on 4 pairs where I can spend the same amount on an Options set.
I’m also close to finishing a sock for my pal Elin, but that’s my travel knitting. I’ve also got to start an Elijah for my friend’s baby shower in early May, and I want to start another pair of socks for me. So much to knit!
I started a challenge on the Stash and Burn board on Ravelry called the April Spring Cleaning Challenge. This is a challenge to reduce one’s stash by 1000 yards for the month, with a minimum of knitted yarn at 750 yards. I have already failed at this challenge as I have purchased several thousands yards through the Webs Anniversary Sale, and I also picked up a few skeins of Malabrigo at Imagiknit in San Francisco. In order to counteract these purchases I’m destashing some yarn. Here’s a peek at what I’m parting with:
From the top left and across: Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora (14), Trio Crystal Palace (2 in 2 different colors), Natural Dye Studio Sock Yarn, Ashabee’s Fiber Oasis Sock, Luoisa Harding Favre (in 2 different colors), All Things Heather sock yarn, Claudia Hand Painted Sock, J Knits Softee Alpaca, Perfect Day Self-Striping Sock, The Knittery Slim Sock (in 2 different colors).
I need to get rid of some yarn, so make me an offer!! I have these up on my trade/sell page on Ravelry, but if you are one of the few knitters out there that is not on Ravelry, just leave a comment and I’ll let you know if its available!
Pattern: Basic 60 stitch Stockinette Socks (8 sts/in)
Needles: US Size 1 circular
Yarn: sKNITches Syncopation Self-Striping Sock Yarn – 1 skein
Mods: Turkish Cast-on (16 sts casted on), afterthought heel.
I love these! Especially that I was able to match up the stripey stripes. So much fun! I added some calf increases in the back, and used a stretchy bind-off. I thought the afterthought heel was perfect for the self-striping goodness. I used almost all of the skein with just a few grams left over. Oh, and the yarn felt more like cotton or bamboo than wool, which surprised me, but was still stretchy like wool. I also tried magic loop for the first time on these socks – Love it!!! (please ignore the long hair in the middle photo – I shed like crazy!!)
I am now knitting up the first sleeve on Salina. About half way through with that, so I’m hoping to have it finished by next weekend. I’m not allowing myself to cast-on for any other sweaters until I finish Salina, so that’s all I’ve been working on. I’ve also got a sock going, but its a secret on the yarn and pattern so I won’t be able to reveal for a month or so (once the recipient receives it!!)
That’s my Japanese Maple. Its absolutely stunning. And huge – I’d say 10 feet tall. It just loves where it resides in my backyard, and is growing like crazy. I swear its grown 2 feet since last year at least.
Don’t you love it when everything in your garden start to bud and bloom? I have just spent the last 2 days working in my garden. Wow, that is some back breaking work. Especially when you have crab grass everywhere, and you decide to reorganize a LOT or your garden. I moved so many things around – with my dad’s help. I purchased my house from a couple who loved their garden. I have some unusual plants, most of which I’m unfamiliar. But I know they threw down a pretty penny as I have heard some of these plants are pricey. One thing that I have discovered is that the spots where they originally planted some stuff has become a not so great spot, especially since they have grown to humongous proportions. I need to do some more moving around, but with more help so that is going to be project for next year.
So, my dad and I moved two rose bushes and removed some plants that I ended up not liking, whether it be their location or how they were growing, or the fact that I could put something prettier there. I was flowers dammit, not just bushed everywhere. In fact I almost got rid of a couple of Salvia bushes but once my dad tied them up so they were vertical, I was much happier with it. I love it now since I can actually add some flowers to the flower bed in the front of my house. I also had my roses bushes cut waaaaay back, to the point where they are very stubby, but there are little new growths all over it, so I’m super excited! Anyway, here’s what’s about to pop in my garden:
I have no idea what this plant it (or I did but can’t remember), so if you know let me know!!
Butterfly Rose bush
Again, I can’t remember. Peonies!! It blooms these huge beautiful flowers once a year.
And some Wysteria.
I also planted some veggies. Four tomato plants – 2 cherry, 1 grape, and 1 celebrity variety, and I think I might add one more. I also planted an orange bell pepper, a sweet banana pepper, and a jalepeno pepper. I created a little herb garden which includes some basil and cilantro at the moment, and I’ll add some Turkish parsley, probably some dill, and if I run out of room for potted veggies, some Turkish peppers. Here’s my tomato plant ready to start growing:
And my strawberries came back, and I’ve got some fruit about to turn red!
I’m going to try and post about my garden regularly throughout the spring and summer, because I really want to go out there every weekend, even for just an hour or two. I have a lot of work back there and I’m determined to keep up with it this year instead of it getting out of control and then me being scared to see the damage. Plus, I will get you mosquitoes, I promise. I got some lovely organic killer all ready to go!
That’s what I am. I stay up waaaay too late, especially on the weekends, and then my whole week is messed up. Its not until I have to wake up super early for a flight or a meeting when I get back on schedule, but usually only for a few days or a week, then I’m back to staying up late. Normally I’d be knitting right now, but I’ve been knitting for hours and I just can’t do it anymore today. And plus I feel like I’ve been neglecting my poor little blog!
Update on my knitting…I finished all of the major gifts I had to finish for March on time, so I found myself at the end of March with some freedom to choose!! I had 2 socks on the needles that I ended up frogging…the Nutkin socks and Leyburn which I never even posted about here. I plan on restarting the Leyburn socks with an additioanl 5 stitches, as soon as I’m done with these:
I love them. This is a basic stockinette sock over 60 stitches in sKNITches Syncopation Self-Striping Sock Yarn in Collegiate. I had been stalking the sKNITches website for weeks when I finally discovered that I could have the yarn custom dyed, so I ordered!!! I was in need of a mindless sock after the insanity that is called Bayerische. One of the things I love most about this is the afterthought, or peasant, heel. Love love love it. Its perfect for self striping sock yarn. I’ve got one sock finished and am just past the toe on the second.
I also picked up Salina again. Its another mindless knit – all stockinette, and its turning out great so far (I think). I’ve got the back knit up and plan on starting the front tomorrow.
I also swatched for the Auburn Camp Shirt today. I’m going to use JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 in Ruby (more red!)! I missed the Project Spectrum boat and I’m a month behind…Every time I look at yarns I’m drawn to the reds. I’m hoping this will change soon or I may have red yarn everywhere!!
An update on life – I’m soooo glad March is over. That was one crazy month. It took me a week to recover!!! I do miss my niece though…I cna’t wait to see her when my sister and her husband come to visit in May for Mother’s Day. I still do a lot of traveling this month, but at least they are to cool cities – San Fran, Seattle, and Portland. I’m going to try and check out Artfibers when I’m in San Fran just to see what it is all about as Nicole and Jenny of Stash and Burn talk about it all the time (well, they did last year as I’m still listening to the old podcasts!)! Oh, and if you are interested in burning through your stash, I have set up a challenge on the Stash and Burn Ravelry group here. You can win yarn!!!
I also started taking Bikram Yoga and it has totally changed my body. I need to buy another 10 session package, its really worth the $$. I’m going to be planting some tomato and pepper plants tomorrow in my garden, with maybe a cucumber plant too. I was so excited to see my strawberries are already blooming!!!
I got a new iPod as my ancient one finally died. Oh, and I bought a swift which has made a HUGE difference in ball winding. My sock yarn stash has grown exponentially. Oh, and I’m going to see Radiohead in May – pit tickets baby!!!
Ok, I’m pooped. Catch you guys later.
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Needles: US Size 0 DPN’s
Wow, these took forever. The cables are beautifully constructed, and I love how knitting through the back look made the cables “pop” so well. I knit these for the Sock Knitters Anonymous Sockdown Challenge on Ravelry, and am so glad I did…its like climbing Mount Everest!!! I was shocked that I didn’t use up more yarn – I knit 4 repeats on the leg and 5.5 repeats on the foot (for my huge feet), and thought I would have needed over 400 yards minimum, especially after reading so many Ravelers had ran out of yarn. I’m thinking it has to do with the twist of the yarn and the fact that’s its very light, because normally these socks would gobble up yarn!! I will say that once you get through the first sock the second one flies off the needles!! Verdict – extremely happy!!
I have another FO to report, but I’ll wait to do that tomorrow. I heart instant gratification knits!
I’m trying to clean up my hibernating WIP’s…I’ve got 2 pairs of socks that I need to get out of the way, in addition to Salina which has taken a back burner to all the gifs knit in March. Although I will say I’m CRAVING to knit something springy/summery, so i checked out my Ravelry queue and have some great tops to knit with for already in the stash. Of course I couldn’t reisit buying some new yarn – its actually for a project I’m dying to cast on for – the Auburn Camp Shirt in the new IK. I know, I’m crazy for wanting to knit a top in lace, but its a top I’d totally wear over and over, so I got some JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk yarn coming to me! In the meantime, I’m thinking either Green Gable, Sizzle, or Glee. Suggestions are welcome!!!