Monday, March 10, 2014

Drafting (Again)

I've been working on the 11 inch size again.  Selfishly, I wanted this size to be more like my own favourite 12 inch style...a bit curvier and a bit more flared.   I need to re-design the shape of the core to match those flares, and it needs to be a tiny bit narrower, then it will be ready for 
testers and feedback.





Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Yarn Along ~ A Turmeric Heathered



knitting:

I'm well past the sleeve division on my Heathered cardigan.  I've had it on my mind for a long time and was adamant that it be a sweater that will get lots of use so I wanted the fit to be just right.  I got my gauge on US 6, but then I started knitting and doubting myself....thinking I'm much bigger than I actually am.  I should have continued to knit it on the 6's, instead I jumped to my US 7's.  I just hope it doesn't block to be much too big.  The pattern is very well written and I've been reading a KAL I found for this pattern and it's been tremendously helpful.

Also, I think I'll be casting on one or two pilot hats for a customer.  Both projects will allow for some easy knitting over the upcoming March break.


reading:

I started The Pilot's Wife this week, it's a much easier read than my last novel.

Monday, March 3, 2014

birthday baking





 A double batch of Applesauce cake (because it used up the whey and homemade applesauce I had in the fridge).   Plus peanut butter cookies, since the oven was on already.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Yarn Along :: Organization




::knitting::  

I've been feeling dissatisfied with my latest knitting projects.  I took a break and organized my most often used knitting notions (looking at my picture I see that project bags would also make my knitting basket tidier).  I decided to re-visit a simple pattern I knit for my daughters third birthday.  I wrongly blamed the pattern and have realized it was the yarn that made for the poor fit of my first In Threes sweater.   I'm moving along well on this version, I'm going to add sleeves to extend the project.  There's also a swatch for a Heathered Cardigan and I'm really (really) excited to start it.


::reading::

I'm half way through The God of Small Things.  After a library book sale and a visit to my sisters I have a nice big stack of novels to choose my next read from. 

Joining Ginny for a Yarn Along

Thursday, February 13, 2014

gifting


 a shiny ribbon dress and crown for a niece who just turned four


 a retro inspired turtle print baby blanket and burp cloth




recycled sweater mitts & strawberry jam for a wonderful teacher



Valentines Day gifts for the kids (extra bonus: when the boys outgrow those slippers, they'll be mine!)





Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tuesday



~fresh yogurt waiting to be strained and put away, this batch gave me a lot of whey
~dinner is in the crock pot and dinner for tomorrow night is prepped
~waiting for my son to return from Cuba this evening
~hoping my littlest is ok at school today
~today, I got to see the excitement of a kindergarden class that discovered their first quail eggs
~looking forward to visits and celebrations this week 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Yarn Along :: knitting & frogging



knitting:

I'm focusing on one project for now, a mama vertebrae for myself.  I was very careful figuring out my yardage but I'm still worrying about having enough yarn!    I've also been frogging the rainbow sweater from last year.  It just turned out too boxy (my fault, not the pattern) so I'm going to make the yarn into something new.  As my youngest enters a new size range, (out of the toddler sizes and into girls) I feel almost justified to buy a new pattern.  First though I need to organize my knitting basket knitting tools.


reading:

I found a copy of The God of Small Things at a thrift store.  I'm very early into it so there's not much to say yet....I'm sure it will be better than my last read!