Sunday, February 24, 2013

thistle stole

well, actually, thistle table runner........
Last week, this followed me home from madrona. Of course, I had to cast on right away and get going.
I love stranded colorwork, the way it flows off the needles and the pattern emerges. This one is no exception. I've finished the border, thanks to a rainy week, and I'm working on the first set of leaves.
I didn't do the knitted in border, those never seem to work for me. I'll sew it down later.
There will probably be some quality time this week to add to this. It's supposed to rain AGAIN.
In other news, this week, we went to the seattle flower show. It was pretty amazing and more than a few things followed me home. Cool things.....Now all I need is a yard to plant them in.
Yogi says "look at me!! I have a new red bone. I LOVES my red bone!"
(sister likes them too, she's just not as enthusiastic)

Sunday, February 17, 2013


This week,.there was that little event, madrona. No classes for me this year, nothing really caught my eye. I did bring this home, though...

Nearly two pounds of squishy yarny goodness and beautiful colorwork to boot! I probably will never wear it, it's intended to be a table runner. It's all ready to go. I just have to dig out the appropriate needles and cast on the required 416 stitches, that's all......

Since I knew I'd be picking up this lovely at madrona, I really didn't start anything new this week. Worked on the hexipuffs a bit, sewed together my bugga sweater (it just needs buttons now), and started on the swirl scarf.....I'm trying to figure out how anyone knits this without blocking each swirl. This is going to be a long project. Knit a swirl, steam block it, knit the next one.....oh well...

Next week, I'll be starting on thistle, sewing on my buttons, and going to the FLOWER SHOW!!!

Love the flower show even more than madrona, and with an acre of mud to plant......well, you get the picture.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

I forgot what I was going to say now......

Honestly, blogger has been SO bad. It keeps telling me that the admin has to let me in.  I AM the admin. I end up changing my password pretty much every week, because it's the only way I can get in.
I'd change the host, but I don't want to lose all of my blogging history.

Anyhow......this week, it rained a bit, so some good knitting progress was made on the bugga sweater.
The sleeves are done, and one side of the button band. I somehow managed to totally mess up the other side, so I have to rip it and start again. I was worried that it wouldn't fit, and it will be a bit snug, but I think it'll be OK. These pics don't do the gorgeous teal green any justice. I love the color here.

I also have 130 hexis done...they make a prettty colorful assortment, don't you think?
Up this week.......MADRONA!!!!! One of my favorite knitting things to do. I'll be picking up my thistle stole kit (2lbs of yarny goodness), and hopefully a couple of knitpicks needles to replace the ones that had some doggie accidents. (I can hardly wait for those end tables to come in). Maybe I'll find something else that catches my eye as well. Who knows? Most of my spare change is being reserved for the flower show right now, so it will have to be pretty flashy.....
Pics next week.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

happy valentine's day

A bit early, I know, but yogi couldn't resist the scarf.
(after all, he tore it apart about 5 times while I was making it.)

It's all done now, with the exception of a couple of ends to weave in. I think I've finally got the hang of double knitting....maybe. I'm definitely up for attempting a bit more difficult project, just not right now.

This week, I'll be back to finishing the bugga sweater. I only have 2 sleeves to finish, some blocking to do and then the sewing together and button bands. It's supposed to rain, hard, all week, so there's some good knitting time in there somewhere.

I'm getting pretty excited for madrona. Gotta pick up my thistle stole. (yogi definitely won't be getting ahold of THAT one). Who knows what else will catch my fancy, although I have PLENTY of projects.

The following week is the big seattle flower show. I save and dream about this one all year. This year, we have an acre of dirt to plant, so I'll be looking for some special treats. I try to focus on things that are special or rare, and that you generally can't get anywhere else. I have a special soft spot for peonies and tree peonies, and also black plants. The peonies are expensive, but long lived and easy to grow.

I'll be sure to show the spoils from both when the time comes.