Monday, September 10, 2012

It seems the Friday Update has moved to Monday!  I just can't get it all together on Friday, but Monday seems to work better, so here we go...

What's Finished:

Early last week, I finished the Tumble Twins socks for my oldest niece for Christmas.  These were part of the Dramatic Knits KAL. 

We took a quick overnight trip to Washington, DC to watch the St. Louis Cardinals play the Washington Nationals.  We won one and lost one and had a great time with friends.  I worked on my Katniss socks and finished them.

I just love this yarn.  It's dyed by Rachel Frank and the yarn is so soft.  

What's Going On:

I started my Stripey Socks for the Knitabulls Podcast KAL.  I chose the Jaywalker pattern and pulled my Vesper Sock Yarn from my stash.  I really like the pattern and the yarn is so beautiful.  Those colors!

I also started the Ravenclaw Scarf for my youngest niece for Christmas.  It really is a tedious knit, but was great for the baseball games.  

There was a tiny bit of spinning this week.  I tend to spin a lot and knit less, or vice versa.  I really need to find a comfortable spinning chair.  I'm still working on my Into the Whirled August Club fiber.  It's so soft and easy to spin!

What's Next:

As soon as I've finished the Stripey Socks and possibly the scarf, I really want to cast on a cardigan.  In fact, the last two days of lovely fall weather have made me want to start that NOW.  I'm just having a hard time figuring out which cardigan I want to knit.

What's New:

I did a little (and I mean very little, since I'm the only knitter and the three dudes who were with me were a tad impatient) shopping at Fibre Space in Alexandria, Virginia, on the way to the ball games.  I got a skein of Miss Babs Yummy Sock and Baby Yarn in Envy Me.

I ordered a skein of merino/tencel yarn from Gnome Acres.  She was having a special for the skeiny dippers (yarn dyed from the dye remaining in the pot) and she added another skein to my order!

Like Butter

My Cloudlover Fiber Club shipment came and it's lovely!  It is a superwash merino called Cher Ami and the colors are beautiful.  I've never spun with superwash, so I'm really looking forward to it.

And, last, but most definitely not least, I won a project bag from Amy, of Ewesful Things.  I was so surprised to receive this large, beautiful, well-made project bag.  I know some knitters are fearful of zippered bags, but I never use anything else.  I'm always careful when I zip my bag, but nothing ever falls out and that's a huge deal for me.  I carry a large purse and typically have a few projects in there among other purse-like things.  So, here's my beautiful new bag -

Other News:

School has started.  I dread the first of school as much as the kids do.  I really enjoy the time we spend together, they spend with friends and the luxury of a flexible schedule during the summer.  I've met all but one of their teachers through freshman orientation and back to school night and am very pleased.  They've both had a great deal of work for 4 days of school, but that is to be expected considering the courses they are taking.  They're smart, could be a bit more hardworking, boys and I'm very proud of them.
On the way to school with Shiloh, who didn't stay!


  1. I don't know if you've heard of The Traveling Sock Knitter podcast (which is awesome, by the way) but she has an August/September KAL that is self-striping socks knit in a non-vanilla pattern & your lovely Jaywalkers would be perfect for it. You can totally double dip with the Knitabulls KAL.

    1. That's fantastic - a new podcast! And I'll totally double dip, as long as I can get these done by the end of September. Thanks so much!