Monday, August 15, 2011

A finished object

CIMG1332 by Mountain Purl
CIMG1332, a photo by Mountain Purl on Flickr.
I finished some socks last night. Which for me is an accomplishment because I am the self-professed Queen of the one sock.  These were started in March and the yarn is from the first Sea Socks cruise in 2007.  Well, at least I went stash diving right?  The pattern is Hermione's Everyday Socks.

Reading, well only one more book to add to the list:

23.  Blackwork by Monica Ferris

I really enjoy her books. They are mysteries set in a needlework store in Minnesota.  I have one more of her books to read that I got from the library. Maybe this week.

Knitting, whole lot of knitting going on and not a lot of progress.  Back to the knitting ADD, flitting from project to project.  I am designing a triangular shawl though.  I am not too sure about the yarn.  I had ordered some Todd and Duncan cashmere singles from Colourmart that I had spun into a 2 ply.  I am now wishing I had ordered a 3 ply.  I have to use a small needle, I am thinking I am on a US 1 to get the textured knitted fabric I want.  So knitting is slowwwww......

The garden.  Boy am I getting tomatoes and cucumbers.  The jalapenos are smoking hot.  Lots of produce - I am happy.

That's all for now, time to go knit!

Friday, August 05, 2011


CIMG1329 by Mountain Purl
CIMG1329, a photo by Mountain Purl on Flickr.

With all of this rain the garden is really starting to produce vegetables. Here is a picture of what I picked this morning.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Frost Flowers Stole

DSC_0412 by Mountain Purl
Frost Flowers Stole by Charlene Schurch 
DSC_0412, a photo by Mountain Purl on Flickr.
What do you get when you cast on 992 stitches and work towards the center, and then kitchner it together?  A Frost Flowers Stole.  Isn't it pretty?  I blocked it yesterday.  This yarn has been in the stash forever it seems.  I think I bought it at a yarn store in Florida maybe 6 or so years ago.  It is Jade Sapphire 100% cashmere.  I think it turned out very nicely.  The kitchnering of the almost 500 center stitches wasn't too bad once you got into a rhythm.
What has been going on?  Well, today is the second to the last day of summer vacation for the boys as school starts Wednesday.  Let's just say not much of anything has gotten done (including cleaning the house) while they have been home.  The garden is about the one thing that has shown a lot of progress.  I have harvested squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, and radishes.  There are so many tomatoes that are just waiting to turn red that when they do I am going to be inundated.
Knitting - well I have been trying to knit from the stash for months.  I really can't remember the last time I bought yarn.  I just have so many pretty things that I want to finish.  I am still working off my list of top projects, though it might get modified now that it is getting closer to the fall.  I haven't felt like working on any heavy projects as it has been so hot lately, so socks and shawls have had top priority.  I think this week I am going to really look at things on the needles and see what I really want to wear this year.  I also have a lot of socks to knit that I have cast on one and then it has languished in the yarn room.  I don't know how people just crank these out.
Reading.  Books read since December 15, 2011:
22.  Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
Hmm, only have about 19 weeks to go.  I don't know if I will make my goal of reading one book a week if I keep at this pace.  I have been watching too many video podcasts instead of reading I think.  I have so many that are in the queue.  I wish they would keep them to 30 minutes or so instead of the hour shows. 
Well, oldest son and I have plans to go to dinner as DH is out of town and the youngest is at Grandma's and we need to stop at the library.  I am hoping it rains and that God can water my garden for me today.  Yes, that would be lovely.
Happy knitting!

Quote of the day:
" I will continue to freak out my children by knitting in public. It's good for them."
— Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much)