Yarn Along — June 6, 2012

“~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?” this is what Ginny asks;    I’m answering. . .

Holden Shawlette is off the needles, my circular point came off the cable. the Farmer did a gluing and I’m ready to put Holden back where it belongs.

Coffee Beanz wallably is getting its pouch.

While digging in the ‘stash shed’ this Noro and pattern in its own little bag called out to be cast on – (I heard last night that with obedience comes joy) – I’m Happy! Pattern – Gaia Shoulder Hug by Anne Carroll Gilmour with Noro Silk Garden Sock, color S272, grey,black, purple, turquoise, olive green.

The Stash Shed

I’m reading Faye Kellerman’s short stories in The Garden of Eden and Other Criminal Delights. Quick reads, humorous with a twist. While knitting I’m listening to Blue Gold by Clive Cussler.

Tami’s is a fun place to visit, too.  See you there!

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Yarn Along, May 3 – Stops and Starts

Last ‘Yarn Along’ post this shawl Alpaca Sox was trying to add grey to the last few rows and the edging but it was just not working. So the knitter ripped back enough? to finish off the shawl, adding beads to picot bind off.  OPPS, overlooked a row and beads were laying on the wrong side of the shawl! So ripping again, re-knitted and ready for picot row again!

Now I needed something to kind of mindless to work on, enter Holden Shawlette. I’m using Fortissima Socka in this pretty autumn colorway. Right now, it’s just:
Row 1 knit 3, yo, knit to marker, yo, k1, yo, knit to last 3 stitches, yo, knit to end
Row 2 knit 3, p across, knit 3,
Repeat until 193 stitches, then start the pretty stuff

Remember this Wallaby was running out of yarn. It’s now pouting until the knitter figures out just what to do with adding stripes of a complimentary color…..oh well.

Since Wallaby Sox was pouting; Wallaby Coffee Beanz for an almost 2 year old whose mother does not drink coffee got started. I love the Coffee Beanz yarn. After I started W-CBz, I realized mom is Oregon Ducks FAN. So had to find a gold to add a couple of stripes to one, maybe both sleeves.

This Purl Bee’s Wallaby –  It is darling!

Or course, the other WIP’s  are waiting patiently, or at least I don’t hear them if I turn up the Audio Book loud enough. I’ve recently found Jefferson Bass’s Body Farm series. That is my book of choice just now.

I’m joining other knitters with Ginny at http://www.gsheller.com/tag/yarn-along, sharing the stops and starts of our projects.

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Yarn Along — April 26, 2012

This week two projects have received my attention. The Wallaby Sweater for a little boy who just turned three has both sleeves and decreasing up the yoke. I started this sweater as a ‘I need something to take with me’ not really checking to see the total amount of yardage needed for knitting the sweater in sock yarn instead of worsted. I am running out of yarn. A quick trip to favorite LYS and a nice smokey grey said it would be glad to help out. I trying for a few stripes and finish with the grey as the collar.

The mess is the Alpaca Sox Shawl, I’m down to the last 4 rows of the body, then an eyelet row and a picot bind off. Again I ran out of yarn, so I’m auditioning from my stash a charcoal grey for the last 7 rows of body and finishing. I purchased 4×4 cube beads in metallic purple iris to add to the picots. I really not sure about the grey (although it is making a gallant effort) I may have to go back to LYS. 🙂

I am re-reading, tried and true, “Flowers in the Rain” by Rosamunde Pilcher, a book of short stories. I love her stories about everyday life, with every day people, and a story book ending. My favorite novels are The Shell Seekers and September (read the shell Seekers first). If I ever get to merry ol’ England; the towns written about in Pilcher’s stories are where I want to visit.

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Yarn Along — March 21, 2012

I saw “Man’s Rasta Hat by Annie Modesitt and Drew Emborsky” and knew I had to knit it for my oldest grandson Alex.

I used some Lion Brand Wool-Ease I received when my Mom weeded out her stash when she moved. I started Sunday afternoon and finished Tuesday. For me, a fast knit.  If I make it again, I’ll shorten the ribbing. Alex had to turn it up about 1 1/2-2 inches; it should fit without folding. He was one very happy guy!

This Wallaby sweater is my take along, so it is coming along nicely. I didn’t add the pouch this time. The sweater will look a little more dressy, which will suit the young man who will receive it.

I’m calling this shawl ‘Tweedily dee’ I like the way the striping is knitting up and it is a nice kind of mindless knitting to balance the lace knitting.

Alpaca Sox Shawl by Yarn Garden
I’m listening to Kathy Reich’s, Bare No Bones, one of the adventures of  forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan.
I love checking out what others are knitting and reading, often adding titles and projects to my lists, at Small Things with Ginny . Come and see what’s going on with two sticks (or a crochet hook) and string.
I also linked with Tami at
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Yarn Along — February 29

This week I am excited. I have TWO finished projects, yeah!

Little blue wallaby will go to Mr. Emerson tomorrow. It is too big for him right now, but he is growing.
The first time I showed Wallaby.
Now its all done.

I was sick this past weekend, so to feel better I knitted and knitted and knitted. I loved being sick so I could give in to just sitting around knitting. I’m all better now so back to having other stuff interfere with knitting.

A slouchy hat in baby alpaca grande, color 4.  ribbed band, with seed stitch slouch. The set took 4 skeins.

with matching scarf…. cast on 32 stitched 8 stitches in seed stitch with a 16 stitch cable in the middle.  For a young lady who I think would rather live in the medieval times.

And then, my girlfriend (I’ll blame this one her) started her first shawl, and I saw this pattern in Rumpelstiltskin  (isn’t that the best name for a yarn/spinning/weaving shop) and HAD to start a shawl for me.

Pattern  – Anjou by Fiber Creams, # FD-52 using Ella rae, lace merino, 100% extra fine merino, color 122.

Working over 4 charts A B C B D, with written directions also. I love the way it is coming along.  I think this is the third start over, ready for the next section so added a life line, I didn’t do that before and when I dropped, I frogged.

Keri at http://whendidibecomeaknitter.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/wip-wednesday-feb-29/ and her goal of 12 shawls in 12 months, encouraged me to at least do one.

Presently, listening to the Moonstone, Wilke Collins,  on Audible, had an Anne McCaffrey marathon over the weekend.

I’m new to taking pictures and in a 27 ft RV there are few options, please bear with me.  Thanks.

find out what others are knitting and reading here.

Yarn Along — Wallaby

Posting a couple days late. 🙂

Linking with Small Things to show what I’m doing albeit slowly.

I hear ‘yarn along’ and I think I always take my yarn along.
Most places I go I have some kind of project to work on.
I’ve even knit at stop lights.

This is “The Wonderful Wallaby” by Cottage Creations. I’s like a sweat shirt knit from the bottom up, only seaming is at the  top of the hood and a few stitches under the arms. So easy!  My grandsons love them.  Usually I make the sweater all one color, thought I’d try accents this time.

January 4 – Yarn Along– I pictured a shawl, it’s still on the needles, if I could only get past row 84 with a correct count!

I finished listening to The Forgotten Garden, I enjoyed it and since it is from Audible and on my Itunes list, I will listen to it again. It’s a story that jumps back and forth from 1900-1913 to 2007 a  mystery of a little girl found and kept……..and finding her history.


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