Friday, June 28, 2013

Getting so close...

just waiting on the batting I ordered last weekend then I can put it together and present it to his parents.
you can click on the pic to make it bigger and easier to see if your eyes are old like mine.

I finished the brown stripe socks and made it a couple whole days before casting on another pair...
We've been laying low trying to stay cool in the a/c. It is super hot outside! Not good for little puggies. 

The other day he begged for his dinner...
then when I got up to put his dinner on he did his usual tricks...
Thanks so much for stopping in to see the knitting or the LittleDog. If you'd like to see more knitting and fiber stuff you can hop over to Andrea's blog and see the other peeps that participate in Fiber Arts Friday and at Natural Suburbia for Creative Friday.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Just a toe-to-go

and that's it for this pair of socks...
why does it take so long to get those last few rows knit before starting the toe increases? Notice my new sock bag in the background? That's "Green Eggs n Ham" from Girl Cave Bags. She usually updates her shop on Sunday evenings and she has such cute bags.

I've knit a couple swatches this week and came up with the proper needle size so I can get started on my Lemongrass.

First swatch...
better swatch...I'm getting 14 sts in 4" with a 10.5 needle and my target was 13 so I'm close enough for a sweater that was designed with 8" of positive ease. 
The big ole ball of yarn I'll be starting with...
it's 500 yds of Aran weight merino/alpaca/silk from Yarn Hollow. The color is called Chocolate Truffle. If you biggie-size the photo you can see all the pretty colors hiding in that brown. I'm telling myself that I have to finish the sock and the beaded cowl before I can start this project. I don't want to be distracted :)  I'll let you know how that goes.

Go check out the other creative peeps that participate in Fiber Arts Friday, Creative Friday and Tami's Amis. I always find something fun on those group posts.

And to continue with the general color theme of this post here's LittleDog lounging around the house...

Pay no attention to the crazy lady's stash of dog food bags...she claims she's going to make tote bags with them...mmm, yeah.

Friday, June 7, 2013

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My heart has been hurting since I heard the news that one of my very favorite people passed on Wednesday. I've been meeting my children at Marie Catrib's Restaurant almost every Saturday for the past 7+ years. We would enjoy a tasty breakfast and catch up on each other's activities of the past week. Marie had a big heart and was ever positive, even in the face of her adversary...ovarian cancer. She put up a good fight and the entire city will miss her. I'm so glad that I was able to return some of her love with my knitting. R.I.P. Marie.

For those of you that come for the fibery stuffs...

I've been busy knitting and sewing and have actually got something finished to show you.

My Mara...


It's so warm and toasty and the turquoise Shephard's Wool is super soft.

I wanted to be sure and show you the best part of my swap gift from the GGPL Retreat a couple weekends ago...

it's a perfect fit for my super sharp and dangerous wool combs. I pack a bit of tissue on top and they stay nicely in place for storage or transport. The ladybugs go nicely with my Schacht LadyBug spinning wheel too.

I also managed to make a gazillion quilt squares...not sure what I was thinking, I only needed 18 to make a crib size quilt but I made 48 squares...guess I'll have a couple extra baby quilts for future babies :)...
now I just have to decide what color to use as the lattice. Any suggestions?

Thank you for coming. If you'd like to check out the other talented folks that contribute to Fiber Arts Friday hop on over to Andrea's blog...Wisdom Begins in Wonder. Have a great week!