Sunday, June 25, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Not What You Were Expecting

I bet you were expecting a Finished Object Friday post...

yeah, me too...

I couldn't get it together!

Not that there weren't finished things, some that are on the "hush-hush" and some that are perfectly public, just I don't have the pictures in the right places, or they haven't been blocked or photo'd at all...or....or...

But...

No excuses, right?

Getting finished object pictures was not my priority this week.

There, I said it.

This week on my mile long to do list, photos were (at best) a B item, on a list full of A-1 priority, you gotta do this today, kinda things.

A-1, each and every day?  Do not *hit self in head with mallet, repeat from* until brains leak out of ears.

The jury is still out on if the brains leaked out of my ears yet or not, so for today....

Go play with google...It's fun she said.

~M

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Little Bit of This, a Little Bit of That

After my whirl wind, busier than I like them, week last week, this week things are going to have to slow down to a more sedate pace!

I did get some knitting done, and some quick updates to patterns started...wanna see what I can show you?

Yeah, I figured you did!




My birthday present to myself, a tank top with a slightly sexy back in merino yarn from Land O Lace.  (It turned into an exercise in grading garments through multiple sizes, and then trying to double check my excel formulas with pen (yes pen!) and paper!.)
I am not 100% sure I trust either of us for the middle sizes and as merino in  summer is not everyone's idea of the perfect tank I might have fallen off the yarn diet long enough to purchase some fingering weight cotton blend to give it another go!

While I wait for that yarn to come in, I finished up a doily and have got myself well on the way to being near the end of a cotton shawl.
That is a new base from Unplanned Peacock, Peacock Pima in fingering weight. The color is called Clematis and I think I have a serious crush on it!

Happy Summer Solstice!

As you can see my thoughts turn to different knits rather than no knits, when the weather is warm and the days are long.  Do you craft all year?  Do you change what you craft on during the long hot days of summer and the cold long nights of winter?

~M



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Extreme Lace

So I mentioned that Andrea Jurgrau has a new lace pattern in the Knit Picks Book Luxurious Lace.

I had the great pleasure of test knitting it for her!

Oh this one is a beauty, she has hex mesh, nupps, novel increases...mine took 3 and a half skeins of Alpaca Cloud in Papaya Heather and is an absolute dream to wear!

I think I will just let the photos speak for themselves!



Can you tell it was a while ago I finished this one?  (Shh, don't tell anyone, I still haven't taken the modeled shots...but I have a photo shoot tentatively scheduled for next week!)

I am off to play with my friends now!

What are you working on this weekend?

~M

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Just a couple of Public Service Announcements

Not that there aren't WIPs to talk about but instead today...two things that both involve Knit Picks!

First....did you get the message the Summer Sale is going on!  Some fabulous new colors of Felici Sock Yarn...in value packs even!

And, my friend Andrea has a new lace pattern out.  You can buy the book from Knit Picks or, like and share on Facebook to enter to win a copy!

I got to test knit that one, and I will tell you all about it on Friday!

~M

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Not Silent at All...

To those who know me "in real life"....Thank you for all the birthday wishes!


For those who don't know me "in real life"...this post I made in one of the groups I belong to pretty much summed up my day...


"Thank you! I have had a great day.
 
It’s funny, all my life people have been trying to give me things that go in a box to make my birthday (or any day really) special…and today….no boxes at all. (My request, I am at that age, where if there is anything I really want…I bought it for myself before you could, and things just don’t have the same appeal they did when I was much younger.)
Listening to my kids cooking together (they made a cake , carefully dividing up the recipe so that each one contributed as much effort as the other two, so that it was a true group present), along with the birds that were singing in my garden, warm sun, slight breeze…a just complicated enough chart from a designer friend of mine (she writes what I would consider extreme lace, this one isn’t extreme but kept me on my toes).

This, this is what people had been trying to put in boxes and it isn’t something you can put in a box.

I probably need to stop reflecting on myself so much….but…darn me, it was the perfect birthday! And perfect days don’t happen to anyone very often.
The kids keep saying I need to find them some candles to put on the cake  so I can make a birthday wish…but honestly, all I would wish for is that for everyone to have a day like I just did."

~M