Knitting…nothing but knitting

I have been dying to have a post devoted to nothing but knitting lately, but there has been so much else going on that I every time I sit down to write, I get sidetracked with travels, family, friends, writing, and so much more.  I promise…this post is devoted to nothing but knitting.

I have frogged Wicked for the nine millionth time.  For some reason, I just cannot get her right.  And she should be such an easy knit, too.  I may knit her one day, but for now, she (and the Orchid Malabrigo) are relegated to the bottom of the knitting chest.

Speaking of Malabrigo, the Malabrigo Swap group on Ravelry started a thread about your Malabrigo stash.  I decided to whip mine out for a photoshoot in the front garden.  All of my Malabrigo in one place.  Take a look!

And that isn’t all of my wool, either…it’s just the malabrigo!  Holy moly!

I have finished designing my first sock.  Full details to follow once the second sock is completed, but here is a sneak peek at Generations!

I have picked Arwen back up, and am slowly but surely trudging along.  I am almost halfway done sleeve number one now, and am still determined to have the left side completed by the time I leave for Tuscany next week.  Here’s a recent shot of the left side (the back is completed already, the right side hasn’t been started yet).

I am also starting a pair of Endpaper Mitts for a fingerless mitts knit-a-long with the At Home in Harrogate group on Ravelry.  They are my first attempt at colorwork, and I expect them to take a long time and a lot of concentration.  But I think that they’ll be a great learning experience for me, so I am sort of excited at the challenge.  I am using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Solid in Chocolate and in Manzanita.

I still feel like there is something missing.  I don’t know why, but nothing that I am knitting now is driving me, and I am still looking for a project that I won’t be able to put down…something that I am so excited about that I’ll stay up all night trying to finish it up and try it on.

Ahh…a post completely about knitting.  Heavenly.


A-Travelin’ We Go!

And we’re off…again!

This time we are headed with friends for a weekend in the Lake District in Cumbria.  It’s about two hours away, and we will be staying in a caravan on beautiful Lake Windermere.  We are praying for nice weather, and hope to visit the World of Beatrix Potter and a few English Heritage sites in the area.

Other plans for the weekend:

  • Spend quality time with Hannah before she leaves to return to the states. 😦
  • Finish knitting the first sock of my DYO Sock Challenge!
  • Relax…try not to get stressed out about the girls not sleeping or being wild and excited while we are on holiday!
  • Go for a run (at least one).

That’s it.  I plan to return refreshed and smiling!  See you Monday!


Mood: Accomplished!

I am feeling accomplished today…hmmm…is that really a mood?  I suppose it would better be described as proud.

After a lazy Sunday and a fairly rough start to the week with church yesterday, the week has really shaped up nicely.  I have accomplished quite a bit, and am feeling good about it.

I finished my Eleanor socks.

I started my very first knitting design project, a design your own socks challenge from the Sock Knitters Anonymous group on Ravelry.  Here’s my progress so far:

I entered Associated Content’s Ultimate Call for Content, with a grand prize of $5,000.  Will I win?  Only time will tell.  But I am really pleased with my piece, and promise to link to it once it publishes (hopefully soon!).

I had a good day yesterday with the girls, and despite some struggles today, it’s shaping up to be another good one.  It’s amazing how the weather can help, too, and we’ve had two beautiful days in a row here in Yorkshire.

Marcus and I went on a date last night.  He took me to the movies, to see Indiana Jones.  It was so much fun, and we realized we should make time for just the two of us more often.

All in all, it’s shaped up to be a great week, afterall.  Thank goodness for that!  I hope it carries into the weekend–we’ll be spending it in the (hopefully sunny) Lake District!  Fingers crossed.



I am doing a lot of knitting so far this week, interspersed with writing, cleaning, and parenting…you know, the usual!  As sad as I was about my mother’s departure, I have found the knitting relaxing, and have done better this time than I did the last that she left.

I’m watching my Forest Canopy Shawl grow quickly, and hope to finish it by Friday or so.

I quickly knit up a Nintendo DS Lite Sock for a friend’s daughter in some mmmmMalabrigo goodness.

I finished my first Eleanor sock!  One more to go…

And because I forgot, here are the socks that I made my mom when she was here.

My cardigan and handbag have made their ways back into the chest in favor of other things, but I’m sure they’ll break out again when the time is right.



Socks Abroad!

Of course, the trip to Hamburg wouldn’t have been complete without knitting.  I knit by the lake, in numerous outdoor cafes, in our hotel rooms, on the bus, and on the airplane.  I have two pairs of socks in progress now, and both are world travelers (more than I can say for most Americans who never leave the country!).

My Eleanor Socks, enjoying a beer on a beautiful day

A pair of ribbed socks for Mom, enjoying the view of Biennalster

Socks really are the perfect travel project (thanks for the tip, Yarn Harlot!).  I plan on knitting my socks off (pun intended) while we travel the globe this summer!


The Eighties Make a Comeback

My girls go to sleep hugging Care Bears.  They got Cabbage Patch mini-dolls in their Burger King kids’ meals the other night.  I recently caught an episode of old school Scooby Doo on the television.  Both of the girls own (and love) their legwarmers (and get compliments on them everywhere we go).

My girls aside, I saw a girl wearing a mini-skirt and leggings the other day.  Not a dorky girl, either…someone fashionable and cute.  And of course, her boyfriend had a mohawk and some tight jeans with pointy shoes.

Yep, the eighties are back with a vengeance.

I had to participate, knitting up some Strawberry Shortcake socks that brought back memories of my own youth.

And, now that I’ve convinced the girls that Old School Sesame Street is the way to go, I’m blessed to get to watch some of my favorite Sesame Street videos, as well as Sesame Street Old School.  I can really flash back to my childhood.

I suppose there’s a lot from the eighties that I miss.

But you still won’t catch me in a mini-skirt and leggings unless we’re at a theme party.


Getting Antsy

For so many reasons, I think that is going to be the theme of this new week.  I am antsy for my mom to arrive (is it Thursday yet?), antsy for my first acupuncture appointment on Wednesday, and antsy to finish up my Strawberry Shortcake socks, Cardigan for Arwen, and Forest Canopy Shawl so that I can start casting on some new projects.

I am dying to knit with my Dream in Color Smooshy from Erin at Eat.Sleep.Knit.  It is this beautiful yellow color, with tiny streaks of pink throughout, called Butter Peeps.  It’s been dying to become socks since I bought it, but I’ve procrastinated for a variety of reasons.  And since my goal for the past few weeks has been to cut down on my works in progress, I’ve resisted the urge to cast on anything new.  It’s been next to impossible.

The more I sit here and think about it, though, the more I realize that there really is no reason not to cast on.  I mean, I can’t make my mom’s plane get here any sooner.  I can’t make my acupuncture appointment arrive.  But I don’t really have to wait to cast on another pair of socks.  There’s no wool god sitting watching me and shaking his head if I cast on something else.

Cast-on ban be damned.  More cast-ons, here I come!