OFF THE NEEDLES
ON THE NEEDLES
For the third time, I frogged my Vivacious Chocolate Shrug and started from scratch. I hope this time’s a charm. I’m getting burned out on the first three rows. Thinking positive thoughts.
Mr. Iknead and I are in Stuttgart, riding herd on the Papoose and Sprout while their mom and dad fly off to somewhere in Texas for a wedding that their dad is officiating. A short working vacation I suppose you’d call it. So far, so good. The girls went to bed with no fuss, no muss. Here’s hoping that tomorrow is pretty for a visit to the park.
I’m linking with Tami and Frontier Dreams.
Indulge your imagination in every possible flight. Jane Austen
Suddenly this evening I realized that I hadn’t posted since Saturday. I know it’s only Monday, but I’ve really worked at getting into the at least three posts a week habit and truly, I enjoy posting, putting my thoughts in order and then onto the page; I mean, the “virtual” page. I don’t remember the last time I hunted up a workable pen and a sheet of paper to write. Nowadays, handwriting, for me, is limited to list making and reminders, and even those are slowly being edged out by my iPad.
My art journal has been kept me especially occupied the last few days. Here are a couple of my entries over the past few days.
This Week’s Challenge
Document a Random Act of Kindness
The two coffee cups represent the RAK I received in the drive-thru at Starbucks when the person ahead of me paid for my latte, which I then passed on to the car behind me.
Last Week’s Challenge
Document an Inspirational Quote
I loved the imagination/kite analogy. I’m not sure who to credit for this, maybe Lauren Bacall?
ON/OFF THE NEEDLES
Hitchhiker is finished! Official FO pics on Friday. Very pleased with how it turned out. Stay tuned….
Knitting has commenced in earnest on Vivacious Chocolate Shrug with the first three inches of the first cuff completed. The Fyberspates yarn is a joy to knit, with just the right amount of squishy; I see more of this yarn in my future.
If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves. Thomas Edison
ON THE NEEDLES
2) Socks on a Plane, #2
3) Vivacious Chocolate Shrug
I’m still loving Frog Music as much as I did when I started it; since the story is told backward, end to beginning, the suspense is building and I’m less sure of “who did what, when and why”. I love that in a book – do you? And since I’m very seldom book monogamous, I started Anya. You can read about it here.
I’m linking with my usual Wednesday blogs, Tami, Frontier Dreams KCCO and Ginny’s Yarn Along. Do you have others you’d like to share?
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt
The Iknead iPad swap is complete and both of us are well satisfied.
I took possession of his old one and both of us are busy learning the ins and outs of our newest gadgets.
LUCKY FOR HER
Yesterday, while I was happily spinning away, I looked into the hallway and saw that Josie was very busy trying to “kill” what I thought was one of her toys. She loves squishy and has a toy box full of assorted soft, floppy toys. On closer inspection, it wasn’t a toy at all, it was MY IN-PROGRESS HITCHHIKER SHAWL!!!!!! I whipped out my phone to take a pic to post to Dogshaming; she wasn’t even ashamed enough to stick around for the photo. That’s a Pug for you. Luckily, no damage was done, except for pulling a bit of the yarn off the skein, it does have a whiff of Josie drool, but a little airing should take care of that.
My week 17 completed project for The Documented Life. This challenge was to draw or photograph my favorite pair of shoes.
I can hardly wait for the next one! Visit their website for more awesome!
Whenever you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Arthur Conan Doyle
ON THE NEEDLES
Newest WIP is another Hitchhiker, in Sachet Patons Lace that I picked up I don’t know when on a Hobby Lobby run.
I’m really liking the way this is knitting up.
Socks on a Plane are still on the needles, but have grown not a bit in the last week. Tomorrow, I keep telling them, just hang on. So, yes, the crazy yarn lady is talking to her unfinished socks now…..
102 pages in and it has me walking extra miles on the treadmill. That’s how fantastic this book is, a repeater, for sure. I’m so glad I bought this instead of checking it out at the library, it’s a book to be savored.
I got my first challenge for The Documented Life project completed and posted; the challenge was to use a cardboard food box in an unexpected manner; this is what I came up with –
The new challenge for Week 17 is on the drawing board. I’ll be sharing it soon, meanwhile, check out it out, don’t be surprised if you find yourself drawn in and then obsessed. Everyperson Art. Love. It.
Linking with Tami, Ginny and Frontier Dreams.
All great art is the work of the whole living creature, body and soul, and chiefly of the soul. John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice
OFF THE NEEDLES
Hitchhiker is finished! This one is, at least. I started another one about a month ago, which is coming along, though slowly. Sorry for the pics, it’s rainy today and Mr. Iknead and I are having new siding put on the house, which means that where I usually take pictures is overrun with sawhorses, siding, ladders and construction type guys hammering and sawing.
Here, you can see the subtle color variations.
Just barely fitting into the frame.
LOOK AT MY NEW TOY!
A brand spanking new Baby Brother Drum Carder!
I love it!
I’m linking with Tami and Frontier Dreams today, they’re my Inspiration Central.
The best way to predict your future is to create it. Peter Drucker
ON THE NEEDLES
From Quince & Company, this scarf:
Scapula, done in Lark yarn, color Bird’s Egg, 100% American wool
This has to be in my top ten fave projects, both the pattern and the yarn. Though I prefer to “buy local” to support my LYS, I have to admit that Quince & Co. has turned my head a time or two.
Another couple of projects, both Hitchhiker shawls, are still on the needles also, but progress is slow and nearly imperceptible. I’ll spare you the nearly identical pics. Hopefully, they’ll join the ranks of FOs in the next week or so.
Linking with Tami and Frontier Dreams.
Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler. Albert Einstein
ON THE NEEDLES
Ridged Lace Cowl, created by Elinor Brown
Mochi Plus Cherries Jubilee
Meadow from The Fibre Company in Aster
Starry Sock Weight with Sparkle from Dream In Color Yarn
Linking today with Tami and Frontier Dreams.
What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. J. D. Salinger
Remember the set of Knitpicks cables I lost a few weeks ago? They’re found now – right where I left them, in a interchangeable pocket thing I had whipped up on the sewing machine and was “test driving”. Oh, of course, they were found a day AFTER the new cables I had given up and ordered arrived, but that’s about par for the course, I think. Glad to have them back, no matter what!
Since my last post, this:
has transformed into this:
I’m thinking shawlette, maybe Hitchhiker, but haven’t made a final decision. Suggestions welcome.
In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty. Christopher Darlington Morley