ON THE NEEDLES
from Red Bird Knits
Lorna’s Laces Solemates
Several years ago I took part in Red Bird Knits sock club and received this particular sock pattern. I long ago forgot what yarn was included, but I picked up a couple of skeins of Solemate a few weeks ago and it seemed to be a great match for this pattern. Solemate is to die for, so soft! I glad I bought a second skein because I’m already thinking about my next project using it!
Our sweet Sprout turned two yesterday! All the grands are especially amazing and Miss Annabelle is no exception. In a nutshell – you always know where you stand with her. She either loves it or hates it and wants you to know it in no uncertain terms. She’s a snuggler, a giggler and has had us right where she wants us from the very minute she was born. She is a joyful blessing!
GREEN GROWING THINGS
Our flowers have never looked so good!
The Norfolk pine I’d given up for dead has come back with a vengence and has doubled in size!
I don’t know what this is called, but the hummingbirds love it!
Impatiens has nearly taken over our flower bed!
As you can tell, I can once again post photos and this makes me happy. Happy is good. Mr. Iknead was getting tired of hearing me talk ugly to my iPad.
Linking with Tami, Frontier Dreams and Ginny’s Yarn Along.
Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely. Karen Clark
My Phat Fiber box arrived today full of amazing roving samples mixed with sweet sock yarn samples and a couple of the prettiest stitch markers I’ve ever seen.
That little pouch on top? This is what it
A handmade soap and those stitch markers I told you about. I love these!
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Aristotle
ON THE NEEDLES
A couple of things at the moment. First up is Hermione’s Everyday Socks for me. Still really liking the Premier Yarns Wool Free yarn. This colorway is called Vegas Lights. Just a few more rows and it will be heel turn time.
Next, the promised entrelac has been started. This yarn is Lion Brand Fisherman Wool, the original color was sort an oatmeal heather. It’s been dyed with Kool-aid, a combination of Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade and Cherry.
The color did something interesting. The oatmeal/beigey color is a grayish, light taupe now. Much, much better. Really, it reminds me of the Shibui Poodle Skirt yarn I used for a pair of socks a couple of months ago.
After a few hiccups with glazing, this plate finally came out of the kiln and was better than I had hoped. The glaze is Rhodes Turquoise for the bottom 2/3 and Green Gloss for the top 1/3. I’m really happy with the combination of glazes in the middle. I’ve had a hard time with the glazing, it’s really not my favorite thing and I tend to rush through without much thought and consequently, the glaze really isn’t as uniform as I’d like it to be. There are missed spots and drips. A little more attention to detail would go a long way in the difference between a good glaze and a great one. My mantra from here on out is, “take your time, where’s the fire?”
Windchime experiment also went well, aside from glazing hiccups. They chime better than I thought they would but it’s definitely different from a glass, metal or wood chime. The spur of the moment ivy stamp makes me very happy. I love the rustic look of this!
Linking up with the usual bunch for WIPW – Tami, Frontier Dreams KCCO and Ginny’s Yarn Along. Inspiration central!
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Thomas A. Edison
First things first –
OFF THE NEEDLES AND INTO THE SOCK DRAWER
Sunday Swing Socks
Poodle Skirt Colorway
Finally got colorway and pattern to play nice in the sandbox and I’m loving the almost candy cane color changes!
ALMOST ON THE NEEDLES
A little while back, Mr. Iknead requested a pair of blue striped socks, so off and on I’ve been scoping out different yarns and patterns, thinking maybe something with little or no wool (way too hot for our Arkansas summers) and chanced upon this yarn yesterday at Hobby Lobby. Blue – check, no wool – check, sock weight – check, price – $4.99. All systems go. Label says 93% acrylic, 7% PBT (whatever that is).
These are destined to be plain vanilla, quick knit, ribbed socks. All that pretty lacy stuff is lost on Mr. Iknead. 🙂
Cutest Sprout Ever!
Annabelle at 8 months
Linking up with Tami’s FO Friday blog and Frontier Dreams KCCO blog. Pay them a visit, OK? They’re always brimming over with FO goodness!
When the voices of children are heard on the green
And laughing is heard on the hill
My heart is at rest within my breast
And everything else is still
In 24 hours, I hope my surgery will have begun, taking care of the worsening colitis that I’ve had for I don’t know how many years. Mr. Iknead and I are extremely optimistic that this will finally end what has become an increasingly nerve wracking problem, never knowing when or where a flare will occur and consequently making us a little gun shy about things like vacations or anything that might take us out of our comfort zone as far as hospitals and doctors are concerned. I start the official prep today at 2 pm, but as of midnight last night, I can have only clear liquids and then nothing to eat or drink after midnight tonight. I can’t believe people aren’t lining up to do this!
BY THE BOOK
I finished Jennifer Haigh’s The Condition, which I loved, and am set to start Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. I read and enjoyed another book of his, Into the Wild, so I’m excited to read it. I’ve been able to put off reading it, since I’m going to have some guaranteed down time in the hospital. Today’s been spent making sure all my electronic gear is charged and ready, so it will be ready when I am.
ON THE NEEDLES
I decided on a free Ravelry pattern, Spring Pools,by Linda Fisher, for the Parakeet yarn. I’m loving how it’s knitting up and the way the blue really pops.
One more repeat and I start the second sock.
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The sniffles that appeared a week ago today continue. I started running a fever yesterday afternoon so I started hitting the vitamin C and forcing fluids, I feel better today. I had my final visit today with the surgeon before surgery this coming Tuesday and just to be safe, he started me on a short term antibiotic. No way am I going to postpone this, no way! I start the prep Monday afternoon which is never, ever fun, but Mr. Iknead is a fabulous cheerleader and I expect to get through it with no problem.
SHOW AND TELL
Remember my prize from deepbluerenegade? A $10.00 gift card to Mr. Yarn? Well, here’s what it went toward –
Starry sock weight with sparkle from Dream
98% superwash merino wool and 2% Lurex fiber
I’m ready for my close up, Mr. DeMille!
If this yarn doesn’t make your heart go pitty-pat, you need CPR! I’ve kept this yarn close to me for the past few days, just so I could fondle and admire it. It’s off the chart beautiful and makes me almost forget about my stuffy nose!
Imagination rules the world. Napoleon Bonaparte
I found it and I was right! It was already wound and was at the very bottom of my sock yarn stash.
Here are the vital statistics:
The Great Adirondack Yarn Company
Silky Sock 70% merino, 20% silk, 10% nylon superwash
ON AND OFF THE NEEDLES
I finished the Sideways Grande Hat last night, just in time for today and earned the Mr. Iknead Seal of Approval.
Don’t know the reason for the odd look, there’s no telling. At least my mouth is closed. It seems like every photo has me with my mouth open, either talking or eating and sometimes (I’m not proud of this) both at the same time. Anyway, I think the hat is way cute and it was a quick, easy knit.
I’m nearly finished with Meg White’s Cabled Hat, ready to start the crown decreases and am now browsing through Cookie A.’s Knit.Sock.Love. On an expedition into the stash the other day, I ran across some awesome Shibui sock yarn that just begged to be transformed into a pair of socks and, well, I aim to please.
We finally finished all the electrical work this week, which turned out even better than I had hoped, just to have the washing machine bite the dust. I’m waiting on the repairman now. There’s something busted about the spin cycle, when it hits that part, it starts making an awful banging noise and shuts itself off. I’m not talking about the I’m unbalanced thump, this is the I’m getting ready explode and scatter shrapnel banging. Here’s hoping that it’s an easy fix and not the arm and a leg and my firstborn child sort of fix. Anything under $250.00 would be good. Here’s hoping!
Check out Tami Amis blog for more awe inspiring FOs. You’ll be glad you did.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast. Alexander Pope
away from her. I’ve been fooling around getting pictures loaded onto Flickr, culling out, deciding what needs to go where and all that stuff, but what I really want to do tonight is show and tell my newest yarn acquisitions. Look! This is Colinette Jitterbug, colorway Ruby Saffron, #92, 400 yd., 150 g.
Next up is Colinette Jitterbug, colorway paintbox, #152, 400 yd., 150 g.
When I went into Yarn Mart today, Cindy was sweet enough to give me a preview of the new Jitterbug and of course, since self control is not part of my personality, these two came home with me. They’re having an anniversary sale tomorrow and I have my eye on some Shibui. Gotta love Cindy and YM, they rock!
I have more goodies to share, but they’ll have to wait until tomorrow. I’m up past my bedtime. Yawn.
May your walls know joy; May every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility. Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey