My Striped Linen Cowl is complete.
I followed the directions on Purl Bee for their Striped Cotton Cowl, but rather than cotton I used linen yarn and rather than thread I used silk yarn for the colors.
I need to work on my timing. I think this would be a perfect addition come February and March when you really want it to be warmer spring weather, but it is still just cold. I guess I’m ready for next year.
I really liked this pattern and highly recommend. I had a little trouble with Purl Bee’s provisional cast-on tutorial since I don’t know how to crochet so I used this tutorial instead.
and a terrible selfie for you -
I do this every day but just learned how to share.
I add the pictures to my iPad from photostream and just realized that I can backup to the computer and take a screen shot of the month to be able to share.
I stared Project 365 in hopes of documenting the everyday, a reason I like Project Life, but also so I can reflect on my own photography skills.
I tend to take the same picture over and over but when I see the pictures all together I can see what I like and do not like.
I hope to get in a rhythm to post at the end of the month. You can start the project anytime! Join in here.
Happy Apple Blossom Festival! A green and pink explosion occurred out in Winchester, VA this past week. I went for the weekend parade and other festivities, and brought with me some scarves.
This was the first I made with Addie in mind. She went with the pink on the outside when she wore it this past weekend and wrapped it three times.
After the first, I realized many more were needed. Here’s the second:
I opted to use this yellow rather than another green for the third, which made it a little less Apple Blossom-y, but I made up for it with a green t-shirt:
And the fourth is still an enigma to me. When draped it looks remarkably similar to the last three, but really it is half the width and twice the length so wrapped four times around. I’m not really even sure how it happened.
Can’t wait for Apple Blossom 2014!
Way back in October I took a cabling class at Fibre Space. It was a great class and turns out cabling is not that difficult. Despite being told that all you need to do is move the stitches over, I definitely needed the class to feel confident understanding what that meant and highly recommend. The class teaches the Lorelai baby blanket and with knowledge of a new niece or nephew on the way, I began my first blanket for the new baby in the family.
Thinking back to my first knitting class ever and watching an experienced knitter in the corner work on, yell at, an intricate baby blanket with houses and door knobs and a bazillion markers I swore to never make a blanket. I still swear never to make that blanket, but this pattern was fun to work on and I enjoyed most of the steps.
It was a Sunday when my friend and I signed up for this class thinking that we had timed it perfectly. On Monday, I got a confirmation email reminding me to get my supplies and to do my homework. I had no idea there would be homework. No worries, I would just knit for the next two days and that is what I did. At a dinner party I just pulled it out and started knitting. A break between students after school – knitting.
The hardest part was that I needed lots of time to work on this project but also wanted to keep it a secret from my brother and sister-in-law. I avoided this project when at home for the holidays even though the long stretches of time sitting in front of the fire felt like perfect chances to be working on it. There were many nights sitting in my red chair at home working on this one.
While I finished in March, I wanted to celebrate the completion of the blanket, but I also wanted to make sure the blanket was celebrating the Baby Blanche, and turns out it matches the crib skirt I made which matches her room. Perfect!
Can’t wait for Blanche to get here!
I made it to four stores during the Metro Yarn Crawl this year – Looped, Knit and Stitch=Bliss, Woolwinders, and The Yarn Spot. I attempted to have a purpose at each store and keep my projects in mind, but that lasted approximately two stores.
I apparently was in a neutral muted mood this weekend because here is my haul:
I tried to use the color contrast theory when selecting silk yarns for an ombre effect. The idea is that you can see the contrast in black and white better than when you are looking at the colors.
In the black and white picture you can see that I have a range of values but that the left most and the right most will contrast. Here is the color photo.
I already had the pink so that is why you don’t see the pop of color in the overall haul picture.
Thanks area yarn stores for the good crawl. I’ll be back next year.
is happening, but apparently I just have not been telling anyone about it. Here are the most recent pages I completed:
I have kind of random weeks completed and have been dealing with some computer, phone, printer issues that have made my January photos fall into the deep dark hole of “old technology.” I got this fancy new photo printer for Christmas, so I could print from my phone, which has been so nice. However, I had uploaded some pictures to my MacBook without realizing that the printer software is too new for the my old laptop.
Also, the bf starting working from home after the new year so we updated the office furniture to get a lot more storage for all the paper and binders that come with working at home. In that overhaul, I got a beautiful new standing desk just for Project Life!
Out with the old (Mugar the dog is so helpful) -
In with the new -
So empty and clean. I don’t have a picture with all our stuff back in the room, which maybe is a good thing.
I will continue to plug away at Project Life this year, but I think at my own pace and with less of a strict week by week set up. I still really like attempting to capture the everyday along side the big moments, so that is what I will aim for.
one skein of the white linen yarn to go.
Baby Blanche, my future niece, should be arriving shortly. Her mother asked me to fashion a crib skirt for her new room in their brand new house. Since the house is brand new to them (closed today!) and they have a brand new baby arriving shortly, the green carpet and blue walls of Blanche’s room are staying for the time being.
I sent Margo the link to Hawthorne Threads, which is great at organizing their fabrics into color and coordinating colors, and she selected several favorites and favs. I went with the one she labeled “favorite.”
Margo wanted a simple gathered/ruffled look, but was having trouble finding what she wanted.
It was hard to take a photo of the crib skirt since I don’t have a crib, so I used the banister. It will be sent off to Vermont once I can get to the post office.
I decided that I should not.
Loving this book
even though I’m not good at drawing.
I sign in date each one though because they are art to me.
I need the little prompts because I’m an adult and have inhibition stopping me from just drawing, but I am loving the process of just drawing whatever is on the page I open up to at the time.