Sunday, September 14, 2014

one for me, one for him

the for me part is something i didn't knit.

this is hitchhiker. knitted by deb.


she gave this to me the other day --- and i love it!

the yarn she used is a non-wool sock yarn. i do not have the label, however i used something similar when i made my patchwork socks.

the weather is a bit cooler today, and i've been home most of the day --- i have been wearing it around the house.

… finished project #2 … for marco ….


i finished his socks, but i cannot get them to photograph well. either the color is off, or it's hard to see the stitch pattern.


the color and stitch pattern are better in this shot.

the socks will be a christmas gift, only because sending a package to italy is expensive and unreliable. airfare and a personal visit is definitely the way to go!

i have also finished my pink malabrigo lace banana leaf scarf. it just needs to be blocked (schmutzie volunteered to block it for me).

i'm itching. ITCHING. to cast on something new … but should probably finish other projects first.

Monday, September 01, 2014

pink & green ….. pink & green

happy labor day!

i love a weekday off, especially a monday. however, tomorrow will be twice as challenging.

1st of the month, first business day of the month, … after a 3 day weekend ….

but, back to the knitting!


pink & green!

on the left is my banana leaf shawl. it's lovely. i've never knitted with malabrigo lace before --- but all the rumors are true.

it is delicate (though i've not broken it yet). the end of my scarf has gotten fuzzy (especially the tail where i cast on), and it's deliciously soft!

i bought two hanks of yarn. i fell in love with the 1st hank (a soft pink). but, i could not find a good match for hank #2. i chose the closest one to it.

when i wound the yarn, the yarn i started with was the nice soft pink. as i progressed, the shade grew darker.

i wound the second hank. it was darker --- so i rewound to find the other end which was lighter. the colors are blending well.


the color changes are not due to the angle of my camera or the light, but the dye of the yarn.


here's the green part … sock #2 of marco's socks.

now, both projects have entered the realm of "mindlessness" … i can work on either, without a pattern.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

green or blue?

for years, green was my favorite color. i still ♥ love ♥ green, but now i'm loving the color blue more … more specifically, navy blue.

i think it's because my hair has grown more silver, and i prefer how i look in a dark blue instead of green. or maybe, because my new glasses are a combination of a deep purplish blue and a lighter blue (though, i had also fallen in love with a green pair).

nevertheless … the socks i'm knitting now are green.


i've made all kinds of progress since my photo a few days ago. the color is a bit bluish in this photo --- the actual color is a bit more of an army green.

i'm not accustomed to knitting man-socks. they are bigger. more yarn. more knitting. but i don't mind. i have SO MANY SOCKS. and when marco visits, it will be winter here. and my apartment is cold … especially the floors.

though i have a ton of socks, my best protection from the cold floors are these nasty slippers!


for me, this is hitting the limit of publicly sharing … these are my ancient nasty nasty slippers. they are stained. worn. all kinds of nasty.

but i haven't found a replacement pair. they are down slippers, 'mule' style. made by sierra designs. i would gladly buy a replacement pair if i could figure out where. they are the warmest slippers ever. and i will keep wearing them until they deteriorate completely or i find worthy replacements.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

sock update … yes, i'm surprised too!

my favorite color use to be green. as of lately, i decided my new favorite color is navy blue.

but, i want to knit socks for marco, for when he visits in the winter. and i found a nice green yarn (from stash) for him (green, HIS favorite color) … though he assures me that he will wear any color(s) i knit.


today, while out doing laundry, i cast on this pattern (Haring hit Maassluis), it is free. 

it will be a good knit … all texture, in a gansey style. because of all the knits and purls, i'm trying to hold my yarn in my left hand. 

it is awkward. and i wonder if it would be easier with dpns instead of magic loop. BUT, the stitches are made faster. the slow part comes from switching from one needle to the other. 

Saturday, August 09, 2014

catching up!

today feels a bit slower … because of the rain and the lack of commitments.

never mind i'm always awake at 6:30 on a saturday … the day most sleep in.

i'm still working my way back into a routine, and dusting off the jet lag.

maybe all of it was not jet lag, but jumping right back into an intense corporate environment, without yet regaining a foothold.

foot? feet?


yes … socks … 'tis august now … the month of finishing!


a finished pair of socks!

i actually made a project page here.

i did not realize the stripes would be so large … but i kinda like them.

i also finished another pair, but the color in the photo is not so great … so we break now for a picture of a scooter.


…. a Pandora scooter.

marco sometimes drives 2 different cars, both Fiat, and in the nicer weather (local, and no beach umbrella or chairs) , rides his scooter.

so while out today, i stopped into the Pandora store and picked up a token of my vacation.

knitwise, the above socks are finished, and i'm knitting on another pair.


i'm working on these basic stockinette socks, though i really want to start something new.

… a sweater? (for the fall)
… socks? (because  … need no reason)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

i am behind on sharing ...

i have been on vacation, and i returned last weekend. it has been a long week of "recovering". i think i can say i've recovered now --- jet lag is not a myth!


guess where i went?

… there's nothing compared to the wonderful sunflowers of tuscany!

for my travels, i wanted to take a mindless knitting project. a friend suggested to me to knit a hitchhiker. that was actually the perfect travel knitting.

a couple of days before my departure, i cast on. i finished the scarf on my final flight home. i did not sleep on any of my flights, so i had plenty of knitting time. while in italy, i knitted some while in the car, or a train, or on the beach.





… me knitting in Pisa. i was waiting for ♥ someone ♥ ….


i wish this photo was larger!


i did start something new … again, something "mindless". this pattern is free on ravelry, and is similar to the hitchhiker. i am using berroco's alpaca fine (i think! … i lost the label).

the pattern is called nurmilintu.

Saturday, July 26, 2014


i changed the title of my blog. typically, over the years, i've maintained 2 blogs (one for crafting, one for everyday life).

but, often those things merge. and after 9ish years i have less inclination to segregate my life.

so now, 2 blogs in 1.  i've often been annoyed with checking out crafty blogs that include the crafty and personal, but now … i don't have the time or desire to keep things separate.

that said … here we go !!!

Monday, July 07, 2014

happy 4th!

my fun banners were finally put to use this past holiday weekend.

i had a fabulous 4th of july!

my friend schmutzie came over in the early afternoon. we spent the day on the porch knitting, and later walked up the street to see the fireworks from the boylan bridge.

the next day, we went to her house so could do my laundry, and hung out on her deck.


yes … a police car. i live in walking distance of downtown. the police presence is high due to the holiday and all the nearby events.

BUT, notice my bunting hanging across the porch!

over the weekend, i knitted and crocheted. i first finished all the pieces of my insouciant pullover. all's that left is blocking, sewing, and finishing the neckline.

i also crocheted on my tunisian shawl.


i should had finished this months ago, but i keep getting distracted. once i start the decreases, it will go quickly --- but i have a feeling the edging will be a slog.


i also knitted some on my socks --- my "mindless" socks --- and i'm on the heel of sock #2.


so, when we went back to schmutzie's on the 5th, the party resumed on her deck. i took a different bunting to drape across her canopy.


this one has lovely corals/reds/grays.

and lastly, i started a new project.

so, schmutzie is happily knitting on a shawlette (bandit style). it's so pretty! i ask, "what is the pattern?". she shows me. ugh, i want to do it too. but, she only has a copy of it.

it's from a book. i say, "where's the book?"  … "lost!"

WHERE? … (sigh) (somewhere) … she thinks it's in her bookcase. i think, if it's in the bookcase, then it probably got swallowed by another book.

i found it.

so now, i can start my own.


the pattern is pogona by stephen west. it's somewhat "mindless" too.