branching out

Cast on in February and it is finally done, in July. In my defense I put it down when it was half finished, also in February, and didn’t pick it up again until last week. I do like the pattern it is easy enough without being mind numbing, and the results are pretty.


pattern:  Branching Out
yarn:  Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, dark purple
needles:  Clover Bamboo & Crystal Palace Bamboo, US8
cast on: February 25th   cast off:  July 27th
notes: When picking up Branching Out again after almost 5 months I couldn’t find my size 8 needles.  I found one Clover bamboo size 8 and one Crystal Palace Bamboo size 8.  The last half of the scarf was knitted with one of each.  I have no idea where the missing needles are. Well, duh, if I knew where they were they wouldn’t be missing.




lace, that is.  I finished a project that qualifies for the Amazing Lace, ’bout time.  Oh, and I completed the Pit Stop.


pattern:  Lacy Mock Cable – July Monthly Dishcloth KAL
yarn:  Lion Cotton – Grape
needles:  Clover Bamboo US7
cast on: July 25th   cast off:  July 26th

I also finished knitting up Branching Out today, not much to look at right now, I’ll block it this weekend.




While writing this post I got a call from Hubby.  He locked his keys in the car, with the lights on.  I grabbed the kids and we headed out to rescue him.  Luckily he was only a couple of miles away and it didn’t take long to get there.  I handed him my keys and he walked over to his car, then came back.  “Umm, do you have the key?” “It’s on the ring.” “No, it isn’t.”  Shit!  when Hubby had work done on his car a few weeks ago I gave him my key, I didn’t get it back from him.  Just as we were about to call a tow truck to get them to open the car a locksmith pulled into the parking lot. $40 later he had his keys and when I got home I found the key sitting on the dresser, sigh.

what do I pack

The new MagKnits and Knitty are out, and, for once, I really like patterns in both of them.  With MagKnits this usually isn’t an issue, I can appreciate most of the patterns even if I won’t be knitting them up.  Knitty is sometimes another story.  There are issues where I just go “WTF!” and move on, this is NOT one of those times.

In MagKnits:  I love Alison’s pattern, Wimbledon, so classic.  Ok, I most likely won’t knit it up but I love it, maybe I’ll try and find someone to knit it for.  The girl’s dress is very cute, too.

In Knitty: MUST. KNIT. FETCHING. Daughter wants a pair of Knucks.  RPM is calling some Lorna’s Laces I have in my stash.  Baudelaire is a wonderful pattern, it has modifications for a high instep, woohoo.  Tulip Toes are just adorable.  Crosspatch and Swell will be perfect for The Dulaan Project.  (I’ve already printed out most of these, I am so exited)

I finished another MDBD:


pattern:  Ballband Washcloth Mason-Dixon
yarn:  Lion Cotton Grape and Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Hot Green
cast on/off:  July 1st – July 3rd

I also have been working on the Monthly Dishcloth for July, umm, after 5 days I can clearly see it’s not my style.  I will be ripping it out. (and prolly knitting a MDBD, hehehe)

Last night I started a sweater for Daughter, for this comming fall.  The sweater is a top down sweater from Knitting Pure & Simple in Mission Falls 1824 Wool.


Yesterday morning it was decided that the family will be going out of town this weekend.  There is a family gathering in Eastern Washington and Hubby finally realized that we should go. His grandfather, George Carter, has been nominated for the 2006 “Legends” of Washington Wine and all of the family is going to be in Prosser for the Gala.  We won’t be attending the Gala, missed the deadline for the tickets, but will be attending all the family functions.  Hubby’s father was one of eight kids, and all but two, and assorted members of their families, will be in town for the event.

How is this knitting related, you ask.  FOUR hours in the car, each way!  Eight glorious hours of knitting time.  That’s how!  Now, what to bring? 

  • Daughter’s sweater – yes,
  • Branching out – it’s purple, I’m over half way done with it, I should just get it over with, and it qualifies for Amazing Lace – yes
  • Flower Basket Shawl – my Amazing Lace project.  Not. Even. Started.  hmmm . . . ok, but what yarn?  I was planning on knitting this in a fingering weight yarn, I have some Knitpicks sock yarn in some purples, Grandma and Hydrangea.  The difference in the two is that Hydrangea has some deeper purples in it.  I also have some Tahki Yarns dream in a beautiful royal purple.  Oh, and athe KnitPicks Shimmer in grape Hacinth, I would double this one since it is a lace weight yarn.  I think I’ll save the TY dream for a more detailed pattern, one that you want to really showcase the beautiful lace.  FBS is a more substantial patten that I think can stand up to a varigated yarn.  Opinions anyone?
L to R: KP Hydrangea, KP Grandma, dream, KP Grape Hyacinth
  • I’ll also take along the Fetching Pattern, If I have enough left over after I finish the neck down sweater I’ll knit it out of that.
  • I have a couple of WIPs I could also take along . . . Lupine Lace socks, Bazaar Socks, Pinwheel blanket, a sweater that needs seaming . . . maybe.

I have all of tomorrow to decide and do laundry and pack and go to Daughter’s Horse Camp ‘graduation’ and and and . . . sigh.

Tristan & Isolde came from Netflix today, I am off to watch, knit, and maybe have a beer.



happy mother's day

Random musings mostly on knitting: 

I was able to spend the morning with my daughter at the clinic.  She has had a cough for almost 2 weeks, so after a blood test and chest x-rays (both were fine) we were sent home with two prescriptions and instructions to return if she wasn’t better in a week or so.  I’ll be taking the son in later as he has been coughing too.  It’s hard to get over something when you aren’t sleeping, so after lunch I’ll bundle him off.

I was able to do some knitting on my Lupine Lace socks while waiting.  I am really enjoying this pattern, so easy to memorize, and it has that nice little bit of lace.  Speaking of lace, I joined yet another KAL.


The plan is to complete several lace projects this summer; the Flower Basket Shawl will be the main project, but also finishing Branching Out and a couple of pairs of socks.

I have been knitting lately, just not blogging about it too much.  I have finished the main knitting on Molly from Junior Knits by Debbie Bliss for Daughter.  I need to seam it up and knit the ribbing on the cuffs.  I used Mission Falls 1824 Wool, I really am loving this yarn.  I have enough, in my stash, for two more sweaters, in theory one for the son and another one for the daughter.


Yesterday, while at Costco to pick up just a couple of things, I took a stroll thru the book section. Oh. My. Goodness.  There was a huge stack of knitting books from Potter Craft.  The titles included:  Big Girl Knits, Morehouse Farms Merino Knits, Mason-Dixon Knitting, and Inspired Cable Knits.  They were all $18.49! 


These are the two that followed me home and will go back for the other two soon.

I have been swatching for a new project, a felted knitting bag.  I found some lovely Noro Kureyon, color 81. it has purple and green, which are my colors, with white and brown.  Brown, not my color.  Not at all. So I edited my Kureyon.



Does anyone else do this, or have I commited a sin in the world of Noro knitters? 

I think I will use the edited out bits to knit up the felted bowl that is in One Skein.  For the bag I will be using some Cascade 220 in a dark purple, the same one I used for my Hermione Mittens, and I’m swatching to find a white/natural yarn that will felt.  I know pure white, that has been bleached, won’t felt, so I’m trying some Cascade 220 in Natural.  I have knitted the swatch but still need to throw it into the washing machine, to see how well it felts.

I guess I’ve rambled on enough . . . I’m going to go outside and enjoy the day.