Friday Round Up: WIP Review

I keep telling myself that I need to finish what I’ve started before casting on anything else but I can’t seem to focus on one project right now.  I try to rationalize this by thinking a variety of projects keeps me from getting bored, which is true to some extent, but the truth of the matter, there are so many lovely designs to knit, so many gorgeous fibers to spin and not enough time in the day, or even the week, to work on all of them.

I am actually quite pleased with myself that I only have two knitting projects, one crochet project and one spinning project.  My plan this month is to finish my second sock, finish spinning my #spookyspin19 fiber from last year and try to finish both of my cardigans, or at least make good progress on them.

So here’s a recap of what I have going on .....

The purple black color of this BFL is just dreamy!

I only have a small amount left to spin!

Once I’ve finished spinning this yummy purple, I will be starting the coordinating color, which is a mixed BFL in green, black and orange.  I have decided to chain ply both finished bobbins and hope for enough yardage to make a fun Halloween shawl.

In my knitting basket I have the beginning to my Vodka Lemonade cardigan.  I am almost finished with the collar and hope to start the increases for the body of the sweater later today.  Underneath the collar, is my Porch Light sock, which I have yet to cast on the mate for but maybe will get to it this weekend.

I really love how the moss stitch is looking, and 
so far I am really liking the Silky Wool.

I am also working on my Up North Cardigan too and have decided this crochet project will be perfect for me to keep on my desk for working on during the day.  It’s rather mindless crocheting right now, so this will help me move along quicker.  I really don’t have a new photo to share quite yet but hope too soon.

Tomorrow my hubby and I are planning a road trip up to Prescott.  We plan to hit a few antique shops, my favorite LYS, Fiber Creek, and have lunch at our favorite spot, Marino’s Mob Burgers.  We are so looking forward to getting out of Phoenix and can’t wait to have loads of fun!

Until next time, be creative!

Throwback Thursday- Kentucky


Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place.” “Daniel Boone

Feeling a little nostalgic today and thinking of Kentucky.  The above photos were taken October of 2005 at Long Run Park, Louisville Kentucky.  One thing I miss at this time of year is the beginning of fall, the fall colors and the cooler weather that follows the turning of leaves.  

My husband and I are seriously thinking hard about returning home to Kentucky.  If I have my way it will be very soon!  I miss the land, the people and the feeling of being home. Most of all I miss the climate.  It is so dry here in Arizona and we hardly ever get rain or any humidity, which is part of living in a desert.  I miss the dampness, the rain and the feeling of not being “dried out” all the time.

Soon.... very soon, we will be making a decision to return back home.

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Monday and Happy Labor Day

“Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it."

— Maya Angelou

It’s been a very lovely and relaxing Labor Day weekend.  My husband and I decided just to stay home and relax, and I am so happy that we did.  Life right now is very challenging and even a bit sad.  There is no joy, no happiness, no laughter, just sad masked faces.  I don’t enjoy doing things much anymore and struggle at times being in the public.  This is not “normal” and I am so heartbroken to see the county I love become what it is becoming.

Before I get too carried away with my thoughts, I will share what I have been doing the past few days.  I finished my Porch Light sock on Friday but haven’t casted on the mate yet, but plan to some time this week.

I have also decided to do a little crochet and have started the Up North Cardigan by Jess Coppom of Make and Do Crew.  This pattern is so well written and the tutorials provided by Jess are awesome!  For this project I am using Akari by Noro in the color #13 Hirosaki.

The colors are a mix of purple, gray, ice blue and black.

I have decided to incorporate more crochet this year and have a few cardigans lined  up to make.  I also plan to make a few more crocheted accessories using my growing handspun stash.  For me crochet, like knitting, is very satisfying but the best part, it is so much quicker than knitting!

I am also spinning and still working on my Spooky 19 mixed BFL.  I am so excited about the fiber I purchased from my friend Sherrill for Spooky Spin ‘20.  

Aren’t these colors awesome!  This is Falkland in the colors Winifred Act 6 and Act 7.  Spinning for Spooky spin starts October 1st and I can’t wait!

Until next time, be creative.

Friday Finish: A lovely new handspun skein

am super excited to share a photo of my finished two-ply handspun, and even more excited to share that I managed to achieve 309 yards of fingering weight!!!!  I am very happy with the results, and found that if I spin thinner and two-ply, my spinning is more consistent and I get more yardage.

The colors are scrumptious too!

Color:  Patchwork Quilt

Dyer:   Created by Elsie B

Fiber:  100% Falkland

I am thinking this finish handspun will be just perfect for Close To You by Justyna Lorkowska .  I know that according to the designers pattern I will be shy of 100 yards, but I can modify as needed.

Until next time, be creative!

Wednesday WIPs: Knitting and Spinning Projects

I see to have been not open bitten by the knitting bug, but by the spinning bug too!  I have been highly motivated to cast on projects, plan out knitting projects for the next few months and have started two spinning projects.  

Why all this activity?  It’s largely due to the change of weather here in Phoenix and knowing that cooler temperature are drawing near.  I have also decided to knit all that I can during this time so that I will be able to enjoy my hand-knits even more.

On My Needles ...

I have casted on Vodka Lemonade using my recently acquired Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool.  I am very excited about this cardigan and think once I get going, it will end up being a fairly quick knit for me.  The best part of this, the yarn I am using is very light and airy, perfect for early fall and late spring for the desert climate I live in, as well as a perfect layering garment for road trips.

I am almost finished with my first Porch Light sock and truly love how it is looking.  I should have the first sock finished by the end of the week and will have the mate casted on too. 

On My Wheels ...

I am spinning my stash of Shetland on my new to me Matchless single treadle and have two bobbins finished.  The fiber I purchased is a gradient sample pack of sorts in natural colors, Shetland Brown to Fawn Shetland by The Sheep’s Company, which I plan to use for a simple striped shawl.  I also plan to spin the second pack too, Shetland Black to White Ombré.  Both packs are 5 oz each, and if I spin slowly and thin enough for a three play, I should have just enough for my planned striped shawl. 

Left:  Black to White Ombré 
Right:  Brown to Fawn

Here’s  two of my finished bobbins ....

I have also started spinning the first braid of last years “
Spooky Spin 15”.  The rich black purple of this BFL is awesome!!!

Once this bobbin is finished, I will be starting the second color of BFL.  I am thinking I will 2-ply each bobbin using the center ball method.  

What are you working on this week ?

Until next time, be creative ! 

Hello September!

I am so excited that it is September as it starts the countdown to cooler weather here in the Phoenix area, which means I soon can wear many of my handknits.

My hubby and I are also giving thought to what types of plants we want in our backyard.  We have decided to go 100% container gardening and will be incorporating hanging baskets too.  This makes me so happy and I can’t wait to get our hummingbird feeders back out too!

Until next time, be creative!