Sunday Musings: A Finished Hat and Life

“Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

Yesterday was a very relaxing day which allowed me me to concentrate on finishing up my crocheted hat.

So this handspun (shown below) that has been in my stash for a very long time turned into a lovely crocheted hat. The fiber was Anzula Luxury BFL Fiber in the color Forest.  When I bought my fiber, I bought three braids.  My first braid I decided to 2 ply but after learning how to chain ply, I decided that the other two braids would be finished in a chained ply (a.k.a Navajo Plied). I ended up with one skein at 166 yards and the other at 100 yards.

After seeing the Alder Cone pattern, I knew it would be perfect for this handspun and I am so happy with how it turned out. I am thinking about making a matching cowl or scarf using what was leftover along with my other braid if two ply.

Sundays to me are the best days of the week. It’s a day of resting, a day of preparation and a day spent entirely with the man I love.  We don’t do too much on Sundays.  Sometimes we go out to a favorite antique shop, but normally we just stay home and enjoy the day.  

This morning is starting off with me making biscuits for the week (hubby’s breakfast every morning) and a peach cobbler for desert tonight. 
For anyone interested, here’s the link to the peach cobbler recipe I am trying today. Pie made in a cast iron skillet and cooked on the grill is always awesome!

I hope to do a bit of spinning today and finish up what has been on my wheel for quite a while. And if time allows, I may even work on my sock.

What ever you do today, I hope you find it relaxing and peaceful.

Until next time, be creative!

Friday FOs - One Finished Sock

In April I casted on a vanilla toe up sock using my stash of Plymouth Happy Feet in 100 Splash in the color Autumn.  The colors in this yarn is so beautiful and the yarn itself is so soft!  For some reason I set the sock aside, probably because I have been on a sweater knitting kick, but decided this week it was time to finish it and cast on its mate.

So, yesterday I finished it and immediately casted on the mate.  I am using a slipped stitch heel for toe up socks created by Wendy Johnson and really like how it looks and plan to make more toe up socks using this heel method.  The only thing I was not quite happy about was the stretchy bind off method I used for the cuff.  It turned out ok, but looks a bit loose. I need to find a different method for future socks.

With the specks of orange, black and purple, the finished pair of socks will be perfect for this fall, especially for Halloween.  I can’t wait to finish the mate!!!

Until next time, be creative!

Knitting Catch Up: A Little Sock Knitting

Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either. - Elizabeth Zimmerman 

I been working on my two knitting projects and quite pleased with the progress I’ve made.  I won’t bore you with a photo of my sweater but I am back to the point where I was before I had to rip it back to the ribbing and that makes me quite happy. With straight stockinette and a size 10 needle it knits up rather quickly and is the perfect project for me to have during the day to work on as it is rather mindless

Last night I worked on my toe up vanilla sock and I am almost ready to start the cuff.  I started this sock in April but for some reason I just haven’t been in the mood for sock knitting of late.  I think it’s because I’m on a sweater knitting kick and focused on my goal of what I want to finish this summer.  However I am so close to finishing that I may start working on it so I can cast on the mate.

My only other project is a non-knitting one.  I am drawing again and working on a floral piece.  Drawing, like knitting, is very soothing to my soul and takes my mind away from the daily stress of life.   I am still trying to decide on the best Bible verse or quote for the round sphere on the bottom, and I am hopeful I will find just the right thing.

Until next time, be creative!

Sunday Vibes …. The Heat Has Arrived

"Sometimes I have loved the peacefulness of an ordinary Sunday. It is like standing in a newly planted garden after a warm rain. You can feel the silent and invisible life." ~ Marilynne Robinson

This past week I lost quite a few of my sweet little succulents due to the extreme temperatures we had here in Phoenix.  At 116 degrees to 118 degrees, I don’t think I would have been able to survive the hot blazing sun either.  I tried to protect them as best I could, but the heat just about did them in.

I spent the morning repotting all of the succulents that I had outside into small pots so I could bring them inside.  I was not able to save them all but at least I was able to save quite a few.

The rest of my day has been spent relaxing with my hubby and our sweet boy Cody, who definitely knows how to relax on a Sunday.  It’s now time 
 for a cup of tea and my book.  

I have started a new series (new to me that is)by Alexander McCall Smith called
The Sunday Philosophy Club.  I just finished the first book and have started reading the second in the series, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate.  So far I am enjoying this cozy murder mystery series, and look forward to reading them all!

Until next time, be creative!


Handspun Finish…. Bilberry Pie

I purchased a set of 1 oz packs of carded Corridale called Tutti Frutti from Paradise Fibers a few months ago. These fun colors are being spun for a tapestry weaving I want to create using my table top loom I’ve had now for two years and have yet to use.

I finished the color Bilberry Pie about five days ago and ended up with 34 yards of chain plied yarn in a worsted weight, which matches the first two colors I spun up.

The color is such a “blue”, with  almost a hint of turquoise in it.  I really love the tweedy look of the finished handspun too. This will be perfect for the tapestry I am planning.

Now on to the next color!

Finished Objects and New Objects!

I thought I would would wait until Friday to share my finished projects but decided today was the perfect day to share, especially since I’m off today.  I am proud, and happy, to say that I kept my goal of finishing my second Nuuk sweater by June. I used 8 skeins of K + C Element in the color gray.  I really love the self-striped look of the finished knitted fabric and it fits perfectly!

Of course it is Cody approved too 😀

On May 16th I started the Wild Bloom Cardigan by Rachel Misner (aka Evelyn and Peter).  For this project I used 7 skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease in the color Natural Heather and a size US H hook.

I finished this crocheted project of June 31st and absolutely love how it turned out.  This will be perfect for a layering piece this fall/winter.  I do think I will go down a size though, this was a but “roomy” for a size medium/large.

What’s on your needles, hooks or wheels?