Sunday Musings: Happy Halloween

 

Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.” - Edgar Allen Poe

It’s the last day of October and only 55 days until Christmas. I simply cannot believe how quickly this month flew by and here we are, Halloween!

I actually was able to complete my Happy Halloween piece last night and now just need to decide how I want to display it.  I love the way a lot of cross stitchers use checked fabric and ripped fabric ribbon for finishing.  I want to do something like that too, but not sure if I want it in a box frame, a display of sorts or as a pillow. I really love how it turned out and so happy that I had just enough of my Weeks Dyeworks in Onyx (for the stitches in black) for this piece… I only had an inch left after finishing.


Now to decide what I want to start stitching next, but want something easy, small and quick.  So I may start my newly acquired Litte House Needlesworks Fall Series. I love the colors in these designs and they are so small and sweet.

Courtesy of Little House Needleworks

I really don’t have much else going on at the moment.  I do plan to work on my socks that I casted on Thursday but feel this project will be better suited for working during my work week.  While I want to find a cardigan to cast on, I have out that on hold to give myself a slight break from the repetitive nature of knitting.  Socks are ok, but when I get into knitting sweaters, I tend to over do things and my elbows become very sore.

What are you up to today?

Friday Finished Object: 🎄Christmas Socks

 Today I am sharing my finished pair of Christmas Socks…


I started these socks on September 17th and finished them on October 26th. Normally it doesn’t take that long for me to make socks but I was knitting other things, so they didn’t get as much knitting love.

Here’s the particulars:

Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply, 75% Wool/25% Nylon, 437 yards

Color:  Candycane

Needles: Addi Sock Rockets 16” circulars US size 1 1/2 and Knitters Pride 10” for knitting in the round from the heel up.

Pattern: I used my own vanilla toe up sock recipe 

They fit well and my husband says they look like Elf socks.  While I enjoyed knitting them, I did find the yarn liked to split periodically , which I did not care for but other than that I’m quite happy with how they turned out.

Do you have anything finished this week?


A Fall Inspired Cast On

When I think of fall, I think of warmth, cozy and beautiful colors found in the changing leaves.  I love every aspect of fall and I am so grateful that cooler weather has once again arrived here in Phoenix.

Yesterday afternoon I cast on a new sock project using my stash of Less Traveled Yarn (local Arizona yarn dyer) in the color Monsoon.  Just look at these colors!!  There’s a mix of rusty orange, tan, light brown and a hint of blue.  I really do love this skein and to me, it says “fall”.



The pattern I cast on is called By The Seine River by Dona Knits (a free Ravelry download).  I have knitted this pattern before and absolutely loved it and thought it would a perfect compliment to my yarn.  I was right, it is ! 


I am content to have just one project on my needles while I still search for the right cardigan pattern.  Sometimes I like the simplicity of one project at a time.

What are you making this week ?

Wednesday WIPs: Just Spinning !

It’s been a very long time since I’ve found myself with no knitting works in progress, I mean there’s absolutely nothing on my needles!  I am trying to figure out what I want to knit next, which  I know will be a cardigan and most likely another pair of socks but for now I simply cannot find any patterns that are just “grabbing” my attention, especially for cardigans.  Socks are pretty easy for me but cardigans and sweaters take me a while to decide on what I want to make. 

I’m looking for cozy right now without a lot of fluff, if that makes sense.  I really like the finished cardigan Amber just shared on her video podcast, A Lovely Yarn, which is the Georgetown cardigan by Hannah Fettig and while I’m contemplating this pattern for my next cast on, it has to be the right project for the yarn I want to use from my stash, which is Noro Akari.  I will keep looking today and decide, I mean really it shouldn’t be this hard!

Meanwhile,  I will work on my spinning, which really is the best WIP for me right now as I’m two plying my second bobbin and should start plying the third bobbin this weekend.



I really love the colors in this handspun and can’t wait to see the amount of yardage I get from all three bobbins once plied.  I am noticing that two-plying is giving me a heavy fingering to sport weight right now, which is what I was hoping for.

Later this week I share my finished Christmas socks, which I completed yesterday.  They definitely will be a fun pair to wear in December.

What are you working on today ?  

Any fun WIPs ?

Pondering Mixed With A Bit of Knitting

 


This morning as I sit here enjoying my coffee and knitting, I am realizing this is in fact the last project on my needles and I honestly don’t know what I want to really cast on next.  After this pair of socks are finished I might just take the rest of the week off from knitting and concentrate on finishing up my Sleepy Hollow that I am currently plying. I still think I may cast on the Felix Sweater that I mentioned on Sunday, but still not quite sure yet that is what I want to work on at this very moment.

I am also catching up on my blog reading, and as I read Katies and Caroles blog posts today, it made me think of choosing a “word” in January that I can dive into and has me pondering what word I would choose.  Words are powerful and can often shape our paths profoundly. I have a lot of “words” floating around in my head and if I decide to start this challenge in January, it will be interesting to see what word I will choose.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday Musings: Another Lazy Day

“Do not let Sunday be taken from you. If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.” – Albert Schweitzer

It’s going to be a lazy kind of day today and I’m rather grateful for it because rest is much needed, especially for my hubby.  As I sit here enjoying coffee this morning, I am thinking about spinning and possibly casting on another sweater, or maybe a cardigan.

Yesterday I finished spinning  (finally) my third bobbin of Corridale in Sleepy Hollow and today I think I will start plying.  I’ve decided to two ply and will be using a center pull ball method for my plying. I definitely need to get back into the habit spinning 15 minutes a day. Spinning over the last few days has given me such joy.


My plans for my finished handspun is to incorporate the finished skeins  into a sweater.  I have never done this so I’m excited about the possibilities. I plan to start going through my yarn stash to see what I might have that will compliment the colors of the Sleepy Hollow.

Planning …

I downloaded all my purchases of Interweave e-Magazines into my GoodReader this morning and will start looking for ideas for possible sweaters or cardigans to cast on, and will be going through all my Ravelry purchases too.  I am thinking about casting on the Felix Cardigan by Amy Christoffers (Ravelry link) using my stash on Lionbrand Yarn Woolease in a yummy fall color called Umber. I love fall colors and right now I seem to be gravitating to deep browns, rusts and burnt oranges.

Courtesy of Lion Brand 

Reading…
Not much else planned for today other than a bit of reading 📖.  I am enjoying Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie and should be finished with my book in the next few days. Right now I can’t quite decide what I want to read next, so it will be interesting to see where my mood takes me. Books I am considering next is The Little Shop of Found Things , The Map of Time and The Mystery of Mrs. Christie.


What are you doing today?

Saturday Are Meant For … Spinning Wheels !

The music of the spinning wheel will be as balm to your soul. - Mahatma Gandhi

While my hubby is busy watching college football, I decided it was a great time to clean, polish and oil my girls.  Living in a desert can take its toll on our antiques and my wheels.  They get dry quickly and need to be nourished often. It’s amazing how quickly our wood pieces soak up the polish (Feed-n-Wax by Howard Products) and even more amazing how quickly they dry out.

My Ashford Traveller was an antique store find. She was in really bad shape but came to live quickly and she spins wonderfully. I still need to find a few more bobbins for her, and a Lazy-Kate too.  I think I need to plan something to spin on her soon.


My single treadle vintage Schacht Matchless was a Goodwill find that joined my family of wheels last year. This poor wheel was so dry and had seen too much love.  I am still trying to get the hang of spinning on her but I can say I have loved spinning Shetland wool on her.


The Matchless on the right was purchased used from Carma up at Fibercreek in Prescott.  This was my dream wheel to own and was so excited when she came home with us. You can read more here.


And then there’s my Flatiron, Matchless and Ladybug.  All spin quite differently and I love them all.

So it’s been a great morning and the girls look beautiful and happy.  I think spinning might be in store this afternoon.

What are you up to today?

Friday Finished Objects: A New Pair Of Socks !

I’m so happy that I have a finished pair of socks to share with you today and I absolutely love the colors!!

The best part, I have perfectly matching stripes, which as a sock knitter who obsesses over matching stripes, this is definitely a win win!!


Pattern: My own vanilla toe up recipe with a cuff using a k2,p2 rib

Needle Size:  US Size 1 1/2 over two 16” circular needles

Yarn:  Lang Ja Woll Color - Aktion 100 grams/420m (459 yards)


What have you finished this week ?

Throwback Thursday: My Old Kentucky Home

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



This time of year I miss the fall colors of Kentucky.  I took this photo October of 2005 while we were visiting My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, KY.  The park was gorgeous and filled with trees rich in colors of gold, reds, and oranges.  It was so beautiful and we enjoyed it so much.

Such good memories 🍁


On My Bookshelf: Hallowe’en Party 🎃

I finished Death Comes to Pemberley yesterday and posted this short review on Goodreads…


I have never read any of Austen’s books, so my review is not one from a diehard fan. That being said, I truly loved this book and found it quite refreshing. There was enough intrigue to keep me going and even though I saw the PBS production of this book, I could not remember who killed Denny. For me it was the perfect book to read for October.”

 

I truly enjoyed this book and think it would be one I could read again. So this one will stay on the bookshelf for a while.  I am now reading Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie and think this will a fun read.  I am giving a copy, along with a Halloween card, to my mother-n-law. I hope she enjoys it too!


At a Hallowe’en party, Joyce—a hostile thirteen-year-old—boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. - from Goodreads

 What are reading this week?

Sunday Musings: A Lazy Day

The sunrise this morning was so gorgeous and it was so wonderful to sit outside with our coffee to watch the sky change as the sun rose.  It was a perfect temperature, 55 degrees, and I had to put a cardigan on as it was a bit chilly.  I do believe sweater weather is almost here!

I feel a bit slow today and don’t seem to have to much energy to really work on anything today. I did have plans to work on my cross stitch project but think I will save that for another day.  Today is going to be a lazy one, and I think a cup of hot tea and my book will be perfect for my mood, and I may even sneak in a nap.


This morning we went to Target and I came home with two new books, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie along with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (not quite 4 stars on Goodreads), which I am quite not sure why I bought this book but maybe it’s because I liked. the movie. Time will tell if I ever read it or if I will end up donating it (most likely).

Enjoy your day everyone!

Another Finished Nuuk

 When I find a pattern that fits me well and that is super easy, I tend to make it often.  And lately this has been the case with sweaters. I need to branch out more but I am happy right now knitting the same pattern over and over, and besides it’s fun to change it up a bit.

I have finished my third Nuuk Sweater and I love it! I have been trying to use up stash yarn this year and not buy anything new yarn until my stash is whittled down.  So for this project I was able to use the last of my Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and I’m quite happy with the end result.




Here’s the particulars…

Pattern: Nuuk by Jonna Hietala

Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter 100% American Grown Targhee-Columbia Wool

Amounts: 4 skeins in Tartan, 2 skeins in Hayloft and about a quarter skein in Bale. Approximate yardage around 900 yards.

Needles: Knitters Pride Zing US Size 6 for neckline and sleeves ribbing. Size US 8 for everything else.

Modifications: I casted on the Size 4 and worked the pattern as written up until separation of the sleeves.  After separating the sleeves and working three rounds, I added 4 stitches at the underarm area. The top portion of the body was worked in Tartan, changing to Hayloft in the middle.  I had just enough of the Tartan for a stripe, and then alternated the Bale with the Hayloft for additional striping.  This paid off and I was able to have just enough to finish the sweater in Hayloft, with only a yard of yarn leftover.

This project was perfect for using up stash yarn and I really love how it turned out.  The only thing I should have done different was make the stripes a little more proportional, meaning I should have had a couple of stripes in Bale mixed with the Hayloft at the top too.  All in all I love it and can’t believe this is my 8th finished sweater for the year!

Until next time, be creative!

Tina

Wednesday WIPs

Is it already Wednesday?  

Wow, where has the week gone!  

So about my WIPs, I am still working on my Fall Socks, Christmas Socks, my Happy Halloween Cross Stitch project.  I’m hoping to get back to these projects but honestly I’m just focused on one thing right now, my Nuuk Sweater.


I decided to break up the Hayloft with four rounds of Tartan, which was the last of what I had.  I have now joined the second skein of Hayloft to finish it off.  At the rate I’m going I should be finished before the end of the week.



I am truly loving how this sweater is turning out and will share my modifications once I’m all done.  Meantime I’m stash diving again to decide on the yarn for another sweater project that I have in mind.  For some reason this year, I’m all about sweaters.

What are you working on this week ?

Until next time, be creative!

Tina


On The Bookshelf: Death Comes to Pemberley

“could even the most brilliant novelist contrive to make credible so short a period in which pride had been subdued and prejudice overcome?” ― P.D. James, Death Comes to Pemberley


I started reading Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D.James last Tuesday.  

Now I must say I have never read any of Jane Austen’s books,  and I know many of you may be gasping in shock or shaking your heads, but no matter how much I’ve tried I can never seem to get into the books.  Love the storyline, but not the books.  

Some day that may change and I may have to read Pride and Prejudice.

With that being said, I’m enjoying P.D. James book.  It has just enough of Austen in it mixed with James’ flair for mystery to keep me interested.

It will be interesting to see how I feel about this book when am all done, but so far I love it!

So is there anyone like me who can’t get into reading Jane Austen?

Have a great day everyone!

Tina


Sunday Musings: Embracing The Cool

 

 “Light tomorrow with today.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Fall temperatures are starting to arrive and we sat outside with our coffee embracing the coolness of the morning, and the quiet tranquility of the beginning of our day.

For me it was awesome just to sip my coffee and be able to work on my Nuuk sweater without getting super warm.  I hope I can finish up this project soon!!


I really like the look of the Hayloft color next to the Tartan, it’s so rich and such a fall color! I am about a quarter through this skein and have one skein remaining.  I am thinking that I will join Bale next, work a few rounds, then two rounds of Tartan (I think I have just enough from the sleeves and neckline) and then work a few rounds of Bale again before finishing off in Hayloft.  That idea may change, but that’s the plan for now.

I really haven’t made much progress on anything else because I’m just to busy and honestly have too many projects in the works.  Somewhere in the day I want to get back to spinning.  I’ve really missed my wheels, and need to start spinning again.

Until next time, be creative !


New Acquisitions Have Arrived 🎃☃️🐑🪶

For some reason I am on a cross stitch kick and can’t seem to stop buying patterns.  That can be a good thing and it could be a bad thing.  I mean really, when will I make them all!!  But I can’t seem to stop and I don’t think I will because if I don’t get to them this year, there’s always next year that I can work on them too.

So this week I received in the mail some fun pieces that I wanted to share with you, and I will say that I am definitely in a Autumn, Halloween, Christmas stitching mood.

I love sheep and I could not resist buying Carrots for Ewe by Marie Driskill.  I purchased this pattern from Keepsake Stitchery on Etsy, and it arrived super fast!

I also have a fondness for snowmen and ravens.  I purchased these two patterns from one of my favorite shops on Etsy called Annabellas, Let It Snow by Stoney Creek (I love their stuff) and Oct 31 by Cottage Garden (a new to me designer that I’m growing fond of).  This shop always has the best selection and patterns arrive quickly.



I also had to purchase this cute Waxing Moon Design (another favorite designer), Watch It Snow and an adorable design by Little House Needleworks called Sleepy Hollow Lodge.  Both of these also came from another favorite Etsy shop call Farmers Attic.


I have a few more goodies coming in the mail from Anabellas shop that I will be sharing with you next week. And hopefully I will be sharing finished piece as I am close to finishing my Happy Halloween by Primrose Cottage Stitches.

What have you been getting in the mail that is fun ?

Until next time, be creative!
Tina

A Friday Finish!

I’m so excited that I have an actual finished object to share today, which is my Photographers Hat.  I still need to slightly block it as the ribbing is a tad bit snug but all in all it was the perfect project for a single leftover skein of yarn and I absolutely love it!



Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in the color Pearl

Needles:  16” circulars - size US 6 for the ribbing and size US 8 for the body of the hat.  I also used size US 8 DPNs for the decreasing of the crown.

Pattern:  Photographers Hat (free pattern on Ravelry)

Photo courtesy of Lavanya Patricella

What have you finished up this week ?

Wednesday WIPs: Pretty Much the Same But With Progress!

Sorry for the late afternoon post but I have been training this week with my company and have been starting very early in the mornings.  The nice thing about training though, I am able to knit while I learn and listen.  This makes me quite happy and it really helps me to keep focused.


As mentioned in a much earlier post, I am using my leftover stash of Shelter Yarn by Brooklyn Tweed to make my third Nuuk Sweater.  I wanted to make sure I had enough of the Tartan color to finish the sleeves and neckline ribbing, which was all finished yesterday and now I am almost finished with the fourth skein, and final, skein of this color.  I plan to add Hayloft next, followed by Bale. I really do love this yarn and hope it turns out like I am envisioning it will.


I have knitted about 2” on the leg of my Fall Socks and hope to have this one finished by the weekend so I can cast on the mate.  My Christmas Socks have had no knitting love at all and I am still at the point of starting the heel. Hopefully I will start working on this project next week.


I am still working on my Photographers Hat that I casted on about a week ago and now working on the body of the hat.  This shouldn’t take me too long to finish and I really like how it will look all blocked out.

And the last WIP to share is my fun Halloween cross stitch by Primrose Cottage Stitches. I have finished all three pumpkins and noticed a slight mistake but I’m running with it because I really love them!



Whew… I need to find more time to get these projects all done!  I have confident my Nuuk will be finished by the end of next week (fingers crossed) and think my cross stitch project will be finished over this coming weekend.

How’s your week going?

Any fun new finished objects or new projects started?


Until next time, be creative!

Tina

On The Bookshelf: A Finished Book and Starting A New Book

 

I finished “The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah” yesterday afternoon and have to say that I personally loved it.

I am puzzled by the bad reviews on Goodreads but feel that it’s just diehard fans of Christie that cannot see past their love of the author and her betrayal of Hercule Poirot.  For me it was written quite well and I felt that the author portrayed Hercule Poirot as Christie would have. 

There were just enough twists and turns in this book to keep me in suspense and the plot definitely kept me going. I was totally surprised at the end to find out who did it, which is not often the case in mystery books I’ve read in the past.  So I must rate this book with ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.


I have now started Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James.  I’ve owned this book for quite some time but never have read it and thought it would be perfect to start the month of October with. This is another book with very mixed reviews so it will be interesting to see what I think about it after I’ve finished reading it.

A Synopsis from Goodreads:


 It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.    Then, on the eve of the ball, the patrician idyll is shattered. A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, who with her husband, the very dubious Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. With shocking suddenness, Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery.”

I will share that I watched the PBS Masterpiece mini-series, Death Comes to Pemberly, several times and absolutely love it.  I often wished there had been another season, only because it kind of left it open for that.  If you enjoy period mystery pieces, I highly recommend it!

Have a wonderful day!

Tina

Decorating Time !

 Time to decorate for October …







I don’t do too much decorating for the holidays anymore but do have the above pieces that I placing on our bookcases and around the living room.  I am hoping this year that I will be able to make a few more fun cross stitch and embroidery pieces to add to my collection.  I love vintage Halloween decor and want to try to find a few pieces this year when we go antiquing.

Do you enjoy decoding for the holidays ?

Until next time, Tina

Sunday Morning Musings: Thinking About Plants and A Little Sweater Knitting

 

 “On this Sunday, let us take a few moments to stop and thank God for all of the beauty that is in this world.” – Unknown

What a beautiful Sunday Morning! I am so happy that we can sit outside on our patio and enjoy the cool morning air.  This makes me so very happy and brings me so much joy.



Today I am working on my Nuuk Sweater.  I just joined the third skein in Tartan and once this skein is finished will finish up the neckline and sleeves using my forth skein in the same color.  I still plan to have a striped body and have decided to alternate the Bale and Hayloft every four rows.  If I have enough Tartan left I will include it too.


Cody is enjoying the coolness of the mornings too and has been my constant knitting partner this past week.



I still need to buy plants for our pots that I have scattered around our patio, as well as herbs. Our tomato plants are doing quite well, and so is the rosemary, peppermint and cucumber.  I have pesky caterpillars on my cilantro that I can’t seem to get rid of, but hopeful they will be ok.


The hanging buckets will have herbs in them soon. I also think I will pot a few flowers in this area too.  Earlier last week I moved our vinca to the front courtyard and think the pots have helped to brighten up the area quite a bit.


I also potted an Elephant Bush, which seems to like it’s pot and location.

“Elephant bush does well in full to partial sun. Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day. If planting indoors, place it in a sunny window. This succulent tends to stretch easily if not given enough sunlight, however the stretching isn't as noticeable as other succulents.”


Nothing else planned for the day other than a little repair needed in our dishwasher and taking our baby boy to the park.

Have a Happy Sunday!

Tina


Saturday Morning Vibes

We woke up to 65 degrees this morning, perfect for sitting outside on our patio with our coffee.  My husband and I are so very excited to see the temperatures dropping, and I look forward to more time outside in our back yard!


I have made great progress on my Primrose Cottage Stitches Halloween pattern.  I’m so happy that I discovered a quick technique called Stitch in Hand and want to say thank you to Katie for sharing this awesome tip !  It makes cross stitching so much more enjoyable and as Katie mentioned in her post, quite meditative too.


Not too much going on with my socks and sweater, but I did cast on a hat using my single leftover skein of Malabrigo Rios in Pearl.  This is a project that I’m working on during my training sessions for my new position with my company, and it’s perfect mindless knitting.  The pattern I’m using is the Photographer’s Hat by Lavanya Patricella, a free Ravelry download.

For this weekend my husband and I are taking it easy, which is the perfect time for me to work on my projects.  We do plan to go out for a bit to pick up a few herbs to to pot.  I want to start getting things potted now so we can have a decent growing cycle for our container gardening.

Enjoy your day!

Tina