Monday, January 18, 2016

Eeek! It's been a while.....

I can't believe I haven't blogged in so long!  I know other bloggers say that too.  Somehow time just gets away from us all.  It's been so long, I don't know if I'll leave a project out.  I've been a bit scattered, to say the least.

I knitted another hat, and it ended up going to the boy child.  It's called the My Cashmere Hat pattern by Plucky Knitter.  I used Plucky Knitter cashmere yarn -- so soft!  The color I used is called Social Graces.



Now the boy child has two warm hats to wear from his mum.

The girl child gave photographic proof that her Baa-ble hat was keeping her warm now that it's cold out.



Poor father type felt left out what with both kids getting hats.  He timidly asked me if he was going to get a hat too.  lol!  So I thought about my stash and what hat would work, and I chose the Turn a Square hat by Jared Flood and Brooklyn Tweed.  I used some of my leftover Flannel color of Shelter from my Rowe sweater, plus a skein of Noro Kureyon.  I forget the colorway for that.





Father type is pleased and his head is warm now when he goes out.  :D

I finished a shawl -- the Pioneer Girl Shawl by Susan B. Anderson.   I used Plucky Primo Fingering yarn in the Mr. Edwards colorway.  I haven't blocked it yet, so I don't have a good pic of it.  But you can get an idea from this.


And -- I can hear you gasp -- yes, I actually did a bit of stitching!!  I started Margery Dean by the Scarlet Letter.  I did finish the main green color of the top border (to make sure the design fit), but the only pic I took is this one of the top left corner.


Hopefully I will get back to her soon.  I know various people were happy to see me stitching on instagram!

I'm afraid the knitting called me again.  I picked up a UFO, the Lidiya scarf from Rowan and Kaffe Fassett.  I love this scarf!  And I feel more comfortable with stranded work now, so it seems a lot easier than when I started this one.



I'm a bit farther along than these pictures show.  Just haven't taken a more recent picture.  I'm using the called for colors of Rowan Felted Tweed.

I THINK that's all I've been working on.  lol!  I did do a gauge swatch for another sweater, but as usual, I didn't get gauge and felt too frustrated to try again for now.

I'm an empty nester once again.  We saw the boy child onto the train to Boston today.  It's his last semester of college.  So unbelievable -- how time flies!  (Can you tell it was cold today?  lol!)



Luckily, boy child and Mia got some good time in together before he had to leave.



Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!


Monday, December 28, 2015

Last post of 2015

I realized that I should do a last post for this year.  I did manage to make two Christmas hats, although one wasn't finished till the day after Christmas.  I made the Baa-ble hat  (design from the Shetland Wool Week people) (the one that everyone seems to be knitting), and gave it to the girl child for Christmas.



And the boy child had to wait an extra day, but he got the Pressed Rib Cap (design from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas) in his favorite colors, purple and orange.



(Yes, he's reaching out to pet Mia.)

And I finished putting in all 24 squares from my Opal Sock Yarn Advent Calendar on my mitered square blanket.




To backtrack a bit, the kids came home the weekend before Christmas to decorate the tree.  Hooray!





And we had a nice family Christmas celebration on Christmas.




I'm not planning to do a year in review, but I will post a pic from a hashtag that seems very popular on instagram, #2015bestnine.  Here is my best nine, according to whoever developed this app or whatever it is.  (Google it and you'll find it.)


These were the pics that were "liked" the most in instagram this year, according to the app.  As I said on instagram, I guess I'd better get back to stitching!  :D

Mia is never quite happy around Christmas.  Too much activity for her accustomed routine.  But she did enjoy her Christmas presents.



(And yes!  We saw Star Wars!  Of course!)



Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week.  And many wishes for a happy, healthy, peaceful and safe New Year.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Rowe is a finish!

I had to post early for this.  A finish!  My Rowe, designed by Michele Wang and in the Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2014 Collection.  I knit it in the Flannel colorway using Brooklyn Tweed Shelter.




I'm so pleased with how it came out!  And yes, I even enjoyed knitting all 422 stitches of 8 inches of ribbing around the collar and front!

Week before last, the father type and I had a Google Christmas party to go to!  It was a party for all the tech people working at Google NYC, so it was big.  Before meeting up with the father type, I headed over to Bryant Park, just to get into the holiday spirit.





Then it was time to meet the father type and head to the party!  It was at the Waldorf Astoria.  Very nice!












We left the party when it started getting too crowded for us old fogies.  Such party poopers!  When we picked up our coats from the coat check to leave, there was a long line to check coats in.  The party was just getting started....   but not for us!  :D

Last night we picked up our boy child for Christmas vacation.  Yay!  We have him home for a whole month!!



Maybe Mia will have time to forgive the boy child for leaving her all the time....

(Did you notice that father type got a haircut?  Look closely at those pics above...)



Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.  It's almost winter!  Enjoy!