Monday, February 22, 2016

Two weeks already?

Time sure goes quickly!  I will show you my progress on All Creatures Great and Small by Barbara Ana first.


Hmm.  I need to take a more recent picture.  I have the tree between Adam and Eve all finished.  Oh well.

I finally blocked the Pioneer Girl Shawl by Susan B. Anderson.  The only time I showed it before, it was just a WIP on the needles.  Here it is on the blocking mats.


It's amazing what blocking does for lacework!

I also took a pic of my  Stopover on -- it does fit!  Whew!


And I tried on my Flying Geese Cowl too.  See how it matches my winter coat?


(Yes, that's Dutch Beauty behind me in the picture.)

I was in the mood for knitting, but couldn't settle on a project.  I've decided I'm a definite sweater knitter when I can find what I want to work on.  Well, I finally settled on Ondawa, another pattern by Michele Wang through Brooklyn Tweed.  I've loved this one forever, just like Rowe!  I'm using Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the Barn Owl color.  Did a swatch, and I have now finished the bottom ribbing section and am ready to start the main body of the sweater (front or back).

swatch blocking


So exciting!  I'm enjoying this knit a lot.

The weather around here has been crazy.  For Valentine's Day it was freezing!  Minus temps at night and single digits during the day, windy, blustery and just plain toooo cold!  This past weekend, it was in the upper 50s to 60 degrees!   Wha???   But I'll take it!  I'm not one of those people who longs for snow.  I should live somewhere where it doesn't snow or do any other of those nasty forms of precipitation.  I'm hoping Spring is on the way!

Mia prefers the warmth too.


And a good amount of sunshine!

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


28 comments:

Sherry said...

The stitching is looking beautiful!! I absolutely LOVE that sweater you are wearing! The scarf is really pretty too.

Evelyne said...

Great sweater it's nice and warm for the cold days you have there.
Here, it doesn't snow!
I love the strawberry too!It's lovely!

Have a nice week and stay warm.
Evelyne

Vickie said...

What a wonderful pattern you are working on. Oh Margaret, you did awesome on your sweater and cowl.

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

I love this sampler and will do it one of these days, I'm sure. Yours looks beautiful! Love your cowl and the sweater too and that shawl is gorgeous! Have fun knitting your new sweater. Mia is beautiful, as ever!

Vera said...

Gorgeous knitting Margaret -- all of it!! That shawl is wonderful and your stopover I love. I may need to get that pattern. I've decided if I'm going to knit a sweater it had best be a fast one or I will never, never finish it - lol.

Melissa said...

My goodness, so much gorgeousness around! The sampler is looking great and I can see it's a fun one to easily pick up and put down, what with all the "motifs".

I admire your knit-iveness! lol. I hope to start a new sweater pattern this spring but currently just knitting more of the same shawl for gifts (yarns purchased when on sale), and focusing on getting my sewing going again!

Vicki said...

Margaret, I so enjoy seeing all of your handiwork. Whether it's knitting or stitching, it's all awesome!

Jackie said...

You must really be enjoying stitching all the animals! They're so cute.

I love your cowl! I've been thinking of a cowl like that where I can cover my head when needed. Hats look horrible on me and I thought this would be a good comprise (and not mess up my hair as much as a hat does).

Carol said...

So glad that pretty new sweater fits, Margaret--it looks great on you! Love the cowl, too--you are such a quick knitter. Wow! The sampler is darling--nice one to pick up and put down with each little animal.

We've had the same weather as you. Of course, this weekend when it was gorgeous and 60 I had to work both days--wouldn't you know... Oh well!

sandi s said...

I love all your knitting! It's all so pretty. I love Susan Anderson and her work too. Hugs,

woolwoman said...

oh how fun to see you modeling your new sweater and cowl. They are both awesome ! LOVE LOVE the Pioneer Girl - I had looked at that when Susan B first mentioned it on her blog but of course it got lost in my shuffle. Your blocks tiles are very nice. I'm lazy - I just use the top of our guest bed then I don't have to get on the floor.
Onadawa - another gorgeous choice from Michele. I love that ACGAS - it's just so neat. I hope your winter weather is over but my grandmother used to say we could have winter thru Easter and that is pretty much true down here in the deep south.
Hope you have a great week too ! Mel

Annie said...

Seems like you would really go for cold weather since it gives you a chance to wear all these gorgeous woolens! Think about those deprived people in warmer climes who can only dream of snuggling up in those sweaters, cowls and shawls! You really are one amazing knitter!

The sampler looks so good. Lots of progress to be proud of there too.

Mary said...

My goodness Margaret, your fingers must be on fire! So much lovely work you've done in the past 2 weeks. Based on what you've got going on All Creatures Great and Small, I'm going to have to track it down for myself. Reminds me just a bit of His Eye is on the Sparrow, another epic you led me into!

And the Pioneer Girl shawl......what can I say? I only wish I had more hours in my day....

Veronica Ong said...

I love how both the sweater and cowl matches your coat ^^ That's a lot of progress on All Creatures Great and Small in such a short time!

Hugs,
Veronica.

Linda said...

Lovely stitching and knitting Margaret.

Linda

Kiwiflowa said...

I love seeing your knits both here and on instagram! I hope I'm a sweater knitter too I've just ordered enough yarn to make my 1 year old nephew, and then if it goes well myself, a sweater. I'm going with the Flax pattern by TinCanKnits for my first attempt! One day I hope to manage a Brooklyn Tweed pattern they are stunning.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Everything is so lovely! I like it all. You have been a busy girl!

cucki said...

Lovely knitting and stitching my dear
Big hugs x

Brigitte said...

When it comes to snow I'm like you - I just don't need it, lol. But if you lived in some warm region without snow and cold you wouldn't need need all these wonderful cowls and sweaters that you knit :) Stopover looks so absolutely gorgeous, it's my favorite.
Great progress on your Barbara Ana sampler.

Lynette said...

Wow, you have made great progress on the sampler! After your previous post I started on mine but progress is much slower! I'm loving it though - stitching on 40 count linen for the first time ever!
All your knitting looks wonderful (so glad the sweater fitted!)

Erica said...

Your knitting is amazing! You seem to be very quick at it. I am a very slow knitter.
I blame it on my eyes which have gotten worse lately. My knitting and stitching have slowed down.
Beautiful progress!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Your knits all look so good, you're really into knitting these days. I think it's such a relaxing thing to do and they do say it's good for the mind.
Mia is so cute as always. The weather has been very much up and down this winter - we've at last had two sunny days this week.

Judith Makes said...

beautiful knitting and stitching!!

Penny said...

Your knitting is just gorgeous, Margaret! You inspire me to keep plugging away at all of my beginner knitting so I can get to the really interesting stuff. :) Mia has the right idea - that's just what I want to do - curl up in a nice warm patch of sun!

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

Your sweater is gorgeous. Least you find a balance with your knitting and cross stitch. I forget about one when I pick up the other. Love the sampler also.

Beth said...

Such a pretty cowl and sweater Margaret. You are so very talented.

Darlene said...

Your work is beautiful... All of it! Thanks for sharing.

mainelystitching said...

I really feel like I need to come live with you. Your knitting and stitching are forever making me wish I could crawl in to my monitor to see them up close. And Mia ... ah, Mia. <3