Wednesday, August 26, 2009

It's What's for Dinner...

Squash!! I love summer squash so I was very happy to come home tonight and find this perfect yellow squash as I was on my way in the back door. It's been many years since I've had a garden. But my daughter had a couple extra squash plants that wouldn't fit in her smallish, first vegetable garden so she sent them home with me. I popped them in at the end of a sidewalk border right by my deck and now... I have dinner! Just steamed with butter (tonight I settled for Smart Balance), salt and pepper = yum!!

I also have another recent FO to share. The yarn, Knitting Fever Jumbo Merino, was an impulse purchase that I was sure was destined to remain in my stash because I foolishly only bought 2 balls. A grand total of 66 yards! I was going to try Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's Unoriginal Hat but after looking at various projects on ravelry I was certain I'd run short. It was really bugging me that I'd bought this yarn that I was really drawn to - loved the earthy colors and softness - yet I bought it without a plan and couldn't find a pattern to use with it. So last weekend I just decided to knit a rectangle with a cable down the center and see if I could get enough length to make a neckwarmer. I made a buttonhole and one end and then knit down to the very end. And after blocking and giving it a little tugging it looks like it might work!

And a project currently on my needles is Liesl!

You might recognize this yarn. It was last seen as Vienne, (my ravelry project) which ended up in the frog pond. Who knew that frogging a whole sweater that had been washed and blocked with the ends woven in (really well I might add) would be such a chore. Took me a whole evening. And then more time washing and rewinding the yarn. But now I have the pleasure of knitting with this lovely yarn again and I'm optimistic that this project will be a success!!

Happy Knitting and thanks for all the nice warm wishes on the new little grandbaby!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Why it's a Finished Object or Two!!

Apparently I'm never going to be a regular blogger. I have trouble with commitment. Ask those who know me. Daily or even weekly is more than I can commit to. But this weekend I got a couple of projects finished, which always feels so good. So I thought I'd post a quick update. And now that something's come off the needles, something else can go on. Like Liesl and Ishbel and Selbu Modern and .....!

This is a little out of season... a winter scarf that stalled on the needles when spring arrived and then spent the summer patiently waiting it's turn again. I don't know what prompted me to pick it up this week. It's been quite warm and sticky here in the Philadelphia area but I dug it out of the "zzz" basket and would not rest until it was done. I knit until I ran out of yarn.

Pattern: Yarn Harlot's One Row Handspun Scarf
Yarn: Araucania Nature Wool Chunky 2 skeins / 262 yards
Needle: US 10 / 6.0 mm
I've used this pattern before. It's a (usually) quick, easy knit. Unisex. And I think it works well with variegated yarn and would work equally well with a nice solid color. It may become my 'go to' scarf pattern.

I also finished my granddaughter Devin's school sweater. I don't think I ever blogged about it. It started out as a navy blue cardigan, per uniform regulations, but I did fancy it up a bit with some feather and fan. Hope that's acceptable for school standards. I'll take some photos and update my ravelry page next week.

And there's one more FO in my life I should share.....

Born on August 13th. I'm smitten. He's beautiful. Now I have 5 grandchildren to fill my heart. And knit for.