Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mini Vacation

Finally a vacation. We turned a concert into a very long weekend in Western MA.

This would be the one and only Gordon Lightfoot! We ended up in the 8th row....the seats were great!

We took a couple of day trips around the area....Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls:

Favorite view from Mt. Sugarloaf:

The one thing I didn't do was any knitting. I know...shocking!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Wet spun linen anyone?

I picked up this yarn when traveling a couple of years ago to Sitka, Alaska.

While it wasn't easy to knit with, the linen is hard on the fingers, I really like how it came out. I didn't at first like the pooling then it grew on me. When I was blocking it this past weekend my husband mentioned it looked like Tartan, I can work with that - in fact I really like it!

The pattern is from a shop we visited when we got back to the lower 48 in Washington. If you are a long term blog reader, it was the same trip we visited Debbie Macomber's shop A Good Yarn and actually ran into Debbie!

Pattern: Bias Before & After Scarf by Churchmouse Yarns & Teas
Yarn: Country Linen by Raven Frog Fiber Arts
Colorway: Raspberry Truffles & Cream
Yardage: ~300 yards (and I used all except 7 inches!)
Needles: US 6, 4 mm
Ravelry Page

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Best blanket ever....

when you are sitting in a cold living room, thank you AC!

I've been working on this blanket exclusively since late March. It wasn't one of those things that I would knit on every day...more like if I got a row or two in a week I was okay with that, especially when it hit the center section.

It took about 7 1/2 balls of the yarn, of which was semi-planned. I had originally planned another project for this yarn, however, when this pattern came out from WEBS, I had to knit it! I had 8 skeins in my stash, so I planned the center of the blanket accordingly.

I'm enjoying it during the evening when the AC becomes a little much.

Pattern: Snowdrop Baby Blanket by Kirsten Hipsky (WEBS)
Yarn: Valley Yarns Longmeadow
Colorway: Periwinkle
Needles: US 6, 4mm
Ravelry Page

Now I think this little cutie needs another hand knit something or other.....