Tuesday, September 13, 2022

To post or not to post

I have been very busy knitting and crocheting since daughter Carol's wedding, and posting to my blog has really not been a priority. I haven't been in the mood to post bits of progress, so I keep asking myself if I have anything worthy of posting. Finally, the answer is yes!

My Hitchhiker shawl is finally finished! I'm short one pattern repeat, because I didn't pay attention to the yardage requirement. However, I don't think very many people will come up to me and ask to count the number of teeth in the finished piece. 

This is knit with Malabrigo and is fantastically soft!

I finished another Kria shawl for Mean Green Goes Pink night. I was doing a little online shopping, and through a little back and forth conversation about Wollmeisse yarn with an Etsy seller a discussion was started about knitting and crocheting for charity. The shop owner sent me a sample of Peruvian highland wool, the vibrant pink yo see in the picture. I finished it off with Wool of the Andes from KnitPicks.

A couple of weeks ago, Mom and I went yarn shopping at our favorite shop, Yarn Hollow. Jamie, the owner, had posted a picture of the Moreton Street Cowl, and I wanted to see it in person. This is knit in hand-dyed fingering weight yarn (Cherry Blossom) and Rowan Kidsilk Haze. It is absolutely luxurious!

There was a lady shopping for yarn while we were there, and she asked Jamie how long it would take to knit this cowl. Jamie said she wasn't sure, because she had stopped working on it to finish a top she wanted to wear on a vacation to Scotland. She guessed two weeks. With that in mind, I headed home and started right away. I started winding my hand-dyed yarn into a ball on Friday evening. Two weeks later, I finished my cowl at 10:30 in the morning. Jamie had it right... two weeks!

I really enjoyed knitting this cowl, but I'm not overly fond of the point. I think I may look and see if I can find a pattern that is more rounded, or I may try to figure it out on my own!

Monday, August 22, 2022

Kria 2 finished!


I finished my second Kria shawl just a few minutes ago. There's a YouTube tutorial for this shawl, which may be helpful to some.

I'll probably wait until the weekend to block it. This one is for our school's annual Mean Green Goes Pink night, which is a fundraiser for the Beverly K. Roberts Foundation. This is a local charity that benefits local cancer patients.

I'm thinking of putting it in a basket with a cozy mystery and a selection of hot chocolate, something I could go for!

Now I have to decide which yarn I want to work with next!

Wednesday, August 17, 2022



I spent a good portion of the afternoon crocheting, and I made pretty good progress. I'm into the lighter pink portion of the yarn. The pink will fade into white and then grey. This Kria shawl is working up so quickly!

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Kria #2


I couldn't help myself! I had a cake of YarnArt Flowers Alpaca by my chair, and it was calling to me. What's a girl to do? I picked up my crochet hook and started another Kria shawl. I did take it out after a few rows. The yarn calls for a 3.5mm hook. The fabric seemed too stiff to me, so I started over with a 4.0mm hook. 

This is a sport weight yarn, so it's working up very quickly. I wonder how quickly I'll finish this one?

Monday, August 15, 2022

It took a while...


Apparently, I didn't take note of when I started crocheting my Kria shawl. I think it took me about a month to make, but with all the activity around here, it may have been longer. This is a great pick up and put down project. It can be as small or as large as you like. I used one ball of Scheepjes Whirl Blueberry Bambam. Once the pattern is set up, it's a simple two row repeat.

On to finishing another project!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

A little bit of everything

Today was the perfect day to do a little bit of everything. The temperature was in the upper 70s with low humidity. So, I worked in the yard a little, did some laundry, and finished a little housework. I even managed to drive to Carol's house with some of the things she had brought over for the wedding.

Mom and I watch about an hour of news each morning, and I've taken to crocheting during that hour. I know it's hard to tell from the picture, but more of the blue in the yarn is finally showing. Blue makes me so happy!

It's been a while since I've worked on my Star of Bethlehem doily. I'm nearly finished with this round!

This afternoon I worked on my Hitchhiker shawl and finished another pattern repeat. All in all, I had a very productive day!

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Getting back to normal

We're starting to get back into a normal routine after the wedding. I took Carol's dress to the dry cleaners today. Other than that, we stayed around the house and worked on small tasks.

I did take a little time for crafting. My Kria shawl is coming along nicely. Others who are working on it have finished very quickly. Mine is taking an awfully long time!

I also worked on my Hitchhiker shawl. I have 32 of 41 pattern repeats finished. I love the color!