11 years, 1 week, 1 day

I started this project on June 2, 2008.  Yep.  I worked on it that summer and fall quite a bit taking it to all my kids sporting events.  Then I just became tired of the seed stitch.  Over the years I picked it up a few times.  Maybe knitting one color.   However, for at least the last 6 years it sat in a bag.  Four years ago I moved it to the laundry room thinking if I could see it, then maybe I would work on it.  Occasionally it would catch my eye, but most days my eyes would gaze over it not giving it a thought.
Then one day, I felt as if it were longingly looking at me as if to say, "Please give me some love, Leslie".  So I picked it up, organized the yarn and decided to finish it before starting anything else.
This project sat on that set of US 7 needles for 11 years, 1 week and 1 day.  So grateful to free both the needles and the blanket.  It truly was a labor of love.

Pattern:  Seed Stitch Throw
Yarn:  Classic Elite Four Seasons

may knitcrate

You know I love a good Knitcrate and May did not disappoint!  The theme is "farmers market" which got me very excited for the upcoming months and all of the delicious farm stands in our near future!
I might just have my husband take me on a road trip around Pennsylvania while I work on one of these beauties!
Membership Crate:
Yarn:  439 yards of Knitologie Cozy Sock  75% Superwash Merino Wool, 15% Nylon, 10% Cashmere  in Citrus Squeeze.
Knitting:  Squeezed Citrus Socks by Sarah Jordon
Crochet:  Magic Socks by Lilia Vanini
Bonus:  In case the knitter in you doesn't want to knit socks there is a Bonus Cowl pattern.  The Jounce Cowl is light and perfect for spring and cool summer nights.
The Sock Crate:
Yarn: Vidalana Delight Sport  100% Superwash Merino Sport weight in Strawberries.
Pattern:  Dancing Butterfly by Cynthia Levy.

This is currently in my suitcase for our road trip to Yosemite.  I can't wait to cast on.

As always, your first crate is 20% off by using the code FKW20 at checkout.

a big blanket

That's a big ball!
I have always wanted to make one of those big chunky blankets.  And I knew just the birthday girl who might like it.  So, I purchased 2 big balls from Woolly & Co.  I could have used only 1 ball and still had a nice size blanket.   However, I ended up using part of the second ball to get the length I wanted.  It is the quickest knit with such pleasing results.  It literally took an hour and a half!
I cast on 23 stitches onto my arm. :)  And knit until the piece measured about 70 inches
Finished Measurements ::  42" x 70"
(If I were to use 1 ball, I would cast on 18-20 stitches and knit until the ball runs out!)

life

It's been a busy half of May.  I honestly can't believe it is the 17th of the month!

As the world has been turning.  I've been:
getting reacquainted with an old knitting project :: welcoming home my college boy :: visiting Asheville, the Blue Ridge Mountains and Charleston :: mourning the loss of my sweet friend Susy :: crying :: visiting my sweet mother :: loving :: spending fun times with my sister :: laughing :: baking :: cooking :: driving around my college boy :: trying new recipes :: knitting :: redecorating the house :: planning a new kitchen :: dealing with a wrecked car ::  more crying :: more knitting  :: planning.

Hope your May has been full of all of Lifes feels.  But more of the happy ones!  xx

first quarter

Can you believe that we are almost one month past the first quarter of 2019?!  Crazy!
Have you been keeping track of your knitting progress and goals?  If not in your a friend to knit with journal but in another one?  I'm a big list maker and I am all about checking things off my list!
Head :: the Savante hat.  And it just donned on me I never posted a pic!  (I'll share soon because it is such an easy and rewarding little knit.)
Hands  ::  motive,  toast.
Heart  ::  Byron Bay.  Never posted that pic either.  Ugh.
Feet  ::  holiday socks.
Design :: Wing it!

Would love to hear how you are progressing on your goals!

april knitcrate

We are having the most spectacular Spring day!  I hope you are, too!
I am currently sitting in the car dealership getting my 30,000 mile service.  They told me it would take a couple of hours.  If I have my computer or my knitting I can sit anywhere!  Especially if it's near a window!
April's Knitcrate is bright and cheery, just like today.  The theme is Entomology.  Colorways inspired or matched up to some great photos of insects!
Membership Crate:
Yarn :: 2 skeins Audine Wools Sigh DK  85% Merino Wool, 15% Cashmere 302 yards.  It is pure yummy.  And this cheerful red with warm undertones color is inspired by everyone's favorite aphid-eater, the ladybug.
As always 2 projects.
Knitting ::  Canopy by Destiny Meyer.  A classic top-down, triangle shawl, inspired by the canopy walk of Whiting Forest.
Crochet ::  Chrysalis by Liliana Buce-Chmelko.  A spring shoulder warmer.  Shorter than a scarf but just right for throwing over your shoulders.  It's a personal blanket with a lot more style.
The Sock Crate ::
Yarn :: 1 Skein Uru. Yarn Heels & Toes.  75% Superwash Merino 25% Nylon 400 yards.
Equal parts of two different colors with one of the colors split so you can use it for the cuffs, heels and toes of your sock.  This color way is Shield Bug, inspired by this vibrant Giant Mesquite Bug.
Pattern: :: Undergrass by Stephanie Voyer
This months Sock Knitcrate also comes with a tiny tin of markers shaped like stars!  Cause that's what we all are!  They are from Rebecca's Room on Etsy.  

As always, your first crate is 20% off by using the code FKW20 at checkout.

wing it

Ha.  Well, I don't know what to call this since I just sort of winged it. Maybe "wing it" would be a perfect name!   I wanted a sweater that was more like a sweatshirt, and since I had just enough Woolfolk Luft, I thought I would give it a try.  
I did a swatch, measured one of my sweatshirts, and started to knit.  I am pretty pleased with the results.  
It's a very wearable sweater.  And super cozy.  
I couldn't decide what to do for the ribbing.  After giving a 2x2 rib a try, I decided it might look a little more feminine with a garter rib.  
After trying multiple necklines, I settled for a simple neckline picking up stitches, knitting one row and binding off.  I quite like it.

The Woolfolk Luft yarn is so dreamy.  And I'm not sure this color shows in photos very well.  Sometimes it looks brown and sometimes it looks like a deep dark eggplant.  Or a raisin.  But the true color is Aubergine, L9.

I may consider writing this pattern up.  However, I will probably have to knit another one as my notes aren't that great.  😜 They are full of numbers that I wrote, crossed off, erased, etc.  Which was fine with me because I have always been a numbers person!