sunset highway

I am totally strolling down the Sunset Highway and loving it.  I just love when I am all in on a project.  I wasn't at the beginning because these just don't seem like my colors.  But, I don't know, now that its spring, I am excited to wear something other than black and grey. ;)
I'm in Boulder visiting Libby.  Well, I came to help her pack up a few things (I can't believe she is nearing the end of her sophomore year!) but we haven't really done much of that yet.

I did bind off for the body.  The pattern calls for a stretchy bind off.  I can't believe it, but I have never done a stretchy bind off!  In the past, I would just use a bigger needle size to make it loose.  It was great to learn something new.  I just LOVE that about knitting!  Always new techniques to learn.

h e l l o

Oh my goodness.  I did not intend to take this long of a blog break.

I brought out my camera for the first time since I was on spring break and found this photo which is one of very few that were taken.  Seems like a million years ago.  I'm glad I have it to remind myself that I really did fly all the way to Hawaii and back.

I'll be coming back to this space with some knitting content very soon.  My fingers have been super happy working on my Sunset Highway sweater.  It seems to be the perfect spring time knit even though we are having snow flurries while I type!

Happy Monday!

it's time for spring break

{Sweater:  Sunset Highway ::  Mitts  ::  a new Cowl}
Headed out for Spring Break tomorrow.  I've known what knitting was coming with me since Monday.  First things first!  We are only gone about 10 days but I always fear I am going to run out of knitting.  So, I bring options.

I won't be back in this space until after Easter.
 
Happy days to you!  xx

march knitcrate

If you are unsure if spring will ever come, check out what Knitcrate assembled for their March's Crates!
 Sugar Sugar is the theme, and the colors scream sweet.
 "Light, like marzipan and fresh French macaroons, these fruity, candy-colored tones are just what we need coming out of cold weather and headed into spring."
Well, I believe that is just a lovely thing to see and think about!
In the Membership Crate:
Yarn:  2 skeins of Ura Yarn in Lovender.  (Yes, Lovender.  I just love that name.)  Its a beautiful purple with blue and teal speckles.  A Sock weight that is 70% superwash merino, 20% nylon and 10 % stellia.
Patterns:  As always, two patterns are included.  This beautiful shawl named Bloom by Chelsea Berkompas, and a crochet sock pattern named by Brenda Anderson
This is a retail value of $63.00... all for $24.00
In the Sock Crate:
Yarn: A beautiful  fingering weight skein of Brediculous Yarns in Sweet Treat.  75% SuperWash Merion and 25% Nylon.
Pattern:  Pink Socks.  A beautiful pattern with a lace leg, a smooth foot and a traditional heal.  A great choice for those looking to add a different stitch to their usual pattern choice.
Extra:  Licorice and Mint tea bags by Tea Pigs.   Two bags.  So make some tea and call your friend to knit with!
A retail Value of $37.00 all for $23.99.

If interested in ordering, use the code FKW20 to receive 20% off your first knitcrate.  (Works on all crates.)

yesterday

 Yesterday was so spectacular.  One of those gorgeous days that give you hope that spring truly is right around the corner.  (Despite the impending snow we should be getting today. ) Yesterday I grabbed the basket where my Maine Squeeze sits and a tartan blanket. I headed outside and plopped the blanket on the freezing flagstone.  I let the chickens out of the coop and sat with them to protect them from the hawks that would love to have them as a snack.  They were in heaven.  So was I.  It felt so familiar.  Like I was sitting outside, knitting, watching my children play. It truly seems like yesterday that I was doing just that.
So, it's hard to believe that I drove my oldest baby back to college (OSU) on Sunday after his Spring Break.  I told him I couldn't believe that he only has about 6 weeks left until he will graduate.  He told me that he is more than aware.  That he has known to treasure every day of this year.  I reminded him that treasuring every day of every year will be the only way to think from now on.  Cheers to yesterday and more importantly to today.

humulus

Love Love Love this sweater.  The process.  The finished product.  All of it.  I love that I realized that German Short Rows are definitely the short row choice here.

And I'm not gonna lie.  I shrunk it a little (by accident) while blocking.  You see, I always block using the washing machine.  I put the machine on the hand wash cycle.  And then I put it on the spin cycle to get all of the water out of the fibers.   And I'm not sure what exactly was happening with my machine, but it spun it and spun it and spun it and in the process it shrunk it a bit.  It was a bit bigger and boxier before the blocking.  Now, not so much.  However, I like the fit.  I'll keep it like this for a while.  Maybe trying to block it out a little bigger in the future.

Pattern:  Humulus
Yarn:  Quince and Co Lark
Needles: US 5 and US 6
Size:  M1

oh march

Whoa.  March 10th.  I don't know where this past week went, let alone 10 days.
Hmmm.  Let me think:
I went to Boulder to visit Libby.  I stayed there for 4 glorious days.  It was mom's weekend, so I met some other Moms.  We hiked.  Drank coffee.  Talked for hours.  I knit.  She did homework.  We slept.  A lot.  We had delicious dinners. We held hands.  We walked dogs.  I cried when I left her.  I packaged orders.  I shipped orders.  I've excised for 30 minutes every day.  (I love this challenge.) I cleaned the pantry and the refrigerator.  I restocked the pantry and the refrigerator.  I cooked.  I cleaned.  I did laundry.  I knit. I overslept.  I under slept.  I booked airline tickets.  I booked bus tickets.  I fought our water bill.  I changed our auto insurance.  I knit.  I finished humulus.  I spoke to Andrew's teachers.  I talked on the phone.  A lot.  I hugged.  I kissed.  I loved.

Happy March and Happy weekend, friends!