Yarn Along – February


What is ‘Yarn Along’?
Yarn Along is a place at Ginny’s blog where Knitters meet
(Crocheters are welcome, too)
to share all the wonderful projects being worked on,
finished,
frogged, (ripped out all the hard work)
learned from and cried over.
These dear people also share what they are reading,
or like me are listening to,
adding a bit of the story line
or a provoking thought.
(I haven’t been able to read and knit/crochet at the same time.
Sometimes I can’t even talk and knit/crochet at the same time.)

Yarn Along
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading
and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~
This is how Ginny begins her blog, Small Things,
on the First Wednesday of the month.

TA-DA
Ripple for Travis is finished!
Approximately 48 inches X 80 inches
nice size for a 6 foot + son-in-law.

Next Project in the Time Out pile.
Moods of Change by Frank O’Randle
What I found!

After checking everything out,
trying to figure out where I left off
AND what size hook I was using,
I decided to start all over!

Begin
February 6, 2018
I like the pattern,
the repetitions are make sense
and are easy to follow.

Row 20 completed at 1:30 am 2/8/2018
about 24 inches across.

Sporadically, reading

from the back cover:
Boundaries in Marriage helps you understand the friction points or serious hurts and betrayals in your marriage
–and move beyond them to the mutual care, respect, affirmation and intimacy you both long for.

I’m hoping to learn how to be a better partner in my marriage.

Linking with Ginny’s yarn Along @ Small Things

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One of my Favorite Things to Do

I enjoy knitting and crocheting,
the rhythmic, repetitious movements
are soothing and and comforting.

I love the tools, I call them toys.

knitting needles, crochet hooks,

a swift

and a ball winder

stitch markers, row counters, scissors, and yarn needles,

I like to see yarn wound up in cakes.

I like making things.
and giving my projects as gifts.

But my favorite part of playing with yarn is
trying new patterns.
Challenging myself – Can I do this?

This afternoon I played with this pattern:

Flower Puddle Ripple
1st 9 rows of 51+ rows of ripples and cables.
I can do this!

You can see the completed blanket here.

BUT . . .
I am trying to finish what I start
because I’m not a good finisher;
I am a wonderful starter.

SO . . .

I continue to crochet

row after row of ripple,

yep, it’s getting boring

because I . . . can . . . really . . . do . . . this . . .


I’m glad I have a furry helper.


I’m linking here with others who like to play with yarn and its toys,

Yarn Along is Back!


What is ‘Yarn Along’?
Yarn Along is a place at Ginny’s blog where Knitters meet
(Crocheters are welcome, too)
to share all the wonderful projects being worked on,
finished,
frogged, (ripped out all the hard work)
learned from and
cried over.
These dear people also share what they are reading,
or like me are listening to, adding a bit of the story line
or a provoking thought.
(I haven’t been able to read and knit/crochet at the same time.
Sometimes I can’t even talk and knit/crochet at the same time.)

Yarn Along
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading
and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~
This is how Ginny begins her blog, Small Things,
on the First Wednesday of the month.
During the month we can link up to share
what is going on with our hands wrapped around needles or hooks and yarn.
Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest and are noted.
Now you know.
This link will take to Ginny’s,
I hope you enjoy your visit.
You’ll see me there.

Back in December I removed my favorite games from my phone.
Too much time and, yes, I bought lives,
too much money was being spent in that activity.
I began reading more and crocheting more and finishing projects much faster.

With newly purchased yarn
I made dear friends in New York an afghan to help stay warm.

and my oldest daughter, Mary, an afghan
to brighten her new home.

I decided to work on WIPs (Works in Progress)
and finished (as big as I wanted to make) Rings of Change
for my middle daughter, Margaret, for Christmas.

A little boy needed and blankie and Spice of Life not finished
but big enough for a little boy received a border and I called it finished.

Next WIP pulled out of time out was Galaxy of Change, December 31, 2017.
It was stalled on row 24, I made it until row 36
when I found my stitch count was off, too much to fudge it.
I ripped back to row 33.
Beginning again and counting VERY carefully.
I passed row 36 and last night I started row 45.

Crocheting is so much easy with a correct stitch count.
I don’t really like the large kinda diamond shaped holes, so I’ll fix them.

on Kindle A Prairie Heritage series, Vikki Kestell
Last two Audible books –
The Inn Keeper of Ivy Hill and Lady of Milkweed Manor
– Julie Klassen
Currently from the ear buds –
The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton

Pattern links to Ravelry.

I am sure I won’t have this many projects to share next month.
I need to do some quilting.

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Yarn Along – Feather and Fan

Yarn Along
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~ This is how Lisa begins her blog, Small Things, on Wednesdays.

Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest.

Feather and Fan or Old Shale pattern is an easy
yet not a boring pattern to knit.
I  love the way it finishes.
I started this on in December, 2016
and finished it last week.
I was hoping for last Wednesday
so I could tell you about it,
but late at night I knew I’d never make it.

I borrowed Old Shale tablecloth pattern.
I love circle afghans.
I think I’ll do this one again someday.

Ravelry notes

I am trying a very NEW thing for me –
ONLY ONE knitting/crocheting project at a time.

Next WIP to complete is this beatiful orange/brown
Rings of Change by Frank O’Randle,
approved by Buster.

Ravelry notes

Currently listening to Unspoken by Dee Henderson

I’m joining with other knitters/crochetiers here.

Yarn Along – Climbing Out of the Bog

Yarn Along
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~ This is how Lisa begins her blog, Small Things, on Wednesdays.

Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest.

 

In the two weeks since I showed you
my ‘climbing out of the knitting bog’ project;

I have not knit every day

I have added 16 rows.

16 rows doesn’t sound like much,
but I add 24 stitches for every 4-row repeat,
one row of pattern 3 rows of knitting even.
I have almost knitted 3 skeins of yarn.
At the end of the third skein
I’ll increase the size of my needles from 7 to 8
as the pattern indicates to open up the lace a little.
My wad of afghan is approximately 36 inches across
on circular needles it’s a little hard to measure.

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Old shale lace

Ravelry notes

 

Listening to Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen.
milk

from Fantasticfiction =
As Charlotte drew closer to the looming grey edifice that was to become her temporary home, she could not help but notice the secretive shuttered windows. Then she noticed the milkweeds….

Even a proper vicar’s daughter can make a mistake–and now Charlotte Lamb must pay a high price for her fall. To avoid the prying eyes of all who know her, she hides herself away in London’s forbidding “Milkweed Manor,” a place of mystery and lore, of old secrets and new birth.

But once there, she comes face to face with a suitor from her past–a man who now hides secrets of his own. Both are determined, with God’s help, to protect those they love. But neither can imagine the depth of sacrifice that will be required.

Sprinkled with fascinating details about the lives of women in Regency England, Lady of Milkweed Manor is a moving romantic drama about the redemption of past failings and the beauty of sacrificial love.

Happy Knitting!

Yarn Along – Enjoying the Season

Yarn Along
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~ This is how Lisa begins her blog, Small Things, on Wednesdays.

Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest.

What do you call a ‘yarn bog’?

I have been in a yarn bog during most of 2016.
Nothing ‘yarny’ seems interesting.
All yarn gets moved out of sight.
Even the guilt of WIP’s couldn’t raise its head.

I got a yarn tug mid year and bought a couple skeins,
but ‘plop’ back down I went.

Then in December while house/dog/cat sitting for my son
this little inch-worm of a yarn thought showed up.
I got an idea for a knitting yarny project.
I bought some yarn.
I knew I didn’t like using
because there is no stitch definition.

When I first started knitting I used a lot of this yarn.
I loved knitting.
But not too sure of how my stitches looked.
As I knitted more and learned more about patterns,
I wanted to see my knitting.
I enjoyed hearing “oh, did you knit that”

So I returned what yarn hadn’t been used.
I took a dive in the stash shed and
found white yarn purchased for ____________?
I started a afghan in bulky yarn
using a pattern for a tablecloth
in the old shale pattern.
I’m on row 66 and only had to rip out 5 rows
somewhere in the 40’s.

jan-3-2017-white-yarnI have a helper.

Not sure if I’m out of the bog,
but I enjoying this season of knitting.

Ravelry notes

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Yarn Along – Surf’s Up!

Yarn Along
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~
This is how Lisa begins her blog, Small Things, on Wednesdays.

Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest.

So . . . as I’m trying to get back into yarny things.
I’m working on WIP’s.

aug 17 sweet baby family
One more block of this pretty was finished last night,
3 Granny Squares DONE – 9 blocks to go!
Linking with Ravelry

How can I do yarny stuff with out starting a NEW shawl.
Thanks to whoever was working on this last week, Love it!
surfRavelry link SURF

Linking with Ginny

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Yarn Along – Flowers Hot Pad

Yarn Along
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~
This is how Lisa begins her blog, Small Things, on Wednesdays.

Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest.

So . . . as I’m trying to get back into yarny things.
I’m working on WIP’s.

Hot pad, Flowers Dishcloth, I started in June, 2015

June 26, Twete

Front finished.
May, flowers a

Back in progress.
May, flowers2

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All done!

Ravelry link

Reading the third and last book, ‘The Heirloom’ in the Allcott Legacy series
Listening to the 1st book, ‘Leah’s Choice’ in the Pleasant Valley series.

Joining Ginny.

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Yarn Along – Time for a Happy Dance

Yarn Along
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~
This is how Lisa begins her blog, Small Things, on Wednesdays.

Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest.

My happy dance begins with a finished project!

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Started in May, 2015,
Worked on diligently, until decrease.
I struggled with wrapping my head
around where to stop the row and
putting everything in time out for about 4 months.

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Linked to ravelry

Remember that cute sox yarn?

sox

I haven’t forgotten everything about knitting yet.

Still reading, ‘The Masterpiece’ book 2 of Alcott Legacy series, Maryann Minatra.

Listening to ‘Undetected’ by Dee Henderson

Linking with Lisa and Yarn Along

Yarn Along – New Beginnings

 

Yarn Along
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~
This is how Lisa begins her blog, Small Things, on Wednesdays.

Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest.

I haven’t knitted since I can’t remember.

In my wanderings yesterday I visited
a favorite yarn shop in downtown Sacramento,CA.
A little voice whispered in my ear,
Look at those!
I looked.
I fondled.
I asked for a pattern for toddler sox.
(Even though I knew I had a pattern at home.)
I walked out with a little seed planted in my heart.

Maybe I’m waking up again.

kimera Pattern – Jeannee, Plymouth Yarn
Yarn – kimera, Adriafil

 I’m  reading  ‘The Masterpiece’ book 2 of Alcott Legacy series, Maryann Minatra.
I’m listening to ‘The Prodigal’ book 4 of Abram’s Daughters series, Beverly Lewis.

Linking to Yarn Along with Lisa

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Yarn Along – Just Sleeping

Yarn Along
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~
This is how Lisa begins her blog, Small Things, on Wednesdays.

Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest.

 

cat

No knitting, just sleeping.

cat2

Taking turns

Awake up and visit Lisa.

 

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Yarn Along – Pretties

Yarn Along
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~
This is how Lisa begins her blog, Small Things, on Wednesdays.

Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest.

I found a pattern ‘Cups and Saucers by Ravelry’s BluebirdStitches. I had to try it. This is my start.

P1080432I love the colors. I’m using Caron ‘Soft solids’

aug 17 sweet baby family

Still reading ‘Touching the clouds’ by Bonnie Leon and fitting in piecing quilt tops, finished one yesterday.

Linking with Ginnie and others here

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Yarn Along

Yarn Along
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here.~
This is how Lisa begins her blog, Small Things, on Wednesdays.

Many of the wonderful items, knitted or crocheted,
I see get added to my someday list.
Books and authors, new to me, peak my interest.

Lately I’ve been crocheting.
I forget what I stumbled upon that pushed my
“I wonder if I could do that” button.
Mandelas, Corner 2 Corner, Frank O’Randle, and Cherry Heart
have stretched my simple crochet beginnings.
I’m loving it with the same enjoyment I found with trying new knitting patterns.

P1080421My Rings of Change, designer Frank O’Randle using Magic Light, ICE yarn.

I’ve started reading  ‘Alaskan Skies’ series,  #1 Touching the Clouds  by Bonnie Leon.
“Kate Evans is an adventurous and independent young woman with a pioneering spirit. She pilots a mail-delivery plane in the forbidding Alaskan wilderness, the lone woman in a male profession. But even that seems easy compared to finding true love. She likes a fellow pilot and would even consider marrying him–if it weren’t for Paul, a mysterious man on her mail route with a gentle spirit and a past to hide. Can Kate break through the walls Paul has put up around his heart? And will her quest for adventure be her demise? “
Light reading – so far liking the author.   Linked to Goodreads

Linking today with Lisa and other talented ‘yarn people’.

She looks for wool and flax
And works with willing hands in delight
Proverbs 31:13 AMP

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Yarn Along – Easily Distracted

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On Wednesday’s knitters go to Ginny’s to share all the wonderful projects being worked on, finished, frogged, cried over, and learned from. They also tell what they are reading and a little of the storyline or provoking thoughts. I think it is great. So many books, knitting ideas and hints on how to make knitting more enjoyable.

sept 6. trisha pinwheel 001 Knitting away on this ruffle –
I have 3 sections to ruffle.

March 5 002 One quarter of my quilt was sewn together this week.

March 5 004 What can I say. . .
when an unfaithful knitter/crocheter/quilter
finds a new pattern . . .
She just has to try it!

I haven’t used Homespun for a while because it doesn’t showcase the stitches I’ve worked so hard to make. but I have these 8 skeins purchased for another circle afghan that were pouting in the stash shed because they were being ignored and I had to try a new to me pattern. (Actually I tried the pattern in dishcloth cotton{it was close} and THE pattern begged to be crocheted up right now!) So this new project is really not my fault, is it?

Pattern – Corner to Corner Throw, Red Heart pattern, LW1595 by Catherine Watson.
The pattern starts with one shell in the corner grows diagonally to half size;
then decreases back to one shell, then add a shell/scalloped edge.

Ravelry link

Listening to the last book in the Shepherd’s Heart, Spring Meadow Sanctuary, Lynnette Bonner, light and easy listening.

I’m linking my post with Ginny and her Yarn Along.

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Yarn Along – Flipped Out?

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On Wednesday’s knitters go to Ginny’s to share all the wonderful projects being worked on, finished, frogged, cried over, and learned from. They also tell what they are reading and a little of the storyline or provoking thoughts. I think it is great. So many books, knitting ideas and hints on how to make knitting more enjoyable.

Feb 26 3.5 sections to go
Knit 12 stitches,
6 stitches back and forth,
9 stitches back and forth,
6 stitches back and forth,
11 stitches the with the 12th pick up stitch on the afghan.
ONLY 4 and one half sections to go!

Feb 26 flips 003
Don’t you love how Facebook randomly posts?
This one is a winner.
These Flip flops are destined to be key fobs.
I couldn’t find the link for the pattern,
here is her Facebook page;
if you are into crocheted baby shoes –
you might find one you can’t resist
https://www.facebook.com/maki.rucni.rad

Feb 26 half squares
A new quilt in the planning,
no name and no designated recipient

Feb 24 catch up 051
Making a bunch of half-square triangles,
no I haven’t counted exactly how many
because changes sometimes occur.

I listening to Lynnette Bonner’s series A Shepherd’s Heart   Just finished book 1.

Joining Ginny and other ‘fiber fondlers’ here.

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