Sunday, July 31, 2011

Still so hot! Just don't want to do anything except sit and have lots of water and iced tea. I have been getting knitting done though.
Finished my "BFF" socks from Cookie A.'s book "Knit.Sock.Love." which is also the name of the Ravelry group that I participated in for July.

I really liked the yarn and the pattern was nice and easy. A good way to ease into the book because some of the charts look scary! Getting ready to do a few more knitalongs starting tomorrow.

This is a scarf I finished for a Crystal Palace kal using one skein of Sausalito. Very pretty yarn. It's hard to tell but the lace pattern really stands out on the yarn. I lightly blocked it so it didn't lose any definition.

This is the yarn for the Solidsockknitters group and the theme for August is water. I am using Dirty Water Dye Works "Paula" and the pattern I picked is "Niagra" from "The Eclectic Sole" by Janet Laidman. I thought this was a good representative of water.

This is for the Carefree kal from Crystal Palace. The yarn is Panda Cotton and I'm using a pattern from "50 states, 50 socks" and the pattern is California.

Mmmmmm. Cookies. This are fabulous. They are oatmeal raisin cookies with a drizzle of icing (I made them purple!) and they are from the cookbook "Vegan Bake Sale". So far everything has been outstanding.

This is the best summertime salad. Kale rubbed with a little grapefruit juice and olive oil to wilt it a little and fresh sliced peaches. Doesn't sound like much but it's delicious.

Okay. I am trying to finish a short sleeved cardigan ....Helleborus from Knitscene Winter/Spring 2010 and I want to get some more done on it before tomorrow when it's time to cast on for my kals.

I'll have some pictures of the cardigan next time!

Stay cool and I'll see you all soon.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

HOT!!!! It's about 90* right now at noon and going up to about 95* with the heat index of around 110*. Yuck. It's so humid and thick out that you can't even catch your breath when you go outside. Which I am not doing at all.
I have dvds and knitting to keep me quiet and cool-ish. Sometimes I think it would be cooler to go down into the basement and lie down on the concrete floor! Kals still going strong. This is BFF from Cookie A's book "Knit.Sock.Love." and I'm doing a knitalong with the Ravelry group of the same name. I love the yarn's Done Roving Frolicking Feet in the colorway "Christmas Cactus". So pretty. And a very easy pattern.

Finished these socks. They are "Aphrodite" but I can't get the link to work. They are on Ravelry and a good knit. The yarn is Cascade Heritage Silk and it shows the stitches very well. I don't have much else to write because the weather is just so gross that you don't even want to move for fear of sticking to the floor 'cause it is melting! teehee.

Off to have some iced tea (a gallon or so) and knit some socks. Stay cool!!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Bad blogger. But I have lots of pictures ahead. These two packages are yarn wins!! I won 3 balls of my choice yarn from a Coquille shawl knitalong from Crystal Palace on Ravelry. I picked 3 balls of Sausalito in the colorway "Fall Herbs". So soft and pretty. The other is 8 balls of Mini Mochi in the colorway "Brandied Apricots". I won that from the Carefree kal blog. I can't decide quite what to make with it but at least one shawl is in my Ravelry queue.

I've been feverishly knitting on this....

it's Aphrodite (I can't get my links to work) on Ravelry and I'm knitting it for the Solidsockknitters group. I started it on size one dpn's because it looked like a stretchy pattern.

I went up to a size 2 for the heel and foot but on the second sock I think I'll do the whole thing in a 2. Not quite as stretchy as I thought. Plus, it takes FOREVER to use those 1's! The yarn is lovely though (as is the pattern). It's Cascade Heritage silk, a merino/silk blend with over 440 yards. And surprisingly affordable at under $9.00 a skein.

Baking ahead. The cupcakes are coffee and caramel delicious-ness and the cake is a balsamic berry cake (with some lovely tofu "whipped cream" on top. Both recipes are from "Vegan Bake Sale" by Carla Kelly and just wonderful.

Whole wheat cinnamon rolls that are every bit as good as Cinnabon. And fairly healthy as there is no fat in them. It was all I could do not to gobble them all up right out of the oven. These are from " The Happy Herbivore" by Lindsay Nixon and if these are any indication of the caliber of the recipes in the cookbook I have made an excellent choice.

Took mom down the street to see the fireworks in the next "city" (community)next to ours. Our city didn't have the money to do their show for the past 2 years but the neighboring area is even better.

Mom had never seen fireworks up close and personal so she really enjoyed them. Very loud!

Cell phone pictures...not the best but you get the idea.

I "loves" this yarn. It's "Frolicking Feet" by Done Roving Yarns in the colorway Christmas Cactus. It's new at Main Street Yarns and the choice of colors was overwhelming. Too many to pick but I finally narrowed it down and this one came home with me.

It's destined to be a knitalong (gee, what a surprise) for the Knit.Sock.Love. group on Ravelry.
It's a kal from Cookie A.'s book Knit.Sock. Love. This month it is the BFF socks, which is a lovely cabled sock. I'm trying to be good and not cast on until I at least finish the first Aphrodite sock but the yarn is calling to me! I'm also doing another kal from the Crystal Palace group that is the Sausalito scarf. It's a one skein project as well.

Well, I'm going to try and get that first sock finished tonight. It's supposed to be in the mid-90*s the next few days and that's perfect staying indoors weather and watching ER dvds and knitting! Stay cool.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

I didn't realize that it had been so long since my last post. As usual I have overwhelmed myself with knitalongs! Here is a quick one that I'm doing with the Crystal Palace group on Ravelry. It's the Sausalito scarf and the yarn is ...yes, Sausalito in the colorway "Fall Herbs." So pretty.

We have been having some crazy weather lately. This is how the sky looked the other morning. Wicked scary.

And then it cleared up without raining. Good.

I will post within the next day or two because it's taking wayyyyy too long for pictures to load.