Remember that crochet kick that I started at the first of June? I’m still picking away steadily at my projects but a little slower than at the beginning of the month. Other time commitments always seem to creep in when it is crochet-time.
Today I want to share with you the progress I’m making with my Hip Granny Tunic. I have both the front and back of the top crocheted and sewn together and now I just have to get cracking on the sleeves and the bottom border. I’m loving the crazy colors and the squishy snuggliness of this handspun yarn when it is all crocheted up. I’m thinking about adding in some recycled sari silk to the sleeves just for a little extra craziness. I’m looking forward to wearing it already!
So what have you been working on? Got any crochet on the go? I’d love to hear all about it!
Knitting in the garden
Honeysuckle, roses, irises, and birch trees … you can almost see our house hidden behind all the wonderful greenery.
This is what my Saturday looks like this week. I had planned on cutting the grass but Kirby said that if I wait until tomorrow, we’ll do it together so I guess I get to enjoy this gorgeous afternoon by doing a little knitting in the garden. Pictured above are a few of the lovely flowers growing around me. The smell is divine and I am serenaded by bird song.
This is our little slice of heaven
I had planned on doing a WIP Wednesday post on this hat but I enjoyed knitting it so much that it was finished by Tuesday night. Talk about red-hot-needles on Tuesday huh? lol
The pattern for this hat was adapted from Natalia Moreva’s Ukrainian Roses mitten pattern. It was one of those patterns that I just knew I HAD to knit as soon as I saw it.
I cast on with 3.5mm needles and DK weight merino and merino/samoyed blend yarns and worked 1″ of corrugated ribbing and then started the colorwork. The Ukrainian Roses chart for the back of the hand, repeats 4 time per round to make the hat.
This was an incredibly fun pattern to knit from. I loved watching as the rose gradually appeared as I knit. I am looking forward to eventually knitting the mittens as well.
Happy Friday All!
Out for a walk.
Wild Lily Of The Valley
British Soldier Lichen
Just a quick post sharing some of the sights from our family walk today.
Lately, I’ve been wanting to play around more with sewing, and applique in particular. I am still very new to both and am learning things by reading (reading and more reading) and by trial and error.
Yesterday I decided that I wanted to make a square with a couple of cute mushrooms from my scraps. I’m still not great at getting around sharp curves but I’m definitely getting better (you should have SEEN my first attempt a couple of months ago. Eek!). Willow has claimed this square and wants me to cover her favorite pillow so it looks like I get to practice a little more sewing this weekend
Are there any skills or crafts that you find difficult but are determined to get better at? I’d love to hear your experiences!
Despite the rain, some friends and I hit Beck Trail for a hike this morning. The air was cool but not cold and was perfect for our jaunt through the woods.
Today, the path was littered with our provincial flower, the Lady’s Slipper. It was exciting to see so many of them flourishing as they are quite delicate and the blooms don’t last very long and due to deforestation, they are becoming increasingly rare. We’ve been told since we were kids that it is illegal to pick them. I’m not really sure if that is the case, but we try our best ever to disturb these pretty little orchids.
What is your provincial/state flower? Are they hard to find in your area? I’d love to hear about it.
Today has been one of those strange days of off and on rain, so, between trips out to work in the garden, I’ve been working on a fun new handspun crochet project.
I came across Hip Granny Tunic yesterday and was itching to start it immediately. Taking a dive into my stash, my “Queen’s Garden” handspun seemed like the perfect choice. I decided to wait until the kids were in bed and the housework was done (dang housework getting in the way of my crafts!) before starting and I had the entire front of the tunic finished by the time I went to bed. And just so you all know, I’m one of those people who finds it almost impossible to stay up past 10PM so you know that it works up fast! lol
Today I’ve been trucking right along with the back and hope to finish the piece before bed tonight. The yarn looks so yummy when worked up in crochet … it reminds me of the colorful street art that you see in some cities. LOVE!
I’m hoping to have a picture of the front and back joined for my WIP Wednesday post later this week. Stay tuned!
Dandelion seed head
Not really sure what this is but it was pretty.
A view from the trail
Seeing as it has turned out to be a beautiful and sunny Sunday, the kids and I took advantage of the nice weather and hit the Confederation Trail. The mosquitoes almost carried us away but we had a great time non the less. I managed to grab a few pics of some wild flowers and we saw a Belted Kingfisher but I just wasn’t quick enough to grab a shot of him.
How are you enjoying your Sunday?
I can’t believe that it is time to share another month’s spinning already. May really seemed to fly by!
My first spin was 4oz of Polwarth in “The Giving Tree” colorway by Northbound Knitting. It is a beautiful progression in light and dark greens and brown. LOVE! This baby was spun up as an N-plyed fingering weight yarn. I’m thinking that it would really like to be mittens.
My next spin was 4 or my 8oz of BFL in “Dijon” colorway by Spunky Eclectic. This was spun as a fingering weight single and will be paired up with my Pheasant in BFL/Silk for the Fine SAL/ Romi KAL happening in the Spunky Eclectic group on Ravelry. If you’re interested in joining the fun, you can find out more info at the previous link and jump right in! This gal is planning on knitting Carson. It is going to look so yummy in Pheasant & Dijon!
The next was a “just-because-i-can” spin. I had 4oz of really lovely BFL in my stash that I decided to spin as a laceweight single. I’m planning on dying with a semi-solid and eventually knitting it into a fun shawl. I don’t have any specific pattern picked out yet but I know that I REALLY wants to be a pretty lace shawl.
And last but not least is 4oz of really gorgeous fiber that I picked up at Pembroke Farms during the Celebration of Sheep and Wool. I got to practice my long draw and I got a beautiful and light, bouncy, bulky weight 2-ply. It was such a delight to spin! I’m looking forward to my next trip back to the farm so I can pick up more of this delightful fiber.
So May’s spinning total was 16oz, bringing me up to a total of 6.5lbs so far this year. I’m half way to my goal!
Socks are starting to become like shawls to me … I need to have a pair in the works at all times. This time, I have chosen 4oz of really lovely fingering weight rambouillet handspun from my stash. The colorway is “Posturing” by Hello Yarn and it makes me think of summer sunsets, citrus fruit, and tequila sunrises. LOVE!
The pattern is Simple Handspun Socks . I almost always choose toe-up socks for handspun because I want to make sure that I get to use all of my handspun and that I don’t run out. Plus its a nice and simple pattern that I don’t have to think too much about while knitting
I’m trucking right along on the first sock … I’ve finished the heel and started on the leg. I don’t see these taking too long to finish as I’m hooked on watching the colors shift and change as I knit.
So what are you working on right now? Do you have socks on the go or are you admiring any new sock patterns? I’d love to hear!