2/08/2017

casting off and new yarn

There is a very cool breeze coming through my window, smells like there could be rain. On my walks in the neighbourhood I feel a slight change in the air.. other than my allergies telling me it does slightly feel like spring is in the air.
Some of my grass is coming back green and I see pansies in the gardens everywhere. I have some seeds on order and I'm fixing my backyard. Can't wait to really get started! I've even spotted some wildflowers growing along the road..
In the meantime, I'm still knitting and recently just got my sewing mojo back since my sewing machine was on the fritz... I have some lovely fabrics on the way from a new favorite DailyLike, some sevenberry fat eights from SewStitichingHappy and my other favorite Duckdilly, my go to for liberty other than buying on etsy! They are reasonable and ship fairly fast. I have some projects in mind. Like this and this. Cute things to hang on my wall. We'll see what I get to first since my sewing always competes with embroidery and my first love that is knitting.
I just finished casting off over 500 stitches on a shawl that was a test knit which I can't share just yet but here's a sneek peak. Originally I had a different yarn in mind but after knitting a quarter of the shawl I knew that it wasn't working and giving me the texture I wanted so I went through my stash picked out some pinks and just went with it. So far so good and very pink!
I just need to add fringe.



I have some yarn love to share. I recently was super excited to try out Barret Wool Co. A new yarn line by the amazing Susan B Anderson. I ordered some of the woolen spun limited edition yarn.
Woolen spun has such a special place in my yarn loving heart. I can't explain how much a I love the feel of woolen spun. I am such a fan of Elsa Wool woolen spun and I really enjoy knitting with Brooklyn Tweed so I had to order some of this. Not sure what I will make but for now I'm enjoying them sitting on my desk and every once in awhile just giving them a squish. 
The colors are Birch and Bayleaf.


Also new to me is Brim Collection. The colors are beautiful, their instgram is inspiring and colorful. I ordered the Earl Grey colorway, how could I not! 460 yards of a lovely grey!
In other adventures my mister and I went to Canton Trade days this past weekend. A giant flea market  with amazing totally bad for you food. Its about an hours drive but most of it is country driving. We walked around for a quite awhile and I snagged some lovely books, handmade soap. Next time I go I'll bring more money to spend but that could be dangerous!
I love these tiny books, I love the illustrations! 
I am also reading Larkrise to Candleford. I really enjoy the tv series so much I thought it was about time to read the book. I am enjoying it immensely especially the little illustrations throughout. Its the trilogy in one that I got from Barnes & Nobles. So its quite big. Its not the only book I am reading at the moment so I only read a chapter here and there mostly in the evening before bed. I will probably re-watch the show after. 






1/29/2017

a little bit of lately

Goodness, looking back at my last blog post, I didn't realize it had been so long and nor did I mean to take such a long break.
Since my last post my husband and I finally feel all settled into our new home. Feels like home now but will be even better once we get some of the garden planted and paint a few of the walls. I definitely have plans for our yard, its not as big as I would have hoped but there is still plenty of room for some of the things I want to do. One is do some vegetable gardening. I am hoping to get my green thumb back, its been far too long. I have seeds and plans and even though I love winter and the colder weather a big part of me can't wait for the last frost and some of the beautiful spring weather!
My husband has caught me more than a few times these past couple of weeks lost in daydreams at the kitchen table looking out the window. 

I have a few finished project to share as well. I have been knitting up a storm as usual and here are some recently finished handknits..

I do love a knitted on edging!



My second one and certainly won't be my last! I want one in blues..


 Some more finished objects include my Small Flower Mitts ( such a sweet pattern) Briochette Shawl, my first brioche attempt, it was successful!
There are a few more on my ravelry pages. 

I haven't sewn not a stitch in the past weeks. My sewing machine went on the fritz and I ran out of needles. I finally got it back and have plans. Not sure what to start with yet. I'm so glad that I have a nearby quilting shop. Lovely fabric nothing modern but pretty countryish sort of stuff and very greatly stocked full of all the little things one needs like notions. They do a monthly sewing bee for charity, I might have to look into that! 

As well as some great vintage and antique shopping my new town has there are some really great quiet country roads. We've taken to exploring a lot of the area and I'm so glad I am out of the city. Just down the street from my house we have horses, lots of horses and cows. Cute farmhouses with chickens and donkeys and goats! The roads are not really great for walking but it hasn't stopped me from enjoying. This city girl is loving it all!


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