Friday, November 30, 2007

FO: Misty Garden Scarf

This was a fun, quick project from the book Scarf Style. I love the way the pattern and variegated yarn look together and think these shades of blues and purple will really dress up my typical outfit of jeans and plain tee.

Doesn't even seem to need blocking!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Blogger Meet Up

Saturday, I went to the 3rd Southern NE Knit Blogger meet up at Mystic River Yarns. It was fun chatting, knitting and shopping with these creative women! The shop is charming, as I'm sure you can see in these pictures. The owner gave us each a shop mug at the end of our meet up.

Cindy and Debbie:

Debby and Kristen:

Valerie, Karen and Cindy:

I worked on my Black Raspberry top. I've knit the front and back sections in parallel. The front is ready to be divided for the v neck shaping and then I will begin the armhole shaping on both pieces.

I purchased 3 skeins of Mountain Colors weavers wool quarters which I have not worked with before. I initially picked them for socks. This one is meadow:

This one is sapphire trail which I thought might be good for Jeff either as socks or wrist warmers. He balled up the skein for me last night while we watched TV together.

I balled this yarn which is called winter sky and thought it was just too pretty to have hidden in shoes and cast on for a scarf instead. It's the Misty Garden pattern from the book Scarf Style. It's a very different yarn than the one used in the book, but I think mine will be nice in different way. It's knitting to the same width. What do you think? Should I keep going with it?

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Cold Beauty

The sight of the Japanese Maple in my yard stopped me in my tracks today. The color was so stunning in the bright sunlight!

I've still been biking despite the weather getting colder. I stopped here during my ride on Friday to enjoy the view of the silvery ocean.

Monday, November 12, 2007

This and That

I've finished the front portion of the shaped lace tee, so now I really must stop procrastinating about frogging the back a little to re knit it a bit shorter. It's been a rather strange feeling to be knitting a lacy summer top with a wool blanket I keep over the back of the couch in winter pulled over my shoulders!

While procrastinating on the shaped lace tee, I've made a good start on the front and back sections of black raspberry, working them in parallel.

Cold weather always makes me want to cook, so I can stand next to the warm cook top or oven! A few nights ago I improvised in the kitchen and made this chicken marsala. It's not at all healthy, but it's fall comfort food and tasted soooo good!

Saffy and Silas are enjoying the crisp fall air as they have nice furry coats to keep them warm. They were intently watching a squirrel when I snapped these pics.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

I’m Back!

Back in a crafting frame of mind! A little knitting is happening on the shaped lace tee. I’m really close to finishing if I just have some discipline. The main thing slowing me down is knowing that I have to rip back a little of the back section that I made too long. Ugh.

Last night, at the bookstore I got a couple of really lovely books. I’ve only briefly browsed through them so far, but think I’m really going to enjoy them.

I like the folk artsy quality of the afghan patterns in Cover Up. I could see working away at one or two of these concurrently with some shorter projects. Many would be good practice using color too!

Not knitting, but fun sewing projects instead, appeal to me in the latest ‘last minute gift’ series called Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts. The ideas in here make me want to run to the fabric store and buy stacks of gorgeous prints!

I love browsing all the new book choices that seem to be hitting the shelves in time for the upcoming holidays. I also bought the Nigella Express cookbook in the past week and have already tried a few recipes from it. I love her writing style and easy approach to cooking. I find many of these dishes so simple that they hardly need a recipe, but they spark the imagination as you browse through and I am inspired to make up something similar with ingredients at hand. It's always nice to be able to add some variety to our meals without having to go out!