7/20/2014

For a little change my hubby and I drove down to Long Beach for the antique flea market. 
We usually stick to the ones close to home but
even if you don't find anything its so fun to people watch and look through all the great stuff and eat at the food trucks. 
Some items are cheap and most are over-priced but through all the booths if you look carefully you just might find somethings worth spending your money on. I managed to find a new little coffee table/trunk.
Its painted all chippy and light sage green with great storage! I also brought home a couple of plates, a pink tea tray, a vintage framed botanical print in a chippy frame and some new bedside tables painted white with light grey drawers and clear crystal knobs. 
Sometimes all takes is something old to make things new again! 
It is fortunate that this flea market is only once a month otherwise I might go broke. 
This past week has seen a tiny bit of knitting, a lot of frogging, some casting on and nothing finished. 
The biggest thing would be that I started a sock yarn scrappy patchy blanket. 
I always like the idea of these blankets but never thought I would have the patience
to knit one. I started with one square to see what all the fuss was about 
then slowly another and another. It is very addicting. Soon I was going 
through all my stash and organizing all my leftovers. It took over me! what can I say!
I decided to knit 5x5 31 stitch squares and knit a simple 4 row garter stitch border. The plan is that all the squares will be different miss matchy and eventually down the road, and I mean way down the road, 
all the squares will be stitched together. 
If any body would like to contribute or swap mini skeins with me, pm me on ravelry!!
I am also participating in the Pebble Beach Shawlette Kal. I really love the pattern, its looks simple yet very pretty. I am using Miss Babs tarte in Beachglass. I had this particular yarn designated for a previous project but as I mentioned earlier
I have done some frogging. Sometimes projects get started and the yarn just isn't right or you lose the motivation… oh well. I really love this yarn though, its really nice. If you have never tried it, I would highly recommend it.
I have one secret test knit that I can't share yet probably not until this fall but I can tell you that I am knitting with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and I love love love it so far! 
Its going to be a very cozy wrap.
Knitting a shawl in worsted weight is so amazingly fast and most of all the color will be great
whenever, IF ever the weather cools down around here.
Its hard to think of fall shawl weather at the moment since it seems that California is in such a drought but 
July is already almost over so autumn is literally right around the corner.. at least in my mind.
I am also test knitting another lovely shawl and when its complete I will have pictures but I'll keep it secret for now since its almost finished.
I really like test knitting, I suppose that makes me somewhat of a process knitter. I love the process!
I love to read patterns sometimes, is that weird? I am constantly amazed by knitting designers and
what they can achieve with just simple knit & purls. I could never do what they do.
Lately I have been reading a lot , currently I am half way into The Discovery of Witches.
And on my days off binge watching Restoration Home via you tube and re-watching Endeavour, because season 2 is playing now on PBS.
I am a BIG Inspector Morse & Inspector Lewis fan so this is right up my alley! I am adding this book to my queue once I am finished reading my current book because I saw the preview here and I can't wait!
 If any of you are Avett Brothers fans or just fans of banjo type acoustic bluegrass folksy music like myself, you might like the new album by Trampled by Turtles. Just a suggestion….
Its been playing over and over. 










6/23/2014

socks & stash

I got the sock bug again. After I finished my last shawl project and the one I am currently working on, I needed something easier, something that didn't require a lot of thinking.  I picked up some of my sock
wips. I finally finished my handspun socks
The yarn was purchased from spin shoppe
For those who don't spin, every so often this shoppe has an update and you can buy some of the handspun skeins. It was worth it to me. 
Simple pattern but the socks turned out ever so lovely!! I wish I could tell you more about the yarn
but I lost the label sometime after I cast on the socks. Which really bugs me because I like to hang on to them, oh well!
I also finally started on the second trailing clouds sock. 
I am doing afterthought heels and the toes in knit picks stroll white. 
These are my laundromat socks, to keep me from getting bored while I wait for my clothes to dry.. 
oh the woes of apartment living!
In other knitterly news, I received some happy mail recently. These super fun mini skeins from three fates yarn. I loooove these colors and I love trying yarn from new to me shops. My plans are to use them for this awesome pattern, mixalot socks.  I love the name! I love this pattern, its going to be fun seeing how these work up. They won't be matchy matchy but thats ok with me. 
I also received some beautiful yarn by OrangeFlower. Very pretty. 
The color is called tea rose. This is designated for a shawl. I have narrowed down my choices. 
I just couldn't resist the color! 
All I have to say is, so much yarn, so little time!!