Is it almost fall?

Driving to work yesterday I saw my first flying V of geese of the year.  I’ve been so busy that I feel like I’ve missed summer.  We didn’t camp nearly as much as we normally do and the summer has been filled with stress and craziness.  I’m looking forward to a slower pace of fall with cool, crisp air and that feeling of wonder I used to get during the first weeks of a new school year.   And of course wooly sweaters.

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WIP Wednesday…

Multi Pattern Mittens

Startitis got me again.  I’ve had half a sock cast on for a long time and finally decided that this yarn didn’t want to be a sock, it wanted to be something else, something showy.  I was leafing through Knit Red by Laura Zander, owner of Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno and I came a cross the most beautiful pair of mittens by Jared Flood.  I figured what the heck, ripped out my socks, re-wound the skein and cast on.

Yarn:  MadelineTosh, Tosh Sock in Logwood

Needles:  US 2

So it’s summer and I’m knitting mittens…they’re sock weight!

I love the textured pattern on the back.  I think they are going to come out perfect and be perfect this fall and winter when the weather turns.

WIP Wednesday…

Brought to you by Coffee and Tone Loc’s Funky Cold Medina…

Why is today’s post brought to you by coffee and Funky Cold Medina?  1. Coffee…Isn’t everything brought to you by coffee?  2.  Funky Cold Medina…because this is the 80’s and I’m down with the ladies.

Clearly I’m tired this morning.  We were out really late last night and I didn’t get home until almost 11pm and didn’t eat dinner until 11:30.  Also, let’s note that if you live in the Sacramento area, don’t plan on getting anywhere fast after dark.  They are doing road work up and down the Highway 99 corridor which is causing lane closures and the 80 corridor is the same way except that they have ramps closed too.  Ugh.  Nightmare.

Anyway,WIP Wednesday:

I’m still working on my Darling Emma.  I finally completed the 22 inches to the under arm and the split off the fronts.  I’ve been working on the back only and needed 7.5 inches before I bound off.  I was working on it at work yesterday during knitting lesson time and realized I over shot the 7.5 inches by almost 2 inches.  I need to rip back, I hate ripping back.  Looking forward to finishing the back and moving back to the lace in the front.  Stockinette in fingering weight is so boring.

I love the lace pattern.  It’s very easy to memorize and makes for good TV watching or social knitting.  I can’t wait to finish this!

I Read…

a lot.  That’s no mystery.  But lately, I’ve become obsessed with Nancy Drew books.  I had the whole set growing up and I read them all.  They were great books.  I am now on the look out for them again.  I don’t want new copies, I want old copies.  I love the way old books smell and there’s history there.  Who was the girl who read them before me?  Where have these books been?  I think I’ll be scouring old book stores tying to find them.

Lazy Day…

For Sphinx Kitty but not for me.  Last work day of the week and them I’m off to get my hair done.  Then the weekend is mine.  I’m planning to go to Faliti Yarns on Saturday before they go out of business at the end of the month and then Sunday it’s Antique Faire time!!!  Excited!  Hubbs is giving me money to play with too.  I can’t wait!

Afternoon at the River…

Saturday, Hubbs, Rex and I headed over to a nearby River to enjoy the water a bit.  We’ve been having a lot of really hot weather but last Saturday was much cooler than the 100 degrees we’d been having, about 75 degrees.  We’ve talked a few times of heading over to see what the river is like and see if we could get in the water, but for one reason or another we never seem to get there.

It was very dark looking from our house toward the river.  The river access is about half an hour away through the back roads and farm land.  We could see rain falling but it didn’t look like it was hitting the ground.  But it was really dark and we did hear some thunder while we were at the river.

The river and the bluffs were beautiful.  As I was wadding in the river, there was thunder but we never did see any lightning.

The water was amazing clear even in deeper areas.  Most of the time our water isn’t that clear around here, especially in the summer time when most rivers dry up.  This river comes off of Lake Comanche at the dam so the water even in summer continues to flow and is FREEZING!

Rex and I jumped in but Hubbs stayed on dry land.  The water was really cold but it felt good too.

We only spent a couple of hours at the river but I really enjoyed getting outside for a while.  As we were walking back to the car to leave I spotted this heart-shaped rock in the ground.  I love finding hidden hearts when we’re out and about.  It’s like a special message just for me.

We did get rained on the way back.  Nothing too heavy but just enough to give me that special feeling I get whenever there is rain during the summer months.  There is something so special about rain during summer, I can’t capture or describe the feeling I get.  It’s electric.  After we got home and got the dog dried off and me into pants instead of shorts, Hubbs treated me to Five Guys for dinner.  We haven’t been there in a long time and it was a very nice treat to eat there and enjoy each others company.

Saturday was very relaxing and I’m hoping for more days like that coming up.

Wednesday WIP…

No. I haven’t actually finished anything.  Yes.  I cast on for something new.  Yes, I see a pattern too.

I purchased a bunch of yarn from Webs last month but hadn’t done anything with it other than open box.  I’d been in the mood for a light weight (fingering) sweater and finally found a pattern I liked.

Picture by Joji Locatelli

It’s a wrap sweater with no buttons, just a belt for closure.  And it’s a bit longer, about hip length.

 Picture by Joji Locatelli

Lace in the front with stockinette in the back.  The lace continues around the back of the neck and ends in a shawl type collar.

 Picture by Joji Locatelli

You can tie it closed or open for a very casual feel.  It’s knit in one piece to the arm holes and then divided.  I’m almost to this point.  You knit to about 22 inches for my size and then split and I’m at about 16 inches currently.  I love that the lace is knit on either side of the stockinette, it keeps it interesting but not too much work and it doesn’t get boring.

I choose Cascade 220 Fingering in Summer Sky.  I’ve been dreaming of a robins egg blue sweater and this was a close as I could find.  But this picture doesn’t show the color true to real life.  In real life it’s less purple and more of a baby blue.  This yarn knits up nicely but is a bit scratchy straight out of the skein.  After blocking (I blocked my swatch) it’s still not super soft but I think that after I wear it a few times it will lovely.

I wear a lot of black to work and I’m looking to liven up my wardrobe a bit with some sweaters.  Even though it’s summer I still wear a lot of sweaters to work.  I swear they keep it cold enough to hang meat in my office…that is when the air is working and it’s not 90 degrees.  I get really cold and when I get cold it makes it really hard for me to concentrate.  Not to mention cold hands are not conducive to working on the computer when you can’t feel your fingers.