Sunday, May 31, 2009

It's a WaRsh

Think this is the end of my warshcloths (dishcloths, for the uninitiated)?*
Yarn: Sugar 'n Cream cotton, yellow #00010 and Ombre #00227
Pattern: Top two cloths are my personal pattern, bottom one is the Ball Band Pattern, or here, and is also found on the inside of the Peaches & Cream label.
Needles: #7 (4.5mm) straights.
Comments: These are such a quick, satisfying project. It's one I used to do lots of, especially while traveling. They make wonderful, useful gifts.

*I'm making more.
Stay tuned...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Warshrags!

Our Memorial Day plan this year was to spend the weekend with friends at their island on Rainy Lake, Canada. Unfortunately, the shed that housed their generator burned and they spent the night putting out the fire! We are so grateful they didn't get hurt and that they were able to save the cabin.

We were on our way up north when we got the news, so we diverted and spent the day in beautiful Duluth, where I found some yarn for much-needed dishcloths (does "warshrag" sound like an expletive?).The cotton socks I'm working on, atop the lovely lingerie bag I found at an antique shop.
And more yarn in rich burgundy color.
Also, I'm thankful for the soldiers who paid the price for the freedom I have...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Flowers Everywhere

Well, not everywhere.
A few spindly tomatoes...And some Hosta...
Temperatures can fluctuate from 60 to 95 degrees and back again in a matter of hours in Minnesota. It's not boring, that's for sure!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Blue on Blue

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in Moody Blues colorway (main color)
Meilenweit Lana Grossa Colorway 1316 (contrasting color)
Pattern: My personal pattern
Needles: #2 (2.25mm) dpns

Comments: Because the yarn used for the main color is all merino, I felt the sock yarn with a bit of poly would be nicely sturdy for the toes and heels--and a touch on the cuffs.

Yarn acquired at the Minnesota Sheep and Wool Festival at Lake Elmo.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Project Revival

One last photo of the tulips
I have revived this scarf, started in January, and it's not too much further along than it was in this post.

The yarn is light and lovely and soft to knit. It's an easy project--maybe too nice to end.

It will be a sparkly scarf, not a cold weather one--but that's all right since it will be used as one would use a necklace to accessorize an outfit.

The socks in progress are quite similar in color.
I guess you know I'm still knitting.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Here's a Mother's Day gift I received from my son. It's a beautiful Bougainvillea Bonsai! The pink part is actually a specialized leaf surrounding its tiny flower.

There are some directions with it, one of which is to remove a third of the roots every spring. I had an asparagus fern once that was so root bound that it cracked the pot open. Maybe I should put a reminder on my calendar to de-root my bougainvillea next spring.

If any of you readers have experience growing bonsais, I would appreciate any tips you can share. In the meantime, I think I already over-watered it. So I will be reading up on how to care for it.

Friday, May 08, 2009

It's What Mothers Do.

I'm missing my mom this Mother's Day weekend. If you still have your mom on this earth, please give her an extra hug for me.

For mothers everywhere (and animal lovers, too), you'll have to endure an ad before the video--sorry:

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Springtime in Minnesota

Just a little Spring beauty...Blue flowers fading fast...
Hosta greens...
Red tulips lasted a couple weeks this year, and they're almost done now.
The delicate Bleeding Hearts...
Our ground is mostly clay and I've struggled with this weed/flower garden for many years. A pesky invasive white-flowered chive plant (not shown--it doesn't deserve photo coverage) inherited from the previous homeowner has vexed me from day one. I have blue-flowered chives that play nicely with the others, but the white chive hops...even to the other side of the house! It doesn't find a space of its own--it likes to nestle within my pink baby's breath and other favorites.

It took me awhile to get rid of the Snow on the Mountain; can anyone tell me how to rid my world of these pesky white-flowered invasive chives?

Friday, May 01, 2009

Two on the First

Two pair of socks on May Day.Yarn: Pagewood Farm hand dyed sock yarn Denali in colorway Mardi Gras
Pattern: Facted Rib Socks from The Little Box of Socks by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott.
Needles: #1 (2.25mm) dpns.
Comments: As you know from my previous post about this pair, I love the pattern.
The yarn seems to compliment the pattern with its color and springiness. I keep photographing the texture.

And these brown socks are a lot less interesting, but wonderfully utilitarian, sturdy and warm.
Yarn: Schoeller Esslinger Zimba Top, colorway #125
Pattern: My personal pattern
Needles: #2 (2.75mm) dpns
Comments: The yarn seems heftier than regular fingering weight, and I cast on only 56 stitches for these. I toyed with the idea of making a sock monkey out of this yarn.
Then I envisioned a monkey face added at the top of the leg.Finally decided they'll just have to be house socks. Coordinating with my Nick & Noras.Could monkeys knit?