Monday Morning (Sunday Night?) Project Report – What a Grab Bag!

What a week!! – I am posting this early because realistically I don’t know when I will have an internet connection and when I won’t so I am going to try to get this up Sunday night while I have a connection.

Irene kept me plenty stressed waiting for her arrival – to the point that we even did a big green tomato harvest and blew all of Chip’s hard work in clearing out the barn so we could pour a new floor by filling the barn back up again with everything that had come out and more to reduce the possibility of flying debris.

And we still ended up with something the storm blew in – I am calling him Winston.

A neighbor’s daughter found Winston walking around loose during the storm.  So they brought Winston to us to take care of him.  Now why they did not just keep him themselves and call Animal Control or try to find his owners was not explained – and Chip did not even think to ask – so here he sits – or lies – on the floor next to me as I type.

He has a rabies tag that we will use to try to find his owners.  I called Animal Control and no one has even called in that they lost him.  Kinda stinks if you ask me.

Maybe he will just stay with us.

I started out the week by getting my surprise box from Jimmy Beans Wools.  A couple of weeks ago they had a special on Wool Watchers in which they offered various Grab Bags of Lorna’s Laces yarns.  I got four.  I know.  I did not need them.  There were other things that I should have used the money on.  I know.  I know.  But want to see them anyway? 🙂

There was the Simply Sport Mix – which were all sport weight yarns.  I got four in the Amber’s First Kitchen and two in My Favorite Fellas

There was the Lace Plus – which came with a skein of Helen’s Laces in The grass is always Greener, two skeins of Amber’s First Kitchen in sport weight, two 50g skeins of My Favorite Fellas in sock weight and one skein of Honeymoon in worsted weight.

Then I got two of the Simply Socks mixes – which were all sock weight yarns.

The first had 50g skeins of My Favorite Fellas and Honeymoon and one 100g skein of Capital City.

The second had all 50g skeins of My Favorite Fellas, the Grass is always Greener and Peppermint Mocha.  50g makes one sock – 100g makes two.

The cool thing is that I like them all.

Oh, and by the way,

They had Madelinetosh tosh merino dk in Cosmos on sale too – I got two.  Sigh.

Back to the projects – which is the whole point of this post.

I finally finished the front of Chip’s aran sweater.

I am loving it.  It went back into its basket though awaiting its next turn to get a sleeve.  Whoo.  That took some time.

I also finished the Blue Bunny Fingerless Mitts.  I started these for Mary two days before she passed.  It just happened so fast.

This pattern is really a fun knit.  It is easy to follow with a simple 6 stitch reversing mathematical progression that you can memorize really quickly.  The pattern follows across both sides so there is no right or left hand to keep track of.  The top and bottom are just a knit one purl one ribbing. Very simple, yet very pretty.

And it can fit Jesse or me or even Chip so fit is not a problem.

The yarn is the Louisa Harding Kimono Angora yarn that is just soooooo soft.  And the colors are deep and saturated.  It is a blend of royal blue, purple and charcoal grey.  I don’t think the photos do then justice – but that could be because one of the lightbulb blew in my office and the yellow light is affecting the colors.

Then, as an added bonus, I finished the heel flap and the heel turn on the second Java sock.

(yes – this is what happens to chenille upholstery when you have 3 little boys and lots of puppies in the house – I will NEVER buy chenille again).

You will notice that there is an additional thread with the yarn.  I am using the Lang Yarns JaWoll Jacquard superwash yarn – which comes with a separate spool of thread in the middle of each skein to use in reinforcing the heels and toes of your socks.  I forgot I had it when I knit the first sock but I incorporated it into the heel of this second sock.  You can feel a definite difference in the solidity of this heel from the rest of the sock.  I want to see if it makes a difference in both the feel and the wear of the sock.  I will let you know what Chip thinks about it when they are both done.

But that is all I wanted to do on that sock, so that goes back in the basket now too.

Next week I will be doing the center block on Vash’s Illusion Scarf – which I have to re-pattern as the pattern has it as just being a Capital Letter I and I want to change it to two V’s – each facing a different direction.

I will also do the second Pink Bunny Fingerless Mitt which is also being done in the Louisa Harding Kimono Angora.  That will clear another basket.  Woo Hoo.

And, if there is time, I will start a sleeve on the Polka Dot Jacket.

With the completion of the Blue Bunny Mitts, there is now an open basket – into which I put three skeins of my Eco Duo yarn to make a scarf for Cindy for Xmas.  I’m not starting it yet – but the space has been made.

I know this is a long post.  It has been a long week.  The winds are still howling but the rain has stopped and the reservoir does not appear to have overflowed (they wanted to evacuate us earlier today but we were sure that where we live we would be okay).  We have hung on to power all day, even if the internet connection was spotty.  On the whole we are doing okay after the storm.  I am looking forward to a more normal week – even if it means football practice every evening.  Hoping you are all safe in your homes.

About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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3 Responses to Monday Morning (Sunday Night?) Project Report – What a Grab Bag!

  1. danielle says:

    I’m curious to see what kind of difference the thread makes in the heel and toes of the sock. I like some of your new yarn, but not the pastely ones as much as the earthy ones. I’m very predictable aren’t I? Chip’s sweater is looking amazing. And Jesse looks great in those mitts!

  2. Becky Eighmie says:

    Love the color for Chip’s sweater, sorry that I haven’t told you that earlier! Keep me posted on Winston, too. So scary to have to go through that nasty weather alone! I’m glad that you he found you!

    • Shelly R. says:

      We found Winston’s family this morning through his rabies tag. His actual name is Sammy (I liked Winston more). I looked at him last night and asked him if he liked cats because if we did not find his home he was coming to visit you! He was really a love. The Mom told me that he is afraid of storms and that their son let him out yesterday without going out with him and Sammy bolted. I told her that she should have called animal control so that they could have let us know who owned him and we could have returned him sooner. She had no idea what to do if you lose a dog. Winston did great in the house overnight and greeted me quite happily this morning. LadyBug was so funny. She kept trying to give him her tennis ball to make him feel better. I think she had a crush.

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