3.20.2017

sparking joy


Happy first day of Spring! It seems like this month has been flying along at full speed. I've been trying to unplug from technology a bit and just enjoy the little moments as they present themselves: reading actual books, listening to music on cds, cooking from my collection of cookbooks and knitting on various projects. I also started a granny stripes blanket that is sparking so much joy that Marie Kondo would be proud. Gotta love a project that makes use of all those leftover fingering weight scraps that are taking up precious space in the stash. And watching how these hand dyed yarns are crocheting up is so mesmerizing because the visual effect is quite different than in knitting. This will no doubt be a long term project but that's ok. I'm loving every moment of it so far.

2.26.2017

in bloom


Hello! I hope that you are having a fun & relaxing weekend. We are spending a quiet Sunday at home. The guys are watching movies and playing on video games while I'm happily knitting wildflowers and playing with my new MINI Happy Planner. Can you tell that I'm already dreaming of springtime blossoms and blooms? It's hard not to when the February weather has been unseasonably balmy and warm here in Maryland.

I'm finally on the last color of my winter fade and had planned to finish it this weekend but couldn't resist casting on for a new pair of socks. The pattern is called fine and dandy socks and the yarn is by Lichen and Lace in the appropriately named wildflowers colorway. It's knitted toe-up which is a fun change from how I usually make my socks.

Here's a quick peek inside my planner at next week's spread:


Besides having something new to decorate with stickers and washi tape (always a cause for joy) I am on a mission to become more organized. My usual system of keeping track of appointments, errands, chores and special dates consisted of post-it notes scattered everywhere and half of them getting lost. I knew things had to change when the little guy and I showed up for his wellness checkup two weeks early. I'll go into more details on how I use my planner in another post, but so far it has made a tremendous difference. Do you use a planner and if so, which one? I'm amazed at all the cool choices out there and can now understand the hashtag #planneraddict.

2.21.2017

everyone needs a sock buddy


News flash! I just discovered something even more addictive than sock knitting: kiddie-sized sock knitting! All the fun sock parts but in half the time :) This mini-sized version of the popular vanilla latte sock pattern only took about a week to knit. Just one skein of knitpicks felici in the sweetheart colorway was enough to make both the socks (which should fit a child of 5-7 years old) and a teeny tiny matching sock buddy. Both will be on their way to hats and more for war-torn Syria, a charity knitting group whose mission is to collect warm items & other necessities for people displaced by the conflicts in Syria and the surrounding regions.


The awesome free pattern for the sock buddy can be found here. I followed the pattern exactly but used sock weight yarn instead of worsted weight. I also grafted the body closed instead of using a three needle bind off. I was undecided about whether or not to embroider the smiley mouth so I asked my little guy for his opinion. His answer: everyone needs someone to listen to them when they are sad or worried and the sock buddy looks like she would be a better listener without a mouth. I kinda agree :)

2.12.2017

the lighter side of winter

"Why, what's the matter,
That you have such a February face,
So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?"

William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing 

And so we find ourselves in February! Trying hard not to hibernate the rest of winter away by injecting as much sunlight and colors into my days as possible. Luckily, adding a little brightness to my knitting is as easy as casting on a new pair of stripey socks in Valentine's Day colors:


And my winter fade is heading into the lighter side of the season:


Any plans for Valentine's Day? We'll probably spend it at home. I'm thinking of ordering lobster, filet mignon & chocolate covered strawberries from a local restaurant to celebrate my two guys. Hope that you are finding ways to brighten your February days as well!

1.31.2017

the comfort of socks

pattern: charades yarn: end of the row

Happy Year of the Rooster! I can't believe how fast this month has flown by. Lately, I've been having a hard time keeping up with everything that needs to get done. Housework and grocery shopping are unfortunately not as appealing and fun as knitting or reading a good book. Actually, I would rather clean the house than go grocery shopping any day. In fact, I have been pestering the hubby into buying an extra freezer but the confounded man thinks that it will end up storing more yarn than food. Hah, he sure knows me well after all these years :)

One area that thankfully is not lacking in effort is my knitting. I am currently making an attempt to organize my to-knit list for this year by grouping yarn and pattern together into project bags. I have about four sweaters worth of yarn ready and waiting for when the mood strikes. Next up is to organize the sock yarn stash into future projects but that task is proving more difficult because there are so many wonderful sock patterns out there! Here is just a smattering of beauties just waiting to be knit up this year:

*charades are similar to my beloved skyp socks but without the purling (currently on the needles)
*whiskey and rye looks so stunning in autumn colors
*this beautiful version of the father's new socks (I even have the exact colors in my stash)
*flying north socks with a variegated yarn (love this pair)
*this gorgeous version of a twist of fair isle
*fun texture with bright pops of color for the (froot loop) win
*one of my favorite stitch patterns reincarnated into the lovely tulsi socks
*quick warm cozy sporty hyak
*bright & colorful jelly rolls
*rye would make a toasty pair of bedsocks
*pretty laule'a proves that simple is far from boring when knit in a pretty color
*every flavor stripy socks make perfect use of leftover sock yarn

my 2016 box of sox

I could go on & on but my current socks on the needles are patiently waiting for some attention. After having a heavy heart all weekend while watching events unfold here in America, I woke up on Monday determined to focus my energy on positive action. I went on Ravelry and found a wonderfully active and welcoming group called hats and more for war-torn Syria. They are collecting warm items and other necessities for those displaced by the war in Syria and the region. It seems that wool socks are in short supply and much needed. Since I love to knit socks but rarely ever wear them, I will be sending my box of sox (with the exception of the stripy monster ones) along with an assortment of hats and mittens. It lightens my heart to know that these items will offer some comfort. And motivates me to knit more socks to donate.

Hope that you are finding even a little bit of time each day to do what you love!