Monday, February 25, 2013

We Made It!

Winter break is over and I have a day of rest to recuperate.  The kids were great but the weather was so cold that we were not enticed to do much more than stay warm, read books, work on a jigsaw puzzle and watch movies.  There was also a lot of cooking involved and dish washing.

I forgot to take a picture of the puzzle all put together.  It was a city collage of Chicago and seemed to be one of the more challenging ones that we have done.  Watched two of the recent Bond movies Skyfall and Casino Royal  two of the best of the series.  Then of course we watched the Academy Awards last night.  I don't care what anyone else thinks, I thought it was funny and enjoyable.  I love seeing all the beautiful dresses and jewelry.

I do have a finished  object to show off, the Honey Cowl.  An easy knit that really shows off this yarn.  I will be wearing it tomorrow and will definitely be making another.

This week I hope to finish up some of the projects I have on the needles which hasn't stopped me from starting two more projects.  My knitting mojo is definitely back.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Little Break

Didn't mean to take such a long break from the blogging.  Not any reason in particular, just didn't sit down to blog. I'll just go on from here rather than trying to catch up.

I like what the ladies at the Mason-Dixon knitting blog are doing.  They do a quick 15 minute blog each day or so.  That way they form a habit and keep it current.  I'll try to do that rather than a once a week catch-up.

This week is Winter break for the kids and week-end break for their parents, which means kids week for us. Not sure what we will do with them.  It is cold and snowy out, so maybe a movie day, a craft day, a cookie-baking day?  I got a new jigsaw puzzle, so maybe that will help.

I would like to complete one project per week, knitting, sewing, little job around the house and garden.  So that is what I'll be posting on Sundays. So here is the sock I completed this week.  Cookie A's BFF socks in KnitPicks Felici in the Gelato colorway which doesn't look like it is available any more.

I love everything about this project.  The yarn is soft and lovely and the colors remind me of a favorite dress I had as a little girl that was yellow and brown and pink, which I called my ice-cream dress.  I will definitely make this sock again, but make the leg another inch longer (I was afraid I was going to run out of yarn, but had plenty). It is an easy pattern with great results.

I fell prey to the Honey Cowl syndrome.  Never thought I would, but I was so taken with the cabled or braided cowl that Watson wore on the TV show Elementary, I fell down the cowl hole and came up with this one first.  By the way, this is a show that I keep pausing to get a good look at Watson's outfits.  They are so smart with really classic lines and a smattering of great knits.

I love, love, love the Honey Cowl already.  I am using a Plymouth yarn named Kodu, which I have had in my stash way too long.  It is a cotton and silk blend, but I thought I would give this pattern a try using it and so far it is coming out with great awesomeness!  I have my next Honey Cowl all lined up.  I may have fallen into a dark hole!
There is great discussion on the Ravelry boards trying to pin down a pattern that would replicate Watson's cowl and there have been many suggestions.  I think I am going to go with the Lava Flow cowl, maybe a bit wider.

I am happy to say, I have gotten my knitting mojo back.  It seemed to have deserted me last year