Monday? Already?

Monday? Already?

The weekend seems like a blur of activity, and looking back I am wondering what the heck I got done! Lots of “stuff” not much accomplished.

One thing is for certain, dark and cold Monday mornings are not the best way to start a week and, this morning seemed extra dark and oh so chilly! It would have been so easy to stay in bed.

But, I somehow have an extra-long list today so, sadly, staying in bed was not an option.

I pondered the preservation of diced tomatoes last week, but Bonny’s kind reminder of the uncertainty of canning tomatoes was enough to dispel that idea. So today, I am giving Vicki’s Roasted Tomato Sauce a whirl. I am looking forward to the smell of those tomatoes roasting away and as an added bonus, the oven will heat the house up a bit!

Oh, and those pickled tomatoes? Divine! The list of things I want to put them on has grown exponentially: avocado toast, chicken salad sandwiches, tuna melts, poached eggs…I mean these little jewels are incredible!

Then, I am sitting down to cut out my first AC shirt. I am going to keep it simple for my first try with an A-Line top (no flowers, this time…) Oh, and bonus points are awarded for figuring out how to print the pattern on a Monday morning! (Pro-tip… select “poster” from printing options!)

That’s all I have for a Monday – hope your weekend was great!

Oh, Monday

Oh, Monday

This week I have a few things that I must finish that have been at the top of my procrastination list for some time. Sadly, there are plenty of things I procrastinate over but these things are especially procrastination worthy and I am not looking forward to them at all.

The weekend was highly productive but unseasonably cool! We got some inside Kon-Mari-ing done. And I have a good-sized pile of clothes to take to the re-sale shop. Today I will continue in Kon-Mari-Mode and clean out some knitting books. Then I will tackle the Procrastination List!

On a brighter note, I am almost done with this sweater! I might even have it done today, if I can wrap my head around the neckband finishing. We shall see how it goes.

I also made some good progress on Kavalier and Clay over the weekend and I should easily have this done soon. I must admit, they are wonderful companions even during the most mundane of tasks!

And with that, I am off to start my Monday! How was your weekend?

Ahh! Hullo Friday!

Ahh! Hullo Friday!

It seemed like an inordinately long week this week for some reason and I am glad it is Friday!

I do have a Finished Object to share with you today (and this morning, I could have used them outside this morning as the temperature was a very chilly 50!) I finished the Ferryboat Mitts from the absolutely lovely Shepherd’s Lamb Rambouillet Yarn. What an absolute treat to knit with this yarn. Shepherd’s Lamb sent me undyed yarn, but they have some really beautiful dyed skeins and they even have a few plant dyed skeins as well! While I was limited as to what to make (besides a swatch) with just a skein or two, this yarn would make a lovely sweater. It is so squishy and soft. And, while this is a soft yarn, I think it will wear very well. This yarn is next to skin soft, so you could also make a squishy warm cowl with a couple of skeins. If you have never knit with Rambouillet, I highly recommend this yarn.

Now, how about some links?

That is all I have for this week! Have an awesome weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!

When the knitting is just so freaking good…

When the knitting is just so freaking good…

One would think that I would have immediately given a little Soak Wash spa treatment to my MKAL shawl upon casting off, however it sat around until yesterday. Why? I have no excuse except for pure laziness but it went down yesterday for a bath and then a good blocking. You know, with the wires and all! Give me some nice straight edges, please! Once I had it all pinned out I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of this shawl. And, even more wowed when I pulled out all the blocking wires and un-pinned it… oh.my.gosh people!! This thing is insanely beautiful!!! I might have even had a tear or two in my eyes at how crazy this turned out. I took it outside last night with “Dolores” to take a few glamor shots and she has yet to relinquish it and it is so stunning, I don’t blame her!

This is the 5th year I have knit Kirsten’s MKAL over the summer and people – this one is seriously the best one yet. The beauty of this simple design of lace and mosaic stitches works so incredibly well together. I might even be wishing for cool weather to wear this baby…non-stop.

To think I worried about it being “small” when I finished the bind off… small might describe a certain someone’s hands, but it absolutely does not describe this shawl… at.all! It is HUGE! Dear Dolores is my size and I love that it can drape casually around her “neck” and not be all tight and bunched up!

Steve thought my yarn color choices were not good and he told me so more than once. He said, what will you wear that with?? Well…everything in my wardrobe, honey… just everything! LOL

All the details of my project are here.

If you missed out on Kirsten’s MKAL, it is not too late…get the pattern and cast on ASAP. You won’t be disappointed!

Now, how about some links?

First up, swissmiss shared this and then I found this. Want….

Reclaiming my time, the Gospel version.

This week had LOTS of good knitting patterns (you’d think fall was coming or something….)

Lots of goodness in there for you to ponder! I hope something inspires you to cast on!

Have a great weekend, see you back here on Monday!

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August Dreams

August Dreams

Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. Gloria Steinem

I really enjoyed my July stitching, but again I am feeling that the stitching is not “done”, but maybe that is the way of summer months. They are never quite done as they move on to the next. Things are still growing and changing and so, perhaps an unfinished feel to stitching is appropriate.

And now a new month lays before me and the excitement I feel as I look at the fabric that will be transformed over the days of August is palpable. The blues of summer will hopefully be captured in my stitching!

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