Well, but the Citron and the Skyp Socks are both still on the needles. The Skyp Socks will probably be on for a while since I’m not a knit-a-sock-a-week kinda gal! I’m a bit slower than I would prefer, plus I’ve been ADDICTED to the Citron. There are five sections in the Citron. Or tiers as I like to call them. I’m almost done with the fourth. It’s a fast knit and I’m plugging right along with it. I’m really loving the way the colors look. I can’t wait to see how it looks once it is blocked. After knitting this, I have decided that I will definitely buy some more Malabrigo Lace in the future. I really didn’t like lace knitting. After making this Citron, I have been opened up to the world of lace with a warm welcome. I guess the yarn you use can really make a difference in your take on the concept.
I’ve also had something on the needles that I refused to share. It’s not like I don’t want you to see it! There’s just two people whom I don’t want seeing it! That’s because it is a baby gift. My husband’s brother and his wife welcomed their second son into the world last week! And his name’s Cameron……I just love it! This sure was a kick in the butt for me since I’m only about 1/4 of the way done with the gift. It’s just a bit of an intricate stitch pattern that’s hard on my hands, but I need to get over it. I pulled it back out last night and figured I would give you a nice little peek. Really only because I love teasing!!
Also, I tried casting on a pair of leg warmers last night. Turns out I need a bigger circular needle of some DPNs in size US 6 or US 7. I’m going to check out a new yarn store (yay! it’s only 20 minutes away too!) that my friend from A Tangled Yarn discovered a few weeks ago. I’m hoping they have what I need. A large circular would be the best, because I just realized I would be able to do 2-at-a-time!! Now that I know how to do that. It’s not just for socks anymore…… My friend requested leg warmers for her daughter. I decided on the Lil’ Legwarmers pattern published on the blog Knitted Fresh Daily. I really need to spend some time perusing her blog. It looks pretty entertaining. You should go check it out. I’m using a yarn I’m really excited about. I picked it up around here somewhere (here being somewhere in Germany). It’s called Lana Grossa Bingo Print and has small segments of gray to green to pink. I just love the colors, and I think the little girl receiving them will too!
Onto the book. I can’t believe I read it in a week. With all, and I emphasize the word all, going on in my life right now. We will get to that later though. The book: Made From Scratch; Discovering the pleasures of a handmade life. Being a very crafty person, I thought this was a book concentrated on crafts, and recycling for personal use and whatnot. I was quite a bit off track, and I guess that happens when you don’t read the description of the book. I’m blonde sometimes, what can I say? But the book is about self-sufficiency. Basically, living off the land, buying local, raising chickens and bees. That sort of thing. With a very minor mention to knitting and spinning. I have no objection to this way of life, and some I agree with and some of it I don’t find practical. For me. But this book…..I just couldn’t put it down. The author Jenna Woginrich just writes well. Everything flowed so well, and made so much sense. I didn’t feel I was reading, as much as just listening to a friend. And I think that’s why I read it so fast. I do suggest it, to anyone who has even a small interest in self-sufficiency and making more of an everyday connection to our ancestors in everyday tasks.
Now onto the bad news. Remember when I said that it was basically pouring cats & dogs in my life? And I mentioned that on top of a whole lot of other stuff my Grandfather had a heart attack? Well he died this weekend. He was a very kind and generous man who was very good to his family. But in the past few years he’s changed. Alot. After this heart attack I knew it wasn’t going to be much longer, and I was right. Good news is that he is in a place right now where he can see well again, and he can walk and talk. And he made it there just in time to join his wife for their wedding anniversary. My cat’s also sick. Really sick. He had to spend two nights at the vet’s place and he still hasn’t really eaten anything. More on that tomorrow, since this post seems longer than I had anticipated. If you haven’t gotten bored yet, thanks for reading!!