Excuses… I got nothin’

May 30, 2012 9:52 am | by

Where have I been?  Busy I guess – at least that’s something I could say.  Unmotivated – I guess I could say that too.  When it comes right down to it, I suppose I’m just looking for some excitement, but I guess I’ll settle for a status check.

What have I been up to this past month?  Loads really – if you think about projects.  My gansey is still on track.  With our next meeting scheduled for the 10th of June, I have just 13 rows to go to complete my assignment… complete the body to the shoulders.  Design the sleeve – done.  Do some reading – still need to do this.

I’m really happy with my sleeve design.  I had a brief moment of concern when it suddenly hit me that I wanted the cuff of the sleeve to match the bottom of the sweater – you know… the channel island picot look.  I did some searching and found a perfect solution in Vintage Modern Knits by Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn.  Courtney describes a channel island cast off beautifully in the pattern for her Rhodes Point Gansey.  Problem solved, I’m so excited to move into the sleeve phase of this project.

Next up…Wanda.  She’s finished!  I’ll wear her for the first time tomorrow… I’ll post a completed picture then.  In the meantime, here’s a quick peek at her in progress.


She was a lot of knitting, but I’m very pleased.

I have these beautiful little twin grandsons…  I miss them.  A lot.  They live out of state, so I don’t get to see them often.  This month they turned 4, and they did this in Tampa!  So excited!  So exhausted!

Yes that’s me on the slide with Braeden!

There was NO way I was going to try to fit into the seashell with Tristan.

We had loads of fun.
My favorite moments?  

Braeden reaching out his arms to me when I asked if he wanted to go again. This was huge.  Braeden is autistic and doesn’t communicate well.  

Another favorite… Tristan looking at me and saying “I love you too Grandma”.  These are both moments I won’t soon forget.

…and so more knitting begins.  Sweaters for the boys for Christmas.  Have you seen The Sassy Skein?  They make the cutest little kits for kids.  Great colors.  Designs that kids will happily wear.  

I’m knitting Midnight Rider for Braeden now. Tristan’s will happen soon – he’s getting Motorcyclemania – a Harley Davidson orange and black striped one, complete with a Harley logo patch!


I’ve been weaving between stitches.  I finished #4 and am on to #5 of the Kitchen Explorations project.

I’m happy with the results, but… boredom is setting in.  I thought that a long warp would make me happy.  6 towels on the same warp…

Maximize the use of all that threading.  NOT.  I think I’m a short warp girl.  I’m fickle.  The same colors?  Really – what was I thinking.

…and so I needed a party.  Enter Stained Glass and Confetti.  I dug through my left over bobbins and added a few interesting colors to Kitchen Explorations #5.  Totally thrilled!

One more to go.

Already thinking of the next warp.

I’ve been busy starting lots of other projects this month…

Wingspan in Noro Taiyo Sock

Quilt and Cable Blanket in Cascade Eco+

Falling Leaves Shell in Tahki Cotton Classic

Cocoknits Gretel in Habu Textiles Cotton Gima

Crochet Mitered Squares in Plymouth Encore

Boys can be cute too! Bottom up Raglan Cardigan in Queensland Hyacinth

…and I’ve been finishing too!  I don’t often take 2 days off in a row, but several times a year we close the store to observe a national holiday.  I’ve been wanting to knit with this yarn for some time.  Bored with the projects I brought home and facing 2 days of knitting time, I stopped by the shop and picked up yarn for a summer tee.  I didn’t have a pattern in mind, just wanted a quick knit.  Took a few measurements and cast on using Elizabeth Zimmerman’s EPS system.  Off the needles Tuesday morning!  Cute – don’t you think?

And of course, there’s always more yarn… Planning on another Lopi…

Uh yeah.  I KNOW I live in Florida!

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  • Pamela Smith says:

    I am having a problem with Falling Leves pttern. Can’t get correct shaping for neck. Help!

    • Caroline says:

      You know, I had similar issues. I handled it by working a squared neckline instead. I placed markers at each pattern repeat, then figured I’d need 3 repeats for each of the shoulders. On the 1st shoulder I went 2 stitches into the 4th repeat (the purl stitches) so that it would match the other side – both edges begin with P2. Then I merely bound off the center stitches and worked the neckline without any further decreases – no shaping what so ever. It turned out great. Hope this helps you.

  • Pamela Smith says:

    Thanks so much Caroline. That is a very invntive solution. But I look at the illustration and they made it work, which just frustrates me to no end. I am no goingto give up yet…..but will keep your solution as a fallback. Is it your illustration on the site here? I picked the same color for mine.

    • Caroline says:

      As I worked and reworked the neck and shoulders, I found myself looking at the models hair, which seemed to hide the shoulders beautifully… I wonder… let me know if you solve the issue, I’d love to hear the solution! And yes, the gorgeous aqua is mine, seems we both have good taste.