Good day to you, my blogging buddies. Another week has passed by in a whirl of productivity. Fall has finally arrived here in the deserts of Arizona. We stayed below 90 degrees all week and it was glorious. I have actually shut off our A/C and the windows are opened. I call it "blowing the stink" out of the house. I felt the same way when we lived in areas that required us to turn our heat on for 6 months out of the year. Of course, living in the desert with the windows opened means you have to dust every other day.
Anyway............................I have had a pretty productive week. I do not have any FO's but I did make progress on all 3 of the items I am working on with deadlines of next month.
First up: Azel
Only 20 rows left before I do the bottom ribbing. Then the neck needs completing. I can not work on this too long. The large needles and super bulky yarn hurts my hands. I have switch over to 100% Portuguese knitting on this project. It is the only way I can make any progress on it at all.
Second in line: Stockinette Hug
This is the shawl I had just started last week. I am using Cascade 220 for this project. I obtained the wool (100% wool) from a friend moving out of state. It is worked from the bottom up, so it is a bit difficult to take a really great picture of it. Once the taupe yarn is depleted, I will be adding the gray taupe to the shawl. It seems very scratchy to me and I am hoping it will soften up a bit after I give it a nice soak and block it. But then, ALL wool seems scratchy to me.
Last on my list of 'have to get done' is the Fodhla shawl:
I have completed the increases as written but........I want this a bit deeper than this, so will continue increasing until I am satisfied with the depth of the back. I am really enjoying this pattern and love adding the beads to it as I go. Adding beads does slow it down a bit, but it well worth the time and efforts as it makes the shawl very luxurious.
I am still working on a C2C shawl for the prayer shawl group I am in. I was going to make it a lapghan, but I do not have enough yarn to do that. Therefore, it is going to be a triangular shawl. One of the ladies there gave me some eyelash yarn to add to it for the edging. It is really working up so nice and I will take a photo once it is completed and post it on my YoP.
I took a look at my YOP year 6 list the other day. I had not looked at it since July and thought it would be a great idea to see how I am doing.
Seamless Cable Booties - decided against theseCorner to Corner blanket - completed and gifted
Celtic Denim Sock
Hermiones Everyday Socks
Pedicure Socks - completed and will gift for Christmas
Spring Tulips Socks
Stockinette Hug - in progress
Dive In Shawl
Log Cabin Afghan
Corner 2 Corner baby blanket - see above
4 Azel (Matching sets for 2 mother/daughter teams) 1 done, 1 in progress and not sure about the other two. Maybe for next year. Time is running out
6-12 of them, varying patterns - 1 made
Other Items for the Year:
Test knits/crochet - test knit done
Try something new for me in knitting - putting beads on knitted item while knitting it
Photos of completed projects - been pretty good about this one, maybe missed 1 item
Give myself the right to change (add/delete) this list as needed - yuppers, this is happening
I still have lots project bags sitting in my craftroom. Most of them are socks, as you can see. As for my WIP's sitting in there.....................I think I should probably complete Hubby's socks first and then think about doing that log cabin afghan. The dive in shawl will be worked on in Prayer shawl group once the C2C is completed. We are not hurting for shawls right now and that one is going to take a bit of time to complete. The boxy top..............Ya, I will get around to it. It is for me so I am not in a panic about it.
So that wraps up my crafting week. Today, I am going to start in on my Christmas baking. Hubby bought me a wonderful Kitchen Aid mixer yesterday. With that and my Kitchen Aid food processor, I am all set to get my baking/cooking on for the next few weeks.
I will be taking one week off and going to Texas, as my son has to have bicep surgery. His bicep is completely detached from his shoulder and it is causing him some issues. His wife is stationed in another state and does not have enough leave to get back to him for this surgery. He only has to be off work for 1 week, so I will go down and help out with some cooking, laundry, getting the kids where they need to go etc. Not sure exactly when it will happen, but it will be in the next 2 weeks.
Hubby and I have completed our Christmas shopping too. Well, we have 2 more gifts to get, but know what and where they are. Just have to make the trip there to get them. I am so glad we did this early this year. Especially since I will be gone for a week during the Christmas rush. I did a lot of shopping on line this year and am glad for that. Not to mention, the items I made for Christmas too.
So that wraps up another YOP week. I am off to make chex party mix and some scotch treats today. Will work on my knitting during the down times. I love multi-tasking.
Until next time..........................Happy Crafting!