Friday, May 26, 2017

When Things Go Missing . . .

Yesterday I had a bit of a crisis when my keys went missing.  Normally I wouldn't have been too concerned, but my truck was parked at the end of the driveway and was blocking the other family vehicles.  One other detail.  I have only one key for my truck, so it was imperative that I find it.  

The keys didn't turn up after a quick search, so everyone scattered without the use of vehicles, and I started a more thorough hunt.  My son was the last one to use the keys, so I set about retracing his steps. I didn't dwell on the fact that he recently lost both his driver's license and his passport in two separate incidents just days apart.

After tossing the house, checking drawers and cupboards, sifting through the trash, sorting through laundry baskets, searching the fridge and freezer . . . well, I gave up.  I'm a firm believer in the notion that all missing things eventually surface, so I turned my attention elsewhere.

Since the keys seemed determined to remain missing, I threw myself into a major distraction that involved yarn and a new project.

Once I had settled on these, I started this.

I had a false start and a do-over, but I like it a whole lot better now.  I think I'll like it even more when I have other colors in play.

And the keys?  Later in the afternoon my daughter sent me a text asking what my keys were doing in her bag.  Apparently my son tossed them on the table, and they landed in her bag?  I don't know how they got there, but this proves my theory.  All missing things eventually surface.

I'm not usually one for pink, but I have a greater appreciation for it these days.  It's probably just a passing fancy, but here's my color inspiration for the week.

Any day now . . . 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In the Works

I'm coming up for air after taking a tumble down the Ravelry hole.  I'm always jotting down pattern names when something catches my eye at an event, and I've been keeping all these haphazard lists and notes.  It was time to finally make some sense of it all.

After an afternoon in front of the computer, I've narrowed down the list. There's still some tweaking to do, but I have a plan.

New booth samples are under construction.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Chasing Clues

On Saturday I had a long, busy day in Rhode Island, so when I woke up on Sunday, I was ready to take it easy.  I shifted my expectations for the day and grabbed one of the knitting projects near the top of my heap.

When I first heard about the Starting Point MKAL, I was mildly interested.  After I had assembled a few kits with different color combinations, I was in.  

This MKAL is being released in a series of five clues, and already I'm behind.  The second clue was released on Friday, but I'm still working my way through the first one.  I finished one triangle, and now I need to knit another one just like it to complete the first clue.  Only then can I start the second clue.  I'm not sure I'll be able to catch up, but I'm playing by the rules.

Friday, May 19, 2017


Yesterday my daughter had a mishap at the gym and landed in the ER. Everything is fine.  When we emerged several hours later, she was put back together with an impressive row of stitches.  Now to convince her to take it easy for a couple days.  As an aside, her doctor is a knitter. We had a lovely chat about knitting projects.

Once again I was grateful that I'd had the presence of mind to grab the knitting bag in my mad dash to get out the door.  It turns out the ER is a good place to knit a bunch of cubes.

This morning they were on the blocking board.


This entertaining project takes 1 skein.  I used Sparkles, colorway Poolside.  I finished this shawl just in time for a little road trip.  The sample and the yarn will be with me tomorrow at Rhode Island Fiber Festival.

This week's color inspiration . . . 

Vivid and bright.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hooked on Cubes

I've fallen hard for cubes.

This is Cubetcha.  I love the adventure of experimenting with a new technique, but I prepared myself for a bunch of fiddly maneuvers to make these little cubes.  Instead I discovered the cubes aren't tedious at all.  They're fun to make!  Just another pleasant knitting surprise . . . 

Monday, May 15, 2017

When the Bar Is Low . . .

After a busy weekend in New Hampshire, I don't have expectations of accomplishing much today.  A wet and windy Sunday forced most of the outdoor vendors indoors.  A couple friends pitched in and helped me move the booth.  I felt like a nomad vendor.  

The weather didn't keep people away, and it was a delightful time overall.  Thanks to everyone who came out.  It was great to see so many familiar faces.

I did a quick events update.  This Saturday I'll be at the RI Fiber Festival.  See the right sidebar for more details.

For the rest of the day, I'm taking it easy.

Friday, May 12, 2017


I have a busy weekend ahead, and I have one more sample for the road.


Apparently I haven't had enough garter stitch and lace.  The repeats in this design are easy to memorize, and it knits up quickly.  Correction.  It wasn't so quick when my stitch count was off, but I blame that on late night knitting.

This shawl is light and airy . . . perfect when you need just a little something.

The yarn is Lucia, colorway March Sky.  Gray is a personal favorite because it goes with everything, but you could also have fun with a bright splash of color.

Later today I'll post updates with my exact booth location at New Hampshire Sheep and Wool.  For details keep an eye on Instagram, Twitter, Ravelry or Facebook.

I'm still hooked on flowers.  This week's color inspiration . . . 

Between red and orange.