Saturday, August 6, 2011

Dropping in for a quick hello

with some photos to share.

The weather has been so terribly hot that my poor yard is suffering, but there is still some beauty --- this gorgeous butterfly on my hydrangea bush.
Then we have the area that the birds feed - I now have a garden of ????? corn maybe??!!

But definitely, do have pumpkins or squash growing!! Isn't this so cute and little!!

Couldn't pull this out of the yard and I am so glad that I left it. I know it will be gone what with the deer, raccoons and possums that visit my yard!!

Now onto some of things that I have been able to work on with my crazy busy schedule. The local yarn shop "Creative Yarns" has stared a sock club which meets every week and we are suppose to do pair of socks a month -- ya right!!!! Just so I can catch up, I am not doing the August sock until later!!

Here are some of the socks that I have started - this one below is not in this book but something I started last winter and hope to finish soon!!

This is the sock for the month of June - the purpose of the Sock Club is to learn new techniques and to help each other with problems - this is not a class but a social event. What is so fun is how everyone approaches each sock. This pair I am doing on double pointed needles as with the above sock.

Here is a close up of the pattern and the yarn which is - Malabrigo - kettle Dyed Pure Superwash Merino Wool.

Below is the sock for July and I am using 2 circular needles. this is my first attempt using circular needles for socks and I am liking it so far.

A close up of the pattern - this is a cable technique and the yarn is Spud and Chloe a superwash wool and silk. This yarn splits easily, but I love the color and how it feels.

So yes, another knitting project - because of my crazy busy life at the moment, the knitting is an easier thing for me to do - I can just pick it up and work a few stitches or rows when the time is available - especially at work!! Yes, I can stitch or knit at work when it is not busy. I do get to stitch once in a while at home, but I am only working on small things like ornaments.

Below is scarf - some call it a 'jellyfish' scarf.

This is what it looks like on the skein and then pulled apart.

This is how it is knitted - using # 10 or 11 needles - cast on 6 stitches using the narrow edge and then you knit using each loop as your throwing yarn.

This is the product that was at my yarn shop.

Notice the thick bottom of the strand and the thinner top which is where you work from. Clear as mud!!! I hope I explained this so you too can do this project - it could be done in one long night - I am not a fast stitcher - this took me about 5 hours. It is a great gift item!!

Thank you for stopping by and good for you for reading through this longer than usual entry. I hope to be able to be back on track with blogging and reading and commenting by the end of September.

Again thank you for visiting ---- See you soon on the web ---- Roberta


Margaret said...

I'm intrigued by that scarf and the bizarre "yarn" used for it. Can't quite follow what you're saying but I'm going to look it up -- it's so cool! Nice socks you have going there! Fun to have a sock club. I still haven't learned to knit socks. maybe someday. Nice garden pics too!

Melanie said...

Ooo, I am totally intrigued by that jelly fish pattern/yarn. So very neat!

I love knitting socks on circs. I was a die-hard DPN sock knitter until I started the two-at-one-time thing and I try and do them all on circs now if I can.

dbr said...

Hi Roberta! The heat is brutal, isn't it? Pretty knitting projects! I especially like your jellyfish scarf.

woolwoman said...

Nice that you have a great LYS like Creative - you have some yummy socks on the go all with yarn I love! I visited there once several years ago and thought it was a great shop with stock I love. Of course I dropped a bundle there as I recall on a good Rowan fix. Take care - Melody

Brigitte said...

Oh Roberta, your garden is so beautiful. It must be such a pleasure to work or just to walk around in it.
This new yarn is more than interesting. I saw it at a friend's house lately and I watched her knitting a scarf with it. Fantastic! I'm very curious to see your finished scarf.

hazel said...

Your garden looks great and don't you have some interesting visitors to it. You have certainly been busy with all those lovely sock patterns and the scarf is beautiful, they are very popular over here in the UK at the moment and I have seen them knitted in lots of lovely colours but so far have resisted.
Hope life gets a little slower for you.

Love Hazel C (UK)

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Solstitches said...

My goodness Roberta! When did you find time to do all this knitting in between your hectic lifestyle????
I love the scarf - never seen anything like that before. What a cool name for it.
Some great sock projects there. I love the pink lacy ones.

Jeanne said...

Looking good Roberta - can't believe you are knitting now too! I am steering clear of that temptation, just have no time for anythign else. Hope the weather starts to cool down soon for all of us!