Sunday, October 20, 2013

Time to knit

Here it is, the monster that consumed a great deal of my summer! The Summit Shawl, which I started last October and keep picking up and putting down. It looks tricky but once you get the hang of the pattern, it's quite simple. I can even do it while watching television! :-)

Today, however, I was distracted when I stepped outside and saw this most amazing red batch of fall leaves against a green ivy grove, so I came in and immediately dug through my stash. I found what I was looking for - a soft red homespun with golden brown flecks - and began one of my favorite go-to projects, a one evening cowl. From time to time, I need a quick knit to feel like I've accomplished something in the day.

One Evening Cowl pattern by Brooke Sales-Lee

I got to row 6 and then life came calling. I volunteered to make sugar skulls for my son's Montessori class, and also there was some work to do in the garden and my sister had called me for lunch. So I put my needles down and commenced to make 52 sugar skulls, which I will pain to mention must be made 1/2 at a time and then left for 12 hours to cure, after which they will be carefully 'glued' together with a contraption called Royal Icing. Still, before being a knitter or a yogi or an anything else, I'm a mom, and this was important to my son.

Ain't they sweet??

After finishing up the skulls, we met my sister for lunch and then worked and played outside for a while. It was one of those beautiful fall days unique to the South, when you forget what season you're in for a moment.

My garden doesn't realize it's late October!!

Now it's late evening, and I just finished two magazine articles and need to get tomorrow's lesson plans posted. I think a well-timed Chai Latte will give me just enough 'oomph' to spend at least a couple of hours working on the cowl. Time to knit...there never seems to be enough of it. How do you fit it into your day?

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Chunky Slouch Hat (that looks more like a fitted cloche!)

 More of a fitted cloche than a slouchy beanie, but at least
it's done! This pattern can be found via Ravelry at
I had to take this off needles 2 times before figuring out to add a few extra stitches (I've got a big head!) and then a few extra rows. I also believe I might had used wrong gauge yarn. Though it said Super Bulky I believe I need to double up or use a thicker super-bulky next time as it looks different in the photos she has posted. Still it is a fun and simple project! A quick knit, which I love and which gives me a break from the exhausting Summit Shawl ( I have been working on since the dawn of mankind. :-) Happy knitting!