Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Le Manoir du Diable

Originally, I was going to use a solid grey yarn for these socks (the pattern is Le Manoir du Diable ) but then I remembered how well that Patons Stretch showed off the texture on my Fischernetze socks and decided to use up some more of that yarn. I followed my own advice and searched Ravelry for projects using the same yarn.

The yarn is too dark to show off the neat details of the cuff. But with the cuff done, the rest of the sock is just ribbing...and I'm having fun knitting it...and I hate turning back mid-project. So I guess I'll keep going.

It was quite a weekend for Sarah Winston. Her latest project, the largest garage sale in New England, was a big success, but she's more concerned with the mysterious fires, a stolen painting, and the body found in her friend's art studio. The Longest Yard Sale is the second garage sale mystery by Sherry Harris. There was a little more about garage sales and thrift stores in this than in the first book and a little less about life on and around a military base. The mystery was interesting, but what really had me guessing was how Sarah could fit so many pieces of furniture in the back of her Suburban!

From the description, Little Girls by Ronald Malfi sounded like a book I'd enjoy. After her father's death, Laurie returns to her childhood home with her husband and ten-year-old daughter, planning to get his affairs in order and return home as soon as possible. The old house is creepy and the maid and her brother are even creepier. I halfway expected the two of them to lock Laurie and her family in when they left for the night. It took time for the plot to get moving and, once things did start to happen it was a little much for me. I love horror novels and I read lots of them, but this... I can't explain exactly what it was, but the book gave me a bad feeling.  There were a couple of twists I didn't see coming, but the book has a whole lot of familiar elements, including the girl next door who is identical to Laurie's evil childhood playmate, who fell to her death through the roof of the family greenhouse.

For more pretty knitting projects to drool over, check out On the Needles at Patchwork Times.

  Disclosure - The publishers provided me with ARCs.

Monday, June 29, 2015

I Wonder if She Even Likes Apples...

This vintage transfer that I found online was so different she had to go into the quilt. 

While I stitch, I make up stories in my head. It's a long walk to that twisted old tree and there are probably thistles and snakes.  The old woman is tired and that bushel basket is heavy. I wonder if she even likes apples. Maybe she feels obligated to pick them because they're ripe and shouldn't go to waste. Maybe she doesn't have many other options.

If I'd chosen brighter colors for the dress I still think she'd look overwhelmed It's her posture and those shoes.  Maybe she's related to the lady with the mop.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Mid Year Totals

I thought that last year, with seventeen pairs finished, was my year of the sock, but I'm still at it. Eleven pairs so far this year (ten in the picture, because I haven't taken pictures of the most recent pair) and two more pairs half done. I'm sure I'll beat my record. Not that I'm trying!

I've finished two baby quilts.
And I've made progress on some bigger projects that still aren't finished...

My Garden Party Quilt continues to grow, block by block. 

Weekly Stash Report

Fabric Used this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 4 3/4 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 41 yards
Net Added for 2015: 36 1/4 yards

Yarn Used this Week: 400 yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 4400 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 3675 yards
Net Used for 2015:   725 yards

This post is linked to Patchwork Times.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mystic Shawls by Anna Dalvi

Have you ever done a mystery knit along for a lace shawl? I have, twice, and it's a lot of fun. I actually managed to finish a couple not far behind the rest of the group.  Then there was Mystic Waters. I bought the pattern, made it through the first couple of clues, and completely lost my place. Things like that happen when you're knitting and raising small children at the same time. Espeecially if you don't keep really good notes for yourself.

I still want to knit that shawl, someday.

Mystic Shawls contains the patterns for fourteen of Anna Dalvi's mystery shawl KALs -- including Mystic Waters. I could see myself knitting most of the patterns in this book. (No, I don't know when I'd have time to do that much focused lace knitting, but that isn't the point. The point is that now that I've bought the book, I can do it when I want to.)

I love the patterns. The book itself is mostly charts -- pages and pages and pages of them -- and the pictures aren't on the glossy paper I'm used to in my knitting books. (I want to make the shawls. The whole eye-candy thing is extra.) All of the shawls are shown being worn and lying flat, which is nice.

There are all sorts of shapes here and some of the shawls come in multiple sizes.

If, like me, you can't collect enough lace shawl patterns, you'll want to get your hands on a copy of Mystic Shawls.

Pesky Discslosure -- I bought this one myself, from the Knitpicks 40% off book sale.
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