Friday…

Well I am not showing you my FO today. I failed to take great pictures of my new project as I ended up at happy “hour” last night. This little social event turned into more like 3.5 hours and by the time I got home it was darkūüėē. So instead I provide you with some crafting humor. Enjoy!

  
   
Happy Friday!

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What Is in My Bag?

My knitting bag is stuffed with WIPs! Okay really it is a small bag and there are only two WIPs inside. (Haha) I did manage to fit three in there, but I finished a project that I will reveal on Friday. ūüėČ

The first project is the re-start of my Buisness Casual Socks. This go around I am following the pattern exactly and it is going much better! I am using DPNs and everything. Last night at knitting group, I made it to the heel turn. 

   
 The other project is the ever growing Pinwheel Blanket. I told you two inches  would be added and I did not lie! Unfortunately, I am approaching the end of my last scrap of yarn. ūüėē No worries! This just means a pause in project…therefore not the end of the world. I plan on ordering more yarn later this week. 

  
What are you working on this Wednesday?

Hiking in Muir Woods

Muir Woods is a gorgeous¬†National Forest containing some of the oldest Redwood trees in the Bay Area. Due to its close proximity to San Francisco, it is often a pain to enjoy the park. Why you might ask? The parking lot is always crowded and the main trails are generally¬†swamped with tourists. As much as tourists feed our economy they can be quite a pain in large groups. A few deep breaths¬†and many Excuse Me’s¬†later we made it to the quiet beauty of the forest.

We completed an approximately 4.5 mile loop through the park. The exact details of the loop can be found here on the blog Hikerly. All and all this was a quick hike that made for a lovely afternoon outing.

Finished Object Friday: Another Lacy Scarf

Friday woot woot! I know you are excited. I am excited to FINALLY show you this finished object.  This one felt like it took forever to complete.

Meet my newest Lacy Scarf. I shall call her Olivia, as she is the color of olives. Here she is before I blocked her.

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I found this free pattern on the blog Give Me a Purl. It was a pretty easy project to make. It would definitely be good beginner lace project.

My personal changes to the pattern: Instead of using the recommended size US 10 needles, I used size US 5. I liked the slightly tighter tension it gave. I also used wool/nylon blend yarn rather than alpaca. For more information please see my Ravelry page.

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This scarf is intended as a birthday gift for a friend. Fingers crossed she doesn’t figure out it is for her before I send it off. Hopefully, it is thin enough that she can wear it even though summer is approaching. You never know when a chilly summer night might pop up. Right?

What are you finishing this Friday?

WIP Wenesday: Pinwheel Blanket

My Pinwheel Baby Blanket is slow going. One reason is that I have not had much knitting time. Errands and activities have kept me pretty busy. The other reason is that I have had some serious hand pain while knitting. I decided to take a break from this project as I am using some tiny needles. Here is what she looks like so far:

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I have a four-day weekend coming up so hopefully my blanket will grow another 2 inches or so. The baby isn’t due till October so I still have plenty of time :).

What are you working on this Wednesday? 

Summer Knitting

If you are anything like me you can’t put those needles down just because it’s hot outside. I generally have ¬†two months off from work in the summer, so that means it is prime knitting time! When I am not traveling, I tend to take on big projects like blankets/afghans or complex sweaters. These projects are perfect as I have hours of free time to relax and knit.

The countdown is officially on- 4 weeks till the end of the school year! My summer plans have been nailed down and I happy to announce that they include a 6 week trip to South America. I am super excited about the trip as I have never been to this region before. However, as most knitters know preparing for traveling can get a little tricky when you factor in your knitting.

70c5f58299cced1fdcc25d7b2c767745I am still in the first phase of trying to find a project to bring on the trip. I am thinking a sweater. For the amount of time we will be on buses and other transportation I don’t think a shawl or socks will last me the entire trip. Buying more yarn for additional projects is appealing (and something I will probably do), however, I will not have steady access to patterns and knitting tools. Therefore, a sweater is ideal as I know it will take me at least a month to complete.

Here are some sweaters I have been eyeing on Ravelry:

Ease– By Alicia Plummer: This looks so comfy and well “easy” to pop on during weekend errands.

BlueSand Cardigan– By La Maison Rililie: Cardigans are a must in San Francisco (aka: the city of layers).

Prairie Fire– By TinCan Knits: I love how the complex lace pattern runs up the front of this piece. It is so pretty.

So many choices and I can only pick one…:( ¬†So¬†if you had to just choose one what would it be?