From Forget Me Nots to Carnations

Almost Summer


With my new-found organizational skills (ahem 😉), I have been a busy bee finishing up projects and using up stash yarn. I did end up buying  some yarn at the local yarn shop, but that was for a very cool project. (more on that later). So, what have I been up to?

The supposedly dead tree at the local dog park was yarn bombed as high as I could reach. Low and behold, it started sprouting new leaves shortly after that. I believe it knew how badly I wanted to see some color on it and put forth a colossal effort to please.

My first attempt at yarn bombing, so forgive the amateurish effort.

I finished my first batch of preemie hats, from  a very cool free pattern on Ravelry and II was able to use up the remaining pound o’ love yarns and have finally gotten the shipping supplies to send them off. This is a new charity I’m trying, from a group called appropriately Hats for Preemies. Every 10th of the month, this group sends hats to NICU units all over the country. And I love the pattern! Varying the preemie size was accomplished just by changing  needle sizes. The pattern has several variations, all starting and ending the same way.

I also finished a few more hats, which will go out to the Washington’s Hats for Hope Initiative. You can find that group on Facebook. They are a sub-branch of the Emily’s Hats for Hope charity. And, a couple of market bags got knocked out, using up the Lion Brand Recycled cotton yarn.

Let’s see. I finished my ugly socks. A very tedious project I got bored with very early on. Because of that I started playing with ribbing, the feather and fan stitches and then a combo of both until I finally and thankfully, used up that yarn. Though I have several socks in my queue, I think it will be a while before I get back to knitting socks.

The new yarn I bought from Tolt Yarn & Wool, breaking my rule, was some cascade dk yarn in gray, teal, navy and white. It’s for the Crackerjack project and is, of course, for the Mariners 2014 season. I love this project. You keep a striped record of your teams wins and losses, home and away, for the entire season, knitting an infinity scarf. I also added yellow so I can run a line before every game that Felix Hernandez pitches. In the end, when I join the two ends together, I’ll do a narrow edge in the Mariner’s variegated yarn I bought at last years Stitch and Pitch.

Finally, I’m working on a summer shell and about to start a baby blanket for a new nephew. For a peek at my carious projects and notes, just go to my Ravelry page. Whew!