WIP: Almondine Socks

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My Almondine socks are still a work in progress, with only eleven more rows of the chart until I advance onto the heel, and then a continuation of the chart to the toe…..I do plan on having these complete for September, or at least in September.

I have picked up Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts for a second time, and am loving it even more than the first.

Joining Ginny this Wednesday for Yarn Along.

Yarn Along: Same Socks, More Books

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My Almondine socks are slowly making progress with number one complete and number two taking shape. The pattern itself is easy and quick–a great introduction to following a chart and knitting a lace motif. However, I find I’m not an avid summer knitter. Summer seems to fly so fast, and this summer was especially busy with a up North cottage vacation, dear friends visiting for two weeks, a camping trip to Algonquin, and some more exciting summer events. My failure to post is due to all these fun escapades.

I have a collection of books lined up for the remainder of the summer. I received a beautiful book containing Alexandre Dumas’s Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After as a graduation gift and have recently begun the first few pages of the former, trying not to be daunted by it’s length.

I also checked out The Bride of Lammermoor from the library, as I have never officially completed a novel of Scot’s, having begun Ivanhoe a couple of years ago and never finishing it. It is by the way, still on my list of books to read.

The Last of the Mochicans has made it into my stack, as have two more recent novels, Flight of the Sparrow, and a novel of a whole different genre, The Spy who came in from the Cold. I have never read spy fiction before, but after watching The Bridge of Spies, I was intrigued and wanted to try this novel set in the Cold War.

I am looking forward to reading and finishing my socks, which I hope is soon. At least before September so I can wear them when the chill comes.

Joining Ginny for Yarn Along.

 

Northern Knitting

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We had a lovely family getaway up North for a week in this gorgeous A-frame cottage. I came stocked with novels, knitting, and a new medieval tapestry colouring book. The dock proved a perfect, sunny spot to knit.

My sock is making slow process right now, and I think I may have to diverge into a different knitting project before I attempt the next one.

I brought four novel choices for our stay. However, only two managed to be read: A Dangerous Inheritance and Gutenberg’s Apprentice. I am now attempting The Snake Pit, though it is slow moving.

Joining Ginny on Yarn Along.

Yarn Along: Merino Socks Continued

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I’m still working on sock #1 of Almondine. I’m loving the texture of this wool! I have really noticed a difference in the heel compared to the other socks I’ve knit. This wool is just wonderful!

I finished The Axe a couple of days ago and have the second book in the series on order. I did quite enjoy this book, as it is set in one of my favourite time periods. I am now reading My Antonia. The author has a beautiful way of describing the lush prairie landscapes.

Joining Ginny on Yarn Along.

Yarn Along: Merino Lace Socks

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I recently purchased a wonderful skein of Madelinetosh Merino Wool with a birthday gift card, and don’t know how I’ll ever go back to knitting with the mass produced yarn again! I’m absolutely loving it’s feel, texture, and the way it’s knitting up. The pattern I’m using is Almondine, from a sock book I received at Christmas.

I’m reading The Axe by one of my favourite authors. I loved Kristin Lavransdatter, and am looking forward to this series.

Joining Ginny on Yarn Along

Socks and Salves

IMG_0337This weekend I kept busy with two home-making projects: finishing my socks and attempting my first salve.

I found a recipe for a Dandelion Salve, since our lawn is just teaming with Dandelions. Littlest sister helped me run about the backyard plucking off their tangy manes.

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It was all very exciting—making your own salve (this one was for dry hands), and a not very appeasing jar of dandelions-doused in oil sat on our window sill for a few days. I found cute tins at a craft store near us to put them in and set to work making my first salve.

However, though it looked just like a salve, the results were much too oily for any use. I think the reason for this is due to the fact it had both Coconut Oil and the infused oil. Anyhow, I’m not discouraged; it’s a process of trial and error.

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Sweet Stripes #2 came off the needles yesterday, and I’m on to another pair.

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Yarn Along: Sweet Stripes (and a little hike)

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Sweet Stripes #1 is complete, with its mate currently on the needles. I’m not too far into the second sock, though they’re pretty straightforward to knit, and addicting once you begin, so hopefully progress will be swift.

Still reading Agnes Grey. I also recently ordered this knitting book from the library. I’m not keen on the patterns it provides, but am going to try following the instructions on different techinques used in colour knitting, and also try some of the grids.

I have knit using intarsia before, but my tension was terrible and the colourwork came out bumpy and uneven. I would like to improve this skill before I attempt anything intricate.

Spring has finally sprung—(if only the warm temperatures would stay!) and a couple of days ago, Mum, Sister, and I decided on a hike. We’re blessed to be surrounded by a plethora of hiking trails, and the one we chose was just as picturesque as the others. While on our hike we spotted Trilliums, alongside Forget-Me-Not’s, and Birch Trees.

Our cherry tree too, has burst into bloom, with its milky petals displayed wonderfully against a blue spring sky.

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Joining Ginny on Yarn Along.