Thursday, March 31, 2011

Just Push Through the Pain, Baby

I woke up this morning with my forearms feeling terribly stiff.

I find myself struggling, trying to decide whether it was the multiple sets of burpees I did at my Monday evening 'boot camp', or if these sore arms are because I have been hammering through this lovely striped project on 3.25mm needles faster than the speed of sound. (I might have even decided to knit instead of shower yesterday... that's how much I love this project).

Oh, pfft. Who am I kidding? Nuts to healthy living.

Pass the bonbons! I have some 3.25mms waiting for me!

You can be sure that next Monday evening I will most definitely be passing up the burpees for more stripes.

Bulbs anyone?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Little Gold Riding Hood

One fine day back in February, I spontaneously cast on this lovely little hood. (It was one of those 2:30 pm urges at the shop to start something new that I just couldn't fight).

I finished the knitting of the hood in record time. Liiiike... pretty much by the time I went to bed.


But then it lay on my living room floor up until this past Monday (thank heavens I live with the type of person who likely wouldn't even notice if I brought home a flock of sheep). After having little success with sewing up my green sweater, this golden hood caught my eye. So I picked up all those stitches and got 'er done.

I'd say it's the perfect little number for when you don't want to flatten your hair (although I must confess to not having much hair these days-CHOP!), don't want to deal with a giant scarf choking you (although admittedly, that's never been a problem for me) or just want... a hoodie without a body (this isn't the kind of hoodie you can wear without a bra however).

Well, if you didn't think you needed a hood before- you will now!

Project info for my pretties.
Pattern- Mondo Cabled Hood by Bonne Marie Burns over at Chic Knits (we have patterns for sale at the shop if interested)
Yarn- 2 skeins of Cascade 220 Heathers
Needles- 5mm for the hood, 4 mm for the ribbing
Pompoms- I learned my lesson last time. Thank you Clover for making this bitsy 'machine'.

And just because I've had this insanely gorgeous Stargazer Lily next to my bed for the past few days now... I just had to share it with someone I love.


(I so wish my blog was scratch and sniff.)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Staying Out of Trouble While Staying Warm

Just like the title of this post says- I'm staying out of trouble while staying warm (it's not short weather just yet people...)

I have been busying myself with lots of knits and purls. I promised to show you some knitting. I just thank the heavens above that I didn't promise finished projects. Because I got NOTHING.

Nothing but some brightly coloured new Noro Silk Garden Lite that is almost the front of a sweater. (I apparently knit the colour pink at warp speed).

Noro Silk Garden Lite, Shade 2038

And there has been some bright green to celebrate the first few hours of Spring. Speaking of this green sweater, remember when my knitting attacked? Well I fought back, and I almost have a sweater to brag about.

Which will be brag-worthy not because of it's quality workmanship (OH no...), but because it's DONE.

And my garden? I may have told some little white lies last we spoke.

This is more like it...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

No Knitting Here Because...

I have been really busy in my garden.

I'm pretty happy with how my tulips are looking. They frame my hedge just so beautifully.

This bed of bulbs is almost to my liking- could have been a little more densely populated if you ask me, but the smell is so outstanding that I think I can find it in my heart to forgive. (Better luck next year bulbs).

And this year I also decided to cover my retaining wall out of kalanchoe. I mean... why not? It's been done before, hasn't it?

More knitting to show off in the coming days- I promise. I just wanted to assure you all that I haven't just been lazing around, I have simply been 'keeping my knees dirty'.

For those of you looking for a little inspiration of the gardening type, this is the week to head down HERE.

Spring is almost here my pretties. Almost here... So get out in that garden of yours (and cast on some cotton while you're at it).

There's nothing quite like a stylish gardener... (or knitter!)