The Spring temps are continuing for a little bit – 40 degrees this a.m. and will get into the 60’s today. I drive past a very pretty horse farm on my way to work and this morning the horses were racing around the fields with their manes flying behind them. Usually at this time of year they are standing huddled together wearing blankets. Not this morning! Tyg, to celebrate the warming trend, stayed out all night…but was waiting for me on the patio when I came down to have coffee this morning.
As you know, Dee has tempted me to get back to stitching and today is TNT (Teeny Needle Tuesday). I decided to pick one of my unfinished smalls to start with in the hopes that I will soon have a finished product. I chose Penny Pumpkin by The Scarlet House:
I was drawn to this one for the border – love it. When I picked it up last week I had already finished the border and the black basket. Here is where I am today.
It feels good to get back to some stitching, but I’ll tell you, this one is SLOW going. The fabric is 40 count and the color is Woodsmoke. I love the linen, but my eyes have some trouble with darker fabrics…and small count. Once finished, I will make it into a small pillow (or pin cushion) and throw it in with the others I have in an old wooden dough bowl.
There has also been yarn and knitting along with the stitching.
Yesterday the mail brought a little stash enhancement to me! I fell for this skein of yarn that Vicki dyed and it is even more beautiful than I had thought (plus – a bonus pin!!). I need to think of something special to make with this. If you have not already seen her yarns, please check out Make.Do - she has some lovely choices and they sell out FAST.
Last night I knit a couple of rows on the sockhead cowl and then switched over to the Sunday Swing Socks. The pattern calls for 3 repeats of the pattern on the leg (16 rows to the pattern), but I think I will make that 4 repeats (I usually knit 65 rows for the leg on my socks). The pattern is still not showing up really well in my pictures, but I think once the sock is on my leg it will be visible. Meanwhile, this shot gives you a good sense of the colors in the yarn.
I’ve brought the sockhead cowl to work today and am hoping to add a few rows at lunch. I’ll work a bit more on the KAL socks tonight.
On the reading front, I finished “As Bright as Heaven” by Susan Meissner. It was a good read and I give it 4 stars. What a horrible time in Philadelphia at the beginning of WWI and the outbreak of the Spanish Influenza. Yikes!! I am now about a quarter of the way through “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. So far it is ok – it reminds me a lot of another book (but I can’t remember the name of that one).
Hoping this finds you enjoying a lovely Tuesday morning!