Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Michigan Fiber Fest and More

Saturday was a fun-filled day spent at the Michigan Fiber Festival with friends from my knitting guild. The weather was nice and the yarn plentiful. Some of it came home with me. I bought some sock yarns, sock pattern, and sock needles. I see new socks for me in the future.

I have already cast on and started a pair of socks using a new Crystal Palace yarn "Maizy". This is 82% corn and 18% elastic nylon. The color I am using is called "Indian Corn". These will be nice socks for fall.

My other sock yarn is 80% Merino Wool/20% Nylon from
Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm (http://www.ellenshalfpintfarm.com/).

Also on my needles is a prayer shawl, using the traditional K3, P3 pattern in Lion Brand Homespun "Candy Apple" as well as another scarf for charity using Homespun/Fun Fur combined.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Major Painting/Minor Knitting

This past week has been more painting and not much knitting. The painting in the family room is complete and my attentions turned to the kitchen. I did manage to do some knitting, starting a prayer shawl and finishing some scarves for a battered women's shelter. I also finished a couple of "scrap" dishcloths for my kitchen, using leftovers of cotton.

DH put wainscoting on the bottom in the eating area of our kitchen, with a nice cap and tall baseboards. He did a beautiful job on the wood so I wanted to do it justice with my painting. The finished product says "YES". This past week I painted the ceilings in both the eating and cooking areas of the kitchen. Then work turned to the walls in the eating area. The cooking part will be next week. Here is the kitchen in progress. Yes, those are newspapers hanging from the blue painter's tape. I did not want to drip any wall paint onto the beautifully installed and painted wainscoting. The wainscoting and trim are white and the walls are "Mountain Haze" (green with gray undertones). Very subtle. The color on the walls before the new paint is a brighter green. Soon I will post a picture of the finished kitchen.

Here is the prayer shawl that I started. I am using a free pattern from the Lion Brand website, knitting with Lion Brand Homespun.

These are three scarves I have finished for the battered women's shelter. The one on the left and the one in the center were knitted with one strand LB Homespun and one strand of LB Fun Fur. The one on the right is LB Fun Fur Stripes "Copacabana".
Lastly, pictured below are the two "scrap" dishcloths I finished. Not much, but they will be useful in my kitchen.

My sister arrives tomorrow for a visit with her daughter (Erica) and son (Ben). We are excited about that and looking forward to seeing them. Painting will stop for a few days so I can enjoy the time with my sister, niece, and nephew.