A Year of Projects

Slowly getting back to normal here. I’ve been getting more knit/crochet time in as I’m not napping as much. It feels good to be finishing up some projects.

On Saturday we took a ride out to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. It was our first visit, we bought annual passes as our family Christmas gift this year. We went out to see the Da Vinci exhibit. It was amazing! I’ll be posting some pictures from that separately and will link it once the post is up.

We’ve started some garden planning. Totally redoing the garden this year as what we’ve had wasn’t working for us. Right now we’re finalizing our plans and ordering seeds. I have planted a few milk jugs for winter sowing.

Nonsock Projects

The weekender sweater looks about the same. I’ve gotten up to the shoulder shaping on the back, so it’s become my focus for my early morning quiet knitting time. That’s the only time I can focus on wrap and turns.

Loving the Candy Mountain Cowl! Super excited to see that Julie of Twin Stitches Designs is releasing Candy Mountain mittens at the end of the month. I will use my advent to make a pair of the mittens when I’m done with the cowl.

January 15
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Autumn Stripe Socks and Temperature Socks have been completed. Both just needed afterthought heels to finish them off.

The Christmas socks are coming along nicely. My daughter has a few classes at the library this week so I’m hoping to finish them while I wait for her classes to finish.

New Projects

I have started a Granny Stripe Afghan with my advent yarn. After I use the color in the Candy Mountain Cowl I add it to the afghan. This will be a long term project. It will be using my advent and scrap yarn going forward.

Finally put together the skein winder I got for Christmas. Caked up the yarn for my Flat Iron Shawl. I’ll be participating in a CAL that starts tomorrow.

Using all new to me, locally dyed yarn for this project. Purchased this yarn at the Southern Comfort Fiber Show a few months ago with the intention of making this shawl. When a saw the CAL I figured it’s the perfect time to make it!

Yarns caked up for Flat Iron Shawl

Thats all I’ve got this week. Off to go get some knitting in.

Happy Crafting!

2022 Knit/Crochet Wrap Up

Still not feeling great, but really want to get a wrap up posted. The easiest way to do that is to post the screen shot of finished projects from Rav.

While I am happy with the projects that I completed in 2022, I’m disappointed in the number of UFOs/WIPs I have. I’ve started a number of projects that got abandoned during the year. My focus this year will be to get them completed. I need to get better about finishing a project before getting distracted by something new. Going forward I’m going to be limiting the number of projects I work on. Hopefully this way I’ll get more done.

Another year of socks!

This week I’ll be double checking that I’ve pulled all the WIPs from my closet and will come up with a plan to get them finished. It’s crazy how close some are to finishing.

Hope you’re all having a great crafting week!

Happy New Year!

Just a quick post to say Happy New Year! Not really sure what happened to December, with holiday prep and school it’s all been a blur.

I was able to complete my advent socks in December. So much fun! And a much needed few minutes of calm each day.

2022 Cozy Knitter Sock Advent

I have started a post of finished objects in 2022, but unfortunately we’re all a bit under the weather right now. It’s been over four years since any of us have been really sick, so this has been interesting. Lots of sleep, soup, and TV happening right now. Hopefully it’ll only be a few more days.

Looking forward to catching up on what everyone is working on this week. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to do a true YOP update.

Happy crafting!

A Year of Projects: Weeks 21/22

It seems to be the season of biweekly posting. I guess this is what it’s going to be for a while. We’ve been busy getting ready for Christmas. The Christmas crafting is in full force. Babygirl has completed her ornaments for family so we can get them in the mail. We’re both finishing up some gifts so we can get them in the mail soon.

It’s a windy, rainy day here so we plan to put the tree up. Decorating the tree will wait until we see how “the puppy” reacts to it.


Babygirl’s Fall Socks are done. she has already worn them a few times.

I’ve completed the knitting on my Stripey socks. I need to Kitchener the toe and add afterthought heels to complete the pair. it’s on the list of things to do this week.

Most recent picture I can find.

Christmas socks have been started for Sockmas. I’m making a pair using Cascade Heritage in a Christmas colorway. I’ve misplaced the band, will update the colorway when I find it. Sockmas is a KAL hosted by Knitty Natty. It runs from November 25th to December 16th.


This is my focus. I’ve got three more inches before I can start the decrease. I’m hoping to finish it this week so it’s ready to go in the mail.

Stash Acquisition

A few months ago I purchased two skeins of Sewrella’s Autumn in New York Collection. It arrived a few days ago. I plan to use it to make a shawl in the New Year. I’m still trying to figure out what pattern I want to make. Open to two skein fingering weight shawl patterns if you’ve got any to recommend. The colorway Brooklyn reminds me of home, so I chose that and Sweater Weather because it went well with Brooklyn.

Last week I also received a prize I won from a Patreon group I’m in.

I’ve also received my Sock Advent yarn from Cozy Knitter. I’m still waiting on my Advent calendar. I’m really hoping it gets here in time. It’s cutting it a bit too close for my liking.

I think that’s about it. Happy Crafting!

A Year of Projects Week 20

Trying to get back on track here. I feel like I was able to get more knitting time in this week. So that’s been good!


Babygirl’s socks just need the toe kitchnered. That’ll happen this afternoon while she attends a coding class.

I’ve added a few rows to my Stripey Socks. Ill be focusing on these to get this pair of needles cleared off. Self striping Sock Advent yarn is on its way, so I’ll need two needles ready to go for December 1st.

Currently trying to decide if I should continue the Spooky socks or put them to the side. I’d like to have a pair of Christmas socks to wear for December. I’ll have to figure that out soon.


This one needs to go to New York for Christmas so it’ll continue to be a focus. I’m really enjoying this project. I plan to make myself one in the New Year. Once you get past the set up/crown it’s a great mindless knitting project. Great to take along when Babygirl is in a class or on our park play dates.

Short and sweet, but it’s a one week update posted on Sunday. 🙂

Happy Crafting!

A Year of Projects: Weeks 18/19

It seems like I’m on a two week posting schedule these days. I’d like to say it’s because we’re super busy doing all the fun things… but it’s not. I’m not getting as much crafting done, so don’t have as much to post. Just a bit of a funk right now.

I’ve decided to frog my Toni cardigan. The crochet was bothering my wrists too much so I wasn’t interested in working on it. Rather than add a row every so often, I’ll use the yarn for another project.

Dad’s Musselburgh has been started. The last one I made him is a bit bigger than he likes. So I’m making a smaller size. Here’s hoping this one is a better fit!

Other than that I’ve worked a bit on three pairs of socks. Babygirl’s Fall socks have gotten the most attention. Trying to get them off the needles so I can put the needles away for my Advent socks.

The Spooky Spellbound socks are the other pair I’ve been working on.

I’ve done a little knitting on my Stripey Socks. I’d also like to have them off the needles soon for December knitting.

That’s all I’ve got. Hopping to find my crafting mojo soon!

Happy Crafting!

A Year of Projects: Week 16/17

Another two weeks have come and gone. I don’t know what it is but I feel like time is really flying by right now. We’ve been spending some time outside with the beautiful Fall temps. Last week we finished our crafting to decorate the house for Halloween. And finished putting everything out. We spent some time at the farm with friends on Friday, and mowed down our “weed garden”. That was all hubs, he removed the boxes and knocked all the weeds down. The only thing we’ve been able to grow back there have been weeds. When we purchased the house the garden was located back there… we figured it must have been a good spot. Nope. It’s located at the back corner of the property. Good for growing weeds, lol. Today we’re going to stake out an area closer to the house. Hubs and Babygirl are going to make a chicken tractor today so the chickens can help prepare the new area. We’ve also ordered a tiller which should be arriving soon. Hopefully next years garden will yield more than a few tomatoes and banana peppers. (The banana peppers were our only real harvest. I was able to can a bunch of them :)).


Making some progress here. They are all growing slowly. I’ve started the second sock on both Fall color ways and turned the heel on my Spellbound socks. I’ve finished the first stripey sock. Hopefully I’ll have a finished pair next week. Going forward I’m going to try having only two active pairs going. I feel better when I get the socks finished quicker.

Lace and Boxy Fade

I’ve finished the shoulder shaping for the left front. The goal for this week is to complete the front shoulders. I can’t wait to get to the part where I’m knitting in the round.

Toni Cuffed Cardigan

Slow and steady wins the race, right? I’ve added another row this week and the wrist pain started. So I stopped after that. I really need to figure out what the issue is when I’m crocheting. I’m just going to continue to take it slow, and see what happens. Eventually I’ll have a sweater.

Holiday Planning

Holiday planning is in full swing here. Babygirl is working on three different sewing projects for Christmas gifts. I’ve got to start my Dad’s Musselburgh soon. That’s the only thing I need to do for Christmas knitting wise. I’ve already finished socks for my mom and daughter. Holiday shopping is almost done. I feel like after the past few years I just want to have everything in the house and not stress as it gets closer.

That’s all I’ve got this week. Looking forward to catching up on blog reading. Have a great week.

Happy Crafting!

A Year of Projects: Week 15

Good news: I haven’t started any new projects! I did’t even start the Musselburgh or Autumn League Pullover this week. I’ve pulled the yarn and needles and put them in project bags. I decided to focus on the socks this week.


Finished the first socks of the DK fall socks and Babygirl’s fall socks. I started Babygirl’s second sock.

Continued on my stripey socks, did the math. I’m almost ready for toe decreases.

I’m having so much fun with the Spellbound socks. I see another pair of these in my future! There are multiple charts with the pattern, so many options for different socks!


Lace and Fade Boxy: This week I had some quiet knitting time. I was able to get started on the front shoulder shaping. I can’t wait to get to the point where I am knitting in the round! It goes so much quicker than the purl rows!

Toni’s Cuffed Cardigan: The back is slowly growing. I am having a really hard time crocheting lately. Anytime I crochet I end up with wrist pain. So, I’m doing only one or two rows at a time. That seems to be going ok for now.

That’s all I’ve got this week. Happy Crafting!

A Year of Projects: Week 12


Do I need a heading if it’s all about socks??? O.k, there was an inch of sweater knitting this week, but otherwise it was all socks.

DK socks. I’m not sure how I feel about these. Love the yarn, buts it’s strange to be making socks from “thick” yarn. It’s throwing me off a bit. As silly as it seems, these are taking a bit for me to get used to knitting.

Self striping socks – this is my first time working with self striping yarn. I’m loving the magic. Round and round I go and end up with beautiful stripes. As silly as it seems, this has been my most enjoyable knit this week.

Babygirl’s socks are coming along. She loves the way the colors are knitting up and can’t wait to wear them. I’ve been mostly switching off between her socks and the stripes this week.

Light and Boxy Fade

Finished up color one on the sweater. Now it’s time for the mohair. That’ll be purchased sometime this week. The yarn crawl has begun. I didn’t get a chance to go to any of the stores yesterday.


There were some technical difficulties with the CAL I’m participating in. The start date got pushed back to the 15th, but I haven’t been able to start yet. I’m hoping to look at it and print the pattern later tonight.

Ohhh… almost forgot! I started a pillow this week. Trying to figure out colors for the Afghan CAL with my SIL. Pattern calls for up to 16 colors. I wanted to test out the Big Twist yarn from JoAnns. I’m going to use the pillow as my swatch to see how it holds up to washing.


We’re settling into a nice routine with schoolwork. The summer heat has begun to cool. We’ve been able to get back to our outside Friday park play dates. For most of the summer we were bowling or visiting the splash pads. It’s just too hot for the parks. It has been so nice to let the kids just run and play the past two weeks. We’re looking forward to some fun Fall activities!

With the weather cooling we’re also getting back out to do some projects. Time for re-mulching what the dogs/chickens have moved, transplanting some flowers, and planting some fall garden veggies.

That’s all I’ve got for this week.

Happy crafting!

A Year of Projects: Week 11


It’s been real over here this week. So many pretty yarns just staring at me! Started two pairs of socks for myself, a pair for my daughter, and a sweater. Purchased an afghan pattern that my SIL and I are going to do as a CAL, and found 3 other projects I want to start. My sweater CAL starts tomorrow, so that’ll be another start. I want to make ALL the things… now to find the time.


Finish! Finished my watermelon socks.

Started my first DK weight socks. Love how quickly they knit up! Using Crazy Sock Lady’s DK vanilla pattern with yarn I received in my Fall swap box. Working on size 2 9inch circulars.

Splash of Color Yarns- Fall Splendor

For my second pair I’m using another Fall colorway sent to me by a friend. These are also plain vanilla as it is a self striping yarn.

The third newly cast on pair are for my daughter. It’s a yarn she dyed using Wiltons food coloring (Regia base). She went back and forth for a while between Hermoines socks and plain vanilla. In the end she chose plain vanilla. So Hermoines socks remain on my knit wishlist.


Started my Light and Boxy Fade this week. No surprise I couldn’t get gauge with the listed needle. I don’t like the fabric with the needle I get gauge on, so I’m going to be slightly off on this one. Being that it’s a boxy sweater, and doing the math for my gauge vs the pattern gauge, I think it’ll be ok.

I haven’t purchased the lace yet, I’m waiting for the local yarn crawl to begin. Each store is going to have a different colored crown stitch marker. I’d like to be able to get a few. Charlotte is referred to as “The Queen City” hence the markers.

The sweater CAL for the Toni Cuffed Cardigan begins tomorrow. I’ll be using the suggested yarn.

With all the new castons I haven’t touched any of my WIPs/UFOs. Hopefully this week.


We started our school year this week. Mostly, lol. Our Language Arts curriculum was delivered yesterday, so we’ll start that this week.

Our Social Studies program this year is studying the Eastern Hemisphere. We started with China, perfect timing to learn about the Mid Autumn Festival. Unfortunately, it was stormy here and we couldn’t see the Harvest Moon. But we did find an Asian Market and purchased a red bean Mooncake to try.

That’s it for this week! Happy Crafting!