Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Red Scarf Program

I'm working my way through my Sibella and it's been a nice project to knit.  There will be minimal seaming and once I knit the neck, I will be done! You knit the body in the round and then knit the sleeves separately and knit them to the body at the start of the yoke:



This Quince and Co. Chickadee yarn has been great to work with; I love their colors and the quality of this yarn is first rate - no knots or splitting.

I hope to have this done in the next week and will post a picture here.  In the meantime, I am planning on knitting a scarf  for the Foster Care to Success College Fund Red Scarf project.  This is an organization that helps foster children who have aged out of the foster system and are pretty much on their own.  They provide emotional and financial support for those kids that are now enrolled in college  and who need help with everything from money for textbooks, to paying for clothing, food and emergency car repairs.  The Red Scarf project is a popular program and over the years many knitters have knit scarves in varying shades of red to show their support for these kids as well as sending along a note of encouragement as well as donating to the Fund.  All scarves have to be finished and delivered by December 1st and I am hoping to make two.  Here is the yarn I am using for the first one, in a burgundy shade:


The Red Scarf project has links to a number of quick and easy scarf projects and I chose Palindrome, a reversible cable scarf.


Couldn't resist including this picture of some of our tomatoes!  They are everywhere and we are making salsa, pasta sauce, crostini, salads, etc.


Enjoy the week and check out what others are working on over at Tami's blog.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Summer Vacation

So it seems I've taken an extended vacation from posting about my knitting exploits, but I've noticed that others have done the same thing - so much to do in the summer!  I've been enjoying various blog posts about vacations and there have been some wonderful pictures to go along with them, like woolythyme's trip to Africa and along the Maine Coast, Gale Zucker's blog about her trip to Maine (Maine was very popular this summer!) and, of course, any photos that are posted by loritimes five.  If you don't follow her blog, head over there to take a peek; she is a really amazing photographer and a very fine knitter.

We took a trip to Southern California for a wedding and made a trip to the Mission at San Juan Capistrano, home of the swallows who return every March from South America:


  The mission built a huge church and it was the pride of the mission system, but unfortunately, it was destroyed in the earthquake of 1812 and was never rebuilt.   The remains of the church are still there and it is to that spot that the swallows come back every year to build their nests in the ruins of the church walls:


These are the original bells from the church:

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to go to our nearby lake, get in some swimming and sit in the sun and read.  Here are a couple of books that I read this summer:


The End of Your Life Book Club is really a wonderful book and not at all depressing, despite the title.  If you are a reader, you will enjoy this story of a son and his mother who read voraciously and discuss the books throughout this story.  At the end of the book is a list of all the books mentioned and I marked off the ones I wanted to read as I went along.

And, oh yes, I did a little knitting, including the following projects:

The Freeport Vest by Elizabeth Smith:


A pair of Opal Nightlife socks:


And my current project, Carrie Bostick Hoge's Sibella:


  I'm using Quince and Co's Chickadee yarn in the color Bird's Egg.  Not much to look at yet, so here's a picture of Carrie's sweater:


A little more detail:


That's it for now; looking forward to catching up with what everyone else has been knitting!