Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Finds!

Oh my gosh, the mailman has been very busy here at Chez PJKnits.

From Espace Tricot, my Shibui yarns for a couple of Spring, well possibly Summer Sweaters.

From Leading Men Fiber Arts, not sure what I am going to do with these yet.  The orange and blue are Bears colors.  No, I am not a Bears fan, but I have a fan who is who might get those eventually.  The yellows are to go with another Leading Men yarn that I have.  I wasn't sure which one would go best, so I bought them both.  And the naked one also is possibly going into the same shawl.  Time will tell.

And from one of my favorite dyers, Chris at Briar Rose Fiberarts.

I could not resist her 4th of July base in this color way.  It is going to be a cardigan, I just need to look at my patterns and see which one.  Don't be deceived by the line going through the strand, when knit up you really cannot see it.

Her Sea Pearl is a fave.  This makes color way #4 for me.  Her yardages are huge, and this one is going to be a shawl.  Stay tuned for that too.

Have a great weekend knitting!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Weather Report

We're back to the 60's today, but for a moment yesterday morning, it was a good morning to sit out on the front porch with a cuppa and do a little mindless knitting.  

Now of this posting, it is raining and the weather report for most of the week into the holiday weekend, it is also cloudy and rainy.  With exception of Thursday when the weather should be more May like.

Come on Illinois, give us Spring weather!!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Knit Along Little Doggies

I'm a sucker for KnitALongs and  the new mystery KAL by Joji Locatelli was no exception.  The only clue we had is that it ends up being a wrap and I am liking wraps right now for their wearing potential.

I had a few Lolodidit Yarns from last year in my Stash, but I needed a couple more to round out to 5 different color ways.

I wound them up last weekend in prep for casting on.  I was still on the fence in my color choices.  They are so not like my usual colors, but I've been wanting a neutral wrap for sometime, so I am knitting by faith that I will love my choices.

I've cast on, but need to get in gear before the next clue comes out in a couple of days.

Stay tuned.

Monday, May 15, 2017

What's On Your Needles?

It's a color theme week for knitting early this week.  A Hospice shawl from my 3 Irish Girls Yarn from the Stash.  I'm lovin it.  The pattern is Cheryl Oberle's Simple Garter Prairie Shawl from her now out of print Folk Shawl book.    

This book is one of my faves so if you have it, keep it safe and if you don't have it and you see it in a shop somewhere, buy it! 

Next up is my Scarfy Thing.  I am doing a KAL over on the Espace Tricot Group in Ravelry.  This one has a date to finish by the 22nd, so there is still some knitting on it to be done.  The final product will go in by bin for the 40 Months 40 Cowls thingy I am doing towards retirement.

There are a couple of other projects on the needles, that I am working on, but not as hot and heavy as these two.  They are both so cool and a bit more involved that they need their own posts.  Catch you on the purl side with them.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Finds

Can you say baseball?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

It's Hospice Thursday

20 lovely blankets and shawls came in today.  The stack on the left are all crocheted by one lovely lady, Shirley.  I just love Shawl and Tell.  So many ideas from

Some amazing ladies.

What a great way to start the day, after a 45 minute line of traffic, that is.  I needed Hospice after that!

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Oh What A Beautiful Sunday!

to be sitting out on the porch knitting and enjoying the sunshine!  That's what I am doing.  And knitting on a Scarfy Thing, some mindless knitting -

Then tonight, when it is time to go in and I have some good light shining right down on me, I'll pick my Kailyard Shawl and knit on it.

That's what I am knitting on right now, today.  Have a great Sunday and Happy Knitting!!

Friday, May 05, 2017

Friday Finds

Just a small one, but here are my yarns for a new mystery KAL that starts mid May by Joji Locatelli.

It is a Wrap, which I am kind of lovin right now.  And not at all my colors, all variations of gray, but I thought it might be fun to do something low key.

The yarns are all from Lolodidit, a yarn dyer I like.  From left to right:
Coal Miner's Daughter
Angry Rhino
Naked Hippo

I love the names too!!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Scrappy Sunday

I think it has to be the day of a little bit of this, a little bit of that.

The mitered square blanket.  I am particularly smitten with this block I am working on right now.

The crochet monstrosity -

And just a smudge of the new one.

A selection of yarns

And the weather report today - Wet.

Happy Sunday and last day of April.  Did you know after today that 1/3rd of 2017 is gone?  Catch you in May, perhaps there will be flowers.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Finds

This may look like I went Goodwill Shopping, but in fact, this is what accompanied me home from last weekend's move of the Tall Guy's Mom.  I am such a sucker for china.  I've already got mine, and my Mom's and now I have her Aunt's China and her Grandmother's China.  But, it will be used.  I am a firm believer in using the fine china, thats what it is for.

One of the coolest finds with this egg to darn socks.

 It isn't something I will use, but it has been well used back in the day, and for some reason I needed to have it.  I'll put it in my hand knit sock drawer, one never knows.

On the yarn front, these beauties came this week.  Hospice Home had some awhile back and all you need is one skein to make a nice size blanket.  I decided I needed some for my personal stash.  They will come in handy when I need a quick baby gift and don't want to spend a lot of time or money in the gift, but still it will make a nice gift.

Last this week, in the quest for the perfect bag, this found it's way to my home.  It isn't the perfect bag, but it is a style I like, and is so darn cute.  It's biggest downfall?  It is not Caribe Blue.  But, a color that is in my Spring wardrobe, the corals and pinks, so I'll have options.

Now, all I have to do is wait for Spring to come back to Central Illinois.

Monday, April 24, 2017

More Spring Sweater Ideas

Every time I am on Ravelry, some more patterns show up that remind me of things I would like to knit. Some of them are super easy. 

From the new Cocoknits book, which has quite a few simple lines to knit for Spring and Summer.  A plus to the new book is each of the sweaters in the book has changes to accommodate for all body types.

Edie.  A bit of texture to a simple tee.

I've liked this one from Knitscene for a couple of seasons now.  A little more sleeve for this one for me would be great, but easily doable.

Sandshore.  A nice cardigan that can take you into late Summer.

And this one from Heidi Kirrmaier, Sunshine Coast.  Can't you just see this walking on the beach or at the lake this Summer?

Very soon, I am going to narrow something down to cast on for Spring until then, I'll catch you on the Purl Side.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

What I Am Working On This Week

We are in the midst of moving my mother-in-law to a very nice assisted living place here in town this weekend and tomorrow, and I am spending this afternoon, nicely camped out in my chair, watching baseball and deciding what should be my focus for knitting this week.  

It is beautiful outside and after the game is over, I will head out to the front porch and take some simple knitting with me in my Fringe Supply Bag.  This is the sleeve of my Helsinki Sweater by Janine Bajus. There is a lot of stockinette in very small needles on this so it will be perfect for sitting on the porch enjoying the sunshine and silence.

As part of a contest (where you are on a team and knit the most yards since January)for the Zombie Knitpocalypse, I am knitting on the Girl From The Grocery Store Shawl out of Leading Men Fiber Arts yarn.

And last but not least, I finally started the border on my Lerwick Harbour Hap Shawl by Denise Bell from the Ulthima Thule book.  It is a bit of knitting, but getting started was the major battle for this.

Hope you all are having a nice relaxing weekend and have a great week!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Where Did That Spring Go?

It's chilly here, how about you?  Tomorrow, we are back in the 50's, but I know that next week that Spring Babe will be back!

In the meantime, I'm playing around with my scrappy blankets.

Yep, there are three of them.  All different and one is crocheted.  The yarns are some of my leftover fingering weight yarns and a good many of them are from my friends Becky and Sue.

These blankets in progress are sitting on my table downstairs.  Whenever I am doing laundry and either the dryer or washer is not quite done cycling, I sit in the wheelchair down there (only because that is where we are storing it and we haven't folded it up and put it away yet), and I work on one of them.

How is that for double duty?!  Happy Friday!!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Finally Finished Friday

The Hospice Blanket is finished and turned in yesterday at Hospice.  I've decided that since these are my fave colors that I need to concentrate on these colors for hospice too.  Because, I know it is a fave color in the world.

This is what was turned in yesterday from everyone.  46 Shawls and Blankets for Shawl and Tell.

What an amazing and giving group of women!  What a way to start the pre-Easter weekend!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wednesday WIPS

Fish or Cut Bait Wednesday.

This one is a cut bait.

The yarn is Heritage Paints and a fingering weight.  I probably have 1200 yards plus of it.  Originally, back in the day it was a Wolford Cardigan.  Since it's cast on many years ago, I've added a couple of pounds and discovered that this just may not be the right weight of yarn for the cardigan. 

I gain some needles on this one back in their case and a project bag is now free!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring Sweaters - Part 3

Don't you just love scoping out Spring and Summer sweaters?  Or as The Yarniacs call it, stalking? 
This week I've uncovered some really nice simple sweaters that you can wear all the way into the Fall.
Bleached - out of fingering yarn so, yes, there will be a bit of knitting, but I have a bit of Heritage Paints in fingering weight this would be pretty neat out of.  For me, I'd lengthen those sleeves a bit at least to the elbow or 3/4 length.

Blue Columbine Cardigan - this is a DK weight yarn and is out of Interweave Knits, Summer 2015.  I may just have this issue and I know I have some Comfort DK in white which would be perfect for this Summer.

Apogean - another fingerweight yarn.  If you check this out on Ravelry, the designer shows it under a jean jacket which I am just lovin the look of it.

And finally, my stand by - a quick easy knit the #123 Top Down Lightweight Cardigan by Knitting Pure & Simple. Even though, this one is fingering weight, there is also a worsted weight version called #221 Summer Cardigan.  I've knit it before and love the simplicity and quick knit of this style from Knitting Pure & Simple.

More coming next week!  Catch you on the purl side.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

What's On The Needles This Week

The Grandmother's Hospice Blanket is what I am calling this one from now on.  I am hoping to finish it tonight so it will be ready for this Thursday at Hospice.  The yarn is Cake Pop yarn and takes two skeins.  I am loving the way the striping is happening, so random and every thing.

It would have been done a week ago, but I had a bit of a brain fade on the decreases (what was I thinking, grin?)  I had to rip back and re-roll the skein, but was very soon back on track.

Once the Hospice Blanket is done, I am moving back to my Fog Shawl as my go to knitting.  I'd like to have this one done in another week as I am chomping at the bit to knit on some sweaters.

I am using my Peep progress keeper from Sucre Sucre Miniatures in honor of Easter which is just one week away.

And for the Central Illinois weather report - yesterday was beautiful and today was not as sunny, and a bit windy, but as I sit here tonight typing this blog, the windows are open and there is a nice breeze blowing in and I am loving that it would appear that Spring is really here.

Happy Sunday!!