Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saturday Stash

So, what have I been doing this week?  Well, I haven't been doing a whole lot of knitting, it seems.  There have been a lot of meetings this week...some weeks are just like that.  Yesterday, we catered a lunch for the seniors with baked ham, scalloped potatoes and salad with mince tarts and shortbread to finish.  And, yes, for those who remember my loss of last years' tarts to the crows, I did manage to get them to the event!

Since it was my birthday, I got to give some gifts, too.  The youngest sisters have received their pink cardigans.  Fishergirl, Katie, was happy to try hers on and wear it the rest of the visit.  And even though her Mom and I measured carefully, I swear she's grown since then.  She will outgrow this one pretty quickly.  I hope she wears it everyday until then.  I have plans for the rest of the pink yarn and I'm determined to use it up before the end of December.


I have been knitting some request socks.  They don't really belong in the stash report because they are new yarn but I'd have nothing to show for the week if not here.  These are for a Christmas gift but that person won't see this so I can share.  I'm particularly happy with the red socks.  The pattern is my own and the red is almost the color of a poinsettia.  Very seasonal to get me in the mood.


And here is a new purchase which will help with the stash-busting.  For a while now I have been wanting a new lamp where I knit.  I tried new light bulbs but they made no real difference.  I know, it's that birthday - everything was fine before that.   I've been thinking of an Ottlight because the daylight fluorescent light works well for me but not seriously shopping for one.  Then you know how you find the perfect item that you're not really looking for but the time is right?  The time was right:  I bought the lamp above.  It required a major bit of furniture-moving to find the right place.  Now I can see my work - every stitch shows up.  Hurrah!  It does look a bit like a cobra peering over my shoulder, though.


And last, I started a new scarf because I needed some easy lace in my life.  This is very simple and requires little thought.  But with those colors, I would only have been working in daylight!  More hurrahs! I took my photos outside because I liked the look of the old branches and leaves against the knit.  But did you notice the little green buds below the scarf?  They really should go back to sleep...the winter hasn't really come yet.

9 comments:

Maria said...

Not only did she wear it home, she refused to get out of it that night, so wore it to bed, and then all the next day! Seems that she really loves her new sweater!

jeannette said...

A good light is a must for a knitter - I totally get it, because it's also a must for my smaller paintings! Wow, you must knit a lot, to have all these projects going at the same time - good for you:)

Peg said...

A light might be a good idea. My Mom is wondering what to get me for Christmas. Also, I had a chuckle for I have the same couch and pillows as you.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

That light might need to go on my Christmas wish list!! ;) blessings ~ tanna

Ginny said...

The socks are awesome! I had forgotten about Ottlights, they don't change the color of anything, right?

EmptyNester said...

Wow, you can create your own patterns? I'm more impressed than ever now! Maybe I'll just send my yarn stash to you. LOL

Cindy said...

Gosh a year goes by fast, yes I do remember the tarts, lol. Great gifts you knitted and good job it was your birthday and all the lamp is perfect for working and this stage in life. I like to think it is just darker earlier these days rather than give in to the fact that age has creeped up. Nice start to a lace scarf, looks like hearts in the lace. I was surprised to see these green buds on my plants also, and on my big tree that I can't remember the name of it right now but it will come to me at 2am.

Rudee said...

How could I forget the crow story? I can still visualize the crows dancing, fighting, cawing and gorging themselves!

You're right about the Ottlight improving the ability to knit. I do OK until about 3 in the afternoon, but once the sun starts going down, forget it. I'm knitting black mitts right now in fingering weight yarn. Perhaps it's time to move the Ottlight closer to my chair. Thanks for the reminder!

Bossy Betty said...

Oh great. Now my feet are begging for some of those socks! They are so cute and look so comfy.

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