its been too long..

Geesh, I had no idea that I had not blogged for so long and here I said one of my resolutions for the year was to blog more, oops! 
Well I've been here and I fully blame Instagram for my lack of activity on my blog. Its just so easy I guess.
Well, anyway, here I am with a little update on some of the things I've been working on and a couple of new to me yarns. 

At this moment I am working on my Cozy Memories blanket, you can find some details here. I am still loving this project, the portability and ease of which one can pick this up after its been a time. I do really enjoy all the different colors although I must say that you can see I really gravitate towards pinks and purples but my favorite are the speckley confetti yarns. I received a very cute sparkly mini and I must admit I have never knit with sparkly yarn and I am afraid I might just have to pick up one of these pretty yarns in the future, it would make a really great pair of fun socks. 
Speaking of nice yarn, I treated myself to some Eden Cottage yarns. I can't say how much I love her yarn and the colors. So beautiful and everything that I love. I couldn't resist 2 skeins of Langdale 4ply in the color most dreamy and soft called Driftwood. Its so beautiful and I want to knit a project that uses every inch of that yarn! 
Two other projects that are on the needles at the moment is test knit for Annie of the byannieclaire blog.  I found this wonderfully lovely soft yarn at my LYS and had to buy it plus one more. The color is called Sakura, the prettiest tonal pink and the second is grey wolf. Knitwit is completely new to me and my LYS just stocked it recently. The skein is plump at 575 yards more than enough for a decent size shawl and its a very nice mcn light fingering blend. 
The second project is called the Melodia shawl, a pretty garter shawl pattern specifically written for using one skein. There are some really simple & pretty patterns by this shawl designer worth taking a look! 

I have another little shawl in progress called the Chale Dune. I was inspired by some of the crochet projects started on a few of my favorite podcasts that I watch. I knew that I didn't want to crochet a blanket, I have a few and since I live in California, its not necessary to crochet another. Besides my cozy memories blanket is all I can handle right now in terms of ongoing projects that never cease to end. I'm using various yarns in from my stash and some bits and pieces leftover from other completed knits. 

I have been working on some other little projects of another type of stitching. I was itching to do some embroidery, spring has been absolutely inspiring to me this year. Everything seemed to bloom all at once and then some. Then the lovely Alicia Paulson released her latest sampler for cross stitch and I had to buy that, its soo cute but I have to be honest it is a little girly. I may change a few of the little motifs because after all its for me and not for a little girls room although thats the inspiration behind the sampler. Its so pretty and dainty and I can't wait to get started on that. I have finished her midsummer sampler and I just need to frame it, I really don't know why sometimes the finishing of things takes longer than the making of things!!! Anyways while I ordered the sampler I also ordered one of her felt ornament kits. The tea kettle was calling my name! Thats it for now but I won't take so long before the next time!


foxes & books

 I've said it before and I will say it again, knitting for the little people is so much fun. 
I can just imagine some chubby little cheeks in these sweet bonnets I just finished. 
I had never knit a bonnet before.
Started another one for one of my nieces. I supposed you could say I have a bee in bonnet because I am not done knitting them. Great for using bits of left over yarn in my stash. Which is one of my goals for this year….
My project pages are here, here and here.
The foxes are for me. I love them! I love foxes. Can't get enough of that little woodland creature!
My stranded knitting still needs work. I suppose though the practice will make perfect. The hat fits perfect. I want to make another, maybe for my nephews.
In between knitting project I'm reading a few books.
I came across this interesting article for you Agatha Christie fans that you might enjoy. 
After reading it I got inspired to read one of her books, 
I borrrowed 4:50 from Paddington, since I've never read that one before.
It's no secret around here that I love the Miss Marple mysteries.. 
The second book is Raven Black. Another mystery, surprise surprise!  I really hope the tv series will come over this way some time soon…. 
In the meantime Hinterland is amazing if you haven't already seen it.
The third book is A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Dystopian society, made me think of Orwell's 1984… an interesting read that's all I have to say.
For those of you who were addicted to Serial like I was, you might like this . FUNNY!
I only follow a couple of knitting podcasts. Its seems like they are popping up everywhere...
I thought I would share some of my favorite non-knitting podcasts you might like that I quite enjoy.
The Allusionist.
As it Happens.
No such thing as fish.
BBC radio 4 Bookclub

I'll leave you all with an Agatha Christie quote,

“Sitting here with one's knitting, one just sees the facts."

how true…

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