I finally finished Sylvi!  Yay Woo!  I don’t have a picture of the full finished coat yet but I do have these:

coat button


The buttons I picked out using part of my Hobby Lobby gift card I received for Christmas.



And one of the completed flowers.  There were 4 total.  Those took awhile.  Longer than expected actually, but it is all done.  I actually wore it yesterday before I finished putting the buttons on.  It is very warm, and I finally have a coat that I don’t mind driving in because it flexes and moves very well with me.


Next up…

Ellie, completing Melissa, and a blanket for the office because it is seriously freezing up in here.



The other night, I apparently was not thinking very clearly and ended up doing this to my Unemployed in Greenland?! yarn from Indigo Dragonfly

UIG Mess 1     UIG Mess 2

I won’t go into the details, but suffice it to say, I made a huge error in judgement, did something incredibly stupid, and I spent about 5 hours last night fixing it.  Now it looks like this:

UIG ball

Just as it should 🙂


Three-Day Weekend

For many of us here in the States, this weekend was a 3-day weekend in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.  As I currently work for a university, I too had Monday off.  I have to say, this was the most productive MLK weekend I’ve had in awhile.

I wound 5 hanks of yarn into balls,



(George seems to be a little leery of the swift)

I completed the 1st 3 charts on the Melissa shawl pattern,



(That’s the farthest I’ve ever made it on this shawl, I am very excited)

Part of the seaming on the coat is complete,



(Both fronts are now attached to the back, now I have to attach the sleeves and start the hood)

And while there are no pictures of this, I started designing my first shawl, I finished all of my laundry, and I started rearranging my closet.  The closet is mostly done, now I just need to finish up the rest of the clutter that results from dragging everything out of your closet.  I think I did pretty well.  Did you have a productive weekend?

Progress Report

Well, I haven’t made any progress on the coat.  I haven’t been feeling very well and so I really haven’t been wanting to deal with the large pieces of Sylvi right now.  As for the shawl I re-started Saturday night…

Melissa Shawl


I had to frog it again Sunday night and I re-started it yet again.  I think I just got lost in the pattern.  I actually have to tink back about a row and a half tonight when I get home because there is a mistake right around the marker on the left.  It happened after the picture was taken.  But I do like the random sparkle of the sequin in this yarn.  I think it adds a bit of flair.  🙂


Well, over the weekend, I finished the right front of my coat as planned.  What remains is the seaming, hood, blocking, and petals.  Not too much work, really, just somewhat time consuming.  And as we’ve been having a bit of a warm spell here, I haven’t been in a huge hurry to finish it.  Which brings me to Saturday night.  Instead of beginning my seaming on the coat, I started (or rather restarted) a shawl I had been working on last year and had to frog.  For a moment there, I thought, I’m not sticking to The Plan, I’ve begun a new project.  But then, my sister, in her infinite wisdom told me, “then that doesn’t really count if you’ve already started it.”  Even though I had to frog it before I even started my coat, it was a WIP and I really have stuck to The Plan and I have not begun a new project before my coat is finished.  Bazinga!  That is the kind of loophole I can support.

BTW, I will post some pictures tomorrow of both the shawl and the coat. 🙂

I Have Issues

I know, I know, I KNOW, I need to refrain from looking at knitting patterns, yarn, books, etc when I have a project that I’m working on that needs to be finished.  And yet, here I am getting sucked in to the black hole that is Ravelry.  There are a ton of patterns, both free and for sale that cover just about anything under the sun.  There is even an Alien Autopsy.  I really enjoy looking at all of the patterns, adding them to my library for future reference, and ending up killing about 3 hours of my day.  You can set up projects and add patterns to you queue.  Add needles and yarn to your stash.  It’s really interesting and an excellent resource.  But it is very easy to get sucked in and never leave.


Alright, I’m going in…if I’m not back in a couple of hours, send in the cavalry.

Still In The Works

In my last post I stated that I had a Plan and that night, I actually began to implement it.  Last night did not go so well, there was no working on the coat, but that’s ok.  I still have a plan and I still intend to carry it out.  Yesterday was just not the day to do that.  It was a crazy and exhausting day, and to be honest, I just didn’t want to do anything at all when I got home.  So tonight, the continuation of The Plan.


Moving on…


The last couple of years, I’ve been travelling down to Austin to visit with cousins around New Year’s.  This is when we celebrate our little Christmas with them, their families, and my uncle and aunt.  We have a white elephant exchange and we draw names for a gift exchange.  I got my cousin Jennie’s name and so she received a cowl for Christmas.  My cousin Christean drew my name and she got me one of the best gifts ever.  A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker.  It is Awesome!  I can’t wait to get the other 3.  I have found so many patterns that I love and here are some pictures of some of my favorites.

Trellis Shell     Diagonal Fern Lace     Traveling Vine

Off-Center Trellis and Open Cable Combo     Candle Flames

Aren’t they lovely?  (Of course, I very deliberately left the actual patterns out of the pictures.  She worked very hard on these patterns and it would be wrong to post something for anyone to copy.  This is how she makes her living.)  I just know you’re going to go out right now and buy all four of her wonderful books.  I know I want to 🙂