Saturday, September 18, 2021

There Is Still Knitting

 After all, this is a knitting blog. And I do knit every day.

(BTW, excuse my long absence... the High Holy Days always throw me off.)

I am trying to focus on a few projects instead of being so scattered. I have a friend who is a monogamous knitter and she finishes so many things.  Inspired by her, I've made decent progress on the linen-stitch scarf.

It is very pretty and it will be a cozy scarf. However, I am still quite sure this will be my last linen stitch project.  Too tedious. And it's very easy to make mistakes.

After four unsuccessful attempts, I put the Porto Sweater into time out. Instead I'm working on Design 10. Yes that's it's name. It's an easy cardigan so I should be able to finish this one. Normally I would not make a sweater with only three projects on Ravelry, but I saw a sample at the yarn store in Evanston and fell in love with it.

All the colors are off ... I waited too long in the day to take good photos.

Now for some exciting news: The Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Show actually took place in person.  I went with my friend Suzi, who I haven't seen in a while. She's a retired teacher, too, and it was so much fun to catch up. And, I wasn't too extravagant in my purchases!

A yarn store about 30 minutes from my house is about to start a mitten knit-along, so I purchased two skeins from their booth to make the
Songbird Mittens for Rachel.

I also picked up two luscious indie skeins of DK destined to be fingerless mitts:

And this bag just insisted that I take it home with me:

It was wonderful to attend High Holy Days services in person. Worship really is a community experience. My congregation is a combination of hippie and traditional Judaism that hits the right notes for me. I feel very lucky to have this unusual schul (Yiddish for synagogue) in my life. As always, I was very busy repenting!


  1. Such lovely projects and such beautiful yarn! I can’t wait to see the Songbird Mitts.

  2. I love what you got at the fiber show. The mitten yarn looks so rustic and beautiful. I'll bet those will be WARM mittens.

    G'mar chatima tova.

  3. What a great haul!!!! It's nice to see the fiber fests resuming again and if Daughter wasn't expecting I would be the first in line. Since I have no idea what's in store for the next few months I am staying put a little while longer.

  4. Lovely knits in progress, and beautiful new additions!

  5. Happy to hear you were able to worship in person. I haven’t returned to my church yet because safety protocols are not being practiced since the beginning of the pandemic. Great job on the stash enhancements and the beautiful bag.

  6. That middle yarn looks so soft and squishy!

  7. No repentance needed for that lovely yarn! How nice that you were able to attend Sheep & Wool. My sister and I went a few years ago and it was fantastic.

    The linen stitch scarf is so pretty, but I can see why it might be tedious. Great color movement though.

    I'm glad you were able to worship in person. You're right; it is a community experience.

  8. I'm so glad you were able to worship in person again! It feels so good to be able to participate in (at least some) communal activities again. Lovely yarn; lovely projects! I love the look of linen stitch, but it is so tedious. (And why is something so simple so prone to big "goofs"?????) Enjoy your week!

  9. I haven't started to go back to church, yet. But I'm mulling it over - I agree that being with a community makes the celebrating all the better. I hope to go to a festival sometime soon!!

  10. So glad to hear you could worship in person. Love your projects and those Songbird Mittens will be gorgeous. Color work on DPNs I find to be difficult. I'm glad you could go to a festival in person - Dee and I sure enjoyed the NJ Sheep & Wool Festival. Great items you've added to your stash!

  11. I too am glad you could worship in person. My sister made some Songbird Mittens for me and they are beautiful. We also once attended the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival and enjoyed ourselves. It was just the right size - large enough for good variety of many yarns and goodies but not too overwhelming.

  12. Is that WI Sheep Festival an annual one? Looks like you found some awesome yarn!

  13. Worshipping in person is powerful. I am grateful that one of my favorite Chicao churches permits streaming of the Mass.