So I missed the actual new moon this month, but I'm determined not to miss a post.  I don't have a lot to report, since April is the worst month for getting anything that isn't work done.  End of the year.  Graduation. Projects that just have to be finished before summer starts.  It's nuts.

So here is my meager progress.  I decided to start my tree over since I didn't love the way it was working up, so my jar is all black threads this month:

Also on display is my new needle minder, which is a little tiny book and I love it. And a lady bug.  But let's focus on the needle minder.  I bought two:

Aren't they the cutest?
In other news, I started a new knitting project - a super fussy intarsia blanket.  It's a super duper secret, so I'll just show a photo of the back so you can see the fussiness: And that's my life right now.  Black ORTs and all the bobbins.  
Oh, and the floor ate my sock: But the semester is over next week and hopefully it'll ac…

Socks, Trains, Celebrations, and Prezzies

Last time I posted, we were heading off on our 1-year anniversary mini-break. We realized that our anniversary will always fall somewhere near our spring break, so it is a perfect opportunity to get away and enjoy some spring sunshine... take some hikes, go horseback riding... or so we thought...

This happened on Tuesday.  And while it was beautiful, it made going outside to do things more challenging.
It really was very beautiful, though. 
So instead of hiking, we rode a train through the woods. It was supposed to be this historic scenic train ride, but it was basically a straight line through some woods and then back along the same track.  Since there was nothing new to see on the way back, I started a sock: Then we spent the evening reading books and drinking wine: The hotel had lovely little sitting areas sprinkled throughout.  We brought a bottle of the wine that was served at our wedding (our version of the cake top) and it was a celebration.
The next day we drove over to the o…

March TUSAL!

Happy New Moon again! 

This month's update brings slightly less progress than the last.  I haven't had a lot of good stitching time in the past few weeks, and those moments when I've had time I've been so wiped out that concentration has been limited.  So I have spent more time on knitting, because it is easier to zone out on, and even that I haven't finished much...

But, I have two jars to share today:

Here's the progress on my big project.  I really wanted to be able to share a page finish with you all today, but sadly it was not to be.  So close, yet so far.

And my little jar this month comes from and old WIP that I pulled out.  It's a Tree of Life pattern that I got on Etsy forever ago.  I started it for a friend a few years ago, and as it was working up I realized that it was not the right fit for that friend.  So I put it away and moved on. Then a couple weeks ago I was talking to another friend who is going through a rough patch, and I wanted to do s…

FFO Show!

Okey dokey, so here we are after a week of sunshine, and while I didn't get the house cleaned or the laundry done or the garden turned over, I did have some mild success in finally finishing a few things:

First, this little sweater got its buttons:

Just in time to send to Texas for a "welcome to the world" package.  The buttons were all going to be dragons (to match the nursery theme) but they were too big to fit through the button holes, so I went for complimentary colors and a single dragon brooch-style.

Pattern: Leaf Love Baby Sweater by Taiga Hilliard Designs
Yarn: Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca in Charcoal

Next, I framed up my silly little stitch:

It turns out that framing things is kind of a pain.  I don't think I'll do very much of it in the future.  Plus the frame wasn't deep enough to have the stitch on the cardboard and the glass, so it is framed glassless... not my favorite, but I figure it'll be fine.

Finally, I finished and blocked my shawl:

I de…


That pretty much sums up how I'm feeling.  I have such little motivation toward productivity, but I somehow also want to do all the things all the time. 

Basically, when I'm at work, I keep thinking about all the things I want to do at home.
When I'm at home, I keep fixating on the things I need to do for work.

It's a terrible, vicious cyle, which usually ends with me at the end of the day on the couch with my dog, staring blankly at the TV and lamenting that I got nothing done.

It's pretty bad.

To the point where I've been within finishing distance of my shawl for days now... and it is still in a pile on my table:

I started this on the way to vacation (which was somehow two weeks ago already) and was going along like gangbusters on it.

I know you can't actually see the progress, but I mostly just wanted to brag about the gorgeous knitting environment I was in at the beach.

I really wanted to finish it all on the trip, but my mom and sister wanted to actual…

February TUSAL

So the new moon has arrived again, and I am excited to show off my ORTs and my progress.

Thanks to the Friday Off the Grid Stitch-in on Facebook, I've been much more productive in the last few weeks than I would normally :)

So today, I have two ORT jars to share.

The first is from a little stitch that I designed and stitched all in one day:

It was immensely satisfying to have the whole thing finished in one sitting.  Like, I can't even tell you how satisfying.

The second is my large, ongoing project:

I'm a little more than halfway across the page (there are only two pages per row in this pattern), and I am in the thick of the blues and purples of the pavement.  I love it.

I'm also super excited because my new floor stand finally arrived:

So now I can get to the back of my work so much more easily!

And I finally turned my ORTs from Santa into an ornament, so I feel like that project is for real finished now :)

A pretty successful month in stitchy world!  I'm headed …

Welcome to February

It's simultaneously hard to believe that it's February already and that somehow it is only February.  January ended all of a sudden, and I'm ready for winter to say goodbye as well.  The only upside to it being February is that work is a bit slow, and there is slightly less stress in that arena right now (talk to me in two weeks) so when I get home from work I can generally spend time on more fun tasks and make some good progress.

Weekends too.
So, the end of January and beginning of February have seen a couple more finishes to add to the pile!

First, my January Socks
I'm in love with these socks.  The pattern is Sugar Frost Socks by Marianne Heikkinen and the yarn is Destination Yarn Postcard in "The Wall" colorway (part of her Game of Thrones line).  So I have decided to call this project "Frost on The Wall" because I think it's hilarious.

I've decided to try and make one pair of socks per month this year as a little challenge to myself.  …