Monday, June 16, 2014

A nice day off

 Walking to Trader Joe's today we passed by these really pretty bell like flowers. The very pretty white tree from my last post has started to turn pink. I was a beautiful day out... on the cool side and nice and sunny.
 I decided to make a little log of all the sweaters I have recycled for yarn. This is temporary until I get a nice book or folder. So as of now I have recycled 12 1/2 sweaters. I still have one sitting on the couch in the works. I have been really surprised at how nice the yarn is from these sweaters. I even seemed  to find the colors I that I was looking for.

 Another recycled sweater finished. This is a linen/cotton blend.
 This sweater I actually finished last year and every time I try it on.. I take it off because it just doesn't look right. So I made a decision to rip the front sections back to look more like a cardi instead of a wrap sweater. It looks a lot better and I think I will actually wear it now. The front just didn't fall right and after trying many different ways to wear it, I think I found the answer.
I cast on this little Noro cowl with my Taiyo yarn. It is so soft and colorful. Just a pleasure to knit and so much fun to watch the colors form the pattern.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Finally time to blog

 Beautiful Washington state. Every time I go walking I see such pretty trees and flowers. Sometimes I feel like I'm in a beautiful garden. Such a pretty tree should be in a fairie's garden. Below are flowers I see every day on the side of the road as I walk to work. Just to think some day in the future these flowers will be some kind of wild berries!  I could get a snack on the way to work.
 More beautiful road side flowers.

 Another sweater story... This sweater started out as a thrift store find. The brand was Woodstock international by Bernard. This sweater yielded over a 1000 yards of yarn. Price was $4.99 and fiber content is 55% linen and 45% cotton. You can really feel the linen and see the sheen on this yarn. All the sweaters I recycle have just a tiny bit of damage. Either a little hole or a stain somewhere. This had a tiny hole and a few stains.

 The beginning of the knitting, knitting on the bus and almost a month later... finished. I still have to go to buy some buttons and give it a good wash and light blocking. The style of this sweater is a little boxy and I'm hoping after a little blocking I can reshape it a little. It has nice drape due to the linen.
 I can't seem to stay away from the thrift store. Another good find. I love the color of this sweater and the yarn is slightly thick and thin. This sweater is by Mossimo Supply Co. 70% acrylic and 30% wool, XXL and only $6.99. I think there will be lots of yarn from this sweater to make something wonderful for winter. (^_^)
 This is the first time I found some shirts. Both in almost new condition. I think the coral shirt was never worn.
 After long week of work I needed a little relaxing and unraveling the sweater while watching tv is perfect.
 I splurged this week and purchased a Noro magazine and one ball of yarn ( the cost of one ball equals the price of four thrift store sweaters). I just wanted to make a small project because I love Noro colors so much. This little cowl is going to be so pretty and colorful. Perfect for the cooler weather in the fall. This is going to be my new travel project.

 I have never seen new pine cones grow.. this is how they start!