2023: Wk of 5/28-6/3; Sea Glass Tee Update, Cozy Cast-on, and Trees


I am totally loving this sweater. The one row striping looks great. Using the multi-texture yarn for the light color was a good call. It helps add visual appeal that the multi-color light yarn would have provided. The bits of teal in the colorway helps make the top a little different from my usual autumn colors. Definitely love the lighter weight of the top.


Getting close to finishing. I’ve used up the leftover Lollipop yarn. Obviously one ball had more yarn than the other so the “toe” of one sock will be longer than the other sock. No one will ever see it. I should get these finished this week.


I did cast-on a tumbler cozy to use up leftover fixation yarn. This tiny project was perfect to take to last night’s soccer game while I waited for the game to start and traffic to clear once the game was over. While hubby has NEVER worn the sweater I knit him, he literally wore out the tumbler cozy I gave him. I’m happy to use up leftover yarn and he gets a new cozy. Win-Win


Sadly, this year it is very depressing to look our Mimosa trees. This is what the one that we can see out our back windows looked like last year. This year there are hardly any leaves on the tree and no blossoms. Back on Dec 22, we had a 39F drop in temperature over six hours. That’s a record and “shattered” the previous one. Many trees and shrubs did not survive. All 4 of my mimosa are barely hanging on with just a few leaves. I plan to wait till next year to better assess if they simply should be cut down or if they will recover over time. Sadly we are experiencing drought already so I’m afraid they are going to get hit with a double whammy. Again, HIGHLY unusual for this lack of rain in May and June. We are having to have water delivered since we depend on rainfall for our water supply.

Speaking of the decking, this week hubby and I did a lot of restaining the wood which is where my knitting time went. Also, turns out I have been gripping and pressing on the paint roller so hard as I’m staining the spindles that I’m hurting my wrist and hand. I’m taking a few days off from staining to let them recover.

Hope you had a wonderful week of crafting with lots of fun projects for the coming week. This has been a YOP12 post. YOP is a Ravelry group of crafting bloggers that create a yearly crafting plan and then provide updates. Sticking to the plan is optional. 😉


2023: Wk of 5/14-20; Ranunculus Progress, Colorwork Socks, and Hat Cast-on


This is a super easy knit now that it’s just a stockinette in the round for the body. I’m almost out of yarn so I’ll be finishing off the body today. Then I’ll use the collar mini to make a very small ribbed cuff for the sleeves followed by a small garter hem. Probably will have to use a second mini to be able to finish the hem.


Arg. The risk of making this a sometimes project. Could not find the background yarn for the second sock’s purple stripe. So I had to rip it out on the first sock and reknit the sock with a different purple background yarn. Definitely an eclectic pair of socks. I need to knit the final 2 stripes on the second sock and then I’ll knit the foot in some leftover sock yarn. The yarns don’t match in any way but I almost always wear shoes so no one sees the foot of my socks. These are supposed to be “whimsical” and just use up leftover yarn. They aren’t a gift for anyone, just fun ones for me to wear.


Despite my logic that it would be more fun to cast-on the colorful rainbow yarn for the next hat, I cast on the same tan tweed I used in the first student hat. Decided I was more interested in “finishing off” the yarn. I did order a bunch of faux fur pom poms to hide my less than pretty crown decreasing. At only $0.50 a pom pom, I felt the hats could enjoy the splurge. I’ve also found a use for a crochet bag I bought several years ago. It’s now my “hat yarn” bag.


It took 3 years but hubby and I finally came down with Covid. My test result went positive so fast I it did a second time because I thought I did something wrong! Doc put us on meds, Paxlovid for me and something for hubby that didn’t interfere with his blood thinner. We are both doing much better although have persistent tiredness. Fortunately for us our insurance still covers Covid testing and treatment until mid-July.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week of crafting. This has been a Ravelry Year of Projects post. Bloggers are encouraged to share their fiber plans for the year and then post weekly updates. Sticking to the plan is not required. 😉

2023: Wk of 4/16-22; WIP Updates


Oh goodness, I just can’t resist this project so it got most of my knitting attention. The colorful top just makes me smile. Plus I can wear it as soon as I finish it. I’ve separated for the sleeves and I’m working on the body. I clearly did not read the yarn requirements correctly. I will run out of the “confetti yarn”. Fortunately I have enough left to match the body stripes to the sleeve stripes. Also fortunately I have some solid yellow, orange, and blue from an argyle sock project I never finished that I could use for the remaining stripes. They are fingering weight so I’ll have to hold them double. I think the solid color stripes will make a nice finish to the confetti pops of color on the upper portion. If not, I’ll have to reach out to the dyer to see if she plans to dye more. It was on clearance so maybe not. She still has one skein of fingering weight so again I could hold it double. I think the double strands of solid color will be preferable to the double strands of confetti colors. It does fit and blocking will help. I think I will go up a size for the next one since it’s intended for autumn and therefore I will probably wear a shirt like this one under it.


I’ve made a little progress on my patternless scarf. It’s a bit wider than I intended but I think it will be fine. You can see I’ve added a YO “lace” row every 20 rows just to break up the very basic purl row pattern. This should be pretty paired with black or brown sweaters that I tend to wear in the fall. Not as motivated to knit this project since I won’t wear it till late fall. But it’s a good “travel” project. I took it to the soccer game last night to knit on while I waited for traffic to clear.


Really didn’t do much. I need to catch the second sock up to the first before starting any new stripes.


Arg!!!! LDSVenus posted about a stitch marker/progress keeper advent calendar. I had been strongly considering one this year. AdoreKnit offers many versions plus 25% off if ordered before 5/15. I could not resist getting cute progress keepers. I did resist the versions with stitch markers since I already have plenty of those. So I will have at least one yarn advent calendar and a progress keeper advent calendar for 2023. I’m really lusting over the Yarn Only version of Southern Skeins advent calendar. I am worried the color palette will be too similar the one I already have for 2023 and I already have too many minis. Resistance is futile, especially when they offer versions that don’t include all the bells and whistles that I don’t want making the price point more reasonable.

Hope you had a great week. This has been a Ravelry Year of Projects post. Bloggers are encouraged to share their fiber plans for the year and then post weekly updates. Sticking to the plan is not required.

2023: Wk of 4/9-15; FOs Mean Cast-ons


I finished my Vivaldi Spring socks which used up all my leftover yarn from the socks I knit for my daughter’s friend. They will get mailed down to my daughter for her to wear. Sadly this uses up the yarn from a local dyer that no longer dyes yarn. I also finished my Fixation socks. I’m not a pink girl but I think I will enjoy wearing these with some of my dark red t-shirts.

Now the only socks I have on my needles are my “winter” colorwork socks. I enjoy this project even though I haven’t worked on it much since I cast-on the socks last fall. Now that the other socks are done, these colorwork ones will get more attention.


I did cast-on two projects this week. For a “small” project that is good for social knitting sessions, I cast-on the Miss Babs cashmere yarn, Sojourn, I got last month during the Miss Babs trunk show in Florida to knit a scarf. The yarn is indeed amazing soft and thus a dream to knit. I am truly “winging it” versus having a pattern to follow. I’m not a garter stitch fan so I couldn’t get excited about purchasing the Sophie Scarf pattern. Instead I used Stephen West’s instructions to start the Spiraling Cables Shawl although I’m only using one yarn, not alternating between MC and CC yarns. I used his pattern because I like the i-cord edges. I’m following his 4 row pattern so that there is a purl row every 4th row which I like better than garter. I will make it a thin scarf like the Sophie. I’ll increase stitches until it’s ~4″ wide. I have no idea if I’ll ever wear this scarf as I don’t wear scarves but oh well.

I also got to cast-on my first Promenade Blouse. I’m very excited to work this pattern. I’m hoping I like it as I already plan to knit a second using mini skeins and mohair. I love knitting the pops of color in this rainbow yarn.

I love all three projects that currently are on my needles. Usually I focus on one project at a time so I can get the item done. But with all 3 being so fun, I may just have to plan to knit a little on each every day. Both the cashmere scarf and the Promenade Blouse are very simple so they don’t need much concentration. They both are easy to pick up and put down projects. This set of projects can be worked on a little bit each day versus needing to “get in the groove”. (Hopefully there will be enough progress each week to make it worth taking a picture.)


This doesn’t count in my “yarn in” for the year as this week I frogged a one skein shrug I knit 3 years ago. I loved the yarn but not the shrug. At the time I didn’t know what to do with one skein of yarn. Now I know I can knit a Ranunculus. I have a grey mini that I can use for the collar and cuffs although I may look for a cream mini instead. I also plan to combine the yarn with white mohair which will extend the yarn and make it enough for me. Having this in the wings will motivate me to get the Promenade Blouse done. So far I simply rewound the yarn into a cake. But I may put it back into a hank so that I can soak it to get the kinks out. Certainly that’s what the “experts” recommend.

Hope you had a good week of crafting. We are slowly settling back into Cincinnati living. Lots of doctor’s appointments, family time, and restarting activities. Life is good.

This has been a Ravelry Year of Projects post. Bloggers are encouraged to share their fiber plans for the year and then post weekly updates. Sticking to the plan is not required.

2023: Wk of 4/2-8; Buttercup Tee FO and What’s Next


As predicted, I didn’t get much knitting done this week. I did get my Buttercup Tee finished.

While it’s a much thicker yarn than I like, I think I will enjoy wearing this tee. It is tunic length so it will pair with leggings.

My daughter did like the Deschain as knitted so she kept it. I will now use some stash yarn to knit one for me. Sadly I have a 50g skein of hers leftover that I have no idea what to do with it. Tempted to buy a second skein and knit mine in the same color/yarn. The Sea Glass tee was a bit large on her, as it is on me, so as expected it came home with me. I will knit another one for her with less ease. I thought about possibly giving it to my stepdaughter but my daughter and friends have encouraged me to keep it since it looks so great. Definitely too warm for Florida but would be good for spring and fall in Ohio.


I was welcomed home by some yarn I ordered. I think this will make a fun top, white with bright color speckles. I plan to cast-on the Promenade Blouse tomorrow but I’ll make the sleeves taper and probably only three quarter length. Close up that neckline too.


I didn’t get much knitting done on my socks. The Fixation socks will become my car project to have on hand if I find myself waiting. I do want to focus on getting the Vivaldi Spring socks finished. Not sure what small project I’ll work on next.


Arg!!! The advent calendar sales have started!! I already have one for 2023 since I bought 3 last year. And I don’t need more minis!! But, but…… (as I stare at my wall of yarn). Maybe I’ll continue my “prebuying” trend and promise myself it’s for 2024??? Are there any you are already looking at for advent? I’m really tempted by Southern Skeins’ advent calendar.


Hope you had a great week. Today was my birthday and yesterday was my stepson’s 50th birthday so my daughter flew in for the weekend. What a wonderful treat. She was able to get a cheap flight arriving Thursday night and then left tonight. We got to get in a visit with my dad and brother on Friday. Then she went to the MLS soccer game with me last night and WE WON!! Today we had a quiet Easter dinner with the “Cincinnati boys” plus my daughter. Could not have had a better birthday.

2023: 1st Quarter Knitting Plan Review

WOW, can it be?? One fourth of 2023 is already gone!! Come back! I’m not ready! Oh well, time waits for no one.

So how is the ’23 Knitting Plan going? Not bad.

  1. Knit 600,000 stitches which means at least 150,000 by 1st quarter. I’m way past that at roughly 200,000 stitches but 1st quarter is my “best” knitting period. Second quarter takes a hit as landscaping takes up my time. We also tend to have more frequent dinners with friends as well as weekly game nights with my son and his girlfriend. No complaints.
  2. Completed Projects – I’ve actually knit 2 tees, a pair of socks, and a hat, plus finished 2 carryover hats. I would have had 3 tees but ran out of yarn on the third one. That’s good for me in a 3 month span.
  3. Planned Projects – well…. I kinda blew up my plan already. I liked the Sea Glass Tee and Deschain so much that I want to knit them again. I also found a cute fingering/mohair striped “sweater”, Promenade Blouse, that I think will be light enough to wear in Florida (when it’s not too humid). So I’ve replaced about half of my planned projects.
  4. More yarn out than in. This is going fairly well. I limited my yarn acquisitions to mohair that go with stash yarn during my recent yarn shop visit. I did order a yarn/mohair combination to make the Promenade Blouse when the yarn went on 30% sale. It will be hard to resist an advent calendar although I already have one set aside for this advent. I may have to resist our wool festival in September.


Turns out the tee is needing more yarn than I brought to Florida. Fortunately I have more yarn at home. Here’s what it looks like until I get home and can finish the body and hem. I love the color and it will be a good spring/fall top that I can pair with light weight leggings. Unfortunately I’m not sure if the “line” you can see in the picture is where I went up a needle size or if it shows where I previously wet blocked the tee. I’m going to try blocking one more time to see if the transition smooths out. If not I’ll be ripping back out.


I decided to use a grey mini for the contrast heel so that I could use the remaining self striping yarn plus the orange contrast I used for the toe to complete the “leg” and cuff. The leg will only be as long as I have yarn for. I’m not liking my alternating every 2 rows fo the leg striping so I’m going to rip it out and go back to the foot striping. I’ll use the orange contrast just for the cuff. I knit the Shadow Wrap Heel for the first time. Purl Together’s YouTube tutorial is great. The triplet stitches are rather fidgety on 9″ circulars with fingering weight yarn. The second heel went much better than the first one.


I’m happy to report that we made it safely home. We had wonderful visits with our son and his wife in Gainsville, FL and our daughter and her husband in Charleston, SC. Tonight was dinner and cards with my youngest son and his girlfriend. Now to get back to eating healthy again after a weekend of splurging.

Hope you had a good week crafting. This has been a Ravelry Year of Projects post. Bloggers are encouraged to share their fiber plans for the year and then post weekly updates. Sticking to the plan is not required. 🤣

2023:Wk of 3/19-25; WIP Updates


I’m very pleased with how this tee is turning out. The fit is going to be great. It is using up a lot of yarn so I may actually need more than I have with me to finish it off. I want it to be a tunic length so it needs to extend past my bottom. Fortunately a have more skeins at home back in Ohio. About 6″ below the armpit, I went up a needle size to provide a little more ease. I actually did wet blocked what I had knit after a few inches just to be sure I couldn’t see a line when I went up a needle size. I plan to decrease stitches as I create the sleeve cuff to create a bit of a puff sleeve. The tee will be a bit thick due to the aran weight yarn. The drape would be better with the DK weight yarn called for but I’m glad I was able to use up some stash yarn.


I’ve made some progress on my Vivaldi Spring socks. Just a couple more stripes and it will be time to knit the heels in the orange contrast yarn. Looks like I don’t have much yarn to knit the leg even of a shortie socks. Fortunately I have a grey mini with me to “extend” the leg.


I’ve started the second sock so that I have something to knit on my last few days of walking and knitting. The first sock is almost ready for the heel so it’s time to catch the second sock up.


We are down to our last few days in Florida. If I get some of the above projects finished this week I may “have” to cast-on the Sophie scarf for car knitting. But it’s likely I’ll be doing most of the driving. The highways will likely be clogged as many snowbirds go back north on the first of April. The activities at the condo complex pretty much grind to a halt by the mid April since more than half of the residents are snowbirds. I already have some coffee dates set up with some knitting friends once I get back to Ohio. I’m also looking forward to getting to sit with my kitty while I knit. I know my stepson has taken good care of her but I’m looking forward to her curling up beside me on the couch.

Hope you had a good week crafting.

This has been a Ravelry Year of Projects post. Bloggers are encouraged to share their fiber plans for the year and then post weekly updates. Sticking to the plan is not required. 🤣

2023: Wk of 3/12-18; Yarn Store Visit and WIP Updates


Some knitters that I meet with weekly while in Naples made a road trip yesterday to visit A Good Yarn, a yarn shop in Sarasota FL for a trunk show of Miss Babs yarns. It was fun to have a “girls trip” to shop for yarn and enjoy lunch together at a French cafe. We got to meet Miss Babs and definitely bought a lot of yarn. I did pretty good on my haul. Only 4 skeins. 3 skeins of mohair to go with yarn already in my stash to make projects I already had in mind (Promenade Blouse, Lace & Fade Boxy, Ranunculus). The “slurge” was a skein of cashmere/silk that I will use to knit the Sophie Scarf.


HahHa. Not surprisingly I didn’t do either thing I thought I would last week with this tee. The neck was indeed too big to just add a few garter rows so I frogged it. I was only 5 days into the project so not a lot of lost time.

Instead of moving to a pattern designed for my yarn I decided to give the Buttercup Tee one more go. This time I reduced the cast-on from 58 stitches to 38 stitches to match the reduction in the lace panel I did last time by eliminating one pattern repeat due to the thick yarn. This means I’m really winging it when it comes to how often to do raglan increases. I’ve measured the desired sleeve width and back/front widths so that I can make increases to get the needed measurements before splitting for sleeves. I do like the yarn and the colorway. (Butter Ball – not sure I like being a Butterball. I think Sweet Corn would be slightly more appealing.) It will be a wonderful summer top if I can figure out the sizing.


I do love the fall colorway of my Vivaldi Spring socks so I’m tickled I’m ending up with a pair of shorties from it. To prevent one sock syndrome, I force myself to knit both toes, then both feet, followed by both heels, both legs, and finally both cuffs. No finish a sock and start all over again with the second one hoping they match. Not much to see this week so I’m not going to post a picture. Similarly the Fixation socks got a little attention this week but not enough to justify photo.


Sadly our friends from Cincinnati just called to say they were headed back to Cininnati after driving all the way to Atlanta yesterday. They were supposed to join us here in Naples, FL for a week but the hubby experienced a medical issue last night. Nothing life threatening but best to go home for medical attention as needed. We head north on the 31st. I’m looking forward to spending an evening with my son and his wife in Gainesville, FL before heading to Charleston, SC to spend an evening with my daughter and her husband. Plus I’m already making plans to connect with knitting friends back in Cincinnati in April.

Hope you have had a good week and have fun things to look forward to in the coming week.

This has been a Ravelry Year of Projects post. Bloggers are encouraged to share their fiber plans for the year and then post weekly updates. Sticking to the plan is not required. 😉

2023: Wk of 3/5-11; New Cast-Ons

I finished the Deschain sweater this week. I did decide to add a few garter rows to create a cuff on the sleeves. I think the neck looks fine as is so I’m not picking up stitches and creating a collar as the pattern calls for. I also finished the vanilla socks. I’m ready for the trip to Charleston at the end of the month. I can have my daughter try on the Deschain and the Sea Glass Tee. She can keep them if she likes them and I’ll knit new ones for me. Or I can keep them and knit new ones for her based on modifications she would like. The socks are ready to gift to her friend.


I cast-on Heidi Kirrmaier’s Buttercup Tee. I’m loving this yellow Rowan Tweed yarn. The silk/cotton yarn is perfect for a spring project. It’s a bit thick since it is aran weight yarn so my gauge is way off. I’m following the instructions for the smallest size but I think it’s still too big. The neck opening is way larger than I planned. I’m going to knit it till I separate for sleeves and knit some of the body so I can try it on. I’ll probably pick-up stitches around the neck and add extra rows of garter. Then if I still don’t like it, I’ll frog it and knit a pattern designed for aran weight yarn.


Since I finished the vanilla socks this week, I needed a new pair cast-on for walks and social knitting. The Buttercup Tee is not a good project for walking knitting and needs too much concentration at this point thus is not good for social knitting sessions. I’m tired of knitting only vanilla so I’m finally knitting one of the “seasons” from the Vivaldi Sock Pattern. This has been in my queue for over a year. The sock actually incorporates 4 patterns, one for each season. I found from a previous multiple pattern sock I knit that I prefer using just one pattern on a sock. Plus this will be a shortie sock so definitely not enough rows for 4 patterns. I’m using up the leftover yarn from the vanilla socks I just made. I’ll be playing yarn chicken.

Even though the pattern is fairly simple, it’s not really a good “walking” project. I had some Fixation yarn here in Florida so I cast-on a vanilla sock. The Fixation yarn is perfect for walking knitting since it’s DK and the cotton yarn does better than wool in Florida’s humidity. I don’t love the colorway, Holidaze, so the socks will be for me. The “Christmas colors” are very muted. The colorway reminds me more of pink and red carnations or wild roses. I have a fun red “I knit so I don’t kill people” t-shirt which will pair nicely with the socks.

That’s it on the knitting front. It has been a wonderful week here in Florida. I’ve enjoyed knitting on the lanai and sipping coffee. We are winding down and trying to clear out the frig and freezer as we prepare to return to Ohio. Seems like the time went fast but then all time seems to zip by quickly. We have finalized all paperwork for our rental next winter so we have that to look forward to. Fortunately we also have lots to look forward to once we get back to Cincinnati as well.

This is a year of projects (YOP12) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fiber activities, then update your blog each week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like many). YOP started it’s 12th year in July and I’m starting my third year in the group. You can find more detailed information about my projects on my project pages in Ravelry (MaureenHD).  I’ve been knitting for six years.

2023: Feb Review and Almost FOs


WOW, Another month “gone”. Time flies!! Welcome Spring, my favorite time of year. I adore when the trees start budding and the bulbs pop through the ground and bloom. But first, a quick review of what projects started February and what projects finished.

STARTING OFF – 3 Project On Needles

I started the month with a pair of vanilla socks, a pair of colorwork socks that are a carryover project from 2022, and a my Sea Glass Tee.

ENDING – 3 Project On Needles

The vanilla socks and the carryover colorwork socks are still on their needles. The Sea Glass Tee got finished so the Deschain sweater got cast-on.


I ended up with 40g in but does that really count? I didn’t ask for the yarn. I did a yarn swap with a fellow Ravelry knitter and she include 2 mini skeins as a thank you. So I have successfully resisted yarn purchasing in 2023! Before I toot my horn though, I am going to a Miss Babs trunk show with my Naples knitting friends in March and I know I’ll buy some yarn so that has fueled my resistance. I finished my Sea Glass Tee so that was ~250g out. Yea!!


Well, I’ve seamed the pieces together. On the positive side, I’m learning. 🙂 I am not particularly happy with the seam made by the mattress stitch for joining the front and back pieces. The thick seam runs atop my shoulder from the neck down the arm. If it bothers me too much, I’ll remove the seam by picking out the cast-on stitches that need to be seamed to create live stitches that can then be kitchenered. If I knit this pattern again, I will use a combination of a provisional cast-on for those stitches that need to be kitchenered together and a regular cast-on for those stitches that make the neck opening. I also now know to knit the first 6″ of the front and back panels and then join them in the round and avoid needing to do side seaming as well. I definitely will avoid seamed sweaters in the future.

I’m nearly done as my daughter likes it as a tee so I don’t need to knit the sleeves. The pattern only calls for one repeat of the hem but I’m going to knit a second repeat before binding off. While it is cropped, the yarn is linen/cotten so it will likely grow a little. Any other changes will wait until she can try it on in a few weeks. I’m thinking about picking up stitches on the sleeves and then doing one repeat of the hem pattern.


I have completed the legs on the socks and have started the ribbed cuffs. These will be finished today or tomorrow, definitely in time to gift at the beginning of April.


I was playing around with stripes for these socks. Not sure I like the stripe pattern I “created”. The yarn is white with bright rainbow speckles. I decided to purl all speckle stitches to create a random textured pattern. I think I will incorporate purl stitches into the next stripe so that it also “puffy”. Then the stripes will alternate between “flat” colorwork and “puffy” colorwork. This is a case where knitting one at a time is good in case I decide I don’t like my “puffy” colorwork stripes and rip the sock back to the first stripe.


The Deschain and vanilla socks should be off the needles in the next day or two. I really want to knit another Sea Glass Tee/Sweater but I’m going to resist until I have my daughter try mine on to see if she a) likes it, b) needs size modifications, and c) wants a tee or sweater length sleeves. Also, I want to knit an alternating single row of stripe with the Sea Glass pattern but the colored yarn I want to use is back in Ohio so I have to wait until next month to start it. Next in my queue is to knit the Buttercup Tee by Heidi Kirrmeier. That will get cast-on this week.

I think I’m going to knit myself a pair of shortie socks with the yarn leftover from the vanilla sock above. By using contrast yarn for the toes, heels, and cuffs I should have enough for a pair of shorties.

That’s it for the week. Hope your year is going well and you had a great week of crafting.

This is a year of projects (YOP12) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fiber activities, then update your blog each week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like many). YOP started it’s 12th year in July and I’m starting my third year in the group. You can find more detailed information about my projects on my project pages in Ravelry (MaureenHD).  I’ve been knitting for six years.