Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Yarn Along












 

 
 
It has been snowy and cold here at the Jersey Shore. Today it was bitter cold. I believe the wind chill made the temperatures in the negative today and it really felt like it.  Today I had to take Freddy to rehab for this shoulder. I decided to use the hour he was there for a little photo therapy for myself.
 
I stopped by the beach and noticed all the pigeons huddled together on the roof of the building on the pier. I hope they are keeping warm.
 
I also wanted to stop by the Duck Park. I haven't been there in so long and it was so nice to snap some pictures at one of my favorite places.  It amazes me how ducks can stand the water when it is soooooo cold.
 
I am planning a new pattern that will use 1600 yards of Brooklyn Tweed Loft. The color I got was Postcard. Since we just got a new camper and are planning many upcoming trips I think the name of my pattern is going to have to be "Postcard".  I am very excited about this pattern. When I am designing a pattern I keep a few things in mind. I like to knit and design items that don't look store bought or machine made. I don't want to knit something that can be whipped up on a machine in no time at all. Also I like my designs to look expensive, because yarn is expensive! If I spend $100.00 in yarn for a sweater I want the sweater to look like a $300.00 sweater. Right?! So hopefully my new pattern will fit my requirements. Now if I can find time to get it on my needles!
 
I casted on a Backshore Sweater. I needed something casual to wear and I think the fit of this is going to be fantastic. I love the yarn. It is Juniper Moon Farm Findley. It is soooo soft and Alicia Plummer's pattern is so easy to follow. I've made some modifications to the pattern to fit my personal style and I have a few more modifications planned. Hopefully they will all turn out well. Fingers crossed.
 
I have also been working on my Spire.  I hit a part that has lots of lace, so I took a break and started my Backshore Sweater. They are both enjoyable to knit and nice to break up the lace from the stockinet and visa versa.
 
I spent the last week helping out at my parents farm with the alpacas. I took a few selfies with the alpacas, but they were all burry.  So you get a selfie of just me instead :)
 
For reading I am listening to Gone Girl. Holly Molly I just started the second half. I was listening to it while Tiny was at speech. I was in the waiting room knitting and listening to the book with my head phones on. I was in shock at the book and Tiny came out of therapy and I didn't want to turn it off! Wow.  I can't wait to finish it up.
 
I hope you are keeping warm where ever you are!
 
 
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19 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

the alpacas seem well-suited to the snow. at least you were dressed well for it! :)

fjord girl said...

...I wish I could just reach into my computer screen and touch that beautiful yarn.
Stay warm.

Brian King said...

Nice cold shots of the beach! I had to laugh at the alpaca's in the snow!

karen said...

looking forward to seeing what expensive shawl you whip up on your needles. I agree, who wants store bought???

elisabethandree said...

Gosh the alpacas in the snow:) Love your photos and your yarn looks beyond beautiful!

Corrie B said...

Is the brownish one the spire? It looks so beautiful and soft! Love all the photos, especially the alpacas!

Sally Strawberry said...

Gorgeous pictures! I have just read that book. Its a bit of a shocker isn't it!

Anke said...

Stunning pictures and absolutely gorgeous yarn!!

Donna said...

You got some great shots! And you have some lovely yarn there.

justamouse said...

We vacation at Sone Harbor all the time, and I grew up vacationing at Cape May, so I'm a wee bit jealous that you get to live there! Soon, though, we have a plan! :D

Your pictures are lovely, and as much as I love vacations and summers there, I have a feeling I'll like the winters even more.

Gretchen R said...

Andee, I cannot express enough how amazing your pictures are!! So, so beautiful! I'm with you on brooklyn tweed. It really is such a lovely yarn. I had some trouble with it breaking accidentally while knitting, but the finished garment is just so soft and has just the perfect texture. I'm so hooked on it. It has a way of making you just want to grab your camera and needles simultaneously.

sweetpea family said...

Beautiful images and I adore your fabulous yarn x

Laura at Beehive Rugs said...

Your photos are wonderful, and the yarn looks so fab! I'm going to look up your book, I just finished my latest one and need a new one.

Hege said...

The yarn looks so soft and pretty.
Looking forward to see your new design.

Ida said...

Oh wow those are some great beach shots. I agree it's hard to believe that the birds can swim in such cold looking water. I loved the photo of the Grasses and those Alpaca's looked very comical in the snow.

Debbie said...

good thing the alpaca's are dressed for winter, it has been so cold!!

i am soooo lucky to be bunkered down at home, keeping myself busy but all my "busy" stuff!! i enjoyed your images as i have not left the house in weeks because of my never ending cold and bronchitis. unless you count my trip to the e.r., i was out once ;)

Debbie said...

* with...not but

Plain and Joyful Living said...

Your pictures are just beautiful and that yarn looks amazing to work with.
Best wishes with your new pattern.

Karen Sue said...

your projects are making me want to hide away for several weeks with some yarn and maybe a few friends...and some alpacas for setting the mood! I don't mind waiting when I have reading or knitting. Nothing fries me more than forgetting to bring something along and having to sit and wait and do nothing!!