I know it’s been awhile since I posted, like, a long while. Nearly four months to be exact. And I could sit here and make excuses about how busy I’ve been, or how hard it is to knit with a toddler running around all over the place, but let’s face it, you’ll know I was making excuses, and it’s not very nice to lie, is it? Truth is, I have been busy, but certainly not too busy to post. I’ll own up…I’ve been avoiding you, blog readers. I have been avoiding you.

Almost 3 months ago my relationship ended with my fiance after 3 years together. I will not get into personal details, lord knows you probably don’t really care anyways, and I’d rather not involve more people into our decision than necessary, but the decision is a happy one in a way, and there is no animosity between us. I moved back in with my mother (knitsnpurls on Ravelry) and Andrew stays with us during the week and spends the weekends with his father. I’ve also started working again as a Pharmacy Assistant, and I absolutely love my new employer, they are a pleasure to work for, and I have to say, I really *love* my job now. Even though there have been a great many changes I am fairly happy with how things are right now.

So, let’s talk about knitting now, shall we?

I will not talk in great detail about each project, merely name them and give a brief account of the yarn I used (if I remember. And if I don’t, you can look it up on my Ravelry page. =P)ImageImage

The Treats fingerless mitts were made for my friend Serena and the Circle Socks.ImageImage

 Monkey Socks and Southern Belle Socks.

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Scents of Lavender socks for my friend Serena and a pair of Felted Clogs for myself.

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The Ruslting Leaves Beret (from Coastal Knits) and 1 finished Clandestine sock, and my new skein of Fleece Artist Trail Sock sock yarn. Which… well, I’d like to get my reader (if I have any, that is) to give me some ideas about what to do with that skein of sock yarn. The colors are a little more vibrant than in the picture, but it’s fairly close. As you can see from all of my pictures, I’m pretty “socked-out” right now, so once those Clandestines (the second of which is on the first repeat of the leg as we speak) will hopefully be off the needles by the end of this week, and I don’t plan on doing another pair for a little while. I’m a little confuzzled about what to make with that beautiful yarn though, so I am open to suggestions! Post them in the comments, or send me a Ravelry message.

I’m also hoping to make the pattern from the cover of the Jane Austen Knits magazine, the Theme Scarf it’s called. I’m going to use the leftover laceweight I have from my Snowdrop Shawl, a beautiful white alpaca lace yarn that I think would look beautiful knit up nice and plain like that. I received the magazine for Christmas and I’ve been dying to cast something from there on, but I’m making myself stick to finishing the pair of socks I have on the go already, or the Clandestines could easily fall into the category of “I’ll get to them later” if I let them get put away, and they might never be touched for weeks or months to come.

I have yarn for 2 more projects from Coastal Knits picked out, and so I’m going to use Gloss to make the Sand and Sea Shawlette, a dolphin blue-grey for the body and some left over tan (used for the Gravel Grid socks) for the feather and fan detail on the edging. I’ve got some Classic Wool that my mother gifted to me too to make the Water’s Edge Cardigan, and I intend to have that sweater made by hopefully this early fall. I haven’t knit myself a sweater since I was pregnant, and that one was Hey Teach which I was able to make on the cheap, so it’s high time I make myself something pretty and really worth showing off, which I think that sweater is. The Branching Out Mitts from Coastal Knits is calling my name too, and I have plenty of left over sock yarn in which to make them. The Chawton Mittens from Jane Austen Knits is also on my short list, and so are the Pemberly Slippers, if I ever find a sport weight yarn that I like well enough to make them out of.

So you see, I haven’t been slacking in my knitting, only in my posting. Forgive me? I hope so, because I intend to be better about blogging more often again. So remember, if you have any ideas for my Trail Socks yarn, please comment and help jump start my brain! Happy knitting!