Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Here in Arizona, we are in our annual monsoon season, which means we should be getting rain.  This season typically lasts from July 15 to September 15, but this year is the first time since we've lived here, that we've really "felt" the season.   Our high temperatures are normally in the 100+ degrees with 10-20% humidity, but when a storm is coming through it cools down into the 90's and the humidity rises to 50-60%.    So far this year, we've only had a couple of times it's rained - sometimes the raindrops just mostly dry up before hitting the ground.  But around 4am - we had thunder loud enough over our head to rattle stuff inside the house (including me and the hubs), and then a heavy downpour for a short period of time.   Later on this morning, we drove up to the Chandler and Gilbert, AZ for doctor appointment and shopping and saw a lot of unusual cloud formations, as well as the desert looked like a lake in places.

This picture was taken around 4pm this afternoon on our way home, and by the looks of the other thunderclouds we saw around, we'll probably be in for another storm tonight.  We can really use some rain to help out the plants around the yard.

Since this is a "knitting blog", I can show you what I'm finishing up (out of the WIP pile), is knitting a 2nd sleeve for this adorable baby sweater, and then sew on the cute duckie buttons.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Wanted to keep everyone up-to-date on how my knitting progress is going along.

Last night I finished the Miami Beach Shawl and am really pleased how it turned out.   It'll be perfect to wear here in Arizona where the outdoor temperatures are 100+ and indoor temperatures are about 30 degrees cooler, making it very uncomfortable eating dinner, or knitting at our meet-up, etc.


Now, I am working to finish up to easy projects.  One this baby sweater that just needs another sleeve and sewing on of the buttons down the front.
The other is the Creamsicle dish/washcloth.  Then after these two items maybe I can sneak in another new project, or may go again to the WIP's (Work-in-Progress) pile.   It does feel good to finish something once in a while!
Hope you are getting some knitting or crocheting done and that you don't have so many unfinished projects as I do!!  Until next time.............

Thursday, August 7, 2014


Yes, I'm plugging along on this Miami Beach Shawl.  Loving the color, the yarn and the knitting of it, but it sure takes a lot of short rows in garter stitch to finish this off.  Hopefully I have enough yarn left or if not, I'll be hitting up my LYS store when I go there next week.
This is the pattern:  Miami Beach Shawl (since I'm a west-coaster I just named it Ocean Beach Shawl.  The yarn is Cascade 220 Ultra Pima cotton in Purple Ice (although it looks gray in the picture).

Hopefully next time I talk to you I will be finished with this and onto something else!

Sunday, August 3, 2014


I've been working on this Ocean Beach Shawl now for quite some time, but lately it's been flying off the needles!   Finally getting the hang of the lace section counting - but just in time to only be 3 rows from finishing that part and moving on to the garter stitch short rows to complete the rest of the shawl.  Here's a picture of how it's coming along.  It really is a beautiful color - Purple Ice, but it sure shows as grey in the photos.  Think of it is a very light lilac color.  I'm using Cascade Ultra Pima cotton which shows a lot of stitch definition and has a nice "sheen" to it.   This should be great to throw around the shoulders when going inside an air conditioned restaurant from the outside 100-115 temperatures we're having here in Arizona.  

Maybe (or maybe not) you might like to see how I have my yarn/projects, etc. organized (and some unorganized) in my Office/Craft Room.

I recently finished getting all my yarn organized in colored cloth tubs (like you can find at Target and other places), and have the yarn sorted by weight in each one.   Then on Ravelry on my stash page I just show the yarn as being located in the red tub, e.g. and I don't have to hunt everywhere.

Then I have these large purple tubs which have my WIPs - each in a project bag and hopefully can get over this "startitis" and start working on them. 

Then I have this "secretary table" (below) across under my window here in the office.  It has smaller plastic drawers, mostly filled with dishcloth cotton. 

Inside these tall cabinets (below) are the stashes for my beading and card-making hobby.  I know, it's not like I don't have enough different kinds of stash. 

These cabinets (below) have completed items yet to be gifted or donated, together with knitting needles, notions, etc. and some partial yarn balls. 

Then lastly, is my desk, which is covered with my current project(s), and a little bit of paperwork here and there. 

So now you know all about my workspaces!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014


So that's not so much an unusual headline - "hot weather in Arizona", but it's getting a little carried away.   The 110+ numbers have been going on for a few days now and enough is enough.  Today it hit 115 (humidity in the 10-15% range).   We ran some errands up in the Phoenix area this morning and have spent this afternoon in the house with the a/c working hard.   We're currently getting late afternoon/evening duststorms/thunder/lightning and a little rain.  Its rained "buckets" but lasts only 5-10 minutes.

The one good thing about the heat is I don't feel guilty staying inside and doing some knitting.

I'm working on one more dishcloth (I know I said I wasn't going to knit anymore), but I just couldn't resist this pattern with more lace around the points.  I'm calling it "creamsicle" after the orange sherbet/vanilla ice cream frozen on a stick Popsicle back in the day!

I also started a new shawl - Miami Beach Shawl.  This means I now have 4 unfinished shawls.  Hopefully this one will be a "completed" one.     I've really got a case of "startitis". This shawl is being knit with Cascade Ultra Pima - a very soft cotton yarn.  The yarn color is "purple ice", but it looks kinda gray in this picture.  It will be perfect to wear in "over" air conditioned restaurants, etc.   I knitted on this last night at our Thursday night knit/crochet group and was amazed how fast it is going and I'm not making counting mistakes.  This is coming right along and so far it's a pretty easy knit:
Hope you're keeping cool and getting lots of knitting done.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


 A mixture of weather and knitting in this posting.   

 First of all, we've had some pretty severe weather going on during this monsoon season which has been going on for nearly a month now and another month or so to go!  I mean heavy rainfall, flash flooding, dust storms, and lots of thunder and lightening.   These pictures I took out the car window yesterday on the way home from Phoenix.  Our temperatures have dropped down to the low 100's, which is nice.

As for knitting,  I can't get off this knitting dishcloth kick.  It's been fun making these "pointed" dish/washcloth or hotpads, whichever you want to call them. 

I started this baby blanket (Sea of Dreams) back in May of 2013.  I love the yarn - Madtosh sock, love the color, love the "finished" look of the pattern, but it's given me more than my fair share of "fits".  Main problem being I can't seem to count correctly.    Now I have a purpose to get it finished - I'll be having a new grandbaby next spring, so gotta get on it!  So here it is and I'm off to work on it for a little while today.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Well, I have managed to finish a couple of projects this week:

First and foremost, the Happy Dance Socks, which make me happy they're done!!  These have been fun to knit - the colors keep me "happy", but am glad that 2nd one is done. I'll probably gift these at Christmas to someone who lives up North where they have cold winters. 

A friend in my knitting group posted a pattern for The Almost Lost Dishcloth or search for it on Ravelry if you're a member.  It looked like a fun knit, so I knit up the first one, but my choice of yarn wasn't too great.   The "striped" yarn didn't turn out too well on the points, so I'm working on the second one, in a "firey" variegated color which is turning out so much better.  These are fun knits and will make nice "thank you" gifts:

We've had some extreme weather ever since the 4th of July - it's our monsoon season, so should be expected.  However, last summer's monsoon season was nothing like what we're having.   After having our humidity hovering in the single digits up to 15% or so for so long, it's difficult to navigate in these 100+ degree temperatures with the humidity in the 40-50% area.   We're having clouds, thunderstorms, lightning and quick shots of heavy rain every afternoon/evening.  I'll be glad when we get back to just plain "hot" without the humidity!!  Last evening we got one rainfall that lasted maybe 10 minutes and another that lasted maybe 5 minutes, but the thunder rumbled heavily for hours around midnight.

Happy knitting, or whatever your craft may be!