Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Drive Time

With all the time spent in the car this past weekend, I made quite a bit of progress on my newest project. Since the TTL Mystery Shawl was off the needles and blocking, I was ready for something new. Fortunately the second project of Camp Loopy began on June 27. I picked the Que Sera sweater as my 800+ yard project. The pattern is a bottom up cardigan, and I just split for the fronts and back yesterday. The left front is almost done and I hope to finish the right today.

This sweater is zipping right along. The lace pattern is easy to memorize, and I think I do well with artificial deadlines.  I am trying to finish the entire sweater by July 27. I am almost halfway through my yarn, so I should be fine with the deadline. Why so much fuss you ask. Well, if I complete each of the three projects, I get double yarn buying points and a free skein of yarn. It is just enough incentive for me.

I even have my next interim project ready. I am gearing up for another mystery project. This time it is with designer Stephen West. Eamon had selected one of his shawls for himself (Pokemon Vulpix, of course). While I wait for yarn at home on that one, I decided to try this WestKnits mystery project. I am using yarn from Swan's Island fingering as well as a variegated skein from Camilla at Twist and Twine. I am very excited for this one. I am excited to use Twist and Twine yarn and hope this shawl does it justice. It is so pretty.

Where do you ask are the socks? Well, they were cast aside for bigger and brighter things. I do still carry them out and about, but progress has been slow. I also am waiting on buttons for the Modern Garden Cardi I finished last week. I hope to get those in the mail and do a proper photoshoot. I owe you a few pictures - socks, shawl, sweater -PHEW!

Our family finished reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh while driving this weekend. We loved it.  I picked it up as part of Annie's Read Aloud Along. I have yet to get the newest book, so we are reading Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms together while we wait for our weekly trip to the library. This one is a page turning and is similar to the The Mysterious Benedict Society, which is our newest audiobook. I am still finishing up The Butterfly Cabinet when not knitting or reading aloud. Busy times here.

How has your week gone, fellow YarnAlongers? Since I am on the hunt for buttons for this sweater, where do you find buttons for your projects? Do tell.

25 comments:

  1. Wow, you sound really busy! I love the cardigan. Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh was one of my classes favourite books when I was 7 - the film was on Netflix recently so I made my husband watch it with me! :)

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  2. I can't believe how fast you are getting on with your knitting. The project idea sounds such fun.

    I hope you have a happy July 4th and manage to find some nice buttons.
    Have fun.
    Deb

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  3. beautiful cardigan! I love the pattern - I've never tried lace pattern, it looks too intimidating, but it sure is beautiful :)
    thanks for stopping by and commenting on my yarn along :)

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  4. Etsy for buttons, but only if you are willing to spend hours browsing...
    I think I will have to find Mrs Frisby, I remember that from when I was at school, I'm sure my son would love it!

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    1. I bought the buttons for my modern garden card from easy. You are right though about the hours spent browsing. I had ten tabs open and then showed them to my husband for his opinion. Now this sweater is a totally different look. And the search words. Makes my head spin.

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  5. busy, busy!! that cardi is flying along!!! sounds like some great reads, too---happy holiday!

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  6. i really love that color of yarn. so soft. and man you are all over with the books. :)

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  7. I got Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH for my daughter last year, and I think she read some of it, but I haven't ever read it myself.
    We'll have to add it to the read-aloud list, after the Hobbit and Harry Potters... Happy Yarn Along!

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  8. I love the colour of that yarn! It kind of reminds me of musk stick lollies, which I love :)

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  9. Wow! You go! It's beautiful.
    Good luck with your button search. I have the hardest time finding ones I like.

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  10. I buy the majority of my buttons for projects at JoAnns. I get the really special buttons for my projects at fiber festivals.

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  11. All your knitting leaves me breathless! Oh you are clever with your artifical deadline--very clever!I do love that pink. That stitch pattern is really amazing and shows up so well. Happy Wednesday!

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  12. The sweater is looking very pretty. Lucky for drive time.
    Enjoy finishing.

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  13. I love all your projects ... they're the type that really keep us knitters on our toes!

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  14. After seeing your book selection last week, The Butterfly Cabinet, I quickly added it to my Goodreads. Hopefully soon I will be enjoying it as well.
    Love the new pink sweater on the needles!

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  15. Loved catching up with your blog today - you all are making great memories!

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  16. i've had luck with buttons on etsy. i've tried locally but meh, not a great selection.

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  17. The sweater is gorgeous! And all your upcoming challenges/projects sound like so much fun!

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  18. The texture of the fabric is gorgeous!

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  19. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh was one of my favorite books when I was younger. It's one of those books that sticks in your mind for the rest of your life. Very vivid.

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  20. Wow Heather your needles have been flying and your knitting looks very pretty. I have never done a mystery knit project, but it sounds like a lot of fun. I hope you are having a great independence day

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  21. Wow... what an awesome amount of projects you have going right now! I have never done a mystery KAL... I am going to have to do that someday, what fun it must be to see the project emerge over time. Great work!

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  22. I love the color of yarn for your cardigan! The pattern looks lovely!

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  23. Buttons- right now I either get them at my local craft store, or antique stores :) I can usually find something that works at either place ;)
    Your cardigan is beautiful- I love the pattern and colour!

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  24. Your cardigan to be looks so beautiful, such an intereseting stitch pattern! Love the color too:) Looking forward to the result.

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