Freshly Finished Friday #17

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Welcome to a link-up party for your Friday Finished Object posts! In an effort to connect everyone who creates and blogs about it here on the web, I thought providing a place to link up and share your freshly finished creations would be a great way to see what everyone is working on. Please feel free to share ANY of your finished crafty pursuits from knitting and crocheting to sewing and scrapbooking.

I finished the Linier Top!!!


The knitting is done. The ends are woven in. The shoulders are attached. The piece has been steam blocked..only 1 tiny problem…

I RAN OUT OF YARN FOR THE UNDERARM SEAMS!! But never fear, it will be on its way to McNeedles today where there is more yarn and it will be around it’s fellow samples.

Plus now I get to work on these beauties!


A badly lit picture of the Technicolor Socks!!

To join in the fun, click the link up below to see all the others participating in a Freshly Finished Friday! It will take you away from this page, but don’t worry, you will always be able to find your way back. It’s especially helpful if the linked up blog has a link back here. Please add your specific blog post link and remember to link back here in your blog so we can all be connected 🙂


Click on the little blue button to check out what everyone else has been working on and finishing up!! Can’t wait to see it all 🙂


Always Wear Sunscreen

At this point in my life, I would say that I’ve had a fair amount of experiences. I’m in my late twenties. I’ve been to college, I’ve taught middle school math, I’ve coached volleyball, I’m married, I am a cat mom…I’d like to think I’m an adult. I’d like to think I’ve learned some valuable lessons and obtained some valuable skills.

However, I have not mastered applying, wearing, reapplying sunscreen. I’d say that as I’ve aged and seen the effects of skin cancer on some of my family and friends I have made adjustments to my skin care routine. I wear sunscreen on my face everyday, whether I leave the house or not, whether I go into the sun or not, whether it’s cloudy or rainy or I’m driving or walking or buying groceries. When I go into the sun on beach days or lake days or pool days, I put on sunscreen, usually somewhere around SPF 50. I try to reapply every couple hours…

I played in a sand volleyball tournament on Saturday. You know I said I was playing a lot of volleyball…I could probably play 7 nights a week here! But I’m usually around 3, maybe 4…so I played in this tournament. I wore a tank top. I put on sunscreen before I went out. I even reapplied. Just one of those skills I don’t have. I’m not sure if I worked hard at it, I would even be successful.

For instance: When we were on the beach for my bachelorette party the week before my wedding, I made the same valiant attempts only to have a sun burn outlining the shape of my hand on one of my arms.

Just not one of those life skills I’ve mastered. Even with practice :/

But I can say I will keep practicing. Just like I practice my knitting. I’m no master knitter, but I can say I’ve improved! I’ve been working hard trying to finish up the Linier Top…


it’s got some ideas percolating in my brain about modifying the elongated stitches to create a top I get to keep 🙂 We shall see. I have to finish this one first! I’m hoping I won’t run out of yarn!


What about you? Any life skills you think you should have mastered and haven’t quite managed? Is there hope for my sunscreen journey??


Back to the WIPs

I feel like a broken record saying I’m sorry for being away and I’ve missed this space and catching up with everyone and seeing all the progress of everyone’s projects. I have been knitting and reading and cooking. But you know how when you’ve spent time away and the longer it goes on the harder it is to jump back in? That was a long rhetorical question…but it’s where I am.

I have been knitting. Like on this beautiful Linier Top out of the Firefly.


It’s so pretty and soft and drapey. I know it will be just beautiful.


There is also this darling Aviatrix hat I’m making out of leftover Liberty Wool Light from this baby blanket. I just need to pick up the stitches on the other ear flab and find a button and it will be done!


Mostly, I’ve been missing this outlet and this connection. I feel so out of touch with the knitting world! I don’t know what anyone is knitting this week and it’s a little sad 😦 I just don’t know if I’ll really be getting back into my normal routine, but I’d like to give it a good try. My bloglovin’ feed is so long and it feels overwhelming when I click on posts and realize I’ve got 350+ posts to catch up on and then I feel rushed and I don’t comment. Sounds like lots of self-inflicted trouble!

In the madness I also missed my blog anniversary! I’m so excited I’ve hit the one year mark. I feel like I’ve grown a bit as a knitter, definitely taking on bigger, more complicated projects but also just appreciating the easier projects. Not to mention the awesome community of people I’ve had the opportunity to get to know!!

Anyway, it feels good to be back 🙂


Missing in Action

WIP Wednesday

Hi!!! I’ve missed you guys and this space! It’s been a day or two.

I have been knitting, but mostly I’ve been trying to catch up on my blog roll…I subbed 4 of 5 days last week and that left very little time for all this. When things get hectic, I try to unplug a bit from being online and use my free time to actually knit!

The weather here has been awesome! Even Sis has found a cozy spot in the sun with the window open.


Speaking of knitting, I have been working on this:

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It’s a sample for McNeedles. It’s a version of the Taiyo Linier Top in some beautiful bright purple Firefly by Classic Elite Yarns.

Firefly is 75% viscose & 25% linen. It’s a little stiff in the ball, but as I’m knitting it up, it’s so soft and lustrous!

I’m also still reading Come Be My Light about Mother Teresa. Did I mention I’ve been trying to knit in my free time? Sadly, that means that reading has taken a backseat…I shouldn’t be doing that since these are on loan from the library.

Linking up with these lovely ladies:
Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along
Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm & Craft On
Tammy at Life & Yarn for Stitch Along Wednesday
Beth at iknead2knit for Whatcha’ Workin’ On

You should head over to some of those link ups if you are looking for inspiration or just have a moment or maybe a few hours to spend browsing!