Friday Finish

I am so happy to say that I am officially finished with my Azalea Tee. It turned out perfect and fits exactly as I hoped it would. There is a little bit of pooling across the top front portion of the sweater, but it doesn’t really bother me too much.

Here’s the particulars…

Pattern Azalea Tee by Elizabeth Smith

Yarn Manos Del Uruguay Feliz ( 70% Wool / 30% Rayon)

Yardage Used I used 3 1/2 skeins and the pattern called for 5 skeins for the size I made

Modifications I only made two modifications, I chose to make a k2,p2 rib for the bottom band and for the sleeve band in place of the garter bands. I felt the color of the yarn would hide the eyelet design in the bottom band too much and also I do not care for garter stitch bands.


I want to start another sweater but not quite sure yet what pattern I want to make. I have yarn in my stash that I can use for sweaters, so that is a plus, just need to decide and cast something on.

Did you have any fishes this week?

Making Progress…

I casted on my Azalea Tee April 6th and it’s taken me a month to say that I have finished everything but the sleeves, which I should have finished this week. I finished joining the front and back this morning, using a three needle bind off as called for in the pattern, and tried it on … it fits!!!

I really like how it fits and once the sleeves are finished and the sweater is blocked, it will be perfect to wear for this summer. Hopefully I will have it completely finished by the end of this week. Meantime this will remain my only WIP until I know for sure what I ”really” want to cast on next.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday WIPs

Knitting bag by Olivia of This Handmade Life

I have only one knitting project on my needles at the moment, which is rather unusual for me but I’m focused on my Azalea Tee . I have made great progress and have about 2” inches to go before I separate for the top portion and sleeves. I absolutely love the colors of this yarn and think it’s awesome that it rather matches my knitting bag.

The only other thing I have going is a spinning WIP. I’m spinning a super soft bouncy Targhee hand dyed by Hello Yarn. For this spin I am spinning on my 1988 single treadle Schacht Matchless that I bought in 2020 online from Goodwill. I love this fiber, it’s a dream to spin and my wheel choice is perfect!

What have you been working on ?

A New Book and A New Cast On

Yesterday I casted on Azalea, a tee designed by Elizabeth Smith, using my stash of Mano Del Uruguay Feliz in the color Grizzly. I was quite happy to find a pattern designed in the yarn that I’ve had in my stash for at least 2 years, if not longer. The colors are very southwestern to me and I absolutely love the mix. I have decided to modify the bottom band and make a k3,p3 ribbed band in place of the garter stitch band with the eyelet. I personally do not like garter stitch bands and I felt the eyelet design would get lost in the variegated yarn.

This most likely will be my project for quite a while as it’s Feliz is a sport weight and I’m not a fast knitter when it comes to this weight of yarn. I’m excited though to me knitting a light weight tee that I’m hopeful will be great for warmer weather.

On My Bookshelf

I have started reading I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon. This book has only received four stars on both Amazon and Goodreads, so it will be interesting to see how I feel about this book when I’m done.

There has been a lot of mystery surrounding Anastasia Romanov, and the Romanov family as a whole as their remains were not found until 1979, 60 years after they were executed. This book is based on Anna Anderson, who many critics felt was a Pole known as Franziska Schanzkowska. In 1968, Anna Anderson married an American history professor and lived her final years in Virginia. She died in 1984, still claiming that she was Anastasia Romanov.

From Goodreads …

Germany, February 17, 1920: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water or even acknowledge her rescuers, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious young woman claims to be the Russian grand duchess. 
As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre at Ekaterinburg, old enemies and new threats are awakened. The question of who Anna Anderson is and what actually happened to Anastasia Romanov spans fifty years and touches three continents. This thrilling saga is every bit as moving and momentous as it is harrowing and twisted.

What are you currently reading or working on this week ?