So many WIPs - both knitting and also some sewing projects (ok those are planned with supplies bought but not yet started).
I was in Baltimore in the Spring of 2013 - (seriously thought it was this past Spring until I checked my stash notes on Ravelry) - and visited Woolworks - a lovely yarn shop. They had a striped wrap made of Shi Bui linen. I bought the yarn and started it and promptly let it go the wayside. Since I can now knit for me a bit I picked it back up and it is the perfect deck knitting project. Easy stockinette - easy striping pattern. I took it to my knit group on Weds and was able to socialize and knit - the best!
As I started really reading the pattern I realized I had bought a whole skein of yarn that would only be used for about 10 rows - such a waste. And then I realized that the striping pattern was not symmetrical. I knew that would drive me crazy so I am reworking the striping in my own pattern to use as much of all of the colors as possible as well as make the wrap/scarf symmetrical. I am flying along and about 1/3rd done. The colors are white, grey, apple green and orange. Love them! I have not knit with linen much but this yarn is a bit stiff. I've read it will soften with soaking and thwacking - yes that is the process I saw it called. It involved dampening the project and then hitting it against the table a few times to loosen and soften the fibers. We will see.
I have also bought some fabric lately for two simple quilt projects. One is called a dish quilt by Heather at The Beauty That Moves Me. It was part of an online class I took at her blog. It is used to dry dishes on your counter. Right now I have a mundane colored drying mat (I do not have a dishwasher). I also bought fabric in greys and yellows to make a small quilt for our bed - one to put along the bottom of the bed. I plan on doing a simple strip quilt. I'm not sure what posessed me to buy fabric at the busiest time at work. But I am determined to work on both within the next month. I love the fabric I bought for both projects.
One other WIP I have going is a small planning journal I have started. I am writing and sketching out designs and plans for my garden next year. We live in a tiny house with a small yard. And while I do have several gardens I don't have much room for a vegetable garden. I have a raised area along one side of my house where I plant tomatoes and peppers and herbs. This year I also have another tomato in a large crock just off my deck as well as a mini eggplant in a pot. I use lots of herbs in my landscaping - thyme makes for a great underplanting to help keep weeds down. But I am planning on incorporating more veggies into my perennial borders. I have been reading a blog by Amber at Life in Color Photography and she has posted wonderful pictures of veggies and fruit plants taht she has tucked in amongst flowers. I also read a blog called 66 Square Feet. She writes about gardening on a small terrace next to her apartment in NYC. I have gotten some really good ideas from both of these blogs that I am plotting and planning for my yard next year. I also plan on asking our neighbor - he has a State Farm agency next to us - if I could put in a raised garden behind his garage. He doesn't use that area and I would be willing to share produce with him. I figured I could get a 12 x 20 foot bed back there (yes I measured) and am plotting out plants and trellises. I may ask him about it this fall - then I could get the structure in place and bring in the soil.