Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Time Flies

I promised myself I would be better at my blogging but time just gets away from me and it's not all work. Seems like I am really having trouble just remembering what day it is and what I'm doing. Called Gena and forgot why I called her I guess I'll have to keep paper and pen at hand all the time. At least my knitting is coming along slowly but surely. I've only gotten 1 project off the needles for the month of October. So here it is:

I had fun knitting this kerchief. It was a mystery knit from a Raverly Group called Criminal Minds. It dealt with a lot of counting and I could not count on this shawl. I must have frogged it or ripped it back I don't know how many times I just could not count. I signed up for her next mystery shawl starting on Nov. 10th.

It has taken me for every to finish this post, so that's it for now, I'll be back later. So keep those sticks aclickn'. Happily knitting, Bye.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Yarns on Stage

Did anyone get to see the Yarns on Stage yarns there really was some great colors. There was ten different dyers and each on had it's own pattern that went along with the yarn. I bought this yarn and pattern the yarn is by Prism it is their Saki 80% merino 20% nylon, color: Savoy, yardage is 430. I can't wait to do this shawlette it should be fun.

I also got Cherry Tree Hill
100% low micron superwash merino with a high twist fingering weight. The colorway is Sweet Pea, I'm knitting this using Cookie A.'s pattern Pomatomus you can find this pattern at This is one of Cookie's patterns that I have wanted to do but it's through the back loop which is not one of my favorite stitches, o.k. I know that it gives great stitch definition but I don't have to like it. But doing this pattern I have come to enjoy it. So who know what will come of this ktbl.

I bought 1 more yarn on the launch date 10/16 and that was Alpaca with a Twist, Socrates in Fruit Smoothie. The yarn blend is 30% baby alpaca, 30% merino wool, 20% bamboo and 20% nylon. This yarn has a definite smell of vinegar, I love this smell in yarn my nose was almost glue to this yarn all day so I had to buy it. I'm going to buy the pattern that came out for the Dream in Color yarn and use it for this pattern.
There is several more of the yarns I'm interested in Pico Accuardi Dyeworks it's a blue and off white colorway, 100% merino.

I had a fun day at Wear on Earth, in Lynden. This is where the show took place and I helped out. I got to be in Yarny Heaven all day. What a way to die. Well till later. I've got more to catch you up on but I've got to run. So keep those sticks aclickn'
Happily knitting Bye.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sock Kits

September was the month for sock kits. I received 5 kits so here are a few quick pictures of them.
Kit 1: From Woolgirl Sock Club, Butterfly Kisses. The yarn is from one of my all time favorite dyers Zen Yarn Garden in her Serenity 20 a merino cashmere blend can you say sooo soft. 2 patterns Flutterby socks by Debbie O'Neill and Butterfly Tattoo Scarf by Renee Strouts. Note cards by Carol Wilson. A butterfly tin, 2 butterfly stitch markers, a post-it note holder and a butterfly cutout which was seeded. A great kit.

Kit 2: From Woolgirl in fact they are all from Woolgirl. This was from her Charlie Brown series, "There's a Doctor in the House" featuring Lucy. She is one of my favorite Peanut's Characters it's here crabby cynical nature that reminds me on me. The way she pulls out the football on Charlie Brown. Her fear of being licked by Snoopy. But most of all she is a strong person, giving her time to give out advice for 5 cents. Now tell me who does that anymore. So here is what we got: Yarn from Wool Candy. The pattern by Claudia Eisenkolb, a Lucy knitting bag, 2 stitch markers. An itty bitty tin ,snoopy post-it, a Lucy journal, a key chain and bubble gum. Over all I love this kit, one day I will knit up the yarn.
Kit 3: Is from the Alice in Wonderland Series: Caterpillar, The yarn is by Miss Babs, need I say more I love her yarn and the colors she comes up with. 2 patterns Who are You? sock pattern by Cindy Abernethy and A Very good Cowl Indeed by Liz Alinante, she designed the Traveling Women Shawl. A cute clutch to store you needles, a glass key chain, a felted mushroom, stitch marker from Wee Ones, a solid wood tiny box, just to store little treasures. Some yummy stash teas and a licorice pipe. To see more picture go to my flicker page.

Kit 4: Now this is a fun kit "Black Cat". What kind of memories does a Black Cat bring to mind. The yarn is by Pico Accuardi in Negro con Rojo, pattern "Spook" by Christina Wilkins. A project bag with a black cat, tissues with a black cat and a cloth tissue holder in a Halloween theme. A black cat tile that cam be worn as a necklace, a black cat stitch marker, black cat post-it notepad and a cat candy yummy.

Kit 5: She Rides Again. I sure you can guess what this kit is, right The Wicked Witch. This kit was an other great one. The yarn is from Curious Creek Fibers, Elphaba's Revenge, I love the green and black mix of this yarn. Revenge of Elphaba sock pattern by Sarah Wilson, this is a cool pattern with a cable running around the ankle. A triangle walk and knit bag, mini note book, a mini slider tin, a Wee Ones stitch marker, a l"Life's a Witch and so am I" post-it pad, a wicked witch pendent, a broom ornament and a magnet. I almost forgot candy.

Kit 6: The Lollipop Guild. A fun kit with lots of color. The yarn by Sunshine yarns in Lollipop Guild. The pattern is designed by Liz Abinante Lollipop. A cute bag depicting the Lollipop Guild and Dorthy, lip glossy in a lollipop, a tile of the guild, and once again the cutest stitch marker by Wee Ones in the shape of a lollipop. This kit reminds me of a lollipop that we can in the kit.

Kit 7: This is the last one for Sept. Divinely Inspired by Cupcakes. The yarn is by Dashing Dach in a "Cupcake: Divinely Inspired" 500 + yds. 2 patterns, knee socks designed by Jane Robbins and Hello Cupcake Cowl by Christina Wilkins. A cupcake knitting bag and a key fob. A cupcake pin cushion, a Cupcake pushpin, a stitch marker from Sunneshine stitch markers, a cupcake lip balm, cupcake postcards, and a cupcake recipe, which I want to try.
All these kits are wonderful and if you ever get a chance to get one do. Woolgirl Jennifer Jett puts so much thought and care into each and everyone. If you ever want to see more of Wee One's Stitch markers please do. She makes each miniature out of polymer clay. Every item in her shop is completely unique, and hand sculpted.
O.K. I've rambled on enough got to run.
Happily knitting, Bye.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

WOW It's October

I can't believe that it is October seems like September just started and now I've lost a month. I don't know where time has flown. I guess sometimes we all can just get to wrapped up in life and lose track of time. The weather change has happened, we have rain, crisp air, just the over all feeling of fall now. This is one of my favorite times of the colors of the trees, the harvesting of fruits and vegetables, Halloween, school starts and how the days start to get shorter. More knitting time in the evening, since that's when I seem to get time to knit any more.

All is well at the restaurant. Tony would like it much busier but we can pay the bills so I guess that's O.K. for now considering the economy. Thing are picking up just slowly there has to be a turnaround one of these days. I'm trying to get time off more I get tired of work, work and work. I want more me time. Can't always have what you want.

My knitting is coming along slowly I seem to have to many projects going and cant get any of them done.Project #1: A pair of socks for Abby. The pattern is "Afternoon Delight" by Sylvia Harding. Abby choose blue yarn from Zen Yarn Garden,"Sky Blue" I am putting ice blue bead in them. I've got one sock done and am working on the second one. This is my travel project don't ask me why it's a hassle with the beads but it's smaller then the shawls.

Project #2: Another Sylvia Harding pattern "Heart to Heart". This was the very first lace pattern I tried to do and I just didn't understand what I was doing the pattern didn't make any sense. Now after making several shawl this pattern is so easy. I bought it as a kit the yarn is Mama Llama 100% cashmere and so soft. The color is Teal with silver beads. This project is going fast.
Project #3: Is a Mystery KAL that goes along with the TV show Criminal Minds. The lady that is writing this pattern is making a mini episode of the show that goes along with the pattern. We get a different clue each week and I try to get that part of the clue done before the nest clue comes out. I have found that I really need to follow the directions and when is says to count I need to count. I have frogged or tinked back so many times it is not funny so now I try to count. When this is done I will post a picture. the pattern is not really showing in the yarn until it is stretched out.
Project #4: Is a wrap that I am making for Abby for her wedding I have plenty of time to get this one done. The wedding is in November 2011. Gena and I are going to be making them for her Bridesmaids also so the work is cut out for us. I would show you the pattern but I don't trust Abby not to see it and this one will be a surprise to her. When I seen this pattern I knew that, this was the one that I wanted to knit for her. Her colors are Emerald Green and silver, the yarn is merino and silk lace weight and I'm adding silver beads to it. For the bridesmaids I think we are going to do them in silver simple patterns and no beads.
Well that's it for now. I've got some kit so show which I'll try to get to later this week. There is more to catch you all up on but I've got things to get done before work. So keep those sticks aclickn'.
Happily knitting, Bye.