Monday, October 5, 2015

Happy October!

Can you believe it is already October?  I probably say that every month...but man, time does fly by sometimes!

I am going to start off with some Stash enhancements....look at these cute PJ bottoms....I love the little rectangular sheep!

I also bought some self striping yarn from Lilliput....Love these Halloween colors..the first one is called Trick or Treats and the second one is called Jack Russell - O'Lantern.

Then, my yarn from Desert Vista Dyeworks came in....the first is Zombody driving the school bus, and the second is Halloween Moon!  I really want to do "The Officially Unofficial Desert Vista Dyeworks Monthly Sock Club" next I need to have 12 skeins of this yarn...these 2 put me to 6 skeins...I have 3 more on order which gets me to will still need 3 more some time within the next year.  :)

Then....being that Darlened LOVES knitting with black yarn (yes, this is sarcastic), we decided to make an Esjan in all that yarn came in...but I am not sure when we are casting on.

Oh, and I won some yarn from Expression Fiber good friend, Shawa..who is KNIT4BEER on ravelry and social media, tagged me in this instagram giveaway and I won!  So, this red and blue yarn should be on its way to me.

I am also expecting my VIOLET Northern Lights needles to come in today.....I am super excited about these......isn't this color just so FABULOUS!?!?!

Okay, now on to the knitting.....I think I have mentioned that I am doing a pair of socks a month with my friends Melissa and Tami...well, a few other people in Darlene's Bags By Awesomegrannie group wanted to we made an official thread here.....This month we are doing Hermoine's Everyday Socks...but you are not required to do a specific pattern each month....just knit with us :)

I also worked a bunch on my Esjan...I know it does not look much bigger, but trust me...there are a ton of stitches on that needle.

Then I needed to work on the Socks on a Plane socks for Loopy Academy:

That is all for the knitting...When Jaime and I went to Hot Rod night I met a girl that asked me about my knitting and I showed her a picture of the sweater I knit for Paige last year....Yeah, she asked me how much I would charge to make one.....Here is my favorite tin that just about sums up knitting for me :)

Well, that is it....I know, not too much....hopefully more this week (I think I say that every week).....Happy Happy Happy Knitting!!

Monday, September 28, 2015


I bet you thought I meant babies.....but I mean FO's......that is right.  I have 4 FO's this week (of course, two of them I just started this week).

First, I am going to start with a couple of stash enhancements......I got my Camp Loopy yarn that I won.  It is Dream in Color Smooshy, and I am going to make Westside with it.  The colorway is called Hot Safari is the size of 1 1/2 regular skeins of this yarn.

Then, Darlene made me a Halloween sock set.  I LOVE this set (you all know how much I love orange!!!!).  I have my Halloween socks in it....I hope I get to work on those socks a little this week!  Thank you Darlene.....I LOVE THIS BAG SET!

Okay, now onto the knitting.....I started an "I <3 Dachshund" dishcloth and finished it.  This is for the Down Cellars Podcast Pigskin Party September Interception.  You get an extra 120 points if you make something associated with the number 12....well, this cloth has 4 seed stitch rows with 3 seed stitch side stitches....4x3=12 :)  I also used my Suburban Stitcher Bag since she is a headline sponsor for extra points.

Here it is finished!

Then, I started the #12 dishcloth...this cloth was designed for #12 David Stremme, but I made it for this DCS Podcast Interception.....

I also finished my Rainbow Ingot made with the handspun that Laurel Spun for is gorgeous!  I love it!

Lastly, I finished my "The Wall" socks.....I am using my new Dachshund Blockers......Yeah for finished socks!

Okay, that is all I have for FO's (Yes, I think 4 is enough....I cannot do that ever week...LOL)

I also worked on my Esjan.....a few of the girls I knit with at lunch are working on theirs and it made me crave wanting to work on, if the temps ever go down...this will be the perfect shawl to wrap up in....I wish you could feel this yarn.....It is awesome.....Malabrigo will forever be one of my favorites!

Oh, I have to tell you that Jaime and I went to see Bill Burr this past Friday!  Jaime really likes stand up comedy (I could take it or leave it).  When we were cruising Netflix a few months back, we saw a few Bill Burr events and watched them....Jaime really liked him, so when I saw that he was coming to town here in SA, I got us was a great show! 

Lastly, I saw this on  Facebook and it reminded me of....well, me!  Yes, Paige cannot stand it when I will give Antonio chocolate at any time of the day.....but that is what grandparents do.....right?

That is all I have....till next week....Happy Happy Knitting!

Monday, September 21, 2015


Hello everyone!  I had a FABULOUS time at Stitches only regrets.....not getting enough pictures!  I will take you on my little journey....but first....I have a couple of stash enhancements that are not Stitches related.

I got some Rub a dub to make Antonio a hooded towel.

And, some awesome yarn from The Cozy Knitter called Haunted.....this yarn feels soooooooo good.  I love the is bouncy and squishy!  I am just in love! for Stitches fun.....first, we were off!  Driving was part one!

When we got to the hotel, I saw some ducks taking a nap.....I thought they were too cute not to share!

Then it was time to catch the bus!  Yes, we were excited!

Look at that line.....thankfully, Melissa had the 3rd spot in line for us to get into the sneak preview Market on Thursday night......Thanks Melissa!

Of course I had to go see my Ruby!  She was showing me some 'Big Easy' Bags......she also had to leave early because she was not feeling well....I hope you feel better Ruby!

There were Jumbo Yarn Bowls......

And here is day one haul.....pretty much all at Must Stash Yarns....Stacie custom dyed me a Penny color that I absolutely love (far right).....the left haul is Darlene's stuff, the right is mine.

We had dinner at a great Pizza place that had gluten free crust....I had a Gyro....but clearly Melissa enjoyed as we take our signature licking picture with her (Yes, we always have to get a picture of Melissa licking her plate!)!

The official PJ party was Friday night, but we did our own PJ party Thursday night in the lobby of the hotel!

Friday Morning, I had my Switching to Continental Knitting of the supplies was a roller type pen with specific instructions not to bring a regular ball point pen....I wondered what for.....well, it was to color on me to help learn to knit continental!

The class was FANTASTIC....Leslye Solomon is a great teacher....she also has a video that I happened to already own.  It is called "The Absolute Best Way to Learn How to Knit"...I pulled it out last night and I will be watching it for reference soon.  My only problem with immediately switching to Continental I have about eleventy billion things on the needles already....and I think going to continental is going to change my gauge a on the side, I am going to work on a couple of weigh it shawls....and just practice knitting....getting the great feel of the yarn in my left hand....and then watch the video for reference to purls when I am ready.....wish me luck!  I will let you know how it goes in further blog posts!  Anyway, here is my swatch from class!

Okay, back to Stitches....I got some of the cutest sock blockers with Dachshunds on them.....LOVE!

Here are some of the stitch markers I collected on the swap (this is not all of them).

I got a Front Range Bag.....just because it matches my Graces Cases needle holder....I am in love with the Lewe's balloon fabric collection!

Then, it was PJ Party, what happens at the PJ party, stays at the PJ party.....but I can share one small pics of my gals....from Left to Right.....Mickie, Melissa, Tami, and Kim.

Here is EVERYONE's Haul (so far) as of end of day Saturday.....

Then it was off to Tallywackers!

Our view when our waiter helped the booth next to us!

Yes, our waiter is the guy on the poster for Rainbow Pride!

Another view that Mickie got with her phone.....

Then we made our waiter pose with all of us!

On Sunday, we hung out for the grand prize drawings.....and of course had to get another one of Melissa's licking pictures....that I just had to get my crazy face into!

Then it was time to go sad.....but when I got home, I had some fancy sheep PJ's waiting for me.....they are WAY TOO BIG....but instead of sending them back, I think I will see if I can get them (just the pants) to be a bit smaller.

Some final pictures....Here is Darlene's Haul!

And my final haul....see all the stitch markers on the sock blockers...the stitch marker swap was fun!

Well, that pretty much wraps up Stitches for my knitting this was super minimal!  All I really worked on was my 'The Wall' socks.....

And I started socks with the new Cozy Knitter Yarn......Now, Melissa and I plan do to a pair of socks every month starting in October.....I think I am going to have to beg her to let me use these as my October socks since I barely have the toes started....heck, I do not even mind frogging them and maybe restarting them continental knitting.....

Yup.....that is it!  That is all I knitted on....pretty sad....but I had a GREAT time at Stitches and I am looking forward to DFW Fiber Fest in April next year!

Since I have picture overload above (approx 40 pics), I will not overload you with more at the end of the post like I normally do......

Happy Happy Knitting!