Monday, August 24, 2015

Camp is OVER!!!!

Well, it is over for me!  I finished my scarf.....yahoo, yippee, doing the happy dance.

I finished it late last night.  I blocked it all night and I am wearing it to work today....it does not matter that it will probably be 99-100 degrees today.....my office is usually a little cold, so I will be fine wearing it!





In the way of knitting....that is pretty much the main thing I knit on.  However, I did finish that cute gramps cardigan.  I did not put pockets on it.  Darlene picked up the buttons for me (because she is awesome)....


And I started the little girl sweater...I just need to do the sleeves.


I also started my scarf swap project.....but I cannot show you that for a while....so sorry.  I also have another secret project I am going to be starting soon.  It is a Christmas present for someone who I suspect might read my blog, so I do not want to give anything away...and I probably will not mention it again till Christmas....or until I give it to its recipient.
Well, I got one of those sock skeins of yarn in...and I love it!  It is Trailing Clouds yarn in the Mind the Gap colorway....I stalked her update for this....I am not sure if I am going to make a monster cowl or socks with this....we will see.


Stitches Texas is coming up September 17th - 20th and I AM GOING....I am so excited!  This will be my first 'BIG' yarn event.  I have been to small/local fiber festivals, but nothing like this......anyway, there is a forum on ravelry about doing a stitch marker swap.  I was just going to buy stitch markers, but my friend Mickie invited me to her house and showed me how to make some.....here are my first 2 stitch markers.....I need to make 150, so I have quite a bit more to make.


Well, that is really all I have.....and remember, my knitting may be 'thin' for a while as I work on a couple of things I will not be able to show you.  Oh, and I got to see 3 of my grand kids this week.  I picked up Antonio from daycare on Thursday and we played with his new "Secret Sewer Lair Playset"...and then the girls came over Saturday to Sunday.....Celeste and Cataleya are getting so big!  We also played withe same playset and the girls got to cool off in my tiny pool outside......I leave you with pics of them....and have a great week!


Surprise....yes, that is yarn and projects in the background....LOL!


 They are the sweetest when they sleep!

Happy Happy Happy Knitting!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Socks, Socks, Socks......

Yesterday was my parent's 47th Anniversary, so I had to send them a shout out!  Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

I have been in a sock mood lately.....I got both my Sesame Street Socks to the leg, and both afterthought heels are done (using opposite end of yarn)...I am kinda hoping to finish these this week.



Then, I did my first turkish cast on for toe up socks....I am making these black and white socks....the inversibles by Fibernymph!  I really like the cast on!



Then, I have some more sock yarn coming....so that is why my title is socks, socks, socks....but I guess I will have to show you those when they get here!

I also worked on the baby sweater for my neighbors baby......I am almost done, just need to finish the collar and weave in ends.  I do not think I will be adding pockets to this one.



And yes.....I am still slogging through my camp loopy project #3.  I am almost done with my 7th repeat...I was planning on doing 10 repeats, but depending on how long it is, I may bind off after 9 repeats (which is what the original pattern calls for).



I have a few stash enhancements....I needed to replace the pumpkin yarn I am using for the sweater (it was slated to be a blanket I will probably never finish) and then I got some pinky/purple to make a girl baby sweater for another baby.....the two babies getting these sweaters will be cousins.





Then, The Miss Babs Knitting Tour 2015 got Surprise Yarn this year....there were 9 colors that were randomly mailed (From L to R: Incomparable, Singular, Unique, Matchless, Extraordinary, Distinctive, Special, Peerless, Exclusive), and I got the one that was the 2nd to the end....but I traded for the bright green (the first one) and then I ordered one called 'Singular', the 2nd on the left...these are in the Hot Shot Base and I cannot wait to make some socks with them!


I traded this:
For this: 
And I purchased this extra one:


I got 2 new bag sets from Bags By Awesome Grannie.....I could not help myself....the camp bag has little fires with roasting marshmallows inside and the motorcycle bag has map material on the inside....Darlene is a Genius!






Now.....here come two of my most exciting stash enhancements....First, the yarn my friend spun for me...Thank you Laurel!



Secondly are some needles.....new Dyakcraft Needles.  Dyakcraft announced their new Black Nickel Needles last week.....but I was lucky to got a pair of them a few weeks ago, and I have been test knitting them.  If you go the page where they sell these needles, you will see I am the 2nd review (1/2 way down the page).  Now, I sent this email to Tom not knowing that it would be a review...so you have to understand my personality with all those questions.....and of the course the commas should have been periods...but I was pretty excited when I sent him the message because I really do love the needles (and yes, I have a full set on order).  I have a picture comparing all the tips (Black Nickel, Silver Nickel, and Lavender)....and then my black needles in my new spun yarn.....





Lastly, I want to thank everyone for all the wonderful prayers for Baby....she had surgery and is doing just fine....she does not like her cone, but she is managing....when she lays with me in my chair and I know she cannot lick, I take the cone off for some cuddling and knitting time.





I leave you with some crafty pics (I want the T-shirt) and a great pet saying from a great friend...





Happy Happy Happy Knitting!


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Are we really still Camping?

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a fantastic week.  I had a good week of knitting.....I started several things....I am telling you, the startitis is really bad.

First.....are we really still Camping?  It seems that Camp Loopy has gone on forever this year.  I just started my project # 3 last weekend (I showed you progress) and I worked on it a little this week....but I am ready to be done with it.  I am not sure if it is because I am knitting with black or what!  I wear black to work every day....so I know I will use this scarf soooooo much!  Now, if I can just get myself to finish it!  I did start the 2nd skein.


I also started the Noelle Shawl...this is designed by my friend, Shannon Sanchez, and it is one of the current HiyaHiya KAL's.  I am using my hand dyed yarn.


My next two startitis items are ALL Darlene's fault......she started Esjan and I am IN LOVE...I started with some Malabrigo worsted in Rhodesian that I already had...but I ordered a little more Rhodesian, and some black and pearl to go on my Esjan....it grows quickly because of the size 11 needles....but there are over 300 stitches on that Esjan right now....one row takes a long time.


 

Then Darlene wanted to knit a cardigan for her great nephew....well, it just turns out my neighbor's two children are each having babies.  Marshall and his wife are having a baby boy, and Brooke is having a baby girl......so I started the baby boy cardigan last Friday (the pattern is called Gramps from Tincanknits)....it is going pretty quick.



I got a bunch of Knit Picks Brava Bulky from my great friends Carol and Barbara.....thank you both so much.  I am not going to kill you with all the stash pictures....but they are all here (a few were already mine, but most were gifted to me).,,,then I got the Malabrigo I was talking about earlier....5 in Rhodesian (yes, I know the pictures only shows 4...but I got 5), 4 in Black, and 3 in Pearl




I got a great visit from Antonio......he loves costumes.....WARNING, THE IMAGES YOU SEE MAY BE TOO SCARY FOR YOU!




Then, I had a little scare with one of my dogs.....Baby.  She is my Dachshund.  I love her to pieces...but she has had a growth growing from her stomach for a while.  It has never bothered her, but something happened to it and it started to bleed....a lot.  I woke up to spots of blood all over the carpet in my bedroom (sometimes she sleeps in the bed with me and sometimes she doesn't) and rushed her to the Animal Hospital...it is a tumor and she has another internal one (usually not malignant) but they need to be removed.....so Baby will undergo surgery on Tuesday.  She has a wrap on right now that she doesn't care for...but she has been getting lots of TLC and lazy knitting time....please pray for her.  They have to do an x-ray Tuesday right before the surgery....if there are any tumors in her lungs, they will not perform the surgery.....meaning, not good outcome!



Well, that is about all I have....but I leave you with a cute Sheep-a-poo picture (Sheep sheered to look like a Poodle).


Happy Happy Happy Knitting!