Monday, February 1, 2016

Swatches, Swatches, Swatches!

Good Morning!  Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  I had a nice weekend.  I did a little car shopping....I really want the new Ford Explorer in the Bronze Fire color:


However, the dealerships (I only went to two) either did not have the car in that color or did not have it in the price range I wanted....so maybe some day in the future (fingers crossed).

So....what have I been up to?  SWATCHES!

A friend that I knit with at lunch recently took a class on how to weave in ends with a nice neat look/finish.  She said she would show us how to do it, but we had to make some swatches.  There are 3 swatches....Garter, Seed, and Stockinette.....I made swatches for both me and Darlene.


I finished the mitts for my cousin in Germany....and I found out that my sister is going to London this month and can take them with her....she usually meets up with the family there when on 'that side of the world' and will probably hop on over to Europe.


I did knit a lot on my Karee Shawl Shawl....and I love how it is turning out so far (I am not loving all the ends to weave in).


And I FINALLY got to start on my Citadel Cardigan.  The #primrosecitadelkal officially kicked off yesterday and I knit on this puppy almost all day!  This cardigan is going to take me forever to finish...there is a lot going on and I had to make a chart to help keep track of everything....but I know I will love this cardigan when it is done!  I changed the pattern a little in that I did a provisional cast on instead of a regular cast on and coming back to pick up stitches.....the waste yarn was starting to drive me crazy so I put in cords from my orange dyakcraft needles.










 I am not even to the armhole shaping yet....so yeah....this will take me a LONG TIME!

Today starts February so I am hoping to knit on my Desert Vista Dyeworks socks tonight that I also post in the Bags By Awesomegrannie Sock a Month KAL!  I will be doing Zombody's Driving the School Bus!


That is all I have.....Have a fantastic week!





Happy Happy Happy Knitting!

Monday, January 25, 2016

I LOVE FOOTBALL!

Well, I just had to let you all know how much I have missed watching Football.  On the weekend of the 9th, I helped Paige move and did not see any football....then, on the weekend of the 16th, we were in CA and I again did not see any football.  So yesterday, nothing was staying between me and my football......well, almost nothing!

I watched the Patriots loose to the Broncos.....Yeah, that is the exact outcome I wanted!

Then I started to watch the Panthers spank the Cardinals.....but Antonio and Paige came over, so I helped Paige with a little bit of homework and played with Antonio.....I was hoping that my 'not watching' would help the score turn around, but I was wrong.  I really wanted Arizona to win (I love Larry Fitzgerald) but oh well.....now it is time to root for Broncos to take it all the way and win the Superbowl!

With all the football watching....I did get lots of knitting done (Yeah me!)!!!

I got both the mitts for my cousin past the thumb gusset....now just for a little more than an inch on each of these and some fingers and Viola!


I also worked on My Karee Shawl....I am loving the way this is turning out!


Then it was time to pull out something OLD!   I started this weight it shawl back in March of last year....well, I was not that far along at all (see old blog post here)......Well, Darlene bought another skein of this yarn so we could split the skein and make the weight it shawl larger.....so I pulled it out so I could A) use some needles that I cannot tell you about yet, and B) start alternating skeins.  I frogged the tiny beginning and restarted it with alternating skeins...the skeins look pretty drastically different, but  I think they look okay alternated...what do you think?



Maybe it does not seem like I did a lot of knitting...but it sure feels like I did a lot!

I got a new bag from Awesome Grannie....it is Sugar Skulls and I love it!




I also got yarn for my Citadel Cardigan.  I am going to use my new Sugar Skulls bag for this KAL that starts January 31st.  Now, I really want to win that sweater's worth of yarn....but I do not think I will be able to finish my cardigan first....unless I call in sick for a month and do not sleep...LOL!  Darlene is doing this KAL also and she did a couple of swatches and blocked them and everything.....so I decided to do the same.  I swatched in a US 8 unblocked and got exact gauge, then swatched in a US 6 and aggressively blocked and I did not like the drape...so I am going with a US 7 (and no swatch in a US 7....I am a rebel):




Lastly, I wound my yarn for my February Socks...Zombody is driving the school bus!



That is pretty much all I have......but I do want to tell you about my getting to see a yarn store in Canada.  I friend on Ravelry, Paulette aka mamiepooh, called me via facetime when she went to the Biscotte & Cie Yarn store in Quebec.....I got to meet the owner, Louise, and see the fabulous store.  Louise has asked me to help moderate her Ravelry group and of course I accepted (she is super busy with the shop).  It was wonderful to see the snow in Quebec and the lovely yarn store and meet Louise and Ginette aka Olithia on ravelry.  Thanks Paulette!!!  I should have gotten some pictures during facetime, but I was afraid I would mess up and hang up on them.....so I will share some pictures of some wonderful patterns Louise has with her dyed yarn:






Well, that is all I have......have a fantastic week everyone!





Happy Happy Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Makeup is a BIG DEAL!

I am back from California....I went with my daughter to LA and Pasadena to IMATS.  It is International Makeup Artists Trade Show....let me tell you what....Makeup is a BIG DEAL!  The lines where LONG....here is just one line (time lapsed):


After we got in, there were just more and more lines.....but we had a fantastic time!  She even snap chatted how good I was doing!




Paige got some stuff that was regularly sold out...and some exclusive stuff....she even saw Jaclyn Hill (who is a very big deal).  There was even a kiosk/vending machine for makeup at the airport (yes, we got some).



The apple really does not fall far from the tree here....these are her makeup purchases just for Saturday (look familiar to a bunch of yarn laying out on a bed?)....while she did not buy a whole lot on Sunday, we did still go again on Sunday before flying home.



Here are the bands for both days:



I did go to one yarn store called The Altered Stitch (I think they host Stephen and Steven soon)...it was a lovely shop, but a little ironic for me.  I wanted to get some local to CA yarn and they not only had Madelinetosh (from Dallas) but they also had Texas Dyed Wools yarn (from Austin)....ha, ha!  I did not buy anything (see how good I am), but it was nice to go.


Now you are probably wondering if I got to knit at all (I mean, this is a knitting blog)....well, I did....while I was in line!  I did not knit much on the planes, but that is because my ears were bothering me (they still are).

I worked on the fingerless mitts for my cousin.....remember I barely had them started at the beginning of the year...I saved them for this trip:





I have the second mitt to the second red stripe....so they are coming along.  I also finished my January Socks!  These are Desert Vista Dyeworks in the Flintstones Colorway!


Lastly, I worked on my Karee Shawl:


Now, I have a couple of stash enhancements....but I won one of them!

I won a skein from Brazen Stitchery in the Northman colorway!  I love it!  Thanks Stacey!


and I bought a bag for a cross stitch project....along with Q Snap Covers!  I love the sheep!!


Oh, I also have to tell you that I had to take Antonio to the dr this past week for his vaccinations....he was such a great trooper, we got a 529 pc lego set.....he loved putting it together and playing with it!





Well, that is all I have...but I leave you with a sight seeing picture (Pinches Tacos...LOL) and pictures of the sunset at the Santa Monica Pier.






Happy Happy Happy Knitting!