Monday, April 20, 2015

Happy Fiesta!

Hello Everyone!  How was your week?  Mine was great!  Here in San Antonio, TX we are in the middle of Fiesta.....it is a festive time with lots of parades and celebrations all around.  You can read about it here.  It is rare that I ever go to a fiesta event....but it is fun to see and hear about all the events on the news here.

So, on to the knitting.....I have a few stash enhancements......Jennifer from BugBear Woolens offered out a discount code to the HiyaHiya ravelry group (here)....so I had to snag this gorgeous orange!




Then, there is a new lady in my knitting group at work....she has really taken off in knitting, buying many supplies and stash.....and she wanted to Thank me and Darlene for all the help we have given her with her knitting.....she got me this Fiber Nymph Yarn and I am completely in LOVE with this color....this has to be one of the most perfect Burnt Orange Colors ever!  Thank you so much Marla!!!!




I also ordered some sock needle holders.  They are usually called DPN holders, but I use them for magic loop.....


That is it for Stash Enhancements.....but I think I got lots of knitting done this past week.  I have kept up with my Miss Babs Destination one to Sri Lanka, the pattern is called Ves.....


My friend got the scarf for her son....and he LOVED it....she posted that he was sleeping in it that night.........that just makes my heart soar!  Here he is:




I also worked on my secret project....I think as long as I do not tell you what it is (yet), I can show you....my gradient yarn started to change colors....so exciting!


I also started and finished a dishcloth.....this is for my Lonestar State Knitters Group....we are doing what it called Texas Highway Dishrag Tag!  So, someone (or more than one) starts a box...in the box is a hand knitted dishrag and 2 skeins of kitchen cotton yarn, along with some trinkets (tea, chocolate, knitting notions, etc)....they send it to person number 2.....person number 2 takes out all the contents.  They pick one skein of the kitchen cotton to knit a dishrag with, and one skein to keep for themselves.....then they put in the box the hand knitted dishrag (knitted out of one of the skeins that was sent to them in their box) and two new skeins of kitchen cotton and some trinkets to the next person....and so on and so on...and then the last person sends a box to the first person......I think this will be super fun.  I knitted my dishcloth and sent my box to the next recipient.....so I will be able to post pics next week of what I sent her!

Lastly, I finished one (just one) of my rainbow socks.....so I have a HO!



That is all I have for this week......I am going out of town next weekend so I am not sure how much knitting I will get done.....but I hope it is a lot!

I leave you with:





Happy Happy Happy Knitting!!!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Knitting on FIVE things! Yippee

Wow....what a week.  How has your week been?  Mine was good.  I have been binge watching "Orange is the New Black" on Netflix and I really like it!

Well, let me jump right into it.......with stash enhancements.  Do you remember when Darlene went on vacation last year (and I almost died without her)?  Well, if you remember that, do you also remember the awesome yarn she bought me that I talked about here?  Well, we were going to make an Ink Cardigan, but now we are making Boxy with it....we each ordered a little bit more yarn in our colors so we have enough with Boxy.  Well......this yarn is so awesome, I got some more!  Beaverslide Dry Goods has more colors now than they did a year ago in this 1 ply sport weight yarn.  I got some Barley Heather (yellowish) and Thimbleberry (pinkish) and I LOVE THEM!  The yellow is really hard for me to photograph, so the 2nd picture is from their website.





I also got another bag from Darlene.....a long time ago I bought some sheep fabric.....then, she got me a needle case for my birthday out of the same fabric....then, I bought some sock needle cases out of the same fabric......so, she made me a medium bag with that material.....I love it!  Thank you Darlene!


Well, that is all I have for stash enhancements.....I've had lots of stash enhancements the last few weeks, and I really need to curb my spending!

I knitted on a bunch of things this past week!  I started a new shrug.....my friend from HiyaHiya asked me if I would hostesses another Shrug KAL on FB for her.....and of course I said yes.  I still have not finished the last shrug, but I have not frogged it either....I am really loving this one....probably because I am using awesome yarn for it instead of just acrylic....I am using the Thimbleberry from Beaverslide that I just got....I am really, really, really enjoying knitting this shrug...the yarn feels great to knit with.  I do hope you can join us here for a chance to win some awesome prizes.  Here is my progress so far





Then, I worked on my secret project (yes, that is a lifeline).....shhhhhhhhh


I also worked on my Miss Babs Ves Project




And....Yup, there is more.....I worked on 2 pairs of socks.  My Loopy Academy socks:


And another sock KAL for the HiyaHiya group.....these are colorwork....and I think I have decided that I do not dig colorwork that much......I just knit too tight....these will never fit me...and I am NOT starting over.....also, the pattern called for a STH (Sweet Tomato Heel)....but that required far too much concentration and I was just not feeling it.....so afterthought it is.  I know on the leg it is hard to see the colorwork because there is not much contrast in the yarns....but I am getting to the orange where there will be much more contrast on the foot.....and then I think there will be a lot of contrast on the 2nd sock too.  If you want to join us...the KAL is here.



So.....that is 5 things I worked on this week!  I hope I get to work on all of them again this week!  I have another pair of socks I want to get started for another HiyaHiya KAL...but I think I need to finish a pair of socks first....LOL!

Well, that is all I have.....Have a great week!  I leave you with some awesome Longhorn pictures a friend of mine took....her name is Vicki Meldrum and I just love these pictures!  These just make me thing of SPRING!!!!!!!!!!! She gave me permission to post them.....and she said she thought of me the whole time she was shooting the pictures!  SQEEEEEEEE that makes me feel great!














Happy Happy Knitting!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Easter!

Hi!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!  Mine was very relaxing!



Okay, I know this is a knitting blog, but I have to share with you what I did last week....my first attempt at a homemade apple pie.....okay, maybe not 100% homemade because I bought the pillsbury pie crust....but I cut, peeled, cored, and sliced all the apples and added ingredients.....I was pretty worried because I have not made one before....but Darlene gave me some tips (I keep telling you guys how awesome she is....she does it all!).

She warned me to put foil at the bottom of my oven!


Here is the pie with the top crust on:


Now to add the slits and baste with some butter:

Its cooking


and done!


I do not think I let it cool enough.....when I cut into it....it was still a little 'watery'/'runny', but after it cooled completely, it was not watery at all!


It was pretty good....Jaime really liked it (and all the girls that knit with me at lunch), so I will make it again!

Okay....on to the knitting....I am going to start with some stash enhancements......Darlene had a shop update and I just could not help myself....I had to snag one....or five!









Yes, I love ALL her bags!  I also got a little CoBaSi yarn.....I wanted some yarn to make socks that kinda match my new HUGE purse (it does not match 100%, but works for me)....and I needed to get some green to make socks for Paige.



 Oh.....and I ordered some more DyakCraft needles....I have a full set in purple coming (I ordered that a while back) and I just recently ordered two sets in the nickle....one in 5" and one in 3.5".....so, that means I needed a couple more needle cases for some of my needles...the Big Graces Cases that Darlene got me for my Birthday is going to hold ALL my dyakcraft....but I wanted something for some of my ChiaoGoo and Hiya Hiya....so I ordered a couple more of the small and medium needle holders from Graces Cases (pictures of needles are from www.dyakcraft.com):





I also got some yarn.......I placed an order at www.eatsleepknit.com/ because I wanted to get some of that new madelinetosh twist light.......so I got a few colors....




This is Madelinetosh in Dandelion base:


And to keep from paying shipping......I ordered some of the new Handmaid lotion and an orange tape measure.


And last stash enhancement.....are some of the cutest elephant stitch markers ever.  I got one of these for the Sri Lanka Destination with the Miss Babs Knitting tour....and people liked them so much, they made sets of them.....


Okay.....now....On to the KNITTING!

Remember last week I told you about my friend who asked me to knit her son a Dr. Who Scarf?  I was only 37.95 % done on it....well, I knit like a wild banshee and I did it!  I had to order one more skein of yarn (I ordered Tuesday or Wednesday...and it made it to me Saturday)....and I finished it.  I am about 22 days shy of taking a whole year to knit this......I started last year on April 27th and finished yesterday, April 5th.

Here it is while I am waiting on the mailman to deliver the last skein of charcoal (I only needed 3 more grams):

Here it is blocking:


These area all the ends I had to weave in.....


And here it is finished!  Yahoo!


I am mailing it to her today....along with her left over yarn:


I hope her son really likes it!  While I was waiting on that last bit of Charcoal.....I started a pot holder/trivet thingy....this will be felted for Loopy Academy:



And the only other thing I knitted on is that secret shawl....it is a test knit for a friend, so I cannot share it yet.....sorry!

Well, I did not get to see any of my grand kids yesterday....but my DIL sent me some pics of Alexxis (that is Little Mario in the background with the Texas Hat....I know, he is not so little!), and she also sent me a picture of baby Mario....they are getting so big!

I also got some pictures of Celeste and Cataleya with their cousins..... (Celeste and Cataleya are to the left)

I did not get any pics of Antonio because he was with his Father's family the whole weekend...but I have a picture or two I can still share......

Of course, all of the kiddos got Easter baskets from me!









Happy Happy Happy Knitting!