Monday, January 23, 2017

Ruby Red Rapture!

Hi everyone.....I bought a new car!  I LOVE IT!

We all know how much I love Orange.....and I wanted to buy the "Canyon Ridge" colorway.....and this one was my loaner:


But it was a 2017 model and did not have all the incentives that a 2016 model has right now.....so at first I bought an "Ingot Silver" Ford Explorer.....but apparently that one got "sold out from under them".....and then they found a Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat and asked what I thought about Red....I kinda mumbled that it was not my first pick, but not a deal breaker.

I never knew a Red color could make me so happy!  I LOVE this color...plus it has a lot more bells and whistles than the Canyon Ridge one did.....I cannot remember the last time I was this excited over a car.....LOL!  Here she is!





I love her so much!  The comfort in this car is also outstanding....just ask Antonio:



I love everything about it!  It also has seat warmers...which are hardly needed here in South Texas, but sure do make my tushy feel good on chilly mornings like today!

A few of my knitting sisters even said I should knit something to match it.....I had a couple of recommendations, but this one was my favorite....Cascade 220 in Ruby Red Color....I kinda want to buy 10 skeins of this and make a sweater....but I am on a yarn diet!!!!  Maybe I will be allowed to splurge for my birthday or give a hint to Paige for my Birthday Present....LOL!


Okay......as for knitting.....I really only worked on two things this week.

1.  Paige's sweater.....Here are her two sleeves...one is more than 1/2 way done and one is barely started:


2.  My Fade...4th color added:



I actually found a boo-boo on my spreadsheet for this...I left out 10 crucial rows...so I need to redo my spreadsheet and see how far behind I am.....

I bot some new leggings this past week....I really wanted them for the retreat coming up, but I could not wait that long and wore them yesterday while knitting at Jaimes.....they have little knitted stitches on them"



I am not sure if you guys saw my little post late last week with a free pattern for a mug sock....but I knitted this little sock for a mug for Darlene for her birthday....she loved it! (okay, so this is the 3rd thing I worked on this past week):



That is about all the knitting I have.....but I did do a ton of cleaning in my living room.....I have purchased some new recliners that will be delivered this week and I needed to get my living room ready for the delivery....I was going to throw out my old beat up couch, but Paige wants me to keep it till she buys a house (some time this year)....anyway, I lifted the couch and my current recliner and cleaned out a ka-jillion spiderwebs (it was pretty nasty) and scrubbed the floors and have it all ready....I have two yellow circles where the new recliners will go....it will be a bit crowded for a while, but homely!


Well, I think that is all I have......This past week has had some exceptional sunrises....so I snapped a few pics to share:




Have a great week everyone!



Happy Happy Happy Knitting!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Photo Mug turned Knitted Sock Mug

So, I was watching Amber on the Yarn Hoarder Podcast a few weeks ago....and her friend, Megan Williams aka justrunknit (who is one of the podcasters on the Stockinette Zombies Podcast) knit Amber a sock mug/cup to match the socks Megan gifted to Amber....did you follow all that?

Well, I just had to steal the idea....but they deserve all the credit!!  Not me.

As you all may or may not know, but Darlene's birthday is this Sunday, the 22nd of January.....I have already given her the main present I wanted to give her.....but I also wanted to make her one of these mugs.

I got Darlene this mug here, but I also got this one, and a couple of these to see how high they are and to see if they will fit under my Keurig (of course I am planning on knitting myself some).  There are several different ones on Amazon to choose from.




This is my version of Photo Mug turned Knitted Sock Mug.

With any fingering yarn, and 2.75 mm needles, Cast on 44, join in round (my gauge is approx 7-8 stitches per inch)

Knit 10 rows of 2x2 ribbing

Knit in stockinette until 1" shy of mug length

Knit 10 rows of 2x2 ribbing

Bind off.

I bound off *one stitch with Jenny's suprisingly stretchy bind off, and one stitch regular*...repeat.

Here its is :)  She loved it!



Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy MLK Day!!!!!!

Hi everyone....did you have a good week?  My week seemed to be SUPER long, but it is done....and now a new one.

I had off today for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.....Antonio's daycare was closed, so we hung out (pics at the end).


As for knitting, I worked on my January socks.....I was at a car dealership for SEVEN hours on Tuesday.....I was ready to walk out at the end....but the good news is I got a ton of knitting done on my sock....see that blue line to the top....I did all those stripes (almost 18) while at the dealership:



Other than that.....I worked on the Southern Skies Shawl



and I worked on my Fade




Yup, that is all I worked on....it was a crazy week.

Paige came over on Thursday....she got herself a new apple watch and wanted me to help her set it up.



I watched football on Saturday and Sunday when I could....but Antonio and I pretty much just watched movies and played legos this past weekend.


Today, Antonio and I got up and we baked cakes......he wanted to add all sorts of stuff to his....sprinkles, food coloring, eyes, etc.....






Today, we went to my mom's house.....she gave me a tea advent calendar, and a fancy tea pot.  My Aunt Susanne gave her the calendar, but I had mentioned how much I have really been getting into tea lately, and she gave me what she had not already had....it's a really neat advent calendar and a super cute teapot (sitting by my knitted mug I got from Carol when she lived here)!






You know what.....what is all I have.....It feels like I have so little to show for a week that was SOOOO LONG!

I hope to have more to show this week...oh, and I should have a new car to show you next week!  Have a great week!!!.







Happy Happy Happy Knitting!

Monday, January 9, 2017

BRRRRRR, Baby it is cold outside!

Hi everyone....how have you been?  I have been COLD.  Okay, Okay, I know my cold is not the same as what you might think cold is...but we got down to the 20's (Fahrenheit) and the winchill was in the teens or colder.....and we just do not get that cold in San Antonio, so it was a big deal!

This meant a nice amount of snuggling with Antonio and also knitting time for me. <3

Okay, stash enhancements:

I got a new ball winder....it is the heavy duty one that will wind up to 500 grams of yarn (which is over a pound).  My old one was acting up and skipping while I was winding and it was frustrating.  This one is a little stiff....but I am hoping with more use, it will loosen up....I am happy with how it winds the yarn!  It will be great for those super big skeins!






I also got some post it tape...you can write on it,or peel it and restick it...I like it as a marker for keeping my place on charts if I am not using knit companion....I got it in multiple colors too:


Darlene has a shop update and I could not resist some of her new bags....look at these sheep!


And knitting hearts.....I am in LOVE!


I even already have something going for my sheep  bag....but it is a little bit of a long story.....I am not sure if I have told you already.......Darlene's daughter (Shyla) is getting married the 15th of April.  Darlene is making Shyla a gorgeous Wedding Peacock Shawl in black (Shyla's dress is black).  Shyla has one Maid of Honor, her 9 year old daughter (Peyton), and one Bridesmaid, her fiance's sister (Cheyenne).  Since the Wedding Peacock shawl is 164,680 stitches (You know that I would have the exact count), there is no way that Darlene can also make the Maid of Honor and Bridesmaid each a shawl.....so I will.  I will give Peyton the Celestarium I finished in October, and I have started the Southern Skies (sister to Celestarium) for Cheyenne.  It is perfect because the Celestarium will be nice and big on Peyton, and I am making the Southern skies with thicker yarn and bigger needles to make it larger.

Here is the start....it is only 58,181 stitches, so I have it much easier than Darlene, and Shyla. Cheyenne and Peyton are all beyond excited!!



I worked on the sleeves on Paige's sweater ( I do not have more pics )....I worked a little on my January Socks...they are coming along......


But the other thing I started was my Find Your Fade......I am loving knitting on this.....

First Color, Rusty Nail:

Added second color, Monarch:

Still Knitting Monarch:

it is super hard to see, but I added just 2 rows of third color, Film Noir, but did not really like it....

So, I tinked those 2 rows and switched my colors three and four and added the new official third color, Teacup....you can barley see the color melting going on.... but it is there.

Now, I bought some hedgehog fiber yarn for Darlene to do her Find Your Fade too, of course she is super busy with the Wedding Peacock shawl....but I told her, that when she is ready, I will probably do a 2nd Find Your Fade with her....I may do brighter/louder colors for my next one.

Here is Darlene's Fade....this is her (early) Birthday Present!  I have 2 pictures because I am not sure what order she will do......



Well, that is all I have....I hope you all have a fabulous week!   STAY WARM!







Happy Happy Happy Knitting!