Monday, May 23, 2016

Cramming for Finals.....Knitting style!

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a fantastic week!  My week was jam packed with knitting!  I am going to jump right into stash enhancements:


I got my yarn from the Maryland Sheep and wool show!  Thank you Sara for shopping for me and Peg for being my Yarn Mule and bringing it to SA for me!

I got the Miss Babs Exclusive Maryland Sheep and Wool Show 2016 colorway:


I also got my Verdant Gryphon Traveller Sport in the Downcast Donkey colorway......



Then, I saw this finished Nuvem in Ravelry where I really liked the edge....thankfully the knitter had some notes on her page and said she used the Peplum edge from "Knitting on the Edge" book....so I snagged a used one on Amazon!


My last stash enhancement this week is an awesome bag set from....Yup, you guessed it...Bags By Awesomegrannie....I had to get a shot of the inside too....so clever!  I've been saving my pennies for this set!



That is it for the stash enhancements!  Now on to the knitting.....First, I finally blocked my Masquerade Agleam!


Then I worked on Loopy Academy.....I know, I know, I know....I should be working on my "Big 4" but I thought there was no way I was going to do my 2nd semester of Loopy Academy...but I started feeling guilty...I had already bought the yarn and it was just 3 semi small projects...so just like a college student cramming for finals, last Monday I thought, "Let me see how long it takes me to knit the socks....if I can knit them fairly quickly, then maybe I can do the other two projects."  Well, I knit them in 6 days....plus, I was able to enter them into the GGFancyFeet KAL and the Expat Knitting KAL:




Then...still cramming for finals, I thought....well, let me see if I can get this hat done (used twisted stitches in ribbing for requirement)......I finished it in 2 days (worsted weight always goes faster):




Now I just have one item left....so for my last cramming of finals....a pair of Rye socks....again, worsted weight so they should go quickly....I have been able to use my new bag set for all 3 projects...and the bag set has books....you know, for school/academy :) (ha, ha, I crack myself up!)


Well......that is all I have!  I should be finishing those socks this week and then also working on Smooth Move and Pure Joy!

I want to give an extra shout out today to my Mommy!  Happy 75th Birthday Mommy!  I Love you and I hope you have a great day!



Have a great week!




Monday, May 16, 2016

Coffe (or wine). Knit. Sleep. Repeat.

Hello everyone....I hope you have had a fabulous week!!!  I had a pretty good week...there is never enough knitting time, but oh well.....I am going to jump into my stash enhancements first.

When I ordered more yarn for Paige's blanket, it was Earth Day and Knit Picks was offering a free mug...well, they were back ordered for a little bit but my mug came in on Friday!  I love my new mug and used it pretty much all weekend!  You could replace the word coffee with wine also....yes, I may have used my mug for a little bit of wine in the evenings.



I got a lovely gift from Louise at Biscotte Yans.....some self striping worsted (the base is called Griffon), and a Lumos skein of sparkling merino in a beautiful orange!  I think I am going to make a hat with the worsted self striping..it is sooooooo soft....and probably socks with the orange.  Thank you Louise!






I also ordered some yarn from Amanda aka Yarn Enabler.  it is called "The Wayne"....as in Batman!  I go it for Antonio to make him a pair of socks....so I only ordered a 1/2 skein (how much yarn can his tiny feet need?)...but since Amanda is sooooo awesome, she sent me a whole skein....so I could make him a matching sockhead hat or something like that....so thank you Amanda, Antonio is going to love it all!



Lastly, I got in a new skein of Desert Vista Dyeworks Yarn in the ZomWhere Over the Rainbow colorway!  I love it!



Now, for knitting....I do not feel like I have a whole lot to show, but I really did knit a lot.....I worked on my socks...and the pattern said "MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT read the entire pattern instructions, panic and give up!!!! Just START AT THE BEGINNING AND LEARN AS YOU GO!!!" so that is what I did.....BZZZZZ....WRONG!  The heel flap had way too many decreases and the decreases were not 'closing the gap' and it just looked all wrong...I only had 8 stitches left on the heel when I finished the way the pattern was written....too long and too narrow of a heel flap.



So, I ripped and did the heel flap I know....and it think it looks a hundred times better.



Well, they were so much fun to knit on....I finished them....I finished my monthly socks but the 15th!  I was so amazed!  I think my new "ZomWhere Over the Rainbow" will be my June socks!


What else did I knit on?  I worked a little on Paige's blanket and have determined that if I do 2 rows a day starting today, I should be done on June 16th :)


I worked on my spire off and on during the week but I forgot to take a picture of it...I was going to work in it for the weekend but decided I wanted more mindless knitting so I work a little on my smooth move...I am about 55% done now.....but still a long way to go.


Then I wanted to work on more socks....so I pulled out my Eeyore's Rainbow socks.....I was just a little past the toes...and now I am just a little past where the heel will go.  I did not realize this was a 12 stripe pattern...and I really wanted to get through a pattern repeat, I kept knitting and knitting and knitting.....I am really loving these!


Well, that is all for the knitting.....I had a small car fiasco this week (over heated) but I had my knitting with me, so crisis diverted!  Other than that....my life has been pretty boring lately....which meant some extra knitting time....Have a great week everyone!





Happy Happy Happy Knitting!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Maryland Sheep and Wool 2016!!!

I hope all you ladies had a fabulous Mother's Day yesterday!

I am going to just right into stash enhancements because this past weekend was the Maryland Sheep and Wool show.  My friend, Sara, goes each year and becomes a personal shopper for us yarn junkies!  We get to live vicariously through her!

She was up bright and early and had to face some traffic:



Miss Babs is always the first stop..Here is a skein of the exclusive colorway for me..I get one (or two) every year...now I really need to make something with them all!


 Here is the line bright and early in the morning...I hate to see how long it gets in the afternoon!



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The only other shop I had her shop for me from was Verdant Gryphon...she got me a sweaters quantity of Traveller Sport in The Downcast Donkey colorway.





Here are my Maryland Sheep and Wool show purchases.....I should not have spent the money, but it was a little treat to myself for Mother's Day!


Another friend, Peg, is headed up to Virginia (where Sara lives) in a week or so, so she will bring it back for me...she will be the designated Yarn Mule!  LOL!  I will not have it till the after the 20th, but that is fine because I cannot cast on anything till I finish The Big 4 or September 1st.

I also got a fabulous wine glass from a very good friend!  Thank you to you know who you are!



This made me check out a few things that were for sale on a certain knitting/stitching website....and a few things made it to my house...some Knit Happy and Stitch Happy compact Mirrors, the cutest reading glasses with a knitted fabric design on them, and a burnt orange Knit Happy notebook:




A friend of mine wants to make her new boyfriend a Motorcycle hat like this one.....Copyright of Melissa Kemmerer Designs.....Link here.




so I ordered some Malabrigo Rios in the Glazed Carrot colorway to knit this hat for Jaime and she and I can knit it together (I already have lots of black in my stash)!


I also got new signature needles....now these are for my memories blanket...Darlene and I each get a pair of straights to use for our blankets.....



Then, Jaime and I went to the deer lease Friday evening (just to pay the rancher a payment for the lease) and on the way back I stopped at Tinsmith's wife...I got some Malabrigo Rios in Ravelry Red to make a hat for Antonio (closer to the fall) and some Addi Flip Stix...I know Darlene has been dying to try these and I want to try them too.



My last stash enhancement was a gift from my friend Elizabeth....she borrowed some sock needles of mine and when she returned them, she also gave me a skein of yarn...it is a gorgeous red/orange varigated yarn by Alisha Goes Round.  Thank you Elizabeth!



Now for the knitting......well, I finished my first Big 4 item.....I finished Agleam....sort of.  It still needs to be blocked but I really love it and I am soooo happy one item is off the needles:


It was Hot Rod Night this past Saturday so of course I also worked on my socks (that is Jaime's '72 scamp in the background):





They both need about 3 more stripes before I start the heel.


I worked on my spire, but not enough to show any progress.....the only other thing I worked on is my memories blanket...I have been playing with slipping stitches on the edge and doing ssk's or k2tog tbl or ktog decreases...all to see what looks best and how to pic up stitches, etc.....so, I redid square one...then picked up stitches and cast on the second square....I hope it looks okay.






That is all I have in the knitting world.....but I have lots of Antonio to share.

He went to see some super heroes with his uncle James (Mikey's Dad).







Then I picked him up and let him play in the pool for a little while....crazy boy!  I used slow mo for full dramatic effect!

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Then we went to Hot Rod Night....Yup, Antonio came with us.,,,and he had a great time:




Antonio stayed the night with me and then for Mother's Day, we went to Jaime's Mom's house (my mom went to see Mowtown The Musical so I did not see her for Mother's Day)....Antonio played with Uncle Jacob.



After that, we went home and waited for Paige to get off of work....she came over and cut my hair for me and brought me some gorgeous flowers (I forgot to take a picture of).  Thank you Paige!  I had a fabulous, but exhausting weekend.....I did not get as much knitting done as I usually do over the weekend....but I had a fantastic weekend with people I love!!  Sometimes that is better than knitting (but not very often....LOL!)




Happy Happy Happy Knitting!