Monday, February 23, 2015

San Antonio Fiber Retreat 2015

This past weekend was SAFR was the 2nd Annual retreat......I had such a great time!  I have tons of pictures to show you, but I will do a massive insert at the end of this blog post.

I knitted on quite a few things this week.....but mostly socks.......

I finished my 'burberry' pair, which is now Paige's pair because she loves them.  I have ordered more yarn to make me some more....

I started a pair of rainbow socks.....I love this yarn....Manic Pixie Zoey Base....Darlene bought me this yarn and I love it!

And I worked a little on my loopy academy socks...

What?  There was a new bag you saw?  Why yes there birthday is this coming Wednesday and as part of my gift from Darlene, she gave me some new bags (yes, she will have them in her shop!)  I am using the medium bag for the rainbow socks above....and I also got a full set below....

I love these bags....they have cherries on them and cherries on the inside...there is even a cute scottie dog on cute!  Thank you Darlene!  You are too good to me....

I also got a happy sunflower one......If you do not smile looking at this bag....there may be something wrong with you......I love the bees and the sunflowers!

I worked a little on the weigh it shawl

Last week I showed you my boxy...but it was not in a matching bag...well, I now have it in a bag that I think matches much better!!!  I also was not sure I was going to have enough yarn so I had to acquire a little more of this yarn....Darlene ordered it and it came looks like it matches, but I think I am going to cake it up and alternate skeins just to be safe.

I started the Strickmich!Club shipment number 1 is called Thousand Tulips

For stash enhancements I have not mentioned yet.....I got a new did not make it in time for me to wear it to the retreat...but I still love it!

I also got a new skein of Wollmeise Blend int he Confident colorway...this is the same type of yarn I am doing the Martina Behm Strickmich!Club 2015 first package with...but it is a darker red colorway.

I also bought a is very pretty (even if I do not know anything about spinning)!

I decided to give spinning a try during the retreat....Jeanette of The Book Stitcher Podcast helped me get started...(no laughing!)

Yesterday, after I got home, I started a new hat for Antonio....he wants another Ninja Turtle hat in Blue....I think Orange will be next!

I think that is it for me for the week of I will kill you will tons of pictures at the retreat.....enjoy!  Some of these pictures are mine, but I also stole quite a few that other ladies posted on FB.

Happy Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

So many Happy "Fill in the Blank" events!

Happy Valentine's Day (a little late)!  Happy President's Day (again, a little late)!  Happy Chinese New Year!  Happy Retreat Weekend!

Yes....there are so many Happy Events that have just passed or are still coming!  Did you have a great Valentine's Day?  I did!  Jamie took me out for Sushi (My FAVORITE!) and brought me chocolates and beautiful orange roses!

How was your President's Day?  Mine was great!  I spent most of my day knitting!

Happy Chinese New Year!!  This happens on you know what it is the year of?  It is the Year of the SHEEP!  Yippee!!

Now, what is this about Happy Retreat Weekend?  Remember last year when I went on a knitting retreat about this time of the year?  Well, it is the 2nd annual San Antonio Fiber Retreat this coming weekend.....I am so excited....I cannot even decide which projects I want to take.

So, on to the knitting!  I have done a lot of it lately.  I decided to knit on a hat that I had promised Paige a long time ago...and I finished it!

I also worked on some heel done and one almost ready to go....I tried to find the perfect red/burgundy to do a contrast heel...but I could not find one that I just I went with black.

I finished blocking my 'A Day To Remember' shawl:

I started new socks for Loopy friend said she would make socks with me if I made them I am pulling from inside and outside of cake to make the stripes go opposite!  I love them so far!

I also pulled out my Hitofude.  I saw a friend post her finished one on FB and I was I pulled mine out.....

I also cast on for my boxy....I think I did that a week ago, but I am not sure I shared a picture....I think this project needs a different bag than the coffee of my Halloween ones has some lavender, so I think I need to switch project bags on this one.

I also worked a little on my 2nd Weigh it Shawl (I am loving these colors!)

I have a few stash enhancements.....remember my cute new little case for my Heavy Metal DyakCraft needles with the Sheep and Balloons?  Well, I got another Graces case with sheep on it for my 3.5" needles.  I love this case......Look at the old case on the right (it is kinda bulky even without needles in it) and look at the new case that holds all 8 sets of needles of the left!  How cute!

I also got some FABULOUS yarn from Darlene...she is sooooo good to me!  She heard some podcasters talking about this yarn and had to get she got me some too....I cannot wait to cast on these socks!

Well, that is really all the knitting I have this week...but I am getting ready to go the the Knitting Retreat coming up this weekend....I am super excited about it!  I have a friend flying in from VA for this retreat...she used to live here in SA and her hubby got stationed in VA a couple of years ago...but thankfully she flies back here for this retreat every year!  She is supposed to fly in tomorrow and she is staying with me!  Yahoo!  So along with knitting, I have also been trying to get her bedroom ready.  Turned out to be perfect timing because Arran (Jaime's  youngest son) got a new Queen Size bed, so I took his old Full Size mattress and have it ready and waiting for sheets should arrive tomorrow too (then I will hurry up and wash them before she lands I hope).

My valentine this year was Antonio....I picked him up from Daycare Friday and he spent the night Friday and hung out with me all day Saturday....I really hope you do not get tired of pictures of this boy...he just melts my heart!  All my grandkids do....I just see him more than the others......

Valentines Morning!

Paige texted me this one:

Oh, and I almost forgot that Paige went to Erich's last weekend and snapped a picture:

That is all I have!  I cannot wait to tell you all about my knitting retreat coming is a picture of a shirt that should be coming next week and a couple other inspirational sayings

Happy Happy Happy Knitting!