Monday, September 25, 2017

It's Officially FALL!!!!

It has been a wonderful start to fall.  This coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday it is supposed to be in the 60's in the morning.  How fabulous!  I cannot wait!

What have you been up to?  Me.....just the What The Fade KAL....that is "almost" all I have done all week!  No dishcloths, no potholders, no sweaters, no nothing but catching up on this Mystery Shawl!

Here is the end of clue 3:

Here is the beginning of clue 4....this sucker is getting hard to photograph since it is so big.

Notice I said "almost"?  Well.....maybe there was just ONE other thing.....A pair of socks.  I saw a post on Instagram of someone filling up their sock drawer and it made me miss knitting on socks.  I was telling that to Darlene and she said, "You should go home and start a pair of socks tonight!" I did!  These are Neeley's Knits Sport weight sock in the "Wicked Witch of the East" colorway.  I got this yarn from Darlene about a year ago and I am finally knitting with it....I am loving it!!!

I do have some exciting stash enhancements....I got my yarn from LoloDidIt for Hurricane Harvey support.  The colorway was a surprise and I was terrified it was going to be red, white, and blue (colors of Texas Flag) but it wasn't and I LOVE it and I am sooooo thrilled I got 7 skeins of DK.  It is a Hippo colorway and it is called Helping Hippos!  I really want to make the Portage Cardigan with this....but I am afraid I may be short on yardage.  I have sent Lauren a message to see if I can get 3 more skeins from her, but I have not heard back...I am just praying she says yes!!

I have a friend that I made via knitting/the podcast and her name is Stephanie.  She lives in Colorado and one day she commented on one of the podcasts where we said we love to get hand made items from others even if we do knit, crochet, sew, etc.  Stephanie commented "I agree about wanting to get knitted or sewn gifts from other folks. I knit, crochet and sew but I love receiving made items and gifts that someone else made."  So I asked for her address and I sent her a couple of hand knit items....she was so sweet to send Darlene and I a special delivery!  Words will never describe how fabulous this special delivery is....she sent us almost all stuff local to her (Arvada, CO)...there is coffee, tea, candy, handmade soap along with a soap scrubby bag it goes in that she made herself.  She also made us felted notions pouches, mittens, and a hat....there are gorgeous greeting cards from a local artist and amazing chocolate!  Stephanie, Thank you from the bottom of our are far too generous!!!  Thank you!

Lastly.....I ordered a new shirt that I cannot wait to get!  If you are not a Harry Potter fan, you will probably not get the reference, but it is still great!

I got Paige the mug that changes colors with hot water....we both love Harry Potter!

My aunt got her slippers and wrote me a wonderful message on FB:  "Carrie my darling, I am overwhelmed, the knitted slippers arrived today. They are absolutely beautiful, I love them. You put so much work into them, I know as I am a knitter myself, but not as good as you. I used to knit a lot intricate patterns for the girls and grandchildren. Now I have to knit for Nikki's twin boys that are due on Dec. 6th, but not likely that she will carry full term. If she can make it by Nov. 6th it will be great..... I will treasure those slippers forever. Love the colour too. You are much too kind to me. Thank you, thank you and thank you. Love you Aunt Irene" and posted them on FB.  I am so glad she loved them!

I know it is not much...but it is all I have this week.....this shawl is taking all my time!

I have to share that someone is ready for Halloween!

 Have a great week everyone!

Happy Happy Happy Knitting!

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