Wednesday, April 1, 2015

All fixed!

And blocking . . .

Sunday, March 29, 2015


Sleeves are almost done but . . . just oops!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Stitch Marker Swap

First off, I am amazed that this blog went a full month with no posts.  I'm sorry for neglecting it but sometimes I get busy and forget.  I am not ready to give it up yet, just distractible.

I saw on Ravelry that Stitches West had a Stitch Marker Swap and has apparently had it for some years.  The attendees make and bring stitch markers and trade them with vendors and each other.  Some of the ones I saw posted were really cute.  I figured South didn't have a swap because it is so small.  But then Lindsey Martin of Erin Lane Bags decided to change all that and organized a swap for Stitches South this year.  I don't use many stitch markers, but I still wanted to do it.

So, my oldest daughter and I trekked over to the local craft store and picked up some bits and pieces.  Of course I have a ton of beading stuff from when the girls were younger so we grabbed that too.

Darling child was obsessed with the skulls, so there are a ton of skull stitch markers in many shapes, colors and styles.

Red one . . .

We made these four little angel stitch markers for Gramma because she loves Angels.

There are enough stitch markers for both me and Dena to participate in the swap.  There are probably enough for there to be leftovers.  I don't know how many people will do it, so I leaned toward having too many rather than too few.  I will let you know what happens.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Test Swatches

Knitting a pair of socks from Anna Zilboorg's Fancy Feet book (reissued in paperback as Simply Socks).   Think I like the first one better than the second.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Extra Special Bonus

Remember my Mexican Fiesta socks?  I had some lovely yarn that I had looked forward to knitting for months (from August until January) and then found out that it was a) not even close to what I had ordered and b) messed up and pretty much unknittable.  At the last minute I was left contacting indie yarn dyers looking for some fun yarn to knit in Mexico.  Janel, who owns Quaere on Etsy came to my rescue by dyeing some silk/merino sock yarn in her Talented Turtles color way.  She saved my vacation cuz I had to have fun yarn to knit.

As if that wasn't enough, right after we got back she had her 'Customer Love Week' and gave away three prizes.  All you had to do to enter was post in a thread in her Ravelry group.  I did and this is what arrived in the mail today!  A lovely and large yarn bowl (big enough to hold two balls of yarn when I am knitting sleeves), a small bag of candy (good because I am on a diet), a big fat cake of worsted yarn in the Sunset color way (that is 320 yards of worsted - enough to make something fun for me) and a set of six little hand stitch markers and a gorgeous marble bead stitch marker.

I cannot believe how generous this was and I loved knitting her yarn already.  I would have ordered more yarn from her even before I won these lovelies . . .


Friday, February 20, 2015

Kingswood Crescent Shawl

 Another one I knit months ago (early November) but couldn't show off until now.  This is the Kingswood Crescent Shawl made out of Juniper Moon Farm Findley Dappled in the color way Macaw.  It was a quick knit - took me 9 days which was about 4 or 5 more than it should have.  


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Little Bit of Mexico

In my morning. The two on the right are the coffee cups I brought back last year. We found them in the airport and they are nicer but the ones we drank out of there were so much nicer. All year long I dreamed about getting some of the wonderful, hand thrown and hand painted talavera pottery cups. One day when it was supposed to rain, he drove me the hour to the store. The ones on the left are the new ones. The store had everything - sinks, toilets, tiles, bowls, cups, flower pots, water canisters, plates, platters, digs, lizards, pigs,

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

More Old Knitting

Another sweater I knit a while ago - September, when I was visiting Dena.  I couldn't show it then but the pattern has been published and now I can.  This was a lovely, fun and quick knit that fit Girl Far From Home perfectly.  She would have liked the sweater but . . . maybe I will make her one of her own since it was easy.  Pattern is Juniper Moon's Patty Pullover and yarn is Juniper Moon Findley DK Dappled but they changed the color name, so I am not sure about that.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Yarn in the Mail

Pure baby alpaca and oh, so soft! Sadly I won't be able to show the knitting for a while. The colors are much better than this photo.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Heels and Toes

Are done - a little leg and we have socks!