Monday, February 14, 2011

A Super Bowl of a Sale

This past Sunday (Super Bowl Sunday) I went to an awesome sale at my favorite yarn shop, Down Cellar.  As you arrived, you got to pick a discount out of the "Super Bowl" which they stapled to a reusable shopping bag to put all your goodies in!

I got 35% off!!!  (The discounts only went up to 40%).

Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky in Green (to make the Helmet hat in Designer Mini Knits, below)
Cascade 220 Heathers in Silver Spruce Heather (for finishing up my Noni bag that N put together as a kit for me for Xmas*)
Mirasol Designer Mini Knits by Jenny Watson
Rowan Midwest Modern Knits by Amy Butler

*Speaking of the Noni bag...
N gave me 2 skein of the Cascade to start the project, the pattern for the Three Confections, AND the purse handle for Christmas.  It was the biggest surprise!
I decided to make the Maraschino Cherry Bonbon first, because it reminded me of the dumpling bags I have in my ravelry queue.  I don't think I'll wait long to try out the other two bags!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Rainy Days

Some days, all you want to do is cuddle up under a home-made quit and knit and nap all day. Sometimes this is paired with some tea or coffee, some cookies, and those TV shows you watched as a kid but would never admit to still watching for a mood booster. With the past two weeks being nothing but gloom and doom, that's all any knitter has been wanting to do.

Well, it looks as if the rain may have held off for a bit, but you can tell it's brought it's friend Mr. Fall along right behind it. Bright, clear, crisp days are now broken up intermittently with rain. This does not help matters. This just makes a knitter want to skip out on work and knit in a park on the crisp days and hide inside fireside on the not so nice ones.

What's a knitter to do when the weather just adds to the need to craft all day, every day?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Winding Down

I finally decided to buckle down and order the KnitPicks yarn ball winder (the little hand held one). I couldn't take knitting from the unwound hanks of yarn layed out on my couch any longer. I'm obviously not patient enough to wind them into a ball myself. Plus they're not travel friendly, so those projects were home-destined.

First Attempt: KnitPicks Shimmer. Being used for the Montego Bay Scarf. FAILED. Hint: Winding too fast creates a huge ball. Untangling (or attempting to untangle) creates an even worse one. Even my husband didn't make a dent. This yarn is just too fine to untangle and it wasn't worth 5+ hours of my life to try. I ordered another one and decided to snip pieces from the tangley mess for the fringe. Oops.

Second Attempt: Twilight Cover Art Inspired Hand Dyed Yarn by Woolen Mill St. Yarns. PASSED! Draping the unwound hank in the ellipse shape over the back of one of my dining room chairs did the trick!

And so I went to town winding other hanks of yarn that were leftovers, etc. What a pretty pile of yarn cakes they make! ;)

Wine Recommendation: Robibero Family Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. We visited this winery and the family was just wonderful!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Progress or Not to Progress

Argyle Golf Club Cover: I "taught" myself to fair isle this puppy and I'm hating on it right now. Frogged it because I realized my trails were lagging too long behind and I should've "tied them in" on the backside or whatever you wanna call it.

After Dark Nightie: Sewed the darn straps on. It ain't the purdiest ribbon ever or the purdiest sewing job, but it's done until I find matching bra straps! And it's wearable!

Stitch Cusion Cover & Grannies: as for these? Nothing to report as of late. I've somehow lost all my cable needles and had to order more from KnitPicks

It's time for baby pumpkin hats anyhow...I know 3 people having babies in the next 4 months! Punkin' hats and blankets for everyone!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Too much of Too little

Yet again, I find myself with too many "big projects" that I've neglected them and start lots of "little ones."

Here's how I could easily fix that:

1.) After Dark Nightie: Sew the darn straps on the darn thing! That's all I have left to do. I started i-cord straps, didn't like them, so bought matching ribbon. So what am I waiting for?

2.) Blushing Grannies: Try to make a square a week!

3.) Stitch Covers: Make a cable round every couple days or two a week.

4.) Argyle Club Cover: JUST DO IT!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hats, hats, it's always hats...

Bed, bed, I couldn't go to bed {sings from My Fair Lady}...because I was counting all the hats I wanted to make. My husband actually asked how I was going to wear all these hats. I will have a different one for every day of winter, I don't care, and I'm onto making more of them.

Just the other week, I was watching the Bachelorette (where they guys and Ali were in Iceland), not only do I want a Mad Bomber Hat, I want a ribbed hat with a brim. Even though I just made the same thing...only with cables!

I think I'm in a hat phase...but they're just so quick to make, don't take alot of yarn, don't cost much (usually; even if using a better yarn), and have so many variations!

To break this phase, I better start some socks...the better to knit by the pool with!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Einstein Blushes

The Einstein is 99% done. I actually had a fear I'd run out of yarn on the collar (I guess I cursed myself when I said I'd run out two rows to the end) but I made it! All ends are tied in. I just need buttons and I'm done! I'm thrilled with how it turned out and love the yarn and color. I worried at first if it should've been off white, but there's always room for more than one Einstein.

I've also got back into the swing of crochet as my knitting projects wind down and I try to put some more effort into my Blushing Grannies throw that's been neglected for far too long. I think the problem was I didn't like bringing the three skeins anywhere but these days they're much lighter than my Einstein, so that's not a valid excuse anymore! At least one square at a time is reasonable vs. toting around a huge blanket. Oh how I dread putting it together though...