Sunday, January 25, 2015

Week 4 - Year of Projects

Good morning!  We have finally had a significant amount of snow, with a storm yesterday...and it looks like a major storm coming in for Tuesday...and then another possible one for Friday....think I'll be getting at least one snow day this week!
We shall see!  Seems like we will be getting a winter's worth of snow in one week's time....

So onto the projects....This week I've worked on a few things...I received the latest kit from Stacey Trock on Friday...and it was a snowman, so, of course, I made it on Saturday! Then I made a head band for someone at school...see this is what I hate...he didn't ask me to make it, I volunteered and then promptly mentally kicked myself...because now I'm committed to it...grrr....I hate when I commit myself to things...

Although I do have to start a wrap for a friend's mom....she's in a facility now, as her dementia has gotten too much for home care...it's a sad story....

I also made another quick cowl to wear to school on Friday....I posted it on Friday

Other than that, working on my Hawk Baktus, hopefully to finish for the game on Sunday....and I also put some rows into my Zuzu's Petals, working on the heel of Stepping Stone and got to the heel of Dark Side of the Moon.....


2015 Completed Projects:
White mittens - 1/10/15
Quick Crochet Cowl - 1/12/15
Stripes Cowl - 1/22/15
Frosty, the Snowman - 1/24/15
Head Wrap - 1/24/15

WIPS: Crochet:
Mission Falls Poncho: (Started 2006)
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done
Betty Shrug: I don’t know how long I’ve been working on this, but it only has an arm and a border to go.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done.

Orange cotton wrap (started ?)
Tis the Season (11/10/13)
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14)

 Knit:
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done
Light in Shadows (1/14/14)
Garter Path (6/1/14) 

Turtleneck Capelet #2 (8/12/14)  
Willow Fields (9/6/14)  
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)
Olivia Owl (12/14/14)

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012)
Faces in Wallpaper (Sept 2013)
Adele Socks (April 2013)
H's Everyday Socks (Jan 2013)  
Johnny's Socks (Jan 2013)





Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011)
Larry Stashbuster Scarf (2012)
 

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in

 

KAL/CAL:

Fire and Blood (5/4/14)

Outlander MKAL (8/8/14) 

Zuzu's Petals (1/1/15)

Downton Abbey (1/4/15)
Stepping Stones (1/1/15)

Far Side of the Moon (1/16/15)


 Misc:
Sunflower: (August 2012) Need a back and to felt 



Projects in Mind - I have the pattern and the yarn  - this list is remaining about the same...I could add a ton to it...but I'm not going to at the moment...I think when I move one of these projects to the WIP category, I will add another project to this list...I like seeing it all laid out..and it is not overwhelming to me..because it's my list and I can follow it or not!



Gifts/Charity: 
Owl for Rose
Hats for friend's babies (ongoing)

Hats for students (ongoing)
Kimberly Skye's tunic
garter for Caitlin
Two Elsa doll/blanket things

Sweaters:
Test Pattern Sweater
Car Coat
Cowl Vest
 
Shawls/Scarves/Cowls 
Rockefeller
Wholehearted
West End Scarf 
Gathering Leaves
Alhambra
Petal Edge Scarf
Filippi Scarf 
Firefly Scarf 
Fraxinus 
Danube Cowl
Simple City
Fire and Ice
Multnomah
Leylines 
Holden Shawlette
Daybreak
Trellis Shawl
Bedford Springs Shawl   
 
Hats and Mitts
Hermione Hearts Ron
Nehalm Hat
Felicity
Stellar
Cabled Headband
Fetching  
Cayunga Hat and Mitts set
Preposterous
Ruffled hat and mitts
Evergreen Gloves
Sheepy Cuffs
Twisted Rib Mitts and Hat
 
Socks:
Memento Mori
Rubus
Siren Socks

Savory Lace Socks
Autumn Flame
Firebird
Rescue Me, Chin Boy and Show Me the Stars
Twin peaks
 
Bags:
Sarape Shopper
Pleated Purse
Circular Felted Bag

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Vogue Knitting Live - Part 2

On the second floor was the Seven Wonders of the Yarn World...




They were all very intricate, here are some closeups of the Taj Mahal

See the crochet hook and the knitting needle?
The back of the Great Wall
All crocheted...just amazing!

There were other fiber artists on display...





All this before you even went into the Marketplace!




Friday, January 23, 2015

Freshly Finished Friday #3

So last night, I realized I had nothing to post today...so I got right on that!...I looked around me and saw the bag holding these two...
I knew I wanted a stripey cowl...so 1 N hook (10mm) and 3.5 hours later....one stripey cowl
Chunky yarn = instant gratification.....

The red is Plymouth Yarn De Aire, the oatmeal is Mirasol Ushya and I got them both on sale...

So what have you finished this week...come on over and join the linkups...

HardKnitLife, Wisdom in Wonder and Creative Friday....






Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Stitch Along wednesday - Week 3

So sorry folks, running a bit late today....

So in yesterday's Love Your Library, I pretty much shared the projects I'm working on...except the Rainbow socks...so this is where they are at...
And I have to get back to a few other things...I stopped working on my Shark in the Woods, as I was tired of cabling...but I need to finish it...
it's about halfway....and I just think I got overwhelmed with it...

So I guess that's where I leave you today...I'm dealing with some wicked headaches and lots of sneezing which usually means I'm heading toward a sinus infection...but I'm hoping to stop it before that...





Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Love Your Library

So I started this challenge with a bang....and then went off the rails...I made a freestyle cowl....then joined another KAL, and downloaded a new sock pattern....but today went back on the wagon...knitted on my Stepping Stones from the book...added another inch and started the heel flap...WOWZA, is this heel flap gonna be thick!!!
when I told the Malabrigo guy at VKL that I was using Rios for socks, he asked if they were bed socks....

I also cast on for a Baktus on Sunday in my Seahawk yarn, the pattern has been in my library for awhile....
I also worked on my Zuzu's Petals, also a KAL...but also a pattern that I've had in my library for awhile...queued in May of 2013...

I also picked up Kate Morton's The Secret Keeper to start reading...I love her books and have had this one sitting on my bookshelf for awhile....This is her newest and the only one I haven't read yet...

How about your library this week?


Monday, January 19, 2015

Vogue Knitting Live 2015 - part 1

This was going to be my second time attending...I asked my friend, Maureen, if she wanted to go..and yes..she was so excited...

We left at the butt-crack of dawn to catch the 7:10 train into Manhatten....it was absolutely freezing!

The train ride was about 2 hours...and we got there with no problem, but then the 7 train was shut down in Grand Central..and we had to find the shuttle over to Times Square...I had no idea there was a shuttle, how convenient!

A little bit of a walk and we got to the venue.....the last time I went it was in a different venue and I felt was too small....and inconvenient...again the Marketplace was on two floors, and it was crowded, but not overly so...

We did skip booths that were too crowded or ones that we see at many of the fiber shows....I kept having to remind myself to take pictures...The first thing you saw was this amazing teepee
The first vendor was The Yarn Company...and I knew I wanted some of the The Verdant Gryphon's Apocalypse on the Wall...but it was too early to buy yet..

Both The Yarn Company and The Verdant Gryphon were next to each other....and hung their skeins like this....and then the yarn to buy was in big buckets....so their was a lot of room in their booths...

So now some pretties...

Then we ended up in the Arne & Carlos booth...they had a fantastic book, and I almost bought it, but since I'm going to Norway this summer, I decided to wait...but my friend modeled their amazing cape and bought the pattern...

I loved this...but they didn't have kits in these colors..and the other colors didn't speak to me..
Then we wandered some more until The Indigodragonfly booth, where I finally snagged a skein of Then Buffy Staked Edward. The End...I have been trying to get this yarn for a very long time...just for the name alone!...So I bought that and a book, Kate Atherley's Knit Accessories...(sorry pictures are dark, yesterday there was no sun)
We wandered into a button booth and I came out with two vintage buttons..
Then we hit the Biscotte & Cie booth...be still my heart...stripey yarn galore!!!!!

I came out with an owl sock kit and some green self-striping..yes I know I don't need anymore green yarn....but the pretty...and it came with a pattern...

Can you see the owls?  So awesome!!!!!!

Met Maria of Subway Knits at the One Geek to Craft Them All booth, then we headed to the next floor...

and that will be another post...as there are lots of pictures for that one...









Sunday, January 18, 2015

Week 3 - Year of Projects

Wow..late post this week...normally I'm one of the first....I slept late and then knitted and didn't feel like getting up to get on the computer  (the tablet is not all that convenient for this)

Yesterday, I went into NYC for VogueKnittingLive.  It was a lot of fun..I spent the day with my friend Maureen...she's always up for a fiber event.  She is a super fast knitter and started and almost completed a mitten on our train ride...

This is on the train coming home....the yellow is her mitten...she was pretty much done by the time we got off, except to Kitchener, and the thumb...

I had started these rainbow socks.....(actually the night before, so I didn't have to cast on, on the train)

It's a new KAL...I know, I know....It's Boston Knitter's Sock It To Me: Revenge of the Stripes KAL
and I have so much stripey yarn....I just pulled this one off the top of the pile....all wound and ready...here it is by the end of Sunday..almost ready for the heel..which is a new construction for me..


And I worked on my Zuzu's Petals, too...I'm almost to the next section in the pattern....
So that was my week....

2015 Completed Projects:
white mittens - 1/10/15
Quick Crochet Cowl - 1/12/15

WIPS: Crochet:

Mission Falls Poncho: (Started 2006)
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done
Betty Shrug: I don’t know how long I’ve been working on this, but it only has an arm and a border to go.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done.
Orange cotton wrap (started ?)
Tis the Season (11/10/13)
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14)

 Knit:
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done
Light in Shadows (1/14/14)
Garter Path (6/1/14) 
Turtleneck Capelet #2 (8/12/14)  
Willow Fields (9/6/14)  
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)
Olivia Owl (12/14/14)

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012)
Faces in Wallpaper (Sept 2013)
Adele Socks (April 2013)
H's Everyday Socks (Jan 2013)  
Johnny's Socks (Jan 2013)

Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011)
Larry Stashbuster Scarf (2012)
 
Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in

 
KAL/CAL:
Fire and Blood (5/4/14)
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14) 
Zuzu's Petals (1/1/15)
Downton Abbey (1/4/15)
Stepping Stones (1/1/15)
Far Side of the Moon (1/16/15)
 
 Misc:
Sunflower: (August 2012) Need a back and to felt 

Projects in Mind - I have the pattern and the yarn  - this list is remaining about the same...I could add a ton to it...but I'm not going to at the moment...I think when I move one of these projects to the WIP category, I will add another project to this list...I like seeing it all laid out..and it is not overwhelming to me..because it's my list and I can follow it or not!

Gifts/Charity: 
Owl for Rose
Hats for friend's babies (ongoing)
Hats for students (ongoing)
Kimberly Skye's tunic
garter for Caitlin

Two Elsa doll/blanket things

Sweaters:
Test Pattern Sweater
Car Coat
Cowl Vest
 
Shawls/Scarves/Cowls 
Rockefeller
Wholehearted
West End Scarf 
Gathering Leaves
Alhambra
Petal Edge Scarf
Filippi Scarf 
Firefly Scarf 
Fraxinus 
Danube Cowl
Simple City
Fire and Ice
Multnomah
Leylines 
Holden Shawlette
Daybreak
Trellis Shawl
Bedford Springs Shawl   
 
Hats and Mitts
Hermione Hearts Ron
Nehalm Hat
Felicity
Stellar
Cabled Headband
Fetching  
Cayunga Hat and Mitts set
Preposterous
Ruffled hat and mitts
Evergreen Gloves
Sheepy Cuffs
Twisted Rib Mitts and Hat
 
Socks:
Memento Mori
Rubus
Siren Socks

Savory Lace Socks
Autumn Flame
Firebird
Rescue Me, Chin Boy and Show Me the Stars
Twin peaks
 
Bags:
Sarape Shopper
Pleated Purse
Circular Felted Bag