Sunday, November 3, 2019

Year of Projects: Year Six, Week 43

Good morning!  I really have no new crafting news....I have added some rows onto my Merry Knitmas socks...I spoke to Oink Pigments yesterday at Fiber Festival of New England...she is very surprised at how the sock is knitting up...no it is not self-stripe, but should be more of a variegated,,,

So, yes I went to the Fiber Festival of New England.  My friend, Danae went with me.  She is non-fibery, but had expressed an interest in attending an event.  She was surprised at the prices of things...LOL.....

I know a lot of the vendors, but unfortunately this is a very white event...there were no vendors that were diverse (that I saw)....with all the recent discussion in our community, you would think they had reached out to more diverse vendors.....I sent them a message and hopefully they will follow up...I know some other people also questioned this.....and at least one black attendee felt uncomfortable...vendors not greeting her, but greeting the person that walked in to the booth behind her, who happened to be white.  I'm still so surprised that this is happening in our community.  It's disappointing...

But I did make some purchases, not a lot, but enough...
The two skeins of yarn are from White Birch Fiber Arts, self stripe, of course....Squad Goals and We the People...the chicken yarn bowl is from Brown Bunny.  I also bought a smaller chicken bowl from her.  I also bought the festival sweatshirt, as I try to support them each year.   A new bag from Jessalu and then a small purse.  The purse is from a vendor that recycles men's suits.  I bought a much bigger purse from them a couple years ago at Rhinebeck... oh there is a very colorful pompom that you can't really see......that;s it...that;s all I bought.....Maureen and I are planning on going to Vogue Knitting Live in NYC in January..we go every couple of years.  Maureen wasn't able to go yesterday as she was campaigning for a local candidate.   Then Stitches United is back in Hartford this year...that's in March.....

Going to spend the day working on some socks...need to get past some heels!  Maybe I'll have a finish next week!

2019 Finishes!!!!!
Muertos: 8/13/17-1/19/19
Who Socks: 10/7/18-1/22/19 (the Who socks were never on my list)
My Shelly Valentine: 2/10/16-2/9/19 (almost three years exactly!!!)
Alpaca Fun: 2/24/19-3/3/19
Green is the Best: 12/23/18-3/10/19
Willow Fields: 9/6.14-3/16/19
Lucy's Zebra 7/5-7/6/19
Black Widow Shawl 5/5/19-7/12/19
Lucy's Elephant Reserve 7/24/18-8/2/19
Shark Socks 7/28/19-8/12/19 
Swedish Block 8/20/19 - 8/24/19
Garter stitch block 8/24/19
Samples 8/28/19 finished
Throwback Poncho October 12, 2019
Mixed PomPom Hat October 13, 2019
Brainzzz - October 26, 2019

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18
Merry Knitmas - 10/1/19
Rhinebeck Socks - 10/6/19

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...

Candy Cane June 21, 
2017Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Merry Xmas - Box O'Chocolates: 2/9/19, frogged 7/21/19
Snow Day: 3/4/19
Merfolk: 7/25/19
Monster Mash: 8/16/19 (cuff started awhile ago)

Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Year of Projects: Year 6, Week 42

Good morning!  It's a rainy, cold morning here and I have a wicked headache.  I have to go out for a bit, but it will be quick.

I have a finish!!!!! My Brainzzz hat is done.  I used a free pattern from Kathy Doherty.  I didn't really do a right and left hemisphere.  I just wound the I-cord.  I didn't really think of that....oh well...I have no idea how much I-cord I knitted.  I stopped measuring at 14 feet....
I'm happy with it.....

I have a bunch of socks to finish and then a new poncho to start....
I never posted my Rhinebeck haul, it's not very big...

I got three skeins of yarn from Bumblebee Acres Farm because I have been coveting her Harry Potter colors on Instagram.  I got Professor Lupin, and then in a kit to make the Gathering Shawl is Mrs. Weasley Knits and I'll Await Your Owl. Plus I bought three mini-skeins for heels and toes.  I also got the Teacher's Pet print from Sheep Incognito and their 2020 calendar. I've always loved their prints and glad I finally bought one. I also bought some chicken socks from Red Maple and chicken earrings from Weeones.  I bought three things from Mayan Hands, which is a fairtrade booth that brings handmade items from Mayan women in Guatemala every year.  I buy something from them every year.  This year I bought a Santa, a sheep, and a chicken felted ornaments.  That's it...so not much of a haul....next week is the Fiber Festival of New England and I'll probably get some more there...That is it until Vogue Knitting in January.....

2019 Finishes!!!!!
Muertos: 8/13/17-1/19/19
Who Socks: 10/7/18-1/22/19 (the Who socks were never on my list)
My Shelly Valentine: 2/10/16-2/9/19 (almost three years exactly!!!)
Alpaca Fun: 2/24/19-3/3/19
Green is the Best: 12/23/18-3/10/19
Willow Fields: 9/6.14-3/16/19
Lucy's Zebra 7/5-7/6/19
Black Widow Shawl 5/5/19-7/12/19
Lucy's Elephant Reserve 7/24/18-8/2/19
Shark Socks 7/28/19-8/12/19 
Swedish Block 8/20/19 - 8/24/19
Garter stitch block 8/24/19
Samples 8/28/19 finished
Throwback Poncho October 12, 2019
Mixed PomPom Hat October 13, 2019
Brainzzz - October 26, 2019

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18
Merry Knitmas - 10/1/19
Rhinebeck Socks - 10/6/19

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...

Candy Cane June 21, 
2017Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Merry Xmas - Box O'Chocolates: 2/9/19, frogged 7/21/19
Snow Day: 3/4/19
Merfolk: 7/25/19
Monster Mash: 8/16/19 (cuff started awhile ago)

Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Year of Projects: Year 6, Week 41

So, it's been a couple of weeks.  I had nothing to show for awhile, and also some personal stuff going on.....I finally have some projects...and the personal stuff is working itself out.....

The big news is I finished my poncho!!!!  I love it so much!  The inspiration was a poncho my mom wore back on her honeymoon in 1968.  I have a picture somewhere, but haven't been able to locate it.  Her's was a sage green, I'm sure acrylic.  My mom says she thinks my dad bought it in NYC for her.  Here is my version:
This first picture was taken at Rhinebeck on Saturday.
And a headless closer shot.  I really love it so much!  The cowl took over a year to make.  It's just tedious.  The rest of the poncho flew off the hook...
And I finished a hat made with Loopy Mango Worsted held two together.  I can't decide on the pompom
Supposedly I should have been able to make a baby hat also, but I'm running out of yarn.  Probably because I used some for the pompom.  I'm going to rip it out and make a smaller size.  I made the toddler size, but I'll do a newborn size instead....
I've also started two new pair of socks...one pair, I actually thought I'd get done for Rhinebeck...that did not happen....
Rhinebeck Rainbow from White Birch Fiber Arts.  Her show colorway last year.   Her booth was a weird set-up this year.  It was 4 tunnel like structures.  It was hard to maneuver.  I didn't shop her booth, as I'll see her in two weeks in Springfield.
I cast on this on October 1.  I'm joining in on Amy Florence's Christmas sock knitting....This yarn is Oink Pigment's Merry Knitmas.  It's billed as self-striping, but it seems to be striping one half green and one half red...we'll see if it stays that way...hmmm

This has taken all day to write, as pictures took awhile to upload..Until next week!

2019 Finishes!!!!!
Muertos: 8/13/17-1/19/19
Who Socks: 10/7/18-1/22/19 (the Who socks were never on my list)
My Shelly Valentine: 2/10/16-2/9/19 (almost three years exactly!!!)
Alpaca Fun: 2/24/19-3/3/19
Green is the Best: 12/23/18-3/10/19
Willow Fields: 9/6.14-3/16/19
Lucy's Zebra 7/5-7/6/19
Black Widow Shawl 5/5/19-7/12/19
Lucy's Elephant Reserve 7/24/18-8/2/19
Shark Socks 7/28/19-8/12/19 
Swedish Block 8/20/19 - 8/24/19
Garter stitch block 8/24/19
Samples 8/28/19 finished
Throwback Poncho October 12, 2019
Mixed PomPom Hat October 13, 2019

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18
Brainzzz - 10/1/18 
Merry Knitmas - 10/1/19
Rhinebeck Socks - 10/6/19

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...

Candy Cane June 21, 
2017Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Merry Xmas - Box O'Chocolates: 2/9/19, frogged 7/21/19
Snow Day: 3/4/19
Merfolk: 7/25/19
Monster Mash: 8/16/19 (cuff started awhile ago)

Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy

Saturday, September 28, 2019

The 2019 Yarn Crawl of The Western Connecticut Yarn Council Haul

So last Saturday, my yarny BFF, Maureen and I headed out.  I had gone to New England Yarn on Friday after work.  It's pretty much down the street from my school.  It's a couple of miles, but seriously, it's only one turn)

I didn't take any pictures on the crawl...I wasn't feeling the best, but YARN!!!!  I made it to six of the stores altogether.  I didn't make it to Nancy O, but had recently been there as part of the Hudson Valley Yarn Crawl.

I'm lucky that there are many yarn crawls throughout the year within about 2 hours of me....
If you spent a certain amount, you received the bag, but all stores were handing out the pins.  I was surprised that there were a couple of stores not participating.....but 7 was enough....Hudson Valley had 15, there was no way I was making all of those stores....

So my haul:
At New England Yarn, I bought some Malabrigo...I needed orange yarn, blame it on GG.....So got some Glazed Carrots in Rios, along with Archeangel, because it looked vaguely Halloweeny....and then I wanted the WYS Owl colorway and bought the contrast colorway.  I am now on the lookout for their Christmas colorway this year.

Saturday morning, we headed to Avon, we started east and headed west....
I bought another set of Uneek sock yarn, although they did not have the one I wanted....and this Malabrigo book of hats...I want to make Estrella, but they didn't have any Mecha...I also got to pick a prize, so won this skein of Araucania Nuble, which is wool and silk, but not my color particularly and it is very fingering....but I'm sure I'll find something to do with it...or give it away, or sell it...who knows..
Then I got these giant balls of Noro for a poncho that was on display in the store, called the Chevron Wrap.  The pattern is in the magazine...I think I will wear the hell out of it.....
Okay, the third store is one of my favorites, but nothing was speaking to me!!!!!  I finally settled on some LadyDyeYarns, which I had been waiting to arrive.  I thought about making a cowl with this, but just realized I can make the Hatdana with this and it'll be awesome.  I had bought some Uneek for the Hatdana, but have no idea where it might be right now....and the pom-pom is an awesome Hunter green! 

So we headed to Westport, as Maureen had never been to that store...they were having a trunk show of Swift Yarns.  I had never heard of this indie dyer.  So I bought this awesome mustardy yellow tweed for a hat.  I also bought this group of minis.  She had a sock sample made from them....but I'm probably use them for heels and cuffs.  I think she may have been disappointed when I mentioned that...We'll see...

The last store, we just made it in time, and again we went there because Maureen had never been there.  We just missed Gabi of Once Upon a Corgi's trunk show....I was bummed, I would have gotten some of her yarn, but I bought a cool June Pryce bag...dudes...chickens and llamas, what could be better?

I also got to pick from a basket at one of the stores, don't remember which, but got a set of Zing dpns...

So that was last Saturday.  This Saturday, I am recharging...we had Open House this week, I had a union meeting...I'm a union rep in my building...we had student convocation...it was exhausting and I've used up my stores of energy...with the auto-immune disease, I occasionally have to recharge.  I finished my book this morning..and then blogged...now I'm going to wind some yarn...and crochet on my poncho...and maybe take another nap...ta-ta for now

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Year of Projects: Week 38

Good morning!   How was your week?  Being back at school, I'm so exhausted when I get home, that I pretty much eat and go to bed.  I'm in bed by 8 o'clock, 9 at the very latest.

This year with my class being so low academically, I have to figure out new ways to reach them...so later today I will be planning for several hours....

But, yesterday I went on a yarn crawl.  We actually have quite a few yarn crawls in my area.  This one is the Western Connecticut Yarn Council Yarn Crawl.   A couple weeks back I hit up the Hudson Valley Yarn Crawl, made it to (I think) 5 stores out of 15....

Yesterday we did 5 stores too...I had done a 6th store after school on Friday, but there are 7 stores, so I don't get to put in for the grand prize.  I'm not going back out today to the last store, plus I was just there for the Hudson Valley one....I did not take any pictures, so not like me!

But the big thing in almost all the stores was Noro Ito yarn. I guess they've repackaged it...
I put my hand in for a comparison.  It is 400 m or 437 yards,  I'm going to make an asymmetrical wrap from their magazine.  It's called the Chevron Wrap, but doesn't seem to be on Ravelry. It was a store sample.....store samples help sell yarn!

So what about my projects?  Well I got my Lamb's Pride from WEBS and added some more stripes.

So I added from the orange stripe down last night.  Four full stripes and I started on the red, but had to go to sleep....I have one more bright green and then I'm starting the sequence over again...The pattern only has one sequence, but I want it longer, so going to do another sequence.  My husband says it looks like a sombrero.  LOL

And some more rows on my socks.  That's about it.....

2019 Finishes!!!!!
Muertos: 8/13/17-1/19/19
Who Socks: 10/7/18-1/22/19 (the Who socks were never on my list)
My Shelly Valentine: 2/10/16-2/9/19 (almost three years exactly!!!)
Alpaca Fun: 2/24/19-3/3/19
Green is the Best: 12/23/18-3/10/19
Willow Fields: 9/6.14-3/16/19
Lucy's Zebra 7/5-7/6/19
Black Widow Shawl 5/5/19-7/12/19
Lucy's Elephant Reserve 7/24/18-8/2/19
Shark Socks 7/28/19-8/12/19 
Swedish Block 8/20/19 - 8/24/19
Garter stitch block 8/24/19
Samples 8/28/19 finished

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17 - would like to finish for the fall

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18
Brainzzz - 10/1/18 
Mixed Pompom Hat: 7/27/19

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...

Candy Cane June 21, 
2017Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Merry Xmas - Box O'Chocolates: 2/9/19, frogged 7/21/19
Snow Day: 3/4/19
Merfolk: 7/25/19
Monster Mash: 8/16/19 (cuff started awhile ago)

Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy



Sunday, September 15, 2019

Year of Projects: Week 37

Good morning!  I am here again...and I crafted this week!  Nothing finished, but picked up some languishing projects....

My view form the Yarn Loft this morning.   I wrote about the Yarn Loft earlier this week, if you'd like to take a peek.

So I have been working on my Zombody's Eating Candy Corn socks...the yarn is from Desert Vista Dyeworks...I love her Zombie series and need to order more....
The bag is an Otterly Adorable bag...it has orange with black polka dots inside.  Love it!

I pulled out my Brainzzzz hat to work on.  I never started a Ravelry project page for it....I was bad about that last year, but again..lots of stuff going on.....I have a small blue marker at where I was on the i-cord brains...oh I've never done I-cord before this!   This is the pattern I used....I need 20-24 FEET of I-Cord!!!!! I have no idea how much I have, but not nearly enough!

The bag is a Jessalu bag.....

I added six stripes on my Throwback Poncho.....and again I don't have a project page!  I am using Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted for it.  This is the pattern I am using  I'm hoping this will be finished by Rhinebeck...but I wanted an orange stripe and my LYS did not have orange, so I ordered and orange and a fuchsia from Webs...it'll be here this week....It's very a very easy watching tv project...

So that is all for me this week.....I'm going to have to go back through my social media to see if I can figure out when I started these projects and  make a Ravelry page....Oh, the poncho is on my list!  The Brainzzzz hat I know I started in October of last year....just added it to the list...

2019 Finishes!!!!!
Muertos: 8/13/17-1/19/19
Who Socks: 10/7/18-1/22/19 (the Who socks were never on my list)
My Shelly Valentine: 2/10/16-2/9/19 (almost three years exactly!!!)
Alpaca Fun: 2/24/19-3/3/19
Green is the Best: 12/23/18-3/10/19
Willow Fields: 9/6.14-3/16/19
Lucy's Zebra 7/5-7/6/19
Black Widow Shawl 5/5/19-7/12/19
Lucy's Elephant Reserve 7/24/18-8/2/19
Shark Socks 7/28/19-8/12/19 
Swedish Block 8/20/19 - 8/24/19
Garter stitch block 8/24/19
Samples 8/28/19 finished

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17 - would like to finish for the fall

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18
Brainzzz - 10/1/18 
Mixed Pompom Hat: 7/27/19

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...

Candy Cane June 21, 2017Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Merry Xmas - Box O'Chocolates: 2/9/19, frogged 7/21/19
Snow Day: 3/4/19
Merfolk: 7/25/19
Monster Mash: 8/16/19 (cuff started awhile ago)

Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy

Monday, September 9, 2019

The Yarn Loft

So when we moved to the Homestead, we first slept in what had been my sister-in-law's room.  There are four bedrooms in the house, two upstairs and two downstairs.

My FIL was in the room downstairs that was my husband's room when he lived here.
This is the last picture of him.  After he passed, we painted the room a teal color.....My husband uses it when he is changing clothes to work in the chicken yard, the garden or on the property, so it's a mess and I don't have a picture of it now...I found one when it was painted, but it's dark
The other room downstairs is what they called "the den"  Right now, we just dump things in that room that we don't know what to do with....it is also the "pantry" as the closet is a bunch of shelves.

So we slept in what was his sister's room.  I now call it our room, as I'm trying to make this more ours, but he will still call is Kelli's room, on occasion....
It's a work in progress.  We are still bringing our things over from the other house.  We had just bought a house last year.  A two family house.  So now we are going to rent it out...but since we are still cleaning out this house, not all of our stuff is here...I do have a corner in that room for this..
And we decided that my MIL's room would be my craft room - Yarn Loft.  The room is a loft.  I get up before my husband and it's too noisy.  It is also very warm in the room!

So we had to move the bed out before I could really do anything with the room. So now there is a bed in the teal room, that can be used for visitors....or when one of us is sick...LOL....
And I've worked on turning this into a more usable space.  It is also my "dressing room"  The two closets have my clothes, as well as the two bureaus...
So the bed is gone.  I have an antique rocking chair.  Larry thinks his great uncle Bill probably made it.  I bought the little end table to have someplace to put my tea and my Zombie yarn bowl.  The sheepskin is from my stepfather and is probably 30 years old.  The room does get good light, but not for a long time...
So this area has changed a bit...I took off some of the baskets and added some other things to the top....The floor in front has a picture that needs to be hung and some bags with WIPs and my Namaste bag that holds my circulars.
I found this storage unit at Michaels, it's for markers and pens.  I thought it would be perfect for DPNs...not all of mine are there (many are on projects)  I also want to get elastics to keep the sets together, but haven't done that yet...my Legos are on top....The open area holds my stitchmarkers/progress keepers.  That green glass bowl I bought at an antique store.  It might have been an ash tray.  The drawers hold measuring tapes, scissors, row counters, etc....

Next to it is a 4 compartment holder.  It has my 9"in circulars in it, since I use those the most and some longer DPNs.   Then I have glass jar of sample minis and a vase holding my straights.....
My sheep collection and two baskets of already wound yarn and thicker yarn....Those three cubbies underneath are all self-stripe yarn...
Yes, we have a rotary phone upstairs that still works...my llama lamp and near it is my alpaca yarn bowl...
This area is mostly commercial yarn, which I use for my amigurami and some baby items...see that yellow and brown striped bag?  That was gifted to me in a swap...It's the Yellow Brick Road.  It is filled with Brown Sheep, as I am making a throwback poncho with Brown Sheep Worsted.

To the side is a quilt stand my MIL had (she had two) and I use it to dry my socks after washing...
My MIL's cedar chest, which is filled with WIPs...this is where I blog, listen to podcasts and wind yarn....I also have my blue yarn bowl here, which I recently received in a swap. And then my tubs start...
I have twenty tubs of various sizes and also some bags and baskets...and then the yarn caddy in front.  I probably have 6-10 more tubs at the other house.  And in our garage I have a bunch of tubs with big box yarn in it....sigh
This bookshelf probably holds 5% of my craft books....we are not sure where are going to put our -books.  The Hubs and I are READERS and we have lots of books.....there is a built-in floor to ceiling bookshelf in "the den" but we are not using it yet...because it has to be cleaned out...
My bags from various vendors/shops....
And the top of my bureau has my POPS, my mystery minis (I have more) and my bad-ass females..and some okay guys too.....

The Yarn Loft is the two windows on the second floor.   The Teal room are the windows to the right on the ground floor. 

This house was built to my MIL's specifications.  She saw the plans for this house in a newspaper when she was younger, she cut them out and saved them.  When they got the land and built the house, she gave the plans to the contractor....and low The Homestead was born (they did not call it that, but the Hubs and I have called it that for years)

Hope you've enjoyed this little tour....it is a still a work in progress...I want a comfy chair for the Loft, but that will have to wait for now.....