Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Vogue Knitting Live NYC 2018

I went again this year with my friend, Maureen.  This was our second time going, we didn't go last year and I've been once by myself.....
On the train...I didn't knit much, as my hands have been giving me some trouble.....
It was very, very cold walking from Grand Central to the hotel...if you have never been in a city, when wind is ripping down the tunnels created by the tall buildings...it is an experience!!!!  It was really windy and really cold!!  Brrrrrr....

After waiting on line for the coat check, then we waited on line to register......so many excited people!  I saw Gail Zucker...she is a photographer from Connecticut....I've met her several times....

There were two floors of the marketplace and then a third floor is set aside for artists to show how they use fiber/yarn in the arts.....

I will say that VKLive is ALWAYS crowded!  The space is not really large and there are so many people packed into it!   I'm just going to post some pictures and I'll comment, if needed!
The popular Fringe bags....they don't appeal to me...same as I'm not collecting all the enamel pins....I do like pins, just not collecting like many people are.....Instead I went to the Chiagu booth and picked up a New York City bag, with pigeons as the inside fabric...How Perfect!!!!! Picture at end...




Look at that poncho/hoodie hybrid!  I loved it!

 A fashion show was going on and we couldn't get down this aisle....


Kristy Glass....I had to go back, as I gave her the amigurami, but forgot to take a picture....Debbie at Backyard Fiber works and Kelly from the Do Ewe Knit? booth...I really need to get to this store in New Jersey..maybe this summer....


The amigurami exhibit on the 7th floor.....and I asked how to pronounce it correctly...by Resobox



Some favorites Going Gnome!  They are dyeing yarn in a kettle!!!



At the Huck and Stuff display, we could try on the masks!
I'm sorry, I did not get this artist's name or grab his card...very cool "graffiti style" fiber artist

This was spectacular!  It was very large.....

Then back to the shopping....
Tess Designer Yarns always amazes me with their array of greys....this time it was the greens that made me sigh....
Bye NYC, until next time.....and the haul...




Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Stitch Along, Week 3

I am so sorry I forgot last week......although I almost forgot this week too, to be honest.....

So I have mainly been working on the Jessica Jones cowl using Malabrigo Rios, than anything else.....I just started skein too...
It's the linen stitch, which I've never done before, but always admired.....it does seem to be slow going though....

I also started the Blue Wave hat....using these Backyard Fiberworks skeins I bought at Vogue Knitting Live....the next post will have more pictures....
It's just the ribbing so far.....

So how about you?  What are you working on? Please link up and link back...and maybe leave a comment...thanks...



Monday, January 15, 2018

Year of Projects: Year 5, Week 2

Oh dear, I am not starting this year off very well on the blogging front!...I am a day late on this list, but I want to make sure I keep it up...and I totally forgot about the Wednesday WIP post....sigh......

2018 Finished Projects:

Millennial Slytherin Mitts - Jan 6, 2018 
KG AMi - Jan 10, 2018

So I do have two finished projects so far this year....The mitts were for my student teacher.  I ordered Gryffindor yarn, but then found out she was a Slytherin! (I'm a Ravenclaw) So looked around my stash and found that White Birch yarn....the colors are just a bit off, hence the Millennial title....
The KG amigurami was inspired by Kristy Glass....I gave it to her on Saturday at Vogue Knitting Live...it was a thank you for hosting the pie party during Rhinebeck....
I made her two hats...the cowl also comes off this dress and I made a poncho/serape too...

I realized while making this, that I really miss making amirguramis!  So I will have to get back to making more this year......

I went to Vogue Knitting Live in NYC on Saturday...I will post about it on Tuesday.....we are getting snow again, so we may have another snow day on Wednesday...sigh!!!

Only started one new project, the Blue Wave hat...I bought the yarn from Backyard Fiber works on Saturday....


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
Fortune's Shawlette - 5/20/17 - Finished ball 2    


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)- why I may crochet the others...have these and 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) - Totally forgot about this...could get it done to wear in spring...I think I was debating whether to do the bottom ruffle...it's not a good placement for me...

Multnomah (8/21/16)- stuck on feather and fan edging, have too many stitches, in timeout. Stitch count continues to be off.
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Blue Wave - 1/15/18


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Carlos and Arne socks (July 3 2015)- using a 9" needle...keep losing stitches.
 

Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Folding Chairs - (2/17/17) - Her Story plain vanilla
Zombie Latte Socks - (6/27/17) - need some zombie socks come Walking Dead premiere!
Just Keep Swimming - (6/16/16) 
Hudson Bay Socks - (6/21/17)

Muertos - 8/13/17
Twas the Night - 12/24/17


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..
 

Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn 
My Shelly Valentine (2/10/16) - should finish for this year's Valentine's Day, yeah, that did not happen
Sea Glass (4/13/17) - a Zauberball shawl

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, January 7, 2018

Year of Projects: Year 5 Week 1


2017 Finishes:
1/7/2016 P_ssyhat for donation
1/11/17 Quick Yellow Crochet Cowl
1/25/17 Quick Block Cowl
2/11/17 Lucy For Gfyindor hat 
2/13/17 Zombie Valentine Socks 
2/18/17 Zombie Autumn socks
2/20/17 True Blue Pussyhat
4/8/17 Four Bunny Butts 
4/9/17 Lucy's Bunny Hat
4/9/17 Hipster Wurm
4/13/17 Live Long and Prosper socks
5/1/17 Perfectly Pooled Hat
6/4/17 Rhonda's P_ssyhat
6/24/17 Rainbow Beanie
6/28/17 Star Spangled P Hat 
7/2/17 F. Cancer Hat 
7/14/17 Das Monster
9/16/17 Ramsey's Mitts
9/24/17 Spring is in the Air Socks
11/22/17 Slopes Sweater
11/25/17 Elephant Park Hat
11/23/17 Beginner Ear Warmer
11/23/17 Warmies
12/17/17 Baby Heart Hat

So I did not craft as much as previous years.  Part of it was for health reasons, which I'm still dealing with this year.  In fact, I may have an upcoming hospital stay for a day or two.....but it is what it is...which is pretty much my motto in life.....

This year I am starting the year off with 11 sock WIPs, 16 wraps/shawls/cowls, 1 baby sweater, 1 blanket, 1 tunic, 2 fingerless gloves and 1 set of mittens.

I'm going to update my WIP list and leave some of the hibernating ones on it....I may have forgotten some, so my list may change....I will definitely be adding to it....

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
Fortune's Shawlette - 5/20/17 - Finished ball 2    


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)- why I may crochet the others...have these and 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) - Totally forgot about this...could get it done to wear in spring...I think I was debating whether to do the bottom ruffle...it's not a good placement for me...


Multnomah (8/21/16)- stuck on feather and fan edging, have too many stitches, in timeout. Stitch count continues to be off.
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...

Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket

Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Carlos and Arne socks (July 3 2015)- using a 9" needle...keep losing stitches.
 

Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Folding Chairs - (2/17/17) - Her Story plain vanilla
Zombie Latte Socks - (6/27/17) - need some zombie socks come Walking Dead premiere!
Just Keep Swimming - (6/16/16) 
Hudson Bay Socks - (6/21/17)

Muertos - 8/13/17
Twas the Night - 12/24/17





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..
 

Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn 
My Shelly Valentine (2/10/16) - should finish for this year's Valentine's Day, yeah, that did not happen
Sea Glass (4/13/17) - a Zauberball shawl

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, January 6, 2018

1st Stash Acquisition 2018

So 2018 has started off with a Snow Bomb Cyclone!  Lots of snow and really frigid temperatures!  I have not been out of the house since Wednesday.....
Brrrr.......So I have been shopping online....although, as I said, I am going to have to slow it down, as we are buying a house....I may be going to Vogue Knitting Live next weekend, but not planning on buying much, just going to have some fun....

So these have come in the mail this week..
hue loco on Spun Sock (80/10/10) SW Merino/Cashmere/Nylon in Sucker Punch
and Clap Yo Hands on Phyllis Sock (75/25) SW Merino/Nylon - One Pot Wonder, non-repeatable colors.

I follow Hue Loco on Instagram and have been in love with some of her colors....so glad I finally was able to snag some....

And then, well I got some Christmas Stripe yarn....I did buy a Christmas stripe, but I wanted something with thicker stripes to it...
O Christmas Feet by Whitebirch Fiber Arts. a long seven color repeat....the green is thicker than he other colors.
And Santa Baby, a more even three stripe colorway

So, I'll add some of the ones I didn't get to last week:

I went to a Groovy Hues trunk show in a "new to me" yarn store: Twist Yarn Shoppe
Those on the East Coast will recognize the Dunkin' Donuts colors....I Run on Dunkin'
Hair of the Walker That Bit Ya'
and a double skein of It's Elemental, My Dear Watson
Mad Fiber BAMF club: Madison Walker...not sure I will continue with the club this year, as I have so much of her yarn and I need to use it....
Red Bird was the October colorway for Knitted Wit's Her Story
Casa de Colores for November in honor of the Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor in San Juan
Apple Blossoms was December's colorway

I'm not sure I'm going to order this club this year.....I have only used one of the colorways so far....and that aforementioned need to cut down a bit.....but I did really love this club...

Nerd Girl's Random Fandom December was Men in Black on Foxy, a DK 75% Polwarth, 25% Silk.....I'm debating on keeping this club too......but it is so hard to get into this club, so not so sure I want to give up my spot...

At FFNE in Springfield in November, I bought....
Play at Life Team Free Will set to make a blanket.....colors are: Born at Night, Lumbering Piles of Flannel, Dropout with $6 and Mr. Comatose

Maleficient, it was the show colorway..such a deep, dark, rick purple....on the Iachos base
From a farm, cormo yarn to make socks, they were giving away a book too....
Yes, it's another Wonder Woman set, I have a plan for it!
Resist Voldermort!  Has all the House colors!
I Get By....the main color is that olive stripe......

Except for the various Cascades I've bought for the baby hats, I think this catches me up!!!!  Whew!  I think this year is going to be the year of the Self Stripe Sock!  I have so many yarns to choose from and I really do love them so!!!!!  How about you?  Any plans for your stash for the New Year???