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A Very Full Weekend

We are all moved into my sister’s place, if not at all unpacked.  And, lucky me, I have a hubby who let me run off to a yarn crawl that spanned the whole weekend and then some!

The SD Yarn Crawl went Thursday through Sunday and covered nearly all of San Diego!   I missed Thursday since that was the day we moved the bulk of our stuff.  Friday, after another full day of moving I managed to grab my husband, Little, and my grandparents to go check out A Simpler Time Alpacas & Mill, which was conveniently close to my grandparents’ house!  Did I remember to bring my camera, yes.  Did I remember to get it out and take any pictures once I was there, no 😦

Either way, it was really interesting, and probably my favorite stop of the crawl!  They showed us all the machines they use to clean and process the fiber, and, we got to pet and feed some super cute alpacas!!!  I never knew they made the cutest little noises!  I don’t even know what to compare it to haha, but it was a lot of fun, and I got a pretty little hank of alpaca yarn.

Saturday morning (still with camnesia), while Little napped, my sister came with me to Two Sisters and Ewe and Yarn and Thread Expressions.  They are my closest yarn shops, and I always really like their selections.  Super nice ladies that work at both.

It was supposed to be hot that afternoon, so I convinced Josh to go to a few more locations on the crawl with me before heading to the old apartment to grab some of the left over stuff.  We hit up Yarns at Border Leather, The Grove, and The Needlecraft Cottage.

Border Leather had floor to ceiling yarn in one room, and bolts of leather in another!  Lots of pretty things, and very good prices.  One lady, sadly two steps ahead of me, found a whole package of angora yarn on clearance for $5!  $5!!!!!

The Grove was also a super cute book store in a neighborhood called South Park.  It’s a great part of town, and it even had an ice cream shop next door.

The Needlecraft Cottage is in Pacific Beach, a great little beach neighborhood with lots of restaurants and bars.  They had all kinds of needle crafts (no kidding!) including cross stitch and embroidery.  I ended up with a super cute pair of sheep earrings from them.  In their parking lot was The Yarnover Truck too!

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I fell on my credit card a little bit and splurged on a pretty hank of Indigo Dragonfly Merino Single Lace in Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock.  I LOVE IT!  Can’t wait to find a pattern for it 😀

Sunday Little, my sister, and our grandparents met up again to cover the last shops on our list, and I even managed to take a few pictures this time!

First stop of the day, La Dolce Vida Alpacas.

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A nice little ranch way out in the middle of nothing and dirt roads.  If you venture there, check their websites directions first!   It became well-known that GPS lies when trying to get there.  Their alpacas were a little flighty, but we did get to pet some BIG pups (I think they are great pyrenees, but I didn’t actually ask).

Yarning for You had some beautiful shawls and scarfs all over their shop, showing off their yarn selection.  They even had a whole section of baby knits that were to die for!

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We maybe had a little too much fun there 😉

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We kind of rushed through the last two shops, to get home in time for Little to have dinner.  Common Threads and The Black Sheep I could have stayed in for DAYS!  There was so much yarn!!!  They just had bookshelves of yarn that kept going and going!  I can’t wait to have some extra fiber funds to go back there.

SAM_1266It was a great weekend, and my first ever crawl!  I hope I get a chance to do more!

How was your weekend?

 

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Ahhhh

Things have been a little crazy around here lately.  I’ve been dying my little heart out for the Vista Fiber Arts Fiesta (come see me!) the second weekend in October, packing for our move next week, and preparing all the things that seem to go along with a baby’s first birthday.

Well, the birthday stuff is over and done with!  Little’s first birthday was Friday, and Josh and I took her to downtown San Diego to ride an antique carousel, her first one 🙂

She loved it!

She loved it!

We had a birthday dinner that night with grandparents and great-grandparents.

Saturday we had a big birthday party with all the family!  She chased balloons, tore up gift bags, and dove right into her first cupcake!

Yum!

Yum!

I used my standard vanilla cake recipe, and found the most amazing new frosting recipe to go with it!  Seriously, go try it!  It’s the first time I ever wanted to lick the frosting bowl as clean as the cake mix bowl :X haha.

It was a long weekend, but memorable and tons of fun.  So now I am taking some time, coffee in hand, cat in lap, to catch up on some of the blogs I enjoy reading so much.  And this coming week, I’ll be previewing some of the super fun yarns and stuff that I will be bringing up to the Fiesta with me in a few weeks 😀  (You know, in between packing and moving *yikes*)

Oh boy,

I’ve got a long morning ahead of me. This is 4 hanks worth of an experiment in gradient dying. While it did work, it was more involved than I’d planned, and now I have 872 yards to un tangle. Wish me luck!

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So much being done,

And yet so little to show for it so far.

I haven’t mentioned it yet, but I’m going to be participating in the Vista Fiber Arts Fiesta Oct 12-13!  I’m super excited since this will be my first fiber oriented fair!  I’ve been dying up yarn as fast as I can manage, and then, a weird thing happened.  I had a rush on the stock I had in my Etsy store!  I’ve nearly sold out!  While this is great, it means MORE DYING!  All this dying has meant less knitting and a lot less blogging.  I’m currently waiting on another shipment of blank yarn, so it’s time to catch up on the other stuff!

I started my Summer Blooms Shawl not to long ago.  It’s plugging along at about 2 rows a day.  This isn’t so bad considering each row is 417 stitches.

SAM_1151I’m a little over half way through the lace portion and have started decreases.  I’m loving this pattern so bad!  It’s the first time I’ve worked with beads in my knitting, and it’s way easier that you would think.  The best part is that I get to use that sweet little antique crochet hook.  It belonged to my husband’s great-grandmother!  It’s the tiniest hook I’ve ever seen, and I can’t believe she could actually crochet with it!  I’ve seen some of the lace she made with them (I have several of her old hooks) and someday I’ll have to post pictures of them.

There’s also been some Christmas knitting going on (102 days left!).  I started a nice chevron blanket.

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Still not sure exactly who will receive it come the holiday season, but at least I’m making progress on some gifts.  I’ve stash busted some Caron Simply Soft for it, but knitting to much is somehow rubbing my fingers a little raw.  Anyone else have that problem with acrylic?  It’s never bothered me before.

I’ve also started a scarf for my aunt.

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I’m not sure if I like it though.  I had wanted to do this pattern out of something with mohair in it, but I didn’t have any in white, and my aunt keeps saying how hard it is to find a white scarf.  This is some more acrylic from the stash.  It has a sort of pearled strand running through it, and the yarn itself is kind of bumpy.  Any of you have a better pattern you’d suggest?

It looks like my blanks have arrived!  So back to the kitchen with me.  I’ll have more fun shop updates soon 😉

 

So, this happened…

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I happened to mention that I would like a yarn baller for my birthday this year.  This guy is a result of that conversation with my husband.

 

That is all.

Stash Busted!

I was trying to explain the concept of stash busting to my husband this morning, while we were discussing the fact that I should be working on Christmas gifts by now.  I was telling him that I needed a few, new, specific yarns for some of the projects.  He said I should be using what I have, which is true.  I have a lot.  Trouble is, that it’s mostly acrylic from when I first started knitting again.  This is were the fact that I am now a yarn snob really does me a disservice.

I said to him that I would try and stash bust as much as I could this year.  He joked, “Good, or I’ll have to stash bust you!”  He then explained that by “stash bust” he meant that he had found my stash and was going to mess with it.

So, if your significant other happens to find your stash (and apparently disapproves) you are “Stash Busted!”

This is my stash.  It is not large, it is not organized.

This is my stash. It is not large, it is not organized.

I am officially stash busted, and I’ve shown you mine, now it’s your turn to show me yours!  What does your stash look like?  Will you be diving into it this holiday season?  (I know, why would I scare you into thinking about the holidays right now?  It’s because we only have 114 knitting days left people!)