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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween last night!  I’ve been neglecting the blog again to play with yarn (but who could blame me really?).

There’s a baby coming!  That means there’s a blanket in the works.  The shower for said baby is next weekend.  The parents-to-be don’t live super far from us, but it’s far enough that I want to make sure they have their blanket for when he arrives, so I’m knitting my little heart out every chance I get.  The only reason I have a minute to blog now is because I left my knitting at my parents’ house after all the Halloween festivities last night.  I am not a fast knitter, and I need to be working on this blanket every spare minute I have, so a retrieval mission is set for this afternoon.

I’m using the OpArt blanket pattern, which I’m LOVING so far.  I had a few others in mind, but when my husband saw OpArt he said it looked just like a tattoo that the daddy-to-be had, and that it was the one!  I think that’s as good a reason as any 🙂

I’ve also been playing with NEW yarn!  I want to expand my line of hand dyed yarns to include some different weights.  This is my heap of trial yarn to see what I like.  And bonus, all of it is made in the USA!!!

So much wooly goodness!

So much wooly goodness!

I’ve been in love with hand dyed single ply yarn lately, and in this heap there’s a very nice one in a lace weight.  There’s also a squishy soft superwash Marino bulky that I can’t wait to knit something up with!

What is your favorite type of yarn to knit with?

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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 😉

 

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!)

Well…

I should have said that I’d be blogging more LIFE permitting.  Sadly we had a loss in the family (yes it was expected, no it doesn’t really make it any easier).  We were so happy that Great-Grandma C got to meet LS.  She was an amazing and strong lady, and she will be missed dearly.

We love you!

We love you!

*sigh*  Now that I’ve brought everyone down with me, onto the happy shall we?

We had a very laid back Easter at my grandma’s house.  Including special guest Uncle Andy who was visiting us on leave from his Army training!

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Big group, big ham, big fun!  Little Sheep even got to participate in her very first egg hunt!  (With some help from Grandma!)

Maybe the Easter Bunny should have brought her some tiny sunglasses...

Maybe the Easter Bunny should have brought her some tiny sunglasses…

My Papa always hides Easter eggs around their one acer yard for all the grandkids.  The only problem was, we were never sure if we’d found them all or not (he is a very good hider).  It got to the point where Papa would have a count of all the eggs he’d hidden, so we could tell when we had them all.  Somehow, we still would be finding eggs come July, filled with icky, melted, buggy chocolate.  After one too many of these July eggs ended up thrown across the yard by the ride along lawn mower, Papa started making maps.

This year was no different, except he made the map after the fact and only remembered where 22 of the 24 eggs were hidden.  This has turned into quite the joke hunt, as the youngest of the grandkids (shown below) is 15, and we’ve long since forgotten about the Easter Bunny.  (I guess we’ll be starting up again with LS.)

I love this picture.  It starts out as all of the grandkids humoring Papa, then, it turns into a competition to see who can find the missing eggs.

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Papa with his map, and Katie laughing at our inability to find the last 2 eggs.

You’ve never seen so many adults looking so hard for a few little eggs!

LS was more interested in the tag on the bunny bottom of her Easter gift from her Great-Grandma, than any of the eggs.  But it did make for the sweetest photo shoot 🙂

LS starting to sit up (nearly) on her own!

LS starting to sit up (nearly) on her own!

It was a beautiful day, with not a lot of time to knit *sigh*.  I have been plugging along on my mini shawl though.  I’m dying to have it done by this Saturday to wear to a monthly craft fair that I will be checking out as a potential spot to sell yarn in the future.  Although I might look a little silly wearing a scarf when the temp is supposed to be 80+.  Oh well, the sooner I finish the sooner there will be pictures, and a new pattern 😉

Hope you all had a nice holiday weekend!

 

Internet! a Move, and Typing One Handed

Through many trials and calls to AT&T, I finally have internet!  Internet at our new apartment no less!  Yes, we are officially back in the land of my people, San Diego, and oh how I missed it.

Via a lovely restaurant on Coronado Island

Majority of my family lives here, and we are very lucky to have so much help with Olivia.  Although, right this moment I don’t have this help handy, and thus I am holding the little sheep in one arm, and hunting and pecking with the other.  Whatever works, right?

I have manged some knitting however!  After the baby blanket was finished, I started finishing up all the baby hats I’d started (modeled pictures to come) and working on a headband or two.

After the little sheep debuted, I did have to take five while I recovered and get into the new swing of things.  This was the next project… (I did mine in cotton because it was the only orange I could find (?) and so the rim didn’t roll much)

Cute hat, squirmy baby 🙂
Grumpy Halloween apparently

We also joined the Susan G. Koman Walk for the Cure in memory of her Grammy V.  (My sister made her the shirt <3)  It was amazing, and at 6 weeks postpartum it was exhausting, but totally worth it.  We’re planing on participating again next year 🙂

“Strolling for Grandma”

Now, the race for Christmas knitting starts.  I’ll give you a minute to catch your breath…

So far I’ve got 3 projects started, including his awesome knited moustache,  and at least 4 more to go.  Knitting is far harder one-handed than typing.

How’s everyone else’s holiday knitting going?

Happy 4th!

Just wanted to say a Happy 4th of July!

Be safe, don’t drink and drive, and keep your pets safe and secure on what can be a scary day for them.