Friday, October 10, 2014

Red and leopard print

I decided that I needed short red gloves (Petit Riens by E.A. Kelley) for my holiday party outfit a couple of months ago.  I was three-quarters of the way through the first one when I tried it on. That was when I discovered it was too small.  The unfinished piece was ripped and re-cast in a larger size.
It's really a bright tomato red(in Naturally Dawn wool/silk) that matches my high heels and contrasts beautifully against the black and green of the chosen dress.  I also under estimated how long it would take to knit a glove on 2.5mm needles! Guess what I am doing this weekend?
I finally overcame my fear of working a three color hat ( I would love to tell you the yarn, but I lost the ball bands. I think it's Berroco Vintage DK)  In fact, I'm surprised at how much I am enjoying it!
And the inside:
The hat is Stray by Andi Satterlund   I have to hope at some point it will get cool enough to wear such a soft, squishy hat outside!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

This time of year...

I should not be left  unattended for more than thirty seconds.  Even the grocery store is full of festive pitfalls, so many adorable themed things I must have.


Friday, October 3, 2014

I think I need more...

I am kind of in love with this yarn. It's a fingering weight, alpaca/silk blend that is slightly fuzzy, feels like you are petting a kitten and comes in semi-solid jewel tones that glow.  And...it looks like it's being discontinued.  They have new line, same base, different weight and in solid colors which I am not quite as enamored with.
This means that a couple of skeins of their red(ruby), another of the blue-green(azurite) and maybe one more of the gray(smoky quartz) in the fingering weight may end up on their way to my house in the near future. I must acquire more of the luscious decadence before it goes away!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Summary of September

There was knitting:
With time to spare for the little one's birthday.
A whole sweater, in a bulky yarn and a repeat pattern.
And a little something I cobbled together and now hangs on my purse.

There was cake!
The request was for a white chocolate cake with marshmallow frosting.  I found some white nectarines, a favorite, and decided the cake needed those as well!

A little cross stitch:
It will hang in my bathroom once framed. :-D

And a little llama wine:

Yes, I bought it for the label.

Now, now is the panicked realization that there are holidays and festivities happening all too soon and I am not ready!




Saturday, September 6, 2014

A few things courtesy of the yarn stash

So I finished the big bag using stash yarn.  Before felting:
And after felting:
I also made a medium bag, to hold sundries in the big bag and a small notions pouch:
I've got another minion almost done, it's for the young son of a friend:
I'm also to the sleeves on an eyelet sweater, made with a few minor alterations and started earlier in the week.  There are kits put together, strictly from stash yarn; for a hooded lace cape, a pair of slippers (they will be red), a Dirty Martini sweater,  plus a couple of pairs of fingerless mitts, and a sweater vest.
I will also admit to having at least two more sweaters worth that I am still deciding on patterns for.

I think I need to knit a lot more.  A lot faster.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

I took a bit of a dip in the yarn stash

I went looking for yarn for one project.  I found partial skeins of two dozen lovely wool yarns, inspiring the brilliant idea for a couple of stash busting travel bags.  Bags that would use lots of yardage while being a bit more distinctive and really easy to wash.  I started a large rectangular bag yesterday afternoon:
I've added about 6 inches to the sides since this morning.  I keep changing yarns, making the project rather addicting. :-)
In between knitting more toys, which can be rough on my hands, I cast on a really lovely lace shawl from Rosemary Hill called Brandywine.  The yarn has lost it's ball band, but I'm pretty sure it's from Verdant Gryphon.

It's turning into a really gorgeous piece.  The combination of yarn and pattern is wonderful!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Tonight is my twenty year high school reunion....

Despite all the people I would love to see, circumstances did not enable me to attend.  So here is me saying, "Hello everyone!"

As consolation, I am spending the evening knitting, watching Grosse Pointe Blank, and contemplating an occasion I could wear a man-eating plant dress.  Maybe my dad's upcoming wedding?