Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New Orleans

When Glenn and I were talking about vacation this year, our first in a while, I threw out the idea of New Orleans never thinking he'd agree. Agree he did! We booked a room at the Maison Dupuy (I highly recommend this hotel) and put our butts in gear. We spent a week there and it was amazing! I won't mention the heat because locals don't want to hear how hot tourists think it is - they already know. Otherwise it was perfection. The hotel, the food, the people, the drinks and, most of all, sharing this experience with the person I love most in the world. Here's a taste:

Breakfast every day we were there.

Deanie's Seafood. A must!

Our waiter was nice enough to take this photo for us at Eat New Orleans.

And of course yarn! I went to The Quarter Stitch which was a lovely yarn shop very close to our hotel. This is Mountain Colors dyed just for the shop in the color, what else?, Mardi Gras! I liked this so much, I went back to get a second skein so I can make Glenn a Sockhead Hat so we can enjoy New Orleans all winter long.

I cannot tell you what a great time we had. Home almost two weeks and I'm still smiling. Thank you New Orleans!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mistaken Rib Cowl

A friend of Patrick's is leaving for college this September. She loved the package I made up for him so I'm making one up for her to keep her warm during the brutal upstate New York winter. This is the first item I've completed. It's a Purl Soho design called Mistake Rib Cowl. She loves grey and black so I thought Malabrigo's Garden Gate was a perfect color for her. Here's my son, Glenn, modeling for me.

I'll be making a few more things for her and I'll share them as I finish. I really love the Purl Soho designs. They're simple and beautiful with easy to follow directions. I did make this a smaller size because I wanted a tighter fit around the neck. Onto a pair of socks next!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Two For The Price of One

I have two pair of socks to share with you today!

This first pair I did a while back for my sister and I wanted to surprise her with them so I didn't post them. It was the first time I've used the infamous Wollmeise yarn. I gotta say, I'm not impressed. Oh don't get me wrong the color is gorgeous but the texture just wasn't up to snuff. It was splitty at times and a little on the rough side. I'm hoping that it was just this skein because I've managed to collect quite a few over the years. Well here are the socks I made for Pat.

This second pair is for one of my dearest friend's sister in law. My girl, Roseanne, lives in Vegas but is coming in the fall to give her sister in law a baby shower. I decided I would, as I usually do when someone is expecting, make socks for the expectant mom and something for the baby. I haven't picked out something for the baby but here are the socks for Mommy. They're the Eyelet Rib Sock which can be found here. I like doing the ribbed socks because they fit during pregnancy and after. They're done in Neighborhood Fiber Studio Sock and I love them so much I want to keep them. But I won't.

Next is stuff for a friend of Patrick's leaving for college upstate. She likes dark colors so I'll need my glasses. I think mitts, a cowl, socks and a pair of mittens should keep her warm for a while!

Monday, May 9, 2016

I Hate Surprises

So on Sunday morning, which was Mother's Day, Glenn was scheduled to go golfing. Or so I thought.

This happened:

Me: Good morning honey! Time to get up and go golfing.

Honey: Good morning! I'm not going golfing today. Happy Mother's Day! Surprise! We're going to Maryland to buy yarn and see the sheep!

Me: Oh no we're not! I hate surprises! I have my day planned. You're going golfing.

Honey: Ok

Needless to say, I came to my senses a few minutes later and we were off. After I apologized for being an asshole.

I texted my Twitter pal, Martha, to see if she wanted to meet up. I'ts nice to put a personality to a little photograph and a friend you know in 140 characters or less. Here's me and Martha, who btw, is so sweet and nice and has the cutest Southern accent!

I went in with the intention of not getting sock yarn. That lasted until I found out Neighborhood Fiber was there. I did restrain myself and only buy 2 skeins of sock yarn. At their booth. And one at Blue Moon. I did get some chunky from Bitsy Knits which is really gorgeous. Oh and the name was hilarious. The Case of the Murderous Mermaid!

It was great fun. It was the least crowded festival I've ever been to which is good for me, not so good for the vendors. Also it was, or seemed, smaller than I remember it being in the past. There were a lot of "other" vendors and by other I mean other than yarn. They were yarn related - baskets, needles, rug hooking for example. Weather was great, the company I kept was great and there was yarn. Doesn't get much better than that!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Antelope Hat

I was looking for something quick and easy to knit up and I'm always in need of a good hat. Started looking through Ravelry and came across the Antelope Hat by Kelly McClure who also wrote up the pattern for the Sockhead Hat. It's made with Huckleberry Knits BFL in the Alder colorway. I knit this up in one day and loved it. I did have a little problem which was my fault not the fault of the pattern.

The closure includes k3tog and I dropped one. I didn't find it until I was blocking it but I'm glad I found it at all! A quick fix and here it is:

I really enjoyed knitting this. It's going to become one of my go to patterns.

Thursday, April 7, 2016


My friend, Nicole, turned me onto a little indie dyer that makes gorgeous self striping sock yarn. I'm almost hesitant to share because when the yarn goes up for sale, it sells fast. But share I shall. It's Must Stash yarn and it can be found here. The yarn is lovely and the colors are spectacular. I was going to make my sister a pair of socks with this yarn, she loves loud gorgeous yarns, but Patrick took one look at this and said "Ummm Mom? Who is this yarn for?" My response? "You I guess" He was thrilled. More so when he saw the finished project. I was just going to do a vanilla sock but wanted a little bit of texture. I went with an old stand by for me, the SKYP Sock. It's a great pattern for any yarn - solid, variegated or striped. Never lets me down!

Friday, March 18, 2016

A Happy Miscalculation

I was knitting a pair of socks for a friend of mine when about three quarters of the way through the first sock I realized it would be too big to fit her. Being a person who hates to frog, I thought of someone who the socks would suit. Someone with a somewhat larger foot. Someone who would appreciate my taste in yarn and patterns. Someone who loves hand knitted socks. I came up with the best recipient ever. Me!

Yarn is Unwind Yarn Company's Twinkle Sock in Storm Front. Pattern is Dublin Bay Socks which is a free pattern which can be found here.