Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Spectacular Zigzagular

Patrick has been into graffiti art lately so I wanted to make him something that would reflect it. I went to Etsy and found a great yarn that is actually called Graffiti. Easy enough. Now what to make with it? Brigit had made a pair of Zigzagular socks and I just loved them so I gave them a try.




Here's a close up of the zigzag pattern:




These were so cute that I was tempted to keep them. Of course I didn't but you can bet I'll be making a pair for myself!





Sunday, January 4, 2015

I'm a Groupie!

Apparently I've become a groupie. A Loopy Groupie that is. I'll explain.

One of my favorite online shops is The Loopy Ewe. For Christmas, I asked Glenny to get me a gift certificate from them so I could pick my own yarn. I decided to shop last week and picked out a lovely skein of yarn called Mrs. Crosby which I thought was so adorable I couldn't resist. Oh and the yarn was gorgeous too.




So a few days later I get a box. I thought it odd because I'd only ordered one skein of yarn. I opened it up and found:




In addition to my ordered skein of yarn was a lovely skein of Lorna's Laces, an adorable sheep calendar and a boss project bag with Loopy Groupie printed on it by Della Q. Thinking there was a mistake, I called The Loopy Ewe to let them know there must have been a mistake. Much to my surprise, I was informed that because I'd placed six orders, I was now a Loopy Groupie and this was their welcome package! How cool is that? I knew that they had a rewards program but I didn't know about this lovely thank you from them! Needless to say, I love this shop. I've always loved them, great yarns, great service, prompt delivery, and now this!

If you're looking for an online place to purchase all things knitting, please consider shopping here. Oh and I forgot to mention, this is the only shop that carries Wollmeise yarn.

Happy knitting!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Busted!

What. The. Fudge.

I went to put on a pair of my recently made socks last week. Lo and behold, there was a hole in the bottom. So I pick out another pair of socks to put on. Not one hole in this pair. TWO holes in this pair!!!




Both pair of these socks have been made in the last six months. The holes are in the exact same spot. Glenn thought maybe it was a new pair of shoes but it's not, I'm still primarily wearing my Danskos.

Can anyone help? I don't know what's causing this so I don't know how to prevent it from happening. If anyone has any idea, please let me know. I'm truly at a loss.

I'm off to darn. Ugh.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Family Holiday

It's been way busy here! My darling niece and her two lovely kids, my great niece & nephew, came down for a visit a couple of weeks ago. We had such a great time! We did a lot in a very short amount of time. We saw Santa, we baked cookies, we shopped, we ate, we made snow globes, we went to the playground and generally had an amazing time. These babies are just the best. They're gorgeous, which you will soon see, and they're so well behaved. After they went home, my niece said whenever she goes near the car, they ask "Are we going to Auntie Susie & Uncle Glenn's house???" I loved having them here but loved more that they had such a great time.



Boys Playing Video Games



Baking Cookies



Best. Santa. Ever!



Laughing and laughing and laughing!



Playground



Supermen!

So much fun. The photos don't even show a fraction of it.

Oh and there were gifts. Here's one of them:


Yes those are knitted Chuck Taylor's. Just one of many gifts exchanged this holiday season.

Great family, great food and great fun

Monday, November 24, 2014

Girlfriend Socks

Patrick asked me to make a pair of socks for his girlfriend. Requests don't come often so when they do, I'm inclined to fulfill said request. The only requirement was black. I wasn't sure if I had any black. I don't get it often because I have to wear a head lamp to pick up the gusset. Don't ask. Digging deep, I found a skein of, the now defunct, gorgeous Sanguine Gryphon in Rhinoceros Beetle.




I did a simple design, Diagonal Rib Socks, so I could get them done quickly. Love these! This is such a great design. It's easy but looks like there's a lot more going on than there is. I hope she loves them as much as I do.

I have to say I love that the boys value my knitting so much that they ask me to make things for someone they care about. Patrick wears my stuff and really appreciates the yarn and the time that goes into making things.

I've been scouring the destash pages looking for my new obsession, Rainy Days & Woolly Dogs Gothsocks yarns. I know this company is no longer in business and when they closed they left a lot of upset people in their wake, rightfully so from what I've read. But I can't help myself. I love the yarns and the names of the yarns are quite entertaining. I'm knitting up a pair of socks for myself using this yarn. I was going to do a plain vanilla sock because the stripes are so striking but I saw Hermoine's Socks knit in this yarn I just loved the texture of these. I just cast on so I'm hoping to share a photo soon!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Structured Cowl

As previously stated, I needed to knit up some stuff for myself. I made a Rikke hat using Blue Moon medium weight Socks That Rock Yarn to replace the Rikke hat I lost last year. I also wanted a nice cowl since Patrick stole my favorite one. I find it hard to steal back something when someone who really loves it is the thief. The fact that he's my son makes it harder still. Ok so I looked around and found a great pattern on Purl Bee called the Structured Cowl and it was made in Alpaca. I have this gorgeous baby llama/silk blend yarn by Illimani which I thought would be perfect for the cowl and it turned out I was right! It was so lovely that I had to wear it before I blocked it. Or rather Glenn did. The first photo is the back of the cowl, the second one is the front of the cowl and the third photo is self explanatory.








It's beautiful and soft and see that little flap? That tucks perfectly into the v neck of my coat!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Putting Socks Aside

Never thought you'd hear me say that huh? I realized winter is upon us and I have only one hat I like to wear and not one pair of gloves. I have a bunch of sock yarn all wound up and ready to go but that's going to have to wait. I also wanted to knit some things for nieces and nephews but they're little so they should be quick knits.

I did just finish up one pair of socks for Patrick's secret college stash. Considering he's just looked at SUNY Buffalo, he's going to be needing a lot of knitted goods. Here are the Diagonal Rib Socks I knit for him. I've knitted them before but I love how they have a lot of texture and look like they're more complicated than they actually are.





This was an old Sanguine Gryphon Eidos yarn I had stashed away. Speaking of, I was so sorry to hear that Cephalopod Yarns had to shut their doors. I have one of their yarns stashed so I'll make sure I use it for something special.