Sunday, June 22, 2014

Mermaid Parade

Not much to say really. Went to the beach. Did this:


Still working on that damn pair of socks.

Glenn & I ate this:





Then walked the boardwalk and saw this lovely creature:


Had an awesome time. Needless to say I'm sunburned, pooped and very happy. Can't wait till next year!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sneaky, Sneaky!

Ok that post title was done in a sing song voice in my head. You may do the same if you so choose.

The knitting mojo has waned lately. I've been busy, my sister visited for a month, we went away for a week, end of school for Patrick, so I've just not had a lot of time to knit lately.

I managed to finish a sock from my stealth knitting project. It's the first of a pair of Alternate Steps socks I'm making for Patrick for when he leaves for college next year.






The yarn is from Unwind Yarn Company and the color is Aurora Borealis. I love this yarn The colors are really pretty and it feels gorgeous. I'm so happy when I find little indie yarn dyers that make me happy. I've actually purchased a couple of skeins from this dyer because I love the yarn so much.

Oh and the kicker about this whole thing and the title of the post? Guess who's modeling the sock. Yes, that would be Patrick. He didn't ask who the socks were for and just assumed they weren't for him. He's a great model and it showed me that they fit him just fine. I love being able to put one over on my sons. It doesn't happen often but when it does, I get a little chuckle out of it. Yeah it's the small things that make me happy.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Misfits

I had good intentions. I really did.

I started these socks for a family member who shall remain nameless because she's been waiting a long time for a pair of socks from me. They're the Skyp Socks on Ravelry. I have knit them countless times. Here they are:






Cute, right? When I knit socks, I always use a row counter to get the same amount of rows in each sock. I'm very careful about keeping track of them. Then can you tell me why one sock came out longer than the other?

I guess I should start measuring instead of counting.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cascading

Glenn gave me the best Mother's Day present this year. Cold hard cash. I spent it the best way possible - on yarn. Webs was having a nice sale so I decided my stash was in need of some worsted weight yarn. My favorite worsted yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash. There are a lot of colors, it feels good, the price is right and I need some worsted yarns for my aforementioned stealth knitting. Here's the haul:




I got a lot of different colors in hopes I'd actually attempt some color work projects. That would actually be one of the things I can cross off my bucket list. I'll have to start simple but I'm looking forward to giving it a try especially since it will be for Patrick.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Stealth Knitting

There's a certain someone who lives in my house *cough Patrick cough* who will be leaving for college next year. I can't believe my baby is leaving for college in a little over a year! He'll probably be going upstate which can get cold. Really really cold. Isn't he lucky his mom is a knitter and will make sure he has enough lovely woolies to keep him warm? A year is a good amount of time to get some stealth knitting done for him. Before he leaves I want to present him with a box of colorful garments so he knows how much he's loved and cherished. I wonder if all knitters feel this way - when we knit for loved ones it's a sign of our love for them.

I went through all my favorites and all the things I have in my queue on Ravelry and picked out a few hats and mitts to knit up for him. I have a few basic sock patterns I can make up for him too. I may even go out on a limb and make him a sweater. That's right. I said it. A sweater!

I'd love suggestions. Worsted hat & glove patterns preferred. Easy is also a preference. Also I have plenty of sock yarn. Miles and miles of it so if you have any suggestions in fingering, I'll take them too!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kick the Bucket

I will admit I saw this on another blog and loved the idea. A knitting bucket list...all the things I want to knit before I die. This may take a while.

1. A pair of my friend Rich's socks. Any pair. They're all gorgeous but a bit too complicated for me although Rich assures me that isn't so. I'm all about the quick and easy but one day I promise to do a pair of these exquisite socks.

2. A pair of Cookie A's socks. I have both her books but have yet to attempt a pair.

3. A sweater. Any sweater. Preferably a sweater for myself. I've picked out a pattern which I just love. It was designed by my friend Kate and it suits me to a tee. It can be found here.

4. Go see Yarn Harlot speak. I know it's not knitting but it's a knitting thing. I have all her books and I hear she's wonderful in person.

5. Two socks at a time on circulars. It's always intrigued me but not enough to do it. Yet.

6. Toe up socks. I know doing these will open a whole new world to me. I have a book of hat patterns that start from the crown down and learning toe up socks will encourage me to use this book.

7. Brioche stitch. So pretty!

8. Color work. Oh my goodness, I'd give up one of my kids to be able to to a Starmore sweater. Not really. Maybe.

That's pretty much the complete list. Some easy, some not so much but all things I'd like to at least attempt in this lifetime.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Wedding!

I was so excited, to the point of tears, to find out my nephew and his long time girlfriend will be getting married this summer! They've been together since they were really young and they have two gorgeous babies together. They'll be getting married this August, right around my birthday (YAY!), so the shopping and planning has commenced. Deb, my future niece in law, asked me to join her in picking out a dress this weekend! I was so happy she asked. We didn't have a big wedding and I don't have any daughters so this may be the only time I get to go wedding dress shopping! Also getting a look at the dress will hopefully give me an idea of what to make for her wedding. A shawl? Lace gloves? I don't know. We'll have to see after this weekend. If you have any suggestions please share them with me. I'm a novice at this.