Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Chew

When ABC announced their new show, The Chew, was going to start airing in September I got very excited. In case you haven't seen it it's a talk show revolving around cooking. Clinton Kelly is the emcee, the chefs are Michael Symon, Mario Batalli and my favorite Top Chef contestant ever, Carla Hall! Daphne Oz, daughter of Dr. Oz, is one of the other hosts who is there to bring a different perspective to the dishes by making them vegetarian or giving them a less fat twist. You can see the show here if you'd like.

As soon as I saw there was going to be a live audience I started looking for where I could get tickets. Long story short, I'm going to the filming tomorrow! I got tickets for me, Allyson and my sister Annie and it's my sister's birthday. Yay! This should be a lot of fun. I've only ever been to one show like this and it was, don't laugh, Maury Povich way before his "You are NOT the father!" days. My son, Glenn was on the show because he was a model and they were doing a show on child models. It was a lot of fun and I got a great keepsake from it.

I'll bring some knitting just in case there's downtime. If I could get Carla Hall to pose with a sock of mine, I would be in heaven!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Thank You

Remember last week I showed you these mitts I made for Glenn's girlfriend?




She loved them and Glenn says she wears them everyday.

Well on Thanksgiving evening she came over to meet us and have some dessert. And this is what she brought!




She knew pink was my favorite color, hers too, so she brought me two dozen pink roses as a thank you for her gloves. Wasn't that so sweet?

I like her. Looks like I'm gonna have to get more pink yarn, huh?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Contest Winner

Tell me why the number generators never generate in the first five digits and I have to count a bunch of entries to find my winner?

But find my winner I did and it's Vanessa who has a blog called The Vintage Rose. Congratulations Vanessa. I can't wait to see what you make with this yarn.

Hope you're all enjoying your Black Friday as I am - comfy and cozy shopping online.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Holy Grail

Remember when Cabbage Patch dolls first came out and they were really hard to get? I do. My niece was a baby and they were impossible to find. What about Tickle Me Elmo? Glenn was a baby then. You'd have to sell your soul to get your hands on one of those. More recently, Missoni at Target? Yeah good luck with that one.

This yarn is sort of like that. Sanguine Gryphon has a colorway called Blue Lobster that everyone covets. I went onto their site to be notified when they had more in stock. Before I even got the email my Twitter knitter friend, Sharri, Tweeted that Blue Lobster was in stock. I could not get to that site fast enough. I only ordered one skein of Skinny Bugga but it's enough to make something gorgeous.




Isn't it beautiful? The color is so rich. As good as the photo is, and it is good believe me, it doesn't do this yarn justice. Just one problem. What to make? I think I'm going to find a nice hat to make Glenn for Christmas. I can't wait to knit this up!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Black Friday Contest

It's been a while since I've had a contest and I'm feeling unusually generous so I've put together a package for a giveaway!




Included in the package is one skein of Misti Alpaca fingering hand painted sock yarn in Senta and Vogue Knitting Socks & Vogue Knitting Socks Two! These are lovely little books with lots of sock patterns.

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what knitting goodies you're going to ask for this holiday season! I know I'm gonna ask Santa for a gift certificate from The Loopy Ewe. That's all I've got on my list so far but it's early yet. I'll be using a number generator and drawing a number on Friday, November 25th which is Black Friday. I'm willing to ship internationally so everyone can have a chance to win.

Good luck!

ETA - Make sure you leave me a way to contact you either via email or your Ravelry name!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Pink Mitts & New Socks

My son asked me to make a pair of mitts for the girl he's going out with and he asked me to make them in pink. Needless to say, I was more than happy to oblige. I used a tried and true pattern and I like this pair even better than the ones I made for myself.




They're the Entwined mitts done in a yarn I had in my stash but it had no label. The mitts are warm, dense and gorgeous. I have enough yarn left to make myself a pair and that just may be one of my next projects!

Got the jones to do socks so I just cast on Diamonds In The Fluff using Hazel Knits merino with soy in Terrywinkle which is a lovely lavender. Yay socks I missed you!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Balustrade


I finished my first Christmas knitting project this weekend. Megan picked out the pattern and I picked up the yarn at Rhinebeck. Here it is!


It's the Balustrade made in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Marine Silk worsted weight. Gorgeous, soft and easy to make. This was my first silk yarn project and I loved it.

In other news I just got my last package from Sanguine Gryphon. I can't go back on that website or I may get myself in serious trouble. This was my last purchase.




It's called Sooty Dancer and I got it in Skinny Bugga. I've got a thing with darker yarns lately and this yarn is just divine. I'm so sad about SG closing but really looking forward to seeing what the ladies will be bringing us next!

Monday, November 14, 2011

I Could Crush You Like A Wurm



That's a quote from Braveheart, said with a Scottish brogue. That's how I heard the word "wurm" anytime I'd read the name of this pattern. It didn't help that Glenn loves this movie and always says worm with a Scottish brogue and an extreme roll of the r.

Here it is:






I used Socks That Rock medium weight in Thraven which is gorgeous. Mine came out a bit slouchier than the ones I'd seen but that's fine. I love it! It's very warm and cute and I'll be wearing it out this week if it gets cold enough.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

New Knitting Bag

I know, I know. Not another new bag! Yes another new bag.

For a long time I really loved the Namaste bags. I destashed a bunch of them last year and now only have a green Laguna and a needle bag. I've mostly been using my Tom Bihn Swift, which I love, but wanted a change of pace for the changing season so I pulled the Laguna out to take knitting last week. Guess what? I don't like it was much as I used to. It's very heavy and awkward for me to carry so I think I may be destashing this one too.

I started looking online for something smaller and lighter like a canvas or nylon bag. I was lucky enough to come upon the Overland Taos. I'd seen it in a shop by my house a while back but it was too expensive at the time. I found mine on EBay and they can actually be found in other stores for less than $20! Here's what it looks like:






It's a small to medium sized bag but, and I love this, it zips around the bottom to expand about four inches! I got it yesterday and filled it with my usual take alongs and it's the perfect size! I usually carry a Namaste wallet, which is huge, camera, LeSportsac makeup bag with notions, a Namaste buddy case, my Nook Color, glasses and a knitting project or two. That's a lot of stuff to fit into this bag and it fits beautifully. Yay! I love a new find.

As for knitting, I've finished my Balustrade cowl but will wait to post until after it's given as it's a Christmas gift and I'd really like it to be somewhat of a surprise. Working on my Wurm and then hoping to do a couple of sets of fingerless mitts. After that I think I'll be ready to tackle some new sock projects. I thought I'd miss knitting socks but not so much! Don't know if that's a good or bad thing but I'll take it as good.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hats & A Cowl

I finished the London Beanies for Pat and now I'm working on two other projects.

I started the Balustrade Cowl but it's knitting that needs my undivided attention because every other row is different. This is what I've got done so far.




I know it doesn't look like much but I can assure you that once it's blocked it will be gorgeous. The yarn is lovely and soft. This is my first time working with a silk blend but I guarantee it will not be the last.

I realized that I only have one hat. Yes just one. I've knit quite a few but given them away. I decided it was time to knit myself a few more hats and started with the Wurm pattern! It's an easy knit but uses a technique I've never done before. It starts knitting twelve rounds, purl one round, knit thirteen rounds then you fold it up and knit the cast on edge together with the live stitches to make a gorgeous rim for the hat. I was sweating it when I read it but knew my Knitty Godmothers, Ria and Allyson, were only a phone call away. I'm knitting it in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock medium weight in the color Thraven. There's a lot of yarn to this skein and, depending upon how much yarn the hat uses up, I may make a matching set of mitts for it.

The Sanguine Gryphon addiction has not abated. I ordered two more skeins recently and I'm thinking of going to the open house they'll be hosting in December. I really need an intervention.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Twitter Knitters

This past week one of my Twitter Knitter friends, Kristen, decided to get some of us together for a knit & chat at Brooklyn General. Yay! I love meeting new knitters! I met Ria through Twitter and now she and I are very good friends. I knew this was going to be great fun. Here we are:


First we have Ria on the left. Notice the gorgeous February Lady's Sweater? Well I have to say it's Ria's take on it. She's brilliant at taking a design and tweaking it so it's even more gorgeous than the original. She really does make the most gorgeous sweaters. If you don't believe me, click on her link and take a lookie loo at her blog.

Next we have Kristen who is also known in the podcasting world as Voolenvine. Kristin has a great sense of style and color. I love everything she does. Her podcast is great so make sure you look her up on iTunes!

Next we have Maria who has the coolest blog header I've ever seen. It reminds me of a NYC subway station in the 70s. It was lovely meeting her and she's a great knitter with a lovely sense of style. She had oodles of knitted goods on and everything was just beautiful. Maria also podcasts which I didn't know about until yesterday. You can bet I subscribed to her podcast as soon as I got home!

Sharri is the next woman in our line up. She's on Twitter as StitchMistress and came all the way down from upstate NY to hang with us in Brooklyn! She'd heard Ria and I moaning over Calexico's grits so we made sure to stop there for lunch. What a lovely person she is! She's a wonderful knitter who can wing a pattern and make it her own. So glad she made the trip and hope she will do so again soon!

Then we have me! You all know about me so I don't have to say anything right?

We had such a great time. We talked, laughed, knit, laughed and just generally enjoyed each other's company. I can't wait to do this again. Maybe next time we can get more wonderful Twitter knitters to join us!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Socktoberfest Finale

Finally the finale!

Here's my last pair of Socktoberfest socks. I finished them last night so I was only two days late although I'm told they count if you've knit any part of them during Socktober.






These are the Hedgerow Socks in MadTosh Thyme. Gorgeous color and lovely yarn. The pattern couldn't have been easier and, as everyone knows, I'm all about the easy.

I can't believe I'm going to say this but here goes. I'm socked out. I need a break from socks. So sue me. Four pairs in under five weeks can do that to a girl. It's a good thing though because I've actually got a few knitting requests. My sister, Pat, asked that I make her a hat. I'm going to just make the London Beanie for her but I've chosen to do it in Sanguine Gryphon's Traveller yarn in the color Casco Bay which is a gorgeous blue variegated yarn. This should be a one day knit.

My bestie, Megan, asked me to make her a cowl. She loves the long loopy cowl because it's so versatile so after much perusing we chose the Balustrade Cowl. Gorgeous isn't it? While at Rhinebeck I was on a mission to find a yarn for this and chose Blue Moon Fiber Arts Marine Silk in the colorway Deep Unrelenting Gray. The yarn is 51% silk, 27% merino and 20% sea cell rayon which I've never knit with so I'm excited about making this. It's so soft and drapey! I'm thinking this may not be the last time I use this yarn.