Thursday, May 31, 2012

Yarn Giveaway!

A lot has been going on here lately and I realize how good things are for me. I'm feeling generous and decided to share. I'm doing a yarn giveaway!

I have two lovely skeins of Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter in Nest I'd love to share with one of my lucky readers. They're a total of 280 yards of worsted weight loveliness. Here's a photo




All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and I will pick a winner on Saturday, June 9th. Please make sure I have a way to contact you via email, Twitter or Ravelry. I'm willing to ship internationally so plese enter even if you're not in the US.

Good luck!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sansi Shawl

I finished my first shawl! It took a while but it's done. It was an extremely easy pattern and I would recommend it for anyone looking for a first shawl pattern. Here's the Sansi Shawl:






It's a bit on the narrow side and can be used as a scarf also but it really is lovely. I love the yarn which is Tuscan Grove in Venice and the color is Red Pepper Flakes which it really does resemble! I love when a pattern and yarn go together so well.

I'm deciding which shawl to make next. I think I'm going to tackle the Color Affection which is so popular on Ravelry but I'm not sure my skills are up to it. I love the new trend of multi colored shawls. I'm going to have to plow through my stash to start matching up colors for shawls. I think I may have a new obsession. One good thing about shawl obsession is that it uses the same yarn as my sock obsession!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Atenti Bag

Yes another bag.

I've been on a bag frenzy lately. I always like a bigger bag and the Atenti Overnighter caught my eye recently. Annie and Company carries them and when we go there I pet and visit with them. I started stalking the Ravelry Bag Lust group for someone selling them but they are a bit pricey. My next stop was eBay and I hit the jackpot. They had a gorgeous bag, Groovy Rust, for auction at about half the tag price and I won the auction! This was my Mother's Day gift and it arrived today.




It's nice and roomy and it's a cool, funky design. I love the zebra striped trim on it. I can't wait to take it out knitting with me! I'll try to get photos with it loaded up with all my usual stuff to share with you at a later date.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Philadelphia Trip

Our trip to Philadelphia was a blast. Before we went to the hotel we went immediately to Pat's Cheesesteaks for dinner. We got there around 8pm so there was no line. The sandwiches were delicious and we all enjoyed our dinner.

The next day Glenn took me to the two yarn shops, Rosie's Cellar and Loop, that I wanted to go to. First we went to Rosie's. It was lovely although a bit on the small side. They had a nice variety of yarns and books. I got a few skeins of yarn and a Lantern Moon project bag. Then we took a stroll down to Loop. We were greeted by the owner, Craig, who was an absolute sweetheart. We stayed and chatted a bit and bought a couple of skeins of MadTosh yarn. I really loved this store. Craig carries a great variety of yarns and they're all beautifully laid out. We felt very welcome to sit and chat for a bit which was great because my knees were a bit achy at this point. They seem to have a lot of great knitting events and classes too. Glenn and I actually talked about a second trip to Philly and I may just plan it around a knitting event at the shop!

Here's a photo of me outside Loop.





I went to pull out my knitting and realized I'd left it at the hotel! I haven't left my house without knitting in years and it was an odd feeling to have nothing to do with my hands while sitting and knitting. A bit uncomfortable really. Like forgetting to put on underwear.

The next day we went to the Reading Terminal Market and ate at DiNiks. Killer lunch there. Didn't forget my knitting this time! Here's the Sansi Shawl I'm working on:




The market was really amazing. We go up to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx and there's a market there too but this was like the Arthur Avenue Market on steroids. Lots of vendors with lots of different wares. No yarn or knitting things but lots of other goodies. We saw Betsy Ross's house which was really cool. We didn't get to see the Liberty Bell because the line was ridiculously long but we can do that next time.

I really loved Philadelphia. It was like a condensed version on NYC but cleaner. I can't wait to go again. Next time, I won't forget my knitting.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Philly

Patrick asked if we could go to Philadelphia this weekend so he could compete in a Yu Gi Oh tournament. Glenn & I have wanted to go there for years so we were immediately on board with that. Of course my brain goes "New city, new yarn shops!" I took to Twitter and asked my wonderful Twitter knitters for suggestions for yarn shops that I could visit. The two that were widely recommended to me are Loop and Rosie's Yarn Cellar so that's where I'll be this weekend. Apparently it's a big weekend in Philly and there's a lot going on so in addition to yarn shopping we'll be going to historic sites and eating our way around the city. We've always wanted to try the original Philly cheese steak so that's also high on our list. I can't wait!

In knitting news, I'm working on my first shawl! It's the Sansi Shawl and it's a dream. Very easy and really lovely. I was working on a pair of socks but I had a hard time with them. My fault, not the pattern. I took them down and am using the same yarn, Tuscan Grove Venice in Red Pepper Flake, to make my shawl. I'm taking it with me to work on in my down time in Philly. If I have any!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Why You Shouldn't Knit & Talk

We went to Annie & Company yesterday for an afternoon of knitting. As always we had a lovely time. I brought a cowl I'm working on, the Dew Drop Cowl, because it's almost all stockinette so I don't really have to pay attention. Well apparently I do have to pay attention because this is what I discovered when I got home.




Yes that's a photograph of a stitch at the edge of the cowl knit into a stitch about halfway up the cowl. There's no way I'm frogging it so I'm just going to snip the edge stitch and tie it together. It shouldn't show because the edge is rolled up a bit. Thank goodness I wasn't working on my socks or I'd definitely would have had to rip the whole thing down.

Maybe next week I'll go and just leave the knitting home. It really is intruding on my social life.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Maryland Sheep & Wool Part II

Last year Glenn went out of his way to get a lovely variety of photos at Rhinebeck out of which he then made a wonderful video. He did the same for Maryland! Here it is:





I talk about Allyson all the time and she's at the entrance sign with me so now you know what she looks like! Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.

Maryland Sheep & Wool

Allyson and I decided that we wanted to check out the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival this year and Glenn was sweet enough to come with us. We left NYC at 5 am and got to the festival at about 9 am. Not too bad. I had made plans to meet up with a Twitter knitter friend of mine, Rich, and I was very excited about meeting him. We had a great time all together. It was like a mini Rhinebeck. Great company, great vendors, delicious food. Not too crowded and the weather was really nice. Couldn't have asked for a better day. Ok now for the goodies.


This is the gorgeous yarn Rich gave me as a gift. What a sweetheart and boy does he know me. It's a pink variegated sock yarn by Neighborhood Fiber Company. Gorgeous! I can't wait to knit this up.




There was a wood carver there and I purchased this lovely little needle holder.



Had to buy some Socks That Rock. I just cannot resist their stuff. I got one skein of lightweight in Sky Blue.




I saw this yarn from outside the tent it was in and made a bee line for it. I think I may have jostled a couple of people to get to it. It's from Creatively Dyed Yarn and the color is Blue Poppy. Just lovely.



Glenn bought me this adorable little pin to wear. No label so I don't 'know where it came from.




These are two pen drawings Glenn bought for me also. I love this artist and had purchased a pen drawing by him at Rhinebeck last year.


This is a big bundle of wonderful. Miss Babs put together yarns for the Color Affection shawl. I saw this and just couldn't resist. The colors are Black Forest, Forever & Rain Forest.

Last night when we got home, Glenn asked me to go into one of the bags and get the receipts. I open the bag to find a little black velvet bag and here's what was inside:


It's a silver necklace with a sheep charm & a basket of yarn charm. I cried. I know, I'm a wuss. It was a perfect, thoughtful gift and I love it.

And here's my favorite picture of all:


That's me and Rich!

Ok I have to go lay down. I have a wool hangover.

ETA - I have to send a giant thank you to my husband for driving us there and doing all the photos. I really am so lucky to have such a great guy. Honey, you're the shizz.