Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Busy Bee

I've been so busy lately. My sister, Pat, is here! She got here two weeks ago and she's leaving next week. I've been dreading her departure since her arrival. I hadn't seen her in four years but we speak at least three times a day. She came up to attend Glenn's graduation which was last Friday and was amazing. We've been having such a great time together. I really wish she lived closer to me so we could be together all the time. She's leaving next Wednesday and taking Glenn with her. Her graduation present to Glenn was a trip to Florida! Best. Aunt. Ever. We'll be joining him there in a few weeks for a three week stay. Like I said, a busy summer!


We dropped Glenn off at his college today for a three day orientation. You may find this odd but he's never spent a night away from us and I'm not taking this too well. I'm doing all I can from texting or calling him. I didn't think it would be this hard and I'm surprised at how difficult I'm finding it. I better get over it and fast because he's leaving for Florida, and yes he'll be with my sister, then he leaves for college for good. Thank goodness I have another son who I can pester!


Ok enough family and now onto knitting! I had planned to start my Color Affection but saw a photo of Glam Shells and had to knit it up. I'm making it for my niece, Beana, and I hope to be finished with it by the time we leave for Florida at the end of July. I've found a couple of family members who like shawls, yay, so I'm queueing up some patterns and matching them with yarns. Digging through my stash I came upon this recent acquisition


Going to have to find a nice shawl pattern for this too. It's just so gorgeous I must have it knit up and fast!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Aestlight

I finally completed my Aestlight and I couldn't be happier with it!

It was really easy but I had a problem with the edging. When I started it, it seemed to go off to the right instead of being attached to the shawl itself. The problem was mine, I think I skipped a row, not the pattern. The pattern is very well written and easy to understand. This is only my second shawl and it was a breeze so if I can do it, anyone can.









It's done in Madeline Tosh Merino Light and the color is Composition Book Grey. It's 82 degrees here in Manhattan and I want to walk around wearing this shawl even in this heat. I can't wait for the cooler weather!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My Boys

My sister is revamping the website for her store, The Original Firestore. She needed models for her photo shoot to go on her website and who else would she use but her gorgeous nephews? I love the photos and wanted to share a couple with you.

Here's Glenn. He's seventeen and he's leaving for college in the fall:





Here's Patrick. He's fifteen going on thirty and he's stuck with us for another few years:





I talk about them a lot so I thought I'd give you faces to go with names. I think they look so handsome but I may be a bit biased. Oh and if you're ever in the market for anything NYPD or FDNY check out my sister's store. She's got some great stuff there!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Gimme Shelter

First I want to thank you all for participating. I'm really surprised at how many people showed up and left comments. I knew that this was a popular yarn and I'm so happy to be able to give it to someone who may not have had the opportunity to have tried it yet. That being said, here we go!

So this morning I asked my husband, Glenn, to pick a winner. I told him to pick between 1 and 121. He picked a number and this is why he picked the number he did. He said "When you pick between two numbers, the first and the last never get picked so I pick number 1!" So Debbie who has a blog "Stop Her She's Knitting" is the winner of the lovely skeins of Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed! Deb email me your address and I'll get these out as soon as possible.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Shawls & Socks

That's the name of my new group on Ravelry! I figured that since that's what I'm primarily knitting, I'd start a group. There's got to be other people out there with lots of fingering weight yarn who knit both of these. It's my first group and I'm really excited to see what my fellow Ravelers are knitting! Please join me and lemme see what you're working on.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Biknitual

I've decided that I no longer want to be a monogamous knitter and am currently working on two projects with one more on the back burner.

I cast on a pair of Hermoine's Everyday Socks. I'd made a pair of them before and blew a hole in them so I decided I needed to have another pair. Here's what I've got so far






They're in Tosh Merino Light and the color is Tart. Love that name! Really cute and got compliments on the color already. The coffee is from a coffee shop here in Manhattan that Glenn and I discovered called Aroma and they make a kick ass espresso. Knitting and lattes are a great combination!

I cast on the Aestlight Shawl today. Allyson and I saw this and fell in love with it so we're knitting it together. This was one of the shawls I saw that made me decide that I wanted to give shawl knitting a try. I'm enjoying it so much that it may give my sock knitting a run for it's money. One great thing is that socks and shawls are both usually knit with fingering weight yarns of which I have plenty. Speaking of yarn....

Perusing Etsy the other day I came across a lovely shop named Swift Fiber Studio. I ordered a skein of BFL/nylon fingering weight yarn in Shake A Tail Feather on Friday and it arrived on Monday. How's that for lickity split? This yarn is even more gorgeous in person than it was on the site.





It really is too beautiful to be a pair of socks so I may be shopping around for yet another shawl pattern. I enjoy shopping on Etsy and Ravelry for yarn and patterns. I feel like I'm supporting a community that I love with each purchase.


Oh and I haven't forgotten about my Min Ulla. It's the third project I'm working on, the one on the back burner. I don't have enough uninterrupted time lately to work on it. Too many damn people in and out of my house. I need a knitting room all too myself. Better yet a knitting house!