Woolfest Goodies

Yesterday I talked about my trip to Woolfest and some wine tasting. Today I’m going to show you the goodies I picked up.

First, a set of Harry Potter inspired mini skeins from The Sexy Knitter. I have met Sarah in person several times now. She is such a bright and bubbly person and a blast to talk about knitting with. She has been putting one of a kind (OOAK) indie dyed mini skeins in her Etsy shop for awhile. I had resisted on Etsy but couldn’t pass them up in person. They are 25 yards each so I have roughly 100 yards here to add to my sock yarn memory blanket.

Next up is a sock blank from TreasureGoddess Yarn. I think this blank is made from her Treasured Toes sock base. And I have never knit from a blank before so I just couldn’t resist. I have knit with her Cashmere Super Toes before to make my Old Man of Storr shawlette. Which by the way, I was wearing  that day and was able to show off to her. This blank definitely needs to be a pair of socks for me!

Lastly, but certainly not least…..I found a perfectly geeky project bag. In my house The Big Bang Theory is totally a thing. I watch re-runs almost every day to help block out the negativity that is permeating the world lately. This bag is from AuntStephsHndmdGifts on Etsy. She had all kinds of geek themed fabrics but this just HAD to come home with me. It’s large enough to hold socks, a shawl, or a child’s sweater. I’m so excited about this bag I can’t even decide what should go in here!

And there you have it…my haul from Woolfest 2017. I thought I was remarkably restrained given the high volume of yarn fumes!

Happy Knitting!

A Mailbox of Minis

Ready for some yarn porn? I received my mini skeins from my swamp partners in the Down Cellar Studio Christmas Mini Skein swap

It was such a joy to go the mailbox everyday. I received the yummy yarn above and a few extra treats thrown in by swappers. I hadn’t ever really done a swap before. And this was a nice easy one to start with. People were so kind and wonderful. It was the epitome of the holiday spirit. I cannot wait to add these to my sock yarn memory blanket.  But that probably won’t happen until after the Super Bowl when the Pigskin Party KAL is done. Until then, I have more projects to finish!

Happy Knitting!!

I Heart Yarn

I may have fallen down the Knit Picks hole…


After wallowing in my recent germy funk my keyboard just took itself to Knit Picks. I’ve been ITCHING to make the Might Rainbow blanket from KP Mighty Stitch. And I decided to treat myself and some sock yarn (Felici and Hawthorne) might have fallen in to my cart too. 

The Pigskin Party KAL is just around the corner from the Down Cellar Studio podcast. I have big plans for all this yarn to rack ups some big KAL points! I’ll keep posted of course.

Happy Knitting!!

A Nice Surprise

I listen to a lot of podcasts and read a lot of blogs. And therefore I enter giveaways from time to time. I never really think I’m going to win but sometimes I get s nice surprise. 

Awhile back the 2knitlitchicks had a giveaway sponsored by Dragonfly Fibers to celebrate their Masterpiece Knits collection. And I won! A copy of the collection and skein of Damsel in the Earth and Green color.


The patterns are clever and beautiful. The patterns definitely contain skills that will stretch my abilities. But I think I’m up for the challenge! And the yarn….


It’s so rich and lovely. I just want to pet it for days! Just goes to show that you never know what surprises await if you just give it a try!

Happy Knitting!

Merry Christmas to All

I must have been a very good girl this year!

   
 
Size 9 US glass needles with rose tips from Knitting Dharma.

  
Knitty Sock 2 by Two Windows Dye Company in a semi-solid purple color. This is a new to me dyer from my home state of Kansas!

And last but not least

  
The Joy of Socks by Linda Kopp! And the best part my mother-in-law did this all without even asking for a hint!

All jokes aside, I wish everyone a safe and merry Christmas. I’m off to go watch the magic of Christmas through my toddlers eyes! Knitting can wait because babies do not ❤️ 

Happy Knitting and Merry Christmas!

Waste Not Want Not

Due to fits of KNIT ALL THE THINGS and a constant cast of cast-itis I’m always in need of project bags and yarn protection. I’m guessing this will become doubly important when Jellybean gets older/mobile/grabby lol!

As I was unpacking and washing baby gifts I had this plastic bag that housed two hooded baby bath towels. It was of a decent grade plastic and closed with easy snaps…

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I just couldn’t hurl into the recycle bin with all the other packing material detritus. So when I cast on for Jellybean’s Candy Corn set yesterday I tucked my yarn into it.

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It fit two of my three skeins of yarn. It open enough for yarn to feed out and to prevent dog hair and other dirt from grabbing on as I knit! Not to mention it’s clear and I can see the contents without opening. My grandparents always said “waste not want not” and I guess it stuck. This bag is just right for hats, gloves, socks, or other small projects. And it was free, to me at least.

Have you ever used anything quirky for a project bag or yarn holder?

Hallelujah, I Finally Have A LYS!!!

Hallelujah and Praise the fiber gods!! My happy hamlet of Topeka, KS has officially opened a LYS!

I introduce to you….Yak ‘n Yarn!

They are all about knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, and so much more! I have been following their Facebook page and their Grand Opening at the end of March. They are going to even offer classes and Knit Nights! My inner knitting nerd is doing back flips! They have sort of odd hours right now so I sadly haven’t been able to get in there and explore the store. I am definitely going remedy that soon!

What is your favorite part of having a LYS near you?

FO Friday: Snug #2

My second attempt at Snug is done!! This pattern is by Hinke.

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This is not my first swing at this pattern and it won’t be the last! I used 212 grams or 288.3 yards of Knit Picks Brava Bulkly in Peapod. That’s just about 2 skeins plush a little of a third skein. The body is worked flat. The sleeves are done on DPNs. And the hood is knit flat and closed withe Kitchener stitch.

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I was not has happy with this sweater as I was with my first sweater. The shoulders are ugly to me. For whatever reason, I didn’t get the arm decreases placed very well. They are visible along the top. And the the sewing I did on the seams on the shoulders is not as clean as I would like. But I am assured by my husband that he can’t see it. Oh…#knitter problems

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The part of this sweater that I really love is the buttons. I spotted them at JoAnns and I was in love!! The watermelons really save this project for me. I deviated from the pattern a bit and added four buttons instead of the pattern request of three.

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Into the FO stash this one goes. I love having some cuteness hidden away for a rainy day! Happy Friday to all!!!

FO Friday: Baby Sophisticate #2

And this Friday I bring to you another FO! I have finished my Baby Sophisticate #2!! (Stashbustin’ #28)

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This time around I made the 0-3 month size. I used Caron Simply Soft again in Berry Blue. I used 100 grams or 185 yards of yarn. I started with a partial skein and I only had 5-6 yards left of yarn.

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This smaller size only took me a few evenings of TV knitting. I did notice that my tension changed when I used the DPNs on the sleeves. Not that anyone else would notice. It bugs me a little….not enough to frog and start over though!

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The buttons were some I had hanging out in the stash. The color is very close to the yarn but isn’t as matchy/matchy as the picture shows.

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This pattern is so amazing and this is fast becoming my favorite go-to project for baby present knits. I cannot recommend this pattern enough! I don’t have a recipient for this sweater yet, so in the baby present stash it goes!

Happy Friday Everybody!!!

Two At A Time

I need to make a boat load of scarves and tutus for fall craft fairs. I normally work one scarf at time and I can whip through them pretty quickly. But in the interest of time and mass production I decided to try two a time! So I picked up my US 8 circs and cast on two ruffle scarves.

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So far so good. And both scarves are growing appreciably. It is a bit fiddly to keep the two yarns from wrapping around each other as I turn my work. But I can work the same pattern of decreases and increases on both scarves at once. Thus creating uniform output for sales purposes!

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I’m currently out of project bags….so Ziplock will have to do, lol. At least when the yarn gets tangled I can pop it out of the bag and untangled the whole mess. Hopefully I can crank out several of these bad boys in the next few weeks.

Happy Knitting!