Friday, April 6, 2018

New Year, New Knitting

Brief knitterly updates on the latest projects I've completed (and that are still in progress):

Yarn used:  Wonderland Yarns Cheshire Cat in "Brillig"---a brilliant blue

Such a wonderful shawl to knit and one I will definitely be making again.  This particular shawl was a gift for my grandmother, and is currently making its way through Europe.

  • A pair of Barley hats
Yarn used:  Mrs Crosby Steamer Trunk in the ESK exclusive "A Sweet Race" & "Harper"
***"A Sweet Race" is the 2017 ESK yarnathon colorway which is given out when you reach the 10K level in the yarnathon.  The 2018 yarn for the 10K club is different and just as beautiful!  More on the yarnathon later...

I made two Barley hats--one adult, one child sized.  Super fun and easy to knit--thanks TinCanKnits for such a great pattern!  Picture below is of one of the hats--they are identical.

Yarn used:  Squoosh Fiber Arts MCN yarn in the ESK exclusive color "Cherry Cola"--also a 2017 yarnathon color.

I can't say enough about this is squishy, soft and so luxurious.  This hat was a dream to knit and is a dream to wear!

Yarn used:  Madelinetosh Twist Light in Seaglass

I am knitting these for 2 KALs:  VeryBusyMonkey KAL on Ravelry and the 2018 EatSleepKnit yarnathon Q2 KAL--Summer of Socks.  The Eternal Spring pattern is from the summer 2016 edition of Knitty.

I am planning on knitting 3 pairs of socks for the ESK Q2 KAL and since socks are my favorite knitting projects, I am very excited about this challenge.

Pics to come!

Eat.Sleep.Knit 2018 Yarnathon

I love yarn and I have quite a bit of it.  I also am very active on Ravelry and have a plentiful queue.  It is easy to get stuck in a knitting rut and knit things that are in my "comfort zone."  The EatSleepKnit yarnathon is a great way for me to flex my knitting muscles and try new projects that challenge me.  I also love the sense of community and the team spirit.  The team yarnathon is awesome, but the booster club is great too--it is nice to challenge myself in my knitting (and there are badges for spinning & crocheting as well).

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Crazy-Colorful, Don't-Know-What-You-Are-Going-To-Do-With-It Skein..and giveaway

Has this ever happened to you?  You are in an LYS (either your favorite one or a totally new-to-you shop) and you are ready to leave (with your yarn-y purchases), when you see IT.  The One.

The skein you never knew you needed, in colors that you never knew looked so good together.  It could be piled on top of other yarn like it, or it could be sitting all by itself.

What will you make with it? You are probably unsure---it could be socks, shawl, accessory set....the list could go on forever.

You sneak a peek at your watch/cell phone/iPhone but then you look back, and think:  I could make something AWESOME with this.

And then you pick it up and say "Wait...I forgot something..."

If you would like the chance to win this Crazy-Colorful, Don't-Know-What-You-Are-Going-To-Do-With-It skein of Frabjous Fibers Cheshire Cat Yarn in the color "Exactually," please do ONE of the following:

  • Comment on this blog post
  • Comment on the thread for this post in the Giveaways/Contests group on Ravelry

I will pick a (randomly generated) winner on Monday, July 17th at 9:00 PM EST.

Please put your Ravelry user name in the comment so that it makes it easier to contact you if you are the winner.

Friday, June 23, 2017

First post of Summer 2017 (and coincidentally, the first post of 2017)

It has been a while since I've done a blog post, but now that life has (slightly) slowed down due to my son being on summer vacation and track being over for the year, it's a great time to get back to blogging, which I really enjoy.  In the age of Instagram, Snapchat and other social networks, it is so easy to get so caught up in those that one forgets that blogs still serve many purposes and are great for self-expression & sharing a passion, like crafting.

I have a *huge* Ravelry queue and it can be so daunting (for me) to organize it and pick projects that I'd like to work on (because invariably I would enter my queue looking for 1 project and then I would close out of my queue with 7 that I wanted to start all at once!).  I do KALs on Ravelry in various groups that I am a member of and that helps out so much, because it provides me with the motivation/community that I need and want when it comes to my knitting.  Often, I will start a KAL and not finish in time, but for me, the sharing of my crafting with others is the best part.  I've also joined the 2017 Yarnathon at Eat.Sleep.Knit, a yarn shop with a large online presence, and that has been really fun to try to complete the Booster Badges, since it also forces me to use my stash with the different projects.  There is also a team aspect, which is also really great.

Projects planned for the near future:

  • A cute sweater/coat for my niece's 1st birthday.  Pattern:  Baby + Toddler Tiered Coat and Jacket, by Lisa Chemery .  Link takes you to her Ravelry designs page, and just a warning:  she has some seriously cute baby + kid designs.  I see more cute baby knits patterns from her in my knitting future.  Yarn:  undecided, but color will be purple.
  • Shawl using the skein of Helen's Lace in the Cattails colorway that I got from Eat.Sleep.Knit a month ago.  I have never used this yarn, but it seems perfect for a shawl.  Pattern TBA
  • I am also in the process of designing my own sock!  It will have a bumblebee motif (in honor of my ESK team, the Gumblebees).  So excited to finally do this--will be using Cascade Heritage 150 sock yarn, in a yellow (naturally) color.

Projects currently OTN:

  • Clue Socks (pattern by VeryBusyMonkey) for the VeryBusyMonkey Ravelry group KAL.  These are not going to be finished by the end of June, but they are so fun to make.  I am using Whimzy Sokkusu O, in the color Leafling, which is a pretty green.
  • Lake Erie Island Shawl (pattern is the Fuss-Free Festival Shawl, by Louise Tilbrook). I am really enjoying this shawl.  It will be perfect for my upcoming summer vacation in July, when we go to the islands for 10 days. Yarn:  Western Sky Knits Aspen Sock, in the colorway Lake Country.
  • Nemesis Socks (pattern by Susan Dittrich--Knitty Deep Fall 2010 issue).  This is a really fun and easy knit.  Sock #1 is complete, and sock #2 is getting there.  Yarn:  Dream in Color Smooshy in the colorway Go Go Grassy.  Pic below:

  • Sprouting Socks (pattern by Beata Jezek of Hedgehog Fibres). I am done with sock #1 and will be casting on for sock #2 soon--this is an awesome sock if you love cables, which I do!  It is also the 2nd sock I have made using Magic Loop, which I have definitely developed over the last few months.  Yarn:  Knitpicks Stroll Brights.  Pic below:

  • Chasing Pavements Socks (pattern by Michelle Martin, AKA PerpetualSpiral on Ravelry).  I had the chance to test knit these a couple of months ago, and the pattern is just wonderful!  It has lots of cables and I knit the sample sock using Magic Loop.  I also used a Fleegle Heel, which was surprisingly easy.  Sock # 1 is complete, and Sock #2 is halfway there.  Yarn:  Dream in Color Smooshy in the colorway Lunar Zazzle.  Leg model:  my son.  Pic below:

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

OTN: Nemesis Socks

Currently OTN:  Nemesis Socks

Pattern from Knitty .  I am knitting these for the Sock Knitters Anonymous September KAL on Ravelry.  These qualify for the literary challenge, as they are inspired by Agatha Christie.

I am using Dream in Color Smooshy in a pretty green ( Go Go Grassy) that I bought in 2007. This yarn has excellent stitch definition, and the pattern shows off the slight color variations beautifully!

I have one sock finished, and the second is nearly at the heel. Whether I finish to qualify for the challenge (which would be great) or not, this pattern is really awesome and I will be knitting them again!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

We have a winner!

We have a winner---Congrats to MobyKnits, who is the winner of the MadTosh Pashmina in Fluoro 
Rose.  Please send me your address info so I can get your prize out to you (I have also messaged you
on Ravelry).

Stay tuned for another fun giveaway in a couple weeks, once I return from running the Colfax Half 
Marathon in Denver, Colorado!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Project updates and YARN GIVEAWAY!!

It's been awhile since my last post, but here are a couple of the projects that I have completed since my last post:

  • Boredom Socks, knit using KFI Indulgence (since discontinued), which is a smooth 75% merino/25% nylon blend.  It is sock-weight, and created a very interesting design, with very nice striping sections and vivid colors.

  • A sweater for my niece, who is on-the-way and scheduled to make her debut in late August.  I used Encore Dynamo, which has the cutest striping colors and is a soft 75% acrylic/25% wool blend from Plymouth Yarns.  I saw the pattern in my LYS, River Colors Studio in Lakewood, Ohio, and downloaded it from Ravelry.  It is the perfect top-down sweater with very little sewing required!  I found the cutest buttons--little purple/white giraffes--at JoAnn Fabrics.  Can't wait to see my little niece in the sweater!  The pattern can also be customized for boys.  Pattern:  2649 Baby & Toddler Top-Down Cardigan from Plymouth Yarn Design Studio.

Currently OTN:

Springtastic Socks, pattern by Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter and published by Holla Knits.  This is an awesome pattern for a pair of socks that are perfect for spring!  They include some cables and a wonderfully easy-to memorize ribbed back panel.  I am currently on sock #2 and hope to have it finished by the end of the weekend, which will qualify it for the Holla Knits Spring KAL, ending on April 29th.  I am using Madelinetosh Pashmina in the Vishnu color.  This is one of the softest, silkiest yarns I have ever used!  I can't say enough about how much I love it.  What is there not to love about cashmere/silk/wool?
 Next time I make these, which WILL happen because I love the pattern, I will make them longer for the wintertime.  

And now...a YARN GIVEAWAY!

I am giving away a skein of Madelinetosh Pashmina in the Fluoro Rose colorway, which is neon pink awesomeness.
It is hard to accurately capture the vivid neon brightness of this yarn.  It is a sport-weight, but it is perfect for that luxe project you've been waiting to cast on for, or just a great pair of socks.  It is 360 yards and is a blend of cashmere/silk/wool.

To enter to win this yarn, just leave a comment on this blog post or on the Ravelry thread I created for this giveaway. Please leave your email or better yet, Ravelry name, so I can let you know if you won.  The winner will be randomly selected on Friday, April 29th, at 9 PM, so you've got a few days!

Good luck and thank you for reading!