Thursday, March 14, 2013

Yarn Tastings and New Babies

Things have certainly been exciting around here. After a long and difficult pregnancy,  my sister Brittany has mad me an Auntie again. Ireland Ellen made her appearance on Monday with great fanfare.

Me and Ireland

While waiting for her arrival,  I spent some time working on my entrelac baby blanket for my cousin. I'm working on weaving in the ends as I go. Hopefully it will save me some serious hassles later

Weaving in ends as I go. Yay me!

Last night I attended a yarn tasting at Common Thread in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Common Thread is right on the main drag in downtown Saratoga  Springs, NY

 It was hosted by Cascade Yarn, and let me tell you, it was a full house.

You can see that it was tight around the tasting table.

The shop employees were kept busy with all the purchases and prize drawings

The yarn and projects were beautiful, there were some great door prizes (I won yarn and a pattern), and there was wine and yummy snacks. They also had color cards there that they let you look over and place orders from.  That was an especially nice feature.  You weren't limited to the stock at hand.

This was the tasting table. They had mini skeins wound up that you could do a little test knitting with.

I did purchase some yarn, but honesty,  it was almost too crowded to shop effectively,  and some of the people there weren't always polite enough to move out of your way. Consideration is everything in a crowd.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

#Knitchat and Entrelac

Since my last post, I'm feeling much better and am back to knitting comfortably.  Mom's cataract surgery went well.  I finished my potato chip scarf, and it turned out beautifully.  The picture really doesn't do it justice, but things have been crazy busy, and I haven't had a chance to set up for some good shots.

I started an entrelac cowl in preparation for doing a baby blanket.  Entrelac is one of those
things that I've wanted to try for a long time, but for some reason, it really intimidated me.
I finally decided to be bold, and just do it, and discovered that plain entrelac is
simple and makes great tv knitting.  I can now knit backwards as fast as I can purl,
and aside from left hand triangles and picking up stitches on the wrong side (for
some reason they both freak me out, I don't know why), I love it, and truly enjoy
it.  This is a picture of the start of the baby blanket.  Shown are the base triangles and the first row of right side rectangles.

My other new knitting related project is helping to revive #knitchat on Twitter.  It died out a few months ago when it became to difficult for Natalie to host every week, so a few of us have banded together to take turns hosting.  If you are interested in joining in #knitchat, head over to our all new #Knitchat-ter blog for all the details.  You can check out our recent #knitchat activity there, or you can go to and search #knitchat. I hosted my first chat about lace knitting, and despite being crazy nervous, it went pretty well.  I need to figure out the best way to keep track of the chat, and post, and remember my hashtag, and... And I guess I loved it and had a great time!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Therapy Knitting

So, here I am sitting at the hospital waiting for my mom to go in for her cataract surgery,  working on a potato chip scarf I'm knitting it in Manos Maxima on size 10 needles. This is a super fast relaxing knit that I will probably do again with my handspun. It's very portable and doesn't require dragging a pattern around.

While I probably have ten projects on the needles right now, most of them involve lace, and beads, and small needles, and at times like this, that's not what I need.

My fibromyalgia, or whatever it is, is acting up, so I went with big needles and soft wool yarn.

After I get over my ouchies, I would like to get going on another baby bonnet,  and maybe an entrelac baby blanket.

Until next time, may your yarn be plentiful and your needles nimble.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Baby Love

Well, I feel guilty that I haven't posted here for so long, but, truth be told, even though I've been knitting, I haven't finished much. Oh, maybe a couple of shawls, but most of my brain power and energy have been taken up by my new job and trying to get everyone where they need to go.

I've gone back to work after fourteen years as a stay at home mom, and, while I love it, it's taken some adjustment. Add to that multiple car problems and three people who have to get places,  and I'm exhausted.

Anyway,  I once again am going through a cycle where I have friends and family expecting,  so I'm doing some baby knitting.  First up is this sweet little bonnet knit for incoming niece Ireland. The pattern is A Bonnet for Baby Emma from the Fall 2012 issue of Jane Austen Knits. This one was really fun. I completed it quickly, it had beautiful lace, and it was well written. A winner all around.