Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I Love Yarn Day!

Did you know that last Friday (the 10th) was I Love Yarn Day?  I hope you were extra nice to your yarn that day!

I think I got lots of knitting done last week.  I was out sick with a stomach bug for a couple of days which makes for great knitting time.  I worked a lot on my scarf swap scarf.....I thought I was about 62.5% done, but once I did a full spreadsheet and added one more estimated repeat, I am about 56.59% done.....Yeah, I am over 50% and that is a big Yahoo!  I did have a little of frogging last week....but I cannot ruin the surprise for my swap sister, so I really cannot show you any pics of that till later....just know I am busy working on it!

I started a Monster Cowl for my sister....this is going to be for Loopy Academy....I think she will really like it.

It happens to also match Antonio's Pajamas as he is jumping on Grandma's bed

I got some stash enhancements.....my Barking Dogs Yarn Club...its hard to show the exact color but it is very pretty!

Some "Dark Side of the Moon" colorway yarn from Must Stash...Stephanie Pearl-McPhee knitted some socks with this yarn and I thought the socks were 'white', but when the yarn came it, it appears they are more 'grey'...I still think I will love knitting these socks!  Picture of finished socks, copyright of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

I got some Hiya Hiya needles and point protectors and cable stoppers....and look, Hiya Hiya has an adapter that can take my interchangeable needles and make them a straight needle.....I love the versatility!

I got some striping yarn from Germany.  The dyer's name is Nicole C Mendez.....and it seems so many indy dyers here in USA are charging an arm and a leg for their self striping yarn (Let's just say that Dark Side of the Moon yarn was a pretty penny.....just pennies shy of $40.00) and I know that dying self striping yarn is lots and lots of labor...but I wanted to see how some yarn from overseas compared.....really, this was Darlene's idea...and she ordered the first skein from Nicole...and the yarn feels really great...so I ordered some.  Even with international shipping rates, this yarn was WAY cheaper than USA prices and came out to $24.60...that is a pretty big savings!  And here it is:

I worked a little more on my Susanna IC MKAL shawl....It appears that this MKAL will end with just a little breathing room before Stephen West's 4th MKAL starts.....anyone else thinking of doing it?  #westknitsKAL2014 #westknits....second picture stolen from West Knits Kal Group on Ravelry

I pulled that Spire out again and in order for me to finish in time, I need to do close to 4,000 stitches a day.....I am pretty sure that will not happen....but I hope I keep knitting on it and try for the deadline because I am really loving the way it looks:

And I finished (yes, I said FINISHED...minus the weaving in ends and blocking) the Tan House Brook Shawl!  #DSCPigskinParty #TTSFallKal2014  I really enjoyed this pattern...I even add a few extra rows since I had a bit more yarn.

Remember last week how I said I could not believe it was October?  Well, this morning I could believe it....the news casts all had a different number, but it seemed to be about 53 degrees here in San Antonio...so finally cool enough for me to wear my clapotis I finished a couple of months ago......

Well, that is about all I have.....I hope you knit everything you want to this week and get all the items on your to-do list done!

Happy Happy Happy Knitting!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Happy October!

Can you believe it is October already?  I cannot!  Here in SA we have had a touch of cooler weather here and there...but I think today it is still going to hit 90 degrees, so it does not feel like October.

I have to say that I did not do a lot of knitting this past week.  Monday I was just tired and brain dead and I knit one row on Paige's sweater......I was also able to knit a little on one of her sleeves (almost ready for the ribbing at the end)......Tuesday Paige and Antonio came over = zero knitting, Wednesday Celeste came over = zero knitting, Thursday Paige and Antonio came over again, so Paige could cut my hair = zero knitting, Friday I picked up Antonio from daycare to watch him because Paige worked late Friday night = zero knitting.  I watched Antonio again from Saturday around noon till Sunday around 4 pm.....so I was able to knit a little Saturday morning, and Sunday afternoon.  Now, I was able to knit during my lunch hours each day....just not in the evenings...So, this blog will not just be about The Life of a Knitphomaniac...but The Life of a Grandma/Oma......so you will get lots of grand children pics this week.....

Here is Paige's sweater (can you see that one row I knitted Monday?)

I did one of the textured section's of the Tan House Brook Shawl.....

I pulled that Spire out and did about 7 rows....wow!

I also knitted about 25 rows on my Scarf Swap Scarf...but I cannot show the picture yet....I must say it does not really matter because I looked at it this morning and I have to rip back just about all I did this past weekend because I have an error in it...I think it is too much to drop stitches down and try to fix......boo hoo!

Oh, and I did about 1/2 of clue 4 of the Susanna IC Mystery Shawl.

Oh....and Bobbie of Bobbie Sox Yarns gave me this cool little beading tray....I love it!  The beads go right back in their container (but you have to have lid off of said container....ask me how I know....)  thank you Bobbie!

Now for a little Grandchildren overload....first, my son Mario asked me if I would make his soon to be born son a pom pom blanket......he said that Alexxis loves her blanket....so I gotta get some pom poms on the needles.

Then, Celeste and I played Play doh, horsey, and of course some chalk.

And Antonio.....he would not know what to do with himself if he was not such a ham.....I have the cute Antonio, the dapper and debonaire Antonio, Ninja Turtle Antonio, the driving home from daycare Antonio, the obsessed with a trigger bottle Antonio, the silly band aid Antonio, the horsey riding Antonio, and the I got a spiderman toy Antonio.......

So.....was that enough Grand Children overload for you?

Lastly I have a few enhancements.

Camp Loopy bonus yarn came....I got the summer blooms colorway.

Then, I have 2 new bags.....but Awesome Grannie did a shop update yesterday so I will have to so see which ones of those I want to snag too!

Of course I love my longhorns....even if they are not doing the best....so I asked for this bag custom from AwesoemeGrannie and I have to say that she and Mr. AwesomeGrannie think it is ....well.....not the prettiest material on the planet....but I LOVE IT!  Even if you are not a longhorn fan....who can resist these perfect colors?

I have a few more stash enhancements coming next week.....so stay tuned!

Enjoy your week everyone...I for one hope I get more knitting time in (but I did love seeing Celeste and Antonio)!!!!

Happy Happy Happy Knitting!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy Fall!!!

Is it fall for you?  It is officially fall here in Texas, but that does not mean much.  We have been bless with a little bit of cooler weather.  So yesterday the Hi yesterday was 85 and the low was 63.  We will be getting back into the 90's later this week....but the 85 and 63 degree temps have been welcomed!

So....whatcha knitting on?  Well, back in August, I started the Tan House Brook Shawl in a colorway called Queen of Hearts.....then, a couple of weeks ago, I had a friend come to SNB and she was using the exact same yarn as the contrast of a lazy girl sweater...so I ripped out my THBShawl and was going to do a lazy girl with it....but then, I did not have just the right contrast colors....so, I restarted as a THBShawl (it must have been meant to be).....

Then there is the Susanna IC MKAL...this is clue 3 done....sorry for the 2nd pics, the white of the yarn is a little washed out with my bed duvet/comforter in the background.

I also got some Hiya Hiya SHARP 9" sock needles.  I had some regular stainless steel needles, but wanted to try the SHARPS with the new Panda Li point protectors....these needles take a little getting used to...but I am told that if I stick with it, I will love them......

Trinh from Purl Pointe takes such good care to wrap your packages and always throws in some 'extras'

I won a pattern this week....from Hot Pink Socks Review, I won the Quibble for Girls pattern by Amanda Woeger.....I cannot wait to make the grand daughters this sweater....here is a picture stolen from the pattern, so the copyright is to niteowl on Ravelry:

I started that fox cowl for my friend.  I just have like 7 more inches and then to attach the ears (already knitted)....so I am hoping maybe I can finish tonight during Monday Night Football....we will see!

I got some new yarn for a SAL/KAL....now that is supposed to be a Spin A Long and then Knit A Long (with the yarn you spun) but being that I am not a spinner, the lady who dyed the fiber for this SAL/KAL also dyed some yarn for us non spinners...but I think it is just a matter of time before I give spinning a 'spin'.....ha, ha!

Darlene, aka AwesomeGrannie, came to SNB with her granddaughter, Peyton, this past Saturday.  I started to teach Peyton how to knit.  It was funny because Peyton said to Darlene, "Grannie, this is hard." and Darlene replied, "Well of course, if it were easy, boys would do it.".....that was so cute, I had to share!

Well, I think that is about all I have....sometimes when I recap the week it feels like I knit all week, but then when I post the pictures on Monday, it does not seem like that much....I guess that just means I need to knit more and knit faster!

I know I usually close with pics of my grands or of cute sayings....well this week I close with a picture of my two kids (A huge treat for me).....Yes, I know you have seen pics of Paige before, but not many of you have seen my son Erich...I try to see him as often as I can and so does Paige (he lives in North Texas)....well, Paige went to see him a few weeks ago....and they took a picture just for me.....I love this picture (of course, they both hate it).

Till Next Week.......Happy Happy Happy Knitting!