Monday, July 21, 2014

Just......one......more.......day!!!!!!

Happy Monday everyone.....I have just one more day till I see Darlene!  She comes back to work tomorrow and I am super excited!  I have so much to tell her and show her.  She has been on vacation since July 4th, so that means I have not seen her since July 3rd....talk about withdrawals!

While she has been gone, we have another friend that knits with us and her name is Barbara.  Barbara also went on vacation recently and she got me the cutest wine glass and a bottle of wine.  She also knows that I have been looking for the Copa wine bottles ever since I saw an episode of Shark Tank where this guy was on it....so when she went to Rockport, she was able to find them and picked me up a moscato bottle.  Thank you Barbara!!!  Isn't this cup cute?



I got a few yarn enhancements.....I have pictures of the yarn I told you that I ordered for some more socks...Paige likes the lighter color, but I am not starting her socks till I finish at least one more placemat for her (moving day is this coming Saturday...yikes!!)


My 'Box of Fun' from The Loopy Ewe came in and I have my yarn for Project 3 for Camp Loopy...I will be making Clapotis.......


I made Pikes Peak with this order and got some cute buttons to put on my Bags By Awesome Grannie project bags...they say things like "Shawl", "Socks", "Hat" and then in order to make my order ship for free, I got some heel soak (I love this stuff) and a skein of Madeline Tosh Sock yarn in the Duchess Colorway...I know I am going to want to make more Stephen West Shawls (once I knit down some other things) and this color has always called my name, so I went ahead and snagged a skein.....look at the close up...it is awesome!



Do you remember those little sandals I crocheted for a friend?  Well, I took them to her and they are a tad large, but she will grow into them!



This past week there was one day that Paige asked me to take Antonio to daycare for her because she had a really early morning meeting....it has been a while since I have had to take him, but we had fun in the car.....


and then Celeste came by to visit Oma......I missed her soooo much, it has been a while since I have seen her because I have been busy and her mom has been busy.....so I snapped up a picture of Paige and Celeste together (Celeste's hair is sooooo long it s almost to her buttox!)


Oh......and I saved the best knitting news for last.....I FINISHED MY BAY OF FUNDY SCARF for Camp Loopy #2....Yahoo!  I attached my 3rd skein last Tuesday (as I had hoped for) and I attached my 4th Skein on Friday night......wow.....I must have really wanted to be done with this one.  It was 71 inches x 21 1/2 inches blocked out (I added two more repeats to it to make it wider).  It fits me very, very, very well, but today is my sister's 44th birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANICE!!).....so this one might (I said might) go to her...I have not decided yet....I may make her something else.....




Yeah....now that Camp Loopy #2 is done and I have about 10 days till the next project starts....I am going to work on Paige's placemats (I do not have a picture to share), possibly start my Hitofude Cardigan with a provisional crochet chain cast on (I am not looking forward to that) and I am going to try to finish these socks (one heel is turned)...these are tour de sock socks...the last tour de sock pattern came out this past Saturday but I am sitting it out.  It has color work and I am not fond of it.  So, if I finish these socks, I will have finished 3 of the 6 tour de sock socks....but none of them in time :(  Next year I think I will still pay the money to benefit Doctors without borders, but I will just be a cheerleader!


I found a picture of this swift lamp online somewhere (facebook or maybe instagram)....I want one of these!



That is all I have.....I hope everyone has a great week!!!  Happy Happy Happy knitting!!!




Monday, July 14, 2014

Lots of stuff....and I will be a Grandma again!


Hey everyone.....life after the Stephen and Steven tour has been good.  I have some great news....I will be a grandma again...I knew this news last week when I posted but the posting was so full of Stephen and Steven I thought I would wait another week to post.  Little Mario and Amanda are expecting again.....a boy this time!  Little Mario is my late hubby's son.  He and his wife had to have fertility injections to have Alexxis (a little over a year now) and since they had to have fertility injections, they did not think they could get prego on their own....but they were wrong.  I think they were both very shocked to find out they were prego (a few months ago) but they just found out the sex and it is a boy!  So there will be more baby knitting in my future.

Baby is due December 16.....10 years to the day that my late hubby died....we are all hoping he is named Mario Alonzo Ramirez III, but Little Mario (the II) is not sure yet.

Here is Alexxis holding a blue rose with Daddy

I worked some more on my Stage 4 tour de socks socks...but it was clear that I was not going to finish by 9 am on Thursday.  One of the requirements was to do 6 pattern repeats on the leg....well, that was going to be like 86 rows....that is one long leg!  So I only did 5 repeats (I like it better) and I started the heel flap on one of them....but I am still really enjoying this pattern...it should be smoother sailing from here on out as no more beads are needed.


My friend, Heather, posted on FB that she wanted someone to make these sandals for her baby girl (I made a pom pom blanket for her baby back in February/March, exactly like Alexxis').....I did not make these, this is the picture she posted on Facebook...


I could not find this exact pattern at the time (I did find it later) but I made her these.  The first picture is NOT my picture, it is the picture from the pattern.....the second picture is the set I made her...I only had 4 buttons to hold the flowers so I could only but 2 buttons on each sandal.



These were crochet, so for someone who does not crochet a lot...I'd say I did pretty good.

I have some stash enhancements.....my mother told me that she thinks my niece (she is 14) would love for me to knit some socks for her....My mom said her favorite colors were red, white and black, so I found this self striping yarn to make a pair of socks for her.....the colorway is queen of hearts.


While on the simply socks website (which rocks by the way)....I found this Turtle Purl yarn in the colorway burberry (the tag actually says trenchcoat, but it was advertised as burberry).....well, if you know me...I love purses and bags....and I love burberry (along with many other brands) so I had to get this colorway for me....I cannot wait to make them FOR ME!  Darlene is the one that told me about the Simply Socks website and Turtle Purl yarn...she listens to way more podcasts than I do and she is way more "in the know" than I am (maybe she should be the one blogging).


Paige sent me a text last week telling me how much she loved a certain pair of socks I knit her (January of last year....I blogged about them here).....anyway, I think she really likes them because they are a cotton blend...and lets face it....here in Texas, it is not always comfortable to wear wool socks...it is hot here!  She wants more socks like this....so I ordered some more yarn....The yarn is called CoBaSi by Hikoo...it is COtton, BAmboo, and SIlk (take the first two letters of each and you have CoBaSi).  She said she wants green, so I am waiting for Kiwi and Blarney to show up in my mailbox today or tomorrow.....



I have one more enhancement that I think is pretty cool.  It is a light you can bend and put anywhere, but it was advertised to go around your neck and that is how I used it.  It was great to knit in the truck when it got too dark at night....it was also great sitting outside knitting in the dark while camping...but it did attract a few moths and small flying bugs (that was a down side).



Camp Loopy project 3 was posted this past week.....this put me in a little of a panic.  I was not expecting them to post till later in the month...but when they posted last week I realized the month was moving along faster than I wanted it to....and really hardly had anything done on my camp #2 project....I was only at like 6 inches.....


So.....we went camping this past weekend and I think I got a nice chunk of knitting done.....I am well into my second skein and hope to attach my 3rd skein by tomorrow....since I only have 4 skeins....if I finish my 2nd skein around the 15th...I think I will be okay.  It is about 22 inches now.  I did have a cable mistake and I had to rip out like 13 rows...but I fixed it.




While we were camping at Chalk Bluff, I took several pictures...the water in the Nueces River is crystal clear and you can see the rocks on the bottom....there was a gorgeous sunset...and a HUGE full moon that I learned was called a super moon or 'the buck moon'.  There was a stop at a liquor store for more wine which is also a gun shop (ha, ha...only in Texas), and my knitting with the tents in the background (Jaime spoils me and I stayed in the AC in the RV).....








Well, I think that is about all I have for now.....have a great week everyone!  Here are some of my favorite pics I have stolen from others on the internet......





Happy Happy Happy knitting everyone!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Stephen and Steven Tour 2014

Are you ready for picture overload?  I have lots of pictures to share with you this week.  First let me give you a small update on my Tour de Sock socks.......I have been making progress but I have not worked on them since last Friday....I am really enjoying this pattern!!!




Now for the Stephen and Steven Tour 2014....they are fabulous....if you have a chance to go see them....you should.  We had a great time!  First, when we got to our hotel, one of our rooms was not ready so the hotel bought us all dinner......Yup!  It was yummy....I even have a picture of my desert because it was so cute.



At the even there was tour exclusive yarn:






Here is what I got......I got some of the tour exclusive yarn by Three Irish Girls in colorways "Luck be a Lady" and "Sin City":




That was all I was going to get....I swear....but then Tami had to go and find the new Dream in Color yarn in a new base called Jilly......Yup, you guessed it...they had the most beautiful burnt orange colorway called "chili" and I got another colorway called "brownie" to go with it (Tami, the enabler got the same thing, two of the Chili and one of the Brownie).....


While waiting to go to this tour.....Darlene aka AwesomeGrannie saw on Instagram the new Plucky Knitter's colorway called "ph" for Stephen West there was a pink colorway above called "v" for Steven Be).....so I had to get her some......I also got her some Madeline tosh light merino in the "Knitting is dead Sexy" colorway....it was tour exclusive and I think it will make a great Welty Pattern (by Stephen West) along with the ph........here is hers:



So.....my yarn was wound (in hotel room) and we had dinner....we all knitted (there was a group of 7 knitting gals total) in the lobby for a while and then it was time for a good night's rest.......and we were off.....

IT WAS FABULOUS!!!!

What did I learn?  Most importantly, I learned that Steven B has 42 WIPS which means that since my count is not that high, that I can cast on more projects (I have officially been given permission!)....Also, Stephen West said that it is OKAY to buy yarn to match your outfit and it is also OKAY to buy an outfit to match your yarn......these are the important things!

What can I say.....I had the time of my life......I want to thank Stephen and Steven for a great time and a great big thanks to Elizabeth for getting me in the class!!!  I do want to thank Hill Country Weavers or putting it on.....but I have to say I was not impressed with the organization at all.  At the last minute (Saturday)....HCW decided to open up more seats to the even and called the ppl on the waiting list......this meant that my great friend Ruby Cruze got to come.......


Now.....I am super excited they opened up a seat for Ruby (Yes I am being selective here)....but the bottom line is they opened up too many seats...there was not enough room...we were crammed like sardines into one tiny room.....then lunch came and it was pure chaos....it seems that if you were taking the Stephen West class in the afternoon, you were supposed to have lunch with Steven Be and vice versa....but they never 'announced' that to everyone...it seems that they announced it to new comers (ppl who were not in the morning classes) but not to everyone....it was just madness....my seat was taken (even though all my friends told the lady she could not sit there because I just went to go get my plate of food and I would be right back...my purse was there, my whole knitting bag, etc).....it was just a three ring circus....being crammed in the little room means that neither of the Steph/vens were able to get to the back corner or anywhere to their left side because the tables (and sardine people) were blocking them.  Also, there was very little tour yarn.  HCW sent an email telling us we can buy tour yarn on Saturday starting at 1 and we were there at about 1:03.....there was ONE skein of that 'ph' yarn for sale and one skein they were using to show everyone (so basically I got the only two skeins) and at first they said we could order some then they said we couldn't....but they must have been holding back skeins of yarn for friends because on Sunday, my friend asked if they had anymore of that yarn and they said 'No' but after my friend paid, they pulled out 3 skeins of the "ph" yarn for the next lady in line......okay.....rant over.....besides selling way too many seats and being unorganized.....I would not have traded it for the world....I had a fabulous time.....can you tell by the pictures?











 
Above is my friend Elizabeth (who got me the seat to the show) with Stephen and her Verticies Unite!

Below is our whole group wearing one of Stephen West's shawls!



Here is a picture in front of the yarn store....if you look close, you might be able to find me


I even got their signatures on my Tour Book and they each signed their own patterns!




I could not decide with yarn to use for Stephen West's Welty pattern....but in the end I decided to use the 'Tour Yarn'.  Here is my progress:



All in all, it was a fabulous weekend!!!!!!!!!!!  

And just in case you do not go into picture overload....here is my favorite:


Happy Happy Happy Knitting everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!