Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy Happy Happy Club Deliveries!

Hi everyone!  My blog today ha a title with club deliveries because I got two packages this week.  Both the Miss Babs Knitting Tour 2014 package and the Martina Behm Strickmich!Club pacakge were delivered this week....I also had a few other stash enhancements I will explain (is an explanation really needed?) in a little bit.

Here are the two club packages:

1)  Miss Babs Knitting Tour 2014:






2:  Strickmich!Club 2014:





Aren't they awesome!

After making a few dishcloths last week for the KAL with BagsByAwesomegrannie....I decided I wanted to make some more so I ordered some red and brown (colors of my kitchen)...so here are a couple of stash enhancements:



Then, The Loopy Ewe announced a new 'thing' called Loopy Academy....I was resisting and I was not going to join, but then my friend MK (Mary Kay) started talking about her doing Loopy Academy and before I knew it, items were in my cart and I was checked out.  There is a long detail here for Loopy Academy, but the bottom line is you need to make a Cowl with 2 colors in it in fingering weight, a hat in DK weight and some mittens in Worsted weight by the end of the year.  Here is my yarn:


The cowl will be in the red and beige self striping yarn, and the hat and mittens will both be in black (hey, I am not really sure who these will be for, and black goes with everything!)  I did start the mittens, but I only have like 2 inches done.



I finished my socks for my niece...but I have a small dilemma:  I asked my mom for her favorite colors and she told me red, blue and black....somewhere in my head, it took that to mean red, white and black....so know that these socks are done (and I love them).....do I give these to her?  OR.....get a skein of blue, red and black yarn and make her a new pair of socks?  There is no deadline for this....just because I love my niece (and nephew) and my mom thought she might like a pair of hand knit socks....

Here are the finished socks




This is the yarn I am thinking of getting for a new pair of socks for her.


What do you think?

I also worked on Paige's sweater a little...can you tell it is growing?

 I also started one sleeve, but Paige is always worried about the arm hole (at the underarm) being too tight...it said to pick up and knit 8 stitches at the underarm, and then do 2 decreases every 11 rounds, but I picked up and knit 14 stitches at the underarm and I am doing decreases every 9 rounds.


Then.......on Saturday it was Mystery KAL time....this is my second attempt at a Mystery KAL.....the first one I bombed, and frogged years later...I hope that does not happen this time.  This is a Susanna IC pattern and it is her 6th MKAL....I chose some awesome pearl lace yarn with clear translucent beads....I got my knitters ready, beads, and crochet hook and went at it.....


and at it.....


and at it.....


and at it.....

I am still not done....I have lots more short rows to do....bit I think it is looking pretty good....my lace yarn has a cute little hole thru the middle.....



Oh, and I also knit a little on my scarf swap scarf, but I cannot show you that.....till the recipient has it!


Before I share some great pictures at the end of my blog like I usually do....I want to thank Always Alice of the LSSK group.....I also want to give her credit for finding almost all of these pictures....not all, but almost....thank you Alice!


 (but just as addictive!)

Happy Happy Happy Knitting everyone!  I hope you have a great week!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy Football and Grandparent's Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know that not many knitters out there are also football fans...but I am a football fan and I am SOOOOO happy that Football season is back.  I watched lots of games this past weekend and got lots of knitting time in.  My boys did not do so well, but that is okay....I got to knit while I watched them loose.....It was also GRANDPARENT'S DAY....did you have a good Grandparent's day?  I did!!!!!

I got to knit on lots of things this weekend......first up is Paige's Sweater


It may not look a lot different from last week, but I did add a few inches to it.


I had SNB at my house this past Saturday and it was a blast....Darlene even came over and we meet up with Jennifer who was a blast to knit with...and Darlene finally got to meet Bobbie of Bobbie Sox Yarns.  Carol and Evelyn were there too and we just had a blast.  I think it was one of the best SNB's ever......Well, Evelyn was working on her Lazy Girl....she tried to start hers in March of last year but she had this mental block....and then she taught herself continental knitting and in like one week, she was more than 1/2 way done with the shawl....it was amazing...and enough to get me and Darlene inspired to pull ours out and do some knitting on ours too.  I started this in March of 2013...it had about 10 repeats on it and now it has about 20 repeats.....I do love this pattern!


Darlene was a dear and blocked my clapotis for me because she has this awesome quilting wall that I told her would be awesome to block on...and so she and her granddaughter, Peyton, blocked it for me....it is super long!  Thank you Darlene and Peyton!




I am not sure if I have mentioned it...but I signed up to do one of Susanna IC's Mystery KAL's.  I met Susanna a few years ago at a local knitting group, and then got to know her better at a Fiber Retreat earlier this year.  I am going to do this pattern with some of my Black Pearl Yarn.  Not the exclusive kit I won a couple of years ago, but some lace weight I got a few Yarn Crawl's ago.  I did a swatch on size 7's but I thought the knitting looked loose and sloppy.....


This pattern also calls for beads, and I prefer size 6 beads over size 8, so I did another swatch on size 4 needles and I added beads and I think this looks much better.  So I am all set and the first clue comes out this coming Saturday.


Remember I told you last week I was going to do some socks for my niece?  Well, I got them started and I love them!!!!!!!




Oh....and while I was watching the Longhorns game, I had some friends come by....they have a little girl (I think she is about 9 years old...but I am not sure exactly)....and their daughter, Kimmy, saw me knitting....so I pulled out a hat that I had the ribbing started on (to teach someone else) and I taught her the knit stitch....she caught on super fast...and I told her to take it home and bring it back when she has about 5-6 inches done.....Next I am going to try to teach Darlene's granddaughter, Peyton (pictured above) to knit...she is 6 so a little younger, but I am sure she will do great!  Here is Kimmy knitting:


Lastly, it would not be like me to not mention my grandson, Antonio.  He starts a new daycare today and I cannot wait to see how is day went.  I baby sat him a little last week and he wanted me to make him a bed on the floor so he could sit with my dog, Precious.....so I did (using my Bed Lounger):


But then he decides that the bed is really much more comfortable than the floor (smart kid)!


Well, that is all I have....I feel like I did get quite a bit of knitting done.  Jaime was gone on his semi annual motorcycle ride with 'the guys' (where he forgot to pack the socks I made him).....and I had a very lazy weekend of knitting and football....it was awesome.  I wish I could do it every day....but, reality is that I am:


So remember:



Happy Happy Happy knitting everyone!!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

Hi everyone, I hope everyone had a fantastic Labor day doing exactly what you wanted to.  I caught up on some emails and ravelry post and also knitted.

I started a new WIPS KAL in my SNB group and My Sister's Knitter also has a WIPS KAL going on that I have joined in on.  In that KAL, I learned a new word.....CASTONPALOOZA......  I cast on 3 new things....2 dishcloths and a scarf for my Scarf Swap.



I finished the Red Dishcloth....these dishcloths will be for my Secret Santa that I get later in the year (hey, I am planning ahead)!  The dishcloths are also part of a KAL to win a medium sized bag from BagsbyAwesomeGrannie.....so you should do it with me!  Just two dishcloths! and you might win the most awesome medium size bag you will own!

The scarf was just barely cast on so it would count for both WIPS KAL's and I figured I could finish the dishcloths faster than the full scarf....Here is the red finished and the green is about 1/2 way done.....




A little note about these dishcloths.  I have said it before, but this is a perfect example....the red dishcloth is made with Hobby Lobby I Love this Cotton Yarn and the green is Knit Picks Dishie.  The knit picks is a harder more kitchen cotton feel, and it shows the pattern really well.  The Hobby Lobby is super duper soft, but in being so soft, it also drapes more and does not show the pattern really well at all....so the yarn does matter....sometimes 'harder' yarn is better than 'softer' yarn depending in its purpose!

I also just barely worked on my Hitofude....I got one full repeat done...do you see the "V" (8 rows)....but it is looking good.



This past weekend was Paige's (my daughter) 19th Birthday....we went to have breakfast (it was more like lunch) at IHOP, and then I took Antonio with me to go to a pool party for my friend's son who turned 3....it was a pool party and Antonio did not want to get out of the water at all...he was having so much fun!


After the pool party, took him to meet his mom, Paige.  For her Birthday, her boyfriend (Chris) and best friend (Bizzle) took her to Peter Piper Pizza....yes, the location was picked a little bit for Antonio too, but let's face it:  As you get older, you just want to do things with your kids anyway.....so off to Peter Piper he went....I am sure he slept super soundly on Sunday night!

When Paige and I went out to eat, I also got her to try on her sweater....it looks great on her.  I had 8" cords on the sleeves, so the sleeves felt tight...but I will see her again tonight and I will put a larger cord on it so she can try it on again....boring stockinette with some decreases here and there, but I am loving the 'non thinking' part of it!

In the HiyaHiya KAL's the yarn voted on for this next KAL is Biscotte and Cie....so I am going to make my niece the Butterfly Flower socks in the Black, Red and White yarn I bought for her....I have divided into two skeins and have the starting points exactly the same:


Also in the Hiya Hiya forum is a RAK discussion....from this discussion I have been gifted a pattern called Lipstick (a cardigan I cannot wait to make) from Tjkibbey (Thank you Trish!)! and a spinning book and awesome stitch marker from susanri (Thank you Susan!)!  I want to start to try to lean to spin!



I had a couple of stash enhancements....bag sets from AwesomeGrannie.  She was just about to hit her 100th sale and I swooped in and bought 2 bags so I could be her 100th sale!



I should have some more enhancements next week.....I got notice today that my Strickmich!Club package number 3 has shipped and I am pretty sure that the Miss Babs Knitting Tour Desitnation 3 will be shipping this week as well.....I am pretty excited!

Well, that is really all I have....I hope everyone has a fabulous week!





Happy Happy Happy Knitting!!!!