Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday Yarn Along

From Ginny: Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

Linking up with Small Things..

I finished the earwarmer band for my friend last Friday at work. I'll be popping it in the mail for him today. I have a whole skein of the possum yarn left so I think that a hat will be in his future, too. Once I finished that project, I could finish the second mitten. Now they just need felting!

Oh..this weekend was the fiber expo. I was tickled to hear they're going to have a spring fiber expo starting next March. I guess this means I should start saving my pennies again.. ;-) But yes, the fiber expo. Steve and I headed off to the event after class on Saturday and I giddily bounced my way through the buildings. Steve likes to watch the angora rabbits when they're being trimmed. I was on a mission to find the vendor who had only fiber from New Zealand. But before any of that, we had to see Jacob the camel.

I love that camel. He is so soft and I could just stand there and scritch him forever (even when he tries to eat my hair). I picked up  a cake of camel yarn (see the above picture) for Mom. She had mentioned that if I saw a nice skein of yarn that it might make a nice Christmas gift. Done.

The next yarn purchase was the blue/gray/purple skein of sock yarn in the back of the picture. I saw it on my way to see Jacob, and I had to stop on my way back through. I thought the colors were perfect for Mom. So socks will be made (eventually! I'm really trying not to add more projects right now).

After picking up a door prize (it's a handmade glass buckle!), and stopping an escaped alpaca, Steve and I wandered around more. That's where I found the mossy green roving. I fell in love with the Icelandic wool instantly. The color is so much better in person. So many of the greens you see are bright, but this is subtle, and I love it. I ended up buying five ounces of it and I have no idea what I will do with it. I suppose I really need to learn how to use my spinning wheel! By this time Steve had found the New Zealand yarn vendor and off we went.

The cranberry yarn is a skein of possum yarn. I had a wonderful chat with the vendor and I will definitely be seeking her out in the future for any of my possum yarn needs (or just fibers from NZ). The colors she had are amazing.

And last, but not least, I picked up a skein of angora yarn. It was the one thing I wanted to make sure I purchased. No, I have no plans for it right now, but I have always wanted to knit with it. Steve chatted with the angora lady and scritched the trimmed bunnies before we finally were done.

This was a paycheck well spent!

I did finish reading Last Summer last week at work. Overall I did enjoy the book. The biggest issue I had were the early diary entries of the character Rosie. I kept thinking back to when I was 14, and her perfectionist mindset just drove me nuts. As the story progressed I began to enjoy it more, but the mother Jane was a constant grating on my nerves. It was a good story about healing after bullying.

And on that note.. I am off to get ready for work. Hope everyone has a great day!

Happy knitting!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday Yarn Along

From Ginny: Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

Linking up with Small Things..

(oops, I forgot the book I am reading!)

I realized over the weekend as I started another project, that I have too many projects going at once and not enough time to dedicate to all of them evenly. So I am taking  deep breath, bagging everything individually, and putting a date on when each needs to be done. I also have a list with the projects written on and numbered based on priority. I had to do this. I have three other "current" projects that I didn't put in the photo!

Let me start with the braids. A good friend and co-worker of mine asked me yesterday if I could make her a braided wig for Halloween (she is going as a Viking princess). She wasn't sure how to attach the hair to her helmet and wondered if I could come up with a solution. Of course! I crocheted a netted hat, then took the process of measuring, cutting, and weaving the yarn together to form a cover for the hat. It's practically done (I need to do a few little stitches to hold everything in place) and I am rather pleased with the results.

The blue is the yarn I picked up when we were on vacation. I have one mitten done and the cuff to its match started. The first mitten worked up rather quickly, and I am looking forward to finishing it and felting them.

The owl coffee cozy is the third I've made in the past week. I made one for the formally mentioned co-worker who loves owls, then made another one for a friend, and this one for myself. I've had a few requests for more coffee cozies, so I guess those will be my side projects. They're rather portable and easy to make.

Finally, the real priority project is the gray project. That is a skein of the possum yarn from New Zealand. My close friend, Chris, has a dream to move to New Zealand in the next five years. When I bought the green skein for myself, I told him all about it, and he begged me to make him something..anything.. with the yarn. His birthday was this past Sunday, and I am finally was able to get back to E. Lansing to pick up the yarn. Per his request, I am making a headband to keep his ears warm this winter. I think I will put owls on it, too (I'm in an owl mood!). This is the fourth attempt to get this project underway and keep it underway. I'm crossing my fingers I get it finished this weekend and in the mail to him.

I'm still reading Last Summer. I work mostly at the coffee house location at the library, and there seems to be a lot of quiet time out there. So when things are quiet, I read a few pages. I'm still going to hold off on my opinion of the book, but I am gradually starting to get into it more.

Things are pretty busy over here right now. Balancing work, school, tests, and Steve spending a lot of time out of town with work, things are hectic. I miss you all.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wednesday Yarn Along

From Ginny: Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

Linking up with Small Things..

I think that when Mom and I get together and knit at the coffee house, I end up talking more and knitting less. It's just so nice to have Mom here to knit with!

The paprika yarn in the background is a secret project I am working on currently. I started it on the way to Mackinac Island, and frogged it about three times over the weekend, before starting on the way home and doing my own thing when it came to the ribbing. Finally I am at a good place with it! The hats I started before we left and I took with me? Yep.. forgot one of the dpns at home so they didn't get worked on that much. I could not happily divide the stitches over three needles and there was not enough to justify using the circular. Oh well! It's something I can work on at home when I have the time.

The blue in the foreground is the Sunday Sweater Mom is working on for the daughter of her tattoo artist (she has been knitting for this little girl since she was a newborn). Mom is using Lamb's Pride wool in Tahiti Teal.

The beautiful variegated yarn is mine(!) that I picked up in the UP over the weekend. It's Farmhouse Yarns -- Andy's Merino II in Caribbean. It is so soft and wonderful. I have plans for this and some winter knitting.

Reading wise, I have started nor continued anything new. I know, I'm boring. Mom has read everything I had left out for her upstairs and finished reading Call the Midwife while we were on vacation.

Mom is going back to Indiana today and will return for Christmas. She is going to be missed terribly.

Happy knitting!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Yarn Along -- A day late

I know we're a day late this week. I worked the morning shift yesterday and was exhausted in the evening so I didn't get a picture of what Mom and I are up to these days knitting wise.

I actually have three secret knitting projects going on, one of which I can't work on while Mom is here. The other two I am thinking of hauling up to Mackinac this weekend to work on. But on to what I can share!

I haven't started reading anything new right now. I did catch the first episode of Call the Midwife on PBS and I was not disappointed! Mom just finished reading The Language of Flowers and says she thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't wait to find out which of the books I left in her room she will tackle next.

The project in the back is Mom's latest the One Day Neck Warmer. She actually just finished it, so I made her a page on ravelry for it. As soon as I know the yarn she used, I'll update the project page. I do know that the color the yarn bled which onto her hands and needles and really disappointed her. She says she'd like to knit more of these, but would be extremely cautious as to the yarn she chooses for it in the future.

I'm working on an Amstel Hat and am using Malabrigo Silky Merino in Celeste. I have enough yarn that I am hoping to make a hat for myself and one for Mom, too. The plan was to have both knitted by the time we left for vacation this weekend, but I am still on hat #1 due to a burn on my left hand. I'm hoping to get lots of knitting in tonight at knitting group!

Tonight we are heading off to the knitting group for more knitting and socializing. Tomorrow I will be packing up my project bag for the weekend. I think Mom has said she wants to go through my yarn stash and see what I have readily available to be used because she is itching to be working on something else right now.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!