Thursday, April 24, 2014

I believe

that at the crossroads of Knitting & Addiction you will be in the colorful warm town of FairIsleville...

You'll find me there...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Stash Dive

My yarn stash goes back years.
It's grown over the years.
That stint of working at So Much Yarn for a little over a year really gave it a boost.
Mom's find a couple years back of all the cashmere, merino, and silk in the basement of a consignment shop gave it a super boost that still makes me dizzy to think about...

I remember everything most of the stuff I buy and why I bought it.
There were a few that I questioned my grasp on reality when I picked it up.
There was more that I said 'Oh, I remember when I bought you, don't worry, you'll still become something fabulous'

Last night I had to dive deep into the stash.
Really deep.
I told D I was going in and that I might be a while.
He told me to put up a beacon so he could find me if I didn't make it out.

I was looking for the 6 skeins of Ultra Lite Alpaca I bought four years ago to do a colorwork pattern that I never got around too... I didn't even have the pattern but I knew I had those six skeins and I want to make Kate Davies hat Peerie Flooers for M and I thought maybe, just maybe that yarn would work...

so out of the closet all the tubs, crates, and Ziploc baggies of yarn came.

D was off somewhere in the house, steering clear while I was happily rummaging and singing to myself and the dogs when all of the sudden I shouted out;


Then I hear D chuckle from wherever he was hiding...

Not only did I find the yarn (I knew exactly where it was) in the back bottom of the bottom bin in the back of the closet, they were the perfect colors. I tossed in a ball of Knit Picks Palette Mist as the background color and just couldn't contain my thrill...

It's perfect.

So as long as we are on the Fair Isle Ride you should know that America's Knitting is doing a Fair Isle Along. A Knit-A-Long for all things fair isle.
You can hop over to the America's Knitting Ravelry page or Facebook page and sign up!

Here are the pertinent details
Starts: May 1
Ends: June 30
Project: Any fair isle project you choose but it has to have a minimum of four colors
All finishers by the 30th get their name in a hat and a winner will be drawn to receive something fabulously delicious from my stash (Ravelry) or Mary's (Facebook)

Also, Mary has some new shop coverage up at America's Knitting, check it out!!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Fair Isle in Five...

Five days that is...
Even I'm surprised.
It's incredibly addictive.
You just want to keep knitting upward to get to the next color section and pattern to see how your choices are going to meld together.

I took Sheila Joyne's 'I can't believe I'm Fair Isle Knitting' class on April 12. The second class is April 26 and we were supposed to have the ribbing on our hats done.

Apparently I'm a Fair Isle over-achiever

So I started my house on the 15th and finished it the 20th.

This past Saturday we went to the horse races and I knit the entire anchor section while enjoying a few a lot of beer and picking horses to bet on... I picked about three and D was nice enough to go and place the bets for me.

It was after I finished the anchor section that I saw in Sheila's pattern instructions that she suggest using markers to divide up each repeat.

That would have made it easier for certain, but I really only had to back it out a couple times and only a few stitches at that...

I finished it off yesterday.

All that is left is weaving in a hot mess of ends and a light blocking, really more of a relaxing bath followed by some drying in the middle of the living room...

The mornings and evenings are still chilly enough that I can still get some wear out of it before summer!


Anchors A Weigh by Sheila Joynes
Yarn: Cascade 220 Fingering
     Main Color: Magenta
     Contrast Color 1: Granny Smith
     Contrast Color 2: Orange Sherbet
     Contrast Color 3: Cerise
Needle size 3

You can see more progress photos here on my Ravelry Project Page

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rabbit Hole

The Fair Isle Rabbit Hole...
I'll come up for air soon.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Inside Look.

My Knitters Brain is pretty dominant.
I usually go to a yarn store with a specific project in mind. I know the yarn I want. I know the notions I need.

I give myself small pep talks the whole way.

I walk in.
I grab the yarn I want.
The notions I need.
Then I turn around to head to the register and I become mesmerized by color, texture, and possibilities.

Oh the possibilities of a well rounded, well stocked yarn shop.

On the car ride home I give myself comforting talks on how to explain the 3-9 extra skeins that usually end up coming home with me.

I didn't go to a yarn shop last weekend but I did organize my stash a bit. Which is a lot like going to a private yarn shop.

Two partial balls got set aside in my big bowl and I've been eyeballing them all week.

Yes. I know what you're thinking.
Yes. I have had therapy. Not necessarily for this...

Yes, I have four projects in various stages of almost to not-even-close completion.

Yes I have signed on for some secret knitting.

Yes I'm taking a class tomorrow in fair isle knitting and thus casting on another new project.

And yes, I'm casting on a beret with these two colors because my brain won't let me not do it.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

My heart is heavy tonight...

Our racing group lost a champion today. My heart is heavy with sadness and grief for my friend Nancy who had to say good-bye to her beloved. For the family they had together.

Thoughts, prayers, and love for Nancy and her family in the coming days, weeks, months and years.

You were called home too soon Chad. #12

*photo from Roger H. #76

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Random Pictures

From my trip to visit mom... Sorry if some of these have been repeated.

These little birds were so funny! Their little legs moved so fast. Mom and I couldn't stop laughing at them...

Mom's friends sent her a set of plastic flamingos as a joke. She stuffed them in a closet where I found them, grabbed one and spent the rest of the week moving it around her garden. It's currently between two fountains in the pool. If she wants to get rid of it she either has to go into the pool or maneuver along the ledge and hope she doesn't fall in the pool.
I'm a great daughter.

Morning knitting with coffee

afternoon knitting with something that's not water.

Prime realestate, and I'm not talking about the yellow house.

mid-day knitting

I took two pictures of my husband on our trip. This is the first one.

Knitting a linen and cotton poncho for mom at the beach. Linen and Cotton fibers are perfect hot humid weather knitting because they don't get sticky.

I found this on our morning walk... of course I had to pick it up and bring it home.
I did crack it open. I'm sure it's part of the coconut family but when I hit it just right with the hammer I was doused with about a cup and a half of water inside it.

this tree is weird. The flowers are right up my alley and I think the way they bloom is the hard acorn looking part peels back to reveal the anenome like center... I'll have to study them closer next time, I don't know how long it takes this nut to crack.

We arrived in Florida on Saturday morning. It had been raining for almost a solid 2-3 weeks in Washington.
This was my first sunrise on Sunday morning.

Oh Sun, we had missed you so I almost didn't recognize you.

I took this picture at home but this is what I came home with from A Good Yarn Sarasota.
Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in Snapdragon on the left and Lorna's Laces Fingering Weight in A Good Beach, specially dyed for A Good Yarn.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

A Good Yarn, Sarasota Florida

Remember the movie 'Beaches' with Bette Midler.
*side note, I'm a huge Bette Midler fan
When her friend was dying, Bette went to visit her at a beach house and that beach house was in Sarasota.
From that point on I've wanted to go to Sarasota.
Of course the movie came out 26 years ago... so maybe the dream of going to Sarasota had dwindled but every time Sarasota has been mentioned I think of that movie and the beach house and I think...'I bet Sarasota is perfect'

Fast forward 26 years and in that time I;
still love Bette Midler
Have learned how to knit
Had a mom who moved to Florida.
Moved within 2 hours driving of Sarasota
and look
Sarasota has a yarn shop
according to the hive mind on the American's Knitting Ravelry Group, the yarn store is Fantastic!

It truly is...
If I was in Miami I'd find a way to get there for the day.
The staff are amazingly helpful, and happy, and kind, and you feel like you're walking into a shop that just wants to wrap you up in that happiness...
There was a huge table by the front windows and it was jam packed with a weekly knitting group.
Those ladies were having a rolling good time and if there had been a chair open I would have plopped right down with them.
However, I was distracted by not only the amazing knit samples of projects. The beautiful skeins, balls, hanks, and swatches of yarn were calling my name. Mom's too, I lost her for a bit among the wooly goodness!

The best part of this shop for me though was the knit coral reef.

A whole reef.

I'm definitely going to be knitting some things from this reef.

I'm definitely going to knit some Jellies!
Mom and I both decided that A Good Yarn in Sarasota will become a annual trip for us every time I visit!
If you are in Florida and you are within 3 hours driving of A Good Yarn, do it. You won't be disappointed.

Watch for turtles crossing the highway though.
Seriously I almost hit one and if the speed limit was 70 mph in Florida and people weren't driving 85 I would have stopped and made my mom help me turn little Yoshi around and head him back to the swamp... *he wasn't little he probably weighed about 100lbs)

A Good Yarn
7418 S Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34231
(941) 487-7914
You can also find a link to the shop here: America's Knitting has a map of all the yarn shops in the US!

A little bit of Churchmouse (Easy Folded Poncho) action going on here


 After you spend a good 2-3 hours shopping, oohing, ahhing, and groping yarn you need to head over to Phillipi Creek Village for lunch. Eat at the place with a huge clam shell photo op in front, order a Landshark Lager and a fried grouper sandwich with fries. Then order another Landshark and enjoy the view of the water, the pelicans, and the possible alligator sighting.

Finished Object: Linden Mitts & a Mini-Rant

I think it's possible
that I have finally have all my ducks lined up

better move fast
ducks don't stay lined up for long

Here is Part 1 of like a gazillion posts to tell you about the past two weeks.

The Finished Linden Mitts:

I joined the Jane Richmond Linden Mitts KAL
It was perfect.
The pattern was perfect
I had the yarn called for in the pattern.
I have been wanting to knit and own fingering weight mitts for a while.
I think Jane Richmond is perfect. Her patterns are classic and beautiful in their simplicity. Fun to knit in her little details.

The pattern calls for Felici Fingering or Sport by Knit Picks... Unfortunately Knit Picks has discontinued the Felici line, not quite sure why. Everyone loves it... but I digress. Knit Picks and their discontinuing of my favorite yarns will have to be for another post, because I am hot about it.

Back to the Mitts.
I love them.
I may never wear them because I love looking at them so much.
The colorway is Minty. It's perfection.

Once again let me express my irritation with KP for discontinuing yet another of my favorites from their yarn line.

Okay... So here are the Deets
Pattern: Linden Mitts
Designer Extraordinairre: Jane Richmond
Yarn Required: Fingering or Sport

I chose fingering, 1 ball of felici self striping in Minty

Needle size: 2

Took me two weeks, which was the entire lenght of the KAL
my second thumb is a little bit long but who cares. I'm just going to hold them and touch them anyway...

Wanna see them?
Of course you do.
You'll love them too...

Stupid Knit Picks...
How could you discontinue this beautiful colorway!

Tomorrow: My visit to A Good Yarn, Sarasota Florida and why everyone should go!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

catching up

We're home... I have a ton to catch up on with all of you and I'll do it toot-sweet 
probably Saturday morning when I'm not running around like a hurricane catching up at home, at work, on sleep, and cuddles with the dogs...

Things I have to tell you involve:

1. A trip to A Good Yarn in Sarasota
2. A finished Object
3. New objects on needles
4. Visit with mama
5. The trip home to Seattle from Fort Myers
6. Upcoming events for America's Knitting

for now, here are a couple sneak peeks

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