Monday, October 27, 2008

KnitPicks Haul

After last weeks casualty, I needed to order more cables. I'm always running out of my small 24" cables. I also got a pack of 60" cables too. While I was shopping I also found several other items to add to my cart in order to qualify for free shipping.

After filling out this questionnaire I realized I'm always needing more size 6 needles for my KnitPicks Options set. I'm sure I could use even more, but this should help. I also thought that this Lint Shaver would come in handy this winter.

I couldn't resist these Harmony buttons.
I am in love with all things Harmony. The only reason you don't see any Harmony Straights here is because they were sold out in the sizes I wanted when I ordered. (US 6-8's.)
Couldn't resist this Wool of the Andes Bulky in Wine (for a Juliet).
Not a great pic with it still bagged, I'll get better photos once it's opened. With knowing that I still have a February Lady Sweater to start and finish first, I wanted to keep it safe and sealed ;)
The most anticipated purchase, a wool winder! Now I can wind and wind and wind to my hearts content. I just love how it forms perfect yarn cakes every time! I decided I wanted to try my new winder out and wound the Cashmerino for my Umbilical cord hat (from Stitch 'N Bitch) and one skein of Malabrigo lace. I don't know how I survived without one before!
Now that I've got a winder, I've got a swift on my list.

I casted on for a Baby Umbilical Hat. My newly acquired Magic Looping skills are coming in handy. (I'll definitely be taking this with me to Florida.)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Minor Casualty, Luxury Library Enhancement, and a FO

I was trying to finish another Baby Genius Burp Cloth and then this happened;
Look a BIT closer
EEK! My cable pulled out from the screw that connects it to my KnitPicks Options needle. I promptly fixed that problem by logging into KnitPicks and ordering some more. I frequently use the small cables and was needed some more anyway. Unfortunately I bought them just over a year so they are not covered under warranty. Stay tuned to see what other goodies I put in my shopping cart. I may have been encouraged by the $50 order free shipping policy, obviously!

Everything worked out in the end. I finished the Burp Cloth. Whew! I just made sure to BO really slowly.
One of the babies that is receiving this burp cloth and my blue bib has already arrived. I will post a pic once it's ready to ship out. I am tempted to cast on an Umbilical Hat before it goes into the mail. I had bought this cashmerino for a Branching Out Scarf but I think it has now spoken, and wants to be something for baby. How can I argue?

Also, another book arrived fresh off of the press! It completes the collection. (I'm such a Geek.)
I loved the scarf in the middle of the pic. I don't have the book with me right now, but I'll add the name if I get the chance later.
I'm taking a vacation next week to Florida to go and see my nephews, niece, and my brother and SIL again. Is it normal to be worrying about what to pack to knit and not have put one thought into what I'm bringing otherwise?

I signed up for SP13. They are offering 3 different price levels this time. I couldn't stay away... Can you? Registration is STILL open!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Amazing Autumn Coffee Swap Q1

What makes a "Fall day" for you? How do you know it's here, and what do you love about the weather, the scenery, or something else that makes Autumn lovely?

For me, Fall is crisp air, leaves changing color and falling to the grass. I like feeling a bit of a chill in the air in the morning or evening. To me it means that the beautiful foliage is coming, and that fall is here. I think of horseback riding, trail riding, or even the squeezing in the last few horse shows of the year. (This coming weekend, I'll be coaching my last show of the season.) I also think of fall foods, like hot apple crisp straight out of the oven. (I've already made one this year so far!) Things just wouldn't be the same without fall in New England, don't forget about the football!

Next Post: Updates!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Amazing Autumn Coffee Swap Questionnaire

Sign-ups close Oct. 15th

About Your Yarn Passion

1. Do you knit, crochet, or do both? When did you first learn? Knit. Coming up on 3 years. Haven't crocheted yet.

2. Do you like using a particular type of needle or hook? (wood, metal, straight, circular) Is there something you've been wanting to try, or a particular size you always seem to be short on? I use my 6 and 7's a lot.  I tend to have to decide which project that can go without needles for the moment.

3. What kind of projects do you enjoy making? Any types you just haven't ever gotten into as much as others? I enjoy making dishcloths, scarves, mittens, shawls, bibs, burp cloths, basically everything I've made so far.

4. What's on your needles\hook right now? What's your oldest UFO (unfinished object)? Currently OTN I have another Burp Cloth, Mom's mitts, So-Called Scarf, Airy Scarf, and Fiber trends felted clogs. Clogs are by the oldest, they've been on the needles for over 2 years.

5. If you were going on vacation tomorrow, what project(s) would travel with you? I like to take at least one portable project when traveling along with at least one more.  I fear running out of something to knit, or having free time without any knitting, so I typically take plenty of choices with me on vacation.    

6. What are your favorite types of yarns? Any you're allergic too, or just hate working with? Anything in particular you've been dying to try? I love working with Malabrigo, CoolSpun Cottons, and various Mohairs.  I love trying other peoples favorites (that's how I found CoolSpun.)  No allergies,  I dislike novelty yarns (eyelash, etc.).

7. What sort of colors do you love in yarns? Brights? Pastels? More muted colors? Variegated? Are there any you can't stand? I love blue, yellow and pink.  I do have a thing for heathers and variegated colors such as in Malabrigo.

Your Coffee Passion

1. Do you prefer caffeinated or not? Leaded. Seriously.

2. Whole bean or ground? For what type of pot or press? Either, Whole beans are nice, but I often end up buying ground.  I make my coffee by the pot.  Considering buying a Tassimo.  I do appreciate every cup brewed fresh, and I do make it for just myself... it seems like a good idea.

3. What types of roasts do you enjoy? Are you more the light and lively or dark and robust type? Medium to rich/bold works for me. I dislike decaf or flavored coffees. Anything that is a roast or traditional flavor is what I like. I typically like house blends or breakfast blends.

4. How do you 'take' your coffee? Creamers? Sweetener? Other add ins? Skim milk only. Not really into add ins, unless I'm spoiling myself with a cafe mocha and adding chocolate or something.

5. That first morning cup - is it about the taste, or the caffeine? Taste wakes me up, caffeine keeps me awake ;)

6. Do you enjoy going out to coffee shops like Starbucks? What are some of your favorites? Occasionally I will have a Cafe Mocha or Mochacchino for a special treat. I am open to try anything in the traditional realm of flavor. I do drink Starbucks frozen Frappucchino's that are flavored (Java Chip Light).

7. You've just made the perfect cup of coffee - is it in a thick mug, or a thinner cup? Where would you sit to drink it? Thick mug.  I like to sip, and I find if I'm having a cup at home I have to use something that keeps my coffee hot for a long time so that I get the chance to finish it before it is cold.  I'm often taking it with me in a travel mug that seals tight on the top, to keep my coffee hot longer.

8. You're enjoying that perfect cup, and have a magic cabinet in your kitchen - when you open it, magically, your favorite treats will appear to enjoy alongside the coffee - what are they? Are they sweet? Crunchy? Soft and flaky?  Depends on the day.  I like the occasional treat of biscotti or chocolate with my cup of coffee.  Often I have my coffee with breakfast and it can be a granola bar or bagel with cream cheese.

All about YOU!

1. Do you have other hobbies like spinning or scrapbooking? I make stitch markers.

2. Do you collect anything? Yes, I have a fair amount of books ranging from horseback riding/instruction to cooking/baking to animal rights to various "fun" novels and of course Knitting books. I collect Miles Davis books and music. (I became obsessed with him and Jazz when I played flute and trumpet and sang during high school.) I also collect the little shell "animals" that touristy shops sell everywhere. I have probablly 6 different ones from my travels. It's sort of an "incidental" collection, I can't stop myself from buying them when I see new animals. I'll have to get a pic of them. I also have a collection of "Trail of Painted Ponies." (handpainted horse statues, I linked in case you are curious)

3. What is your favorite part of Autumn? Colors of the beautiful foliage, crisp air...

4. What sort of scents do you enjoy? Any difference in what you like for your house versus what you like for your body? Love lavender and rose scents.  I love fresh/clean scents in my home more than on myself.

5. Are you allergic to anything? Yes, anything heavily perfumed/fragranced, but nothing food/beverage.  

6. Are you on Ravelry? What's your ID? Yes, Ponyknit.

7. How would you spend an ideal fall afternoon/day?
Head out to the barn!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Library Enhancement and Actual Knitting Content

There has been a steady stream of books arriving on my doorstep... First it was anticipation of this book, then this, and now THIS. (I can't say this is the end of my library enhancement for now, because I am waiting for two more books as they are released, stay tuned for those.)

Yarn for February Lady Sweater
I chose Cascade 220 after seeing the overwhelming number of 189 Feb. Lady Sweaters made in either Heather (106) and Classic (83). I chose a navy heather because I liked the color variations.

That's one thing to check off of my Fall Knitting Goals checklist!

I have taken forever to post this little FO:
It's another Mason-Dixon Bib for another of the pending babies.
Here's the current WIP:
I think this picture is a bit old, I've knit more on it since. I hope to finish this soon. Once I finish this second Mason-Dixon Baby Genius Burp Cloth I will post the set together and show the button in a bit more detail. Here's a picture of the cute ladybug buttons in the meantime.

UPDATED Fall Knitting Goals:

1. Finish other baby gift set. (Bib completed, Burp cloth OTN)
2. Start my first shawl. (Notice the key word, start) (Forest Canopy Shawl, Simple Lace Shawl).
3. Purchase yarn and make progress on first sweater. (Most likely a February Lady Sweater.) (Yarn Purchased!)
4. Work on more projects that have been OTN for far too long.
5. Something for Amazing Autumn Coffee Swap (Registration closes Oct. 15th)

Deadline: December 21st

GO Sox!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Team Dishin' It Out Races to 4th Place!

YAY! Go team Dishin' It Out!
We not only completed the race (which is great in my book to choreograph 12 knitters, actually 13 (counting Emily the wonderful host who was both the starting and finish line), with one box, pattern, and handknit dishcloth at each stop all around the U.S.) but we finished 4th out of 24 teams!

Last week I made my first purchase at this lovely site... maybe you've heard of it... Ravelry...

I've been stalking the Rip and Frog pint glasses for some time now. And who could resist the Bob pin? I borrowed my SP12 downstreams yarn to model this shot, the white worked perfectly. Also, 50% of all pin proceeds go to Special Olympics!Close-up of Bobicus Maximus Limited Edition Pin
New Swap: Now that all of my swaps are finishing up it's just about time to start a new one :)
Just registered in the Amazing Autumn Coffee Swap. I participated last time around and had a great time. Sign ups open till the Oct. 15th.

Final SP12 Package and a Book

This round of SP12 flew by! I've been receiving awesome packages from my upstream since June. Being the last package of the swap, I found out who had been behind all of the packages and spoiling me. My partner was Shannon.
First I found a package with a lovely yellow bag that Shannon knit (and felted) with an adorable blue button keeping it closed. Next, I opened another wrapped package with two lovely skeins of Silky Merino (Mmmmm Malabrigo) with a shawl pin and a packet of Soak (which must have fell somewhere in between the Malabrigo for both pictures). Then I opened a package full of a yellow hand knit bath mitt and hand towel with a sprig of lavender (from her garden!), a stick of lavender lotion, lavender lip balm in a pouch, and lavender oatmeal soap. Everything smells soo great!
She not only sent me all of the above, but once I opened the bag that she made me, it was chock full of all sorts of treats. Dog treats for Daizzy, cat treats for Dusty, candy for me, and even horse treats for Dee. (I've never given Dee beets, I bet she'll love 'em.) Last, but not least, (I was directed to open it last) I opened a beautiful card.
I was so very spoiled, thank you so much! I will think of you when I use the hand knits! The colors are so beautiful! I can't wait to try all of the lavender gifts. I have always been a fan of Goat's milk lotion, I can't wait to try everything else. I have really sensitive skin and I think these products will be great. Head on over to The A Page-In-Thyme shop, I know I will! Thanks again Shannon!
I mentioned in a previous post that I had bought something for myself when I purchased a gift for the winner of the Greatest American Dog pool on Rav and didn't want to post it until she received hers. I bought Barknknit a copy of 2-At-a Time socks (Melissa Morgan-Oakes) and Knitting without Tears (EZ). I had just recently bought myself my first 2 EZ books (and was happy to do that for someone else), and I had been eyeing 2-At-a Time Socks so I bought myself a copy also.

A lot of other updates... will make separate posts!