Slow and Steady

…Wins the race.

Thanks to Dixie, while my knitting time and production have diminished slightly, there is fun stuff to share and report.  The best and newest discovery is that she really really REALLY doesn’t like this stuff…Bitter Apple spray.  Say what you will, but we have been though a whole sprayer of an alternative and have scratched furniture and hands to show for it’s effectiveness.  But today, it has become my miracle!  I see a future for me that doesn’t include watching her every waking moment!

Dixie sitting nicely, waving treats!

What’s this?

Oh No! I’m outa here!

Now on to knitting…here’s my secret test knit for a friend…and it is awesome!  Can’t wait till she shares with you!  All shall be revealed in the fullness of time…

Secret Woobu Knitting

And my Color Affection (or infection as Steph would say) shawl.

Color Infection

And maybe best of all, my patterns will now be sold by WEBS-America’s Yarn Store on their website!  Steppingstone Fiber Creations patterns on WEBS website, beyond excited by this one!!!  In addition to running a successful business, Kathy and Steve are great people.  Thanks for this opportunity to partner with you!!! You guys are awesome!

Patterns on WEBS

Now off to catch a few minutes of knitting.  I wonder if the Bitter Apple will bleach out the yarn colors? Hmmm, may have to try!

Knit on…

Socks, With Love

Sometimes things don’t go the way we plan.  Life throws us curveballs.  I got one this week and decided to make lemonade.  It’s my self-declared Valentine’s Week.

In honor of Valentine’s Week, I present Socks, With Love.  These were originally designed for my daughter as a birthday present but I loved them so much I thought I would share.  (Hers have an added flower embellishment to preserve the one-of-a-kind, special-for-me quality a kid craves.)

They are designed in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight and Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! (If you’re at Stitches West today, rumor is both yarns can be found there!)

The socks are sized for Child and Adult but the ribbing and lace detail make for a very elastic cuff, aka “grow-with-me” socks. Personalize them with “Butterflies” to make them unique for your special someone.  (Butterflies work magic with handpainted yarns!)

Show someone you care all year long…cuz #everydayisvalentinesday!

The socks are even SWAK at the toe!

xoxo!

Pea Green with…

ENVY!!! 

Yup, fell for my gf’s cowl hook, line and sinker.  Had to have it.  The very same one.   Tried to be different but only managed different shaped buttons!  hehe

So here is my first future knitter and fiber enthusiast modeling the cowl.  (She asked to be in the blog!)  She tried to mosey off with Envy but I caught her!

It is big and bulkilicious.  I got compliments all day yesterday while sporting it~and it made me happy.  It’s the small things.  It reminds me of how my knitting obsession addiction craze began.  I started making felted bags and carrying them while I carted 3 toddlers and an infant around.  People commented that my bags were snazzy.  That’s all it takes for a frumpy-feeling mom to be encouraged.  The bar was low.  Sometines we need to take our own path to daily happiness, however insignificant the steps may be. :-)

I leave you with a close up of the pattern.  The yarn is singles and the cables and seed stitch just pop off the fabric so plump and round.  And those buttons!  I just love the green buttons set on the raspberry yarn!

What I loved about this winter photo shoot was the snow relief that was left behind!  I made cabled snow!!

Pattern: Envy by John Brinegar

Yarn:  Soft Chunky Twinkle by Classic Elite, 1 skein (7 inches leftover)

Needle:  size 13 Addi Turbos

Mods: none but I may go up a needle next time.  And there will be a next time…

Stay tuned!

To Bead or Not to Bead…

That is the question. 

I am planning some major work on the Harmonia’s Rings this weekend.  Can’t decide about the beads?

I am not anti-bead but rather just inexperienced at the bead thing.  I know.  Hop on that bandwagon…Rocking Sock Club 2009 had a beaded sock a year ago and it is still on the to do list.

So, bead the picot bind off or not?  If so what kind of beads?  (The pattern calls for 5/0 or 6/0 seed beads?  What’s that?)

Shape, size, color? 

Speak up!!

Milestones

My girlfriend was kind enough to loan me her two year old son today.  She dropped him off wearing this cuter-than-cute Thomas sweater she had made for her first son, eight (?) years ago. 

 

He was perfect and entertained my 2 girls who were home to play with him.  I taught him to baa not only when holding the Lego sheep, but also when he touches his mommy’s knitting.  He has the cutest baa!!!  Really he was perfect, I don’t know what she was talking about!

As she was leaving, we talked about our youngest children growing up and out growing the handknits.  Packing away the baby knits?   Difficult to do and definitely a milestone.

Then while out today, I finally broke down. 

 

See em? On top of the Harmonia’s Rings.  Uh huh. Another milestone.  Reading glasses.  It’s my turn.  There are times that I would like to see a little more clearly, like lace on size 0 needles or heaven forbid, removing a kid’s splinter (can’t do that at an arm’s distance!)  But I don’t want to wear them all the time.  And as luck would have it, since I am at the top of this slippery slope, the only ones this store had were pink with bling.  So they are mine and in my favorite color.   I have reading glasses.

The lady behind the counter told me eventually I would purchase multi-packs and place them all around the house.   Seriously?  How many pairs do you have?

And lastly, remember I said I’d be casting on a New Year’s sock, well, here it is.  Mostly, some of it is hiding.  I thought it only fitting to break out a Rare Gem in honor of the Blue Moon New Year! 

 

It’s a beauty, huh!   Look at those perfect stripes!  Stay tuned for the details.  To quote my bff,  “All shall be revealed in the fullness of time.”

Careful of those milestones, they sneak up when you aren’t lookin!’

Finishing up a few things

Today, I finished my first 2010 project!  Why this sock lingered for 2 months is a mystery.  (Christmas knits have a little to do with that I am sure.) I love these socks!  All cable-y and soft!

Pattern: Uncle Frank socks by Carrie Sullivan, Irishgirlieknits

Needle: size 2/2.775 mm 32″ cord for magic looping

Yarn: The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga, merino/cashmere/nylon, color is blue-arsed fly, 412 yds but have plenty leftover from my size 7.5 socks.

I just have to show you the cool heel, the 3 cable crosses carry down and then the ribbing.  I loves me a detailed heel! 

Yay…got a pair of new socks to wear and now stash diving for some STR to cast on with my new Signature DPNs!

Out with the old and in with the new, projects that is.  Anyone but me having a little cast-on-a-thon in 2010?

Welcome 2010!

2010…Can you believe it?  I can’t. 

Sometimes I feel like I am standing still while time flies by.  Certainly the last ten years have brought with them alot of change in my life.  Try 4 kids!  Now I have a visible marker of time.  Ten years..before the kids were born,  a time we commonly refer to as BK.  As in, Before Kids.  I used to roll with things as the New Year descended, as if I could do anything to stop it.  Sort of gave up on resolutions.  My focus was not on me but rather the 4 babies and toddlers I was busy raising.  A few years back , a friend asked me what my goals were for myself and I realized I had none.  Over the last few years I began setting goals for myself.  Positive things I do for myself and then things for others, especially family, too.  Do you set goals?

Enough waxing philosphical…

Last night was the big Eclipsing Blue Moon cast on!  While I didn’t make it all the way to Oregon for the party, (where I could have actually seen the Blue Moon!), I did manage to cast on my Harmonia’s Rings Cowl.  After a little refresher with the ever-clever tree-climbing Cat Bordhi, I was humming along.  I can’t wait to actually wear this soon!

This yarn is seriously awesome!  The color just makes it irresistable to me! Seriously…

A little board gaming with the kids and a movie with the hubster and before I knew it…

2010Ready or not, here I come!!!

Counting…up and down

This has been a week of counting.  The kids counted down the days till Christmas and now are looking forward to counting up to 10, 2010 that is.  Radio stations are counting down the top 500 songs of the decade. 

And some of us are counting up UFOs, un-finished objects, lingering in the knitting basket.  As part of this effort, bff Nathania has organized a UFO smackdown.  (modeled after the ever-so-successful-coast-to-coast-monthly-exercise smackdown, huh, Irishgirlieknits! wahoo!) As you can see below, I am in desparate need of finishing-cheeleading!  I think I see 6 7 UFOs.  Still may find more…

That’s a pile of 2-year-old sweater pieces, a sock and a half, a shawl, 2 half scarves, a collarless but seamed vest, and a cowl. 

And to add to the pile of UFOs, I will be celebrating the New Year’s Eve blue moon in Blue Moon style!  I plan to cast on Harmonia’s Ring Cowl in Twisted Muddy Autumn Rainbow! (One of my favorite yarns, btw!)

Happy Blue Moon New Year’s Eve to you and your families!

Wishing you happiness and health in 2010!