Happy Halloween

Introducing Omelet. I used Madelinetosh Tosh Lace in the color Curiosity. This is my first lace weight shawl. I have knit fingering weight and heavier shawls, but once I was done with this one I was awed by it. There is just something about the lightness and airiness of it.  Lace weight is the kind of shawl I imagine elegant knitterly women wearing over their cocktail dresses.

I wasn’t sure how to block this. For some reason points just weren’t working so its kind of a round wonky thing.

My children love shawls. My 17 month old has been trying to wrap this around himself all day.

It came out a lot bigger than I thought it would but its the perfect size I think.

After finishing this large project I felt that two should take its place. I finally got to cast on with my Tanis purple label yarn and Im making Pointelle. I also cast on Lettuce Leaf Scarf . Casting on two projects in the place of one seems kind of nutty and counter productive but life is short so knit while ya can. Happy Halloween!

Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me?

Ok so maybe lots of people on the internet have told me, but nobody REALLY told me. What I’m referring to is Downton Abbey. I was aware that it existed and had heard rumblings about it here and there, but Im surprised that I like it. I stayed up way past my bedtime watching it last night. Again I feel like the last person on earth to discover that neat thing that everyone else has known about for eons. As the saying goes better late than never right?

Well this weeks update at the Loopy Ewe proved to much for me. I ordered their cute project bag and some more red lace chiaogoo’s. I got them in size 2 for sock knitting. Im trying to rid myself of the wretched hiya hiya’s and knitpicks I use for socks now. Just in case anyone isnt familiar I use two circs for my socks. I didn’t feel it was necessary to photograph the needles but the bag is beyond cute. I think having a new project bag gives me the right to fill it with a new wip.  I hope I’m not the only one out there who enables themselves. Danger, Will Robinson.

I also got some yarn from Springtree Road on etsy. I’m a first time buyer, but the yarn is very soft and pretty. Its a 50/50 merino and silk. I’m going to try making my mom a scarf one last time. I don’t think she can handle wool around her neck but I worry about her being cold. The color is Red Delicious.

I won’t go on about how the flash ruined the color but it did.

Well folks my birthday is coming up on Nov 9th and so is my 100th post so there might be some giveaways coming up. Stay tuned!

The last hat is finished..for now.

I made a hat for my daughter it was the Sockhead Hat  .  I made mine a little bit less slouchy since its for a small child. Knitting four inches of ribbing was not that much fun. I think this is the first time in a long time that I’ve had to knit more than the one to two inches of ribbing required for a sock.

My little terrariums that hold my excess sock yarn make great hat models. I’m delighted by this discovery. My daughter is only four and shes already to busy to model for me sometimes. The call of the play-doh is too strong.

She did let me borrow her head for a second. She likes the hat. I used Malabrigo Sock in the Light of Love colorway. I still have almost a full skein of this stuff after a shawl and this hat. I love the color but for some reason I’m desperate to knit with it until its gone. I’m feeling weird with this still in my stash after knitting two, yes two items with it. I guess I’m not used to yarn going farther than one project. Its unsettling. I suppose that will happen when you buy two skeins of it. I thought I would knit a shawl out of both skeins but obviously thats not how it happened. I’m thinking mittens. Lately color work has been on my mind. I’m resisting so far because it seems hard, and requires more than one skein of yarn which requires more money spent on yarn. It sounds bad no matter how you look at it!

Pie & Tanis

If you are only here to look at yarn you can skip to the bottom! Myself and my adorable little friends made a pie from scratch. For a lot of you this may be a so what moment but for us it was big. None of us had ever made a pie from scratch let alone the dough.

This is my brothers girlfriend mixing the important stuff. The sugar. See how I eat healthy brown bread ha ha.

My daughter and Adri using my cool apple peeler slicer. It never fails to amaze us.

We used Granny Smith and Braeburn apples for the pie.

Adri crimped the pie dough. I know it seems like all I did was take pictures, but I did work. I made the pie dough in the food processor and helped with the steps. I just dont like being in pictures.

We each made decorations out of the extra dough. I made a leaf. Adri made the gallapagos turtle and my daughter made a star.

It was a very delicious pie and we had fun.

In fibery news, Ive been reading the Tanis Fiber Arts blog and this lady can dye yarn. I looooooooove her colors. I wanted to join her yarn club immediately but then I realized I had never even seen any of her yarn in person. So before dropping hundreds of dollars on a yarn club I figured I should spend way less than that to see if I like her yarn. I got two blue labels (merino/nylon) and one purple label (merino/cashmere/nylon).

This above pictured yarn is shadow.



So far I’m Impressed. The non cashmere yarns feel really soft, and I love the colors. I can’t wait to knit with this yarn. I think I found a new dyer that I want to collect.  Fin