Saturday, June 25, 2016

Stash Acquistion Saturday

So yesterday, I spent the day tossing the stash, moving things around.  I am donating the majority of my acrylic/big box yarns.  We have these bags that are about twice the size of a regular kitchen garbage bag...and I have filled about 10 of them...mind you I have already given away at least 4 bags before this....when I buy yarn, I buy yarn....anyway I am donating it...two bags went with my MIL to the nursing home where my FIL recuperated.....and I will be bringing a few more to school in the fall...for a few people there....

And yarn keeps arriving at my house.....although, right now, the majority of it is not mine....it is for my swap partner in Fibreshare...

Yesterday's arrival was mine...I ordered some Felici from KnitPicks....I have never ordered from KnitPicks....they did a dirty to a local, indie person many years ago....(and oh I just read about another case)...you can look up Knitpicks and Dyakcraft or KPixie (both were in business before KnitPicks), if interested. Anyway I do have some Knitpicks yarn given to me in a swap and a set of their needles picked up in an LYS closing sale....and I had heard so much amazing things about Felici and I really wanted their Time Traveler colorway, so I figured I'd get it this one time to see what the fuss was all about.  I bought three colors, as I doubt I will purchase from them again.  My first thought was, "wow it's so soft!"
So I got Time Traveler, Lost Lakes and Kaleidoscope.

The sneak peek I put up on Wednesday was Pretty Little Zombies by LoLoDidIt
And my latest from the MadColor Clubs

From Joss is Boss - The Monster Room inspired by The Cabin in the Woods

From the BAMF club - Mhysa Daenerys...this is just gorgeous!

From The Blue Brick - Kim's Barn
and
Gerber Daisy...

She takes inspiration photos and creates yarn from them!  She sends you a little card of the inspiration photo...just gorgeous!

Then I stopped at a LYS when I was out with the Hubs last weekend....one reason was one of the dyers I follow on Instagram had said she'd shipped some yarn there...
Savvy Skeins...Where The Sidewalk Ends
While there I picked up this contrast skein for it...Reywa Fibers in Summer Berry...this is 100% Tibetan Yak Down and is so luscious!!!!

That berry color is in splattered throughout the other skein...

Also got some cotton that was on sale, Mirasol Hap'i
And some Happy Fuzzy Yarn. it's Corriedale and nylon..I wanted to try it...
My "Just Keep Swimming" yarn arrived and I have cast on a sock...
Pretty packaging....

oh and I ordered Derby Day '16  from Rock and String Creations...
not sure I ever shared the last one I ordered from them..Appalachian Autumn
I think that may be it for now....I think the only things coming in are the ones I ordered for my Fibreshare partner and my clubs....not sure if I'll buy any when I'm in Florida.....

But going through my stash helps to quell the desire to buy as I am quite SABLE.....and I need to use some up before buying some more....yeah...we'll see how long that last...














Friday, June 24, 2016

Wrap-Up Friday

So I have a finish!  My Irish Oak is done!

Pattern: Oaklet Shawl by Megan Goodacre, it's a free download

Started: March 6, 2016
Finished: June 19, 2016

Yarn:  The Cyborg's Craftroom Assparkilate in Luck of the Irish
           436 yards

I ran out of this yarn.  The pattern called for 380-400 yards.  I knit loose, so I went down a needle size to a US4 and still ran out of yarn (I do have a small bit left, it was enough for one more row).  So I searched for a border yarn.

Border Yarn: Fiber Stash Dyeworks Twinkle Toes Sock Yarn in (the label says Smaller on the Outside) not sure that is right..looking at her website, it could be Vitamin C.

The pattern was simple to follow.  I didn't make any mods.  This is one of my first times doing a "lace" border.  It's not too big (about 68"x30").  I have found that I don't wear my larger shawls as much.  I like just wrapping them around my neck.  But it is bigger than my Boneyard or Age of Brass and Steam.

I'm loving the bright green color!
The border yarn is much brighter with a sparkle.  I took the pictures this morning, so in the morning light, looks a bit more washed out.

So how about you?  Any finishes this week? As always, please link back...thanks!




Thursday, June 23, 2016

Dilemma

So on Monday, I'll be flying to Florida for a two week stay.  First I'll be with my aunt and uncle in southern Florida (my dad's sister - the best aunt in the world!) and then spending a week with my Mom and stepdad (it's weird calling him that, as they got married a few years ago, so didn't grow up with him) anyway...what project or projects do I take? 

At my Mom's house, I'll mostly just be hanging out and visiting, so I'll have time while they are both working...

Here are the state of my ongoing projects:

Shawls:
Porch Wrinkle - barely started, but need to focus on the "ring" part of pattern and don't have a paper pattern to take with me and it doesn't load correctly on my tablet...sigh....

Secret Garden - moving on to my second part, but am stumped by design, hope to get some help with that tonight....

Willow Fields - on decrease, so many rows still to go...pattern in a book....*sigh*

Fortune's Shawlette - this is crochet, easy to follow, so a good project to take....

Reyna - have paper pattern, seems pretty easy to follow....

Edgy Carol - is on tablet and pretty easy to follow...

Outlander MKAL- yeah, let's not go there....

Fire and Blood MKAL GoT-  too detailed...and not sure I have all the clues printed...

Light and Shadows - have to figure out next part to design...have to cut and turn or something like that...

Clothing:

Meadering Top - just started....if I can get past the short rows, it'll just be garter stitch in the round for a bit....

Stopover - yeah, not gonna happen...

Socks:
Live Long and Prosper - sock 1, still on leg....
Spring is in the Air - pick up gusset stitches
Espalier - nope
A&C Vanilla - heel flap/gusset
Nemo/Dory - sock 1, still on leg

Other:
Raspberry Beret - haven't gotten past brim, would need pattern, means I'd have to carry the book
My Shelly Valentine - pattern is on a website
Stripey Goodness Mitt - I'd have to pay attention
Zombie Mitts - *shudder* cables *shudder*

I worked on a bunch of these yesterday!  Yep, I put rows on 2 pairs of socks and 4 shawls....but I am bored today, bored with EVERYTHING!!!  I have not worked on a thing (well I dyed my hair), everything feels like a chore to finish....sigh...do I just say screw it and start something new?  Or do I bite the bullet and actually finish something?  Maybe I'll feel different on Sunday when packing....

And, it doesn't help that new yarn has arrived in the mail, or that I tossed the stash the other day and found some forgotten lovelies.....

I'm gonna go up to Knit Night tonight....maybe that'll kick me into gear again...

And just a sneak preview for Saturday's new stash post...the pretty that arrived yesterday..





Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Stitch Along Wednesday: Week 25

Good morning my lovelies!  I'm actually doing this on a Wednesday morning!  The next two Wednesdays, I'll be in Florida visiting, so not sure if I'll get to this in time....I should....just giving you a heads up.....

I have actually worked on a few things this week!
Edgy Carol has a new triangle started.  What an interesting construction!  There will be a total of four triangles knitted in different directions...It is Ecken + Kanten by Martina Behm.  I am also doing her Miss Winkle, but did not work on that this week...she is famous for the Hitchhiker shawl.

Willow Fields was also worked on a bit...It's a nit tedious, but I am on the decrease.....This is the Maedwe pattern in the book, Free Spirit Shawls...

I also started a new vanilla sock in the Little Nemo/Dory colors.....it's much farther along than this picture shows...

And, I finished a thing!!!!  So I'll have something for Friday....this new keyboard...gah!  I keep getting typos!

So how about you?  What did you work on this week?  As always, please link back!  Thanks!

 






Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hello on a Tuesday!

Hmm...I know I was doing something on Tuesdays, but don't remember what......ah, I just went to check...it's this....
So I guess, I'll update it....I made it to Week 3, before crapping out....they are on Week 16.  So in my Week 3 post I talked about 2 patterns...yep, those are still undone....*sigh*

But I am knitting some of the patterns from my library....I picked up Secret Garden again and got to the second set of instructions and am stumped....I'm going to go to Knit Night tomorrow, so someone will help.....

My Raspberry Beret is a pattern I've had for awhile...but again, finished the brim, have to start the lace section....

So those about it on my Knit from Patterns already own list.....

Today, I did some cleaning of the yarn room...getting rid of all (or the majority of acrylic/bib box store yarns) filled another 4 extra large bags!  I give away to a nursing home, and some people at school.

Now I just have to finish adding all these yarns to my Rav data base and removing the acrylic ones...
Still getting use to new computer, but computer desk is pretty clean....I have all my "nerdy" tchotchkes in a box, waiting to go back up....;)

Tonight heading to see Civil War....yeah!


Monday, June 20, 2016

Piece by Piece

Since yesterday was Father's Day, I'll post this...It's been sitting in drafts for awhile.....

I don't know where I first heard this song, but it is gut-wrenching....Although my father never truly "abandoned" us, he did go missing for periods of time and he would have long absences from our lives.  But, I have never doubted my father's love for me and my brother....he was the best father he knew how to be with the demons he had....and his father could, by some people, be described as a monster...so he really had no role model...and he became a father at 17.....yes, my father was 17 when I was born....I've been pretty open with my relationship with him over the years....I do regret that we were not in contact when he died, but I had tried to keep in contact....he just did another one of those disappearing acts....in fact, he had been missing for three days before my aunt called me...(my father lived in Texas, my brother and I live in Connecticut).....


Although I was not blessed with becoming a parent, my brother is....and he is a wonderful dad....my father did give credit to how we turned out to my Mom and step-dad, Bill. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

WrapUp Friday

Sorry I am so late....I am exhausted...yesterday was graduation day...There were 27 of my former students graduating....
A class of almost 500 students!  They walk along the road to the football stadium...
Here are some of mine...
Alyssa, Kyle (he goes to another high school), Mignette, me, Larielyz and Ronald
Blanca...so proud of all of them!  I had them in second and in third grade and have kept in touch with many of them. 

Then last night I helped out at the all night graduation party....until midnight....

For the past two weeks, this has been my project...and yes, it's done...

I was so exhausted each day after school, that I came home and slept for 2 hours!

But there was one fun thing this week....
These are my co-workers...I edited the video just a bit....enjoy!