Saturday, July 23, 2016

Stash Acquisition Saturday

This past weekend, the Hubs and I took a car ride...thought we might go see the Kent Waterfall, but the park was super busy, so we just went into Kent...

I knew there was a yarn store, I had been to it a couple years ago....I did not take any pictures.  She has moved locations since I was last there...she is in a much bigger location...Black Sheep Yarns.  It is a very nice space...lots of room, very bright.....the owner is friendly.  She was giving lessons to someone while we was there....although there was a bit of "hovering" going on....

I did pick up a few things....
 Oink Pigments in Sarcasm....
 Local yarn 100% alpaca
Local yarn 100% Icelandic

I loved that she carried several local yarns!

I also, finally! snagged a copy of Franklin Habit's coloring book...the last one she had!

So, in the mail, I received
This was a limited edition kit....I also received stitch markers, a sock pattern and two small triangle bags...Not sure what I'm going to use the bags for, but will gift one to a friend....There are a few still available, Berry Colorful Yarning 

I absolutely adore the colors in the stripes!  I am "helpless in the face of self-striping yarn," same as the Yarn Harlot!

I also had ordered a skein of yarn for my Yarnfibre swap buddy from Moonshine Fibers.  When I mentioned that to the vendor, Jeannie, offered to extend her 20% off for me to order something for myself...well I took her up on it (she had then decided to extend it for the whole shop)  I picked up a skein of her Angel Sock....people this stuff is like floating on heavenly clouds!!!!  It is 70% baby alpaca/20% silk and 10% cashmere...OH. MY!!!!!!!  Baby alpaca is my favorite soft fiber ever!  Then to pair it with silk and cashmere.....oh, yummy!

Today I am heading to WEBS...I know, I know!  A friend invited me, so I invited a friend....then the first friend cancelled, but friend 2 and I are still gonna head up....

I have some specifics...I need some chunky wool in red and white for a hat for the nephew...he's heading to college this year...so school colors...I made him a hat in his high school colors....

I'm not sure they are carrying Hedgehog Fibers, but I'd love a skein of Egg Yolk, if they are...

And I'm sure I'll pick up a Madtosh or two...because it's what I do!

I have given myself a budget, but we'll see....this will be my last yarn shopping excursion until Rhinebeck!  With the caveat, I still receive three yarn clubs a month...and if I visit any new LYS (always a possibility).....but a skein here and there is a possibility!

Have a wonderful Saturday and come back next week for another installment! (Next weekend, the Hubs and I are doing a "Farm Tour" or really, he asked if it is like a "Farm Crawl" like my yarn crawls)...yes, yes it is!

Gonna throw up the link, see if anyone wants to share some recent beauties...





Friday, July 22, 2016

Wrap Up Friday

I have a finish!!!!  I finished Fortune's Shawlette, which a crocheted shawlette...I'm loving it...
It was made with speckled yarn...the speckles are deeper at the bottom...It is Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet...lost the band, so don't know what color....I also liked the look of it before I blocked it...I may make one like that...I've got three skeins of something I've been itching to use...

Now off to see the new Star Trek movie....

How about you?  Any finishes?





Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Stitch Along Wednesday: Week 29

Good afternoon!  Sorry I'm so late...just one of those days...lazy morning, went back to bed....

So I have worked mainly on my Edgy Carol....

Sorry, bad cell phone picture....Anyway I am on section 3 of my EckenKanten. 

I also pulled out my Stopover sweater last night....I ripped the arm back to the cuff, as it was wide enough for both my arms...almost...
And was able to reknit it to about the elbow...
yes, it's still a bit wide, but that's okay...I don't like tight fitting sweaters....prefer a big, boxy thing....My problem is the size I have to make for my body...I am overweight, and have very big "ladies" needs to be adjusted for the rest of me...although I am overweight, I have a very small bone structure...so my wrists are about 6 inches...but that is what's great about making your own clothes, as you can fit them to your body shape....

So how about you this week?  What did you work on?





Friday, July 15, 2016

Florida Adventure

So I have always wanted to go on an airboat ride.  I didn't care if I saw alligators, the ride just looked cool!  My mom and I talked about it the last time I was down, but never ended up going.  My aunt lives closer to the Everglades, so we decided to go one day with my cousin Tracy. We went to the Sawgrass Recreation Park

We got on the boat and then promptly got off the boat because there was storm coming in...
And we waited...
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It was quite a rainstorm....we got pretty wet, even though we were under cover...

One of the boats came untied during the storm and they had to tow it back....

After the rainstorm, we had to continue to wait because of a maritime law about the distance of storms....so we checked out the animal exhibits...these were all rescued animals...my cousin Tracy had gotten her degree in zoology or something like that...
Really BIG alligator


Imagine keeping that as a pet!
I love these foxes!
Really big tortoises
There were many more...lots of alligators, 2 Florida panthers, birds of prey, etc....

Finally we could get on...
And off for the ride!
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We did see a couple of gators in the wild....of course they try to attract them to the boats...
So much fun!!!!! We only took the 30 minute ride....I'd love to go out and take the 60 minute ride....

Wrap-Up Friday

Afternoon!  Sorry this is so late...I actually have a FO, but not a picture, so I won't be posting it today...do any of you have a finished object to post?  I will throw the link up. just in case....

I will be posting later about one of my adventures in Florida...



Thursday, July 14, 2016

Yarn Store Review: Four Purls

This was my third time visiting this shop in Winter Haven, FL.  Conveniently, it is located about 20 minutes from my Mom's house.  Every time I have visited this shop, it has gotten better!

My first visit was in 2012...blogged here and my second visit was in 2014, blogged here

They had moved across the street to a bigger location before this visit.  Let me just say, this is what you want a yarn store to be!  It is friendly, it is engaging, tons of samples, bright, colorful, and it is FULL with lovely, lovely yarn...



The front of the store had some weaving tools...
They had this fantastic display for babies..
And just all over goodies...so many yummy yarns....






The middle of the store had a great seating area.  There was also a table to the left of the register, where some regulars were sitting and crafting....

I did a Stash Acquisition Saturday while I was in Florida flaunting boasting, uhm sharing the goodies I bought...if you'd like to see, please go here

As I said on my last review, definitely give this place a visit if you are in central Florida....I had to STOP myself from going back...as I knew I had no more room in my suitcases....next time bring less clothes!





Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stitch Along Wednesday: Week 28

Good morning my lovelies!  I'm actually typing this on a Wednesday morning at home! 

I have been working on a variety of things....I finished my crocheted Fortune's Shawlette, but it needs a good soaking and block...it's a bit smaller than I imagined, so we'll see what a blocking will do...to be honest I never blocked crocheted things before I started knitting....

So these are the other projects I've been rotating...mostly working on my Reyna (the blue and white at the top)...it is close to being finished...

When I don't want to work on a pattern, I pick up one of the vanilla socks to add some rows....

The bottom right is my Meandering Top....I picked that back up yesterday and got through a couple of short rows...I'm not entirely sure of what I am doing on that...and I tinked back a bit, because it was looking weird and I have a slight hole now that I will have to stitch later....for some reason it looked like I was knitting backwards....

I also picked up my Edgy Carol last night (on the left) but didn't add much to it...it was getting dark and the yarn can be hard to see....

In book news, I picked up the latest Kate Morton on Sunday.  I love her books, but man is the print tiny!  I'm also thinking of joining the Geeky Girls Summer of Austen read along...they have done Persuasion, my favorite and are reading Emma now....I had to search for my copy...not sure I've actually read it, or just watched the movies...wasn't even sure if I owned the book, but there it was on the bottom of a pile....I'm also still s.l.o.w.l.y. making my way through Far From the Maddening Crowd....I'm on chapter XXII and only about 170 pages into a 400+ page book....

So how about you, what are you up to today or this past week?

As always, please link back...thanks!