A NEW Post…Finally ;o)

I know that several people have probably passed out upon seeing my blog load and not finding the picture that has been there for almost 5 months, but hey you know what my life has been like the last few months!

I have started a new project that I am entranced with.  It is the Kimono Shawl by Cheryl Oberle out of her fabulous Folk Shawls book (seriously there are about 10 shawls I want to make from that book…my sister thinks I am crazy…like that is news to anyone that know us!).  I am triple stranding Jaggerspun Zephyr (2 burgundy strands and 1 black strand).  I have completed 1.5 pattern repeats so far and I am loving the ease of the pattern and how the colors are melding together instead of just clumping.

Kimono Shawl

Kimono Border

Kimono Closeup

 

 

Study/Hemlock Ring Blanket

I completed and finally blocked my Hemlock Ring study blanket a few weeks ago.  I adore this blanket!  It was a fabulous, quick knit and the yarn is scrumptious…Debbie Bliss Superchunky!  When I get the Derby desk in the room I will take a pic of it on the chair in it’s new home, but who knows when that will be!

Hemlock Ring Blanket

Hemlock Ring - Folded

On another note, I just about had a heart attack when I opened up my Oprah book club and found out she had picked Pillars of the Earth as her book club selection.  WOO HOO!!!!  More people to adore this book.

 I also finished another fantastic book by one of my favorite authors:  Helen of Troy by Margaret George.  I didn’t read it, but listened to it and it was divine as all of her other books are!

Chevron Scarf

I have been oogling the Chevron scarfs on Ravelry for awhile now and finally decided to break down and order the STR to make it.  I chose Farmhouse and Watermelon Tourmaline (I know I have a plastic baggie obsession!):

Chevron Scarf - Plastic 

It is turning out fabulously if I do say so myself.  It is a super easy project and one of those ones you can just take with you anywhere and use a few minutes here and there.  Here is an in progress pic:

Chevron Scarf - WIP

Of course while I was on the STR website I couldn’t help but buy a bunch of other stuff.  3 patterns, 1 pair sock blockers and 3 skeins of sock yarn later, here I am!

STR - Complete Package

Hard Rock STR

Titiana

Fire on the Mountain STR

I have to tell you about a squeal worthy moment in my book (remember we are talking about me here).  I was in Books a Million with Hillary on Saturday browsing before dinner and I actually let out a shriek when I saw sitting on the table a Ken Follett book.  At first, I thought it was just the hard cover version of Pillars of the Earth, but upon closer inspection it is the sequel.  After reading his intro to the new version I thought it was a couple of years in the making…APPARENTLY NOT!  I was absolutely thrilled.  Then on Monday I log onto Audible to use my monthly credit and I find out there are audiobook versions of both books, read by none other than John Lee (Agent ZigZag and White Fang).  I am so buying them as well.  Can’t you just tell how much I heart this book?  If you are interested Ken Follett just gave an interesting B&N Meet the Writers interview with Steve Bertrand.

The Clap

I have loved Kate Gilbert’s Clapotis from Knitty for awhile now and it was one of the first projects that I looked at on Ravelry.  I was inspired by everyone’s version of the Clapotis and decided I would finally make my own.  I did it out of Laines Du Nord Mulberry Silk in a color combo that reminds me of smores.  While I was happy with how it turned out and it was fun to purposefully drop the stitches, I will never make another as I can’t take doing it again!

 Clapotis

Clapotis - Stitch detail

Hello Everyone!

I know it has been awhile since I updated, but thank you for reminding me Cindy and Kristen!  Since my last post I have joined Ravelry (id:  Whiskey), 2 sock clubs, 2 holiday sock clubs and started at least 5 projects.  Needless to say I have lots to update, but I have to break it up, as I just don’t have the willpower to sit down and do it all at once!

The Kentucky State Fair was in August and I won first place!  I am so excited, granted it was only $2 gain (less than that when I get the tax bill at the end of the year), but it was a fun experience.  Here it is under the glass at the Fair:

First Place Under Glass

At home sitting on the chair:

Entrelac on chair

I have lots of beautiful pictures of other fair entries that I will post over the coming days and also some other things I have been working on.

KY State Fair Project

If you have read my blog previously then you know about my entrelac ambitions.  I learned how to do the entrelac pattern through a class at my LNS on a gorgeous hat.  I started on the scarf and …

 Well, I had these high ambitions (isn’t that always the start of a huge downfall?) that I would finish my scarf before the summer was out, so to make me meet this deadline I decided I would enter the Kentucky State Fair in the Knitted Hat and Scarve competition.  Believe it or not I actually made my deadline of the beginning of July to finish the project.  To prove it here is a pic:

Entrelac Scarf - Completed

Now all that needs to be finished is the blocking, which I am going to have to do in three sections.  Due to the fact taht the Noro Silk Garden, while gorgeous, can go from fingering weight to worsted and back again and the additional factoid that I went from a tight knitter to a loose one overnight while working on this project, no two spots are the same width.  Therefore, I am having to make sure I pin it tightly and steam it hard.  One good thing that came out of this ferocious blocking is that my bag which I thought was really ugly previously has not flattened out and no longer needs to be backed.  Here is a blocking pic:

Entrelac Scarf - Blocked

Now that the scarf was out of the way I focused on the brim of the hat thinking it would be a piece of cake.  Alas, my foolish dreams came to naught.  I rolled it, folded it, twisted it, anything you can think of I probably did it!  Nothing looked right, so I took the drastic route and cut the brim in half.  I carefully pulled back 2 rows of stitches and then started binding off as loose as I could possible make it and it looked TERRIBLE!  So, now I have to remake the freakin’ hat.  This totally sucks because I am working on my Christmas and July project and now won’t be able to finish that dern thing because of it. AARGH!

 

Christmas in July

My LNS is having a Christmas In July contest.  You pick a project and have to start and finish in the month of July.  If you complete your project then you are entered into a drawing for a gift certificate.  I picked the Mac and Me shawl in Laines du Nord Mulberry Silk for my project.  Shoot me now, but I have that long trip to Branson to work on it during.  Here is a pic of the pattern and yarn:

Mac & Me Shawl

Socks For the Feet and Club

I have decided that starting with my mom in August everyone will receive a pair of socks for their birthday.  I love knitting socks and most people love them once they are on.  I have one of the socks for my mother finished (the other is a Branson project through and through), but I was waiting for the Blue Sky Alpaca DPN’s to come in, so I started on the pattern for my sister in Koigu.

 I used the Knitty pattern Crusoe.  It is a stranded sock pattern, get it?!?!?!?!  Unfortunately I did not swatch until I was thinking wow this looks really small and then I found I was getting 7 stitches to the inch instead of 6.  So, now I am rooting around trying to find size 2s in the Blue Sky Alpaca and will probably have to end up ordering them online…doh!  They were turning out beautiful and they were a true pleasure to knit, so it will not be a problem to cast back on for them.

Koigu - Crusoe Pattern

I also went on a sock yarn buying binge online (dang those Lime and Violet girls) and I order Koigu, Socks that Rock (why hasn’t USPS delivered them to me yet?) and some fabulous Lisa Souza Yarn (www.lisasouza.com) .  Here are the pics of the Souza yarn:

Lisa Souza Sock Yarn

For years I have been trying to find a good gift for my dad that he will actually use and not just put in a drawer and never think of, i.e. the golf ball monagrammer, the plain, initialed money clip, etc.  I think I may have found the pattern though:

Golf Club Pattern

I am going to even ask him colors and if he wants the number of the iron on his clubs.  My aunt, whose husband also plays golf, said no way, the big thing now is to have your initial on them.  Will do what he asks, because I am going for usage, not surprise.

Dishcloth Swap – Received

I received 2 beautious dishcloths from Miss Vicki for a Dishcloth swap we participated in at Craftster. 

It was funny enough to open the package and find out that we both made the same slipped stitch dishcloth, but it was even funnier when this was mentioned to Miss Vicki, she said that she had planned on making Criminy Jickets’ Gaterlac dishcloth as well.  The one she made instead is absolutely awesome! 

It is a gorgeous circular dishcloth that is now gracing my coaster at the office.  Everyon who sees it comments on the color and design.  This is a swap that I was happy to participate in and thrilled with the partner I received.  Miss Vicki and I seem to have a lot of the same interests and I love swapping with people from other countries (she lives in Australia). 

Behold these beauties:

Both Dishcloths

Detailed view of the individual dishcloths:

Slip Stitch Dishcloth     Circular Dishcloth 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE DISHCLOTHS MISS VICKI!

Entrelac Hat – Finished

Well, it’s not completely finished, but it is so close I can taste it! 

I finally finished the hat and overall I am happy with it, but I must say that I don’t like how long the brim is, so I am thinking of rolling it and tacking it down, but I am not sure at the moment.  I can’t wait to start on the entrelac scarf as I think it will look amazing!

 FO - Entrelac Hat

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