Friday, November 21, 2014

entrelac2

 Another book that I am sure you have seen floating around.  Entrelec2.  85 new stitch patterns.  ( New.  That always amazes me.)  With 25 original designs.  Rosemary Drysdale teaches in an easy to follow way with photos helping you with each technique.  Brilliant.
 The projects range from easy to experienced.
 I love this sweater.  There is something so unusual and interesting about it.  It would be cute worn with a cami under it in the summer, too.
 The patterns include not only sweaters and pillows, but also hats, scarves, baby booties and bags.
I love this pincushion cover for trying out basic entrelac.

The awesome people over at Sterling would like to give two of my readers a copy of Entrelac2.  If interested, please leave a comment before Tuesday, November 25, at 1pm EST and I'll have the random number generator choose a couple of names.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

giant molasses cookies

 Twelve big balls.
 Made twelve big cookies.
That made my yarn very happy.  So happy, in fact, that we ate cookies for dinner and scrambled eggs with toast for dessert.
Some nights are just like that.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

fifteen

My baby turned 15 yesterday!  
We had the requested marble cake with green frosting.  
Fifteen balloons were balanced gracefully on his forehead.  
I finally made him his own banner.  It's about time.
 Pad Thai from our favorite Thai restaurant was served.
And, thankfully, the birthday boy knew just where to sit!

Happy days!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

winner

The random number generator chose #21, Sarah,  for the winner of the 60 Quick Luxury Knits. Congrats! Please email me and I'll have the book shipped to you ASAP.  
 I've been doing a little baking now that things are feeling a little more settled around here.  Giant Sugar Cookies were a big hit last week.  And yesterday I made snicker doodles for Charlie.  I thought it would be a nice treat for the college kid.  They are his favorite.  He told me it's been about eight years since I've made them.  (!!!!)  Eight?!!!  (He was almost right.  October '07!!!  I knew it was long... I was getting away from the crisco ingredient.)  I've made some substitutions to his favorite over the years, but learned just yesterday that there is nothing better than a true snicker doodle.  He said he felt like he was ten again.  Oh boy.  Sort of broke my heart it took me that long to make them again.
And see the above gloves?  Yep, you are right!... the one on the left has 6 stitches more than the one on the right.  That's what I get for drinking a mimosa while I cast on.
Oh boy.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

60 quick luxury knits

I have been meaning on hosting a couple of giveaways but haven't had an opportunity with the changes in our lives... until now.  
 I'm sure you have seen this book floating around.  I'm pretty sure it was released back in August.  60 easy, elegant designs for a wide range of accessories.
 All patterns in the book use Cascade yarns.  So, if you are one of those who also love Cascade, you probably have bits in your stash to make many of these.
 My eye was drawn to many of the fair isle patterns.  There are mitts.
 Yummy cowls.  I especially love this reversible one.
 I thought this stitch pattern and chunkiness was interesting.
Mittens,  I'm a big fan.  I like all my fingers hanging out in one spot keeping each other company.  I love this extra long pair.
There are many other designs including shawls, mittens,  hats, belt, a fringed handbag and more.

It's a great time for a book filled with projects like these.  Just in time for holiday gift giving!

The nice peeps at Sterling would like to give one of my readers a copy of 60 Quick Luxury knits.  If interested, please leave a comment here before Monday at 5pm EST and I'll have the random number generator choose a number.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

seventeen

Now that's one big number.  
Seventeen balloons.  My girls busy social life made little time to take a daylight photo.  The sun was almost set.  Powderpuff football practice took precedent.  
The banner was hung.  I've been hanging it on and off since Libby was ten.
Be still my heart.

Friday, October 31, 2014

wool and my gang

I have had two packages from WOOL AND THE GANG arrive at my doorstep.  It's always such a treat!  Their packaging is so stinkin' fun.  And their products are really beautiful.  
This order also contained a set of their beautiful rosewood needles.  L O V E.  They feel so amazing in my hands and are a true piece of art!
My mom and sisters came for a visit.  Hats for everyone!
This is the beastly boys beanie.  Super fast. Super warm.  Pretty darn cute!
The motif design shown on the black hat, will also be duplicate stitched onto the other two.  Duplicate stitch is used on this hat instead of changing colors and knitting the change of color into the hat.  It's great to mix things up sometimes.  Also fun to be able to use your own creativity.

Pattern:  Beastly Boys Beanie
Yarn:  Crazy sexy wool
Needles:  US 17
Notes:  one size fits all

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 24, 2014

moving on

Thanks so much for all of your well wishes.  I so appreciate them.  
I truly have learned so much over the last few years.  It's been a major time of growth.  And one thing that I reminded myself over and over and I share with my kids is... Don't let anyone dull your sparkle
So, there has been a lot of packing.  
And a lot of unpacking.   
With a new front door where yarn will be delivered.   New back drops for photos.  (Libby has been scoping out new headless sweater photo locations.)
And a new yard for Trouble to roam.  It all feels so good.

I absolutely love the packaging of WOOL AND THE GANG. A really, really fun piece of mail to receive! I'll be casting on for this quick knit this weekend.  Hope your weekend involves some yarn, too.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

i'm going back

Okay... Sorry to skip back a couple of months, but I can't seem to go forward until I explain what has happened in my life.
You guessed it.  I fell in love and tied the knot.  
And we did it the way that felt completley right.  We eloped to the King County court house in Seattle, Washington.  For the first time in my life, (I know!  That's a big statement.) I felt true to myself.

08.04.14 The day I said "I do" to this man forever.  

We had two friends for our witnesses.  A judge that was spiritual and lovely.  And ourselves.  
It truly couldn't have been more perfect and more real.  
We told the children, our parents, our siblings and some of our closest friends before we left.  
Desolation Sound, B.C.  
Of course there was knitting.  (Socks from previous post.)
Glacial Valley, Desolation Sound, B.C. 
Hood Canal, Washington
Dinner.  Hood Canal, Washington.
Olympic National Park
Lake Crescent Lodge, Olympic National Park and Forest

Not until you let go of your past can you get on with your future.
I now believe that with all my heart and soul.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

a new pair of socks

These socks were four years in the making.  And the finished timing just couldn't have been more perfect.  Fall has blown in and has me feeling completely giddy.  
I wanted them super slouchy.  The pair that is worn in the mornings and evenings.  Thrown on in the autumn months before I get out the much needed Uggs for winter days.  
The yarn was gifted to me from my dear friend, Sifis.  I met Sifis first on line through his flickr groups.  And then I met him in person when my mom and sisters and I were visiting his beautiful country, Greece.  Sifis owns a lovely yarn shop in Athens that has been in the family for three generations.  Established in 1935.  That just makes my heart warm and makes these socks just that much more special.  A little bit of that amazing trip and his world, knit into each stitch.

Pattern:  Lion Brand free sock pattern
Yarn:  Lang yarns
Needles:  Size 2 double pointed needles