Thursday, October 27, 2011


Sock yarn, that is.  I give Hazel Knits huge props for the beauty of her dye colors.

Rick's Cognac



This is a club you can actually join a month or two at a time, and you get some awesome sock yarn for your money.

Today is my 21st wedding anniversary.  Wait.  Is that possible?  Sheesh.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Drinks Are On Me...

or at least, on my yarn!  This was another yarn club that I joined in the last year.  I love Yarntini semi-solid yarns and this club appealed.  I think there were some issues with the dyer taking on more than she could handle as the shipments got stretched out over a longer period than we were originally "promised".  Actually, I think her main "helper", her husband, got pulled away to school!  I am not sure she is going to do a club like this again.  Her yarn is still available over at her etsy shop, however.

There was the Pink Squirrel colorway!  (To read a GREAT story about the Pink Squirrel cocktail on the Orient Express, check out here.)

There was also Mai Tai,

Lastly, there was the Cotton Candy colorway.  

I have hope with my new stashbusting drive, I will be using some of these within the next year!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Smooth as Caramel

Especially when it's knit up with that yummy Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted.  Feels very much like the Madelinetosh Tosh Sport I've worked with before.

It's supposed to look like this when it's done: 

Free pattern here on this website.  Wouldn't it be nice to have a warm Caramel to wear for Halloween?

Lots of ends to be sewn in though.  Stay Tuned for end results!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


I haven't finished a sweater in AGES I am telling you.  Then this pattern came along and my 19 year old son loved it and he wanted one.  Enthusiastically.  That does not happen often in my house of men.  He even wore it OUT and allowed a photo of him wearing it to go up on FACEBOOK!   (Of course, I am not allowed to post that photo, plus, for some reason, he is wearing it inside out.)

Pattern:  The Dude by Andrea Rangel   Yarn:  Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool  Color:  Creme/Deep Brown/Heather Grey Brown   Needles:  US 4, 6, 10 and 11  Started:  August 10, 2011  Completed: September 30, 2011  Note:  Andrea did a lovely job writing this pattern based on the cardigan worn by The Dude in The Big Lebowski.  It knit up quickly and easily fit the measurements of my son.  Since he declined the zipper, it was even easier than she wrote the pattern!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Plucky Thing!

So, while I did very little yarn shopping this year, that does not mean there was no yarn coming in to my home.  I joined a couple of yarn clubs and didn't really get around to logging them into the stash until just last week.  The first was The Plucky Classics:

There is the Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted in Goin' Courtin' (4 skeins).

There is the Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted in The Hills are Alive (4 skeins).

There is the Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted in Memories (4 skeins).

Also - there was this - but I've destashed it already:

This is Thornfield Hall, or it was.  The good thing about this yarn is that it holds it value and people are ready to pay to get some!  

The red and the grey up above are currently being knit into a very cool striped cardigan call Caramel by Isabell Kraemer.  (Free downloadable pattern, by the way!)

Friday, October 07, 2011

Have you seen the Honey Badger video?

"Honey Badger don't care, Honey Badger don't give a sh**, it eats what it wants!"

(umm, NSFW)

Pattern:  Honey Badger by Irishgirlieknits (free Ravelry download) Yarn:  Alchemy Juniper  Color:  Blue Green   Needles:  US 1 1/2 - 2.5 mm  Started:  September 17, 2011  Completed: September 26, 2011  Note:  Oh boy, this one  has been in my stash for a looooong time.  It knit up beautifully and made some handsome Honey Badgers!  Honey Badger don't care!

 ETA:  I had this ready to go later this week, but since Turtlegirl beat me to the Honey Badger reference - I thought I'd throw this out right now!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Great and Flowerful Oz

This pattern is actually The Great and Powerful Oz from the Wizard of Oz Woolgirl Sock Club that I belonged to.  It seems like it was ages ago, but who can tell?  Woolgirl is no longer a retail store, but she still does kits and clubs.  The yarn is BMFA Lightweight sock yarn in the Flower Power colorway.  This has been in my stash for AGES!  I just checked, and it's been there for so long that the colorway is discontinued! 

So.. you can see that I got an inch or two into the pattern and decided that there was no way I was going to continue the twisted stitches for an entire sock, so I improvised and it became the cuff.  I like it this way.  This sock should be finished this weekend, but we'll see how quickly I get the second one off the needles! 

Monday, October 03, 2011

Well this is just becoming ridiculous!

Actually, it has been ridiculous for quite a while.  I must just be terribly busy with my normal life to be missing out on blogging for an entire month!   It's not like I've been enjoying the local sports scene or anything.  I mean.  Seriously?  The Twins, the Vikings, youch?  In the meantime, coming off of the needles has been this:

Pattern:  Wingmen Men's Sock by Wendy Gaal  Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Sock-aholic    Color:  Last Call and Butterscotch Schnaaps   Needles:  US 1 - 2.25 mm  Started:  August 6, 2011  Completed: September 14, 2011  Note: I seem to be clothing the college boy entirely in hand-knitted items.  These went directly on his feet, and the next item I finished went directly on his back.  It's rather delightful to have my gifts so well received.

So here you go off into the ether little blog post.  Let's see if anyone is still reading!

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