Monday, April 14, 2014

Stash Enhancements and Other Goodies!!!

Okay, I have to admit, I've been on a binge lately.  I've bought some expensive yarn and now that the last of it has been delivered, I'm done.  Here's my latest purchases for my stash:

This is Golden Afternoon by Three Irish Girls in their Adorn Sock base.  80% Merino and 20% Nylon.  It is destined for this sweater:  From This Day Forward .
 This is Waterlilies also by Three Irish Girls also on the Adorn Sock base.  Part of this, probably one skein is destined for this cowl:  Casapinka Cowl .  Don't know what the rest of it will be fore.
 This is Delphinium also by Three Irish Girls also on the Adorn Sock base.  Not sure what this will make yet, it's not decided yet.
 This is MultiPass by Into The Whirled Fingering weight.  It's destined for this shawl :  Dragonfly Wings .  I purchased some clear with silver lined beads for this. 

 Peach colored beads for stitch markers and sweater clasps.
 Shell beads for sweater clasps.
 Stone beads, not for sure what I'll make with them.  Just liked them.
 Small stones from a creek in Cades Cove in the Smoke Mountain National Park.  Going to try to drill holes in them and make stitch markers out of them.  They have a shimmer in the stones that you can't see in the photos.
 Hearts and yarn balls for stitch markers.
 Seed beads, the clear ones for my shawl and the others for stitch markers and sweater clasps.
 A special charm for a special friend.
 Above and below:  Charms for stitch markers.
 Below, acrylic beads for sweater clasps.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Yarn Review!

Today I am reviewing Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn 75% Merino Superwash and 25% nylon.  It's a light gray color.  The yarn is made in China and sold by Cascade Yarns in Washington.  I bought three skeins to use with my Noro to make Leah's Tunic, I didn't need that much but, I'll put the rest to good use.  The sock yarn is nice and knit up very well despite my using lace tip needles.  It did split a little but not as bad as some I've used, and feels quite nice in the hands.  It makes for a soft drapey fabric.  It would feel good in socks but I'm sorry to say I don't knit socks yet, I'll get there but just not right now.   All in all, I can say I liked it. 

Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn

Friday, April 4, 2014

Good Evening!

I know it's been a little while since I've been on.  This last few weeks I have just not felt up to posting anything.  Don't get me wrong things are ok, just not wanted to post.  I am making good progress on both of my tanks.  I'm afraid the Leah's Tunic might be too big but if it is, I'm gonna steek it.  Yes, I said that word!  I watched a podcast where a lady showed you step by step how to steek.  I've worked so long and invested so much in that Noro yarn that by golly I'm going to wear it!  The second one has had some work but not as much as the Noro one. 

I decided this week, after another issue with Maggie on the bus, that she needs someone to talk to.  I know a Christian counselor that used to be my oldest child's Sunday School teacher.  I have spoken to her and will be taking Maggie next week.  She's having a hard time dealing with the anger and grief from her Daddy's death and I think it will be good for her.  The counselor is wonderful, and I know she can help us.

Oh!  I don't recall if I posted or not, so you will have to forgive me if I am telling you a second time:  I purchased some bags from Kikiboo Bags.  It's an etsy store and she also has a podcast.  I purchased a large project bag with leaves on it and a small wedge bag for Maggie with cats on it.  Then I went back this week and bought another project bag with feathers on it.  Go check out her store, she has some wonderful bags.  I will post pictures when I can get them all together.  Maggie has hers at a friends house tonight.  I think I have told you that I taught her to knit.  She's going like crazy.  I'm hoping it will help with her grief as well.

I found a picture of Mitch in my purse this week; my mil had given me some pictures my sil took at Thanksgiving last year.  I folded it in half and put it in the picture holder on my pencil cube.  It's such a good picture of him, he's got a sly smile on his face, I loved that smile.  I think it's helping me.  At first I took all the pictures down because it was too hard to look at them but now I want to put some back up.  I'm doing better; sleeping better, feeling better.  There are times when it's difficult but they are not as often as before.  Thank you, to all of you, for your kind words and encouragement.  It has meant a lot to me.

I went by the yarn store today to return a mag that I had borrowed from a fellow knitter.  I didn't stay.  Wasn't in the mood to knit and none of the regulars were there.  It's hard to get there now, I'll have to try a Saturday one weekend.

Speaking of Saturdays and weekends, I'm going to a fiber arts festival in Townsend next week.  Maggie and I will be meeting a friend and her daughter there to wonder around and see what's what.  I've never been to one before and I think it will be fun.  I had thought to go to Stitches South but, I'm not doing well in crowds right now and I'm not sure I'd be able to handle it.  A smaller affair is more my speed.

I'll be posting another yarn review, either tonight or sometime during the weekend.  I've been on the computer a lot today at work and my wrists are showing the strain so I need to relax them for a while.

Hug your kids and spouse, reconcile with loved ones, life is too darn short to miss saying one "I love you."

Saturday, March 22, 2014

My Yard

My daughter's and I spent over an hour out in the yard cleaning up, making the fire pit and watching the birds.  Here's the pictures I took while we were out there.

Here's the completed fire pit.  I am thinking I may either ad some top blocks or add another row of the same blocks.
 The girls filling the pit with small branches.

The girls and our Winston posing for a picture.

 Our fire pit totem.  It is the end of the Christmas tree I cut up.
 Poor Samson is disgusted because he can't come outside.
 New flowers for the porch.

 A new plant for my bathroom.
 My daffodils and vinca are in full bloom now.

We had about 8 pairs of Tufted Titmouse in the front Crabapple tree.  They were gathering the last of the crabapples.
It was neat to watch them move around in pairs on the tree.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Craft Item

I've seen several people making sweater clasps or shawl clasps on line.  I always need something like that because mine are always falling off.  So the other day I got a wild hair and started looking for the clasps that I would need to make them.  Basically what I've seen others do is string beads on a wire or string between the two clasps.  Here's an example:

Multi Metal Dangle Steam Punk Shawl Gem  (9803)
So I have decided to make my own.  I'm not going to sell them, just for me or for gifts for friends.  I found some nice clasps on etsy and ordered them.  I have tons of beads from other things so I thought, why not?

I'm also going to post some pics of my youngest.  She is the newest knitter in the household and is going like gangbusters.  She has completed a hat and a wash cloth and is now working on a backpack for our beach trip.  Here's a pic of her knitting: