Monday, March 2, 2015

Yarn Review-Gnome Acres

Now I have used quite a few of Gnome Acres yarns and I love them.  They are beautiful and knit up just lovely.  She has an amazing colorways and I would spend hundreds if I let myself.  I have used her Scruffy Gnome, and her Sparkle Gnome bases.  The owner has a lot of nice yarn bases and has a great eye for color.  I have even bought some to give as gifts.  She has a podcast and a board on Ravelry.  She has a lovely personality and she ships things very quickly.  I have only had trouble with one colorway that I have bought-Stars Hollow.  It knit up beautifully and the finished project is lovely.  However when I soaked it for blocking, a tremendous amount of color bled out.  The color isn't as vibrant as it was but, it is still beautiful.  I think before I use the rest of the yarn I'm going to either soak it in salt water or vinegar to set the color a little better. It could very well be that the bleeding was a fluke because nothing else has bled.  I don't regret buying it and I will buy it again as well as many other colorways.  Go visit her shop you won't regret it!  Here are some of my finished projects made with Gnome Acres yarns:

All of these projects can be found on my Ravelry page it's under MaggieTN.  

Finished Projects

I have just realized that I haven't posted pictures of my finished objects in quite some time.  I have finished quite a few things lately and I'm loving all of them.

Here they are!

 My first pair of socks!  Pattern is Steps to Recovery by Elspeth Campble (GothHeart) on Ravelry and the yarn is Penguin Soup.
 This is my Endurance Shawl by Elspeth Campbell as well.  The pattern has not been released yet.  The yarn is Delphinium by Three Irish Girls

This are my Flip Top Mitts.  Made with a yarn I won in a give away.

 This is my Nurmilintu.  Made with Gnome Acres Sparkle Sock Yarn in the Stars Hollow colorway

This is my Moss Garden Shawl.  Made with Turtlemade with the Sparkle Sock Base in a green gradient color. (2 balls)
I have some others that are not quite completed yet so I will be showing those lately.  Mostly just need some ends woven in and one that needs some ribbon and another that needs a flower.  I'll be showing them soon.

I am trying to do better about posting.  I've drug my feet lately because I haven't had much to say.  I hope that you have enjoyed my parade of finished projects!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Disappearing Act

Sorry again for being missing in action.  Things have been kinda nuts lately.  I have finished quite a few things lately.  Those will come later however.  First I want to show you some pictures I've taken...

These pictures where taken in the country around us.  They were a poor attempt to show you what I see when I look at the world.  The ice and snow have been terrible here and in the north but along side the terrible is the beautiful.  Look at the pictures and marvel at what the Good Lord created for us to see.  Some will scoff and say that it's just the weather nothing to do with God.  I however, being a believer cannot say it's just the weather.  The Good Lord provide us with a beautiful picture to see if we just look for it.  I see this an marvel at it.  He did that for me.  My heart soars and Thank You Lord rings from my lips.  I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I did beholding it in nature.

Sunday, January 18, 2015


I am a Believer.  Most of you know that but what you don't know is that since Christmas, I haven't gone to church. I have been fortunate enough to have two very good teachers in my life-Mike and Tim.  They teach from the Bible, they teach truth.  God has changed our paths so that we can no longer be in the same place.  I haven't gone to church because I have become disenchanted with the churches in my area and the lack of truth being taught.  I have missed the fellowship of my fellow Believers.  A friend of mine invited me to her church for services today, and the prospect filled me with happiness.  Showing me that I do need the body of believers.  So my hope is renewed that I will find the place where the Lord wants us to be.  I hunger for the Lord and for His Word and for a body of believers to call home.  I pray I find it and I pray that if you don't have one that you will find one too.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Year

The year is new, full of possibilities.  Twelve months to do new things, make new things, learn new things, the possibilities are endless.

I have already made a decision to do something new this year.  I've never been to a knitting retreat before, but I have decided to go to Into the Wool this year.  It's not until September but, reservations have to be made in February.  I am looking forward to experiencing something new and meeting new people.  Quite a few of them are people I already "know", from social media and knitting podcasts.  It sounds exciting.  If you can, try to join me there.

For a long time now, even though I eat well, I have been overweight.  My thyroid is bad and that causes this problem but this year, I'm going to try to find a way to get some weight off.  I have weighed the same since I gave birth to my last child 12 almost 13 years ago.  So that is a new decision also.  I want to purchase a treadmill because I want to be healthier, I don't want to leave my children prematurely.  I am all they have left.

I am going to try new things in my knitting as well.  I have yet to make a sweater that fits me so this year, I'm going to make a sweater that fits.  My friend Chris gave me a pattern for a sweater that was in my Ravelry Library and I want to make it.  My friend Erin sent me a sock book but I haven't braved making any yet so that is another thing I am going to try.  I want to make a pair.  New for me too is my spinning.  I am going to take a class as soon as I can so I can learn to spin.  I have yet to use my wheel yet and I really want to make a go of it.  I dream of spinning my own yarn and making beautiful things from my spun yarn.

Other than that, no plans. I am not one to make resolutions because I never keep them.

What new things are you planning to do in this new year?