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So let’s see… when I last left off I’d begun dyeing yarn and was knitting a set of Noro socks. I finished the socks and Sock #2 turned out with less of a wonky stripe at the heel thankfully. I’m still not thrilled with the thick and thin of Noro especially when dealing with something as fine as sock yarn, but the color is so worth it, I WILL be trying to figure out how they get such beautiful colorways in their dyeing. πŸ™‚

Noro socks

Noro socks

I dyed this…

Hand-dyed by me.

Hand-dyed by me.


…to finally make my sister a stole/scarf/wrap thingy. πŸ™‚ I’m using the One Skein: A Stole pattern which is free in Ravelry and uber easy yet lovely.

I treated myself to a new camera for my upcoming birthday so I can now take pictures like these…

4th of July

4th of July

St. Joe at Sunset

St. Joe at Sunset

Lola

Lola

There’s been more yarn dyeing…

Hand Dyed by Me

Hand Dyed by Me

Rainbow sock flat hand dyed by me

Rainbow sock flat hand dyed by me

I went on a much needed vacation during which I fell in love again with St. Joe, MI and taking photographs of it’s beautiful scenery.

Lookout Point

Lookout Point

And finally, I saw the latest Harry Potter movie at 12:01 a.m. this morning with a theater full of diehard Potter-Heads. πŸ™‚

HBP

HBP

Tis all for now! πŸ™‚

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Countdown expired.

And currently on the needles… the Maple Shawl that I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before but hadn’t photographed. πŸ™‚
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Finally… the second picture of the year (the first one sucked LOL)… taken yesterday on the road (duh) home from Shawn’s house. πŸ™‚ We kinda got a crapload of snow on New Year’s Eve. πŸ™‚

Happy New Year!

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I had a perfectly good (and almost finished) post written up and then my computer decided to freeze up. *kicks it* About a week ago I got this message from Dell saying that I needed to install their support center thingy and ever since I did, I’ve had nothing but trouble… ironic, eh? Anyway, let’s see if I can remember what the hell I said the first time around. πŸ™‚

First of all… how many of you get the Lion Brand newsletter and cracked up over this one?

LMMFAO

Bwahaha… seriously? Um yeah… okay, no. Geesh…

I survived my first Black Friday (and Saturday) as a retail worker. πŸ™‚ The shop was uber busy yesterday until about 4:00 and then it was pretty slow, but the sales were quite impressive for the day if you ask me. πŸ™‚ Later in the evening a familiar face came into the shop though quickly followed by the question, “Are we allowed to hug the employees?!” Yes, Miss Kelli aka Knitterbunny was in town to judge a bunny thing this weekend and stopped by to say hi and dig through our yarn at the shop. So I got not one but two Kelli Hugs and that totally made the day!

I did however go home with a wicked migrane last night which didn’t taper off until about 10 this morning, but luckilly I didn’t work today until 1:00 so I was able to get a little bit of painless sleep before I had to be back at work. I reallllly need a massage now though… Today we were pretty darn busy again but it wasn’t quite as crazy as yesterday. I also spent a great deal of time setting up the display for the new Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend yarn which is just purrrrty. πŸ™‚ You can see the colors over at Purl Soho.com, but ours is cheaper so buy it from us instead. πŸ™‚

I don’t really have any knitting content pictures to share, but I can share some stash stuff. πŸ™‚ Last Wednesday I bought myself a treat. I’m now the proud owner of Fergie the Frog. It’s a handy little trinket holder for stitch markers, mini scissors, and other stuff needed while knitting. I wouldn’t have normally spent that much on something to hold stuff in, but I’m a frog lover and well… how could I resist? Plus it’ll be nice because for a while Devin won’t be able to figure out how to get the zipper open and therefore won’t be able to dump my stuff all over the floor. hehe… This picture doesn’t do the color justice, btw.

Fergalicious

This lovely yarn is Autunno by Di.ve and it’s all for me. πŸ™‚ I decided I needed a new scarf and perhaps some matching wrist warmers so last week after molesting this yarn I got it.

Mine!

As for stuff I don’t have pictures of… I bought some Jitterbug (my first ever purchase of the stuff! *gasp*), it’s not for me though… it’ll soon be a pair of Christmas socks for someone special. πŸ™‚ I also bought my first Alpaca… also not for me though. LOL I’m making the Maple Shawl out of a strand of Drops Alpaca held with a strand of Drops Cotton Viscose… should be lovely. Seems like there was something else, but I can’t think of it right now. πŸ™‚ Oh wait, I remember… I bought The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns after Suann told me that it was a good one that I needed. We didn’t have it at the shop (we do now though) so I found a used one on Amazon (oh how I love used books!) and it arrived in the mail today. πŸ™‚

Oh and check this out… πŸ™‚ About a month into working at the shop I made myself a Ghetto name tag because I didn’t have a real one. I ganked a name tag that belonged to an ex-employee and covered her name with mine. But my darling Matt finally decided today that I needed a non ghetto one. πŸ™‚

Ghetto Fabulous…

Ghetto Fab...

Official…

Wee!

Thanks, Matt!

Thanksgiving came and went without any major family drama so that was lovely. πŸ™‚ Ravyn and Wesley decorated the dinner table for us this year and made personalized name cards. πŸ™‚ Wesley made mine…

Aww

But his was the best of all of them… hehe…

*giggle*

More pictures will be in my photo blog later tonight for your viewing pleasure after I have the chance to upload them. πŸ™‚

And on that note, I’m outta here! I might do some charity knitting with Sarah and the other Guild Girls tomorrow, but that depends on the status of my poor neck and back tomorrow. πŸ™‚

Happy Knitting!

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It’s been a pretty good week around here. I’ve been knitting and actually making progress *gasp* I don’t have any pictures because my camera was on empty and I had to charge it, but this weekend I should be able to show off some stuff. πŸ™‚

I finished Ravyn’s Scarf O’ Pinkness tonight. She’s uber excited about it. I have to block it though so she can’t have it quite yet. I also have left over yarn so I’m thinking I might be able to make her a matching Calorimetry for her. I haven’t looked at the pattern yet though to see if I have enough. πŸ™‚ If not, I’ll make up my own pattern, I know there’s enough yarn to make her something for her head. πŸ™‚

I’ve also begun making a pair of Wee Warmers (aka the hand knit version of Babylegs) for a friend who wanted some for her niece. I casted on yesterday and I’m over half way done with the first one… such a quick knit! They’re darn cute too. Devin will be my model once they’re done even though they’re part pink… hehe

Other items still on the needles… Heelless Sleeping Socks and Lou Shawl version 1042 *lol* What I really want to make next is a new scarf for moi. It’s finally cold enough around here to actually put a scarf to good use (I turned my heat on at home this morning…) so I think it’s time for a new one for ME! πŸ™‚ Ooh and fingerless gloves too, gotta make some more of those. Plus I’ve got lots of Christmas knitting to plan and begin. Yikes! I really need a weekend knitting retreat soon!

Tis all for now… πŸ™‚

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Delurk Yourself!

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No pictures to show off right now because I keep forgetting to take my mom’s camera cord. The one thing I wish my laptop had was a card reader. :op I’m officially back in the world with a computer. Whoot! I’m also officially back in school. Last semester… yay! :o) I have to go downtown and blow a bunch of money on more textbooks this afternoon. *cries*

As for knitting, I’m working on a few different things right now. I’m still working on a shawl for my sister. The one I last posted about did end up being finished but then I decided it was too small and would have been more of a “boob warmer” than a shawl so I started another one. LOL My poor sister… Someday she’ll get a shawl. πŸ™‚

I’m also working on a pair of wristwarmers for my Ravyn. I bought a pair for myself (hey, they were on clearance, I couldn’t turn down $3.00 wrist warmers that I didn’t have to knit) and she likes them but they’re too big for her, of course, so I started a pair for her. It’s in self-striping sock yarn that I got on clearance a while ago. So far they’re going well, I just hope they’re big enough for her. :o) I’m not a gauge person, I don’t do samples, I just like to knit and go for it.

Ooh and I’m still not sure if my schedule will let me do this, but I hope so… Knit Michigan is February 3rd and I SOOOO want to do it! If any of my local knitters are planning on doing the Knit Marathon this year please let me know! Or if you just want to go for the Knit & Spin In that would be great too! I just want to go!

Speaking of going… I need to go. Must prettify myself and go dump a bunch of money on overpriced books. *twirls finger in the air*

Happy Knitting. :o)

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Lou Shawl, part 2

IΒ  ended up ripping out the shawl.Β  The perfectionist in me couldn’t bear the idea of giving a gift with such a crappy error in it.Β  I can’t for the life of me figure out what I want to do for this shawl.Β  I’ve looked at a billion different patterns, tried a few, hated them all.Β  I saw this one today via a knitting community in livejournal and I love the look but it doesn’t exactly work for the yarn I have.Β  Which would mean another trip to the LYS for new yarn.Β  But Lou does live in Georgia so the lightweight of this pattern would be good.Β  Bah!Β  I’m beginning to think that I need to work on a different project so that I can finish something and feel the satisfaction of having a FO and then maybe I’ll feel motivated to work on the shawl.

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I mentioned not too long ago that I started my sister’s shawl.Β  Β 

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Β Then I found a problem…

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A mystery loop of doom has shown up and it’s so many rows back that the idea of frogging back to the loop makes me very sad.Β  I can’t decide if I’m going to rip the whole damn thing out and just start over, again, or leave it and try to make it work by fudging it.Β 

This on the other hand is the pretty that will one day make a scarf for a dear friend of mine who hopefully doesn’t read this blog. hehe… It’ll be what I call a “Norma Scarf” because my friend Norma who taught me to knit makes these beautiful scarves with bunches of different yarns and this will be my attempt at being cool like her. hehe.

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Β The colors aren’t true, but they’re all shades of pinks.Β  I think this will be the next project I begin because I can’t wait to play with all of the different yarns.

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