Spring means new yarn!

My local area just wrapped up our yarn crawl, and while I admit I only “crawled” to one shop (the one I go to every week!!), I did score some pretty great stuff.

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First of all, my LYS got in some Frolicking Feet DK gradients. Smitten does not even begin to describe how I felt about this yarn the instant I saw it. I went home after a knit night dreaming of the Day’s End colorway, but ended up going back for Maine Tourmalines. I was worried that Day’s End, while incredible in the skein, may end up being a bit too rainbow-y for me, and Maine Tourmalines would work with my existing wardrobe better. I am now working on Boneyard Shawl v2.0 combined with some leftover Venezia Sport as a stripe. I am currently waiting with anticipation for the first color change in the gradient!! (P.S. – I am also in love with the pink tulips I bought at the store, and my HP nerdy bag that my lovely friend Sarah got me a while back :-))

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And, last but certainly not least, my very good friend Heather and her cousin have started making their own self-striping yarn, Brenda and Heather Yarns. I am insanely excited for Heather, and her yarns are beautiful! Brenda and Heather hosted a trunk show event at my LYS, and I was all over it. I bought some Purple Pop, matching 50g skeins to make matching socks. They also veer a bit toward pink on the lighter half. I have several pink and purple lovers in my life, so I will have no trouble finding someone who’d love to have whatever I end up making with this beautiful-ness (maybe even me?)! I was sorely tempted by the Tiny Toes skeins, and I still may cave for one of those… and maybe something else, too!

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I’ve recently wrapped up a couple of projects, and I’ll be sharing those soon – just as soon as I get some nice photos!

Ten on Tuesday: 10 things you love to do outside

Joining in again with Carole’s Ten on Tuesday topic! This time it’s 10 things you love to do outside. Right now, we’re see-sawing between gorgeous weather and chilliness, so it’s nice to focus on the fact that we’ll be getting more gorgeous weather soon!

  1. Swim. This is an easy one. We love our pool!
  2. Float around on a raft in the pool. This is different then swimming, because it requires no effort. 🙂
  3. Run around the yard with BK. She loves to run laps around the house.
  4. Ride bikes around the neighborhood with BK in the trailer.
  5. Watch BK ride her trike around our cul-de-sac.
  6. Take a walk. I love to take a walk in the evening light on a mild day.
  7. Play basketball. I’m very out of practice, but every once in a while Mr. Snips and I do a little shooting in the driveway. He’s much better than me. We’ll pretend it’s because he’s a lot taller than me.
  8. Eat on our deck. It’s lovely to have a relaxing meal in the sunshine.
  9. Knit. This had to be on there somewhere, right? Preferably in a comfy chair.
  10. Read. Again in a comfy chair.

WIP Wednesday: Playful Stripes Cardigan

I bought the yarn for this lovely little Playful Stripes Cardigan back in the summer for BK. I chose colors that made me think of spring, Easter, fresh crayons, and the fun of being a little kid. She loved them – particularly the pink.

But once I started knitting it up this winter, she asked where the green was.

You see, me, Mr Snips and my mom and dad all have “assigned” favorite colors that BK has determined for us. And it so happens, that by complete accident, I picked the assigned colors of BK (pink), me (purple), my mom (yellow) and dad (blue), and not what she has assigned Mr Snips (green).

So… she asked for green to be put in for Daddy. How can a knitter refuse?

I had already done the small stripes of color at the cuffs and the hem, so I am going to have to be a little creative with the green placement. My current plan is to stick a couple of rows into the yoke patterning somewhere, and then do the button band in green. It won’t be visible when the cardigan is fully buttoned, but will be a cute peek-a-boo of color when it isn’t. And I already have yellow and purple buttons for it, so I think it will really pop!

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Yesterday’s car knitting!

I’m trying to get it ready for Easter… so stay tuned.

FO: Pinky reindeers

Just popping back in to say that I finally DID manage to finish BK’s hat (and block both mine and hers). And remember how I complained that it wasn’t cold enough to wear mine? Well, it is now! Winter arrived on Sunday, and we had a fresh, beautiful layer of snow.

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BK and I celebrated by bundling up and going outside for a little play. She has been desperate to play in the snow for weeks! We’ve had a couple of outings this week in her hat to play in the snow. It finally melted yesterday, but we’re meant to have more this weekend.

She loves her new hat. I put it on her to take her to my mom and dad’s the other day, and when we arrived, my dad playfully asked, “Who’s in my driveway?” BK announced, “Me and the pinky reindeers!” Hence the name of the finished product. 🙂

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I did make some mods to make it more shallow for her little head. The circumference seemed right on when I had her try my hat on, so I left it the same and cast on the same number of stitches on size 2 needles like I did for mine, and switched to 4s for the colorwork, just as the pattern said.

  • My ribbing is only 1″ long.
  • After the ribbing, I knit three rows in grey, instead of the 1 row called for in the pattern to have a bit more of a break since I knit the ribbing in the CC. (As a note, I originally was going to make this hat the opposite of mine. But as much as I LOVE this pink color, my eyes were about to bleed after the ribbing, and I decided there could be too much of a good thing. And switched back to grey as my MC :-)).
  • I skipped rows 1-2 of the chart.
  • Then I skipped rows 4-9 of the chart.
  • After that, I followed the pattern exactly.

At 2.5 years old, she still has some growing room in this hat, and I think it will fit her for at least another year or two.

Sine we both have a little extra space at the top of our hats and they are not quite beanies, I keep wondering if we need pom poms. Still undecided. What do you think?

FO: Reindeer wish you a happy new year!

I LOVE reindeer. Just love them. They are the main theme of my holiday decor, to be honest. I think it stems from my obsession with the 1964 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer movie. It is tied for my favorite Christmas movie (original Miracle on 34th Street is the other). And nothing says Christmas quite like Santa’s support staff. 🙂

So even though I had a couple of projects on the needles that I planned to take to England when we went in mid-December (a Playful Stripes cardigan and Adrift fingerless mitts), my plans changed rapidly the day before we left when Ravelry displayed Donder and Blitzen in my pattern highlights. Reindeer, hearts, colorwork – I was already on board. I knew immediately that I had just what I wanted in my stash already, and it happened to be very similar to an already completed project. I had grey left over from my somewhat ill-fated Wildflower cardigan in Cascade Venezia, and some pink that I had been hoarding dyed by my good friend Mary Ann from A Good Yarn a few years ago.

I cast on in JFK airport during our layover, and powered through the ribbing. Then I attempted (and failed miserably) to sleep on the plane. Once I hit the colorwork at my in-laws house, I thought I was going so fast, I should have packed a few other projects. That progress slowed down significantly during the week, as we had activities of some sort nearly all day. So on the plane ride home, I didn’t watch any movies and just buckled down on this sucker. I wanted it done before Christmas, and we were flying on December 21. And I finished it! Boom!

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Then we got home, and it was nearly tropical. I didn’t even get to wear it before Christmas. 😦

But I’ve worn it once since then. Even though I would normally celebrate this strangely warm weather, having a lovely finished hat I can’t wear is making me a bit irritated. I guess you can’t have it all!

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These are unblocked shots, because honestly, if I wait to block it before taking pictures, the pictures will never get done! So here it is. I LOVE IT.

I love it so much I’ve started another one for BK. Though I’ve made so many foolish errors on the colorwork it’s unbelievable, so progress has been slow. I would like to blame it on the few mods I’ve made to the chart to make the hat more shallow for her little head, but that’s not been the real issue. I just need to focus! Hopefully, I’ll be back soon with a wee coordinating one!

And happy new year! Wishing everyone a fantastic 2016, filled with joy and fun!

 

Sadie the dinosaur

Back in mid-November, BK declared that the ONLY thing she wanted for Christmas was a pink cuddly dinosaur.

That’s easy, I thought. And then I started Googling pink dinosaurs. And it turns out that it’s not that easy.

Amazon had a couple, but they were literally being shipped from China, and the delivery day window went all the way to December 28. No good, especially not if it’s all she wanted for Christmas!

I looked on eBay and found similar ones with shipping windows that would work, but between cost of the item and shipping, it was taking a cuddly pink dinosaur up past $50. I declared that insane.

So… I thought about knitting one. And dismissed it as taking too long (as I mentioned in the previous post, I was on a time crunch since we had an England vacation planned).

And then, I thought, I kind of sew. I could probably make a dinosaur!

So I found this adorable Sam the Dinosaur pattern and purchased it off Etsy. I then took myself to JoAnns to find pink fleece and pink felt, and I was off.

Well, kind of. I got a bit scared by some of the directions about the bottom of the body, so I called my Craft Genius (my mom) and had her come sit with me as I got started on the sewing part.

Once I gained a little confidence, I finished it off on my own.

She has one foot that’s a bit wonky, but I declared it gave her character, and if we ever lost her, we could always tell if it was her, since how many pink dinosaurs with a wonky foot could there be??

Anyway, after I finished her, I named her Sadie (since the original pattern was an “S” name) and wrapped her up.

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Sadie the pink dinosaur

I then worried that BK had forgotten that she asked for it. But there was no doubt on Christmas morning when she immediately cuddled her and then proclaimed she needed the dinosaur’s help to open her next few presents. She also took her with us to my mom and dad’s on Christmas afternoon (the only toy she took along), and slept with her that night.

I think Sadie is very loved. And certainly worth getting out of my sewing comfort zone!

Back on track

I know no one wants to hear my excellent excuses for not posting for 6 months, so we’ll skip that part. I have missed blogging, and literally think about it every day. Sometimes I even take pictures for the blog… and then they never make it here. Mr Snips even asked recently why there were so many photos of food and knitting on my phone, and I told him I keep taking pictures because I am going to share it all with you (recipes I’ve tried, good dinners we’ve had out, knitting projects I’m working on during my lunch hour). Maybe some day you will even see some of them. 🙂

I managed to wrap up all of my Christmas knitting in plenty of time. I know I keep telling you that I don’t do Christmas knitting, but hey! sometimes I do!

I whipped up 5 dishcloths for my cousin and 5 for my parents, and a pair of mittens for my sister. My cousin was the only one who truly loved the dishcloths I made during the Christmas Knitting Debacle of 2010, and told me that any time I wanted to make her more, she would use them. So when I was trying to decide what to get her this year, and I saw my healthy stash of kitchen cotton, I knew what to do. I buckled down and churned out 5 and wrapped them up in ribbon. My parents had a few dishcloths that I literally watched come unravelled, so I knew they also needed a re-stock.

I can’t even believe this, but I forgot to take a picture of the mittens I gave my sister. I made Cloisonée mittens and used yarn leftover from the Gramps sweater and my Tantramar Toque (which I made in the club colors – looks exactly like the main project page)  and some dark grey I had from something else (honestly can’t remember!). The HiKoo yarn is super great because it doesn’t feel wooly at all, and to me, that’s a plus. It has zero itch factor. The blue I used is very similar to the color of scarf I gave my sister last year. We both have our dad’s blue eyes, and I like to give her things that will really make her eyes shine!

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One thing we did before leaving for England was visit the Circle of Lights downtown Indianapolis. BK loved it! And yes, we are in matching hand knit Santa hats. 🙂

Christmas was interesting this year, as we jetted off to England for 10 days in the middle of the month. That means I wrapped up (literally) everything beforehand, since we weren’t returning until late on the 21st. I finished knitting, sewing, shopping, wrapping, cards… the whole deal… before December 10. We then had a really lovely holiday with the whole of Mr Snips side of the family, and even had a “Christmas Day.” We all felt a little let down after that, as it seemed Christmas really was over. 😦 It was a bit hard to get back in the spirit, but BK was so excited about Santa once we got home, it certainly helped bring back some of the joy of the season.

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“Christmas Day” in England.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll be back soon (really!) to share my current WIPs and some things I’ve made this year while I’ve been MIA.