advent calendar, baby, current projects, knitting, life, sewing, Three on Thursday

Three things: Recently

Book with tissue paper flower (made by BK)
  1. Reading: Last night I stayed up waaaaaay too late reading a book. And the kicker is I still quit at only 88%, according to my Kindle. So many questions unanswered! There was just no way to stay up any later and make it to work this morning. (I was reading “How the light gets in” by Louise Penny.)
  2. Dreaming: I also fell down the rabbit hole last night when I came across these amazing advent calendars on Etsy. I looooove them. I am so tempted to scrap my knitted countdown (whatever holiday that ends up being for) and just make a ton of these. I initially saw the reindeer one, but BK said she really liked the snow globe one, and after reading about it, I like the snow globe one, too – because a lot of the days use pre-made pom poms! I’ve almost even convinced myself I could pull off the snow globe one before December 1 (yikes! my delusion is strong). Regardless, I would also love to make the birthday one (what a fun idea!) and maybe just the ornaments that go on the Halloween one. She also has a free heart pattern you can sign up for, and I’m tempted to scrap all the little knitted ones and make 14 hearts for Valentine’s Day. But then again, BK has been after me to knit this little superhero girl.  So that one will have to get done one way or the other.
  3. Planning: to knit this Peanut vest for a dear friend’s little boy. This pattern is so darling, and am looking forward to purchasing some yarn for it this weekend!
hat, knitting

Monday Musing: Cabled Canuck

Monday Musing is a new semi-regular feature where I will outline the week’s plans for knitting. 

This week, all I can think about is casting on for the Cabled Canuck. I have had it saved to my favorites in Ravelry since March 2012, so I’m really overdue on getting started!

Planning my Cabled Canuck

It finally dawned on me that I have the perfect yarn in my stash to make it – Three Irish Girls “Here’s Looking at You, Kid” – a color from the 2012 (I think?) yarn club. It’s the Springvale Super Merino base. Why it took me so long to put the pattern and yarn together in my mind, I have no idea.

This yarn is a really interesting color. Most of the time, I think it’s grey. But when I showed it to Mr Snips the other night in only artificial light, it looked kind of army green. Regardless, I think it’ll be a nice neutral that will probably take on a little bit of whatever color I’m wearing elsewhere. I’m a bit of a coat fiend, so I have a few winter coat options, and I think we all know that since I’m a knitter, there are a multitude of winter accessories that I could put with it.

Now if I could just find the time to wind the yarn…

What are you working on this week?

baby, current projects, hat, knitting, scarf, socks

New yarn, big plans

I’ve been very slowly plugging along on some current projects – primarily Baby Knitsnips’ Christmas stocking and the Business Casual socks – but I have also been plotting some great upcoming projects.

I have attended two fiber events since BK was born and picked up some great yarn.

First off was the Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival. I attended that about a week after BK was born, which was crazy!! BK stayed home with daddy, as my mom and I made a very short appearance at the festival. My knitting friends are very involved in organizing it, and several of them had booths there. I buy from them at the LYS, so I looked for other must-haves. Last year, there was a woman who had beautiful sock yarn and had made it up into an adorable baby dress from Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders. I thought about her yarn and that pattern for a whole year! I had to have some of it – the yarn looked like yummy candy. This year, I selected a skein and asked if the dress came in a larger size in the pattern, as it was a 0-3 months, and I knew I could not finish it for BK in time for her to wear it. She said oh yes. So I bought this lovely purple-pink skein, wound it up on the swift when I got home and dug out the book to look at the pattern. And discovered it only comes in the one teeny size. I was very irritated. So now I am on the hunt for a larger dress I can make with one skein of sock yarn. I’m open to suggestions!!

pink sock yarn

Next, I attended the Knit and Crochet Show. I was overwhelmed by choice there and hemmed and hawed for ages on what to buy. I drug my mom and BK up and down the aisles several times before settling on this gorgeous yarn made of milk and soy (Milky Whey in Pearl). It feels like heaven! I am more than a little obsessed. I’d never felt milk yarn before. I am planning on making the world’s yummiest cowl for me with it for the fall. Yum yum yum. I want to eat it up! I just have to decide what pattern is fabulous enough to show off this gorgeous yarn.

Milky Whey yarn

I also scored this fabulous yarn (Scrumptious DK/Worsted) during a sale at an LYS. I had been on the hunt for a while for the perfect yarn to make Hermione’s Deathly Hallows hat, and here it is! And it was on sale! Sounds like destiny to me…

Scrumptious DK/Worsted yarn

And lastly, I finally bought this yarn at my LYS where I attend knit night. I have been visiting this yarn for more than three months. I was holding out because I absolutely, positively do not need any more sock yarn. Last Friday, I finally caved and bought it. It is Lorna’s Laces Solemate and I love the very soft, feminine color of it (though this picture doesn’t do it justice). I believe it will end up being socks, but I’m not sure yet. I’m certainly open to pattern suggestions for this one, too!

Lorna's Laces Solemate in Ogden

So these projects will hit the needles in an as-yet-undetermined order very soon!