What's on my needles?


Quick Post

Just stopping in to post a few things...I always have more to post, just need to find the time.

I have long days that start very early and end late.  I should be sleeping right now, but I'm compelled to post.  Never want to go too long without posting. 

Here's whats ON and OFF the needles.

Quick Flower hair pin knit with Anzula squishy sock yarn

flower hair pin

Mixt Cowl blocking

Mixt Cowl

What's coming soon to the needles

  • Owls
  • Acorns
  • 2 additional Mixt Cowls
  • Knucks gloves
  • Much more...

What's blocking and waiting for a photo shoot

  • Bulky Shrug
  • Vita Cardi
  • Balloon Monkey
  • Traveling scarf
  • Cerasifera shawl
  • Malabrigo scarf
  • February Baby sweater
  • Mystere sweater
  • Elm Row scarf

What's on the needles

  • 2nd Mixt Cowl
  • Rock Island
    Rock Island Shawl
  • Kiwi scarf
    Kiwi Lace Scarf
  • Cranked socks
    Trekking Kal - Cranked (April) Clue 1/2
  • Homin shawl
    Homin shawl in Ella Rae
  • Cotton Candy Hearts blanket
    Cotton Candy Lace Hearts blanket
  • And many others....

In other craftiness, I made a new Christmas Wreath to hang on my door.

xmas wreath 2011

I like it, but I think the flowers are too big.  Oh well, it'll do.

Til next post -R


So it begins

In the spirit of "Small Business Saturday", I mosied on down with my Mother to Green Planet Yarn to score some yarn for the annual "Black Sale". 

The haul was all my Mother, she got 20% off the entire purchase and got a great deal on some 100% Trauco Cashmere at 55% off.  It's such a lovely yarn, in the picture it's the 5 skeins at the bottom, in purple and wine.   From right side top, we have Ultra Pima Cotton in a gorgeous Colbalt blue, Mountain Colors sock yarn in pretty varigated purples and brown hues, Cotton Supreme in a very passionate purple, Malabrigo Rasta in gorgeous purple, gold, blacks, and lastly the 5 skeins of Trauco Cashmere in purple and wine.

Xmas Knitting

So it begins, the gift knitting, I know its a late start but I always like challenges.  I'll end up with 5 long Moebius cowls and a pair of gloves and then something more.  The more is a few skeins have undecided fates, but that shall change soon. I'm actually making these items for gifts for my Mother to give, so I'm giving the gift of knitting. 8)  Although thats not considering I get to pet, squish, and knit with the yarn, always nice.

Here's one of the cowls already on the needles.

Xmas Knitting

I better get going now, have alot of busy things to do, including knitting. 




Bye November

November turned out to be a busy month for me and before I knew it Thanksgiving was here.   I know that I received 2 great packages, from a wonderful swap spoiler, Palehouse on Ravelry, and from a close friend, Marisol.

Palehouse sent me my swappy package from the Love Bites swap, a vampy themed swap.  She gave me the coolest vamp package.

Check out these goodies I received!

First the packaging, this is what I found when I opened the USPS box..

Love Bites 2011 - Package from Palehouse Love Bites 2011 - Package from Palehouse

It's you standard photo storage box, but an awesome one.  With bats and a glow in the dark moon, and some cool ribbon with a steel key.  I was totally geeking out over the packaging, its the simple things that I love.

Love Bites 2011 - Package from Palehouse

Such great gifts and beautiful yarn!  I still haven't decided what to do with the yarn, but I'm excited for when I find a pattern.

Oh, and on the outside of the wrapped Witching Hour book by Anne Rice is this totally cute black Raven!

Love Bites 2011 - Package from Palehouse

Such a great package, loved it.  Thank you again to Palehouse 8)

My second package received, such a surprise, from Marisol.  A belated birthday present, she really knows how to spoil me and knows my tastes, well our tastes are the same, makes it even better!

Gifts from Marisol 2011 

Gifts from Marisol 2011 Gifts from Marisol 2011

I got the cutest mini lace sock kit with beads! Sheepy gift card, Decorative box with a pretty purple pendant necklace (worn this a few times already), Sheep bookmark (I'm a reader!), Fragrant soap (smells so good), black clutch purse (totally cute), Sock Summit WIP bag, Sock Summit post its, Beautifully hand-spun, hand-knit cowl by Marisol (100% BFL!), Bronze shawl pin, Socks that Rock Rare Gems.  Everything is awesome!  Absolutely loved all the gifts.  Truly thankful to Marisol 8)

I've had limited knitting during November, have some FOs to block and will share later this week.  I've also finally finalized my new free hat pattern to post later this week.  I'm also a wee bit bummed, just a teeny bit, my pattern submission to Knitty obviously didn't make it because I never heard from them, although they do say on their submissions FAQ that if your pattern didn't make the cut you'd get a Dear John letter, but I never received anything.  Don't know if its worse that I didn't receive anything or not, but oh well!  I shall keep on trying 8)

Onto December...




Can I listen to music and Knit?

That is a YES, but I don't listen to music while I knit much.  I primarily watch TV or sometimes I just zone out in my own world and knit on.  When I do listen to music, these days I'm listening to Neon Planet, Plain White T's, and One Republic.

This is my most recent creation, I'm calling it "Chunky Slouch", because I just can't think of another name for it.   I'll be making another this weekend to make sure I document the pattern correctly and then I'll make it available on Ravelry, free!

Chunky Slouch

Chunky Slouch

It's truly a quick knit, you can make this baby in less than a day.  Right now, during these holiday times, anything nice you can make that fast is a good thing. 

Now I'm onto looking for 2 quick knit items to make for presents for a birthday party next weekend.  Not an easy task, but I'll prevail!  I must!

Until tomorrow.. 8)


National Blog Month 

I decided to take part in the National Blog Posting Month so there will be alot of posts from me this month, if I'm able to stick with it.

 NaBloPoMo 2011

Today's share is a finished Cerasifera shawl, not the best picture to be sharing but it'll have to do for now.  Maybe I can get a quick photo shoot done this weekend.

Through the Loops SSK - Cerifsera

Here's a cool blocking photo, for some reason I just love blocking photos?  Do you?  It's nice to see how each person blocks their FOs, it's really a science to block a finished item.

Through the Loops SSK - Cerifsera

This shawl was particularly fussy to block, the rounded edge was a bit tricky to block out the shawl to measurements.  I'm always happy when shawls block to the designers measurements.

Since I'll be blogging frequently, I'll choose to limit my posts, don't want to waste your time.  I'm sure many of you would like to check in quickly and then get on with your day 8)

Until next post, which is very soon 8)