Sunday, October 30, 2011

So glad that it's cooler chilly now. I opened my sock drawer and was teary-eyed at the thought of all those lovely hand knits! So many to choose from. Ahhhhh.
Went running around today doing some errands and found one of the farmer's markets still open. A pleasant surprise since I thought they were all done for the season. Got some lovely chard and pattypan squash and one HUGE white radish that I have no idea what I'm going to do with it at this point.
Then went to Trader Joe's and ran into a fellow Raveler. She had a beautiful handknit sweater in a lovely shade of green. I was going to rip it off her and run but she looked like she could keep up with me...teehee! It was fun to actually run into someone from Ravelry like that. I knew they existed but never have seen anyone.
Last week went to Lambikins in Hamilton.

So many yarns....too many great things. ... head spinning....must grab yarn to counteract yarn fumes.
A few things came home with me. I got some lovely KnitPicks Wool of the Andes to make it. I don't know what yarn I'm going to use but I saw this knitted up and it's gorgeous!
I've always wanted some sparkly socks so this jumped in my hands.
And I've only read about this yarn so I had to splurge and get it. There was a free pattern to go with it to make a cool scarf/wrap so I'm going to make that.
 I love the colors. You can't see it but there is blue and purple and all kinds of colors there.
I really enjoyed my trip there. They were really nice and the yarn selection was stunning. Things that I'd only read about and just loads to fondle and plunge your hands into and just have a great time. I will definately be going back and recommend it to people. Actually I already did recommend it the other day!
My fun purchase. It's a mini pie/tart maker. It's nice to have because the pies cook in less than 10 minutes and you can have mini ones instead of a big pie. Very good purchase. Target for under $20.00. These are cherry and apple are next!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It really exists!! I am absolutely sick so close to having it finished that I can almost taste it! Off to work on the edges.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fall is here! There are not many pretty trees but the ones that are turning are gorgeous. Today the temperature was finally cool enough for jeans and some socks. Which was nice because I'm sick of wearing shorts.

 It's always nice when the seasons change so I can wear different clothes.
Been cooking alot since it has cooled down. This is a "cheesy" chili bake and the chili is chocolate stout chili which I had made the other day.
Yum. It has a lovely crusty top so just delicious. Yes, I have been a bad, bad blogger but just didn't have anything to write. I've been working on putting the Celtic poncho together. Yes, you read that right. I have finally finished all the triangles and have sewn some of together. I had to go to a knitting group last night to beg some help. Everyone agreed that the directions and schematics for putting it together were the worst we'd ever seen. But, Praise Jesus, there was a lovely woman there that had been knitting and sewing for years that was gracious enough to help me tack it together in some sort of way that makes sense! Almost done now.
This is what I'm working on now. It's called In and Out and is from Cookie A.'s book "Knit.Sock.Love". It's tricky but I love the pattern. The yarn is Cascade Heritage in the color "Hyacinth".
The other thing I've been knitting is this Aran Wrap,which is a free pattern from Red Heart. I'm using Red Heart Super Saver in "Ecru".

It's hard to tell but it's a lovely pattern with several stitch patterns and will be nice if I can ever seem to get any progress on it. I have knit and knit and knit but it never seems to get any bigger. I hate when that happens.
Okay. I am off to have a cup of cherry pineapple green tea and work some more on the never-ending project! Happy "I love yarn" day tomorrow.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

The time just went so fast this week. I can't believe it's already Saturday  and October!
Here's a peek at the next big knitting piece that I am going to be doing. (Yes...yes...I've been finishing up the Celtic poncho. Get over it already...teeeheee!)
It's bee--u-ti-ful. It's the biggest piece I've attempted so far and I must admit some trepidation at the thought of starting it.
But the yarn is staring at me from the box (I shut the lid on it and told it that I'd get to it soon) and I've printed up the very scary looking charts. I will have to label and color code and really make some good notes to keep everything straight.
Yesterday was the first chilly day. Low 50*s, windy and rainy. Good knitting weather that's for sure. I am making a hat for mom to go with the cardigan I just finished. She often likes hats until I make them and then they either don't fit or they eventually slide up and off her head. This one she should like as it's big enough to go over her ears.
I have a lovely pot of Cranberry Autumn tea from Harney and Sons and it is just fabulous. My favorite fall tea.
Okay. I am going to go and fill up my tea cup and finish mom's hat. Cold tonight. Supposed to be the lowest temperature here on this day in 200 years. Crazy. I have my lovely flannel jimjams on and I was glad to pull out the first socks of the season. The hardest part was deciding which of the hand knit pairs to wear first!