Sunday, February 26, 2012

I can't believe that I've let so long go in between posts. My only excuse is that I've been busy knitting. This is the Newton scarf made from Haruni yarn. About 650 yards on a skein so it was alot of knitting but I really like the scarf. The colors are a little muted's quite bright.
 Finished these for a knitalong. They are "Rivendell" from "The Eclectic Sole'' and the color doesn't show great but it's a beautiful fushia. It's Cascade Heritage sock yarn and the color is "Hyacinth". These were for the Solidsockknitters' group on Ravelry. The theme this month is "spring" and the color is perfect for spring.
I did finish the "Supernova" sweater that I was knitting really didn't turn out well. Everything was to gauge and it seamed up beautifully but when I tried it on the armpits were almost at my waist. What?? And if I pulled up the sleeves the hexagons that make up the top bunch up like a particularly unattractive leg-o-mutton sleeve. As if there's an attractive version of those. I was really disappointed. But my neighbor is a seamstress and I am going to take it up there this week and see if she can figure out how to fix it. Since it's wool I should be able to cut it to fix the underarm. At least I hope so. I like the sweater alot and would really like to be able to wear it.
Went up to Dayton today for a small road trip. Amanda drove and we stopped at the "whippydip" in Springboro to get some of their spicy fried pickle spears. I was surprised to see that it was open but yah! for us. They were delicious!
Then we drove to the big health food store -Health Foods Unlimited- and had a good time shopping and poking around. They have products that I can't find here, even at Whole Foods or Jungle Jims. I was most excited to find some Tofutti "ricotta" cheese and it was on sale. Woohoo for me. Plus they had The Tea of Republic's Comfort and Joy tea on sale for $3.99 a canister. Hooray! I love that tea and since it only it released around the holiday I usually get 2 cans and then try and make it last for as long as I can. So I picked up 2 more of them and I can have plenty throughout the year. I have a cup right now. So good.
Then we went to Dorothy Lane Market and picked up a couple of items...although now that I think of it I didn't get anything there. Mom and Amanda bought some things though. Oh. I did get a cup of coffee from the Boston Stokers kiosk there....snickerdoodle. It was good but my favorite is their Highlander Grogg. So tasty.
Okay. Off to get some more knitting finished. I'm trying to get a few things finished before I cast on something (or somethings) new. Have a great night.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Nothing going on here but some knitting. Snow showers tonight and tomorrow but COLD! Good thing wool socks are nice and warm.
These are the Rivendell socks from "The Eclectic Sole" and they are for a knitalong for the SolidSockknitters Ravelry group. The photo of the skein is a more true color. I don't know why my camera won't take true photos of purple or blue. I started another pair out of the same yarn but it didn't want to be that pattern because it just wasn't working in that pattern. This one is going great though.

Finally got to Knit On in Monmouth/Newport, Ky. I hadn't been since they  opened their new location but had a great time. 
These are just a few shots of their stock. It was rather overwhelming when you first walked in but had to take a deep breath and just throw yourself in and start looking.
Bought a few things...
This is a discontinued yarn that Amanda loved so it is going to be a shawl for her. It is this.... and I  think it will be lovely.
Also went to The Spice and Tea Exchange in Rookwood.
We had fun poking around and bought a few things. Got a lovely coconut oolong tea and some different spices. It was an interesting shop and we probably will go back again.
Well, I am trying to finish a sweater so I am going to go and have a cuppa and pop in a dvd (found the series "Sports Night at the library) and try and finish some of it. Keep knitting and stay warm!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Yes, yes, I know. Bad blogger. But I have a really good reason this time. These are my socks that I designed and back in October I submitted them to Planet Purl ( to be published in their upcoming book "American Gift Knitting/American Sock Knitting" and they were accepted!  These are my first design and I was rather surprised. Actually, I was gobsmacked! They sent me the yarn that they wanted me to knit them with...Ella Rae Heathers and it was a lovely yarn. It's hard to tell but it's a nice light blue. I just sent them in to them today as well as the pattern and when they receive it they will send me a $100.00 gift certificate to And 2 copies of the book when it's released. So yah! for me.
Also finished this. It's called "The Key to Warmth" and I LOVE it. It's knit with KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in Currant and Tumeric and a really fast knit and so warm. Of course, now it's 67* out and much too warm for wool. But I'm sure it will get cold again. My birthday is almost always icy and awful weather. But there's about 2 weeks left before that so we shall see.
New mug! You know how much I "loves" me some mugs. I found it on clearance at my local grocery store (they have a Starbucks' kiosk there) and it was only $2.19. Score!
I have the green one with the holly on it so now I have a little matching set. I'm easy to please!

Here's my other treat. I got this for under $20.00.  It's over 4000 yds of a lovely worsted weight and I'll be able to get at least 2 sweaters out of it and maybe a cowl or something else. It was quite a deal. I got it at They have such great deals. I especially like their Cherry Tree Hill sales.
Okay, off to try and finish the sleeve on my sweater. What sweater you ask? I'll tell you next time!