Early Spring Afternoon

Hello everyone!  Happy Sunday Afternoon to you all.  Its a lovely early spring afternoon, complete with rain.  I love the rain and love seeing the blossoms and leaves come out on the trees and plants after a harsh winter.

Here I am again to tell you all about my knitting adventures. I have been working on my Bailey’s “Minty” Irish Cream cardigan. It is coming along, although Friday night I frogged it and started all over again. Its going a little better. The thing is, is not the most challenging pattern I have ever done, but I am working really 2 patterns at a time and I get a little forgetful. Has anybody ever experienced that when working 2 patterns at t a time?  I am working the button band, which has a cable pattern and the front which has a lace pattern, they interchange at different times, I just need to remember when to cable the front and also remember, who really is going to notice?  Am I going to let anyone that close to me so they can examine all the mistakes in my button band when I wear it?

Oh, did I tell you the exciting news! I won stitch markers!  I won them from the Ravellenic Games from Team Stash and Burn. They are from Cat’s Pajamas Crafts, they are black with translucent pink beads and I can’t wait to use them. One think I like, which may seem odd, but I really like those personal touches, is when they arrived, the were so nicely wrapped.  Like a present. See pictures below. I almost didn’t want to open it, they were wrapped so nice.

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Oh, I am cooking ribs in the slow cooker for dinner tonight, that cooker is filling the house with that yummy rib smell, so good, I’m getting hungry.  Still a few more hours until dinner though,  Also on the menu is cole slaw with homemade dressing and cornbread in the iron skillet. Again,still a few more hours until dinner.  Maybe I will knit until then.  Yeah, that’s always a good idea.

Ok, everyone have a great week and I will talk to you all soon!

-Alexis

Racing…

Hello everybody!

I am TIRED!!!!!  I just woke up from a nap I was taking in a warm bed recovering from running a race on a very cold and windy day.  This was my 3rd 5K and this crazy winter weather did not make training for it easy.  Nor did todays weather. If it had been a tad warmer and NOT windy, it would have been a breeze.  Except for the hills on the course. I did make up one though, It was hard, and I have been dreading running up that hill all this time I have been training but I made it up that damn hill.  Go me!

Me crossing the finish line

This past Monday, I started teaching knitting at another library, all the ladies in my group were beginners or had not knit in years.  It was so fun teaching them to cast-on, and the knit stitch, we are making a scarf and I am so excited to watch them grow in their knitting and discover what I have discovered. Quite simply, knitting is fun, you get to make beautiful things for you or your loved ones.  It is a wonderful time-honored art we need to keep and most important, the knitting community is filled with wonderful people who are more than happy to share with you their love for the craft.

I also, finished my Sheri’s Posies socks and they are lovely. After that I quickly unwound yarn for my next project, Bailey’s Irish Cream Cardigan by BabyCocktails, perfect for St. Patrick’s day, also perfect because its green.  I am knitting the cardigan out of yarn I picked especially for this cardigan at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival last year.  It is the “Reflections at Roclans, “Out of he Dyepot” YARN ‘from Kate Bostek. I can’t remember if the booth I got the yarn at was for this yarn or what, but it cried out to me to knit it up in this sweater. The color way, is like a light moss-green. I will try to get a picture for you before its finished. If not, you will just have to wait.

Sherie's Posies Socks

Ok, I am tired after that run, I think I will put my feet up for the rest of the night and knit.

I will talk to you all later.

-Alexis

 

Keeping My Feet and Head Warm

Hello everyone!

Man it has been awhile.  I have been knitting up a storm so I could have something to share with you.  After I finished that blanket I started on finishing pair of socks that I had started back in September and had to put down to begin gift knitting. They were the Riding on the Metro Socks from Wendy D. Johnson in her book Socks from the Toe Up.  I have been working through this book and am almost done with the lace portion. I am now working o Sheri’s Posies Socks, but more on that later.  I was surprised, I only had one sock to finish and I got it done in about a week.  We are still firmly in the middle of winter here in Oklahoma and they have been keeping my feet warm, especially today, since it is March 2nd and it is snowing outside.

Riding on the Metro Socks

After I finished the Riding on the Metro Socks, I started on the Greenery Beret (I’m calling it the Mint Sorbet Beret) by Melissa LaBarre from the Weekend Hats book by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre.  This hat only took me about 3 evenings and was so quick and easy to make and yes, I wore it yesterday, because It is still hat weather. I knit this hat out of Bijou Bliss Bijou Spun yarn %50 Yak Down and %50 Cormo, It is so soft and a beautiful mint sorbet green, hence my name.  I found this yarn at the Bijou Bliss booth at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival last May, I think what I love most about this yarn, besides it softness and unique use of Yak was that it is from Colorado. My home state and I must say, I have an extra fondness for anything from Colorado.

Mint Sorbet Beret

Last weekend, I went to visit my mom in Las Vegas, it was a nice 4 day weekend, nice to be back in Las Vegas and to see my mom again. We had a good time around town and even took a quick trip to L.A.. And of course, on my trip, I had to take some airplane knitting, so at the airport in OKC, I cast-on Sheri’s Posies Socks, again from Socks From the Toe Up. by Wendy D. Johnson. I am knitting these from MissBabs Babette fingering in Gotta Love Me. A beautiful rich hand dyed red yarn. I got this yarn also at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival last year. What I love about these festivals is that its a great way to find yarn that you have heard about, but don’t always find in your LYS. I had heard of MissBabs before but I had never seen it (yes I know I can go online and intend to in the future.)  So I was excited to see the booth at the festival, and no, this was not the only skein I bought.  The bad thing about airplane knitting however, is its easy to get distracted and mis-count, as I did on my way home, I ended up having to frog the sock and start all over. Fortunatly, because the weather, I am almost done with the heel flap of the first sock. (I set it down for a bit to talk to you guys.)  Also, while I was on the plane to Las Vegas, I got called a “Socker?” The man sitting next to me said he had never seen anybody knitting socks before and I said, oh yes, there are quite a few of us (if only he know about Ravelry) and he said, wow, so there are a few of you “Sockers” around. I just smiled to myself and went back to my knitting. Yes, just a few of us “Sockers” and knitters.

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So here I am, knitting and keeping my feet and head warm in this lingering winter weather and hope you are all doing the same and keeping safe and warm.  Just remember, in a few months, we will all be bitching about the heat and wanting it to be cold again so we can wear our hand knits.

I will talk to you all again soon.

-Alexis

Finished!

I am done! Finished! Done!  This morning/early afternoon I finished the Forever Diamonds Baby blanket.  Click here for my Ravelry page. It looks beautiful.  It feels though like it took me forever!  I think it was the moss stitch pattern that seem like it took so long.  Really, only about 3 or 4 weeks.  I’m also just ready to get back so to some good old fashioned selfish knitting.  Digging into my stash and knitting stuff for ME!  First off, I am finished the Riding on the Metro Socks from Wendy D. Johnson in Socks From the Toe Up.  I finished one sock in October and am eager to start and finish the second.  I have also entered both these items in the  Ravellenic Games with Team Stash N Burn.  So yay! I finished one project.  I feel like I get a gold metal just for that.

Ok, time to finish laundry and maybe start that second sock. I will leave you with some pics of the blanket.

Forever Diamonds Baby Blanket

50 Shades of Blue

Hello Everyone!  I have been a knitting fiend lately, but what else is different.  Its my calming activity, when I wake up in the morning all I want to do is knit. When I am at work, all I can think of is when is 5 so I can go home and knit.  And when I get home, I hurry up and eat my dinner and do my chores so I can finally sit down and knit.

Lately it seems like I have been in a sea of blue.  Knitting nothing but blue.  Probably in-fact, 50 shades of blue. I like blue, but its all this gift knitting I have been doing lately, all my cousins like varying shades of blue, so that is colors I picked, 2 cousin gifts down (not including the pink and green cozies.) 1 cousin gift left to go after I finish a second baby blanket. I have two friends who are having babies and they are both boys, so of course, blue baby blankets. The first blanket I knit was the Big Bad Baby Blanket by Lisa Shobhana Mason as seen in Debbie Stoller’s Stitch ‘N Bitch.  Click here for my Ravelry page, I love that book, it really got me knitting again and I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking of or learning the craft.  I knit the Big Bad Blanket of out KnitPicks Swish Worsted in the color way “Gulfstream”.  It is this gorgeous blue, I knit it for my co-worker and she has a Snoopy theme going go I thought this would be a perfect Linus blanket color.

Big Bad Baby Blanket by Lisa Shobhana Mason

Big Bad Baby Blanket by Lisa Shobhana Mason

The second baby blanket that I am working on right now is the Forever Diamonds Baby Blanket, Click here for the pattern Ravelry page, by Natalia Blank I am also knitting this with Knit Picks Swish DK in the color way “Twilight,” a nice soft dusty blue.  I really love Knit Picks Swish yarn for baby blankets, its super wash so the mom can easily throw the blanket in the wash was she will inevitabley need to.  It is also so soft and knits up beautifully and easily. I hope the baby will have these blankets for years to come.

Like I said before, I like blue, but after all this blue, I’m looking forward to knitting some other colors.

Happy knitting everyone and I will talk to you next time.

Christmas Knitting Adventure

Hello everyone! I hope you all survived the holidays and that Santa was good to you and brought you lots of fun presents and yarn!

Well, I feel like I just barely survived the holidays and as much as I love this time of year, am glad its over. It always feels like there is so much to do.  I usually don’t get into the holiday sprit and start preparing for the holidays until after Thanksgiving but I think next year, I may have to start after halloween.

I did get 3 Christmas knitting projects finished and sent out.  My Mom loves her Edon cardigan, Cousin Kate sent me the best text that she loves her Flanders Scarf from Janine Le Cras which I knit in Malabrigo Arroyo in Prussia Blue.  I should also ask her new hubby if he liked his beer cozies that he jokingly asked me for.  These were made out of Cascade 220 in Neon Pink and Neon Green.  I even put his initial on them.  I hope he likes them.

I was planning 2 more projects my two more of my cousins, one is the Maryse Cowl from Amy Christoffers, was going to do in some Malabrigo yarn the was a lighter weight than the yarn called for and once it was all done. I just didn’t like it. So I ordered the yarn the pattern actually called for, Green Mountain Spinner Mountain Mohair, in Ice Blue. It turned out MUCH better. I need to block it.  I also need to knit another present for her mom, my other cousin and send it to them later, hopefully February.  Because in the meantime, I have 2 baby blankets in need to make.  I ordered some yarn for one and am just waiting for it to arrive, the other blanket I need to go to my LYS and get some yarn. Both of the babies are due soon so I better get knitting.

While I am waiting for the baby blanket yarn, I am occupying myself by knitting hexi-puffs.  I have so far since Christmas Day knit about 20.  They take me about 45 minutes to knit up so I get on average 3 done a day.

Well, I will leave you now to knit more hexi-puffs but do enjoy the pictures of my completed Christmas knitting, I do hope all the recipients enjoy their gifts.

Eadon Cardigan

Eadon Cardigan

Flanders Scarf

Flanders Scarf 

Beer Coozies

Beer Coozies

 

 

Labor of Love!

Hello everyone!

Well, finally, the pieces of Mom’s sweater are taking up Suki Cat’s queen sized bed in the guest room and are blocking.  Finally!  I can move on to my other gift knitting. However, so far, this sweater is and has been a true labor of love!  With all the re-knitting, frogging and whatnot, my Mom deserves a beautiful hand knit sweater and that is what she is going to get for Christmas. The cables are exquisite and as soon as the pieces dry, I will sew them up, block once more and send it off to Mom for Christmas.  It gets just cold enough in Las Vegas this time of year where she will need it.

Next on the gift knitting que, are scarves for my cousins, Kate, Katilyn and Anndee.  None of them know they are getting one.  Although I’m sure they wondered why I asked what their favorite color was.  Honestly, I really am just happy at this point that I got Mom’s done.  The cousins can wait.  But even though I am a selfish knitter, I do like giving hand knit gifts.

Well, I better start winding yarn for the rest of the gift knitting, get a start on it anyway before I have to make dinner.  Talk to you all soon.

Happy Knitting!

-Alexis

Gift Knitting Buying

Hello everyone!  Its that time of year again!  Time start thinking about your gift knitting!  and buying the yarn for gift knitting!  Earlier this year I didn’t think I would be doing any gift knitting but then in August I was visiting my cousin for her bachelorette party and thought, I think I’ll make her a scarf for Christmas. Then a month later at her wedding, I decided to make make scarves for two more of my cousins. Oh and some beer cozies upon request from my cousins new husband.  That was was funny story.

I was sitting knitting in the hotel lobby the weekend of my cousins wedding when her soon to be husband saw me, he asked for some beer cozies for Christmas.  Little does he know I am actually going to make them.  I don’t think he is really expecting them since we were all in the party mode already and he had a few beers in him by that point.  But if he wants them, he’s going to get them. At least they will be something he won’t forget.

But I digress, yesterday I went to my LYS, Gourmet Yarn Co. in Oklahoma City, OK and got yarn for three of my cousins girl or their scarves. (I knit my other girl cousin a scarf last year).  I really wanted to get all different types and brands of yarn, but for some reason, I was just attracted to more and gravitated to the Malabrigo Arroyo.  I just loved the colors and the softness.  I think all three of my cousins will like their scarves.  I picked out three different types from some old magazines I had.  Now I can’t wait to start knitting them.  I just need to finish my Mom’s Eadon Cardigan.  Its almost done, I’m about halfway through with the first sleeve.

I forgot to get yarn for my cousins husband for the cozies so I will have to go back for that but that is always ok.  I did get some yarn for myself though.  I go some Malabrigo sock yarn in the Candombe color way and some Noro Silk Garden.  I love Noro.

Anyway, I some asian marinated pork in the slow cooker for dinner tonight and it smells so good.  I need to look up how to make fried rice.  So I am going to go do that now. I will talk to you all soon!

Happy knitting!

-Alexis

Too Tired Knit

That is right, I am too tired to knit!  I really feel like I have just been running and running and running.  Literally. I have recently taken up the hobby.  Hobby, sport, whatever you want to call it.  I am now a runner. I started with a Couch to 5K program through my local running store back in August and I just ran my first 5K last Sunday.  And now I am in their 10K training program.  I am really liking running as you can see, it is a challenge that I am willing to conquer!  I’m in the picture in the gray jacket crossing the finish line of my first 5K.

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Ok, on to why I am so tired. I really have just been running and running around and when I get home I am just sleepy.  I’m eating my dinner a little later and not betting my after work naps so when I finally get to knit at the end of the day I am sleepy, I want just knit and knit and knit but almost literally start falling asleep.  Or getting so cranky with the yarn  that I just put it down for the night.  I’m still working on the Eadon cardigan for my Mom’s birthday, which is tomorrow.  She will get it by Christmas. I am on the collar of the left side and then just have the sleeves to do I think. It will get done.  Then it is on to gift knitting for Christmas.

Ok, Hubs is getting hungry and so am I so I better go call in some take out.  Talk to all soon I hope you aren’t falling asleep on your knitting like me.

-Alexis

Project Overload!!!!

Oh my goodness! How long has it been?!?!?!

I know I know, it has been quite awhile!  I can’t even remember how long it has been since we have last talked.  Well, my September was one long travel after another. I went to Omaha for my cousins bachelorette party, Hubs and I went to Dallas twice and at the beginning of October we went to South Dakota for my cousins wedding.  That was a CRAZY weekend, blizzards, blackouts and a wedding that almost didn’t happen due to the weather, but when it did, it couldn’t have been more perfect.  Congratulations Matt & Kate!

While on my travels, I did do some Hexi-Puffs, and managed to start and finish ONE sock, the Riding on the Metro Socks from of course, Socks from the Toe Up from Wendy Johnson, I am almost done with the lace section of this book.  I just need to find time to finish that second sock.  I am knitting it out of Madelinetosh, Tosh Merino Light in the colorway Fragrant.

But why haven’t I even started on the second sock you ask?  Well, I am still working on the Edon cardigan for my Mom, I don’t think I am going to get it done in time for her birthday at the end of the month, so Christmas will have to do. I also have 3 maybe 4 gift knitting items for Christmas. One of these is for my new cousin Matt, he saw me working on the sock last weekend and requested some beer coozies.  I don’t care if he was joking or not, I am making them for him.  It will be hilarious!  I also have 3 friends that are having babies. All boys.  One is due in November, the other two are due in February.  Busy Busy me.  I may or may not be running to my LYS today, we will see, I have a mountain of laundry today so it might have to wait until next week.  Plus, it will give me a little extra time to work on Mom’s cardigan.

So, yes, I am in project overload, but I promise to write you more and keep you up to date on my progress.  Or rant on how much of this I still have left to do.  I still don’t know what I am going to do for the other gifts, they are for my cousins, I know scarfs/shawls, but not really sure what kind, I want to look through my books and see. I have all these knitting books and feel like I never use them.

Anyway, I will talk to you soon.

-Alexis