Last 2 Promised Hats New Stitch Markers and a Birthday Gift

Ok, I lied, I said I was not going to buy any more new stitch markers or progress keepers for a while.  “But mom they followed me home can I keep them?”  Actually I replaced the Dallas Cowboys progress keeper and bought another set of the hearts stitch markers and progress keeper, because I love it so much, and yes I have one already, but I wanted to use it and couldn’t remember where I put the old one, they will both be well loved :).  I got these from AdoreKnit and she threw in a surprise, the fox progress keeper.  I mentioned I was looking for one as “hat jewelry” for a young family member I had just knit a hat for because she wanted a fox on it and I didn’t see one in her on line shop.  I was beyond ecstatic when I saw that in my order when it came in today!!  She really is such a sweet person, you should check out her shop.

The blue hat above is the hat for the younger of my family members, who was very excited to get the Dallas Cowboys color hat and star to adorn his hat.  The other hat showing was to be for his older sister but she really liked another hat I had knit earlier so the other one became hers and this one will go in the charity pile.  She was very excited to get the fox progress keeper to put on it, I will add that to the pictures when I remember to get a picture of it on the hat.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see “hat jewelry” become a thing for school age children. 🙂

Lastly, yeah I had a birthday this past week.  Celebrating the anniversary of my 29th birthday and that is all you are getting out of me :P.  I can’t be older than my dad who is 29 every year, can I?  I belong to a group who does Harry Potter knitting and my name was drawn on her quarterly prize drawing (which just happened to be on my birthday woot woot).  I got gifted a pattern of my choice, and what I chose was the Baa-ble Mittens and Cowl set , I already had the hat pattern, which is a free pattern, but the accessories were not. So for my birthday I was able to complete the set, how cool is that!!!  Hope everyone has a great week coming up.

Yesterday, Stitches on My Finger

Stitches in my fingerI think I’ve said this before, I am a klutz.  Long story short I was trying to adjust my floor fan and the cage around the fan blades came loose and slipped down and my little finger went through the cage, and the fan (thank goodness it was a plastic blade) sliced my finger by the nail bed to the top of the finger.  Blessings, it didn’t go into the nail bed, it wasn’t a really horrible cut and only required 2 stitches.  Hopefully this will be the last for a while, but being a klutz you never know.

Two Hats Done

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I finished the hats to match the coats for two children of a friend of mine.  I hope they will be well used this winter.

I have a sweater for a little one (about 2 months now) that I need to finish, and two new hats to start for some little family members.  I will probably start a hat and then work on the sweater when I have the luxury of time that allows for concentration, and on the hats when I don’t.  I also have to finish the spin I started at the Alpaca farm days, so it’s not like I don’t have anything to do :P.

Fun Day at Alpaca Farm Days

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Today I was asked to participate at my son’s Alpaca farm for Alpaca farm Days.  Something the Alpaca farms do here this time of year every year.  Do they do this all over the country?

It was fun, many more people than was expected came and enjoyed the Alpacas, and the Alpaca products my son and his spouse had for sale.  They had a sock machine, a hat machine, and a drum carder out for people to see how they worked.  They also had a screened table, which allows dirt and vm (vegetable matter) to fall to the ground, and show people how they skirt and pick through the fleece 2nds (the smaller less desirable parts of the fleece, tho they are still very soft they are shorter).  They use the 2nds to make the felted dryer balls people love to use :), the 1sts are sent to a fiber mill to be washed and spun into yarn.  A friend and I spent the day spinning on our spinning wheels and answering questions regarding spinning and using my blending board and carders.  I look forward to doing this again next year. 🙂  Please enjoy the pictures above, oh the two Alpacas are not kissing lol, they are not as close to each other as it looks, but it made for a cute picture.

Remembering 9/11 in 2019

9-11

I remember where I was when this happened, do you?

As we remember the 18th year since this heinous attack was perpetrated on the citizens of the USA, may we take a moment to remember all those who died on this day 18 years ago and thank those who helped in the aftermath. I would like to salute those heroes on flight 93, and all those who, on that day, willingly and unselfishly sacrificed their lives to save the lives of others. I also salute those in our armed services who have given their lives and those who continue to fight, selflessly putting their own lives in jeopardy to protect us and others from terrorism. They are all heroes to me and I will never forget.

2nd Bobbin for Last TDF & New Stitch Markers

 

I meant to add to my blog a few weeks ago, but I got pretty busy and then I caught a cold and a GI bug right after that.  Neither were fun, still dealing with bronchitis.

On to nicer things :).  I am about 3 rolags short of being finished with my 2nd bobbin (showing on the 1st picture) on the last spin I was working on for the TDF (Tour de Fleece).  Yeah I know I’m late, but I’m gonna finish anyway :).  Going to try to have it done by sometime next week.  It is a fractile spin with the first bobbin being half light orange and half darker orange and the 2nd bobbin shorter bursts of color going from yellow to very light orange, rose, very light orange and back to yellow.  That flows through out the bobbin.  Not sure how that will play out when I ply them, but I guess we will see. 🙂

In the 2nd picture you see my new acquisitions :).  I love buying stitch markers and progress keepers from Adore Knit on Etsy.  Her stitch markers and progress keepers are awesome.  I bought a snoopy with a pumpkin progress keeper with beautiful fall stitch markers and she put in an extra gift, an acorn progress keeper, so cute!  I also purchased a spring set with a flower on the first stitch marker (makes it easy to know when you finish a round when you are knitting in the round) and an umbrella for the progress keeper (will be nice to remind me spring will come when the winter is lasting forever) and she gave me another little gift, a progress keeper with my initial on it.  She spoils me :).  If you are ever in need of set of stitch markers or progress keepers please go visit her Etsy shop, she is putting in markers for football season now, but she has a lot of different marker sets to choose from!

I am knitting on several different projects will try to get pictures of my progress and post sometime this next week.

New Fractal/Gradient Spinning Project

2nd Fractal-Gradient spinning project

I went ahead and made rolags today for my next spinning project.  I made it from scraps that I had been given and tried to make the colors as aesthetic as possible together.

The first single will be the two shades of orange rolags in the back and the 2nd single will be a gradient of yellow (mixed with white), a really light orange,dusky rose, pink, then going backwards, dusky rose, really light orange and yellow (mixed with white), shown by the rolags in the front.  Not sure how that mixture will work out, guess we shall see.

I’m thinking of calling this colorway Sherbert.  That is what it looks like to me anyway.   Dang, now I’m hungry for sherbert or ice cream!

Changing Staircases Shawl and Diagonal Garter Stitch Scarf Done!

 

I was up late last night blocking my Changing Staircases Shawl.  Was very fun to knit, I will definitely knit it again!  The pattern is easy, I just have one word of warning, pay attention to the beginning of the last row of each section so you don’t have to tink back to do the part you forgot :P.  The link gives info on the pattern and yarn I used.  I can hardly wait until Christmas to give this gift!

I also finished the Diagonal Garter Stitch Scarf I was knitting with my friend Kari (info for my yarn and needles in link.)  She was killed in a one car accident last October, and I decided to finish mine in her memory.  It’s an easy pattern, tho since I can’t remember where I got it and I can’t find it online, I can not share it.  There are many similar patterns out there that you can search.

Now I can start the Little Lace Daisy Scarf (one of my own patterns) from the Teal merino that I hand spun.  Been a nice vacation, one more week then back to work :P.