Saturday, September 28, 2013

Finishitupitis

Been on a finishing spree!





Ok, so in all fairness, I c/o AND b/o this one. Kayleigh cowl

AND this one...can you blame me?  SUGAR!!! no not ingested... sugar yarn.  I got a case in so I have to use it!


A much beloved friend sent me the yarn and pattern for this one so of course I had to work it.  REALLY needed a break when this one came in too so I have been working on it nights and weekends.  I'm down to the last chart.  


In keeping with the fairness, I believe that I c/o and b/o the necklace/bracelet set above too! ;-)  Ok so I c/o a bunch, PLPLPL.  I just finished a sweater and I will be c/oing another in my 50/50 tencel merino in the St. Lucia colorway LOVE that yarn!!!  GREAT news!  Remember I told you my supplier doesn't carry it any more?  I FOUND IT!  I couldn't be happier.  I also found a 50/50 merino silk lace blend that I have been searching for too, a nice fine yarn.
     Started and finished a cowl pattern AND the sample over the last two days.  It's quick, lovely and only takes 2 skeins of worsted.  I used an aran in 50/50 silk merino (AGAIN! what's the deal!) in pink that I had left over from a sweater.  Cowls are great for sweater left overs!  I will be publishing that under the name Petal Love here shortly as I have a team of testers on it now.  
     Other items I can't show you, finished the long silk stockings, they are in edits and will be published under Josette.  The Seaweed stockings are finished and are in the testing phase.
     Upcoming KALs: The Bat in November.  Due to popular vote Multi Mates will come out as a KAL, we will pop them in there along with the other KALs that are going on and they will either run together or be ongoing.  
     SSS AKA Snuggle Shawl Sweater AKA Snuggle for Winter KAL, the yarn is coming in on Tuesday, I can't WAIT to get my hands in and play!  This is a FAT fingering almost sport weight yarn which will be transformed into sweater shawls with afterthought sleeves... on large needles and 6/0 beads.  This will be a quick knit with all original lace (as always) and will have some NUMMY colors to it.  Tonals with shades and dots of highlights, I can NOT WAIT to play!!!  There's a limited amount of this yarn, I'm not sure I will be able to go back and get more of this exact weight again, will have to check on that.  You can look forward to: Poison, Sapphira, Frankie, Bronzy and Peachie.... some of you may have met up with these guys before.  I'm thinking you will want to get your own beads for this one as I have ideas of two different beads for each color!  So you can see, I can't stock them all as that would be TEN different beads.  WOWSERS.  I designed this lovely motif for this one and it repeats getting larger as you go out to the edge.  LOVE IT!  TK phase asap.
     IF you thought it was dropped from the radar... Sweetlette is still in the offering,,,, just hidden from view.  The sample is OTN but SSS derailed me big time.  I freaked when I found that yarn for you.  ;-)  I will be getting back to Sweets as I have found so many lovelies for you and when I found them I bought them all up!  Cupcakes!  Hearts! and this gorgeous hook and eye thingy that you will LOVE, makes my heart sing just thinking about them.

     What's that you say?  a... no make that MANY Kombucha mothers!  We grew them for like months! and didn't change it out... somehow they just got thicker until we had this... vinegar solution on our hands.  We had to toss them overboard!  We are back to making this, water & milk kefir as there's a bunch of sniffles here and well, it's good for us.
     Last but not least let me leave you with my end of the YF Summer Swap.  My swap mate spoiled me with RIC!!! Who I adore, he replaced Racky Kacky who has disappeared .. I got him when I was 13 and he's gone.  Didn't have to cry long as Ric came to town.  That and the woobie (lapghan) are really special.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Reward thyself!

     Yesterday was something else!  I worked for about 5 hours on one pattern and my brains started to ooze out of both ears!  Not one, both!  I was gelatinous and dizzy mess.  Then a TKer got in touch with me about a problem in a pattern,,, which resulted in a problem with 3 patterns.  I tried, really I tried to fix it... to no avail.  I knew from past experience that if I couldn't understand the simple math confronting me that I needed to sleep on it. After looking at it for about an hour I stopped and sure nuff, I worked it out in all of five minutes this am!  Before I would have soldiered on and then come back to it today to find that all those hours were wasted!  Live and learn, the older I get the less I seem to know... BUT the more I understand my limitations and can walk within them.
     Before I get all philosophical on you I'd better get to the reward!  My Pixies are THEE BEST!  This is my favorite snack, Diet Pepsi and WHOOPIE PIES!  This is my well tested recipe which I have overhauled to include twice as much filling and calories!  YEAH! The Pixies made up a massive batch of them.
     Hey, come on, a girls got to have her chocolate fix.  I know that it will kill my gut and skin as I have a gluten intolerance but who cares when it comes to these little babies. J  They are packed so full that they have to be cello wrapped and frozen in order to keep their shape.

Some time back I made this lovely set of necklaces and didn't share it, DOG!  Yeah well, here they are, finally.  I found this lovely angel mother of pearl which is a fully clad fairy in my book. These pearls and seed bead necklaces match perfectly.  FUN.


Remember when I told you about the shell spree I went on?  This is the result of said spree.  I have c/o the gold one on the left.  Those are 6/0 seed beads and there are tiny gold 11/0s in there as well.


Aren't they all scrumptious   I adore them all.  Those tiny swirl shells and the cones, they are all so much fun.        YEAH HAAWWW bracelet and necklace city here I come!



     I can finally share this FO with you... it's a sweater I made for a good friend.  It's my color changing fun in sock yarns.  I love making these and have cranked out a few. ;-) 
     Late last night I worked on some more small abacus which I will share on that page.  DD was working on The Bat stitch markers and made a massive pile.  Then DS and DH came in and we had a room full of nuts!  I started to speak with DS about some work related stuff and before you know it,,, 10 pm had hit us!  The time just flies when you love your company. 

I will leave you with 8 ounces of stretch merino AKA Optim LOVE this stuff... soft as silk.  LOVE the colors too, my hand painted, which is much prettier in person.  This will become a sweater eventually.
       Enjoy your company,
your knitting,
AND your SNACKS!