Thursday, October 22, 2009

If At First You Don't Succeed . . .

. . . try, try again. So my niece called me a couple of weeks ago to ask me to make her 4 year old (almost 5) a purple hat. I kinda forgot. Then while stash diving the other day, I found this beautiful Karabella purple yarn, which made me think of the hat again. Well, I had made the Baby Rollin' Beret for a friend's granddaughter a few months ago, and it was quick, easy and adorable. So I thought I'd use that pattern. Well, in one short after noon, I whipped this out . . .

Cute, right? Right, but way too small. Like it might fit a 2-3 year old, but not a big almost 5 year old. So I go back into the stash and find more purple yarn. (OS's school colors are purple and white, that's why I have so much.) I go back to ravelry and find the adult size Rollin' Beret and start it in a 20" instead of 18". It looks like it's coming a little big, but you know what, I'll just make another if I have to. I think I'm going to crochet a little gold flower to pin on it - you know, LSU - purple & gold.

Don't you love this? It's Mini Mochi by Crystal Palace Yarns. It's a self-striping sock yarn. I combined 2 different colorways and am alternating them every 2 rows. Love the way it's coming out. (I know, I started another sock without finishing the previous pair.)

And this is my first finished Knotty glove in Wollmeise yarn, Brombeere colorway. Really like these, and have already started the second one.

More grab bags!!! A blau (blue) bag which contains Kornblume (cornflower), Nobody's Perfect - Agatha, Blau Tinte (blue ink), Gewitterhimmel (stormy sky), and Hortensie (hydrangea).

A Gemischt bag (alot of different harmonic shades) . . . Zarte Knospe (tender bud), Johannisbeere & Brennessel (currant & nettle) SWOON!!!, Versuchskaninchen (guinea pig), Gazpacho (the soup), and another beautiful Merlot.

Four Words . . . I CAN DIE NOW!!! I LOVE this colorway. It's an old, old one, and I have wanted it for so long. I thought I might get one in my bag today, so I was prepared. Because if I wasn't, I would have opened it and fainted dead away on the spot. As it is, I tore open my bag in the car in the post office parking lot like someone possessed. I cannot tell you how disappointed I would have been if I had not gotten it. It reminds me of Christmas - the colors. And guess what? I have another one coming in a trade. I know, when it rains, it pours. I must have some good karma or something. Because it is raining Wollmeise at my house and I'm lovin' it.

Don't forget, Ladies, it's Breast Cancer Awareness month. Get your annual mammograms. MS's girlfriend's mother gave this to me. She has a monogram shop, and she had breast cancer a few years ago. I told her I will use it as a knitting bag.

Save the ta-tas!
Have a good weekend!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Know Anybody With Cankles?!?

Well, I finished my first STR sock club sock. What is up with this? It's really beautiful, but the ankle is HUGE!!!. I made the small size, but I have a serious problem knitting mediumweight yarn on 2.5 mm needles. It was so tight, my needles bent. I'm just going to have to find someone with "cankles" to give them to.

Guess who came to visit me Sunday while his daddy went to the Saints game? Beau Beau - he's 6 months old and weighs about 60 pounds. This is how he sleeps when he's really knocked out.

This is how he sleeps normally. Ha, if there is a "normal" for Beau. Truthfully, he has calmed down a lot, but he is still a handful. He is a beautiful, sweet puppy.

Anxiously stalking the mailman for my Wollmeise order from last week. Have a great week.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bigger in Texas

Isn't she, er he, lovely? This is YS on the "mock" homecoming court. He was so cute, and not the least bit embarrassed about being in a dress and stuffing his bra. LOL.

My Numma Numma haul this week . . .

This is the first time I've tried TexasToasty in Ruby Red (like the grapefruit) - the label says Even the Knitting is bigger in Texas. Ha. It is so big and squishy. I actually forgot I had gone back and ordered it, so I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the package and saw it. I can't wait to try it, and it's a whopping 400 yds/skein. Not sure what I'm going to make with it yet, but I have 2 cutie patootie little girls that would look adorable in little sweaters made from this stuff.

This is Stump Brew in The Regular. The colors in it are unbelievable.

And this is I'll Have What She's Having - a gorgeous mixture of greens.

Hope everyone has a good weekend. YS has homecoming dance tomorrow night - his first.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

All I Wanna Do Is . . .

I don't know what I like doing more, looking at and reading about and handling yarn or actually knitting. The HWWTM calls it an obsession. Well, I guess he's right. I just can't get enough. So, just popping in to show a few new acquisitions, a finished object and a couple of started objects . . .

These first 2 are Wollmeise Barista and Frosch . . . I hit another Wollmeise update this past Monday, so I have more on the way - grab bags - you gotta love 'em.

This is the last installment in the Yarntini Summer Semi-Solid Club. Included is a little mini-skein of cashmere, not sure what I'll do with it, but it sure is soft. I joined her next club. It's a monthly thing that you can cancel anytime. I guess I'll cancel when I can't walk in my closet anymore.

And this is the last of three Yarntini self-striping, called Fresh Stripe.

I started a new sock yesterday - it's the September Blue Moon Socks That Rock sock club. The pattern is Knetted by Cat Bordhi, and te yarn is River Rocked. After a couple of tries and a little froggin', I'm on the way with it now. I really like the pattern so far - I just don't care to knit mediumweight yarn on 2.5 mm needles.

Started this scarf this morning. It's just a simple 2x2 broken rib pattern, alternating colors after 2 rows. Love this yarn - it's Baby Alpaca Grande by Plymouth Yarns in grey and maroon, knitted on US 13 needles. It's going to be donated to our high school for an auction, so have to get going on it. It helped that I had a pedicure this morning, so I got about an hour of uninterrupted knitting done on it.

I've also been plugging away on the baby blanket too - it's about 20" now.

And lest you think I never finish anything, which is how I feel sometimes, a FO. The Loopy Ewe Sock Club from 9/09. I really, really like them, but I don't know if I'll keep them or give them to someone for Christmas. The colorway is a lot like Blue Suzanne, which I already have a pair in that I love.

And a little something to show you what I've been doing every weekend . . . isn't he a hunk? And a sweetheart too.

Thinking about changing the blog name - All I Wanna Do Is Knit - kinda has a nice ring to it, don't you think?
Have a great week.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Grab Bags!!!

Don't you just love the Wollmeise Grab Bags that Claudia puts together. It's like Forrest Gump used to say, "you never know what you're gonna get." But you know you're gonna love it, because, after all, it's Wollmeise. What's not to love!!! And sometimes, you get something that you like better than the original colorway.

Below are a few Grab Bags from the last 2 updates that she did on 9/14 and 9/28. This first one is Kunterbunt, which means mixed colorways, not matching. These colors are Birkenrinde (birch bark), Blue Curacao, Dornroschen (sleeping beauty, Arlene and Ebenholz. The Arlene and Ebenholz go together perfectly.

This next bag is Gemischt (alot of different harmonic shades) which includes Herzblut (lifeblood), Admiral, Raku-Regenbogen (rainbow) probably the most sought-after WM color, Kurbis (pumpkin) and Spice Market.

Some of the bags are done in color themes. This one is lila-purple. Nobody does purple like Wollmeise. These are Krauterbeet (bed of herbs) I like this better than the original because it has a little blue in it, Veilchen (violet), Ballerina, Lavendal, and Der Letze Versuch (the last try). These last 4 on the right are very smilar with just slight variations. The Veilchen has some blue in it. The Lavendal is a little more solid than Ballerina, and he DLV is darker and has some maroon and red in it. So beautiful.

This red deserved a picture all by itself; it's called Rubin.

This is another Kunterbunt bag. Included in it are: Sabrina, Ballerina, my beloved Rubin, Wasabi, and Gewitterhimmel (stormy sky), a beautiful mixture of blues and black.

This bag is a Gemischt. Both of these skeins are labeled Versuchskaninchen, which means guinea pig. The skein on top is a bluish greenish color with black? The bottom one looks kind of like Sultan with black. I really like both of them.

And this last one is a brown-black bag which includes a very light Zenzi (a name given Bavarian milk cows because they are black and brown) and an almost solid Ebenholz (ebony). These would look great together in a scarf alternating rows. I'll have to think about that.

Well, as TD would say, be very jealous of this stash of Wollmeise. I really need to take inventory and list what I have. I know I have duplicates of some colors and should put them up to trade on Ravelry, which is always a fun thing to do.
I do have some finished knitting to show you this week. We were on the road again watching OS play football - we lost! - so I can always get knitting done in the car or on the plane.
Have a great week!!