Showing posts from July, 2014

WIP Wednesday/Stashbusting

As I am coming up for air on The Book sample projects, I've been mulling over what to do about my large personal stash of fiber and yarn.  Realistically, I haven't had much time to knit from stash with all the contract/design work I've been doing the last two years.  (Don't get me wrong, that's great and I'm VERY grateful and happy to have that work!!)  I had been talking with a friend about it, and she had mentioned jettisoning a bunch of things in her stash she had bought that were not to her taste anymore - some bulkier yarns and some less-nice basics that she didn't see ever getting around to using.  That seemed sensible to me, but when I went through the stash, I've not really got much, if anything that fits the bill.  Most of the yarn/fiber I've stockpiled are very nice - hand-dyes, luxury blends, sweater lots - all things I would, in theory, knit up happily.

And for good or for bad, when I started going through the bins to see what I might wa…


As you might have guessed from last Sunday's post, my birthday was this week - this weekend, actually.

Saturday was a busy day, but still very nice to celebrate.  The a.m. was taken up with a photo shoot for a few new designs that will be released early next year, and then a good friend and her family threw a little cook-out bash for me which was great fun!

Since I have also cast on for the final sample I'm working on personally for The Book, I spent some time working on my quilting projects.

I completely finished the two block 3s for the winter-themed lap quilt.  (and yes, these are on two different background fabrics - they are in two separate places on the quilt top).

I also got the first of 4 blocks pieces and appliqued for a fall themed table runner.

I've also started on the next quilt block for the winter-themed quilt, which is about 3/4s applique, and doesn't look like much yet, but I'm hoping to finish that up in the next week or so.  That will leave me 3 …

We Have A Winner!

And that would be you, Kimberlyn!  Lucky #19 on the random number creator.

I've contacted you on Ravelry for an address!
Thank you SO much to everyone who left a comment.  It was great fun for me to see what people thought they'd want to put on their needles.  :)
Thanks also for all the fantastic birthday wishes.  It's always fun to have those as well!
(Back to regular blogging things next week......)

Birthday Giveaway!

My birthday is coming up in the next week, and to celebrate, I've got a present to give away!

I'm gifting one lucky person a skein of my Arianrhod Sock yarn in the colorway "Avalon" (which is a pretty grey-blue) and a signed copy of my Legendary Knits, volume 2 book.

The yarn will work great with either the Arianrhod Socks in the collection, or the Valkyrie Mitts.  (Or of course, use the yarn for any other project of your choice!).

All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment here letting me know which of the patterns in the collection is your favorite.  (It'd also be really helpful if you'd leave a Ravelry ID or an email so I can contact the winner, who will be chosen by random number drawing on Friday, July 25th at 8:00 a.m. Mountain time).

Want another chance to win?  Please see my great friend, Andi's blog, as well for her giveaway this month!  (Andi is one of my totally awesome sample/test knitters who was kind enough to knit The Snow Queen jac…

From the Bookshelf: Maggie For Hire

Next up in the books I've read is Maggie for Hire.  Summer mind candy all the way!

If you are looking for Great Literature, this one isn't it, but it IS a very fun summer-type read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Maggie MacKay is an excellent monster tracker.  So good, in fact, that she almost always has a new job lined up before the first one is over:  Vampires, demons, ghouls - you name it, she can track them on Earth or across the divide into "other Earth".  Things seem normal (or as normal as you can get with the above-noted creatures traipsing thru one's life) until Maggie's father (and tracking partner) goes missing, an elf named Killian shows up with a job offer she can't turn down, and things rapidly go from bad to worse with a bunch of out-of-control vampire packs, and magical artifacts that may or may not be the key to fixing these problems.

Fun characters, a zippy plot, and some entertaining vampire and ghoul-slaying make this is a fun read if that…

From the Bookshelf: Assassin's Apprentice

I picked up this first book in the Farseer Trilogy, Assassin's Apprentice, by Robin Hobb, mostly on the recommendation of a friend who had enjoyed this author's other books, but not really knowing much about the book itself.

I really enjoyed this one.  If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you'd probably like this one too.

The young hero, who is the illegitimate son of the heir to the throne is dumped at the gates of the castle, shuffled around, and brought up by the master of the hounds and horse.  The boy (who is known as Boy) through most of the book, has no real identity and is sort of adrift within the intrigues and politics of castle life.  He does have a Skill - he can communicate with the animals he works with - but this Skill (known as Wit) is a slippery slope, which most feel will drag the user down to the level of the animals he can speak with, so he learns to hide his power at a young age.

Boy eventually is singled out by the King, and sent to learn the skills of …

Weekending: July 13, 2014

I am stunned to look up and realize we are almost halfway through July already, which is more than halfway through the year.  Whoosh!  It has gone by so fast!

This was a quiet weekend for me, recuperating from a treatment on Friday, so I took advantage of my slug-like impulses and did a lot of knitting.  (I also read a lot, and I owe you several "bookshelf" posts, but will attempt to get caught up with those this week!).

Last year, D was kind enough to help me with the very long drive from here to the Kid N' Ewe festival in Boerne, Texas (near San Antonio).  He was of great help getting the booth set up and also had some non-knitter feedback which was helpful.  One of his suggestions was a simple, single-skein scarf kit good for beginner knitters, or a quick knit for more experienced folks.  I took that idea and have worked up a single-skein scarf in DK weight BFL, which is really quite fun to knit and zipped along fast enough that I finished up the sample this weekend. …

Weekending: July 6th, 2014

I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July if you are here in the US!

D and I enjoyed our Friday and Saturday off together.  Nothing earth-shattering, but we cooked out on the grill, I made some homemade yogurt, and he went and did a competitive skeet shoot (clay targets) down near ABQ on Saturday.  I got a bunch of things taken care of on Saturday, including getting another pattern draft written, and making good progress on two more Book projects.

Despite the fact that the weather has been sort of teasing us with the promise of rain with lots of clouds most afternoons, it's been sunny and warm in the mornings, so I also got a shawl and a men's sweater blocked, which had been waiting patiently for me to do that.

Are y'all watching the Tour de France this year?  It kicked off yesterday.  I have to admit I'm a wee bit sad that I'm not participating in the Tour de Fleece this year, but spinning definitely has to take a back seat to getting all these sweater knit, …

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Things to Do for Fourth of July

1.  Relax.  First time I've had the holiday off in eons.  We'll be hanging out around the house, sleeping in and enjoying the day!
2.  Cook out.  Perfect day to fire up the grill and make dinner on it!
3.  Make iced tea to sip on all day - nice and cool and great for summertime indoors/outdoors.
4.  Enjoy listening to some music from Boston and/or D.C. from an outdoor concert.
5.  Possibly enjoy the fireworks over Santa Fe and Taos, both of which we can see from our deck.  (Although they are calling for rain and boy we could use it, so I'm actually hoping for rain).
6.  Catch up with family on the phone.
7.  Make a few classics for the grill - like burgers - but I'm thinking also about trying a new dessert recipe since I'm so limited on things I can eat on this new diet and I really miss having something sweet occasionally.
8.  Indulge myself in some uninterrupted reading time on the porch.
9.  Treat ourselves to a few fresh veggies from the garden to spice up dinn…