Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Budding photographer that daughter of mine ~

Warning - no knitting content. It can't all be yarny related, can it?

Over the last two days we've gotten over a foot of snow and little Sam has a love/hate relationship with it. He loves it for about 3 minutes and then he comes running... but S got him to sit for her. I love this picture!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Wow ~ Knitters are hearty bunch....

Did manage to get some knitting done this weekend ~ I knit the cherry garcia neck warmer with the Posh Yarn chunky cashmere from Dee in the color "clubhouse". This little ditty only took about two hours to knit (with cable needle no less!) - super fast and satisfying knit. Sammy even wanted to get in on the modeling - he knows good yarn. But, just for perspective, thought I would give you a shot of a human wearing it....not real comfy with the modeling of hand knits, must bear with me. Also, close-up of the cables, and yes, I do still have an end to tie in.

So my sister-in-law and I went to a yarn sale on Saturday (I would say it was my LYS, but it was 48 miles away, but worth the drive). It wasn't just a regular yarn sale, it was 50% off ALL yarn, but for ONE hour only. To say it was crazy (controlled crazy - knitters are a very nice bunch of people), but crazy nonetheless is an extreme understatement. It was as if people were lined up to see some sort of rock star or something. Noro, don't even think about - gone in like 60 seconds. Manos - pouf, gone.... But I was able to score a few skeins of the Manos cotton. Sock yarn - yeah, right... come back another day. The wait to check out was over 1.5 hours Mary F - if you are reading this, I got a little woolly surprise for you...

Jaywalker sock pattern - I now see what all the fuss is about. What a kicky pattern. Easy to memorize, but not mind numbingly boring. Fondant colorway - Sweet Georgia yarn - size 2 circular needles. Love them. Really wanting to try this with some Yarntini or Vesper... stalking their websites...must...get...some...soon....

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

I could spit ~

I am so excited!

Sock yarn by the bushel is on its way....sKnitches from sweet Sheri at
The Loopy Ewe, Scouts Swag - her new cookie colorway, some self-striping Vesper and Yarntini and, of course, some of Dee's Posh Yarn from the sale a week or so ago.... I will be knitting socks from now 'til the 4th of July.

In order to make room for the new stash that is on it's way I am going to have to hold a destashing sale on eBay. Not that it would free up that much room, but it would ease my yarn buying conscience (you know, easier to justify the purchases that way). Anyway, when I list some, I will post here so you can take a peek and see if I have anything you can't live without.

Has anyone used Lobster Pot Yarns - the Whale of a Skein (lambswool, cashmere, angora blend)? 750 yards! Wow. The colors are so gorgeous you just want to squish them. I was thinking a short sleeve cardigan....

Look what came in the mail yesterday! I know, I am a nerd, but they were so cute I couldn't stand it!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Think I am going to love this blog thing...

Look what came in the mail this week. Good gravy that is a lot of yarn!

Posh Yarn from Dee - the coveted Cover colorway in the Sophia 8 ply and then some some lovely Sophia 8ply cashmere in the Envy colorway. Not sure what it will become, but as soon as I do, you can be sure I will post it. Sweet Georgia Yarn - Speed Demon in super kicky colorway of Fondant, some Claudia Hand Painted in Peony from Sheri at The Loopy Ewe, and lots and lots of Koigu. Also received a really fun skein of sock yarn from Heather at Serenknity, called Breakfast at Tiffany's - I just couldn't resist!

Here is my little Samson patiently humoring me while I take his picture.

In the finished object category, I finished one of my Malabrigo hand warmers (color is Geronimo) - other to be finished today and tomorrow. Then, as I said, on to the socks!

Oh, and here is a picture of my other finished neck warmer in Posh Yarn's Indulge colorway. Knit on size 13 needles, co 50 and just some reverse stockinette thrown in so that it scrunches nicely - easy peasy! Seriously - it is, without a doubt, the softest thing I have ever come in contact with. Do yourself a favor and get some of Dee's chunky cashmere - you will love it.

Thank you for the nice comments and the welcome to blogland that I have received, I am looking forward to getting to know you....

My First Post

I have been a regular lurker on other blogs for over a year now and am finally going to start my own. Perhaps I have something of interest to share, perhaps not.... we will just have to see...

Coming up with a name, that's tough. However, I have been referred to as plucky (among other names). According the Websters Dictionary it means "spirited or brave" - so there you have it.... The Plucky Knitter it is!

Right now I am obsessed with hand warmers and neck warmers (Feather and Fan neck warmer from Knit 2 Together by Mel Clark and Tracey Ullman. I have made six of these - they make fabulous gifts. This one is knit in Jemima Cashmere from Dee at Posh Yarn in the UK - I love Dee's yarn!!! Seriously, if you have not visited Dee you MUST go to her site today! She is having a sale on Sunday and let me tell you, it goes fast and is so worth it).

Then next on the list is socks. I shudder to think how much has been spent on Koigu , Sweet Georgia Yarn, Yarn Pirate sock yarn~ the list goes on) in the last couple weeks. But, that is another story all together....

Then there is all the knitting for babies. I just love the look on the parents face when they see you have put so much care into making something for their new little one... and you just have to love the speed of knitting baby items. Talk about instant gratification! (The sweater shown in the Baby Kimono Sweater from Mason Dixon Knitting and the hat is from Last Minute Knitted gifts - Rowan All Seasons Cotton). Many more hats to come, especially since I just received Itty Bitty Baby Hats by Susan B. Anderson - such fun!