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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Yarn Along: alpacas, Berets and France study


Forget diamonds and pearls, my man takes me to an Alpaca festival for my birthday (smile)  and buys me lovely wool to add to the stash.  

Joining in the Yarn Along to show what's on the Reading and Knitting front.
Alpaca that stole my heart at the Alpaca Festival. He is so dorky cute that I wanted to  smooch his face.  

This one was silly and full of personality!

These are some of the Alpaca that the wool (pics below) came from

hubs and daughter look on

Willow girl was having a blast!

this sweet lady, the owner, was giving me a spinning demonstration.  Since I now own sheep, and I dye wool, don't you agree the next step would be spinning? I agree!  :)

we broke out the Gnome Hats that I knitted last year for the boys

The pattern was loosely followed but it turned out just perfect for my perfect boys (giggle)

I double stranded to make it go quicker and to be warmer

Willow the hat thief

Cai and Willow

OFF THE NEEDLES:
We are studying France in our Geography studies (Expedition Earth link here) and I need to knit a beret (for me!) using that sweet Alpaca wool that hubs bought for my birthday from the Alpaca festival.  I figured I would use for France Study Day and then wear it all winter long.  It's a slouchy hat and I loved the pattern.  I stayed up late one night, very late, and I was distracted by a million things and don't you know?  I missed a few repeats and that darn thing didn't "slouch" on me!  It really slouched on Willow Psalm though and so she was a happy recipient.  Poop!  I need to start another one for me.  That wasn't in the plan but the wool is soooo soft that I don't think I'll mind passing my fingers through it for another evening or 2.  Paying attention this time, for sure. :) I also made another hat with it for a dear friend that is expecting her baby girl soon.  OH!  I double stranded with the wool that I dyed (Easter Eggs is the name of it and it is a Merino Fingering weight yarn)
Sweet girl modeling it for me

I love the way the back looks


I love the  slouch, too!

baby boy wanted to model it. he did a fine job.

ready for the France study! We met up with some friends for the co-op and even though Scottie Dogs aren't exactly French (ish) but close enough to go with our study (note shirt)

a friend crocheted the white beret for Cai Ocean and I had the gray beret here from a friend that forgot to take it home, oh, about 5 years ago...voila!  Berets for the whole crew!

silly sweethearts!

the front

the back

the side





a friend gave this to me in a bag of hand me downs and I love it and wanted to share its cuteness.  It looks like a berry!
I finished the Longies for Willow (read that post here) from the Man Of Constant Sorrow (link here).  I have named them Woodland Longies.  They are warm and thick and just right for our walk in the woods (every day the past 2 weeks) Post coming soon.

the newborn hat using Alpaca and "Easter Eggs" dyed Merino for my friend's new baby (soon!)

the newborn and the too small-for-me slouch beret
turned out so pretty.  I'm really tickled
ON THE NIGHTSTAND:

Jeffery Deaver XO is GREAT.  It has a ton of twists and turns and I found myself zooming through it .  Typical Crime Murder mystery and sort of light but I enjoyed it.  A lot.
The 2nd book is for the boy's book club this month and it is just plain ole awesome!!!  "Leave it to Pet!" volume one. (LINK HERE)  I totally recommend this selection for kids ages from 5-13 probably. My boys laugh like someone tickled them and beg for more chapters.  One of my sons is not really into reading just yet but he begs to "read us" just one more chapter.  So awesome!  It is a bit different, as it is printed from back to front, right to left, to keep the Japanese artwork in tact.  That was different, hard to get used to for only a chapter, and very interesting. Highly recommended!

JUST FOR FUN:

I just wanted to share this shot. My oldest son took it of a dear Praying Mantis that was visiting us and making my middle boys laugh with delight.  This picture is so awesome and makes me smile.  We hatched cocoons (LINK HERE)  in the Spring and we are wondering if this is one of them.

Can't wait to see what you all are reading and yarning.  To read what others are doing, go to Ginny's Yarn Along and be inspired!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Yarn Along: Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone

Joining in with Ginny at Small Things of the Yarn Along. ~ "Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other peop
le are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~"
**I'm sorry for linking multiple times, I was working on my mobile device and it went whacko and I couldn't get it to erase the first link up! **



**First, I need your help! About 2 Yarn Alongs ago, someone posted a link to a beautiful toddler cardigan that they made for their daughter. It was rainbow colored and lovely.  I remember it had a link to a pattern.  I cannot find it for the life of me, so if this was you or you remember it, please let me know?  I would love to make that for my Wee Girl. Thanks!**

Off the needles and STILL on the baby girl:

Willow is still wearing her Kimono (pattern HERE Longies that I made for her months ago  (read more about those HERE) despite the  growth spurt and despite the fact that she tries to take every.single.article.of.clothing.off.and be.naked.all.of.the.time.even.in.public! ha!
OUT OF THE DYE BATH:
Since I keep naming my dyed wool after song titles (Man of Constant Sorrow HERE, Purple Rain, etc) , I decided that these 2 should follow suit.
I dyed some more wool this week, Merino Superwash Fingering Weight, luscious and lovely 

I did 2 560 yard skeins

  The one on the left is called "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone" and the one on the right is "Sunshine" (smile!)

OFF THE NEEDLES:

Using my hand dyed yarn Man of Constant Sorrow   I knitted my sweet (YO) girlfriend, who is expecting her sweet baby at the end of the month, a newborn hat.  It looks HUGE here but trust me, it is teeny.  I double stranded with some brown Fisherman's Wool for this hat.  I planned on making her a pair of longies to match but I messed up on the gauge, and instead (following pic) ended up with a pair for my sweet Willow instead.  I hope to still make her longies if I have enough Merino left over :)
Willow's longies.  Just a bit more on the leg and then the end is in sight!  So warm and toasty for this wonderful cool fall here in the Ville

ON THE NIGHT STAND:
I received this awesome book from my Mama for my birthday last week!  I love every single itty bitty inch of this book!! My soon to be project will be a "fern" sweater for Willow. YOW! I am excited!!!!!

this book captured me from the jump (midwife in training that I am ) and I loved each and every twist and turn and I highly recommend it!
sweet girl ready for the Farmers' Market.  She is donning her new hat made by my sweet friend Kerri
IN THE BARN AND WOOL:
MY SWEET GIRLS!

Zarian loving on Lumi Girl


we made a wool sunshine and ocean out of roving

we added hot water and soap and Cai had a fun time making it felt down into a picture

it kept him busy while I worked on math with my middle son.  tactile boy that he is :)

rub rub rub, turn that roving into felt!

that same sweet pink hat friend made me these awesome crochet lovelies!  I can't crochet so this is amazing to me.  a phone cover and a scrubby!  yay!
and an Alpaca hat for the 10 year old birthday boy
PRETTY THINGS:
and I mentioned that I had a birthday?  well, yes, I received this super awesome Orchid and I wanted to share the pics with you.  This bad beauty amazes me!  Each and every blossom is shaped like an angel!  No joke!

can you see the wings and the body and the head??!!
body, wings and head, in such a divine color combination!
I am so gracious for this flower!
I can't wait to see what you have been reading and yarning!