Monthly Archives: October 2010

Happy Hallowe’en!

Halloween 2010

I’ve always loved Halloween… all the kids trick or treating, the pumpkins, the candy, the costumes, the general sense of spookiness with a dose of fun mixed in. It’s a great holiday for sure, though for now we don’t really do much for it (we are looking forward to really getting into the spirit of it when we have kids… it’s the perfect kid holiday!) except watch scary movies and take the pups on a walk right as the sun is setting to see all the trick or treaters walking around!

Halloween 2010

Halloween 2010

Halloween 2010

We ran into the Park Slope Halloween Parade and stopped to watch. There were some awesome costumes!

Halloween 2010

Halloween 2010

Halloween 2010

These robots were so cool… there were little kids in them!

Halloween 2010

Halloween 2010

Love the movement in this one!

Halloween 2010

And then it was time to go home…

Halloween 2010

The pups really weren’t in the mood to sit and watch the parade anymore anyway… I think they were ready to cuddle on the couch and watch some zombies eat people. Which is exactly what we did!

How was your Halloween night? Hope it was plenty spooky with some sweet candy and fun times mixed in! 😀

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Sweater in progress

Sunniva - WIP

I am so excited about knitting up this pattern that I’m currently test knitting for Kristen of Knitting Kninja Designs. I’ve test knit for Kristen before and have always loved her patterns (Clothilde was one of the first shawl patterns I knit) and I’ve been waiting and waiting for her to finish up her new pattern Sunniva (I’m making the pattern in 3/4 length sleeves, which is one of the options she gives) so I could test knit it for her! And then I promptly hurt my thumb and wasn’t able to cast on until October 8th. But as soon as it was on the needles, I fell in love with the pattern even more and couldn’t put it down for long. I haven’t worked on anything else since! It’s my first time knitting a sweater top down and I’m really enjoying it! Although I don’t think it’s quite converted me to top-down knitting ONLY, it’s definitely made me want to make some more sweaters top down as well!

Sunniva - WIP

That picture was taken the day after Rhinebeck (where I bought the buttons you see above for it!) and since then I’ve actually finished the body in its entirety. It looks SO awesome, especially in the Wollmeise, that I can’t wait to finish the sleeves! I hope that it will be very very soon so I can show it to you guys and to the world as I plan on wearing this one a ton! 😀

Sunniva - WIP

Back to socks… soon!

Twisted Flower Socks - FINISHED

I’ve realized over the knitting years that I have phases in my knitting. At the moment I’m between a pretty intense shawl phase and the beginning of a sweater phase, though to be truthful I don’t think I can go through an all-sweater phase, as that just might be too much for me! But if you had asked me a bit more than a year ago what my thing of the moment was, I’d definitely have answered socks!

Glynis Socks - FINISHED!

From the moment I began knitting socks I was in love with the process (so quick and portable and fun!) as well as the end product (socks that fit and are comfy and warm!). So although I’ve been on a lull from sock knitting, they’re always in the back of my mind and I will most definitely be knitting some pairs for Christmas this year (I’m scared of the fact that Christmas is exactly 2 months away and I haven’t even started my knitting list yet… eek!) and will start knitting them again soon.

Devon Socks - FINISHED

With that in mind, I was so excited when I opened my email this morning to an announcement from my all-time favorite sock designer, Cookie A! Her new sock book, Knit. Sock. Love., came out today on PDF (which of course I already bought and downloaded)! It was like the world was telling me it’s time to pick up those sock needles again and get the next pair off the needles! And amazingly enough I have a Cookie A sock on the needles that I haven’t picked up in basically exactly a year… and they are the perfect color for fall and so pretty don’t you think?

Vilai Socks - WIP

I will be finishing these as soon as I get my current sweater done and then move on to cast on a sock from her new book! I’ve always wanted to knit Lissajous, but I think I might be casting on Wedge first. I just love how awesome they look!

Anyone else as crazy about socks as me? What knitting phases are you going through? Or do you not have phases of knitting? Do share! 🙂

Rhinebeck 2010

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival 2010

This being my second year going to the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck I was a heck of a lot more subdued in my purchases than the ginormous amount of yarn that I purchased last year. That being said, I still had a great time this year! It was just as beautiful this year as last year (though a LOT less cold than last year, thankfully) and it was great being there!

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival 2010

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival 2010

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival 2010

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival 2010

These awesome weird looking balls are filled with fiber that birds can use to build their nests! They are colorful so you can spot them once the nests are built. Pretty cool and they look awesome too. 🙂

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival 2010

And of course we got to see cute sheep, alpaca and llamas while there!

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival 2010

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival 2010

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival 2010

This one was sniffing this lady’s purse… I wonder what she had in it, LOL!

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival 2010

Oh and we can’t forget the cute Angora bunnies!

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival 2010

After taking in the festival and buying some yarn, my mom and I made our way to the Rav party. It was pretty cool and I got to see some other Rav friends that I hadn’t made plans to meet up with originally. I did get to see Elizabeth (mirepoixmagique on Rav) and her new adorable baby Daphnée earlier and that was pretty awesome as I love Elizabeth, of course! 🙂 I didn’t get any pictures at all with her, however, and I only realized that later! 😦 I did get some shots of the Rav party of random Ravelers, though!

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival 2010

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival 2010

My mom and I then went back on Sunday and got some more stuff before heading home. I really didn’t purchase much at all as I mentioned before, but I’m really happy with what I got! Two different buttons:

Button purchases

Button purchases

A sweater quantity of a 50/50 merino/silk blend DK weight from Brooks Farm. This one I’m specially excited about as I’ve always wanted to get a sweater quantity of this type of blend but since it’s so expensive I’ve yet to do it. But I got a pretty good deal on it so yay!

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And what do you know? The buttons I bought go PERFECTLY with this color! And I swear I did NOT do this on purpose!

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The other buttons I got were bought with a specific project in mind that I have OTN at the moment… and will blog more about next time, but for now here’s a sneak peek… are those buttons awesome with it or what??? YAY!

Sunniva - WIP

And my last purchase (didn’t I say I didn’t get that much? You didn’t believe me did you? ha!) is something I’ve wanted to try for a LONG time but didn’t have the nerve to do it… I got a set of Tsarina Tsocks! This one is for The Nine Tailors (rav link) and they are gorgeous socks! I can’t wait to start them, though I’m also a bit scared… we’ll see how hard it actually is!

Tsarina Tsock kit - The Nine Tailors

And last, but not least, the Rav party goodie bag that I got!

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival 2010

It is filled with coupons and fliers and pins. Every one got a different pattern booklet so I’m REALLY excited that I got Norah Gaughan volume 7 as I’ve wanted to get it for myself and now I don’t have to. 😀

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival 2010

All in all it was a very fun trip and I’m definitely excited about going yet again next year!

Knitting Content at Last!

Yes, that’s right, I finally have a knitting related post! And not only that, but a knitting related post about a beautiful shawl that I was lucky enough to test knit and do the photo shoot for!

Children of Lir Shawl - FINISHED

This is the Children of Lir shawl by Megan Bayonet of from Fuzz to Finish designs (megweaver on Ravelry). It’s a square-ish shawl (I say square-ish because one side turned out 48.5″ and the other 40.5″ so not exactly square) with beautiful motifs using lace weight yarn.

Children of Lir Shawl - FINISHED

Children of Lir Shawl - FINISHED

I won’t lie to you and say it’s an easy pattern – it’s definitely not for the faint of heart! – but the results are stunning and it looks beautiful on!

Children of Lir Shawl - FINISHED

Children of Lir Shawl - FINISHED

My sister loved it so much that I decided to give it to her (aren’t I a nice sister?) and she has already worn it multiple times in the last few days she’s had it. And received compliments on it as well! People keep asking her where she bought it. 😉 We had a great time at the shoot, if you can’t tell!

Children of Lir Shawl - FINISHED

Children of Lir Shawl - FINISHED

Children of Lir Shawl - FINISHED

This one took me months to finish, but really mostly because we moved right when I was in the middle of a really tough part and picking it up for small periods of time here and there seemed impossible. Then I hurt my thumb and wasn’t able to knit on it until a few weeks ago when I picked it up again. I hadn’t touched it at all since June 30 prior to that point! But I’m really glad to have been able to finish it as it just looks lovely, no?

Children of Lir Shawl - FINISHED

Pattern – Children of Lir Shawl by Megan Bayonet (project link)
Yarn – KnitPicks Gloss Lace in Lilac (rav link | buy online – given to me by designer)
Needle – US5 (3.75mm)
Cast on – April 28, 2010
Cast off – October 5, 2010
Modifications – None

The pattern is due to come out soon… I will of course let you all know when it’s available in case you want to knit it up! 🙂

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