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Snow and a Skein

Snow in NYC

It’s official, we just broke the record for snowiest month in NYC! It’s been an insane snow-driven month and as such it is hard to get pictures lately without snow coming into them one way or another. So I decided to share with you all some pictures that I took walking around different parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan and at different times of day too.

Snow in NYC

Snow in NYC

This is the cutest snow cat ever!
Snow in NYC

Snow in NYC

Although we are getting a little sick of all this snow, I have to say that it does make the city look very pretty! Until you walk into a puddle of slush that is 6″ deep and you find out that your snow boots have sprung a leak just as the wet and cold start seeping in… ugh!

Snow in NYC

On one of these cold days hubby and I had a dinner and a movie date and by total luck found the Shake Shack open! They have our all-time favorite burgers (seriously, the best burgers I have EVER had) and we like to go there pretty often. Usually, though, we go to one of their other locations in the winter as their original location is outdoor and closes for the cold. We were going to go elsewhere when we saw that they decided to put out heat lamps this winter and stay open. Awesome decision because that meant we could have yummy burgers AND stay nice and warm too. 🙂

Snow in NYC

Snow in NYC

Mmmmm, burgers!
Shake Shack burger and fries

It was nice to see that even the huge amount of snow we’ve been getting couldn’t stop us from having a yummy dinner like this. 😀

And on a more knitting-related note, I was the lucky recipient of a skein of Malabrigo Rios in the color Azules from Andrea of Life on Laffer! I’m very excited to have won and can’t wait to make something with it… I’m thinking a hat. And I have one in the works, too, of my own design… so it might be a prototype! 😀

Malabrigo Rios

Yay! Thanks again, Andrea!

Eye Candy

It’s snowing here (again, *sigh*) and amidst all the gray skies and white-snow-turning-to-black-sludge streets, a dose of color and pretty has been needed. In other words, some eye candy! I usually just stare at my yarn cabinet in those moments and soak in the color so I thought I should share some of my latest acquisitions with you dear blog readers in an attempt to bring the pretty to you! Although I’ve been very very good about knitting from stash lately (I’ve seriously learned how to control impulse buying), I’ve had a few additions to the stash in the last couple of months that I’m very proud of. In particular the last few sweater quantities that have crossed my doorstep are quite lovely and definitely worthy of sharing!

First up is a dyer that quite a few of you readers encouraged me to try during the Blogiversary contest: Hedgehog Fibres. And boy oh boy am I glad I did! Take a look at this beauty:

Hedgehog Fibres Blue Faced DK

That’s her new Blue Faced DK base in the color Shamrock and I pretty much gasped when I saw the color and gasped AGAIN when I touched it! Oh so soft and luscious. I cannot wait to knit this one up. Right now it’s destined to become a Parcel (rav link), though I’m withholding final word until I’m ready to knit with it. That being said, I do think it will look just lovely knit up in that sweater!

Madelinetosh Tosh Sport

And this one I’m particularly in love with! It’s Madelinetosh Tosh Sport in Ophelia and it’s just a beauty to look at! Even though it’s extremely variegated, which I don’t usually knit with (though lately they’ve been drawing me in… not sure why!), I just had to buy it when I saw it come up on her Etsy site… and it also has a sweater all lined up for it too! The beautiful Cria (rav link) out of the new Little Red Knits book by Ysolda Teague – which I preordered the minute it became available! Love all those sweater patterns! And Cria should be the perfect sweater for such a variegated color as it’s all stockinette and garter stitch. By the way, if you haven’t tried the Tosh Sport base yet you should… it’s so wonderfully springy and soft and the stitch definition is beautiful. I knit a Bitterroot out of it earlier this year and am looking forward to a sweater made out of it!

Madelinetosh Pashmina

Tosh Lace

Last, but certainly not least, are the skeins above that I bought specifically with a sweater in mind. This is very rare for me, as I usually buy yarn and THEN commit to a pattern (not sure if that’s been the best approach for me, to be honest!), so I was very excited about this one coming in and I believe it will be my very next sweater pattern! It’s the Fred+Ginger Cardigan (rav link) by Laura Chau and I love everything about it… the stockinette stitch, the little lace ruffles (I have such a weakness for ruffles!), the fit, everything! I cannot wait to cast this one on and I think the Tosh Pashmina and Lace in Fjord will just look gorgeous in it.

And although I do have some new single skeins lying here and there (very few, though – I promise I’ve been good!), I think I will save those for another time… probably one when more Eye Candy is needed!

And for an extra dose of Eye Candy, I changed my blog layout and banner today. I love seeing all those trees in color up there! So pretty. 🙂

2010 – A Year in Knits

It is the last day of 2010 and I’m feeling, honestly, a little relieved. Sure, 2010 had some great moments but overall it was a pretty sucky year for hubby and I (not between us, just life getting in the way) and we’re feeling ready to welcome 2011. I for one am hoping that 2011 will be our year so I’m welcoming the new year with open arms. That being said, I did enjoy my 2010 Knit Year. Yes, I took a break for 2 months where I didn’t knit a single thing and that probably set me off target for number of knits I would have liked to do, but that’s okay. I didn’t make as many knits as I did in 2009, but I did make bigger knits than I did then, so perhaps it all evens out in the end.

Before I recap the knitted projects, I should mention that I also had some resolutions to come to term with from the beginning of the year. Of 4 resolutions I accomplished 2. Meh. Not sure if that’s exactly what I was going for, but at least I did do two of the things I was hoping for. As for the other two (more colorwork and learn entrelac), I’m not too sure that I miss not having done them. Sure, I want to start doing more colorwork and entrelac might be fun to learn – though to be honest I’m not as much of a fan of the look at all anymore – but really having knit more sweaters and done 10 shawls in 2010 sounds pretty good to me! 🙂

So what have I finished? The total count came to twenty-four finished projects. Not too shabby, though certainly not as grand as the thirty I did in 2009. But still, I love the knits I made this year, so I’m not going to dwell on this drop in numbers!

Socks – Didn’t make nearly enough of these this year! As a matter of fact, I’m thinking 2011 will be a year of socks for me! I love wearing my knitted socks and when I realized that I have enough only to last me about a week, I knew this is something to be remedied! Particularly because I love knitting them up too. 🙂
Total: 3 pairs (WIPs: 3… all started in 2009 and still hibernating! Ack!)

Sam – made for my stepdad, Bob
Sam Socks - FINISHED

Circle Socks – Possibly my favorite pair of socks ever
Flapper Circle Socks - FINISHED

Dangerous Socks for Boys – also made for my stepdad, Bob, who LOVES knit socks and really appreciates them
Dangerous Socks for Bob - FINISHED

Gloves – I love me some fingerless gloves and will definitely be making myself another pair in the near future!
Total – 2 pairs

Snow on Cedars Mitts
Snow Over Cedars Mitts - FINISHED

Dyade Mitts – Present for Carla
Dyade Mitts - FINISHED

Shawls – Finished my goal of 10 shawls in 2010! Yes, I was aiming for 20 at one point but quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen and am more than happy with the 10 I did make!
Total – 10

Theory Shawlette
Theory Shawlette - FINISHED

Hamamelis
Hamamelis Shawl - FINISHED

Cedar Leaf Shawlette – Present for my sister
Cedar Leaf Shawlette - FINISHED

Wast Side Shawl
Wast Side Shawl - FINISHED

Arabella Shawl
Arabella Shawl - FINISHED

Bitterroot – Present for Deana
Bitterroot - FINISHED

Herbivore
Herbivore Shawl - FINISHED

Children of Lir Shawl – Present for Flavia
Children of Lir Shawl - FINISHED

Folha Luz I – My first design!
Folha Luz - FINISHED

Folha Luz II – Second prototype
Folha Luz - FINISHED

Cowls – Just one for a friend. I’m not a fan of cowls, to be honest, as I don’t think they really work at keeping you warm! But as this friend lives in California where you don’t have to kept warm, I thought it was a fitting gift.
Total – 1

Dyade Cowl
Dyade cowl - Finished

Hats – I made a ton of hats at the end of the year as Christmas gifts… always a quick gift to make!
Total – 4 (WIPs: 1, cast on in 2009)

Windschief – for Andrei
Windschief - FINISHED

Crooked Paths – for Deana
Crooked Paths Hat - FINISHED

Turn a Square – for Sebastian (who is wearing it in the second picture)
Turn a Square Hat - FINISHED

Turn a Square Hat

Sofie’s Slouch – for my sister
Flavia's Slouch - FINISHED

Sweaters – Actually what I concentrated on for 2010, and I was pretty successful in the end, IMO! I did many different kinds of sweaters – top down, bottom up, seamed, seamless – and learned many different techniques while doing them. And although I had one failure (a sweater that I made way way too big!), I did have many successes, so I’m pretty pleased in the end with this line up. 🙂
Total – 4 (WIPs: 1 – and almost finished too!)

Swing – First sweater where I had to do lots of math-fu to change things to my gauge. Love love love the outcome!
Swing Cardigan - FINISHED

Celtic Cathedral Cardigan – Turned out ENORMOUS on me and definitely not one I wear. Sad, because I do like the sweater, it just isn’t wearable. I’m thinking about giving this one to someone else so it will be worn!
Celtic Cardigan Test Knit - FINISHED

Sunniva – Wear this one ALL THE TIME! My favorite sweater by far!
Sunniva - FINISHED

Sugar Bear Hooded Cardigan – Made for Tudor – definitely a success!
Sugar Bear Hoodie

And I must share a picture of my WIP Effortless Cardigan because I am SO close to being done – just the bands left! – and I cast on for it on Dec. 26!! It’s been such a quick and satisfying knit. 🙂

Effortless Cardigan - WIP

I’m really looking forward to the next year in knits and am excited about sharing that journey with you, my dear blog readers! One thing I did really love about 2010 is finding a lot of new knitting blogs to read and keeping up with knitting blogs that I had already been reading. Here’s to another year of knitting blogs!

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and I’ll see you next year! 😉

Blogiversary Giveaway Winners and a Pattern

Although I emailed the winners of the blogiversary giveaway right after the contest was over, Thanksgiving preparations caught up with me and I was never able to post about them here! I’m very excited to announce the ten people who have gorgeous yarn heading their way as I type. 🙂

1st – Joan – Gaia’s Colours Thalassa Seasilk in Korrigan
2nd – Fridica – Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Thyme
3rd – Vonda – The Plucky Knitter 100% Merino Fingering in Indiscreet
4th – Sokike – Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock in Rocky Top
5th – Jackie – Wollmeise 100% Sockenwolle in Fliederbusch
6th – Lilie – Sknitches Syncopation in Planetarium
7th – Mooncalf – Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock in Pond Scum
8th – Beautyredefined – Sereknity Yarn Perfect Sock in Macintosh
9th – Claire – Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Baltic
10th – Nanajudy – Mackintosh Yarns Celtic Sock in Papaya

Congrats yet again to all the winners! 😀

I’ve been totally busy lately with knitting up Christmas gifts, which I sadly can’t show you as most of the recipients read this blog! But there is one thing I can show you… an upcoming pattern of my own design!

Folha Luz - FINISHED

I decided to enter the Fiberphile Design Contest because I’ve always wanted to try my hand at designing something and figured this was the best time to try! After a TON of work with amazing test knitters who helped me out a lot, I am almost ready to publish! Probably by tomorrow or the day after, so stay tuned and I will share more details with you very soon. For now I’ll leave you with another picture of the new shawlette, Folha Luz.

Folha Luz - FINISHED

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