How I Do Love to Knit

I’ve been busy with a lot of yarny things lately and haven’t had a chance to share them with you yet! Before I do that though, I must share this stunning tree with you.

This park is just over a mile from my house. It’s beautiful in the fall!

The color of this tree caught my eye every time I went by. Anywho, on to the yarn!
I’ve had my arm warmers done for some period of time now and just haven’t posted about them. They’ve already been used many many times on the cold, dark mornings when I don’t want to wear a coat. They keep me warm until the sun comes up and then I stuff them in my purse until the next morning! Perfect!

I also had a chance to work up that super woolly Malabrigo Rasta I bought at the Wool Gathering.

My first mobius.

Have you ever made a mobius anything before? Super weird! I suggest giving it a try at the very least. If I managed, anyone can do it. Youtube tutorials are a wonderful tool 😉 This cowl is very thick and snuggly; I look forward to wearing it this winter!

Something new also happened to me this past week. I had my first booth in a craft fair! I had a lot of fun talking to the other people there, seeing the other booths, and selling my wares. Nothing big, but still a nice experience.

My table

My delightful mother and sister came to keep my company throughout the day and to help with my table whenever I stepped away. Sara (my sis) helped me with something special while she was there.

She was wearing one of my scarves since the room was a bit chilly.

This multi-colored yarn was part of a wonderful package I received from Lucy at In the Sky. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to make with it, but I’ll figure out something. Along with the homespun came some adorable little wooden buttons and some very nice embroidery scissors! Thanks so much Lucy!

There were more buttons but I just grabbed a few for the photo. The scissors are freakishly sharp!

Now that the craft show is over and I can take a break from making up stuff to sell, I can go back to making fun little things for myself again. I’m still trying to de-stash a bit though…There are several balls of leftover wool sitting on a shelf in my living room that need worked through. I am excited to say I’m finally making something from my birthday book! The Little Book of Knitted Monsters is finally in my yarn bag 🙂

Don’t worry, I have other tiny balls of this yarn for when this one runs out!

I have started the body and I’m curious to see how my first monster turns out! I need to find some little eyes for he/she when my project is complete.

Ok, now that I’ve got all of my projects out there I can relax! I’ve been wanting to share them with you for a while. It’s getting harder to get good pictures due to the lighting in my dark little house. It’s that time of year when the sunlight is disappearing faster and faster as winter draws near! You can see how the change is affecting my poor Mina cat.

Face plant!

She is a very sleepy Mew once the sun starts to set. I do love having her around when I get home in the evenings. Bryon is normally in bed when I get home since he works night shift. She keeps me company 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! See you all next time.

~Lacey & a sleepy Mina

 

 

 

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Knitting Cramp

Hellu Everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying the last week here in August. I realized that I missed a couple of things in my last post. Firstly, I missed my blog anniversary! I have officially been blogging for a year now! I have to say it’s hard to believe. A big thanks to those of you who have been with me since I started! I was also awarded The Beautiful Blogger Award by Karen at The Sweaty Knitter. She posts some of the most fascinating historical tidbits about fiber crafts and shares about her charming Norwegian heritage. You never know what you’ll learn when you stop in for a visit! Thank you Karen for your nomination!

In the course of the past year, many things have happened in my life. My beloved cat Mina has developed a taste for fabric.

A pair of my pajama pants is the latest victim. We are now up to 3 tank tops, 2 bras, 2 shirts, a dress, and the pants.

I have made friends living far from me ranging from the edges of my own country  (ie: Florida & California) to other countries all together (ie: England & New Zealand)! It is wonderful to get to know people who live in other parts in the world, hearing about their lives and local cultures. If only we could meet in person for a cuppa to knit and share stories!

I started doing yoga. I’ll admit I don’t do it as often as I should, but I thoroughly enjoy every session! My joints don’t enjoy impact exercises like jogging, but my muscles sure do love a good stretch. A yoga session seems to work well for my over-active brain as well. Any one else out there a yoga lover?

Our local studio.

And I learned to knit! My fiber world has grown exponentially now that I know how to knit. You all remember my very first knit project in my second post? A sad, wonky washcloth. I’ve since knit several things and here’s the updated picture of my very first sock!

I got my first knitting cramp this past weekend turning the heel on that crazy thing. I will say once and for all, wool is certainly my favorite thing to knit with. This sock yarn is a microfiber material and there is very little give to it, hence the tension. I’ll admit that I spent so many hours working on this over the weekend that I simply had to say, “No more knitting.” I took a break from my sock, decided to leave my arm warmer in the bag, and start a crochet project! I told Cassie I would make her a hat like the one I made Sara Lynn last winter and she could choose the colors. This was the perfect time to begin her hat.

Ahh. Soft, squishy worsted weight yarn, my default crochet hook, and swift, simple crochet movements. I do love crochet 🙂 The fact that I love this yarn brand and I love this pattern also help!

I truly believe in the healing powers of switching projects periodically. My sock may sit for a while longer, but as soon as this hat is done I’m sure my arm warmer won’t be too far behind! The yarn for that project is much nicer to work with while knitting. The more I knit, the more I understand yarn snobbery. Synthetics tend to cause tension and cramps! Crochet doesn’t seem to be as bad. Any one else have those kinds of revelations or am I just overly sensitive to silly things?

I wish you all a wonderful week and I will see you in September!

~Lacey & Mina

Hats and Happy Surprises

I’m stopping by to do a post this evening because I have to share a little happy news with you! That and I might have to work on Monday (I normally don’t) and I don’t know if I’ll have time then to do my standard weekly post.

I have been busy, working away on those little hats for Lucy and her Project Rainbows. Mina had to help too of course.

Silly Mew. I now have 5 hats in each color and I’m wondering if I should make a few more before shipping them out. Suggestions? Is 15 good or how many is appropriate for a donation?

My happy little surprise came to me yesterday, or rather I stumbled into it. I park around the back of my house by a chain-link fence that separates my yard from my neighbor’s. I rarely pay much attention to all of the growth that weaves in and out of the fence. There are countless plants that grow wild around it, including my lovely hollyhock and lilac bushes. I noticed some pretty red berries growing along one side and went to investigate. As I got closer, I thought I saw something growing against the fence. “Surely not, ” I thought, but I pulled back the vines and what did I see?

GRAPES!!! Growing in my backyard of their own accord! I simply could not believe the odds or my luck.

See the little red berries that originally caught my eye?

Lots of pretty little clusters growing all over! I checked with my neighbors since we share the fence. It seems as though they planted them there about 30 years ago and got tired of them about 15 years ago. They thought they had eliminated all of the plants. It seems that over the years some of the root remnants have come back and grown up amidst the other plants unnoticed. I recently heard that this summer was ideal for grapes in this region due to the crazy heat and dryness, so that must’ve been what caused the fruit to finally pop out! Our neighbors said I could do whatever I wanted with whatever grew and I am so very excited! I have never done any kind of canning or preserving in my life but I have wanted to for years. This is my chance to learn 🙂 When those purple beauties are ripe in a few weeks, I am making some grape jelly! I had rather a bum week this past week and this surprise was just what I needed to help cheer me up.

I hope your weekends have a happy surprise for each of you! God Bless!

~Lacey & Mina

 

Wrapping up Summer

Sorry I missed you all last week, but as my title suggests I have been busy wrapping up summertime. The school year begins this week for some and next week for most others. The time for summer fun is  coming to a close and my non-work days have been busy with things such as Family Fun Day with our church, nights as the drive-in theater while it’s still open, and bonfires with our youth group since they won’t have as much free time with school in session.

Our Family Fun Day is like a small carnival we put on for the community every summer, everything is free. We rent big inflatables for the kids: a giant slide, an obstacle course, a gladiator arena, and something called a bungee run.

Here is the gladiator arena. New and very popular this year! The two players stand on pedestals and try to know each other off.

Food is also available to everyone: hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones. I worked the popcorn stand for a while and seeing as it was already a 90 degree day, it got quite warm when the popcorn cooked! Luckily I was next to the snow cone machine so that helped to balance things out a bit when I didn’t have to man the popcorn.

Donna and Keith always man the grill for the hot dogs. Kudos to them for bearing the intense heat of day along with the heat radiating off of the grill. This is the delightful couple who housed Bryon and I when I power was out for that week in July due to storms.

Due to the heat, we always ask the local firestation to stop by for a short span of time to hose down anyone wanting the relief of water. It’s always a big hit for the kids to have the big firetruck come in.

The last of the kids cooling off. Many others had already run off to give wet, squishy hugs to their parents.

It’s always a great time 🙂 Another summer favorite is going to the drive-in. When Bryon and I dated, we went nearly every weekend. We didn’t get to go at all last summer and it was very depressing. This year we were determined to go and we couldn’t have picked a better night to go. The weather was absolutely perfect and we got there early enough that we had a fairly good parking spot. There aren’t many drive-ins left in Ohio so we are very fortunate to have one in our hometown! Two movies show back to back and it’s only $7 for an adult ticket.

Waiting for the sky to darken enough for the movie to start.

We went to the drive-in also as sort celebration for us. Sunday August 5 was an exact 5 year anniversary for the Sunday morning I first met the man I would marry. Who knew?

The bonfire we went to was at the same house as always, so I got to see Eric’s laying chickens again. Remember that little spotty hen I told you all about? Well, it has grown into a massive rooster! Surprise! I forgot to get a picture for you, but I will get one. He’s really quite impressive.

I had some quiet time by the fire where I was able to work on my WIPs, which have been coming along nicely! I’ve got a steadily growing pile of preemie hats for Lucy, I met all the goals I mentioned in my last post so my first glove is done and the second one is comng along nicely, and I have started my sock. I have been reminded that if I sit down and truly dedicate that time to knitting something in particular, things work up rather quickly. My second glove is already more than halfway done.

And my sock is waiting for me to start the heel.

I prefer shorter socks.

I’m excited to see how the sock turns out! Mina has returned to sleeping either on my lap or curled up next to me as I knit.

Don’t you just want to rub her fuzzy belly?

She really is a great little companion while I knit and Bryon sleeps (he’s still working the night shift). I hope you all have a wonderful week and hopefully I won’t miss next Monday’s post! Thank you all for stopping by to visit us 🙂

~Lacey and an ever sleepy Mina cat

The Week of Ruffly Scarves

Hello Bloggy Friends!

I hope you all have had a lovely week. From reading many of your blogs it sounds as though many of you have just returned from vacations (for which I am exceedingly jealous) and many are enjoying the beginnings of the Olympics. My week hasn’t been nearly as exciting as all of that, but it has been a good one! We got a new receptionist in our office and she seems really nice. I’ll admit it’s interesting to train and be responsible for someone more than twice my age. It’s exciting to finally have some one in there to help me out 🙂

We also got some more rain this past week. Hurrah! It was another huge storm, but not quite as damaging as the one we had the first week in July. It rained more steadily for a longer period of time (still only an hour) after the first few minutes of insane wind and torrential downpour. The ground simply drank up all of the water faster than I would have thought possible. After the rain stopped the clouds had the most fascinating cloud formations. I love looking at clouds!

In relation to the title of this post, I have been a busy knitter this past week. I didn’t get to start my socks as I had anticipated; I got onto a bit of a ruffle scarf jag. I started the first one last Monday or so. You can see it in my last post. I finished that one after a period of time and I figured that I would whip up the other two fairly fast. I love to feel like I’m working my way through some of my stash, particularly when it’s relatively quick projects for my craft sale!

Scarf 1

Scarf 2

Scarf 3

Which one do you like? I love all of the colors in 2 but being such a big fan of autumn has me pondering 3. I think I might keep one for myself! You can’t really tell by looking at the scarf, but the yarn for scarf 2 is actually in a dark rainbow pattern. I’m nearly done with that third scarf, and that will be the end of my ruffle yarn. Then I can get on with my other knitting! I have worked a bit on my long-lost diamond mitt the past week and it will be done this next week. I officially set those yarn goals for the next week: finish ruffle scarf 3, finish diamond mitt 1, start diamond mitt 2 and start my first Lacey sized sock!

May your next week bring you peace of the sort that Mina exudes when curled up in her sunbeams!

~Lacey & Mina

 

Normal Life Has Resumed

Hello To You All!

Ah. My fridge is restocked, my house is clean, laundry is caught up on, and the storm is a far away memory. We’ve gotten a little bit of steady rain and the temperatures have dropped down a little to a more bearable level. In response, my hollyhock bushes have bloomed 🙂

I think the purple ones are my favorites.

When my sister and I were little, our mom taught us how to make little “dolls” out of the flowers and buds of hollyhock bushes. Every time I see those lovely flowers I think of her.

I did manage to get an impressive sunburn when out enjoying the weather. The swim suit lines are still quite distinct. Ouch!

Needless to say I’ll be glad when that mess has healed. One more result of the weather has been an interesting visitor that somehow managed its way into my house. Mina discovered this guy trying to crawl up through the grate into the house from the cellar.

I have NEVER seen a slug that big or with that kind of design around here before. It was a good 5 inches long at least from nose to tail. Buh!

Ok, enough of the weather. Yarn! Oh how I love my knitty escapes ^_^ During the bout living with Donna and Keith, I started a new project with the ball of yarn left over from the sequin scarf. I didn’t have much time to work on it when we returned home, but now that things have gone back to normal I’ve been able to work on it again.

I decided to try a cowl  and I’m liking it so far. It has a high enough wool content I’m going to try to give it a good blocking when it’s done to give it a better drape. I messed up the pattern a bit and my stitch pattern is going straight up and down instead of at a diagonal, but oh well! For my first cowl I’m content with it.

I’ve also started something new! My friend Lucy over at In The Sky has started a charity project collecting hats for premature babies to donate to the local hospital. Not only was it a great idea, I realized that almost all of my friends were born premature! I started my own little collection of preemie caps to send to her and her generous cause.

I have a bunch of “baby yarn” stashed away in a few different colors and this was the perfect opportunity to do something. They take only 10-15 minutes to whip up via crochet so I imagine my tiny pile will grow quickly and soon!

Despite my claim to be on a yarn diet, I couldn’t resist a couple of purchases when I earned a little extra money helping one of my friends clean this past week and I also received a mailer from Jo-Ann’s containing a ton of 50% off coupons. Can you blame me?

I’ve been wanting to buy some more of this ruffle yarn to create more scarves to sell! Not to mention I want to have a few more color options for Donna. The same dear lady that housed me for a while was the same one who suggested these scarves to me. When I made my first one, she absolutely adored it. I decided that once I had a few more colors I would give her whichever one she wanted. They work up relatively quickly so I hope I can give her one here soon.

I’ve also decided on what yarn I want to use when I start my socks. I’ve got such a bad case of startitis!


I’m going to finish my cowl before I start the socks or I’ll lose track of everything I’m trying to do. I’ve also been watching a couple of videos about how to do cabling. I’m so excited to give it a go! It looks much easier than I anticipated and I’ll be able to scratch another goal off of my list for this year 🙂 I’m waiting to start a cable project as well. I’m hoping it won’t have to wait too long!

I hope you all have a wonderful week full of achievement and happiness. Follow Mina’s example and keep cool and relax!

~Lacey & Mina

MY ELECTRICITY IS BACK!! HUZZAH!!

I hope you’ll pardon my long post. I must tell my story of the past few days on top of my now seemingly unimportant yarn accomplishment.

As I mentioned, my part of the county experienced a ridiculously harsh storm last Friday, June 29. I’ve seen some notable storms around here where flooding has occurred and I’ve seen the occasional tree down, but this has been the most damaging storm I’ve seen. It was like we had our own mini version of hurricane Debby up here in Ohio! The ride home from work was delayed due to the severity of the wind and rain. There were countless substantial limbs and/or whole trees were down by the time I arrived at home; I stopped counting once I hit fifty. My own street (one of the busiest streets in my city) looked like it had been torn to bits. My own house had major branches weighing down the power lines, but I doubt that was the only reason my electricity was out. The whole city was out of power! Ours was out for a 6 days, roughly 143 hours. Needless to say, food kept in refrigerators was all spoiled and everyone was trying desperately to keep themselves cool as we have been in the midst of an intense heat wave (95-105 degrees Fahrenheit).

My poor power lines being weighed down by that big old branch.

Debris was everywhere, power lines were flung willy-nilly, and homes and cars alike were the victims of fallen trees.  A whole tree tore up the sidewalk in front of my neighbor’s house and landed on their car and blocked the street.

A bulldozer eventually came to lift the tree off the poor car.

God bless Donna and Keith from our church as they housed Bryon and me while we waited for power to return to our house. Their little farm was quite homey! I got to spend some time petting the velvet noses of their horses.

Meet Remington & Montana!

The barn cats were always following us around.

The snuggly Domino

The ever fluffy Tiggy

And the lake was full of fish (and pond weed) to catch.

Can you see the little fish amidst the pond weed?

Bryon spent some time helping Keith clean up the storm mess around the property while I helped Donna around the house and in the kitchen. We enjoyed some fresh green beans from their garden as well as some of their yummy black berries!

Ok, I had to share that. Now for the much anticipated bit of yarny business! For those of you who have been following me for awhile know I made a list of goals for the year. One of my goals was to knit a proper sock. I had knit up a sock on a loom before, but I wasn’t impressed and it felt like cheating. I didn’t care if I only managed to get one lone sock done by the end, but if it was done following a pattern and on double points I would be happy. And you know what?

TAA-DAA!!!! I am so proud 😀 I won’t deceive you though. It’s a very tiny sock.

In my last order from The Loopy Ewe, they included a free treat: instructions and a teeny ball of red yarn; enough to make a single sock. I knit it a bit tight but I truly enjoyed the whole process. It’s wonderfully stretchy too, unlike my loom sock. It was also much easier than I expected and I’m excited to start a proper Lacey-sized sock! I have some yarn saved up for such an occasion and you bet you can expect to hear about me starting some real socks here soon!

Thanks for reading my ramblings and I hope to get back into my normal routine this weekend! There is much cleaning to be done in the kitchen (our fridge is not something I am looking forward ), piles of laundry to do, and a very happy Mina cat that needs extra cuddles.

Napping peacefully under her daddy’s blanket.

I want to extend an extra special thanks to those of you who sent your thoughts and prayers to my little part of the world. God bless!

~Lacey, Bryon, and Mina

Summer Begins

Well everyone, it’s official. Memorial Day has come and gone, all graduations around here are over, and the lightning bugs (or fireflies if you prefer) have begun lighting up the night. Summer is here! The weather is sunny and there are almost always puffy white clouds in the sky. I love how Ohio looks this time of year!

A nearby farm.

A road I love to drive down. So much green!

I’ve begun visiting the farmer’s market again now that my Saturday mornings are void of graduations, bridal showers, and the like. It was GORGEOUS this past Saturday and I spent quite a bit of time visiting the booths of both the artists and the farmers. I deeply admire crafty skills and I had to share pictures of these particular birdhouses.


These hollow gourds turned birdhouse were beautifully etched and I would have liked to have bought one. I had just bought a pretty frame of stained glass from another vendor though and I needed to be conscious of the money in my wallet. I forgot to get a picture of the glass before it was gifted to my mother; it matches her new craft room nicely 🙂 I also got some air fresheners from a 10-year-old boy who had his own booth. He made them himself and was very proud to tell me all about how they worked! In the homegrown area of the market, I got some fresh leafy greens, a loaf of bread, and some blended herbal tea. Mina immediately took to the tea when I tried to photo it.

If there weren’t an ingredient list on the back, I’d swear there was catnip in it! It’s a blend of chrysanthemum, lemon grass, orange peel, and powdered acai berry. It smells lovely but I can’t try it until I get a filter for loose leaf. Sigh. Anywho, Mina has been happy lately as well. Like I had mentioned in my previous post, she was recovering from a bout of fleas, as well as tummy flu. She’s her normal, snuggly, ornery self now.

Napping with Bryon.

Caught bird-watching through the front window

She also had to involve herself after I received some new yarn last week.

She snuck her paw into the view right as I snapped it.

 

I couldn’t pass this up since it was a special edition of this yarn and it just looked yummy! I ordered some handmade soaps along with it and when it arrived, the whole package smelled lovely! I love The Loopy Ewe 🙂 A smidge pricey perhaps, but I end up spending a ridiculous amount of time squishing each and every hank I order from there. There isn’t exactly an LYS around here so it’s a treat to buy wool from them instead of a mostly acrylic blend from a chain store. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s hard to find much wool around here.


I finished my second ruffle scarf and have moved on to another scarf, but this one is for personal use instead of the craft show.

I’m loving the self-striping aspect and the sequins. I also learned how to do a scallop edging with this pattern! It’s so fun to learn new things with my knitting! I still need to learn cables. I keep hearing that it’s not as hard as it looks, but they still seem a bit intimidating. In the meantime, I have this scarf and my arm warmers to keep me busy. I’m still plugging away on the first one!

Have a wonderful week and I hope to not be away as long this next time!

~Lacey & the Mina cat

Mid-Week Drop In

Happy Wednesday everyone 🙂

I thought I’d pop in to share a few things so I don’t feel overloaded and bore you all to tears with a lengthy post this weekend. So many fun things in just a few days; I have to share!

Firstly, we partially celebrated Bryon’s birthday on Sunday. One of his friends (and his twin brother) were having their own birthday party that afternoon at a bowling alley so we figured we go along and have some fun.

Bryon taking a winning shot.

I did much better my first round, which was unfortunate. The twin’s family is remarkably generous and they had cash prizes for every spare or strike rolled during the second game! I think we made a grand total of $9 by the end. Still, considering we haven’t gone bowling for almost 2 years, we did pretty well! We’ll be celebrating for ourselves this upcoming weekend since this past weekend was obviously already a little busy. We are at least able to enjoy one of his presents together. He got the 10th and final season of Smallville on DVD! Woo! Call us geeks if you want, but we love the series and now the collection is complete 🙂 We are quite busy watching this in the evenings when I come home.

Mina also had a very busy weekend. It was a bit rainy and cold over the weekend so she was rather snuggly. There were many times she was being rather cute:

And other times being rather naughty:

She seriously has a string/strap fettish. It’s really starting to get on my nerves! I’m getting a bit tired of her chewing through and ruining my things. I do love her though. Apparently I just need to remember to put my things away to where she can’t get to them, go to bed only after laying out a pile of toy mice for her to play with through the night, and feed her on time all the time. Needy creature….

Moving on to happier things, I spent the last bit of my birthday money! Can you guess what was acquired with it?

Yup! Yarny supplies! I need the needles for an upcoming project (which I am remarkably excited to start). The purple yarn is for a new tea cozy for dear Sara Lynn. Her current cozy has been through a lot and is ready to retire. She explained this when we were over munching on scones and I told her I’ve been eager to make up the Granny Tea Cozy!by Alice Best. I showed her the picture and she said she’d love one in brown and purple. I am now prepared to begin! I only need her teapot now in order to keep measurements. Don’t worry though! She has many other teapots she can use while I work.

The skeins with the sequins were not exactly something on my shopping list, but there was no way on earth I could have resisted. I went into Hobby Lobby to waste a little bit of time while running errands on Monday (I was waiting for the lunch hour traffic to subside). That was my first mistake. After wandering around a bit, I found myself back in the yarn department perusing the aisles with nothing in particular in mind. Then I saw it. A new section of Yarn Bee called Diva. Granted, it’s a cheesy name, but the colors! Oh my they were all marvelous! This colorway (Scottish Heather) was my favorite but I literally can’t remember how many times I picked up, put back, and picked up again the Bali colorway. I will go back and get it someday. I will. The sequins are just small enough that they add a bit of shine without being too gaudy. This will make a nice scarf or cowl I am certain.  I could continue to gush about this, but it would get old quick I am sure. Speaking of scarves, I did finish that last fuzzy scarf while we were at the bowling alley! I’m soooo glad to have finished the last of those fuzzy scarves for a while. Taa-Daa!

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week and I look forward to telling you all about my upcoming fun filled weekend!

~Lacey, Bryon, and Mina

Loving My New Shawl!

Hello Everyone!

Sorry it’s been a couple of weeks. My posting got away from me last weekend after Bryon and I decided to spend some quality time working on that puzzle from this post. It went many weeks without being touched and I’m getting a little tired of having it lying on my floor. It’s not quite finished yet, but we have plans to work on it again this evening.

We had a wonderful weekend celebrating Easter with my family. First to add a little bit of color to my Easter weekend is the fact that my backyard is now littered in little purple flowers 🙂 I love this time of year!

Some other colorful bits of Easter included the snacks!

The leftovers of my cherry ring cake with homemade caramel frosting from Easter dinner.

An adorable ceramic bowl filled with goodies from my momma. Thanks mom!

Although my house may not be decorated with much color, I do enjoy happy bright colors!

Mina didn’t get any special goodies for the holiday, but she did have fun playing after the grocery trip,

Being a true cat, she does love playing in bags! Bags and yarn…

I was taking pictures of my current projects and she simply couldn’t resist crawling up and lying amidst my yarn. What you see there yet another tube scarf of fun fur. This is a different band though and I’m not a big fan. All of the others have longer hair and have a good bit of stretch and spring to them. This one isn’t as fuzzy and appears as though it’s been pre-stretched or something. There is no give to it whatsoever. The colors are pretty, but I’m glad there is only one skein in this brand. I have one skein left of fun fur with which to make a tube scarf after this one. So close to being done!

Here's the last tube scarf I finished.

Still on the knitting front, I have had a realization about my Yvaine shawl I started in my last post. As you saw, I was pulling the yarn down from my straight needles and it appeared as though it was being knit from the bottom tip up to the top.

After many times of reviewing my instructions several times over, I realized I HAD to be doing something wrong. The pattern definitely said that it was knit from the top down to the tip, but I couldn’t see where my error was. After emailing the designer and viewing countless in-process pictures off of Ravelry, I learned that it was indeed knit from top down and I was actually knitting it correctly, almost. There were three lessons learned by this knitting novice this past week: how to properly pick up stitches (which I was doing wrong), that seed/moss stitch isn’t as scary as I anticipated, and that top down shawls are knit on circular needles!

The progress after frogging and properly restarting.

I am adoring this shawl now that it is correctly underway! It is a fun and easy knit, the Skein yarn is glorious if not a little splity, and I can’t wait until I can wear it! What to know what else I’ve made that is fun to wear?


I finally finished up those crazy mitts I started back in October! They were basically done  around the first of this year; I was simply waiting to get my size 5 double points back from my sister after loaning them to her. I got them back and knit up the thumbs this past week! Woo!

I am off to run some errands on my day off before settling down in the evening for dinner with the hubby followed by a movie and some more knitting 🙂 Have a beautiful week everyone!

~Lacey, Bryon, & Mina