I met my goal!  I got the sweater finisnhed today, perfect timing for traveling tomorrow (by the way: I’ll be traveling tomorrow so you may not hear from me…be aware) and I’ll be able to wear in the hopefully-over-air-conditioned wedding venue.

the front - blocking

Whaddya think?

the back - blocking

Yarn: 5.5 skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca & Silk (50% Silk, 50% Alpaca 146 yds ea.)

Pattern: New York Sweater by Strawberieblonde (not yet available for purchase, but it will be soon! keep your eyes peeled 🙂 )

Mods: knit the sleeves on circular needles instead of flat

Ravelry Deets

Let’s See How That Sweater Is Coming Along

So I need to want to have this (and this) sweater finished by tomorrow evening so that I won’t have to worry about finishing it on the plane or in Virginia, I want to have it available for the wedding.  Not that I think Virginia in July will be adequate sweater weather, but maybe the venue will be over air-conditioned, they usually are, right?  Anyways, this is how its coming:

It looks a little discombobulated right now, but it will be beautiful!

I’ve finished the main body and one of the front panels, I’m working on the second front panel as we speak (read? type?) and hope to have it completely finished or mostly finished by the end of today so that tomorrow can be spent sewing them to the sweater and finishing off the sleeves, not to mention blocking.  Think I can do it?


I mentioned wanting to go to Convergence last week and I was lucky enough to find a friend to go with me!  I am so glad I got this opportunity, Convergence happens every two years and it moves around the country, so it is likely that it won’t be returning to New Mexico for some time. 

Yarn Bombs Outside!

My friend and I decided to have an *Adventure!* (which is only proper if said in a high pitched voice with both hands raised above the head) and rode the train from Santa Fe to Albuquerque rather than driving.  This gave us both some creating time, I knit some on my sweater (which needs to be done by Wednesday!) and she got to sculpt some buttons with her miniature traveling ceramic kit. 

maybe 1% of the selection there, maybe...there was so. much. yarn!

After we got to Albuquerque, we walked to the Convention Center and headed straight to the vendors’ room.  You would not believe all of the beautiful things we saw! I didn’t get nearly as many pictures as I would have liked, but I did get plenty of business cards 🙂

some spinning fiber and tools

And you know what? I didn’t buy a thing!  Not one skein of yarn came home with me and I almost regret it, but I also know that, because there were so many different, amazing and wonderful yarns to choose from, I would always be second guessing my purchase, so now I regret my lack-of-purchase.

a small section of vendors

Some of the great vendors we saw and picked up cards from included MagpieCreations (beautiful ceramic buttons, earings, jewelry, etc – very different from anything else we saw that day), Healing Naturally Co. (they had some hand lotions that we tried and my hands are *still* soft from it!), Sassafras Creations (unique, totally cute jewelry made from recycled knitting needles!), and Andrew Brown Studios (very cool glasswork, some of it looked alive from within, so. cool.).

The Yellow Cardigan Has A Name!

Out of all of the fabulous suggestions for a name for the cardigan, I’ve decided to go with Lady Sunshine Cardigan!  Lady Sunshine was suggested by Trudi of The Cat Rules.

I am also sending out the call for test knitters for this pattern!  So be sure to join my Ravelry group to find out all of the details 😉

I’m making good progress on that sweater I showed you yesterday, here’s an updated picture:

Have I told you how much I love this yarn?  And this pattern?  I have?  Well, let me tell you again, because it is AWESOME!

Current Project and Convergence

Wanna see what that luscious yarn from yesterday is being made into?

This is how far I got, pretty good no?   I think its a pretty good start to my goal of having it finished by next weekend!

Oh and those stitch markers?  Those are from Light Brown Hare. Aren’t they gorgeous?  What projects are you currently working on?  I love seeing what other knitters are creating 🙂

And in other news, Convergence is happening this weekend!  It starts today and goes through Sunday. Its an International Fiber Arts Conference happening in Albuquerque.  There will be classes, vendors, knitters and yarnies everywhere.  Now doesn’t that sound like fun?

I really really really really wanna go, I just have to find someone to go with me.  Any takers?

There’s Nothing Like New Yarn

To brighten up your day 🙂

I received a package of this loveliness yesterday and I cannot keep my hands off it!

Isn’t it just beautiful?  Its Blue Sky Alpacas’ Alpaca Silk and it is to die for. It is just so soft and just a tad shiny.

The color is actually a super light blue (its called Ice), you almost can’t even tell its blue!

I’m test knitting a sweater for strawberieblonde (Ravelry link) and my goal is to have it completed by next weekend so that I can wear it to a wedding we’ll be attending (my boyfriend’s sister is getting married, this will be the first time I’m meeting her).

Its a lofty goal, but I think that with you all holding me accountable, I can do it 😉

Some New Things

Ok, so a brief update on a coupla things happening.

I started a Ravelry Group yesterday!  So come on over and join the fun, its dedicated to my designs and is a place for community, test knitting, pattern sharing, errata, contests, comments, concerns and questions.  Its shaping up to be a pretty cool group so far 🙂

Also, the Long Eared Beanie with PomPoms Pattern is now available as a direct download from Ravelry!

I’m going through and editing all of my already-published patterns and making sure they fit my template and make sense, so more and more of them will be added throughout the coming weeks 😀

I will also be looking for test knitters for the yellow cardigan (name to be decided soon!) this week (probably starting tomorrow? maybe today?) so if you are interested, please let me know.  I will be putting a notice in my Group when the official hunt begins.

A Hole.

I found a hole chewed through my secret lace knitting.  Knitting that you’ve all never seen.  Knitting I’ve never photographed.  Knitting I was creating a pattern for.  A hole. Chewed. Through. It.

The culprit?  Not a moth, not a bug, not even a mouse.  This cute, innocent face. Ate. My. Knitting.

Lesson Learned: Sometimes the puppy has to tell you that the pattern isn’t working out the hard way.

So the rest of my morning will be spent salvaging as much of the yarn as I can and rewinding it into balls.

(sorry for the awful photos!  its hard to see the full destruction she caused)

((oh and don’t forget to enter my Sweater Naming Contest!)

Sweater Naming Contest!

So after completing the pockets and sewing them on the cardigan yesterday, I decided that they were unnecessary and took them off.  I like the sweater much better this way.

The only thing I’m having problems with is naming the cardigan, so I decided that I’d ask you!  And, of course, I’m going to make a contest out of it.

I will choose the winning name (or, I’ll let you all vote if there’s a tie) and the reader who submitted it will receive a free copy of the pattern when its completed and written up!

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with your name suggestion.  You can leave as many as you like, but please remember to give me some way to contact you if you are the winner, k?

Ok, hop to it! Name that cardigan!

(I don’t know why the last picture is coming out all pixelated, I’ve tried a million things to get it right, so I apologize!

Knitting Makes Me Happy

‘Knitting Makes Me Happy’ – well duh, right?  but there is more to it than that! Tara over on ScoutieGirl is talking about gifts of enthusiasm today and it struck a chord with me.

Last night I had a hard time falling asleep because I just wanted to be knitting and creating and designing.  I didn’t want to be sleeping but I knew that if I didn’t sleep, I wouldn’t be able to knit, create and design today (finishing up that yellow cardigan: pockets!).

Knitting, creating and designing makes me more than happy, I am enthusiastic about it.  If I am not doing any of those things for a period of time, I am not the same person, I am a shell.

I met a woman recently who, upon finding out about what I do, turned into a vibrant 6 year old: jumping up and down, clapping, smiling, laughing and being giddy.  You see, she is into creating as well and meeting other like-minded folk made her excited.

This woman was obviously very thrilled to learn more about me, learn from me and just generally be around me!  Having her excited made me excited and I was on a small contact high from her energy.  I can only hope that I give others a high like that with my energy.