Memorial Weekend Adventures

Happy Tuesday everyone and I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing Memorial Day weekend filled with fun and family, but don’t forget the real reason we celebrate this holiday 🙂

My weekend was absolutely filled to the brim with friends, fun and food.  The adventures started Wednesday night at a wine bar in Boulder called Cuvee listening to Lea Holz and Steven Quiry play some very pretty music.  Of course, the Citron came with me.

Traveling Citron

The college nationals for Ultimate Frisbee were being held in Boulder this year as well, so some friends and I went to visit that on Friday and we watched some phenomenal Ultimate being played.  That night, I went to another show in Boulder before meeting some friends who came into town to celebrate a birthday with us for the weekend as well.

While meandering through downtown Denver with those friends this weekend, we happened upon some of the coolest yarn bombing I’ve ever seen in real-life.


There is a big construction area by the train tracks downtown and some guerrilla knitters and crocheters have adorned the protective fence with flowers and other foliage in various colors, sizes, heights and shapes all along the fence-line.  It really does distract from the eye-sore that most construction causes.

And Sunday night we went down to the river to see the Fire Dancers and happened upon a fireworks show as well.  It was a pretty spectacular sight, to see them both, although my camera obviously decided it was going to be selfish and keep only the good shots for itself so that you all just have to come to Denver for a visit yourselves to see the real thing.

playing with fire

What did you do with your weekend?

WIP Wednesday: SCDD

Same Citron. Different Day.

I actually am very much enjoying the Citron because it allows me to hang out with my friends and engage in conversation and adventures with plenty of mindless stockinette but every few rows something new pops up and my attention is drawn back to the project again.  This will be the third Citron I’ve knit and probablydefinitely not the last.

Its been cloudy since I got up here, sorry for the less-than-colorful photo, although it does represent the colors fairly well...

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Week 1 Down

Phew, its been a while since I blogged and man have I been busy!

The move went pretty smoothly, the actual pack-up-and-drive part, but I’ve still got things in boxes around the house and in my room that need to be put away.

Here’s a photo tour of some of things I’ve been up to this week:

plenty o' foose on my new table (courtesy of the best roommate ever as a graduation present!)
a bit of knitting here and there
time with friends spent on words
and of course, loads of delicious vegetarian food 🙂

WIP Wednesday: Another Citron and a Swatch

Happy Wednesday everyone!  My post will have to be quick today, I’m still unpacking and I have a friend coming over in a bit to have some catch-up and girl time but I wanted to show you what I’ve been working on lately in between all the crazy stuff and the moving and graduating and what not.

Leetle beginnings

While I was spending time with my family on Friday celebrating, my Mom pulled out some gorgeous yarn from Lisa Souzain the Mardi Gras colorway and Knitty’s famous Citron pattern.  I started helping her with the pattern and showing her which stitches to pick up at the beginning and, as these things usually go, I took the Citron home with me and I’ll mail it back to her when I finish hehe.

sorry for the shoddy photo, its been cloudy since I got to Colorado!

I also have a gauge swatch, and you know the sad part?  I haven’t even measured it yet.  I’ve just knit the thing, with the intentions of measuring it and getting started on this big project that needs to be finished by Christmas.  Maybe I’ll actually measure it while I’m having girl time with my lady friend…Who knows!

The swatch is nice looking, so now I just need to do the actual project...

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As many of you know, I graduated this past weekend from New Mexico Tech.  It’s been a crazy busy few weeks, especially the past few days.  Family in town (in state, rather, not in mytown) on Friday, Commencement Saturday, move 600 miles on Sunday and an interview later today.

fueling up on the way from new mexico to colorado

As such, I haven’t had much knitting time, but I do have a few projects in the works, and I hope to be able to do a proper WIP post tomorrow so I won’t say much about them, but I wanted to let you all know that I’m alive!

And now I’ll leave you with some shots from the weekend:

mardi gras citron
roses are red, and pink, and white, and yellow, and...
wine out of a tiki head 🙂
colors of the southwest

FO Friday: Not Knitting

I apologize for having been MIA all week!  This was my last week of finals (ever!) and I’ve been very busy packing and finishing up with all of my school stuff.

Today’s FO post is brought to you by:

  • 4 years
  • 1 school
  • 13o credit hours
  • countless hours studying
  • countless stitches knit to keep my sanity
  • innumerable memories made
  • tons of friends cherished

    Summer Flowers from 2009

The next post I bring you will be after almost 600 miles of moving, unpacking and settling into my new life!  It may be another week, but I promise to be back with knitting updates, pictures and projects!

FO Friday: Quilliam

Yay!  Finally I have not-secret FO to share with you!

The other day (Friday to be exact) I was sitting at my desk, looking for any excuse to avoid doing my homework.  I was perusing Pinterest (here’s mine), looking at food and yarn porn, trying to be inspired and then I saw this cute little picture.

Pattern by Little Cotton Rabbits

And I was insta-inspired to create my own version for my friend Wesley (remember the tie?) who recently adopted an albino hedgie he’s named Quilliam.

Wes and Quilliam, the O-riginal

I didn’t follow the recipepattern, but rather looked at the picture and generated my own version, making it up as I went.  I used stash yarn, mostly from a big bag of random, vintage yarns from the thrift store (I’m pretty sure the white was handspun…) and I’m very pleased with the result 🙂  Especially how seamless and clean the little feetsies are.

Meet Quilliam the Stuffed

I gave him to my friend as a surprise and was excited when he was instantly excited about it (its always such a warm fuzzy in your belly when your knitting is appreciated, isn’t it?).  We took the two Quilliams out this weekend for them to bond and enjoy the sunshine, one was considerably more mobile than the other.


Ravelry deets here.

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Mail Goodies

I won a giveaway a while back on Kismet’s Companion and the package arrived just the other day!  Once I opened it, I noticed that the package didn’t smell like normal package, it smelled pretty good too.  Pulling out all of the wonderful contents, the scent was from two handmade bars of soap!

this one shows the color on the left the best 🙂

I also received two lovely skeins of yarn, a pink and white varigated baby dk and a burnt orange/cinnamon 100% merino from Colinette.  I’m thinking the Colinette will be a hat for me for the fall and I’m still working on the pink baby yarn, but  I have high hopes that it will be something awesome!

Oh, and the illness I mentioned yesterday: It’s strep :/  Hopefully it won’t incapacitate me too much, I must study for my final finals on Monday!

WIP Wednesday: Something Colorful

I came down with some kind of nasty illness over the weekend and have been feeling very under the weather the past few days (I really do not have time for this, especially with finals and graduation!) so I’ve hardly had any knitting time, but I do have a small WIP to share with you today!

something secret, something colorful

I can’t really tell you much about this project as its kind of secret, but just as soon as it’s finished I promise to tell you all about it!  I’m using a bunch of scrap yarns in various colors, all about worsted weight to make this piece and I’m really excited with how its turning out so far 🙂

Want to share your own WIPs?  Click on over to Tami’s Blog to find out how!

A Scholarly Cardigan

Introducing a new pattern today: A Scholarly Cardigan

Meant to fit loosely around the body, this cardigan is a great finishing layer to add just a bit of warmth on a chilly day or bring together any outfit.

The basketweave pattern flows away from the body creating flattering lines on just about every shape.  With a smooth stockinette pattern on top, the cardigan won’t add unnecessary bulk and provides a clean, smooth texture.

The sleeves can be made in any length to make the sweater more year-round friendly.

Find it on Ravelry, or in my Etsy Shop!

Sizes: S[M,L,XL]

Finished Measurements: to loosely fit bust: 33[38,42,46]


Size 8 circular needles and dpns

7 (8, 8, 9) Balls Plymouth Suri Merino (55% Suri Alpaca, 45% Extra Fine Merino, 110 yds ea)

Darning Needle

Stitch markers

Scrap yarn

Gauge: 5 sts x 6 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch on size 8 needles

Stuff You Should Know How To Do:

K – knit

P – purl

Kfb – knit into the front and back of the next stitch

Pm – place stitch marker

K2tog – knit the next 2 stitches together knitwise

Skp – slip 1 stitch knitwise, k1, pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch

Slm – slip marker

Thank you to my wonderful testers!  mrsmouse, pkee, knititkim, HairballYarn, and TheKnittyGritty – you all did such a phenomenal job 😀