Back on Track

Happy Tuesday! I spent the weekend with some awesome company doing some fun, adventurous things, a little work and some knitting.  Coming home from those sorts of things is always a bit of a re-set, I need to get back on track, in my routine, doing my thing, but it’s always worth it 🙂

knitting is never far…but it’s not on dirtbikes either

Did you do anything fun over the weekend?

Just Another Part of the Design Process

You see that?

swirly, twirly soon-to-be-ripped stitches

That’s a whole heap of stitches. Stitches not on needles.

Sometimes, things just need to be started over, not because you made a mistake, gauge was off or you have the wrong number of stitches, but because you know that if you had just incorporated this one little idea right from the beginning, your design would be awesome.

Starting over, ripping, frogging, whatever you want to call it, can lead to better things so fear not! Rip away dear knitters!

WIP Wednesday: Colors

If you’ve been following my blog for a bit, you know I’ve been obsessed with colorwork lately (Pinterest has proof too…).  This week, I’m working on some colors and I am soexcited about them

stair-stacked colors

Seriously, I was working on it last night and left it out, when I walked by it this morning I thought to myself “Ooh…pretty…I wanna – oh wait – I did that!”

even the wrong side is purty!

Sadly, I can’t share this lovely in all of it’s glory just yet, but believe me, you’re gonna love it!

colorful trails lead to a colorful landscape

What have you been working on this week?  As usual, I’m linking up with Tami!

Sweet Potato Fries


1 Large Sweet Potato

2 Tbsp Corn Starch

2 Tbsp Olive Oil


A potato of the sweet variety


1. Wash the potato and cut into fry-sized pieces


2. Soak for at least an hour in water, drain

we have the weapon

3. Put the cornstarch and seasonings in a ziplock bag and mix together

having a bath

4. Toss the fries with the corn starch and seasonings until coated

5. Lay out on a cookie sheet and drizzle with oil

snuggling up

6. Mix the fries together so that they are evenly coated with oil

7. Pop in the oven at 450 for 20-25 minutes

things got heated

8. Turn the fries over and let cool

9. Enjoy with your favorite person or people

they surprisingly well with white wine 🙂

Musical Monday: Anna Sun

Yay for another week!  More possibilities, more work, more play, more sun,  more friends, more family, more life!  I’ve got some exciting things to share with you all soon, some this week, some next, some later.  What exciting things are you up to? (Also, you should watch the video below, it’s pretty cute and fun and colorful 🙂 you’re welcome)

Anna Sun by Walk the Moon

Adventures As Of Late

We all know I spend a great quantity of time knitting, but I also do other stuff! I promise! Today’s post is proof of that “other stuff”

I went on a beautifully scenic mountain train ride
I go on beautiful hikes and refresh my love for this wonderful place I call home
my adventures extend into the kitchen (recipe coming next week)
I see live music
I go city ‘splorin

What adventures have you been on lately?

Stash Busting Scarf

Yesterday I mentioned that I was knitting a few stash busting scarves.  These are great for a variety of reasons

  • they bust stashes
  • they are colorful and fun
  • no ends to weave in
  • totally mindless for those of us who need a brain-dead project every once in a while
  • they are quick and easy
  • no real yarn requirements, no weight restrictions, no fiber restrictions, no color restrictions

    the grellow one from the other day

So here’s how I make them:

  1. I gather my stash to be busted
  2. I pick a yarn at random
  3. I cast on somewhere between 150 and 200 sts onto size US 11 36 inch circular needles
  4. I cut the yarn so that this tail is the same length as the cast on tail
  5. I pick another yarn at random
  6. I tie the tail, at the same length, to the one I just cut
  7. I knit a single row
  8. I cut the tail to the same length (these tails create the fringe, you see)
  9. I repeat steps 5 – 8 until the scarf is adequately wide
  10. I BO loosely
  11. I revel in the delight of a new, colorful scarf and a reasonably busted stash, possibly with a caffeinated or alcoholic beverage


Now ya’ll can make your own, bust your own stashes and revel with me. Happy Thursday!

the or-een one cast on after the grellow

WIP Wednesday: Greys and Sunshine

The weather lately has been sunny and rainy, sunny and rainy, all within the same day (welcome to Colorado) and my knitting has held a similar color scheme, not on purpose but I did notice it yesterday afternoon whilst it was raining after having been sunny and blue skied all morning.

I’ve been working on some stash-busting scarves for show stock for the upcoming season:

easy pattern, fun result 🙂

And I totally finally got suckered into the quilt extravaganza that is the Beekeeper, although I am a smidge concerned about how the size, the fluffiness of the end quilt affect it as a quilt, is it stiff?  too warm? has anyone had experience with the finished blanket?:

the first of many, I’m sure

Not to mention the secret designs going on in the background, a pattern that will need test knitters soon (hint hint) and cleaning, organizing and making my studio space motivating and work-able!

What have you been up to lately?  To see more WIPs, head to Tami’s blog!

So Fancy

My favorite LYS, Fancy Tiger, just had their 6 year anniversary this past weekend!  I needed some swatching yarn and a knitting-people fix so I took a real shower, put on real clothes and skipped (drove) on down to Broadway to join the festivities.

phone pic, taken amidst the action

Believe me when I tell you the place was packed.  The owners, Jaime and Amber, were so generously handing out goody bags to the first 100 people who walked through the doors and I was lucky enough to snag one before scampering off through the crowds to find the perfect swatching yarn.

The line was long, yes, but it moved very quickly and when you’re in a line like that, you’re in good company and so waiting was actually enjoyable.  I also brought knitting in my purse and was able to knit while in line too (and nobody looked at me weird either! yay for yarn stores!).

Can you believe that I didn’t even open my goody bag until I got home?  True story. I broke through the staples in the car but decided it would probably be a safety hazard for the vehicles around me if I delved into the deep whilst driving.

Wanna see my loot?  Of course you do.

free tshirt (it’s so soft), free stickers, free tattoos, free fabric and free Bhedawol

As we all know, photographing reds is difficult but suffice it to say, this yarn is beautiful, the color is gorgeous, its very soft and it’s perfect for the design I’ve got in mind.

knits up beautifully

What did you do this weekend?