FO Friday: A Blonde Viking

I finished the most recent Viking Helmet the other day and it’s about to be on it’s way to it’s new owner!  IMG_8097

All of my Vikings thus far have been brunettes, this is the first blonde one and I hope that it matches the wearer’s natural hair color.  The beard is detachable, hopefully that will ensure that it gets tons of wear!IMG_8125

I also finished something else and now it’s all blocked and pretty and will be making it’s reveal soon!IMG_8127

Linking up with Tami as usual!  What did you finish this week?

WIP Wednesday: Another Viking!

A few weeks ago one of my Fitocracy buddies ordered a custom Viking Helmet, so between all the other knitting I’ve been doing (seekrit and otherwise) I’ve also been working on this fun project.IMG_8094

I’ve finished all the knitting for it and now it’s just sewing it together, stuffing the horns and making the beard detachable.  IMG_8096

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve lately seen another WIP, not knitting related, Jake and I have decided to partner up with the local Lab Rescue and foster this little guy!

He just got fixed yesterday, and wearing the cone isn’t his favorite thing.  He’s got a lot to learn, and I’ve got a lot to learn about teaching him, but it’s been mostly fun so far (mostly because last night was less than restful) and I think he’ll be able to find a good home!

Linking up with Tami again, what are you working on this weekend?

New Design and a KAL!!!

IMG_8019As I’m sure you know that I’ve been working on a design with some Sweet Fingering yarn from Candy Skein.  That design is now finished and we’d love to offer a KAL for it!IMG_7969

Sweet Summer is a small shawl that uses only 1 skein of Sweet Fingering (438 yds).  It’s great for a first shawl project or something to use up those gorgeous single skeins you have in your stash.  It features basic knit and purl stitches with simple increases and yarn overs.  Textural changes reveal a graphic sun ray pattern branching into an easy lace border meant to mimic the way light and heat radiate from the sun’s surface.IMG_7965

The Details:

  • Start Date: April 15, 2013
  • End Date: May 15, 2013
  • The KAL will be held in SillyLittleLady’s Group
  • Coupon Code for 20% off the Ravelry pattern and 15% off yarn from Candy Skein: sweetsummerkal
  • The coupon code will be valid until April 16th for those participating in the KAL
  • There will be a giveaway package mailed to one lucky winner chosen by random number generator of those who link pictures of a finished project by May 16th to the Pattern Projects.

Please play along on Instagram!  Take a picture of your yarn, wip, anything about the KAL and tag both @candyskein and @thesillylittlelady along with the tag #sweetsummerkal.IMG_8018

All members who produce a finished shawl will be entered to win a giveaway package, just don’t forget to link it to the pattern page on Ravelry so that I can enter you!IMG_8021

More Yarn Porn, and Soon a KAL!

This beautiful yarn is Superwash Corriedale/Nylon in a fingering weight from LMS Studio Arts in the Giddy Gherkin colorway and I’m so excited to start swatching with it!IMG_8033

It’s a gorgeous, delicate pastel-ish green and I think it’s perfect for the coming Spring that we all want so badly.  IMG_8034

I’m thinking a sweet, light Spring/Summer hat, it’ll be just the touch of soft warmth that a cool breeze or shady tree call for.IMG_8036

And the KAL is coming soon for that design I’ve been teasing you with, watch this space 😉IMG_8021

WIP Wednesday: Blue Skies Ahead

I’ve been working on a new cardigan in seekrit lately, it’ll be perfect for those cool spring mornings, or crisp fall evenings.IMG_8022

I’m in love with the color of this shade of Elsbeth Lavold’s Silky Wool, and the drape is fabulous.IMG_8024

The little details of this design are what make it perfect, and I can’t wait to share more with you soon!IMG_8027

Linking up with Tami, as usual!  What are you working on this week?

 

When Life Gives You 10 Pounds of Limes

You make lime curd.  Or at least, that’s what I did.  I’ve still got 5 pounds of limes to do something with…they’re going to go bad soon.IMG_7902

I squeezed all the juices out, combined it with sugar, butter and zest in my homemade double broiler, then added some eggs, cooked it for a bit and poured it in a pie shell.IMG_7901

No pictures were taken of the finished pie…it was demolished pretty quickly.  IMG_7905

I have the best kitchen help, always underfoot, never apologetic and cute as she was when she was a pup (maybe I’m biased.  A little).

WIP Wednesday: Sweet Honey

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I’m posting a bit later than normal, I hope that’s ok, I do want to share one of the many projects I’ve been working on lately, or at least pieces of it.IMG_7916

The project from last week, being worked in Candy Skein Sweet Fingering in the Honey colorway is now on my blocking mats (play mats found at Target).IMG_7915

I wanted to use up as much of the skein as possible and although I tried to put in one too many rows and had to tink back two rows of hundreds of stitches in order to have enough to bind off, I finally have done the binding off!  This isn’t considered an FO just yet, because of the blocking and end-weaving, but Tami and I have exciting things planned for this piece!IMG_7911

Joining in with Tami, as usual.  What are you working on this week?

A Snow Trip!

This past weekend my guy, myself and some friends drove up to Southern Colorado to spend the day playing at Wolf Creek.  The drive up on Saturday saw some interesting weather – we don’t see fog in the southwest ever often and it was a pretty thing to drive though and I think the juxtaposition with the quintessential red rocks in the area was really pretty.DSCN1812

The drive to the mountain on Sunday saw more interesting, low-laying clouds like this one over a pretty blue barn set in a picturesque meadow just south of Pagosa Springs.IMG_20130310_081514_672

I knit on the drive, of course, working on my Candy Skein design which I’ll talk a bit more about tomorrow! (Yes, I sit cross-legged in the car most of the time)DSCN1814

What did you do this weekend?

Craftsy – Lessons at Your Convenience!

I’ve been on Craftsy for a few years now and although I use it to browse patterns and sell my own, I hadn’t explored the classes until recently.

There are so many different classes in a multitude of genres – naturally I drifted toward the knitting classes!  For my first paid class I chose How to Say It – Pattern Writing for Knitters taught by Edie Eckman.  I took a similar class from Edie at Stitches South in 2011 and loved it and I figured I could always learn better ways to write my patterns!Craftsy  Profile

Craftsy organizes all of your classes on your profile page and it shows when they were last accessed.  You can go back and start exactly where you left off, you can re-watch any and all of the classes, you can take notes, you can ask questions to the instructor and the other class members, there are class handouts, homework, all sorts of awesome things!

The classes have homerooms where you can find everything you need, past and future lessons, class announcements, instructor bios, class questions – everything you’d find in a conventional classroom or university but it’s *all* at your convenience and a fraction of the price.Craftsy Homeroom

I can’t say enough about how awesome this service is and I love all of the classes I’ve taken and am taking!

Have you joined Craftsy yet?  If you have, are you an affiliate?  It’s a fun program and I really like being able to promote something that I feel strongly enhances our niche.

WIP Wednesday: It’s a Start

I’ve been working on a new design with some Candy Skein yarn the past few days in between a few other projects.  It’s not much to look at just yet, but the yarn is fun to work with – super soft, sleek and a gorgeous color.IMG_7896

The design will have a few different textural elements in it and I’m looking forward to seeing how the yarn works up in each of them!

Linking up with the one and only Tami (creator of Candy Skein).  What are you working on this week?