More Weekend Yarn Adventures!

This past weekend I spent with more yarny adventures!  Saturday I taught a Tiny Sweater Class at Yarn & Coffee and Sunday I had a Trunk Show at The Yarn Store at Nob Hill and they were both fabulous.IMG_1664

I was able to talk to lots of interesting knitters, eat cookies, work on my sweater, drink hot chocolate, eat another cookie, talk to more knitters and spend time breathing in the yarn and fiber fumes.IMG_1680

Sadly, these are my last events in Albuquerque, but they were so fun!   I really appreciate the local knitting scene making me feel welcome and at home, I know that the Loveland and Fort Collins knitting scenes will be the same and I’ll get to meet even more fun, funny and fabulous fiber folk!IMG_1685

If you’re interested in making one of these adorable little things for your holiday decorations, just wait a few days!  The pattern for the Tiny Sweater will be published here on the blog soon with plenty of notes to customize it and make it easier to fandangle those beginning stitches on dpns!IMG_1672

Continueing the Fiber Binge Weekend

After getting such a huge Fiber High on Saturday, I had to continue the trend on Sunday, it would’ve been too abrupt a withdrawal to just stop it right there.  And besides, I had PLANS!  Needs and wants and ideas and things to act on lest this yarn somehow disappear before I could make something with it.IMG_1401

Andrea, luckily, was up for round 2 of Fiber Binging and we started off at the Yarn Store at Nob Hill where we both purchased a few skeins of yarn for future projects and I, a tiny crochet hook for beading.  I came home with 3 skeins of Zealana Rimu, a 60% New Zealand/40% Possum mix in the most gorgeous and difficult dark turquoise dk weight yarn with little bits of a darker (what I believe to be natural) fibers spun in.  I imagine these three skeins to become a matching hat and mitt set!IMG_1408 IMG_1406

We then visited the bead store up the road and picked out some super awesome brightly colored seed beads to go with this yarn from Bittersweet Woolery for a hopefully-soon-future project.IMG_1392

The day was capped with plenty of time sitting around at our usual watering hole doing what we do best – knitting and sipping brews!IMG_1354

What’s your favorite place to enjoy some knitting time?  Did you indulge in any recent stash enhancements?IMG_1353

Blocking

After teaching my latest class at Yarn & Coffee on the Sweet Summer Rays Shawl, my students asked how best to block the finished project.  The conversation ultimately led to the decision to host a blocking demonstration at the Yarn Store at Nob Hill this past Saturday.IMG_0707

I want to thank everyone who came out, I was expecting a small group – maybe just the students, even – but we had a great turnout and I’m so glad that so many knitters were able to come and ask their blocking questions!IMG_0693

Here you can see my basic blocking setup – my blocking mats (kids’ playmats), my safety pins, blocking wires (welding wires, really) and my spray bottle filled with water.  An un-blocked Sweet Summer Rays lays on top of my blocking one, so you can see how much this shawl can grow with some aggressive blocking!IMG_0698

I love using the wires to block my straight edges, they keep the edges super clean and neat while also allowing me to save time by not using a jillion pins instead.  These wires are also flexible enough that they’ll allow for blocking of curved edges too!IMG_0710

When I block things like this shawl, I pin first and spray with the water bottle second, then re-adjust the pins if necessary and play with the shaping until I’m perfectly happy with it.  Many knitters will soak the knit first and that’s just fine, it’s only my preference to pin first and water second.

What are your favorite blocking tools?

Weekend Adventures

This past weekend was a super fun one. My awesome friend Freshy flew in from Seattle and hung out with me!  We hit up all the yarn stores, some of the breweries, plenty of tourist-y spots and had some quality veg-out time on the couch with tea (or wine) and our Ravelry queues. I instagrammed a lot of it, if you don’t already follow me, sometimes I post pretty pictures 😉

Some pictures from the weekend? Sure, why not!

Yarn Store at Nob Hill
This is the mural on the Yarn Store at Nob Hill
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Hiking around on the top of the Sandias
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“The Rock House” on top of the Sandias
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Oddly similar tastes in beer colors as in yarn colors
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Sometimes you just have to hug the yarn up close and personal

And look what she brought me all the way from the Pacific Northwest! Isn’t it beautiful? Not a clue yet what I’ll make with it, but it’s soft enough to hang out around my neck anyway.IMG_0553

What did you do this weekend?  Fun adventures, even if they’re in your own town, can be had regularly and I highly recommend it!

Pints & Purls Edition 9: Marble Amber Ale

This is the ninth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!

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Brew: Amber Ale

Brewer: Marble Brewery

Malts: toasted and caramel malts

Hops: light, aromatic dry hop

Flavors:  This beer is smooth, almost sweet with a carmel-y and nutty flavor.  It’s got a quick, dry finish.IMG_9384

Knit Pairings:  This beer would lend itself easily to quick, fun novelty projects because it won’t dominate your attention span.  It’s a pleasant addition to complicated projects in luxury yarn and will let your projects do the talking.

Notes:

Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

 

(I really really apologize about being so MIA lately, I got a new job and I’m still working out how to get allofthethings done in 24 hours, including some sleep, I promise to be better about it!)

Classes

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend, we did!  Ours was packed with productivity and it was so rewarding to get some projects done, but I’ll share more about those later.

I wanted to remind everyone about a few classes I’m teaching this week and next here in New Mexico.

There will be quite a few more classes coming next month, so keep an ear out for that!  What classes have you taken at your LYS that you’ve enjoyed?  What classes would you like to see offered?

Hiking La Luz

This past Saturday my guy and some friends and I hiked up the Sandias on an iconic trail named La Luz.  We didn’t exactly start at the trailhead and we didn’t exactly land at the Tram, so we added a few miles to the hike which ended up being about 12.5 miles by the time we rode the Tram down.IMG_8605

This was my first time doing this hike, and there is a race held on the trail every year too!IMG_8577

We gained over 3,000 ft in elevation over 12.5 miles and trekked over many a switchback, plenty of rock slides, snow, ice and even staircases in the more steep areas.IMG_8560

Views of Albuquerque were abundant and the city is much prettier from the sky.IMG_8557

Have you ever hiked this trail before?  Have you been out in nature recently?  Don’t forget to wear proper shoes, as this warning sign reminded us at the top of the trail:IMG_8571

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?

A Long Hike

Saturday, while I was vising Albuquerque, I went on a hike to see the crash site of a TWA plane that was on it’s way to Santa Fe but only ten minutes after take-off crashed into the foothills of Sandia in 1955.

overgrown: the wreckage is now part of the canyon

It was a good ten mile hike, a beautiful day and an awesome way to spend time with one of my favorite people.

crumpled metal and a few pieces of discernible plane parts

The area around the wreckage was lush, surprising for New Mexico, much cooler than the base of the hike and hummingbirds seemed to favorite the area.  The humbling aspect of the deaths of 13 passengers and 3 crew members made the destination bittersweet, the hike was well worth the effort.

surprisingly loud for their size

Knitting progress to share tomorrow!