Friday, January 25, 2008

How cute are these??

Have you seen these loafers from Cocoknits?? Aren't they the cutest ever? Donna at In the Making has me hooked to try a pair of these. They use Malabrigo which I just LOVE!!! We are even considering teaching a class on these (but first need to knit my own pair). If the roads don't ice tonight (yes, there is another threat of winter weather on another weekend), then I'll be at the shop in the morning for my first class of the year, Beginning socks. I'm really looking forward to it, plus, it will give me the opportunity to pick up that Malabrigo I need.

My favorite enabler, Darlene, had gotten me hooked on some new yarn "crack", Sophies Toes. Wow at the colors!!! I love it and have sent an Etsy convo to be added to the update list for more. I like Darlene's perspective on stash enhancing. We are just preparing for our eventual (not anytime soon) retirement because one day we will be on fixed incomes and won't be able to afford this fabulous yarn, but that will be ok, because we will already have it!! Great perspective!!!

I also got the first of my piddly bags from Piddleloop. It is so cute! I'll take some pictures of it and my new yarn "crack" and try to get them posted this weekend.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

New Friends & Good Food

I've been planning to visit the Trussville Knitting group for a while now (well on the weeks I'm not a knit night at In the Making). So this afternoon, I emailed Darlene about it. Well, I would pick the one week they are not knitting, but instead were meeting for dinner at a great little Mexican Restaurant in Trussville (the name totally escapes me at the moment). I had a really good time and it was nice to put some faces with some of the blogs I read. I met Holly, Kay, Bibby, Cindy, Ginger, Jan, Darlene, Marie & Camille (**edited to add the names I had screwed up/forgot. I am so horrible with names!!!

Since next Thursday is the fifth Thursday of the month, I'll join them in Trussville for a little knitting and socializing.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

We actually got snow!!

It has actually snowed in Alabama. This is the first accumulation of snow that I have seen in at least six years (my nephew is 6 1/2 and has never seen real snow), and it has probably been much longer than that, I really can't remember. Now I realize that for those of you who live in areas that it actually snows, this is really nothing, but to us it is something. And even better, we didn't get ice first, so life has been able to go on as usual. Below is a picture from my backyard of the snow we got.

We got out this morning and had a world class snowball fight. The Lil man was having such a good time. And I have to admit I had fun too. Below are some pictures of our snowball fight which included our next door neighbor and his son.
Lil Man Making his first snowball.

The fight is on!! I'm after the Lil Man

We even managed to find a patch of snow that was somewhat useful for the Lil Man to make his first snow angel.

Now let's get on to other important information involving actual knitting and yarn!!!

Here is my first completed Monkey sock from my S.E.X. & Candy yarn I got from Jessi at her Etsy shop. (I've really got to get some decent sock blockers). Look at how the red swirls through the pink. I absolutely love them.

Here is a close up of the cuff:

Now for club yarn:

Here is my Be My Valentine Charlie Brown sock kit from Woolgirl. The yarn is dyed by Jana over at White Oak Studios. I love the yarn and the bag Jen's MIL made is too cute. Needless to say I signed up for the Easter kit too.

Here is the January Selection of Art Walk Sock Yarn Club. It is called Flaming June based on this painting by Frederick Leighton. I think Roxanne did a wonderful job with this yarn.

And last but not least is my recent selection from DkKnits called Garden of Tulips. It even came with stitch markers that had the exact same colors in them. I'm still amazed that Becky dyes each of us an individualized skein of yarn each month. Needless to say, I've extended my membership for the rest of the year.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Recipe for Suzanne

The Recipe For Suzanne

3 parts Laughter
2 parts Imagination
1 part Grace

Splash of Intellect

Shake vigorously

Ok, Laura & Tonni did, so I decide to do it too!!

My S.E.X. & Candy came today along with my Be My Valentine Charlie Brown Sock Kit from Woolgirl. Both were just too awesome for words.

But what made my day yesterday was my Angel Package from the Alabama Ornament Swap, complete with more of Jessie's yummy yarn and stitch markers, but also the cutest snowman ever!!

I've taken pictures of everything and I'll try to post them this weekend.

Monday, January 07, 2008

S.E.X and Candy

Well, now that I have your attention. :)

I saw this yarn on Jessi's blog a while back and she just posted it for sale. Of course I couldn't resist. Here is a pic that I stole from the listing.

Isn't it Yummy!!! And yes, the name of the colorway is S.E.X. and Candy (and this is completely disease and calorie free). :-) Go over to her store and grab you some!

Yes, I know, I have absolutely no restraint, and Darlene has graciously offered to help me if I'm ever in a bind justifying a yarn purchase. We all need people like that in our lives. (laughing hysterically now!!) And she has been dropping not so subtle hints about if I would like to learn how to spin. After seeing the post on her blog about the spinning get-together, I'm almost tempted, but the key word here is ALMOST.

I also got my Art Walk Sock Club Yarn today. Fabulous as always Roxanne! Love it!

Ok, I gotta go knit some socks before the yarn takes over the house!!

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Happy New Year!!

Ok, Ok, So I know that it is like the 5th of January and I'm just now wishing everyone Happy New Year, but I'm just a little slow at everything these days. I actually finished my Christmas knitting on the 26th of December. My Dad and my sister both got one sock each as I tried to finish their socks. By the time I got done with them, I completely forgot to take pictures of them or the felted slippers I did for Dad. I also realized that I have over a month of yarn stashing and club additions that I haven't shown you. Time is just going by way too fast!

First up are some new additions from Union Center Knits. The Colors are Caramel and Blue Moss. I just love her yarn, it is so soft and the colors are always great.

Then there is the Chick Flicks Sock Club from TV Yarn. This month's Yarn is based on the Movie "Love Actually" (One of my favorites). The Yarn came with a Nutcracker Ornament, some tea, a stitch marker, some Hand lotion and lip balm and a cute little box! I love it. She is starting up her next series on Romantic Comedies and last I looked, there were two spots available. I want to join so bad, but January and February are always big cost months for me with Homeowners dues and Car Tags, but I may crack and sign up any way.

Below is the December Selection from the Art Walk Sock Club from Zen Yarn Garden . I have loved every month's yarn (and I'm anxiously awaiting January as I type). This month is based on the Georgia O'Keefe Black Iris paintings.

I also got the Yarn4Socks Sock Club this month which has two patterns by Melanie over at Pink Lemon Twist and some Semi-Solid Yarn from Madelinetosh.

Whew, almost done with sock clubs. Last Sock Club yarn that I got for December was DkKnits Sock Yarn. I just figured out this month that she personalizes every skein for everyone in the club based on answers to a questionnaire she sent us. How freakin awesome is that??? My yarn this month is called a Glass with Steamy or McDreamy based on my love of Red Wine and Grey's Anatomy. I think it is gorgeous! We also got our project bags with this months selections. Becky got the bags from another Etsy Seller Messie Crafty.

One of my favorite shipments of the month came from my WWCS Swap Partner, Jill. Jill was an awesome swap partner. I was really spoiled. I got a sampler of Starbucks coffee (how sad is it that she figured this would be right up my alley. I love to try different things), Some Coffee Sock Yarn from Shelly Dyes (I see this yarn in a lace sock, kind of like the tea dyed lace my Mom used to use when I was a kid), There is a bar of coffee soap hiding behind the yarn (I got the same thing for my swap pal, how funny is that), some great hand and foot lotion and a foot scrubber thingey, a really cute coffee mug (I love pink and brown together), some adorable coffee bean stitch markers and Jill had emailed me that she wasn't sending any candy because she figured I was probably sick of it (Now how good is that, we had candy and crap coming out of our ears at the office), so instead she sent me the cutest snowman (whose lights blink and he plays a little tune) that was holding a gift card to Panera Bread, which is one of my favorite places to eat. The gift card didn't make it through the week before it was used!! Jill, you are the best swap partner a girl could ask for!! Thanks for spoiling me so well.
Ok, let's see what else have I been up to? There were a few of us who went to see the new National Treasure movie. I really liked it! I was definitely as good as the first movie! I've also seen a few good movies at home. I've seen Live Free & Die Hard, Amazing Grace, Facing the Giants (a MUST see), The Kingdom, The Nanny Diaries, Georgia Rule, and several others that I just can't remember right now. My family spends Christmas Eve & Christmas Day watching movies together. It is a great low key way to spend the holiday. Also add in the fact that I was off the last week of the year and you have lots of movies being watched.
I've also gotten to spend some quality time with some of my girls and we are headed out tonight for a night of Culture. We are meeting for dinner and then heading off to go to the Symphony tonight. I'm really looking forward to it. The Symphony is playing pieces by Shostakovitch and Tchaikovsky (one of my favorites) tonight.

Currently on my Needles are a pair of socks for ME and one of the Three Tams from the newest Knitty issue. It is so cute thus far. I'm supposed to be teaching a class on Fair Isle at my LYS this winter, along with Beginners socks and Beginners lace, so needless to say, I have a few shop models to finish.

I hope everyone had a Great Christmas and a Fantastic New Years!! I'm looking forward to 2008. 2007 was as bad as some years, but I know that 2008 is going to be GREAT!