I know it’s been awhile, but suffice to say 2017 is what I’ve been calling the Year of the Dumpster Fire. There’s been a lot of rough times this year, but it wasn’t all bad. Here’s a few pictures of some good stuff:

Pepper is very helpful with crochet projects.
A sunrise mimosa with creme brulee, amongst besties.
Took myself to lunch at Flying Star.

 

Some of my haul from the NM Mineral Symposium. I plan to facet those little yellow stones (apatite).

I have been trudging along on the happily ever after Stitch along; I only have 3 months left!

It’s almost finished! I even got the bottom left corner, and some of the right corner. Now it’s on to October (Sword in the Stone!)

I will bring this to my parents house next week, I really hope I can at least get October done and November started. I hope the border will line up…I’ve had such a good time with this project.

(from a couple weeks ago)

This weekend is the biennial NM Fiber Arts Fiesta!! I look forward to this every two years! It’s at the fairgrounds and it’s a big deal. This year I even printed out the layout and marked all the booths I especially want to see. There will be sashiko, embroidery, beads, felting, spinning, yarnyarnyarn, and I’m getting light headed…

So excited

And the special guest this year is one of my favorite indie dyers, Anne Podlesak of Wooly Wonka! Swoon!

Speaking of favors indie dyers, I met up with Lorna Miser last week! The Lorna Miser of Lorna’s Laces fame! I remember buying LL in a yarn store in Houston, it was my first “fancy” yarn. It’s affordable and the colorway are amazing. Lorna has since sold LL, and this year got into dying again and started Zombie Yarns. (Get it? “Lorna’s dying again”?) She had a trunk show at The Yarn Store in Nob Hill and was a super nice person. Her new line is fantastic! I called it “happy goth” because the colorway were all the way from deep shadows to neons. Be still my happy Gothic heart! I found a speckled cotton DK weight and am making her Gutsy Shrug with it. It’s been a long time since a color way and pattern had me this thrilled. It’s so soft and the colors pop and sizzle.

Some have accused me of being easy to please, like it’s a bad thing. I see it as I found my niche, brought a blanket and a book, and made a nice warm drink to settle in. Find your bliss, then revel in it.

*? hours later ?*

My score!!

Four! gorgeous colors from Wooly Wonka on the left, a bunch of small skiens and a bag from Zia Woolz (full pic of all the skiens below), colorful sashiko thread and a dragon kit, a cute row counter, and a shawl kit from Spruce Dragon.

Pretty things:

I already started a Boneyard Shawl with all the leftover sock yarn and new samples, I love it! This project has been so fun throughout the whole process.

Mmm mini skiens

We had such a great time. I can’t wait for the next one!

A friend wants a Doctor Who scarf, so I dug up the pattern for Season 12 by Tara Carstenson/Wheeler. I love this pattern. I made a Season 14 scarf for my brother a few years ago. It’s easy and it gets really fun when it goes over 5 feet long! This one will pass the 6 foot mark, I think.

There are a ton of color changes though, and to minimize sewing in all those ends I weave them in as I go. I use a technique similar to this link.

The scarf takes a lot of yarn though, and I wanted to find a way to save some money and not sacrifice the colors or the quality. Enter Knit Picks! I found all but one color there, for less than $35 (not including shipping). I already have the needles.

I’m using these yarns:

Knit picks:

Brava Worsted Yarn – Almond x2
Item #26365,
Brava Worsted Yarn – Brindle
Item #25721
Brava Worsted Yarn – Cobblestone Heather x2
Item #25697
Brava Worsted Yarn – Dublin x2
Item #25703
Brava Worsted Yarn – Paprika
Item #25719
Wool of the Andes Worsted Yarn – Currant
Item #24647

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solids, Heathers & Twists:¬†Mustard Item #158

(I just couldn’t find the right yellow on Knit Picks, so I got the one I knew would work! I orginally bought Brava in Caution-but it’s very bright. Maybe I can make some long fingerless gloves for biking.)

I even have the perfect project bag.

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Well, no fevers, thankfully. My youngest got sick and now I have something…coldish…stuffy ¬†in my sinuses. I took my allergy meds and have a nice cuppa coffee this morning to battle it. ;-)

Lots of stuff happening on the home front that kept me from blogging last week-I gave notice at my job (been there 8+ years, and with this boss for over 10) so I started getting things caught up/just right so I can train my replacement soon. We also have a big internal audit coming up so there’s a lot to do! I’m leaving for lots of reasons, but the main one is to be home for awhile with my family again.

Regardless, I got some tatting done last week and this weekend! I’m taking a break from the crochet projects (this vest and this vest) and Yei. It’s warm and sunny out and this thread color fits my mood. Spring=tatting for me and I have an obsession with doilies lately.

Amusement Doily in Lizbeth 131 sz 20
Amusement Doily in Lizbeth 131 sz 20

I found this awesome thread this week too! I can’t wait to use it on some massive doily, lol. I need to finish up a very old WIP and then I can dive in to this thread.

Artiste 100% Mercerized Egyptian Cotton size 10 crochet thread in Pewter, Terra Rosa; and Country Rose. I looove this gothic mix of colors.
Artiste 100% Mercerized Egyptian Cotton size 10 crochet thread in Pewter, Terra Rosa; and Country Rose. I looove this gothic mix of colors.

I’m thinking of crocheting a big doily because it’s faster than tatting and I found a very cool pattern on pinterest. (More on that as I get to it.)

We have a different kind of March Madness around here-Netflix new releases! We’re into Game of Thrones season 5 on dvd, Daredevil Season 2 on streaming, then House of Cards season 4 and the Madagascar movies with the kids on dvd. We don’t have cable, we use Netflix pretty muchexclusively, not counting PBS on the rabbit ears. Gotta have PBS!

This means lots of yarn time for me, I can get a lot done while there’s a good show on. I’m a little more than halfway done with the Ninja vest and finally changed colors on the hooded vest. I think I’m 1/3 done then, with my yarn math. The project takes 3 skeins worth of yarn, I have used 1 skein. Thus, 1/3 done. Yarn math= truth. Years ago Ben gave me a head lamp for Christmas, not for hiking or camping but because he got tired of me trying to knit in the dark. ;-)

<achoo!> well, off to sit and tat for awhile. I’m hoping for a nice lazy day. Hope you have one too! Go do something you love, and hugh someone you love. Maybe give them a smooch or two.

I’m only 20 rows away from finishing Soft Mitts, another old WIP. I had a bad habit of starting new stuff when I was stressed, (yarn is fun after all), but then so busy I didn’t have time to finish! This is one of those. It’s an easy pattern and the yarn is like knitting a cloud. It’s just amazingly, indescribably soft.

It was a cold morning at the Taos Wool Festival and I was in line for coffee for 30 minutes, talking with a nice woman about yarn and such. I got to the third place in line when I found out they didn’t take cards, ack!! My line-friend bought me a cuppa, and I visited her booth later that day. She was working the Jabberwocky Farms booth. I bought my-admittedly-most-expensive-yarn-to-date and got the mitts pattern for free. The yarn is silk/cashmere and worth every cent! I can’t wait to finish these and tuck them in my jacket pocket for our morning walks.

Wow, that was in 2013. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen Jabberwocky at TFW since then, but I love the memories in these mitts. The project is so small that I took them everywhere for awhile, a row here, 5-10 stitches there. I used circular needles for the first mitt and the magic loop method. That’s fiddly and a little awkward for me with small needles, so I changed to the vintage Boye straights when I found them. I love straights, especially aluminum. I got those in a bundle at a consignment store! woot!

Anyway, I dropped stitches, lost the pattern twice (still gone), rewrote the pattern the best I could by inspecting the first mitt…lots of good memories in this little project. :-)

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