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May 28, 2009

Fits and starts

Hi there! Sorry no pretty yarn Friday last Friday, but I was busy! What with work and the Memorial Day weekend. I didn't even think I was going to blog today! Phew!

Fits and starts. That is the title of this blog post. Why is that? Well let's see, I guess because I keep starting projects and it brings me to fits of ripping them out again

Case in point:

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I have ripped this out twice. I have even started it with a new yarn and have ripped it out. What is this? It's Ishbel. The lovely shawl that everyone seems to be making and NOT having any problems with. My problem is my counts are always off. It's really frustrating to see that you didn't yarn over when you were supposed to like 5 rows down. What is wrong with me? Do I need to take a breather from lace? Perhaps.

Oh but it doesn't stop there....

Case in point #2:

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I started this Jaywalker back in April. I have ripped it out, started a completely different pattern, ripped that out and started a completely different pattern (which I like much better)

Do I have any pictures to show for this? Nope. I had a long weekend too but no pictures. I didn't even take any pictures of pretty yarn!
Am I loosing my mojo?

Oh wait! I almost forgot! I can show you a FO at least!

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YAY!!! I finished this way back in April. I just couldn't show you because it was for Missa. She has been so good to me and I really needed to make her a little somethin' somethin'. This came out kinda big, but when you actually wear it, it has a bit of a slouch to it. She said she loves it, now if only she would send me a picture.....

You can find the specs on my Ravelry page. You know who I am.

over and out.

Posted by beth at 12:47 PM | Comments (9)

May 19, 2009

There's a Storm comin'

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I squeaked out a quick little project inbetween my socks and my Ishbel.

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I just had to. I ripped out my socks 3 times and Ishbel once. I wanted instant gratification and I got it with this

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Specs:
Pattern: Storm Cloude Shawlette - Hanna Breetz
Yarn: Berraco Ultra Alpaca - 1 skein of purple
Needles: US 10
Mods: I started running out of yarn so I ended the shawl after 70 or 71 rows. I would have liked to have a ruffle, but no yarn left. Well... that isn't entirely true. I think I may have enough to make a little tie for this.

I can't believe how quick this was! I started it Saturday and finished it up Sunday. I would have had it done Saturday, but I had things to do.

Special thanks to the husband for the photo's. He actually made me look thinner!

Love this pattern!

Posted by beth at 12:41 PM | Comments (6)

May 15, 2009

Pretty Yarn Friday!

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Indeed! Here we have a beautiful skein of Tilli Tomas Voile de la Mer. It is approx. 290 yards of 70% Silk and 30% Seaweed! YUP! Who knew it could be so pretty.

I am telling you "Faboo" must be a good luck charm! This is a birthday present. Now what to make with it....

I am really struggling with my sock project. I had to rip out the Jaywalkers. They were just too big. So I started another sock. Didn't like the way it was headed. Frogged that and started a 3rd. I am still on the fence...

But it will make good blog material for next week right? Seeing as how I don't have nothin. Well execpt pretty yarn. Need to get busy spinning too don't I?

Have a great weekend!

Posted by beth at 12:33 PM | Comments (3)

May 08, 2009

Pretty Yarn AND Pretty Finished Project Friday!

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Okay, again, so it's not my handspun. But isn't this a beauty?

What is it?

Why it's Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet! I purchased 2 skeins at the new Yarn Store in Town called Yarn Cupboard. The owner is fantastic! I am looking forward to returning when I have more $$$$$

Did I mention I have a pretty Finished Project too? Why yes! I did!

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Specs:
Pattern: Shetland Triangle - Evelyn Clark (Pattern in the book Wrap Style)
Yarn: Classic Elite Silky Alpaca Lace (Didn't even use the whole ball)
Needles: US 5 Circular
Mods: None, I followed the pattern to a T.

I am giving this shawl to one of my dear good friends Linda (she comments on here as Lemon) I started knitting Linda a sweater like 15 years ago and never finished it. Well now I just don't like the sweater so she said it was ok that I make her a shawl. This was a quick knit! I loved working on it too. AND I am totally in love with my blocking wires. What a time saver!

Lemon, your shawl is on it's way. I mailed it yesterday! I hope you enjoy it. I want a picture!

Posted by beth at 10:04 AM | Comments (6)

May 06, 2009

I almost didn't think I was gonna make it!

Blogging today that is....Phew! I have had a busy couple of days!

What with my birthday and all..... ;-) Yes, this past Monday I celebrated my 44th year. I certainly don't FEEL 44 and I know I don't act it. I had a most excellent day. I even went to work! Well I had to. I didn't ask for the day off.

I thought I would share a couple of gifts I got for my birthday that were quite special. My Aunt in Phoenix knows my love of all things fibery and she gave me this lovely spindle:

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Isn't it pretty? She got it from Dragon Craft. They also tossed in the blue fiber! This spindle is a dream to spin on too! I love it! Thank you Aunt Dana!

Now this year my husband did VERY well. He is such a thoughtful, handsome man. He gave me this:

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It is the "Knitter's Gnome"!!! He also came with a $50.00 bill tucked into the yarn. But I thought this was the cutest thing. The Knitters Gnome had a story card too:

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It's a little hard to read so.....

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FABOO!!!! Hubby got this from a guy, yes a guy he works with makes these nifty little monster dolls. You can find out about them from here. Don't ya just love etsy? I do.

So my Gnome loves yarn (smart gnome). Just look at him:

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I really think he is smiling in this picture don't you? He did bring me good luck this weekend. I got some great deals at a yarn store closing sale and a new yarn store opened up and they are WONDERFUL!

So I now have a new word. FABOO!!!!! It's kinda like Squee.


Posted by beth at 02:51 PM | Comments (11)

May 01, 2009

Pretty Yarn Friday

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Finally! Some of my handspun! You knew it was just a matter of time right? Well here is some of that Sheep Shed stuff I carded and spun a little while back. It's about 100 yards maybe more. 2 ply worsted.

Very pretty and soft. I got a lot of this so I have my work cut out for me.

Have a great weekend!

Posted by beth at 12:41 PM | Comments (3)