Magic Yarn Ball Swap!

Thanks so very much to Alcariel!! This was an amazing swap to take part in – my first in one of this kind. Let me tell you, I will never look at a yarn “cake” the same way again – I had this attached to my ball winder so I could rewind as I unwound – man my arms got tired! The husband helped, the dog helped 🙂
So when I opened up the box, this is what I found:

A big ol ball of yarn, and a pattern for Stitch Diva’s Simple Knitted Bodice and a pattern for a mini sock to go on the mini sock blocker keychain! 🙂 And I can see Mike & Ike’s too!
The unwinding began, and continued, and continued! There wasn’t just one ball of yarn (Mountain Colors – gorgeous!!!) there was two! You can see the pinkish yarn in the photo below – that’s “Meteor” – dyed by Miss Violet and spun by Alcariel, my pal! How cool? Also included were gummy rats (weirdly delish!), samples of “Soak” (been dying to try this!), Cream Savers, the mini sock blocker keychain with a knitted sock, and a little sock change purse (I may use this to hold stitch markers)…Wow!
I look forward to using (and eating) everything!!

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New ‘do


New ‘do
Originally uploaded by nutmegknitter.

Knitting has been sparse. I don’t really want to show the baby gifts in progress, because garter stitch bibs in progress won’t look much different than the finished project.

Instead, here’s a recent shot of me and Dan. I’ve got a new hair do – got a chop, and now surprise surprise, I wear my hair down (with goop in it to keep the curls / waves) without clips!

I swear my head is not that much bigger than Dan’s – but it looks like it in this photo…

Photos

First off, big big big big thanks to my Lime & Violet Secret Sibling Pal – I think I know who she is (am I right, Melissa?) The box absolutely rocked!

There’s a ton of sweets (all of which I have been craving! Couldn’t find them on the trip!): jelly jolly ranchers, mike & ikes, peach rings, Sponge Bob Crabby Patties, cream savers, pralines…drool! Then there’s a great selection of yarn – purple and white cotton (I’m big into the Mason Dixon baby bib’s / burp cloths and other baby things now – perfect colors!!), thicker purple /magenta yarn for house socks (maybe thuja??) and Lisa Souza yarn (Red Devil!) awesome! The pattern is “Twist and Lace” – made to use with the Lisa Souza yarn – excellent! There’s Burt’s Bees goodies too and a chibi (don’t have one yet!!) – so so very excited!! There’s even a package of treats for Jackson! Thank you for spoiling me so very very much!!

Here’s a short sample of Ireland:

Slainte! At the Guinness Storehouse.



Sheep!


Blarney Castle



Cliffs of Moher – my favorite!


At Blarney Castle – I swear this coat was made out of electric blue fun fur!

Ireland (Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle) part 4

On Wednesday, we again drove a bit, took a ferry across the River Shannon. Our destination was the Cliffs of Moher – my favorite part of the tour – absolutely breathtaking!! And it was still a beautiful sunny day – warm even!!

That evening we dined at Bunratty Castle for a medevial banquet and enjoyed the after party at Durty Nelly’s Pub – which has been around for 200 years!

Thursday we began our long trip back home to the states…we were at the airport by 10, the flight was at 2, the travel time was 7 hours (we were back by 4)…

Friday and Saturday have been very low key – I’m exhausted and not to keen on the idea of going back to work tomorrow…

I will have to post again to show the fabulous box of goodies I got from my Lime&Violet Secret Sibling – love it all!

Ireland (Ring of Kerry & Skellig) – part 3

On Tuesday, we set out for the ~100 mile drive of Ring of Kerry – absolutely striking – beautiful! This included Gap of Dunloe and Macgillicuddy’s Reeks – you don’t usually think of Ireland as being “mountainous” – but it is quite rugged and rolling! At one photo stop you could hold a lamb! I missed out though, because my camera battery died! I had my camera on all day – you just want to photograph everything!! We did buy a disposable for a backup at a later pit stop. The only part we didn’t like was the Skellig Experience

We took a Jaunting Car ride through Killarney National Park with a very chatty and knowledgable driver 🙂

For dinner, we went to Hannigan’s – I lucked out again with a good tortellini dish, and Dan struck out with whatever he got 🙂 We strolled around a bit checking out a few pubs looking for Irish music. We heard a bit that was just instrumental, a bit of ballads, and then ended up at the hotel bar and talked with the bartender there.

Ireland (Blarney Castle & Killarney) – part 2

On Monday, we left Dublin and made our way through the countryside. We had a stop for tea and scones at a working farm – delicious! And they had hundreds of sheep and lambs! We drove by Cashel, saw lots and lots and lots of sheep and cows in the fields. Eventually we ended up at Blarney Castle and Blarney Woolen Mills (shopping!). As we dove into the grounds, there was a boot sale!! Didn’t have time to go check it out though. I almost didn’t go up to the top of Blarney Castle – you have to go up a very narrow sprial staircase – I don’t do to well with small enclosed spaces, but Nana did it, so I could do it! The view from the top was worth it! I did pass on kissing the Blarney Stone though!

We continued our drive to end up at Killarney – dinner was at the hotel with the tour. I had a pasta dish which was good, Dan struck out again!