FO Friday – On the TNNA Runway

On the Runway! Photo from the TNNA Facebook photo album

For the last handful of posts I have alluded to a sample knitting job and I can finally share photos! This sweater is a Jill Wolcott Knits® design, the yarn is a gorgeous red from Red Barn Yarn paired with a red boucle in the trim.   Due to a variety of circumstances, there was a bunch of last minute finishing needed (you can read Jill’s take on it here, all good points!) – I knit the body of the sweater and shipped it off so Jill could complete the trim while I knit the sleeves, then I sent the sleeves to TNNA directly!  I was wondering if it all came together in the final moments – it usually does, but still – you have to wonder! This is the seventh piece that I have made that has ended up on display at TNNA – the first to be in the runway show!

This was an enjoyable knit, the trim is a fairly easy 12 row repeat, and once you pick up the stitches it is stockinette with a touch of shaping.

I’m so happy to be able to link up with FO Friday again!!

WIP Wednesday & Yarn Along

Wip & yarn alongMy socks are making very good progress! I have turned both heels and one sock has the gusset decreases finished. The deadline for these, for Camp Loopy purposes, is July 1 and I think I just might make it! While working on these I am remembering why I love knitting socks so much and it makes me want to finish the others I have in progress (Jelly beans, Carousel, and about 3 or 4 that need mates).  As I mentioned the other day I’ve been working my way through eleven pounds of strawberries. We finally found the bottom of the box and had to pitch several that were turning, but I’m really pleased with the jam, ice cream, popsicles, syrup and frozen berries I have ready to use. The ice cream recipe I used was from the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Book that I bought after trying Jeni’s last summer.  It was a lot of work (or maybe it just seems like more work with little ones underfoot?) – roasting berries, mixing this, heating that, chilling in an ice bath, etc.  I probably spent an hour prepping / making the parts before it went in to the ice cream maker. However, those first tastes were heavenly and I am probably going to be very protective of my quart of ice cream! Do you like to read cookbooks? I have heard people talk about reading them – this ice cream book is a great read and the pictures will make you want to get a scoop or two!

I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday & Yarn Along! Check it out to see what everyone else is up to!

Monday Listicle – Photos!

Oh Monday. Certain days are rough enough, but Monday? Today was a doozy. The Lorax and I picked eleven pounds of strawberries yesterday – and there’s only so much you can do so fast with berries. It was a spur of the moment decision to go picking and we filled the flat! I’ve made 5 jars of jam, 1 quart of ice cream, 6 popsicles, and at least 1 cup of strawberry syrup for who knows what. I gave a pint to my in-laws. We’ve been eating them raw just walking through the kitchen. I hope I can get the rest frozen tomorrow (or maybe made into muffins or some cake thing!). I also have spent a good part of the day (and will continue to do so this week) trying to figure out my new computer. I’ve upgraded (it was time and timed well with a birthday splurge) and I must be getting old, because man, Windows 8 is not so great! The computer is fantastic, and I know it will take a while to get things the way I like but that interface is better for a tablet or phone in my opinion, not a laptop on which I’m working. Anyway. Let’s take a break and make a list!

I’m deciding to present my Top 10 Favorite Instagram Photos! I’m nutmegknitter there as well if you’d like to see more! Order is only roughly from oldest to most recent, it is so very hard to pick favorites!

It’s My Birthday

Happy Birthday to me, happy Thursday to you! Today is the first day all week where we have not had any plans set, so it is especially nice to take our time, work on a few projects, play outside and relax. I’m still recovering from the brain mush. I’ve skipped WIP Wednesday this week and I don’t have anything finished to show tomorrow, but I have been working on several projects! I finished the sleeves (and sent them off) for a sample knit that I believe will be shown at the fashion show at TNNA this weekend. I have no pictures – due to time issues – I knit the sweater body and sent it off to the designer last Friday so she could knit the trim and I would finish the sleeves!

Socks in progress


My Camp Loopy socks started out as two-at-a-time Magic Loop, but I have separated them into individual Magic Loop socks – the patterning is different on each leg and I just could not keep it straight. Last night I worked a bit on one leg, then realized after an hour and a half of knitting, I was doing the right leg pattern on the left sock leg! I’m going to leave it, but I’m so annoyed! I know better!



I am so far behind on my Woodland Sampler and Springtime Sampler, but I didn’t let that stop me from signing up for the Summer Sampler! I’m also practicing my hand stitching / embroidery in the Wild Olive Summer Stitching Club. I’ve made a few paper pieced hexagons and really enjoy it so far! I’m in love with all the fabric options and have been drooling over etsy and some fun assortments of Japanese prints.


I’m getting caught up on checking in on blogs – there are so many great projects going on now!

Monday Listicle: TV Shows

Hello Monday. It was a good weekend, a busy weekend. Today is the first Monday of summer vacation and my husband is working from home and it is just a bit nuts around here. The photo of the koosh ball in the sink? Yeah, I had to grab that out of the toilet after my son tossed it in. At least he didn’t flush.  Sigh. I really would love to spend a day just lounging, knitting, stitching and rewatching some of these shows!

10 6 Shows that were Cancelled Too Soon!

1. Joan of Arcadia

2. Pushing Daisies

3. Southland (this is a stretch – it was cancelled / not picked up by NBC then TNT grabbed it so it is back on the air)

4. Veronica Mars

5. Arrested Development (though I have to say, I’m not impressed with the Netflix-only new season – watched one episode and I don’t think I’ll watch the rest.)

6. My So-Called Life

And that’s all I could think of! The other shows that come up (Freaks & Geeks for example) I didn’t watch, so it feels like cheating to put them here. I suppose a short list is all I can do given how much I enjoy watching bad reality shows – it doesn’t matter if they don’t come back!

FO Friday – A bit of brain mush

Happy Friday! I’m so glad that I can finally share a few projects. Life has been a bit hectic lately and today my brain is just mush. So I am going to jump in with sharing my projects!

I have seriously been bitten by the crochet bug and I love it. I wanted to make this mobile before my son was born, but I wasn’t ready for it then.  Now is a different story – I’m getting good! This was a gift for my niece who will be arriving in August.

I also made two rattles for my niece. Her grandmother is an amazing (and prolific) knitter and has sweaters and dresses already filling the closet ready to be worn. I’m going to focus on toys (and maybe a few accessories) for the little one for now. They are fun to make and relatively quick too. There are just so many things I want to make and not enough time. I’ve finished one deadline knitting project, a sample that is headed to TNNA. The second deadline knitting project should be out the door Monday for TNNA, and while I’ve enjoyed working on them, I’m ready for a break. Selfish knitting here I come!

Monday Listicle – Beatuy products

Oh me, oh my. I am so low-key in terms of daily products. Seriously, here’s what I looked like this morning:

#fmsphotoaday Me / you


This is today’s June-photo-a-day for the prompt “Me” – we’re ready to head to school. If my hair is brushed & out of my face, and my face has gotten a splash of water / lotion I’m good to go. I don’t have time or patience (and I’m not willing to devote more time / patience) for an extended morning routine. My morning routine is coffee & breakfast! Anyway, this week’s Monday Listicle is “Top 10 Beauty Products You Can’t Live Without”.

  1. Face Lotion with SPF (I’m really pale with a lot of freckles. I burned a lot as a kid. Now I avoid the sun.)
  2. Body Lotion – generic everyday stuff or Body Shop Body Butters
  3. Shampoo / Conditioner (I have a mane with a mind of its own. Usually 2-in-1, time & patience thing)
  4. Soap (Usually Dove or maybe some handmade soap I could get at a fiber festival.)
  5. Contact Lens solution
  6. Toothpaste
  7. Floss (I’m trying to be better.)
  8. Water
  9. Vaseline / Burts Bees (I used to love the original one, but now I like ones that don’t make your lips tingle – Mango, Pomegranate)
  10. Deodorant

WIP Wednesday / Yarn Along – What I Can Show You

WipFinally I have things somewhat back on track (I think. For now.). I am still muddling my way through secret knits (never enough time! Why don’t things work out the way you want the first time?!) and schedules and allergies. OMG the allergies. This year they seem extra bad – I haven’t been able to wear my contacts comfortably for weeks and I really dislike wearing my glasses.  Groan. Anyway, among the secret knits and sample knits I have decided to take myself to camp this summer via Camp Loopy. I’m “hiking” Mt. Fiberopolis for the summer and my first project is what you see in the picture. Mountain Colors Crazyfoot in “Summertime” and the Deux Tourbillions pattern, and I’m trying them 2-at-a-time, magic loop style. Man, was that fiddly to start, but I think I’ve got it down now. I also possible should have considered the patterning on each leg is different, so this is not a plain vanilla sock, but it is sure to keep my interest. I have to say, so far, I absolutely adore this yarn!

My reading has been this really cute book, Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf – I bought it after seeing it at knitting and hope it will inspire the Lorax to pick up the needles, and to be as patient as she can. After we read it she asked me to show her someday, but hasn’t asked about it again, so maybe once school is done. It could be ok! I’ve also been reading material for a tech editing class I’m currently taking. I have always been curious about how one approaches tech editing and it seems like a good trick to have in my pocket. I have plenty of experience test knitting and sample knitting, so if I can parlay those skills with some tech editing all the better for me!

What are you working on? Have you read anything good? In about 10 days I’ll have time / energy for a new book!

Monday Listicle

I forget now how I discovered the Monday Listicle, but I think it’s a fun idea.  I love lists.  To do’s, Won’t Dos, Maybe Dos, Mix Tapes, etc.  Maybe a good jump start for the week, which is sure to be a busy one. Cheers to the start of June!


  1. Eyes
  2. Smile (or lack thereof)
  3. Hair
  4. Shoes – with socks, hopefully. I can’t stand shoes and no socks (ick, so sweaty! Wear flip flops then!)
  5. Are they wearing a watch?
  6. Accessories – jewelry or tattoos
  7. What are they doing?
  8. How they react towards me.
  9. How they react towards my children.
  10. The general vibe I get from them – I’m usually trusting of most, but a few wrong encounters with the crazy and creepy have left my guard up a bit more.