Mittens

I can’t remember if I already shared this here or not (and obviously, I’m too lazy to go check). With all the snow we’ve had, the Lorax has gotten a lot of wear out of her purple mittens. I noticed that they were getting a little too small for her and mentioned that I would make her a new pair. Her response, “Princess Mittens?!” My response, “Um, does that mean pink?”. I was quite excited to see the Heart Strings Mittens pattern was shared by Vivere Nel Colore (check out her blog – great designs and a little cutie too!). As soon as they were knit, they were snatched off the table, so I consider this a success.
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The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the Neon colorway, leftovers from a pair of socks. Bright pink, orange and yellow – acceptable princess colors I think.

This pattern is well written, quick to knit and there is the possibility for so much customization. My back up plan was to find a princess charm or iron-on-patch of some sort if the Lorax truly had her heart set on princess-mittens (whatever that means to her). Lucky for me, she was excited about these and though we did buy some pink glitter buttons, she chose the star buttons to go on them.
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After our photo shoot she told me, “Now I need blue ones for Cinderella, and yellow ones for Belle, and purple for Rapunzel, and green for Tinkerbell…” Sure kid.
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A rather blurry shot of the Lorax with her princess mittens and her princess valentine balloon bought by daddy.

Local Win!

Happy Earth Day! It is a very appropriate day to share my recent local win.
Unique Sheep Win!
The Painted Sheep (of Connecticut!) recently celebrated her blogiversary with a contest to guess how many blog posts she has written. I went with my birthday – 620 (June 20) – and I was spot on! Excellent. I won a gorgeous skein of her sock yarn, Painted Sock Too in the “Merlot” colorway. I also was given my choice of Knitspot patterns – I went with the “Merlot Vine Sock”, but there are so many nice patterns, it was a tough choice! Check out her Etsy Shop and support a local (to me) CT yarnie!

I’m really looking forward to the CT Sheep and Wool festival this weekend. Hopefully the weather holds. Last year was a great time. I am trying to sort through my queue and stash to see what I might be looking for. I am in the market for buttons for my “Caitlin Cardi” test that is being seamed. Maybe I’ll go the lace route? Maybe I’ll just focus on one sweater? I’m still undecided, but between a rough week with the Lorax and waiting on hearing back on a few other things I know I’ll be ready for some retail therapy.

I also need to figure out a project to bring with me for some knitting in public – all my current projects are either too big, at a point where I have to pay attention, or need to sit and measure. Might be time to start a new sock or shawl.

Casting On

I’m still playing catch up from Christmas – there’s a lot to be done and somehow, with the approach of 2010 just days away it feels like time is running out even faster! I know that’s just a feeling, but funny enough it also doesn’t stop me from casting on new projects.

Casting on brings a special sort of peace, doesn’t it? Like there’s all this potential that everything will be all right. Have you seen that Quotable Card that says –

Today there is a new project that needs attention to help make things okay, not to end them (though I wish it could) but to bring a little bit of help.

Last month, Lisa, yenforyarn on Plurk and elsewhere, was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer. She has had surgery and will begin chemotherapy on December 29. Coby of CJ Creations is lucky to be able to call Lisa “friend.” Coby wanted to find a way we can show our support for Lisa as she goes through treatment. So, Coby–and many others–are asking knitters to do what they do best. Knit. Coby came up with the idea that we should cast on a special project on that day to show Lisa our support. She and Lisa discussed it, and Lisa selected two of her favorite sock designs: Sedona and Manhattan. (Oh, did I forget to tell you that Lisa is a wonderful designer? Check out her Ravelry designer page. I’ve knit her Playtime Socks – many of you have seen them at SnB!) Incidentally, Manhattan is a great design for men’s or women’s socks – I was going to knit Dan a pair of plain vanilla socks, but I think this will work great for the Intention Yarns – Simplicity for him instead.

Ovarian Cancer is on my mind quite a bit as this is what my Nana battled and ultimately lost. Please educate yourself! Put Teal on your Toes!.
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Birthday Nutshell

So now, I’m 30 plus 1. As my dad said to me on Saturday, having birthdays is much better than the alternative you know. Thanks dad. 🙂 It was a really good birthday – I got to do a little bit of everything! And there’s stuff to look forward to – like U2!!!! – September 20 cannot get here soon enough!

On Saturday I also went to a shower for a fellow knitter – it was such a nice event and how cool it was to be able to pull out the knitting and NO ONE thinks twice about it?! And to not be the only one knitting?! Good times!
Shower!
I just wish I had taken more photos! I had a lot of fun knitting up a hat and puppet for the new baby.
Anne & Baby Maggie's Hat
Flower Hat for baby Bug, now with eyes!
I wish I could have stayed longer (these gals are a lot of fun to hang out with!) but I *had* to come home so we could head out for birthday dinner at Cafe Goodfellas – fantastic!

I was gifted gift certificates to the LYSs around here so I’ll be project planning soon. I was also gifted a skein of Hudson Valley (Martha’s Vineyard) Fiber Farm Yarn:
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It’s not so red, more raspberry-ish, but soft and gorgeous!

And yarn arrived in the mail! Adding to my sock yarn stash, Schaefer Yarn “Nichole” in Indigo, Sage and Bluebell:
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And my “payment” from Lorna’s Laces – yarn to make Sundog for Lorelai – Island Blue and Iris Garden.
Sundog WIP

I finished a pair of socks – Yarn Harlot’s basic sock recipe, j.knits “Florida” colorway:
Juice Socks
I really love how it knit up – I was a bit unsure about the skein – it was so bright!

Today, I got a birthday gift from Betsy – small sock appropriate stitch markers – for the decreases and “yo’s” – I’m looking at doing “Ishbel” so they will also be so handy for that!! Thank you!
New Stitch Markers!

I can feel the multiple projects creeping up on me again – I have so many ideas and it’s hard to get those stitches I picture in my head to the actual fabric! I think summer is good for that, the slate is clean for the moment – even if the nutshell is cluttered!

Goodbye, Hello & a contest!

Goodbye 2008!
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Hello 2009! Last night we took it easy – Chinese take-out, gave Lorelai a bath, played some Wii Fit (I rock at Super Hula Hoop! and we unlocked a Bubble game!) watched “Death Race” (which delivers as it promises, even in the first 10 minutes!) and saw the New Year in. Promptly I tore into my new “Page-A-Day” calendars:
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The year shows promises of being cute and amusing (observant? witty? sarcastic?)!

Yesterday I was trying to organize a bit. I have had my sock yarns in two separate boxes for a while now and in trying to make space on the bookshelves for more books, decided I would consolidate the sock yarn to an under the bed-style box. (41 quart size) I tried to arrange the yarns in a sort of color spectrum, which didn’t quite work. I also found 5 sock WIPs that I want to take care of this year. I’ve got quite a bit of yarn stuffed into that box, so I thought maybe it would be interesting to have a contest. Here are photos of the box:
The Sock Box with WIPs
With the WIPs on top of the yarns.

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The Left side of the box.

Right side
The Right side of the box.

Side view
Side view (you can see it’s not just one layer of yarns!)

The Sock Box without WIPs
And the box without the WIPs on top.

I’ve got an extra copy of Alt Fiber to give away! To win it, take a guess at this – How many skeins are in the box? I haven’t even counted myself yet! Leave your answer in the comments and on Sunday, January 4, I’ll announce the winner 🙂