Category Archives: Yarn n Fluff

Black and Grey

Can you believe it’s almost Christmas?

After my little knitting hiatus, I wanted to show you this pretty bit of fluff.

It’s black and grey and not blue.

Dang camera.

It’s Alpaca.

I am making another gardenview shawlette (like the yeti one) for my Dad’s GF for Christmas.

I would never ever have thought black and grey would qualify as a pretty shawlette, but it’s coming out AMAZING.

I am also confused how I wouldn’t think black and grey would work together being it’s about all I wear.

So I have to have this thing done before Thursday but I am about 10 yards from running out of that one skein of yarn.

The yarn shop is closed today.

So tomorrow you’ll know where I’ll be…and then crankin’ out the last 2 leaves and then blocking it and than wrapping it.

My one holiday knit is turning out to be a little problematic.

Good thing I have Gru as my mentor.

Because when you are a super-villian you don’t care necesarily if your leafy shawlette is done by Christmas.

You only care about stealing the Moon and having power.

All I want is that darn yarn store to open up, so I can finish my shawlette.

do you think??

Do you think this might be finished by Thanksgiving?

Do you think Aidez makes my butt look big?

Could knitting a beast of a cabled sweater all in one piece be any more brain wracking?

Could I be any fonder of the color Orange?

Is it possible for me to spend my free time without yarn in my hands?

Possible, but painful

It IS cold season and cabled things just make life cozier.

and YES I DO dress kinda like Bob Cratchit.

You see it’s cold at my desk.

Sad but true…Hey, nice scarf buddy.

My orchids refuse to bloom, they think they live in the arctic.

As do I.

I’m off to make some sexy muscles today.

Also…

and this is super cool….

I get to do some yoga this week …IN STUDIO

AND

we pick up our FIRST CSA box Thursday.

AND

AND

AND

it’s a long weekend.

HEY, things are looking UP.

Take THAT SCROOGE!

when it’s gross outside

First the weekend starts out and it’s kinda gross.

Rainy, cloudy, almost sunny, cloudy, rainy.

In that order.

All day long.

It’s the kind of day where you time it just so you make your Costco run in the cloudy/almost sunny/cloudy part of the day.

But before that, the neighbor kids grab JJ for a short soccer lesson.

Since its still in the cloudy/almost sunny/cloudy time of day, you jump at the chance to kick him outside agree.

You are witnessing his first ever soccer experience .

Since it’s cloudy/almost sunny you take your tea and yarn with you while you pretend watching your son play soccer for the first time isn’t making you weepy.

You take pictures because you are just weird like that.

This was an “almost sunny” moment.

It was actually kinda nice when it was almost sunny.

Still pretending not to be weepy when other people love your booger-face, almost as much as you do.

Since it’s still cloudy/almost sunny, you quickly get your shopping done.

You also spend way more than you meant too at Costco, but relish in the fact that you will now survive the Apocalypse.

You know, so long as you have gas and electricity, and well, you can still run a blender.

Just sayin.

Since after your window of almost sunny changes back to rainy/cloudy, it’s time to have kids over to play Kinectimals.

Anything to keep your soccer player burning off toddler angst is good news.

Since I’m giddy we are having kids over, I bake.

Okay, I bake anyways but I use them as an excuse.

It’s an oatmeal/raisin/chocolate chip kinda day.

Help yourself!

Since it’s gross outside on day two of the weekend, and you would rather knit than have a face-off with your bored toddler, you let him catch his death of cold jump in puddles.

Maybe you debate with Dad, the whole “catching your death of cold” as being some story your Mother told, you probably just because she didn’t want to bother cleaning mud off your shoes.

You win.

But first you get prepared.

Since you live in California, it’s a little ridiculous to think you really could catch your death of cold.

But you rarely get to wear a hooded coat so it’s more for coolness than for need.

But it IS 50 degrees outside so it’s a coin toss.

Since you made a pair of adorable Rainbow Bright wristeez and your stinker-butt toddler took them, you knit yourself a second pair.

Since you’re pretty sure they are very Rainbow Bright but are a tad hazy, you go google it.

I should have made them longer
Finding Rainbow Bright with a light-saber just increases the coolness factor.

By like a million!

Since your toddler plays outside in freezing California weather for exactly 12 minutes, you don’t get much knitting done.

Since it’s more rainy/gross than cloudy/almost sunny today, this is about as cool as your weekend gets.

You also watch Chicken Little.

Yesterday I did some Zumba Fitness on Kinect.

Today I am thinking something with more muscle power.

Excuse me while I carry my bored toddler upstairs for his third time out.

Just how it is when it’s gross outside.

xo

ps…I actually DID hit my KAL mark for week 3. SHEW

the not-so-yeti shawlette

Are you done sugar detoxing yet?

or

Are you still finding small places to stash those mini reeses?

Personally, I am OVER it.

Oh my gosh if I never see another twix it’ll be okay with me.

Funny thing is, Thursday will show up and I’ll go looking for one.

You have to learn to take what I say with a grain of salt, when it comes to twix.

Sugar and me have a life long bond.

We love each other no matter how bad we are together.

I walk away from the relationship and come back the second my day gets un-nerving.

Or if I am bored.

I tried a new relationship with yoga, and even broccoli.

Both are great, no complaints really, but sugar…sugar will always be the one I should say good-bye to but can’t completely.

ANYWAY.

You know what I am saying.

I am super happy to eat green drinks and salads or not eat at all or try and get my running groove in motion.

Halloween festivities were a blast but I miss the normalcy of life.

That’s the sign of a great holiday in my book.

Please excuse the rambling nature of today’s post.

I can already tell my fingers are going to give away the fact that coffee today was excellent…

..and that I’ve had two cups.

I feel I am betraying the essence of my yarn blog.

Cupcakes and dimple-clad toddler antics sometimes grip me but I am never far from my yarn and needles.

I realize now that I am climbing out of my sugar coma that I never proudly displayed my finished Garden View Shawlette.

You know I almost frogged it a few times.

You know I was unhappy with the hairy-ness of the yarn.

fixed my sideways picture, shew!
You know I ran out of yarn and had to spin another hundred yards of it.

You know I wasn’t sure if blocking it would fix the peculiarities of my attempts at spinning yarn.

Rest assured dear reader that this story has a very happy ending.

I soaked the hairy mess in a mild soap and fabric softener overnight.

Than we blocked the sucker to it’s utter limit and let it dry.

STREEEEETCH
I paced.

I crossed fingers.

I sang songs to it.

I petted it.

I paced some more.

When it was finally time to remove the pins and reveal it’s happiness potential, I was on pins and needles myself.

Not that it was an enormous time suck of a project, but I had placed an enormous amount of pressure on this little shawlette.

It had to be very FALL.

CHECK.

It had to be soft and drape well.

CHECK.

It had to be big enough…

and for the love of shampoo it had to be very NOT HAIRY.

Most of all, most most most importantly of all….

I had to love it.

NO, not you. GO AWAY you evil wrapped in chocolate.
Well,

I DO.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my shawl.

and it’s not so yeti anymore.

the end.

BOO

So whenst last we visited, we were contemplating the doomed outcome of my Garden View Shawlette.

I was running out of yarn, finding it becoming hairy like a yeti, and a little over twisted in spots.

Let’s not mention the thick/thin yarn features of being a newbie yarn spinner.

A lot has happened in a few days so let’s catch up shall we?

BOO

Did I scare ya?

Are you ready for Halloween?

Doing anything fun?

I might be going to Jury Duty.

I know!

SCARY.

I am so glad its Friday for me because I am readyto have a sleep in morning. for some halloween fun.

It’s kind of a fun day today so that’s always nice.

First, management hosted some fun trick or treating upstairs.

I feel tricks never get enough attention on Halloween, being everyone is a sugar zombie looking for thier next fix, so I decided to try and scare one of my co-workers.

BOO

Tee hee.

I got her!

I should have been nice to her because she made this amazing pumpkin bread which I snarfed down before we hit the first candy spot.

I won some movie tickets because the candy I chose had a golden ticket sun sticker on it!

Twix would never steer you wrong people.

On our way out of the little haunted dept of doom, we stopped for some apple cider (which is why I went up there in the first place).

I wished I had brought my travel mug because it was HOT and perfect for this chill that we’ve got going on here lately.

Before we left though, I kicked off my shoes to sneak up on my co-worker again…

Got her, twice!

Hehe

OK. Time to come back to the Garden View Shawlette.

I know I am supposed to be all focused on Aidez, and trust me, I’m still at it; but the Shawlette has me gripped like a good novel.

If you need a first timer shawl, that is not overly complicated and confusing, fun to knit and beautiful…this one hits the mark.

I mentioned that I was probably going to run out of yarn, and I did.

3 leaves from the end.

In yarn talk that means 2/3 rds of the way through.

I also mentioned that I felt I had about 2 ounces of roving left to spin.

That was bad guess on my part, as I really had 7/8ths of an ounce.

I don’t remember the last time I used my food scale for actual “food”.

So Tuesday was spin night.

this is pencil roving and it’s super easy to spin…little drafting involved

I was set on a certain weight and not too twisted as I mentioned before. Plus I wasn’t going to ply it to take the twist out, nor would I be soaking it, which I almost always do after spinning. It took me two hours to spin 7/8′s of an ounce.

I really made myself slow down and take my time.

Plus I REALLY wanted to get it done Tuesday night.

This 7/8 ounce blob of roving in Toffee (see I told you it had a name) made me another hundred yards and plenty to finish my shawl , which I promptly did on Wednesday.

I realized after spinning the last bit that this roving is just fuzzy and the yeti -ness of my shawl is not my fault…really it’s NOT.

Wednesday night I soaked it in some mild soap and fabric softener, hedging my bet that I could soften, and de-fuzz my yeti shawl.

So today at break me n Deb grabbed our pins and mat and she helped me block it, and now it’s hiding in the break room with fans.

And it smells like goat.

Wet goat.

Oops.

If you manage your free time wisely you really can do amazing things with it.

And now I am antsy to get back to Aidez. I think I am still ahead of schedule so no pressure!

Oh and see this?

Deb made these super-duper adorable hand warmers that are bright and stripey.

I fell in love with them.

I probably could have begged her to part with them but she made them for a charity event, so she gave me the remaining yarn.

It’s sock weight.

I’ll be making my own witchy-poo hand warmers soon and saving a bit for tiny knitted madness.

Happy Thursday WORLD.

I’m having a sugar rush.

In exactly 12 minutes I’ll have a headache and want to barf.

Okay, I already have the headache.

Gotta love sugar.

BOO

Did I scare ya?

how festive am I this week?

This is Hootie Owl. Even my cheap-ass jewelry has to be named by JJ.

Come back by for the final conclusion of Yeti Shawl. The project that begged to be frogged…

…but wasn’t.

yet.

xo