New Patterns! Lookie!

Yes, I released two new patterns yesterday! I didn’t get to post about them because yesterday was a wild and crazy day! I didn’t post earlier today because I was out of town. But, here I am, 10:00pm, posting about my new baby hat patterns. I am also excited because I can officially cross one yarn off of my “yarns to try in 2010 list”. So here it goes, I present to you Maggie and Mac. Both knit up in Spud and Chloe Sweater. I LOVE them! What do you think?


I promise!

I promise that I will have a blog post for you this week. I am hoping that I will get to release my two new hat patterns tomorrow. I need to get modeled pics of the girl hat and then I can release them. Hopefully things will go as planned. Thanks for being patient and check back soon! Here is a sneak peek of the boy hat!

Sneak peek of Mac!


What can I say about yarn that I haven’t said already. Do I love it? Are you crazy? YES, I love it. No, really…I LOVE it. When I first started knitting, I stumbled upon a yarn shop in Meridian, ID. That very day, I fell in LOVE with yarn. I was so overwhelmed that I don’t even remember what I bought. I just remember that I had discovered my love of yarn and I haven’t looked back. I love soft yarn, brilliantly colored yarn and rustic yarn. See what I am getting at? I love the yarns.

It wasn’t too long into my knitting experience that I stumbled upon Malabrigo Worsted. At last count, I believe I had over a 100 skeins of just Mal worsted, alone. I have hunted down the rare colorways like cortezar and Roxana Graman and I have stocked sweater quantities even though designing takes most of my time now and sweaters take me forever because of this. In fact, my first 4 designs were done in Malabrigo yarns.


Here is a picture of my beloveds. My yarn and my baby. I love my other kids too, I just don’t have pictures of them surrounded by Malabrigo. I took this picture for the Malabrigo March most creative picture contest. Sadly, I did not win, but I love this picture all the same.

Earlier this year, I made up a list of yarns that I wanted to try this year.  I am doing pretty well on the list. I recently designed two hats out of Spud and Chloe Sweater(safe to say, I like that stuff). I will be posting pictures of those later this week. I have been doing a lot of stash enhancement lately as you can tell from past posts.  I have several new yarns that I adore. I have quite the collection of Madelinetosh tosh merino light and dk. I even procured a sweater quantity of Madelinetosh Vintage. I   have some of the lovely Sanguine Gryphon in my stash now too. I absolutely adore their Traveller line. I love dk weight yarns in general, but this one is just a stunner with the colors. I haven’t gotten a sweater quantity yet, but I see that in my very near future. I have a small stash of Bugga! and Skinny Traveller as well. You want pictures, don’t you?

Traveller in the colorway Ireland

This is a couple of lovely skeins, eh. Well, if you like green, that is. This is the Traveller base from The Sanguine Gryphon in the colorway, Ireland. Isn’t it lovely? It will be some sort of sweater that I will design for my son.

Madelinetosh Vintage-Graphite

I am a sucker for grays and blacks. Here is my sweater quantity of Madelinetosh Vintage. This stuff is seriously yummy (and superwash!!!) I LOVE it. If I had an unlimited budget, I would have sweater quantities of this stuff all over the place!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed my post on yarns. Like I have said before, I could take about yarns until the cows come home (when do they come home??) Anyways, I enjoyed Knit and Crochet Blog week. It was lots of fun. I have read many many blogs and I will have to add them to my regular blog roster. I hope those of you who have stopped by, keep stopping by. I have enjoyed your comments!

Blast from the Past

So, for the Blog and Crochet week post today, we are supposed to revisit a project from the past. Well, I decided to chronicle the life of a blanket that I made over the course of about 6 months or so. I had started one “Big Bad Baby Blankets” in a sportweight yarn (Lorna’s Laces sport)

Big Bad Baby Blanket

I had to adjust the gauge with my math fu. But, it came out quite lovely. I had NO plans for it at the time. I figured that one of my co-workers would have a baby sooner or later and I’d have a gift for them. I worked on it here and there, in between larger, more complex projects and really didn’t concentrate on it too much. Somewhere along the line, I found out I was expecting. Yes, me! At the time my youngest was 9 almost 10. I was not expecting that news! It turned out that the blanket I was knitting became a blanket for my own baby. It is one of his favorites and it has been very well loved. I don’t have a picture of it currently, but if I think of it, I will take one later today. It’s been washed and loved and it still looks fabulous. It’s quite lightweight so it was a good swaddler. It was breathable, yet warm and my son LOVES to snuggle it. So, sometimes, even when a project doesn’t have a purpose to begin with, it finds one along the way.