Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday 202

Hi everyone! I must start off with an apology. I'm sorry I disappeared for a few weeks unexpectedly. I just realized I needed to step away for a week, and a week turned into more. As a few of you know, I've been doing this a LONG time, 202 weeks which is pretty insane (and almost 4 years!). It's almost 4 years! Wow! I love doing WIPW and FO Friday, but needed a break to realize that. It had become a chore. Sure, it only takes a few minutes, but I would put it off later and later each Tuesday night, until I was already asleep and would sit bolt upright in a panic that I didn't schedule a post. I've had a lot going on the past few weeks with Candy Skein, a new exciting side branch off of Candy Skein that I hope to tell you about soon, my husband not feeling well and home from work for a few days and company in town. Enough with excuses! I just want to say thank you for sticking around if you have and I hope I haven't lost too many of you. I will continue to publish posts for WIPW and FO Friday, but please understand if it's not there as soon as you wake up on Wednesday and Friday mornings. I also hope to post more about other things, as I've gotten away from that as my love for posting diminished.

Enough of that. Now to WIPW!

This is August '14 colorway, Prickly Pear Margarita. I have to admit, it wasn't what I was going for when I first set out to dye August, but sometimes you have to go with the flow. I adore it, but I had no clue how it would knit up. Of course, every skein is extremely different when kettle dyed, but I at least needed an idea before I put it up for sale!



 Do you adore it as much as I do!? It's so different than anything I think I've released before. I love how the colors are completely random and it works amazing with this pattern. This is Ruth Garcia-Alcantud's pattern, Sinuous. You all may know her by her company, Rock & Purl! She's amazing, and a good friend of mine. In fact, we'll both be at a retreat starting tomorrow! If you're looking for a pattern that looks amazing and hard, but is really easy to knit and remember, this is the pattern for you!


That's it for me today. I've been working on my Sock Blanket, but want to wait to show it to you until I have a little more progress. I've also been working on cross stitch which I hope to share with you soon!

Have a great rest of your week!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday 201 and a Raffle!

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday and 4th July/Canada Day week! I hope you all had a great weekend. We worked around the house the whole weekend, but it was awesome. Sometimes those are the best weekends.

Before I get into WIPW, I wanted to let you guys know that I've teamed up with Meaghan from The Apologetic Knitter (@socalmeaghan), Rijel from Black Market Wool (rijelviolet), Alicia from Sea and Lake (@seaandlake) and Stephanie (who makes awesome project bags and will be selling them soon, @befadee) to bring you a raffle!


Unfortunately we can't share the entire details with you yet, but we CAN provide you with a teaser AND a chance to win socks made by the wonderful and fantastic @socalmeaghan.

If you're fortunate enough to win, you will receive a pair of socks out of the colorway Emerald Bay dyed by Black Market Wool.





 We've decided that instead of a giveaway where you post to win and gain us more followers, we're going to do a raffle. Do you love animals? Do you want socks that will fit your feet so perfectly you'll never want to take them off? Do you want to know how to enter to win??!?!??! Well, here are the deetz:

To get in on this and win a pair of socks, it's $5 per entry. I know what you're thinking, what the heck? You guys just want my money! Well, we do...but we won't be getting it $5 at a time!

Your $5 will be going to RedRover. They are a nonprofit in Sacramento, CA that rescues and helps animals in need. They help with natural disaster relief for pets and even provide grants for people who are no-income or low-income to help cover costs of seriously injured pets.

So, if you want to participate AND help some unfortunate pets, head on over to http://www.redrover.org/, hover on "donate" at the top of the page and click "make a donation." Here you'll be able to make your donation. As it was said before, it's $5 per donation, so if you feel like donating $10, your name will be entered 2 times, $15 - 3 times, $20 - 4 times, $25...you get it, right? Yep, FIVE times your name would be entered for the raffle.

Now, the important part: Once you've donated, you will receive an email back. The email will have your address (which Megs will need to be able to ship the winner beautiful socks), and the amount donated (which will be needed to put your name in the raffle). Forward this email to: pick.throw@gmail.com Stephanie and Rijel will be monitoring this email and adding your names to the list for the raffle. 

Stay tuned for that something amazing and fantastic that was mentioned earlier!

Thanks for reading and for those who donate! Now onto WIPW!


 I've caught the cross stitch bug again!!! It's been taking up most of my crafting time. I started this cute little cross stitch this weekend and it's flying by. I'm hoping to have it finished in time for the 4th and it looks like I'll make the deadline. It's a Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery design, who I adore. Their patterns are so clear, and fun.




 Here is the start of the pattern for my Dad's sock. I love the way it looks but man is it slow going. I'm not sure I'm going to stick with the pattern as it's a 16 row....SIXTEEEN ROW repeat. Dear god. LOL Anyway, I'll get a little further and see if I can take it. If not, I'll pull it out and do something that will go a little faster or that I can at least not having to carry the pattern around with me every single row. I'm using Candy Skein Yummy in Midnight Mousse.



That's it for me today. I hope you all have a great rest of your week and have a safe 4th of July!







Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday 200

Happy Work in Progress Wednesday 200!!!! WOW! That's a LOT of years doing this. HA! Thanks to everyone who stuck by me through some spotty posting times and who still visits weekly.

I have a few new projects to show you and one I'm super excited about. I posted a sneak peek of the upcoming July '14 colorway, Deviled Egg on Instagram so I thought I would share it here as it also has to do with one of my new projects.


The yarn is available in the Monthly Colorway section of candyskein.com in the 3 month pack which starts shipping tomorow. If you'd like to buy single skeins, that will be available on Friday when I post full skein pictures.




I started ANOTHER Sockhead with the yarn, as I knew people would want to see it knit up. Isn't it amazing? It's spiral striping! I'm so in love with it, though already said I would be giving the hat when done, so I'm hoping to have enough yarn left over for ankle socks for me!




This is going to be Escalator Socks and I'm knitting them in Candy Skein Yummy fingering in Midnight Mousse. These are for my stepdad. Mom, please don't show him this picture or any in progress pictures! (Yes my mom reads my blog. LOL) I'm hoping to have them done by his birthday, but since that's right around the corner (August 3rd) and I have a few projects I have to finish for work, I always have Christmas to fall back on. We'll see how fast I can knit big guy socks. HA!


That's it for me today. I hope you have a great rest of your week!


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Work in Progress 199

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday. I hope you all had a great weekend and the first part of this week. I know I did as I got to watch my hockey team, the LA Kings, hoist the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons on Friday night. It was a heck of a finish, as was the whole playoff run. It was made even more special because my husband and I traveled up to LA and watched the game with my mom and sister across from the arena with hundreds of other fans. It was pretty magical to be in that atmosphere. It was great to be back in my home city, as we haven't visited in awhile, so overall a great weekend, which was then topped off with the Stanley Cup parade on Monday.

Due to all the excitement and traveling in the car late at night both there and back, I didn't get much knitting time, but I have made progress on my two projects that I'm actively working on.





The first is the Sockhead for my brother in law out of Candy Skein Savory fingering in colorway Oyster. I'm about 3 1/2-4" into the body of the hat. I haven't decided how tall I want to make it as he isn't a very slouchy hat kind of guy. I'll have to have my husband try it on to be a good judge. I have plenty of time to finish, as it's a Christmas gift for him.






Next up is the Diffraction shawl I'm making for my mother in law for Christmas (it's never too early to start your Christmas knitting) out of Candy Skein Savory fingering in Oatmeal Cookie and Plum. I wish the camera could capture the depth of these two colors. Once I am finished I'll try and see if I can get better pictures of it, as these are just with my iPhone. I'm loving this pattern, and despite the insane number of stitches and the insane number I still have to increase, it's going crazy fast. A friend of my, Regina, is also making one and she just cast off after only two weeks. I think it definitely helped to have someone else work on it at the same time.


That's it for me. I hope you all have a great rest of your week and I'll hopefully have time to share something on Friday!

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday 198

Good morning everyone. I'm sorry to post this so late for you on Wednesday, but I was at Disneyland yesterday for a friend's 40th birthday and didn't get a chance to type it up. I hope you're all doing great. I'm doing pretty good! My hockey team that I live and breathe is one win away from the Stanley Cup, I was just at Disneyland, my husband is done with insane overtime (for the time being) and tonight I'm headed to LA. Not too shabby!

I've decided to get a jump on Christmas gift this year, and to begin with I decided to make my brother in law a Sockhead. Okay, okay, maybe it was just another excuse to start another one. Anyway, I'm using Candy Skein Savory in colorway Oyster this time and I LOVE how it's turning out. Since he has a bigger head than I do, I'm using 144 sts. Isn't it so so pretty? I sure hope it fits!





And while I was at it, I started this gorgeous shawl/stole/scarf for my mother in law for Christmas. I'm using Candy Skein Savory in Oatmeal Cookie and Plum. The pattern is called Diffraction Shawl. It's a gorgeous pattern and weirdly addicting despite it being a boring knit. You cast on a LOT of stitches using Judy's Magic Cast On, and weirdly, when I KtBL for the second needle on the first row, my stitches ended up twisted. I'm not sure how I cast on without twisting them. Very bizarre. I'm hoping it will block out and not be as noticeable. I wish you could see this thing in person. The Plum is amazing. I'll try and get a better picture of it next week. It's now close to 500 sts! Yikes! HA!


That's it for me today. I hope you have a great rest of your week. GO KINGS!

For those that are new to WIPW, to share your WIPW post with us, just fill out the Mr. Linky below. Despite it saying you must comment, don't feel as if you do. That is something Mr. Linky automatically adds. I just ask you to check out a few of the links posted to see what everyone else is working on and comment there if you can. Everyone loves feedback and a little encouragement on their projects! Also, please link back to this post in your post to get the word out! The more the merrier!