Monthly Archives: December 2013

Leftie Shawl

Buddy modeling a Leftie
Pattern: Leftie by Martina Behm
Yarn: Miss Babs Leftie Kit

Monica
: When I first saw the pattern on Ravelry I thought it was okay – I wasn’t in love with it. Even when I saw all the pretty variations on Ravelry I didn’t have a burning need to knit it. One of my friends loved the sample at the Miss Babs booth at Stitches and she bought the kit. But they didn’t have the kit onsite and she would’ve had to go back the next day to pick it up. Since I was heading back I picked it up for her and then when I was going to meet her to return it I changed my mind and decided I wanted to knit it. So I knit it and it was fun. And I really like it! I especially like the monochromatic ones. One thing that is not fun is weaving in all the ends.

His handsome side profile

Buddy has his long-suffering model look down. He doesn’t even glance at the camera any more. He’s all just “give me my treats and be done with it” already!

Fa la la la la

Dee: I had an early morning meeting, then I ran errands, then I treated myself.  I deserve it especially since I have to go back to work in an hour or so and close out the building.

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Decorating the house and other festive mayhem will begin tomorrow morning directly after I sleep in a bit.

Giddy Up

Dee: There’s not much time left for Christmas knitting.  I just don’t have the inclination to knit every night after work.  Instead I’ve been making jewelry and doing some general crafting,  My creative juices are flowing but in way too many directions.  I need to focus!!!  I made this tree bauble for an ornament exchange at work.

2013-12-02 21.11.16I also knit a sweater vest for a cool cat.

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There is a pair of slippers for my mom I need to knit up quickly and I have high hopes that I will knit two hats (one for each son) and a pair of socks (husband) before Christmas day.  I’m not the betting kind but I would bet that I’ll at least get the slippers and hats done…at least that’s the plan.  Think good thoughts and say a prayer for me, I’ll need it!

Who Wore it Best?

Monica: I bought some bulky yarn from the new yarn shop to make a cowl. Let’s just call it my warm-up to the super duper really extra bulky yarn that I posted previously.

dropped stitch cowl
Pattern: Drop Stitch Cowl by Abi Gregorio
Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle XL

I used 2 skeins but I think I could’ve used one skein and made it shorter. Because I was going to have a lot of yarn left over I made it a little wider by casting on 58 stitches.

But going back to the title of this post…
Who Wore it Better?

There is really no question that Buddy always wears it best!

A Yarn Shop Visit

Monica: There are not many yarn shops in Vegas. One of them that had been open for a long time closed last year and we had nothing at all for a few months. Then we started hearing about a shop that opened in downtown Vegas. A few of my friends did some advanced reconnaissance for me and decided it was a go. So my friend Kim and I checked it out last Friday. Unwind Knitting is located across the street from Zappo’s inside The Stitch Factory. It’s a nice shop in a warehouse type of setting but inside was bright and airy. The first thing we saw when we walked in was a stack of large gauge hand knits that the owner was selling the next day at something called the Neon Bazaar – a market showcasing local Vegas retailers. When I say large gauge I mean HUGE– here I am holding a skein of red yarn:
HUGE ball of yarn
The yarn is Big Loop Merino by Loopy Mango. I’m wearing the Poseidon scarf which is basically one stitch you crochet until it looks like this:

One long chain
Then you wrap it around your neck as many times as you want. Here is Brenda, the owner, wearing a cowl she made out of the yarn:
One big cowl
Cowl doubled up:
Wrapped twice around

Do you see those needles she’s also wearing around her neck? They are size 50 needles that you have to use with this yarn. They are just like knitting with garden hoses. So of course Kim and I lost our minds and decided we wanted to tr this out and we split a skein of yarn.

Kim after the split

She looks so happy! I haven’t made anything yet with my skein. Kim is going to loan me a pair of her size 50 needles and then the fun will start.