Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It's on!

That's right it's on! Finally! I got Said's hat cast on today and underway, yay! I was glad to get going on this one, it's been on my to do list for a while now and it's going to be a good one!

I'm in Carbondale, Il. again this week and after work I headed over to The Yarn Shoppe in Herrin Il. and had a great time knitting and chatting and enjoying the great hospitality there.

Once again if you find yourself in the area be sure to take the time and stop in for a visit, this is a truly awesome place!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Good to be home!

After being out of town all week it was so great to get back to my favorite LYS Broad Ripple Knits today and do some knitting and socializing!

It was nice and busy, lots of people there and I got to catch up on everyones progress. I saw some incredibly inspiring projects going on and as always lots of great chatting!

I also bought the yarn for my Woodbridge, our summer knit-a-long. I'm going to make this one for my Mom! Her birthday is in November so this should give me plenty of time :)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Jose's Scarf FO!!

Yay I finally finished Jose's Scarf!!

It had an interesting shape we called it the bone scarf! LOL

I was glad to finish it up because it really didn't care for the yarn, and will not be planning on using it again, it felt like I was knitting with straw. Oh well now I know better :)

I'm planning to cast on Said's Hat tomorrow! I'm interested to see how the colors are going to knit up on this one, I think it will look great!

I'm also looking forward to turning my first heel tomorrow on My First Sock!

Until tomorrow, Keep on Knitting!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

River Knits

This afternoon I had the absolute pleasure of visiting River Knits in West Lafayette, In.

This is an amazing store, from the moment you walk in you know your in a special place!

The selection of yarn and knitting supplies is fantastic! I found some awesome alpaca yarn I just had to have and few other little supplies that I couldn't do without!

They also offer all kinds of classes and special events, what lucky customers they must have! I had so much fun looking around the shop, I look forward to a return visit next time I'm in West Lafayette!

Also I got super lucky because they were nice enough to take time to help me with a quick dropped stitch fix it lesson! You see I was knitting around My First Sock and noticed I'd dropped a stitch so I brought it in with me and they were happy to help me get it back on track and now Im ready for my next dropped stitch!!! Thanks so much!

Like I said, if your ever in the area be sure to stop in and enjoy a visit at River Knits it's a terrific place!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

IPK at Broad Ripple Brew Pub

Went to the Indy Pub Knitters Meet-Up at the Broad Ripple Brew Pub this afternoon. Had a great time got some knitting done while chatting, eating and drinking, just doesn't get any better!

If you live in the Indy area be sure to make your way to an Indy Pub Knitters event they are always a lot of fun and the people are great!

The Broad Ripple Brew Pub is a super place to eat as well, they have lots of vegetarian and vegan choices! I had an amazing Baked Falafel, yum yum!!!

Also in other news today I managed to get My First Sock onto some shorter needles making it SO much easier to work with! Im really enjoying it now!!!

Thanks again to Katrina for talking me off the ledge when it came to this sock hahaha! I'm real excited about it and am looking forward to getting down to turn the heel!

I'm out of town most all next week, will have some good travel time for a bit of knitting. I should finish Jose's Scarf and get going on Said's Hat. At least thats my plan :)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sock Tips!

My First Sock is coming along nicely! Especially after meeting up with my friend Katrina today who just happens to be a sock knitting expert and shared some tips with me!

After Katrina's wonderful advice I feel ready to tackle this sock!

Thanks so much to her for taking time to meet me today at an incredibly freezing Starbucks! I love KIP and it was fun getting the guy at the next table to snap our picture lol.

My first order of business is to get this sock off these long needles and onto some short ones.  I think going from 7.5 inch to 5 inch needles is going to make this process a little more manageable.

After I left Starbucks I made a quick dash to the closest LYS and was able to get some 5 inch #3's so the next photo you see of this sock will be on its new needles :)

Looking forward to tomorrows Indy Pub Knitters Meetup so be sure to check back tomorrow!

Friday, May 20, 2011

My First Sock!

Wooohooo I did it, I cast on My First Sock today!!!

I've been waiting for a while for the perfect moment and when that never came aong I decided to cast on this project on the way home from Southern Illinois University today. I thought to myself, well heck I've got five hours drive time and I'm getting tired of knitting on Jose's Scarf, so lets do it!

Well several hours later after a few rip-outs and start overs, I think I'm on my way to knitting my first sock!

It was very windy and Jose had the van all over the road hitting every bump, pothole and such he came across and finally I just was so jumbled I had to call it a day for knitting! Its really tough tryin to knit something new in a van swerving all over the road hahaha

Anyway once I made it back to Indy, I stopped into my LYS and had a relaxing hour or so working on my Sockhead Hat, now all is right with the world and Im going to give this darn sock another go, after a nice long warm shower and a Monster Zero, Friday night here I come !!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Yarn Shoppe

This week I'm at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale Il, and after work today I was able to visit The Yarn Shoppe in Herrin IL.

From the moment I hit the door this visit was awesome! First I ran into Greg the owner and his wife Susan "The Mastermind" who greeted me and made me feel right at home.

There were several others knitting around a cozy big table and were super friendly!

The selection of yarn was fantastic! I also found a skein of Noro I was after, there were so many choices  it was hard to control myself!

If I lived in the area this would definitely be my favorite LYS!!! So if you ever find yourself in Carbondale or the surrounding area do yourself a big favor and drop in at The Yarn Shoppe!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011


I had a terrific afternoon at my LYS knitting on my Sockhead Hat.

I picked up two skeins of Madelintosh, Nutmeg, Tosh Merino Light, which I had waiting there for me. I absolutely love this yarn, it called out to me the moment I walked past it! So of course I just had to have it! Or atleast I just assumed I had to have it, right?

I'm trying to decide if I should make some fingerless gloves or a pair of socks, either of which will be a first :)

Looking forward to making something wonderful with this new yarn!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Yarn Stash Unboxing!

What better way to come home than to a box full of yarn!

My friend Rhonda bought a storage locker full of yarn and things and decided to send me a yarn care package!!!! Yay Rhonda, thanks so much !!!

As you can see There is a lot of yarn here, I can hardly wait to find projects for all of it.

I hope you enjoy the video of me unboxing all of it!!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Ivelise's Yarn Shop

Today I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Ivelise's Yarn Shop in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

I was greeted warmly and invited to sit down to knit after I walked in!

If I hadn't had a co-worker waiting for me outside I would have certainly stayed and enjoyed the shop and the wonderful people for the rest of the evening :)

They have an amazing selection of yarn and offer all sorts of classes!

This shop has been there for over 46 years! I talked with the owner Ivelise Boynton and she was a wealth of knitting knowledge and quite  treat to meet.

If you ever find yourself in Benton Harbor you really must take time to to visit this awesome yarn shop!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

IPK at Moe & Johnny's

Went to the Indy Pub Knitters Meet-Up at Moe & Johnny's this afternoon. Had a wonderful time knitting and talking to all the terrific knitters!

I must say if you ever go to Moe & Johnny's and they seat you in Maria's section ask the manager for another server because she was awful! Perhaps the worst server ever, she had a horrible attitude and was just a flat out Bi*ch.

Besides the awful waitress and some cold fries, we had a wonderful time!!!

The knitters who attended the Meet-Up were absolutely awesome and welcoming. If you've never been to an Indy Pub Knitters get together put it on your list!

I am organizing a MeetUp at the Broad Ripple Brew Pub on May 22nd please RSVP if you can make it! We just need one more person to make it official!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


I stopped by the LYS this afternoon for a couple hours and found some lovely Cascade Heritage 150 Paint Sock Yarn and am looking forward to making a Kelly McClure Sockhead hat!

I'm pretty sure this will be for Maxx as he likes the slouchy style hat and red is his favorite color.

This yarn is really cool with several different shades of red and I'm hoping it knits up beautifully.

I cast on 144 stitches and started making my way around in a fun K2 P2 before I had to head into work. Be sure to keep up with My Sockhead Hat!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Lazy Sunday

Had a lazy Sunday, spent sometime working on my Super Scarf, switched up the stitch pattern to a basket weave, that is a little more fun :) I seem to have not been giving this project much attention so I really want to just go ahead and wrap it up this week :)

I also would up some yarn for my friend Said's Hat which I will start tomorrow. Im heading out of town for a few days and its a five hour drive one way so thats ten hours knitting time woohoo! Since Said is doing the driving the least I can do is make him a hat :)

Going to also use some of that time to finish off Jose's Scarf, I'll be glad to finish that because I hate the yarn. Never ever want to use cheap acrylic yarn again! Not being a woolie snob just saying...

Umm NO that's not a hole! It's a umm... nothing to see here move along please :)