Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last post of the year!

 Got a ton o' cotton yarn from my aunt for Christmas.  This will come in handy for the amount of bibs and washcloths I will be making this year.  Everyone and their mother is pregnant!  Plus my lovely sister got me three amigurumi books both in knit and crochet.  I will talk about those at a later date, for sure.

 I made a ninja from the book Creepy Cute Crochet, for my friend which will be presented to her tonight at our new year's eve party.  I believe everyone needs a little ninja to help them out when life gets crazy.

 Another gift that will be revealed tonight.  Gotta keep those arms warm in this frigid weather!  I used Lion Brand Amazing yarn in the colorway Olympia and used their Woodland Gauntlets pattern.

And lastly, a Shell Cowl with Buttons for my other friend.  I bought these buttons a long time ago and I am so glad they are getting put to use for this.  This cowl definitely needed some chunky buttons!

I hope you all have a great New Years and sending yarny/fibery thoughts your way for 2012!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Goals for 2012

I'm not going to go too crazy like I did last year.  And to be honest I've not even started my 12th project for me or my 12th learned knitting technique.  I'm still on vacation so, it may happen.  But I've been inching to post to the blog world my my two itty bitty goals for 2012.
  • spin at least 4 ounces of fiber a month
  • try and participate in the Tour de Fleece in July
Did I mention all that spinning will be on my two Ashford spindles??  Did I also mention I have a box of fiber that needs some major attention?  It will be a fibery year for me that's for sure.  I will still be making projects here and there.  I have to make my sister and my cousin some cowls that I'm really excited about but the main focus of the year will be my spinning.  I've been just parking and drafting and to help my productivity, I really need to kick it up notch.  

As for the Tour de Fleece, I'm not sure if that's a goal that will be set in stone.  I'm expecting another kiddo in June so who knows where the productivity and determination will be at that point.  

I think the spinning is also going to help me deal with a loss we had recently.  My little kitty had to be put down.  So this post is dedicated to Chips.  You were a crazy kitteh but we loved you! 
Photo by Ammerican Photography

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays!

An unexpected, lovely gift from a friend I made this year on Ravelry

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

And then... was my turn in the studio:

Cowl for a co-worker

Lion Brand pattern - Yorkshire Cowl

Yarn - Loops and Threads-Haze-Roving

Photos by: Ammerican Photography

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Photo Shoot

Some of my projects went on a photo shoot the other day....

Shawl from Hell turned Scarf from Hell

Pattern from Lion Brand - Afghan Squared

Pattern on the fly

I think I have a crush on Jill Draper...

Purchase #1 from Lion Brand Yarn Studio in NYC

Purchase #2 from Lion Brand Yarn Studio in NYC

Purchase #3 from Lion Brand Yarn Studio in NYC

Little luxuries...

Thank you to Ammerican Photography for capturing my yarny goodness.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The bend
I am still here and I am still working on the last of the Christmas gifts!  This whole week was spent  fulfilling my civic duty as a juror.  I got picked right from the get go and I'm participating in a civil trial that will last for about two weeks.  The first week just finished and we are at the half way point.  Because I am not used to a full day of work, being part-time and all, I am finding it super difficult to have time to do stuff I want to do even at night when the babe is in bed.  The whole process is mentally draining and it's all I've been thinking about for the last week.  However, I have been managing to get a little crocheting done since my bamboo crochet hook has gone undetected through the doors of the court house.  I am using a pattern I used in the past for a blanket.   It's going to be way smaller and a little more boyish in color.  I already finished another little blanket for my other cousin's son and got bored with the pattern.  Don't get me wrong - it looks nice but the next blanket needed something to keep me interested.  Once that gets done, I'm counting three more projects to go.  Well, two and a half, because half of one is pretty  much done.  

I hope you are making some head way during your holiday crafting!