Be safe out there and have a wonderful Halloween!
So the yarn party was a blast. Jennie from Yarnarchy came up to one of my knit girls' houses to display her amazing selection of handspun yarns. There was so much to choose from:
I managed to come home with some lovely items.
That fuzzy stuff is angora which Jennie was wearing a pretty shawlette out of (you can sort of see it in the second photo). Hers was crocheted, so I am going to figure out some knitted type version. I love these, they are Blue Faced Leicester wool and silk.
This black and chartruese color combo is just about my all-time fav color combo. And bfl and silk? Yum. I don't know what I am going to do with it but I scored 300 yards. Any suggestions for good low-yardage, worsted weight, handspun yarn patterns?
Jennie from yarnarchy is awesome (and available to do yarn parties, just ask her!) I had a great time, it was nice to get out and do something non-book and non-baby related.
Alright, I am off to work on my second to last book pattern and continue watching Vincent Price movies.
So, scratch that whole bit about me not being able to set up shipping correctly on etsy. I was being dull. It's all fixed now, no worries about having to be refunded.
Thanks to every one for all the yarn, eye, and kit orders! I am so glad you are all excited about my new items for sale.
Tonight I am getting very excited for the yarn party my knit girls are doing tomorrow. I'll be sure to take some pictures to share with you!
PS: You haven't lived unil you've tried to blog with a baby on your lap who is kicking your hand off the keyboard, grabbing your clothes, and pulling on your hair. There's just no paying attention to anything else around here!
So, if you've been keeping your eyes on my etsy shop and website you might have noticed I added some new stuff over the weekend. I get so many questions about what yarns I like to use, and good places to get them, and what sizes and where to get safety eyes and noses, that I thought I would start offering them! So, I am very excited to have gotten them all listed on etsy and my website this weekend.
I have been doing up a few projects in Lorna's Laces' yarns for my book recently and realized just how much I love their yarn. So I put in an order and thought I would offer some great monster (and other project) yarns to you. I picked a few of my favorites to start, but it was hard to pick, so there's lots to choose from!
I have also restocked Iris kits in a different yarn at a little bit lower price. AND, my most requested item:
Safety eyes and noses! I get asked where to get these daily, so now you can get them through me, yeah!
We're feeling ready for Halloween round here! I haven't managed much, but we do have a couple Halloween decorations up this year.
(We also have a new cabinet. Pretty cool, huh? We scored if off craigslist a couple weeks ago) I followed this tutorial for the pumpkins and used 18mm and 24 mm safety eyes.
And of course my Halloweenies from last year!
We are in the middle of a zombie marathon starting with Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead (man, I have an unnatural love of old zombie movies). The Kid's costume came today (it's too cute, but I'll post pictures later!). Now all I need is to buy some candy and we're all set!
Why oh why have I had this song stuck in my head for the last week?
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I am in the middle of the 4th to last project and only have 3 more projects to go for the book?
I don't know, but what I do know is that every silent moment in my house this last week this song has popped into my head. It is getting really annoying at this point!
Would you like to know what that is the sound of? Time sailing by at an alarming rate around my house. Yikes. Every day this week I have planned to blog, then I blink my eyes and it is the next day somehow.
We're just cruising along here. Mr Danger has a new job, he started training on Monday to be a finanacial advisor, so we are all very excited about that. This means that he gets to work at home for the next couple months, which is A-OK with me. Over the past 7 years we have been together we have worked together on many occasions and with his last job this year at Bank of America (did I ever tell y'all that's where he worked?) the schedule was wonky, with long hours many days (Fridays were 8:30-7:30). I have missed having him at home a ton. Even though he is working upstairs in our office most of the time right now, he still has to come down for bathroom and coffee breaks so I get to see his smiling face throughout the day.
I have gotten to the point in the book writing where my hands have started to ache. This is a good thing since The Kid has gotten to a point where he entertains himself well enough I am getting a ton of work in, enough work that my hands hurt from knitting. I think this is the first time ever I have been happy that my hands hurt, since it means I am getting things done! My (probably unrealistic) goal right now is to get all of the knitting done by November 1st. I think it is doable, though I often think things of this nature....We'll see. But I must say of the 28 projects I am working on I have 22 projects done, 1 in progress, and 5 left to start. So that's pretty good I would say. But I am spending my days dreaming of all the things I would like to be knitting instead of those thing I have to be knitting. First order of business when I finish the book will be to finish my Manu. You know, the one I started in december last year, or january. It has been so long I can't remember.
That's the status report around here. Not too exciting, but we do seem to be getting into a pretty good routine with naps and whatnot, and I am feeling more like myself again after being pregnant and then having a newborn, all of which works for me. Now if I can just get blogging into that routine we'll be all set.
Geesh, again with the late posting, by the time I got a chance to pull the camera out yesterday there was no daylight left! But, we got month 5 photos in this morning!
Today The Kid managed to almost launch himself head first off the chair and barf all at the same time. Apparently month 5 is bringing out hidden talents! He is still so tiny, he fits in his 0-3 month clothes at 5 months. We saw a lady at the grocery store who asked how old he was last night and when we told her 5 months she gasped and said her 9-week-old weighs 18 pounds. Wow! We actually have to go to the doctor tomorrow because they are displeased with The Kid's weight gain. If we are lucky hewill be 12 or 12.5 lbs, so 18 pounds is still far off at 5 months! I think it just goes to show every baby is their own person even when they are this new.
5 months is really amazing, I love watching the new skills he seems to develop every day. He is so much better at entertaining himself, and watching him react to new things is about the most incredible thing ever.
Since he is down for a nap I am going to wrap this up quick and go get some work in (since the book deadline is approaching rapidly!)
So in the middle of all the crazies that go on around here these days, I have actually managed to get a couple minutes of knitting time in just for me. I have been working on Jane Richmond's Rae:
Image from Ravelry.com
It is the perfect quick, simple, easy to pick up and put down, very wearable project. And the perfect project for that yarn I bought a couple months ago that I thought I would only get to fondle for a long while.
I started out knitting from one skein but the color changes are so spread out it looked bad. So, genius that I am thought to myself, "well, if I have 2 skeins, I can wind them so they are going in opposite directions of color changes and get 2 gradual changes going on at the same time." I say genius that I am since normally this is the kind of thing I think of after the fact. So go me for thinking of this right away. For once. Here's how I wound the yarn:
Which is creating a pretty neato stripey changey dealy. Which is the official terminology for it, if you didn't know.
I am looking forward to finishing it (guesstimated time of completion: fall 2013) since it looks super wearable and I am really into grays right now. I am also enjoying knitting it right now to keep me from going completely bonkers with all the book knitting.
If you are digging Rae like me, there is a KAL going on on Ravelry for it right now, too!