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FO Friday: Swap Package

I got my Color Swap package! The wonderful Gaby was paired up with me! (Latin girls in the house!) And boy, did she spoil me.

Exhibit  A:

A super cute, home made project bag! I love it. I now have a place to store my fixed circs!

Exhibit 5:

Not sure what the pattern is but I love it. I think it might be Habitat by Jared Flood? I’m not sure. It fits like a dream and that’s what matters! The cables on it are wonderfully executed. Gaby, you are one talented chica.

Exhibit Xhibit: (Insert your own “yo dawg” joke here)

That’s right! I got TWO skeins of Cascade 220! One is green and the other is a purple-y blue. Some fat quarters in blue, some roving (I may try to do some needle felting with them), and two tips for my KP circs. A set of US 2 dpns that are both metal and square (!) and a set of Alice in Wonderland themed tea! It’s regular flavors like mango and Earl Grey but it’s for a special unbirthday tea parties! Not pictured because I ate it all is a box of my favorite chocolates, Ferro Rocher. Yes, I am a gal of expensive tastes. Keep your Godivas, I will happily much away on my drug store candy.

Thanks Gaby! She’s a great swap partner. For more FOs check out Tami’s blog.


I got my Hometown Amigurumi Swap package! My partner is from Louisville, KY so I got quite a few Kentucky themed things:

She made me a little racehorse that I’ve named Fiona. A small Louisville Slugger bat. A bottle of Kentucky Bluegrass seeds, some yarn, a button, and a swizzle stick. Also! A mix for micro pie  (I hope to make this weekend when I get chocolate chips and walnuts) and Modjeskas! It’s a marshmallow wrapped in caramel and is all around delicious.  This made me a happy panda this weekend.

Speaking of weekends, I hope everyone in the US had a great Labor Day weekend. And for my non-American readers, I hope you had a great weekend! Husband and I spent 4 days in doors being all sorts of lazy and it was amazing! We ordered enough pizza and wings to get us through the weekend, I made some brownies and we just hunkered down in the living room playing our favorite video games Mass Effect 1 & 2. 

Now that our super lazy weekend is over, it’s back to the grind and getting ready for the cold months ahead.

FO Friday: TAXI!

As I promised on Wednesday, here’s the taxi* in all it’s finished glory.

Click to view its Ravelry page!

So…it looks a little more Yellow Submarine than Big Yellow Taxi but that’s OK. Point is, it’s done! And it’s on its way (along with a few other goodies) to my swap partner.

*it was a taxi and not bumble bee shoes as some people guessed! ;)

WIP Wednesday: Are we there yet?

We’re almost there!

Tune in on Friday to see it in its finished glory. For more works in progress, check out the Mr Linky list over at Tami’s blog.

FO Friday: Jali Hat

I did it! I finished my swap hat! I love the garter stitch texture of it and it’s sure to keep my partner warm this winter. I hope she likes it.

Name: Jali Swap Hat

Needle Size: US 9

Yarn: Two skeins of Cascade 220 in Purple and Orange. I still have almost a full skein of each left over which will go to the recipient.

What a great pattern! I think mosaic knitting/slip stitch patterns are a great introduction to color work since you’re only working with one color per row. You just slip the other colors that the pattern indicates. It’s also a great way to  learn how to read charts and a good reminder to me that garter in the round means I knit one row and PURL the next row. If you knit every row, you get stockinette. I might re use this pattern in different colors but in stockinette just to give it a different texture.

For more FOs, be sure to stop by Tami’s blog and see other people’s blogs.

WIP Wednesday: Same ol’ same ol’

I have made some progress but not a whole lot this week. I did finish my niece’s wedding present so now I can concentrate more on my swap boxes. My Estonian Diamond Scarf has also seen some work done, the first repeat is done, but I may have to put it on hold so I can concentrate on my swaps.

I restarted that amigurumi taxi this time with yellow yarn:

It doesn’t seem like much but the bottom is worked flat and then the sides are picked up and crocheted around. The construction is really neat and Stacey is a smart cookie for making it this way.

I’ve got a few ideas for my Color Swap box but I haven’t started yet. Thankfully what I had in mind has been featured in The Knitter’s Guild of America’s quarterly magazine, Cast On, so I should be starting later this week.

I’ve been feeling overwhelmed with things I have to do, things I need to do and things I want to do that I have crossed very few things off of my list. So I’ve written up all of my obligations and chores and put them into google calendar and I’m going to do my best to do what I must. Wish me luck!

For more works in progress, check out Tami’s blog!

A visit from the yarn fairy

Yesterday I came back from vacationing in Houston TX and came home with some new yarn and a few surprises waiting for me.

I bought this beauty at Park Avenue Yarns in League City, TX. This is handspun by one of the owners, Michelle.

According to the tag, it’s romney & merino wool with some sparkle in it. It’s a little scratchy but I like it. I’ll probably make a big dropped stitch scarf out of it. It’s 110 yards and about 3.8 oz. The store had a great selection of yarns but I felt like handspun was the best way to go for one of a kind souvenir yarn. I don’t regret my choice, though the Knit Collage and Art Yarns were calling my name.

I came home yesterday to two surprise packages. I forgot that I won one of Fig Knits‘s Junebug Giveaways.

I got a Mirth t-shirt, a Chiao Goo crochet hook size D, and a skein of Pagewood Farm hand dyed yarn!

The yarn is Kiana and the colorway is Plum. It’s 100% Merino super wash and it’s listed as a light worsted 5 ply. I love the rich color of it but I’m not sure what to make with it just yet. Whatever it is, the colors will pool nicely.

The second package was a total surprise. I’m part of the My Other Hobby Swap on Ravelry and I asked for a surprise in the mail in the Random Act of Kindness thread. And boy, was this a random act of HUGE kindness. I was gifted 5 skeins of Rowan Cocoon yarn in Kiwi.

It’s a delicious merino/mohair blend and I have about a grown-up sweater’s worth. I am incredibly touched by this act of kindness. So mystery Yarn Fairy, if you’re reading this, THANK YOU!

If anyone has any pattern suggestions for any of these yarns, I’m all ears!

To read about other people’s WIPs, head on over to Tami’s blog!

FO Friday: Owl Hat

Pattern: Who? By Penguin Purls

Yarn: Cascade 220 in Grey

Needle size: 8

I LOVE THIS PATTERN! This was a super fast knit. The chart and the written directions are easy to read and I was able to nicely space out the owls. I just wish I found buttons small enough to put on as eyes.

I like how fat they came out.

To see more Finished Objects, check out Tami’s Amis blog for a list!

FO Friday: Embroidery edition!

I finished my super secret projects! So if you’re ivoryh1632 or jcorn on Craftster look away or be spoiled. Seriously, no peeking!


Are you sure you’re not looking?



Remember the close up I showed you last week? Here’s the whole piece!

The pattern is courtesy of Urban Threads and it was a blast to stitch. Most of the colors were picked out by my husband, and I’m glad I’m married to a straight dude with a good eye for color. It’s since been washed and now needs to be framed.

The second FO is for the Craftster Embroidery Hoopla swap. This one took me about two days of work.

I really like the way the fish came out. The limitations of this swap was that you could only use either one solid color or one color spectrum. I hope my swap buddy likes this. I’m thinking of restitching him and turning him into a pillow. This pattern I found through Flickr. I use carbon paper to transfer all of my embroidery designs. The floss was DMC floss I found poking around the basement and from my personal stash.

I’m excited to find out what I get in exchange!