I’ve got so much yarn in totes! Totes!

Hi, Yarn Friends!
I’ve still got some totes of yarn from Loops and Links in my kids’ bonus room (and now they are all in college!).  These sweet yarns still are looking for their forever homes.  Sure!  So on Friday night (in Green Bay, lol) at about 5 p.m., September 22 and Saturday starting at or around 9 a.m., September 23, I’m having a yarn sale.  It’ll be kind of like old times.  Sort of!  You’re invited to peruse the totes, books, patterns, needles, accessories, and what not that I still have.  You can hang and knit, too, if you want.  If you can’t make it but are interested to know what’s left, drop me a note and let me know what you’re looking for.  I’m going to try and do a facebook live video of things that are available on both days, too.  If you see something you like, just comment or holler.  My yarn facebook blog is at:  https://www.facebook.com/heresmypotogold/
Also if you know of any yarn friends who might be interested in bumping up the stash for fall, please feel free to let them know.  If you can come, please message me and I’ll get you directions. Thanks as always!
-Here’s my Pot O’ Gold-this moment-
Hope to see you!
Yarn-in-totes-ily yours,
Shana
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Attention: Will work for YARN

 

Yes, it’s time.  It’s Vogue Knitting Live Weekend in New York City.

Sadly, I will not be there to enjoy all the fiber goodness.  Sigh.  Wah wah.  (Curses, Friday the 13th!)

Can I just tell you that I’m Wickedly Green with envy for all those lucky souls?  It’s a for sure that I don’t need any more things of any kind at all.  But, I do.  I really do.

I just want to go on notice to any vendors attending that hey, if they need help…get me there…I will work for YARN.  Promise!  I won’t get distracted at all.  I’m a great worker.  I won’t just shop all of your lovely items.  Pretty much anyway.

I can’t think of anything more fun than hanging with your knitty besties and perusing the vendor market.  This past summer I was able to go to Stitches Midwest.  The market was outstanding and my group even went to a Steven Be’s class.

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We came away very inspired and still say Steven Be-isms regularly.

So, RUN.  Don’t walk.  Get to a fiber party of some kind.  Wear comfy shoes.  Wear your knitted or crocheted creations.  Stop and hydrate now and again.

Hey, could you talk to some folks and see if they need any workers at the booths who work for yarn?

Thanks, Friend.

Enjoy, people.  Enjoy.

Vogue Knitting Live-ly yours (even absently),

-Here’s my Pot O’ Gold-this moment-

Shana

A Thrilling Thursday

Just can’t contain myself right now.

I got the mail and WOW!

Look what was in it:

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Number 2 has arrived.

Hmm

Maybe that was an unfortunate little sentence.

But any-who, yes number 2 arrived…Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide Number 2!

Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne pretty much just made my day.  Big time.

I loved the first one but I really, really love this second one.

I am drooling over the Ann Budd sock pattern “Apres-Anything.  The Asterisk/Dot Hat and Cowl, more drool.  Then a hush falls over the crowd for the fabulous Hadley Pullover.  Shiver shiver. Gonna do the socks first.  Then it will be a toss of the dice for what’s next.  We really have the best of all worlds with this little handy field guide.  There are terrific patterns, glorious color work charts, and the famous Mason-Dixon humor.  Dang!

Happy Thursday!

Here’s a link to Mason-Dixon knitting so you can get your field guides if you haven’t.

https://www.masondixonknitting.com/

Look around there for a little while.  You will be so entertained!  Get on their mailing list and you can preorder the next field guide like I have done for the first two. They also send you funny emails, especially on Saturdays.  Yep, so funny.

So happy to check the mail-y yours,

-Here’s my Pot O’Gold-this moment-

Shana

Oh, Gloves!

I really want to get these gloves done.  When a kid asks you for gloves or anything knit really, you squeal with delight and dig in.  Then glove reality sets in.  Oh, and I get distracted easily.  Squirrel.

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These gloves have been on my needles for a while.  A looooong while.  Their time has come.  And I really mean it now.

I started the gloves from a pattern in “Men in Knits” by Tara Jon Manning.  Got one done and man, it was huge.  My gauge was right on, they just happen to be for bigger man hands than my kid has, I guess.  So rip, rip, rip.  I started over and woohoo…one glove done.

Then there is the face I make.  There needs to be TWO.  So I started up right away again.

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Okay, then stuff happened everywhere but with the glove.  But today is the day.

Do you ever have a moment when you pick up something you were knitting and then you say to yourself, “Doh!  Where was I?  What the heck is going on with this pattern?  What was I thinking? Someone bring me a donut.”  I’m sure it goes something like that.

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(Buffy looks a little worried back there)

I am now staring at my notes that I made for making this pattern smaller.  I wish I could have left better notes for my future self to read.

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Do not worry.  I will figure this out and then there will be a finished picture.  Can you still bring me a donut?

Gloves-will-get-done-ily yours,

-Here’s my Pot O’ Gold-this moment-

Shana

Book Review: Within

I just bought the book “Within” by Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook after hearing about it on the Grocery Girls Podcast :

(you must watch them!  They are so awesome!)  The Girls even have a KAL set up on ravelry called the BFF KAL in honor of the authors.  You can pick a pattern by either and complete it by March 31st.  That is plenty of time and motivation.

http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/grocery-girls-podcast/3554158/1-25

This book is so good for just the photography.  I mean, really, you don’t even have to knit a THING.  Just look at the pictures.  But that, of course, is so silly.  I’m going to knit the sweater called Fireside which uses Cascade Eco Wool.  I’m still deciding on the color now but I’ve got a few squirreled away to pick from.  Imagine having yarn squirreled away.  Nuts, I say!

The book has 6 patterns inside and states that they will warm the soul.  Nothing sounds better to me then that.  You can pick from sweaters to cozy accessories.  The Hudson Shawl is making me drool.  The Entwine Scarf is a super bulky scarf that probably will be my best friend.  Quick knits always rule in my book.  A nice little feature included is there is a page with pattern stitch counts or schematics that is printed on a black page with white ink.  I am amazed at how easy it is to read on that background.  Well done!

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I had a fun time looking up each author on ravelry to see what other lovelies they have created.  I invite you to do the same!

-Here’s my Pot O’ Gold-this moment-

Knitting to warm my soul-y yours,

Shana

Big Needles, Big Knits, Big Bike

Happy New Year!  I hope you are WARM.  It is Igloo where I live apparently:

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So I shall knit more things to keep warm.  Also I have been riding my bike (inside, silly) to keep moving to keep warm.  The two really go hand in needle together.

 

My last minute Christmas Knits were done on size 35 and 17 needles.  I always wait too late to get my knitting gifts done.  It’s also good to have a college kid home who knits like a machine to help you get things done.  That’s right, I had a ringer.  Back to the big needles…I absolutely love to make the Angel Cowl by Theresa from Lucky Hanks on Etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/LuckyHanks?ref=l2-shopheader-name

The pattern is so easy and I’ve been personally wearing my own Angel Cowl every single day lately.  I’ve just finished making three of them for gifts.

I found that I also wanted to make this fun big needle hat called the Pom Bomb:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pom-bomb-hat

I used Knit Collage Wanderlust and then I went to JoAnns and found a giant yarn there to make another.  You can make the hat in an hour if that.

The hat comes out kind of like a helmet.  My kids didn’t want all of the pom poms and opted for just helmet.  My son said his friends would like some.  It’s been tricky to find cheap Big Ol’ yarn to do these in.  I just saw Lion Brand has a new yarn called Wow that would work so I’ve got to scout that out.  Knitting with this big yarn is kind of hard on your hands…working with size 35 double points is an adventure.  But it’s over quickly and people like it.  That’s good news to me.

Now I have switched to a slightly smaller needle (10 1/2).  I had a sweater I was working on that I fell out of love with and decided to rip it back and make hats out of it.

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I really love how this fabric is feeling!  So squishy and soft.  This design is just coming out of my head.  Who knows what it’s going to turn out like.  Crossing fingers.

Right before Christmas I was able to finish a toddler sweater (matches a little hat I had made for this adorable little guy):

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and a little present for a friend’s dog:

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Pretty fun projects that were improvised mostly.  Whew!

Here’s to a great Happy Knit (or Crochet) Year!

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-Here’s my Pot O’ Gold-this moment!

Shana

 

 

 

My Most Excellent Adventure at Stitches Midwest 2016

This year’s Stitches Midwest was a blast…as was last year’s and the year before that and…well, it’s true.  Usually I just go to see the market but for a change I thought I’d try one of the Special Events.  It was nice to be able to pick just one for not a lot of money.  I’ve always steered clear of a lot of the classes because of cost.  I’ve got to save so I can buy swag.

Then I read that Steven Be was going to be presenting!  His presentation was called “Unlock your creative potential and embrace your color and fiber future”.  So Friday morning my little squad and I made our way to see Steven Be.  There were even fancy badges to wear.  It was a packed house.  Steven had light up shoes that changed colors.  Did you expect anything else?  img_2098-copy

We sat there and let Steven’s colorful everything flow over us, encompassing us, teaching us, challenging us to grow and giving us permission to yes throw in that crazy color for some pop in your next project.

That one hour went so fast!  I could have sat there all day.  I also want to throw random colors in every project I do because Steven said it’s ok.  You can do whatever you want.  There are no wrong answers.  Even if you run out of yarn and don’t use the same dye lot (gasp) or maybe you switch up your pattern you’re working on and toss in funky sleeves or a hood or something.  Isn’t that exciting?

But hey, the market beckoned.  It’s fun to see what items are most popular each year and it seemed that cowls, shawls, multi-colored and self-striping yarns wound in delicious cakes won in my eyes.

Here are a couple of favorite stops on my adventure:

 

Stunning String Studio:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/StunningStringStudio

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KnitCircus Yarns:

http://knitcircus.com/

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(Look at those delicious cakes!)

 

Shirsty Cat Designs:

http://www.shirstycat.com/

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Three Irish Girls (oh my goodness…I just love them):

http://threeirishgirls.com/

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and then here are some lovely lovelies:

 

Here’s my haul:

I know, right!!

I’m also going to make this tie -by James Cox Knits: http://jamescoxknits.com/

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Next year I’d like to explore more of the events hopefully.  Maybe one day I’ll venture into a class.  Have you taken any classes at a Stitches Event?

Stitches-ly yours,

-Here’s my Pot O’Gold-this moment-

Shana