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The Easter Bunny

Once upon a time a magical bunny laid an egg and now we celebrate Easter!  Here are pictures of this magical bunny.

I made my DH his first pair of boot socks.  His are getting worn out and since I love knitting socks so much I made a goal to replace them all with hand knit socks.

The two of us recently made a strange pact.  He wanted to build a gun and all the parts he needed to order came to a total of $1400.  I told him that he could spend that much if I could spend the same on yarn.  He agreed so we went to Knit Picks and put everything I wanted in the cart.   It came to a total of $280.  Not even close, but I’m still super happy! 

Now I have a closet entirely full of yarn!  I have projects lined up for about 6 months!

I found out about the Ravelympics Badge of Glory after the preorders had closed.  I was so devestated!  I checked the notify me when this becomes available.  Finally this week they emailed me!  I did not want to miss out this time, and so I ordered it.  Since I was ordering from the mini mart I added a few shirts too, just for fun.

What a fun week full of knitting related adventures!

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Ah, Spring

Today was just a beautiful day.  Spring in Florida is really paradise.  Today the smell of fresh cut grass filled the air as all the lanscapers had come out of hibernation.  Flowers are everywhere and the sky is so blue.

Speaking of blue skies, I went to the LYS today.  I want to make Baby the bunny from Itty Bitty Toys for his first Easter.  I have some stashed cotton that I could use, but I have fallen in love with Blue Sky Dyed Cotton.  It’s my favorite yarn. 

I decided to drive the long way, along the beach.  It was such a beautiful drive.  White sands beaches, beautiful still water and a brilliant blue sky all made me want to play on the beach. 

When I got to the yarn store, it was new yarn day.  They had just received a shipment of Blue Sky Dyed Cotton, just what I went in for!  I got to see their new spring colors too.  They are so beautiful.  This yarn is so wonderful.  Most cottons are quite coarse to knit with, but this is like knitting with a cloud.  And on top of that, all this yarn is 100% organic!   

I met another cloth diapering mama there and we talked about soaker patterns.  It was so nice to talk to someone about this.  She had a lot of good advice for me.

Baby’s preteething so he’s been moody lately.  He woke up in the middle of the night last night and yelled about his sore gums.  I felt really bad for him, and also for myself because I wanted nothing more than to go to sleep.  Poor me, right?  Just kidding.  Well, I’m glad I have such an awesome LYS and also that I live in Paradise, it makes life so great.  I was glad to have a wonderful afternoon after such a crappy night. 

I’ll leave you with some yarn porn:

All the yarn I need to make the Bunny and the Pig.  Ah, I love Blue Sky Dyed Cotton.  Have I said that yet?

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Yarn Rant

I feel I have reached a turning point in my knitting career.  Up to this point I have been basically using craft store quality yarn.  There are several reasons for this.

1. I’ve considered myself to be a beginner and don’t feel like investing in luxurious yarns if I’m just going to screw the project up.

2. I’m insanely frugal and can’t bring myself to spent a lot of money on anything for myself.  I can’t pass up a good bargain either.

I found some clearanced yarn at Hobby Lobby about 4 years ago.  I bought so many spools of this fingering weight crochet thread and haven’t found a use for it yet.  Itty Bitty toys has a wonderful section on sock-yarn toys and I was excited to finally use some of this huge stash.  I started making the Hippo, but I ran out of the yarn.  The reason it was on clearance is because it’s discontinued!!!  My poor Hippo had a body, head, 2 arms, no legs, no ears and no tail.  I had made some serious mistakes on it too, so I ended up just chucking the whole project.  The yarn sucked and the project was a flop because of it.

After using 100% merino wool for making the soakers, I fell in love with knitting with natural fibers.  I can’t hardly stand to use acrylic yarn anymore.  The majority of my stash is Vanna’s Choice which is nice for acrylic yarn.  I look at it and I get frustrated because I don’t want to use it for anything! 

I’ve been to the local yarn store (LYS) a few times, but I get frustrated because the yarn is so much more expensive than the same yarn anywhere else.  Unfortunately it’s the only LYS in a few hundred mile radius.  I always end up leaving empty handed.

I went to the LYS a few months ago and bought some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino to make a tam for my Mom’s birthday.  This is by far the most visually and texturally appealing project I have made.  The yarn was such a pleasure to work with.  It was more expensive but it really was worth it.

Lace Tam

 There’s no reason for me to be frugal anymore so today I decided to go to the LYS and just buy whatever I wanted and as much as I wanted.  I had every intention of buying several hundred dollars worth of yarn.  

With several projects in mind, I walked into the shop.  My mind totally went blank. I couldn’t remember a single project!  After scanning the yarn for a minute they started coming back to me.  OK, I want to make the Giraffe from Itty Bitty Toys.  Can’t find the right colors.  Ok, how about the cotton Bunny and Pig?  Can’t find the right yarn.  Star Crossed Beret?  Ugh!   Again, no yarn!   I kept going back to the sock yarn and ended up buying a few balls that really spoke to me.  They are all self-striping and all the socks in my queue are either lacy or cabled and would look better with solid colors.

Anyway, I came home and added the yarn to my stash on Ravelry only to find out the yarn I loved so much wasn’t even fingering weight!  This yarn was in the wrong section at the shop and the owner told me it was sock yarn.  This is the second time this has happened to me at this LYS.  Another skein has no tag, I don’t know the weight or yardage, how did I even end up with it?  This LYS is so messy and unorganized and the shop owner is a huge yarn snob, making me feel inferior for buying yarn anywhere else.   The selection is very poor and also quite weird. 

I want to buy nice yarn.  I long to have Rowan, Blue Sky Alpacas, Cascade 220 and other designer yarns in my stash, but this LYS doesn’t have it.  I’m moving very soon anyway so hopefully the LYS in Fort Walton Beach will have a good selection.

I know the answer for me is to order from KnitPicks.com.  I love online shopping anyway and this way no one will look down on me for having a baby strapped to me and both being covered in spit up.  I love that Knit Picks is straight forward with the weight and yardage of their yarns.  The yarns aren’t designer or name brand but because of that it is so much less expensive.  I can’t wait to get down to Florida and make my order with them and start making some higher quality projects.  Until then I will be making a few pair of socks with the yarn I actually did buy.

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Monkey Mahem

I bought Susan B. Anderson’s newest knitting book at the end of October while waiting for the baby to be born.  I have had so many other projects going on I didn’t have a chance to make anything out of it.  After months of lusting after all the projects, my fingers itching to make another knit toy, I finally finished my first project from the book last night.  I decided to start with “A New Sock Monkey” because I have a special place in my heart for monkeys.   He was named by my husband, every time I would talk about the monkey, he would say “Monkey Mahem” in one of many of his silly voices. 

Monkey Mahem

I want to make every single toy in the book.  I have made a goal to use up all of my yarn stash before buying any more yarn and I think toys would be perfect for using the last of the skeins.

 
In other knitting news, I had to throw out my really cute knitting bag.  Someone (me) put an apple in there months ago and it went bad.  There was no way to clean it up.  I was so sad, I hope my cute knitting bag rests in peace.  I have learned my lesson about leaving fruit places and forgetting about it.

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