i, too, am a knitter

Last weekend, Pittsburgh held a yarn and crochet festival. Although, it has been going on since 2005,  I have never attended and was really looking forward to it.  I hadn't been to a yarn festival since Rhinebeck in 2008!  My friend Denise and I grabbed a coffee and headed there on Sunday morning.
There were some really amazing booths.  We met some charming people and they told us about their incredible farms.  (All yarn named after their adorable sheep!)  I ended up walking away with some really gorgeous yarn from a couple of other booths.   Hello new poncho. Hello new mitts.
I remember being at Rhinebeck, back in 2008, and noticing how every single person was wearing something they made.  That's the time my sister wore her only knit and was getting tons of attention.  That's the time I didn't wear a thing that I made.  That's the time, I was wishing I wore something really great to say...hey!  I knit, too!  I almost forced my sister to give me her sweater to wear.  As I headed out the door to Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet on Sunday morning, I pulled out one of my Hanne Falkenberg Ballerina's.  And, that sweet knit did not disappoint.  Finally.  Finally.  The fellow knitters at the show knew that I, too, was a knitter. 😍

tea and toast

Meet Judy.
Judy is my tea drinking friend (no coffee!)  and is wearing toast.  It's pretty much the perfect combo.  (My grandmother had tea and toast every morning for breakfast.  One of my favorite memories of her.)  However, I prefer coffee and toast.  
I haven't knit with mohair in a very long time.  It's been years.  Like, many years!  But, when I saw Wool and the Gang had a mohair out, I just had to try it.  L O V E.  Especially for a small project.  It took one ball to make Toast.   I cast on 4 stitches less for the pattern only because I was getting a different gauge.  That is the only change I made to the pattern.  These will definitely take me through those cool spring days and make me happy.

And by the way... I just received the email that Wool and The Gang is having a sale!  The take care mohair is on sale through midnight March 27th.

dreaming + winner

I've been meaning to share these amazing wallpaper murals with you guys for some time.  Can you stand it?  I am totally in love.  There isn't a room in the home I am living in right now where I feel like I could accomplish this.  But, I definitely want a room like this in my future!  Aren't they awesome?
There are so many beautiful, textured wallpapers on this site, but, of course, the knit walls give such a cozy feeling.  My only problem would be deciding which one I love most.  (In the UK.)
Those are some big stitches!

The winner of Knit Noro Accessory 2 book is number 7, Cami Paul.   Cami, please email me with your address and I will make sure Knit Noro book lands in your mailbox.

knit noro giveaway

When I get a new book, I like to take it to bed with a stack of post it's.  Flipping through, marking all those things that are interesting to me.   Knit Noro Accessories 2 has plenty of items I would love to knit.  I could have used at least 10 more post-its.  
Noro yarn pretty much speaks for itself.  Not that I am saying the patterns aren't incredibly beautiful, because they are.  It's just that the yarn, well, it seems to make whatever it touches beautiful. 
 Socks made out of Noro?  Yes, please.  
Or these fabulous gloves.  Oh ya.
I absolutely love the stripes and drape of this wrap.
I just love how some of the patterns are constructed.  This art deco wrap is knit by starting a small rectangle and picking up stitches along an edge to add to the size.  Repeating that concept as you build onto the size of the wrap.  (Or a blanket!)
This truly might be the garment that really caught for my eye.  It's knit in strips making it visually not only a garment but a true piece of art.

The sweet peeps over at Sixth and Spring would like to give away a copy of Knit Noro Accessories 2 to one of my readers.  Please leave a comment here before Monday, the 20th at 5pm EST, and I'll have the random number generator choose a name.

Happy St. Patty's Day!  I hope you are wearing a green knit.  xx

march knitcrate

KNITCRATE seriously makes me ridiculously happy.  A surprise box in the mail containing yarn and a treat?!  How could it not make someone happy?! ( Especially when it just happens to match flowers that were gifted to you!)
March's KNITCRATE contained 2 skeins of Crock-O-Dye fingering weight yarn.  65% Superwash Wool, 20% Nylon and 15% silk.  I love how it also gives two shawl patterns to choose from.  One for Beginners and one for Intermediate/Advanced.  I think I'm going to cast on for the Beginner pattern which is Windswept.  I haven't made a shawl for such a long time.  Pretty giddy about it.
And, can you stand those adorable little sheep stitch markers?!  Crazy about them!

The KNITCRATE peeps would like to offer 20% discount off your subscriptions first month.  Enter code FKW20 at checkout.

more toast

So, I have been wanting a pair of toast in a Camel color for a while.  I seriously have been stalking yarn stores and combing the internet in search of the a Camel color yarn.  Not caramel.  But, camel.  You know, like a Camel color jacket.  Or, a Camel color bag.  Or... our beloved CAMELS!
Well, I ended up finding a yarn that I loved that was discontinued on Amazon.  Ya, I know, Amazon!? Not sure if it was exactly what I was looking for, but it was the yarn I loved...  in a color I loved.   So, I snatched it!
Toast are seriously my all time favorite.  Sure, I love a fingerless glove.  But toast are completely fingerless.  Not even a space for your beloved thumb.  Which makes them perfect for those times when you need to use your fingers. (Just push them up.) Or, when you need to cover your cold fingers. (Just pull them down.)  All the while, adding that extra warmth needed.

Pattern:  Toast.
Yarn:  Rowan Cashsoft.
Needles: Size US 7 dpn.


How cute is that coaster?!  My sweet friend, Suzanne, had knit a sweater that she wasn't happy with. So, instead of crying (well, maybe there were tears) or throwing it on the floor and throwing a fit, or frogging it, she decided to felt it and repurpose it!  She mentioned how liberating it was.  I think it was a beautiful project that went exactly the way it was supposed to!  A beautiful coaster full of love and a whole lot of inspiration!  I just adore it.

The random number generator chose number 11 to win 60 quick knitted toys.  Congrats, Debra Childers! Please email me with your address.

60 quick knitted toys giveaway

60 Quick Knitted Toys stirred memories of when my children were younger.  And, oh, how I wish I would have knit half of the toys in this book! It's like a toy chest bursting with lovable patterns to knit!
Hippos, owls, foxes, monkeys.
Musical instruments, giant tic-tac-toe board and penguin bowling.
Honestly.  I think they are the perfect gifts to be treasured.

The sweet peeps at Sterling would like to give away a copy to one of my readers.  If interested, please leave a comment here before Monday, March 6th, 5pm EST,  and I will have the random generator choose a name.

Happy weekend!

yeah field trip

Happy March, Friends!

February was fun.  Really fun.  There wasn't much knitting that took place, but there were other things.  Things that filled my soul.  Things that ignited my soul.  From the magnificence of the Grand Canyon to this past week's Yeah Field Trip.

I traveled with a couple of friends to Yeah Field Trip to learn more about photography. But the funny thing is, I didn't take a single photography class.  There were so many other classes my soul needed instead.  I loved hearing about others creative journeys.  I loved meeting so many people that are following their hearts.  Their passions.  Like minded people finding their way.  I took few photos.  And, my photos don't tell the magic that happened deep in my heart.

It was a gathering of such.  And we gathered with others to learn.  To educate.  To connect.  To grow.  To laugh.  To cry.  To be fed.  To fill up.  To love. To listen.  To notice. To be curious.  Basically, to be deeply nourished.

I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful this experience was.  I am forever grateful and amazed at the creative souls who gathered there and all of the goodness there is in this wonderful world.