Weekend & Contest winnings

This weekend started out with a trip down the river to get our first CSA farm share of the year. I was so excited. I had missed having a farm share last year. This farm also seemed to meet my expectations of a CSA. If you click on the photo, you will see what we received. Somehow the salad mix and braising greens snuck out of the bag and did not make it home. No worries. I think we will be able to finish off all this food this week. Meal Plan: 1. French Toast (made with Irish Soda Bread & fresh eggs) & Potato Pancakes (from the PPP).2. Beet Risotto with Fish3. Bok Choi Gratin with Chicken I had also planned to make Mac & Cheese with the Braising Greens but since they escaped, I will have to make other plans. Saturday morning’s plan was to wake up at 5AM to head to Whidbey Island for Earthdog Trials. We woke up an entire hour and a half late and so Lexi was unable to be signed up to compete but we went to go figure out if she would be good at it. It was a successful trip. We did not stay for the Ratting for Rating class because churchable had to be at work at 5AM on Sunday. I took the above photo on the ride there. Lexi and Frankie were all twined up together. This one got me since Lexi was being used as a pillow. We came home and had a tiring evening since churchable lost his cellphone. He went back to find it but it was gone. Some teen girl had taken it and refused to answer our calls until she had used it all evening. The funny child thought that by erasing the call history that we would not know who she called or how much she had used it. Thank goodness for unlimited nights & weekends and unlimited texting. I think what caused her to return the phone was my threat of turning off the phone. Oh well at least it is back and unharmed. I had given it up as lost by the time she called to say she would return it. Sunday was spent dealing with the girl in the morning, but by the afternoon I was hanging out with my good buddy Kat. We went down to Portland to visit a store and then out for an early dinner. It was all for my birthday. It is great to have friends that remember and make things special without being too much. Now I know you guys probably don’t care about the weirdness that is my life of yarn, doxies, bunnies and a loving husband. So on to the prizes, WHO WON! the winners were emailed earlier today since I have been a bit tired from the overly busy weekend. I have six winners since we bumped my comments to be the most comments left in the history of my blog. Winners of AlisaChristineKnittin’ Diva Butternut Woolen (this yarn is discontinued – story here)Amy Malabrigo merino worsted BlackAlisa Mystery LaceweightErin A cone of Fingering weight yarn for the comment buster.The winning comment was left at 8:18PM by Turtlegirl, but…..she did not leave it on the contest post so that meant...

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Alisa is live!

I am so excited to be able to present my baby Alisa to you. She has come along way from an idea that I created for a secret pal way back in SP10. She is now a full fledged pattern ready to be knit by all. Purchasing locations: Ravelry & Website Remember all proceeds go to ravelry for the first two weeks that Alisa is on sale. After that time, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to ravelry, because I don’t know if I would have been as prepared and ready to do this if it was not for the designer groups on ravelry. I would love to thank my hard working test knitters Erica & Knittymuggins. They helped with so much it is amazing. Erica made sure the largest sizes was decent for all. Knittymuggins made sure that the beginners were not lost. Don’t forget you have another 12 hours till midnight to enter the contest. I will post the winners either Sunday night or Monday morning. I am busy with Earthdog trials this...

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FO Friday – Catrack Cowl

So the design juices have been flowing and last Wednesday I could not sleep so I cast on a new thing. Let me introduce the Cattrack Cowl. Perfect mix of yarn and pattern. Many of you might be watching the cowl craze sweep the internet. Back in November, I knit a giant swatch that have been wearing all the time. I love it so much that I put away all the scarfs. I thought it was high time I bring another cowl into my collection. I will be sharing it with ya’ll as soon as the test knitters finish with it. This cowl is knit using the twined knitting technique. My husband saw it as I neared completion and felt that it looked like Cat tracks up on the mountains. We love winter sports but don’t always have time to go up to the mountains and enjoy the snow. Now I have a reminder of the trails that we enjoy. Now you probably wonder what happens to those pictures that don’t make the cut, I mess with them to have fun. See don’t you like the cool funkiness of it...

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Thursday – Yarn Tastings

4-4.25sts/inch on US 9s30% Cotton, 30% viscose, 20% Angora, 20% Polyamide102 yds, Color: CS 127 This yarn is super cozy. I for sure would not want an entire stockinette sweater out of this yarn. It is super cozy and warm. It is a little itchy on my sensitive skin. It would be a good candidate for an airy cardigan. I just don’t feel what this could be but I love that it worked up nicely to the recommended gauge. If you want to mess around with the super warm Angora, this yarn is a good choice at aprox $7 a...

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WIP Wednesday

Many of you are probably here to find out about Alisa. Sadly, I feel I need to delay release. The three smallest sizes work, but the largest two sizes are having problems. My test knitter Erica is on it. So I guess this is a WIP. Erica talks about it over on her blog. The new date is only a few days away. Since a few of you probably will wait to purchase when the contest ends, the new release date is Saturday May 3rd. So sorry everyone. I want this pattern to fit everyone right so please be patient. My monkeys are flying along. These socks are turning out to be more of a winter weight pair of socks than summer socks. Since my pal lives in the Northern half of the US, I hope that it is all ok. I just received another present. I won a blog contest and I was allowed to choose from a list of books. Since I missed the Yarn Harlot’s visit to town, I requested her new book. Churchable and I will enjoy reading it. Have a great day and I hope your week has been good. Our little pocket of Washington has been enjoying clear sunny...

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What a birthday it was?!

The weather decided to be good almost all weekend. Sunday was a bit overcast and had the usual drip drip of the Northwest. As you can see from Saturday’s post, the weather was nice enough on Friday to allow me to get pics without grimacing in cold pain. Actually it was rather pleasant during the photo shoot and when I did go out into the surf, it did not seem cold. Oh no, I am acclimating to this coast’s idea of what beach water should feel like. Saturday was spent with family and walking along the beach. I got my husband and Bud (the little sil of Arwen fame) to go with me into a yarn store, even though all they wanted to do was head back to the beach and dive into the surf (tis not my idea of a fun activity but they are native washingtonians). Sunday was spent saying our goodbyes and heading home. We stopped at Ecola park (my favorite park on the coast), which is just at the northern end of Cannon Beach and went for a short hike before the skies opened up and left us wanting our car and something dry and warm. Upon arriving home, I found tons of comments for my contest and the Schrodinger Cube Bag in my mail slot. The observant among you might have noticed the yarn in the bag. I’ll wait while you scroll up and see if you see it………………………………….. ……………. What!?? you did not see it. Fine I guess I will have to show you. I got it monday morning, not with the bag. That would have been nice but I don’t know Jen that well. I just love her box bags. This brings me to the total of 3. Oh and one more thing before I share about the yarn. If you are my monkey pal and don’t have a bag for me (not that you to), but she has a monkey cube on her site. Now run not walk over there and see it. Isn’t it lovely and classy? Ok I will stop being pushy with the bags, I still want to buy them for myself and not make her always be out of stock. Now the yarn is sock yarn. Well what else would it be. I don’t have friends that are so generous that they would give me a sweaters worth of nice yarn. No but my walking buddy whom I taught to knit, got me a skein of Mountain Colors Bearfoot. I gave away my only skein in my blogiversary so I was waiting on a cool color to show up at our LYS. My friend got me this wild one called Firestorm. I think there is almost every color in it. so lovely. What Huh you want to see it? Oh right why else would you read me. Ok yarn Prn for ya’ll to enjoy. Hmmm…. just a moment, I seem to have not uploaded it to the web. Ahhh there much better. Now don’t forget to enter the contest if you haven’t...

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Dude, what are you doing inside?

Mr. Bun feels that once the month of April appears, we should be hanging out outside without a stupid doxie around to herd him into heart racing palpitations. No fear Mr. Bun, I think we can work out something if you are willing to wear a leash. Tis strange to be answering a question about May flowers and April showers and what I would be doing on when the April showers are showering, since I am sitting outside in the sun blogging. Glorious sun! Here we have april showers every month of the year. It is the rare occasion that it does not rain in the Northwet. A better question for me would be, what do you do when the sun shines. Well I will answer both. We know Mr. Buns opinion on the matter. How about mine? April Showers make me curl up and knit. Now that we have a wood stove in the living room, I can be found with a kettle boiling on the stove and a fire within. Tis my fav, but then I have always loved the cool weather. I like sweaters and woolie things. I prefer to ask churchable to set up the fire the night before, but sometimes he is busy or the day was not expected to be so chill. On those days, I hop across the doxie intimidating grass (tis hard when you are only a foot tall and the grass grows like a weed and needs to be mowed the day after it was mowed) and fetch wood from the shed. Now this year has been odd and we have not had many warm days yet. Two years ago when Care Bear was visiting from Michigan, it was so hot we both got burnt from hanging out in the backyard. I love to go outside and dink around in the dirt and clean up. I am not much for gardening when the weather is unpleasant. Call me a fair weather gardener and I will take it with pride. I think this year I will be pulling my laptop and knitting out to the hammock under the tree to chill all day long. Now if only I could figure out a resting place for my glass of iced coffee; I would be completely...

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Happy Birthday too meeee!! A contest

ETA: pics of prize yarn and details about comment moderation. So today is my 29th birthday for the first time. No silliness here about 29th for the 29th time or anything like that. I am almost ready to release Alisa. I thought I would share a few pics here on anticipation of the release. I hope that you are not too overwhelmed. We did take 84 pictures and still need to do another photo shoot since churchable did not get a great picture of the whole sweater so that people would get a good impression of the overall look. Don’t worry I don’t have that many photos to show ya’ll. Just enough to wet your love of this simple summer sweater. At this moment Alisa has been perfected through bust size 38″. The two largest sizes need the shoulder shaping reworked so hopefully they will be all nice and ready for the 30th. Now this last photo, tis rather good. It was on flickr for a matter of minutes and already had several views. I took it because I wanted to show that it is long enough to be worn as a beach cover-up. So it is my birthday today and that means I want to have a contest. There are several prizes. Everyone should find something they like. If you prefer not to win one of the prizes, let me know and I will take you off that list. Contest: leave a comment with your name and your email in the email spot (I will be the only person to see that part) and if you participate in the posting bit then leave the link in the post for extra points. tell me what makes you happy. Pictures are great. I would love if you blogged about it or you could post a pic in flickr and leave a comment in the description about why this makes you happy. You don’t have to post outside the comments about your happy thing but you will get added to the drawing a second time if you do post about it. tell others about the contest. Yes this is just my way of getting more people here. I want to see my blog feed have 100 or more subscribers. I have between 75 & 80 right now. This will also get you another spot in the drawing. Now you are all wondering about the prizes. Well since Alisa is coming out now, I will be giving out a free pattern to 2 lucky people. Details about Alisa here and ravelry. The other prizes are yarn. Butternut Woolen sock yarn (local blogger and dyer) Black Malabrigo Merino Worsted This is the mystery laceweight yarn. I don’t know what it is. My stash has an unhealthy amount of unmarked laceweight and I don’t knit lace. I am sure this was recent addition to the stash, say last 5 years. For those of you who would like a better description, here is a close up pic. I took this picture without the flash because it has a shiny fiber in it that washes out easily. So read that folks, 5 prizes to be won. Any questions about Alisa, can be directed below and I will have a blog post up later with answers to...

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FO Friday – the simple but great

Pattern: A Hat fit for a Boyfriend by Stephanie Nicole Raveled hereYarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted 1/2 skein (100g/216 yds) in Black. (100% merino wool)Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) Knitpick’s Interchangeables. Mods: This pattern was super easy it was so hard to change anything. The pattern as written finishes at the tip of the ears. In it there is a suggested mod if the ears are to be covered. It said to knit for an extra inch. Since the recipient has almost the same size head as mine, I felt that it only needed an extra 1/2″ to be long enough. Facts to remember: Malabrigo hats are so cozy you don’t want to give them to the owners because they are just so perfect. Things I Love: What is there not to love about malabrigo and a simple but perfect hat pattern? Reaction of the recipient: He loved it even though I should have gone for the whole extra 1″ to the pattern. When he came by yesterday, he was wearing it. Just so you know this hat maybe for a boyfriend but it was knit for a friend. Actually the friend who worked up my website. Aren’t these decreases...

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Thursday – Yarn Tastings

Invernal by Aslantrends4.75 sts/inch on US 7s50% Angora Rabbit, 25% Merino, 25% Nylon295 yards, Color 162 This swatch is so subtle. I think it is like my grumpy bunny. It wins you over with its soft fuzzy nature even though you suspect it might grouch at you for knitting something unexpected from it. The swatch worked up smaller than recommended. It was supposed to be 4.5 sts/inch. Of course the likelihood of knitting this up into a stockinette garment is slim. I would roast especially here in the mild mannered NW. Of course if I lived in the lakes region of the US, I would most likely have wanted a fully angora sweater. It would have made me super toasty and I would survive the huge snow drifts that occurred this year. The yarn is fuzzy and soft on my face, neck, and other sensitive bits. As of yet, I don’t know about the wear and pill factor. This is a yarn I would for sure use. Something lacy but simple to allow the yarn to...

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