Friday, July 26, 2013

July 25th, 2013 ~ Seattle Mariner's Stitch & Pitch

I got to get away for a moment.
This was Boise when we left, yeah, kinda hazy.  I can see my house in this picture, just right  of center and about a third of the way down from the top.

This Alaska Airways plane commemorates Montana State University, was just before Portland. I think that's Hood River there in the middle, those mountains are in Washington, Mt Hood was on the other side of the plane.
JJ and the boys, picked me up at the airport and we got on the road.  I was watching for Mt Rainier, just after Yelm (Olympia) before McCord AFB.
We stopped by a wonderful fiber shop, Maker's Merchantile, and this was the coffee stop at the light.  Apparently, they have a drive-thru.  The license plate reads MUGBUG3.

Makers Merch had a great display of Sock Monkeys, no two were alike.  Oh, and I liked the Owl at the bottom center, too.
Ryan, Ethan and Brice all were walking away when I finally got my camera out to get a picture of the FIRST Starbucks, located in Pike Place Market.  Such enthused escorts.....  (They were great, really!)

Everything seemed pretty well convenient, we were able to get lodging right on the commuter train route, and they have a stop right at the stadium, so no worries about parking.  Just as we got into the stadium, we turned a corner and, LOOK who was waiting for me!
This was Susan Gibbs from Juniper Moon Fiber, just after she threw out the first pitch.  (There's a blog post about her experience: )  This was as zoomed in as I could get, but I missed the pitch because someone was standing in front of me trying to get to their seats.  Plus, our seats were at the VERY TOP of the stadium.  I had a little vertigo coming down the steps the last time.
There was only one section behind me, so this would be MOST of the 3,000 Stitch & Pitch ticket holders.
Another pretty awesome thing that happened was that I got to meet a knitter I admire.  Steve Malcolm writes the blog It Takes Balls to Knit, and I admire him because there are so few guys who knit and admit it!  I've been following him since I heard about his calendar, but he has some great cable patterns as well, I hope you'll check out his website.  www.  Keep an eye on him, he's got lots going on, and a truly nice guy.  He was just as excited to see me as I was to see him.  Even came all the way up to our seats to see what we were working on, although I never found out what he was knitting ... Perhaps a secret new thing he working on!  (Photo courtesy of Jennifer 'JJ' Foster)

They won the game, by the way, I don't think I noticed because I was tickled to be there.  This was when Raul Ibanez was at bat in one of the later innings.  There were hats requested by Pacific Fabrics for World Vision, totaling 583.  I made one and received a bag, perfect for carrying a project around!

JJ dropped me off at SeaTac, and I had plenty of good knitting time.  Check this out, the perfect Knit Spot inside the security gates, about 20 of these rockers watching planes come and go.  I think that's mine there....

Good-bye Seattle, see you next year.  That's downtown, Puget Sound is that water way beneath the sky, Space Needle and Safeco Field are all in that skyline.

And another picture, because I can't get enough.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Queen of the Purple, Receiver of Royal...

Gratitude and showing it, are extremely important to me.

I have been given some wonderful purpley things that I wanted to share with you.  And to say 'Thank You' to some thoughtful folks...  
First, Ravelry gave me a little purple friend for a Happy Bobmas gift a few months ago.  I talk to him and he gives me kisses and tells me I'm beautiful, but if I don't get back to my knitting he's going to poke my with those sticks of his.  Generally he sits next to a Seattle Mariners commemorative Moose bobblehead from Stitch & Pitch 2011.  They pretend they are Rocky & Bullwinkle, and I will not bother you with their games right at the moment.  

JJ at Wynona Studios, had a Knit-A-Long of the Cria pattern by Ysolda Teague ( ) and because of my interest in what they were up to, JJ dyed the yarn, purchased the pattern, and sent to me.  She said she accidentally made it 'tweedy' when she was dying it.  I loved it more, because the spots of color change reminded my of her little dog, Wilson.  
Lee went to Fiber Train in Nampa, Idaho, and found this seed-textured yarn dyed by another lady we see at our knit nights on occasion, Donna, and for some 'strange reason' thought it was calling my name.  I was stumped with what to do with it for a very long time, till I recalled the Clapotis pattern by Kate Gilbert that I'd knitted once already.  This is a close-up, I apologize for not showing the whole scarf -- hopefully, I will get to that soon.  The really excellent news about this is that it made A BEAUTIFUL scarf, wonderfully drapey and a size that will work as a shawl.  My preferred way to wear it is to wrap it twice around my neck which makes a long cowl look.
This short cardigan is of Recycled Cashmere.  I received it the week of the first Sock Summit, so about August 2009, in a purple swap that was organized on Ravelry.  No more Sock Summits and no more Purple Swaps....  And again, stumped what to do with it for the longest time.  It is the first cashmere yarn I'd ever owned, and the gal I'd swapped with sent me a lot of it.  My step-daughter got married in a garden ceremony last year (August 2012) and I ordered a dress online that was sleeveless, which needed something extremely light-weight to cover 'granny arms', and this project did it perfectly.  The pattern was available Free through Ravelry, called Cobweb, by Marie Wallin.
Amber gave me some Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Socks that Rock, when I went to Portland for the Rose City Yarn Crawl 2013.  The color is called Tanzanite.  I love it and love working with it.  I finished a sock, and didn't like how it turned out, so I ripped it out and tried again.  

This is the second attempt, combining the braid with ribbing that will encompass all but the sole of the sock.  I've been working on it at knit nights for Sock Thursdays.  Both attempts are basic sock with variations that I've always used.
Clara sent me this pretty.  I stared at it for a long time, too.  Then I remembered the Thinking of You Shawl that was featured by Debbie Macomber in a collection of Friendship Shawls.  I actually knit it before with the leftover cashmere from the wedding cardigan and some mohair.  I love how that turned out, and it was fairly simple once it get's going.  I have started it, but not gotten far as I've been distracted with other projects, hopefully I'll be getting back to it soon.
Melissa has been very generous.  Two skeins of Koigu kept me up nights, sitting on the computer looking at patterns on Ravelry.  I narrowed it down to a mitten pattern called Magic Mirror by Kristel Nyberg.
or gloves, named Kingdom and designed by Becky Herrick  I started these great cabled gloves, that are styled like a driving glove.  And what you see here is about as far as I have gotten.  I should be working on them soon though because I love these small projects in summer.  I'm not sure why it looks so blue, will try to get more accurate color when I'm doing the finished photos.
And then again, Melissa gave me another some kind of wonderful.  I had a Pendleton skirt that I wasn't wearing, even though I loved it.  It was teal and purple, but it was very long and I like to show my legs when I'm wearing a skirt.  She gave me this Manos Silk blended with Merino.  I have not come up with anything wonderful to create with it yet, but I've not had much time to think about it.

There's probably quite a few more like this that I've received but these were all the pictures I could find on the disc that's in the camera.  I don't know when I'll get back to this post to finish it as there are a couple of adventures coming up, that I imagine I will be sharing with you very soon.  In the meantime, I just wanted to say that I'm grateful that others were so thoughtful of me, they've given me such nice things that I would NEVER have purchased for myself. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Anyone? Anyone?

I am needing some 'User Feedback' to the patterns I've posted, the FREE ones as well as the ones For Sale.  If you are on Ravelry and have made one of these few designs, please post pictures or comment.  What yarn did you use?  How difficult did you find the pattern?  ...

The ones that are For Sale, I'm considering offering at a discount, just to get this kind of information.  Not asking for pattern testers, just needing to know what kind of experience people are having with the written directions.  I will let you know HERE, if I do.... So, stay tuned!