Tuesday, March 31, 2015

All Hail

Hypnotoad has erased my memory of buying any yarn at Stitches West, so clearly I needed this skein of "All Glory to the Hypnotoad" from White Birch Fiber Arts

After purchasing the yarn, I texted Connor, "The hypnotoad yarn was available. I bought it because hypnotoad commanded it." To which Connor replied, "But of course. All hail."

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Wedding

I know that I had said earlier that I had finished my shawl in time for the wedding. Here's the proof!

First I have to thank everyone who came and celebrated with us for making the wedding really fun. Just about every photo has someone laughing in it. We were lucky to have a wonderful photographer, Gabriel Harber, join us to capture all the laughter. (All photos in this post are by him.) Thanks again to Lorraine Helf, who put together all the flowers and table decorations. Thank-you Christopher (my brother) who played the guitar for the ceremony. Thanks, Mum, for keeping us all going and for bringing along Aragorn. And a big thanks to my Dad, who kept everyone functional and funded. (There were many, many other contributors. I appreciate everyone for helping.)

There were vague Lord of the Ring references throughout the wedding. It started as a joke after I used the Hobbit Door picture for out wedding invitations. But everyone ended up contributing. For example, our cake had a hobbit door on it. I had nothing to do with the cake.... 
Also, all the tables got named after places in the Lord of the Rings. (The parents were put at "Grey Havens." Haha. The wedding party was at "Rivendell" since that is where the Fellowship was forged. The cake could be found on "The Shire" table.)

I still kind of can't believe that such a lovely wedding was planned and executed in two months.

But I know it happened. We have a jumping photo to prove it!

On a slight aside, it was really hard finding green ties. I told Connor that the next time we get married, we'll do blue ties instead.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

One Blade Of Grass

Since March 1st, this is the culmination of all the knitting I've done. I had hoped to wear this pair of socks by March 17th for Saint Patrick's Day. Today is March 18th and that is the first sock.

Turns out getting married and moving into a new place really cuts into one's knitting time. Ah well. I got the yarn from someone's destash on ravelry. It is Canon Hand Dyes on the Arthur BFL base in the colorway, "An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass and not fall off the face of the earth."

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


I know you are all wondering, "Did she finish the shawl?" I'll put you out of your misery. I did. But I won't have pictures to share for a bit longer. Just know that it looked great.

So Connor had kept the honeymoon a secret. He asked my boss for a mystery number of days off and took me to a mystery location. He did well. We spent three days in Carmel and Big Sur. 

On one of our stops we walked down a path to the ocean. I leaned against the fence and took in the view. Then I looked down.

And saw that there was poison oak everywhere! I somehow managed to miss it all. Even the sprig that was right between my knees.

Connor had never been to Big Sur, so I volunteered to do the driving so he could enjoy the view. We stopped by classic Big Sur locations such as Bixby Bridge.

We popped by McWay falls as well. Some kids hopped off of the path to see if they could find a way down. (terribly illegal) I don't think any of them knew what poison oak looked like. They might now.

It was a lovely three days and it was pretty tough going back to reality (work, responsibilities, etc.) But Connor and I have been hard at work making the apartment comfortable and improving our cooking. Now if only I could fit a little more knitting into my life!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

To My Husband

Dearest Connor, today we are getting married. I am sneaky and setting this to post right about when we say "I do", so you will probably see this when we get back. I was reflecting on how last February when my birthday rolled around, I thought to myself how I had no idea what the next year would hold. I was right. I didn't see this one coming.

I am simultaneously excited and terrified of what lies ahead, but I know you are the one for me.
Reasons I'm marrying you:
1. You asked.
2. You are not only willing, but enthusiastic about riding the Giant Dipper over and over and over.
3. We make a terrific team.

I consider this a bonus, but you are fantastically photogenic, which is quite convenient since I often need a knitwear model.

You are the luckiest man alive. (And not because you are marrying me.) I don't know anyone else who could go on a business trip only to get stuck in New York, then end up in a swanky hotel because everything else was booked up and be able to see all the sights because they are in walking distance. I'm hoping your luck rubs off on me. Although I think it already has. Who else goes to a different country only to be proposed to and brought back home?

Central Park Selfie

I'm looking forward to all the adventures we have ahead of us. Thank-you for brightening up my life.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stitches West 2015

Per usual, I did a lot of damage this year at Stitches. It was made worse by believing that I'd only get to visit on one of the days. I ended up going three out of four days... As you can see that was a bit of a problem. So without further ado, I give you the 2015 Stitches West damage report.

This year we'll go though everything in the four columns that I've arranged.
In the top left we have two skeins of Twisted Elegance. I was gifted them by my friends Janet and Jennie as a belated birthday gift. (It doesn't count as a purchase, right?) Jennie has recently bought a yarn shop in Medford, Oregon. I can't wait to see what she's done with the place.
Below is a bowl from Jennie the Potter and a neat measuring tape from YOTH yarns that allows you to measure your bust on your own. Pretty nifty.
Below the gown and measuring tape is my annual Thundercloud-colored fiber from Red Fish. I just can't help myself. Every year I need to buy roving that looks like a Thundercloud. This year's blend is 50%Camel and 50%Silk.

In the next column we'll start with the 5 red skeins of Rockwell in the Bing Cherry colorway. I fell down hard at Jill Draper's booth. Below the five red skeins are four more skeins of Rockwell. (Darkest Roast, Lichen, and two skeins in Pacific.) And to procure all this yarn, I visited her booth three times. The first time I got the two skeins of Pacific to make Connor a scarf. The next day I ran into Carol, showed her the booth, sighed over the red. She asked me the magic words, "Do you need a wedding gift?" Who am I to say no to yarn? Thank Carol! After I parted ways with Carol, I snuck over and bought the skein of Darkest Roast and Lichen. I didn't want to seem ungrateful. But I needed those skeins for my own scarf.
Underneath all the Rockwell are six skeins from White Birch Fiber Arts. I was signed up to help at Amy's booth (Canon Hand Dyes) but Lisa (the booth next door) needed the help. I ended up buying the three skeins on the left, but she gifted me the three skeins on the right after I helped he keep up with restocking on Thursday. It was a madhouse! The color ways from left to right are: Sugarbush, Strangefire, Wild Thai Ryder, My Rainbow Can Beat Your Honor Student, Fade to Black, and Does This Rainbow Make My Black Look Big.

The next column has a soap dish and Utensil pot from Kunihiro Pottery. So pretty. The soap dish went to my Mum because her's had fallen apart. The pot went to my future kitchen.
Below that is a pattern for No. 002. I saw the sample at the YOTH booth. Samples work. I usually don't buy patterns, but I got that one.
Next are three skeins from Canon Hand Dyes. From left to right is Silver, Yoga For Elephants, and Etude No.120. I bought the Yoga for Elephants and Silver because I can't find my Yoga For Elephants socks! A tragedy. So really I only bought 1 new skeins because replacement skeins don't count as stash.
Below that are two skeins of Spincycle Yarn's new colorway, Mississippi Marsala in the Dyed In The Wool base. I couldn't help myself. Their yarn is so pretty.

In the last column we start with two cups from the Yarnover truck. Connor and I had been meaning to get reusable cups for tea. I wanted to have cups that didn't have a particular brand of coffee house on it.
Below that is a Japanese Stitch dictionary. I quite liked the patterns in this one, therefore it had to be mine.
Next are three skeins from Anzula. I asked Connor if he'd like a scarf. He said yes, so I handed him two skeins. It seemed especially appropriate because it is in the "For Better Or Worsted" base. He chose the Mariana color way. I got a skein of Squishy in Spruce since I realized I was running short for my wedding shawl. Last are two skeins procured from the Yarnover Truck from Baah La Jolla in the California Poppy and Grape Vine color ways.

So all in all it was a great yarn year. I bought another collection of yarn for a very good friend who reads this blog. Once the package makes it to her, I'll add the additional skeins to this post. I chose well. Connor was tempted to keep a skein for himself.

Edit: The package has now arrived, so her is her haul.

In the top corner is a ball of Opal in the Geographer color way. It was based on Le Petit Prince. The next skein to the right of the Opal is Anzula's Squishy in the Keola colorway. Next up is Dragonfly Fibers in the Dragon Sock base. The coloway is Tourmaline. That one seems to shimmer with color. Next is Miss Babs' Yummy in the Coffee Break colorway. Last in the top row is a skein of Spincycle, Dyed in the Wool in the colorway Venus In Furs. On the bottom left is a skein of White Birch Fiber Arts in the Electric Slide colorway. And at the very bottom are two skeins in the Charles base from Canon Hand Dyes. The top skein is I Am All Astonishment and below that is Yoga For Elephants. It was a lot of fun putting that package together!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Wedding Shawl

It has begun. The wedding shawl. The wedding shawl that needs to be done in 15 days. After waffling over several patterns, I went with the Frozen Leaves pattern, but I'm using the (rav id) like2makethings variant. I almost went with the Kristen TenDyke Leaves Shawl, but decided that the leaves weren't high enough on the shawl. I still like the pattern. I still bought the pattern too... maybe when the wedding craziness is over I'll have time for it.

I'm using two skeins of Anzula Squishy in the Spruce color way. And I'm switching skeins every two rows to make sure it is blended. One skein I got was bluer than the other, but I decided that it was a blessing in disguise. I love the skeins that are more yellow, but they don't look as good against my skin.

Now the question is, can I do it? Can I have a shawl knit and blocked by the wedding even though I have absolutely no time to do it. Well, we won't know if I don't give it a go.
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