Monday, November 25, 2013

Ok.

 Which one of you is responsible for letting me go a month without posting? HUH? Please come forward. Because, surely, it's not my fault. It's got to be someone else out there who fell down on poking and prodding me into doing it......right? :)

Also, how is Thanksgiving already upon us? I'm feeling a little shell shocked over that and how close Christmas is, too. *scared*

 Tis the season for lots and lots of bead orders so I've been mostly keeping my head down and just trying to keep up. (Trying being the operative word here.) Muttering under my breath about how slow it will be halfway through December so I don't totally lose my mind over it. I can do it. Right? Just keep on trucking and a day off from all things work related will magically appear at some point? FINGERS CROSSSED. :)

Well, I can't go back and recap a whole month so I'll stick to the good stuff. Firstly, this year's Stitches East show has come and gone (earlier this month). I have mad love for this crazy convention-center-filled-to-the-rafters-in-yarny-goodness but I wasn't feeling it.........much?...this year. I mean, it was great to see everything but nothing was really sticking out to me. Am I jaded? Am I over the 'yarn thing'? Do I need an anti-depressant? Or have I just realized HOW MUCH FRICKIN YARN I HAVE STASHED away and how much I do NOT NOT NOT NOT need a single yard more? I think it might be the latter. Digging through the stash lately to find yarn for the husband's weaving projects have really made it clear how much yarn I have. *gulp*

Anyhoo. This is all I purchased at this year's show. I got the yarn/pattern for a pair of gingerbread mittens I wanted last year at the show and the hot pink sock yarn was 'just because'. (You don't actually come across NEON pink sock yarn very often. It's usually softer tones of pink only. Because most knitters, I assume, are adults and don't want neon colors. I happen to love neon colors but I'm not out there trying to pass as normal either. lol)

The neon colors are a thing with me right now, I guess, because I finished using up this yarn from my last post. I thought it wanted to be gloves but I ripped that out after I finished the first glove. Wasn't using up enough yarn. (This yarn was NOT cheap so I wanted to use up every last bit of it.) So I poked and poked around for a new pattern and came up with a free cowl pattern by the name of Inspira. The pattern is more an 'idea' than a hard and fast pattern. You adapt it to the yarn you want to use and just wing it.

Hmm. Cowls are kinda hard to photograph unless you are into selfies. (Which I'm not.) It's so sad and...........flat.

There. Much better with a model. Livvy loves poking her head and sitting in bags so she was a natural. Just plunked her in front of it and watched her go WHEeeeEEEEEEE A BAG, A BAG! while I snap a picture. I'm still a little dubious of how much wear I will get out of it (I like scarves) but it was fun to knit and the colors worked out quite nicely with a minimum of fuss. (The yarn changes color on it's own. No cutting/weaving ends in here!)

 I also had a MaMaMonkee as a model but I think the Livvy pic is much better. :)

This was all I had leftover of the two skeins of yarn, too. WIN! :)

Babies are babies no more. They had their junk ripped out and are officially sexless now. :) Poor Livvy and her boo-boo belly. Stitches come out the day after Thanksgiving so she's almost better now though. Just a little longer to go. Small price to pay, I think, for not being forced to give birth to your brother's babies. *snort*

13 comments:

Dee said...

Beautiful cowl! And, Livvy --- well, she is just an AWESOME model. ;-)

Jackie said...

They're growing up so fast!

Love the cowl! I've seen that kind of rainbow yarn before but didn't know what to make with it. Love your cowl. I like scarfs too. Living in Florida, as long as I keep my neck warm, I don't need much of a jacket in winter.

Vickie said...

Oh my! Livvy and Fitz are just gorgeous. You can most definitely see the size difference!
You do such awesome work. Way cool neon pink sock yarn! ;)

Annie said...

Beautiful cowl! Those colors are popular right now so you might as well wear it while it's trendy. Nice to have models at home for it.

Your kitties look so cute. Livvy looks like she's giving you the evil eye. Mommy, take this thing off me... I want the cowl!

Margaret said...

I looooove the pic of Livvy modeling your cowl! Sounds just like Mia -- Mia would have dived in too. lolol! Love the cowl too, btw. So pretty! Please teach me to knit with more than one color..... I probably don't have the patience. The funny thing about me and yarn -- I don't tend to stash it too much. I do have a few yarns stashed, but they tend to be bought for specific projects. With quilt fabric, i can stash like crazy, no project necessary. I wonder why the difference. Oops. Sorry. I'm running on a bit. lol!

Dani - tkdchick said...

OOHHHHhhh! I love that black kitty bead!!!!

valerie said...

Oh please, I haven't blogged in almost 2 months and don't know when I have the time to try and recap. Love the new bead. So cute and your cowl came out fabulous!

Catherine said...

You had me laughing through this post! From the poking and prodding, to having their junk ripped out!! Your kitties are so beautiful and I love Livvy modeling your cowl...speaking of which, I love it!! I can picture it with a white blouse, a good pair of jean and cool boots....just sayin'! Hope you make it through until it slows down for you!!

Beth said...

The cowl is just darned bee-ewe-tea-full ( as my grandfather used to say). And Livvy is a natural model (poor girl hope she feels better soon). Our boys walked like drunken sailors after their surgeries. Sweet owl bead.

Julie said...

Loving the cowl, modelled so beautifully too.

Carol said...

Love the kitty in the cowl--so adorable!! It turned out great, Melanie--the bright colors will surely cheer you up through a dull winter...

Glad to hear you've been busy with bead orders. I don't know how you do all of that on top of what is already a very busy month! Good luck getting the beads finished and sent off without too much trouble.

Poor kitties--hope they heal quickly :) Give them a hug from Aunt Carol!!

Leslie said...

Sounds like you've been super busy! The kitties are adorable! I love that neon yarn too... reminds me of summer. Have a great Christmas season.

Heather said...

Great pictures, Melanie! I was hoping you would be willing to answer a question regarding your blog! I'm Heather and if you could email me at Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com that would be great!