Monday, March 31, 2014

Craving A New Project ...

A few weeks ago I went to Santa Fe and documented the trip for my friend Dilshani who couldn't join us as she was just about to have surgery. If you missed it you can read about that trip here. It was during this trip that we met Amor, the name behind the new and fabulous yarn line, Crave Yarn. She was having a trunk show at Yarn & Coffee the day we went. Truthfully, the reason we went that day was because of the trunk show and we all wanted to me the face behind the name.This is Amor...


She was warm and welcoming and very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about her product. Mom bought enough yarn to CO Big Damn Heroes which, by the way, she is moving right along with. It looks incredible in Amor's yarn in a colorway which I believe is called "High Desert Plains." Betty bought her out of one colorway entirely but that's very much The Betty Way. Amor and I discussed collaborating on a project together. She had a colorway I fell in love with called "High Tea With Elizabeth" (and anyone who really knows me knows how perfect of a colorway name that is for me to be working with!) but didn't have it available in a base she wanted me to work with. I was so excited to get going on this project I was basically all ready to go when the yarn arrived. And the yarn arrived 2 days ago. It was packaged beautifully. She had my skeins sealed in a plastic bag and in the bag with my yarn was a tiny little package of stuff to keep the yarn dry and fresh. I was so impressed with this. I have never purchased yarn before and had it shipped to me like this. The colorway, High Tea With Elizabeth, is beautiful. Light tan with subtleties of grey. Its just gorgeous...

 
Also, she had attached 2 stitch markers to her labels for me...


Isn't that nice?! The presentation was just so nice. Nicer that any other yarn I think I've ever received before. Let me just tell you about her labels too. See how nice they are?! They are hard plastic and on the back is name of the colorway, the lot number, the name of the base and its contents, care instructions and their website...



Its the presentation and the small things that make this yarn really a step above many others. I highly recommend going to her website and placing an order. Everything she does is exceptional. Anyway, when it arrived I grabbed the ball winder and practically ran to the swift so I could cast it on immediately. I had charted out the center spine and was ready to go. I knew I wanted something dramatic, lacy and feminine to go down the center back of this shawl. I cast on and in a short time it looked like this...


I am absolutely in love with this center spine. By this evening it looks like this...


It has all the qualities I was looking for and looks so good in this yarn! I will be able to share with you the progress of this shawl as it is one I will be releasing myself. It isn't under lock and key like Teaberry! Gosh, I cant wait for that to get released, but I digress. I love the little cabled sections with the faggoting in the center, I think that is so lovely. It's almost sexy. That element will be included in the knitted on border whenever I get to that part! I will keep you all posted on how its coming along.

Sunday afternoon my folks, Betty and I got a chance to see my Aunt Bev and Uncle Bill who live in California. They were traveling from CA to TX to look at purchasing a travel trailer. They do a lot of camping and have their whole lives. They no longer want to rough it and I cant hardly blame them at their age. Hell, I couldn't rough it now if I wanted to. We all met for lunch at Monica's El Portal near Old Towne and are hoping for another visit on their way home but they aren't sure if they'll have time. Here's my Mom and my Aunt...


And my Dad and my Uncle Bill...


It's always really nice to see them. The last time we saw them was at my parents surprise 50th Anniversary party when they came all the way from CA for the one night event and then turned right around and went home because my Uncle had to work. Before that it had been at least a year or more since we'd seen them. I hope they are able to stop on their way home this time so they can get a chance to meet Audrey Grace! She has been especially photogenic lately. Sometimes she'll lay on her back with all fours in the air and up until now I hadn't been able to get a picture of it...but I finally got one...


So cute! For the first time I'd seen, she climbed up on the top level of the banco and I got a great picture that, with the white background, looked professionally planned...


Yesterday my best friend Dilshani and her family gifted my lovely Audrey with a catnip chili pepper! I gave it to her when I got home late last night and she LOVED it. She rubs it on her face and then tries to kill it. So funny. I took a couple pics and sent them to Dilshani so she would know just how much Audrey appreciated her gift!


Believe me, she loves this little chili pepper! And how appropriate for a New Mexico kitty! I will keep you updated on the Crave project I am working on and anything else I get myself into. I hope you are all having a wonderful Monday evening. Me, I'll be watching 'The Blacklist' here in just a minute. I have an ongoing love affair with James Spader. It doesn't matter what he's in, I'll watch it and I'll love it. Boston Legal is one of my favorites shows ever and I own it all on DVD. Knitting and James Spader. And chocolate. It doesn' get much better than that! Have a wonderful evening and start to your week. I'll see you back here soon and until then....Knit On!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It's The Small Things That Matter ...

I have to admit, since going through the "Stash Spring Cleaning" along with Mom, I am having completely opposite feelings than Mom is about adding to my stash...

Mom: "If I even look like I'm about to buy more yarn, hit me or something...."
Me: * laughing * "Okay..."
Mom: "No, really, I mean it this time..."
Me: * laughing harder * "Okay..."

* DING * Moms email alert on her phone goes off

Mom: "Oh shit. It's an email from Village Wools. They're having a sale..."
Me: * more laughing because I know we're going to be there come Tuesday afternoon *

TUESDAY AFTERNOON @ VILLAGE WOOLS 4:00pm

Mom: * standing in front of the Wooly Wonka Lace display * "Ah, shit. I'm going to do it aren't I?"
Betty: "You don't have anything in that color at all. Fuck it..."
Mom: * laughing at Betty *
Me: "Oh yeah, you should totally get that. She's right. You don't have anything in that color!"
Mom: * looks at us both then turns and walks towards the register with a gorgeous skein of 875 yds    of soft green Wooly Wonka lace weight deliciousness *

It went something like that. Me? I have no guilt at all. My goal is to add to my stash and watch it grow. Mom is at the point where she can open her own store. I'm not there yet but that's what I'm striving for. My Mom is such an incredible role model for all knitters and yarn enthusiasts. This is what I cam home with...


This is some Malabrigo sock yarn in the colorway Velvet Grapes. If you're thinking about this colorway, just do it. Its more incredible in your hands than on the computer screen. It is a reddish purple and I had nothing like it in my stash or knitted up and needed it. I guess it didn't help much that I happened to be wearing this color when I picked it up. When I got home that evening I proudly put it in a Ziploc bag and put it in it's correct newly organized-by-color plastic bin. I was so happy that I finally had everything organized to the point where I knew exactly which bin to put it in so I would know exactly where to find it later when I wanted it. Spring Cleaning was successful! I cant be sure what Mom did with her lace weight when we got home. For all I know she's in denial and that skein's still sitting in the back of the car.

I know that in my last post I shared with you that I had started the wee sweater. Well, its done. I took pictures along the way so you could see it all in progress. It is the cutest little thing I tell you. It is a pattern by Carina Spencer and it is brilliantly written. Being new to knitting garments its nice to pick up bits of information from different patterns so you know what liberties you can take and when & where you can or should take them. For this pattern, the ease under the arms was brilliant. She has you CO 5 stitches using the backward loop and later when you go back to work the sleeves you pick this stitches up so easily because of how they were CO. You also pick up a stitch on either side of it too. One of the things I learned when I started knitting socks a few years ago & again when I taught myself how to knit fingerless mitts this past Holiday Season (then I knit 14 pairs of them or something. That was a trip. If you weren't with me then go back and read those posts!) was when you are picking these stitches up, knit them through the back loop so that stitch makes a little cross. It leaves a lot less obvious space there to deal with later. I had no spaces to deal with later on this little sweet sweater. I knit it in six days. If I can do it than anyone can. I started with this...


 There is nothing bad I can say about this yarn. It is wonderful and the reviews on the Knit Picks website were fabulous too. It wears well, doesn't pill and can go into the washer and dryer. I started with a gauge swatch. Yes, I hate them too but since this cute lil' thing is for someone very special I didn't want to risk it not coming out exactly as planned. I got gauge on the first try...


I couldn't wait to start watching the slip stitch detail unfold & it started right away with the yoke...


By the end of the next night it looked like this...


I couldn't stop knitting it because it just got cuter and cuter and you could see the shape coming to life almost instantly. Then over the course of 6 days it came to life...


 See that wonderful slip stitch detail?


 Every new element I came to I got excited all over again. The button band was so simple and cute! Just adding those YO, k2tog to make the buttonholes made me all giggly inside...


 I laid the buttons there just for the picture but I swear I almost sewed them on right then and there. For no other reason than I could. I decided to wait and let that be the last thing to do...that finishing touch that would breathe life into all those stitches...



At this point I ran into a little issue. Not because of the pattern...its because I was a dumb ass. I was knitting along last night at Jason's Deli not realizing I was screwing up. The finish the sleeves it calls for 7 rows in garter which would make 4 garter ridges. I was not used to knitting in garter in the round. I purled 4 rounds and then it hit me...crap. I waited till I got home to back 3 rows out and actually knit in garter rather than reverse stockinette. Once that was fixed I just continued on...


I spent the day with Dilshani making sure she was okay and I finished the sweater at her place...

Small Things Sweater by Carina Spencer knit with Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Creme on US Size 8 circulars

Tah dah! Is this not the cutest little sweater you've ever seen?! I made the 3 month old size so the wee one will grow into it and hopefully get some good wear out of it. You all may remember the sweater I made for the big sister to be, Savannah. If not, you can read about it here. Savannah's sweater had little Celtic heart buttons on it. In keeping with that theme I put little Celtic buttons on this one too...

 
 Now Savannah and the baby will have something that ties them both together handmade from Aunt Claudia. Last month I was given a pretty cool birthday present. I was asked to be the "Fairy" Godmother of this new wee one on the way. The baby's Mom and Dad are not religious but they are spiritual. The liked to refer to a Fairy Godmother rather than just a Godmother. At any rate, they asked me to hold this special position for their wee one and I was so touched I cried. I am so excited for the arrival of this baby, can you tell?!!

I am looking forward to the start of my next shawl project which I'll probably start this week or weekend. It will be another collaboration and this time with Crave Yarn of Santa Fe. I met the lovely Amor who is the name behind this beautiful yarn not long ago. You can read about that trip to Santa Fe here. There was a colorway she had that I instantly fell in love with called "High Tea With Elizabeth" so I think this shawl will likely have a very English theme to it. I am really looking forward to starting it. Mom is working with her yarn right now and she is in love with it. She's knitting Big Damn Heroes and is absolutely loving everything about the yarn and the pattern together.

I hope you are all having a good week and are enjoying the first of Spring. The weather has been very nice here lately...in the 70's. I will keep you all posted on the new shawl project as I start getting that underway. Have a wonderful evening! Until next time...Knit On!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Little Spring Cleaning ...

For a few days now I have been organizing my stash. Mom bought some more plastic bins and decided it was time she did the same thing. She was going to also clear out the cedar chest here in the front room and let me have that extra room too which was very kind. I really do need it. Realizing I have more shit piled up everywhere than anyone else in this house is something that needs to be dealt with and having more room will allow me the ability to start taking care of that. The other day I focused on my fingering weight yarns. Yesterday, I dealt with all my lace weight yarn...


A very similar looking pile to the last one. But lace weight is smaller and therefore more of it can occupy the same amount of space than the fingering weight yarn. When I started I had all my lace weight yarns stuffed into 2 plastic bins. And when I say stuffed, I mean stuffed. The lids of those bins where rounding on the top they were so stuffed. This needed to be fixed. So I took everything out of the 2 bins and dumped them into a pile on my bed. I separated according to color and variegation this time. One bin now has all the light colored lace in it, the whites, off whites, pale colors and odds and ends. The second one contains all the darker colored solid and tonal lace, and the the last one contains all the darker variegated yarns. After sorting everything out, this is the final result. Seven bins of yarn all sorted and organized so I can actually find things...


The last bin you see on the left hand side on top of everything holds a bunch of acrylic stuff that I keep around to make baby items. There's a feeling that comes with having everything neat and organized so things are easy to find. It's like spring cleaning for knitters and crocheters. In addition to the yarn bins you see above, I have baskets carrying my UFO's and all the patterns associated with them and all the yarn associated with working projects. Those were just sitting around my area on the sofa and, although she never really said anything, I knew it drove my Mom crazy. Not just because it was all just sitting there but because she knew I needed more room. In order to create more room it meant she had to do a little spring cleaning herself. Thus, the purchase of all the plastic bins. Mom cleared out all her stuff from the cedar chest here in the front room and put everything into plastic bins and then labeled her bins and moved them into the garage. Maybe someday I will photograph Mom's stash so everyone can a) be jealous and b) understand that Mom isn't kidding when she says she can open up a yarn store herself based on her stash alone. That could be fun! If you're interested in seeing Mom's stash, let me know in the comments and I start photographing! I started putting my things into the cedar chest and Audrey wanted to help...


She loved that I finally emptied the box that came from Cascade with a bunch of yarn. I think she was trying to tell me that it was about time I did that...


And truthfully, it was. it had all been sitting in the box since it arrived. I didn't have any real good place to put it. Now I do! It went into the cedar chest! All organized, here's what the cedar chest looks like now...


In the center is the basket that holds many, many UFO's and the patterns for them are stacked neatly behind everything in the back of the basket. The burgundy basket to the right holds the extra skeins of yarn for projects that I'm working on now and those UFO's. To the left is all the Cascade yarn I received along with a bag of half skeins of fingering weight yarn leftover from shawls. I need that all readily available so that I can begin to make my little crescents I need for my first class that I will be teaching. Yes, I will be teaching my first class sometime soon! I am looking forward to it but there is quite a bit of planning that will need to go into it and making little crescents are a part of that. 

Speaking of finishing up projects, I have a shawl that is ready for its border, I just need to work out some particulars with this pattern. This was the first time working cables and I have enjoyed the learning process. Because its such a simple cable, I think when I write the pattern up I will write that portion rather than charting it out and leave the only chart to be the border. I think. I don't know, I'm undecided on it. I finally have named this shawl too....Sandia Skies. The colors are just right for it. The colors of the yarn and how it has layered is just like a beautiful New Mexico sunset. The layers are all just right. The knitted on border is to mimic the Sandia mountains so I'm really looking forward to starting it and getting it going. Here's what it looks like now and the picture that inspired the name...

I finally got the wee sweater going too and that is going very fast. It's just a tiny little thing. I started it the day before yesterday and here's what it looks like now...

Pattern is Small Things Sweater by Carina Spencer knit with Knit Picks Shine Worsted on US size 8 circulars

The sleeves have already been divided out from the rest of the body. I cannot begin to tell you how much I really love working with this yarn. I'm using Knit Picks Shine Worsted which is a blend of pima cotton and modal. It has a wonderful hand and great stitch definition. The reviews that I read on their site are all good and state that it wears very well too, doesn't pill and can easily go from washer to dryer. 

Well, I hope you have all been enjoying your weekend and are getting lots of knitting done! Maybe this will inspire you to spring clean your stash too :-) Either way, as long as you are knitting and are happy you've accomplished the only goals that really matter. I'll see you back here soon, until then...Knit On!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Stashing My Stash ...

Organizing my stash has been something I've needed to do for sometime now. I have thankfully acquired enough of a stash to actually have to do this. At the beginning of last year, one of the things I barely had anything of was fingering weight yarn. I made it a goal when buying yarn to focus on building my fingering weight options rather than continuing to build my lace weight collection. When I first started knitting, a scarf was my first project. You can read about that here. (This was my very first blog post and was the entry that won me the contest with Knitting Daily's "Blog It To Win It" contest that was held last October).  My second project was a lace scarf. This one...


Its difficult to see the pattern because of the yarn and the pooling of the yarn. But it was only my second project ever and I was still learning. My third project which I was knitting at the same time I was doing this second scarf above was the Diamond Fantasy Shawl. I knit it for my former Mother In Law (hard for me to refer to her as that but since my divorce was finalized on 12-20-13, that is the reality. Really, I just call her Mum) who lives in England. Here's what it looked like...



I knit it in sock yarn and in retrospect, had I known then what I know now, I would have chosen either something more tonal or a solid. I loved this pattern though and think I'd like to knit it again sometime. For it being the 3rd thing I'd ever knit I was extremely happy with the outcome. I guess my point is when I started knitting I ran straight to lace knitting and then to lace weight yarns so that's what I started collecting first when I started building my stash. I did lots of stuff in lace the first couple years of knitting. Learning how to knit socks opened up the door to the unbelievable amount of incredible sock yarn out there. Now to me, there are yarns you knit socks with....like this....


And yarns that are marketed and labeled as sock yarn that I would never knit socks with. I would shawls with it. That would be something like this...


Although marketed as sock yarn, it is fingering weight yarn that you can do anything with. You aren't restricted to knitting socks just because that's what the label says.

A little over a year ago I really got excited at the thought of knitting lace patterns with beautiful tonal fingering weight yarn on slightly larger needles. Really, you can knit any pattern you want with any yarn want as long as you accommodate the needle size and amount of yarn you have to work with. So, I had all this lace weight yarn but I was really getting into fingering weight but didn't have much of it at all. I can always shop out of my Mom's unbelievable stash (seriously, she could start a yarn store with the amount of yarn she has) but I wanted to start to build my own. At the beginning of last year I started focusing on buying more fingering weight yarns. I think I can honestly say that, with few exceptions, the incredible fingering weight yarns being put out there by indie dyers have become my favorites to work with. And certainly since I started designing my own patterns, the indie dyers are who I go to first. I have collaborated with three of them on three designs I've done and they are amongst my favorites. I worked with Brooks Farm Yarns on Mannington, with Wooly Wonka Fiber on Petit Jardin, and with Phydeaux Designs & Yarns on the yet to be released Teaberry Crescent. Unfortunately, I cannot yet share pics with you of the finished Teaberry Crescent, as much as I'm dying to do so! The Brook Farms collaboration was actually done with a DK weight yarn. It turned out beautifully. I am also so blessed to be able to say that I am doing a 4th collaboration and this time with Crave Yarn. Let me tell you, Crave Yarn is absolutely incredible stuff. I am looking forward to seeing what I come up with for these yarns. If you have the time, go and check out all of these dyers, I think you will be just as impressed as I am with their creations.

Over the past year, after placing focus on fingering weight yarn, I did happen to acquire a little...


Having designed quite a few crescent shaped shawls, I know that mine usually take between 600-700 yards so whatever I bought, I needed two skeins. So everything you see in the picture above, the Ziploc bags contain 2 skeins of a colorway. I had it all in 3 different places and if I was looking for something in particular I would have to check all three places to find it. There had to be a better way to do this. I decided to organize by color. Purple and blue and similar hues all went together here...


The reds, rusts, and browns and similar hues all went together in another new bin my Mom picked up for me today...


And the greens and similar shades all were all put together...


I feel so much better knowing that it will be much easier to find what I'm looking for now! Many people have asked me how I store my stash. Each skein or pairs of skeins are put in a Ziploc baggie and then, as you can see, those baggies are then placed in plastic bins for safe and bug free storing.

I started working on the wee sweater for the wee one who will arrive in early May. I was thinking I had plenty of time to do this but my initial goal was to have this finished for the baby shower which means I need to get a freaking move on with this thing. It is going to be so cute! I'm doing it in Knit Picks Shine Worsted which I had not worked with before but gladly and happily will again...


I went with cream colored because it is unisex. The fiber is 60/40 Pima cotton and modal. I had not worked with cotton yet nor modal for that matter and its wonderful to work with. It has a good hand and good stitch definition. The reviews on the Knit Picks site for this yarn are very good. It supposedly wears very well, doesn't pill and is safe for machine washer and dryer which is important for a new Mom. My gauge swatch was perfect first time out of the gate on size 8 needles...


So I CO for the sweater and gave it a go. Its such a cute design. I am still new to garment knitting so its tough for me to tell what liberties to take and what not to. I am following the directions word for word. It seems to be going just fine. Here's a pic of the yoke....see the slip stitch detail? I LOVE that about this design...


Its going to be a tiny little thing and hopefully, shouldn't take long to make. I don't think it will require much blocking either but we'll see. I will keep you posted with updated pics as it moves along.

I spent some time with Dilshani yesterday and she was having a rough day. They say your second day is your worst and she was not very comfortable at all. I haven't talked to her yet today but I suspect, and pray, that she is doing a little better. Her Mother In Law Sandy has been there since this past Saturday to help care for her and yesterday she was making therapeutic rice bags. You know, the ones that you can put in the microwave and in the freezer depending on how you want to use it, and the rice inside holds either the heat or the cold. She made me one! I have such bad problems with my neck and shoulder areas and lower back so she made one for me! She made a little pillow case for it yesterday and it looks like this....


I've had it on my lower back since I woke up today. Its so wonderful. THANK YOU MOMMA SANDY!!!!!!! I had been meaning to get a selfie of the two of us together but I just haven't done that yet. She is a lovely person and full of lots of fantastic and unique qualities. I have enjoyed getting to know her a bit over this period of time that she is here. She lives in Virginia and I think she will be here until Sunday when she has to leave. She is a sweet lady and I plan to stay in touch with her when she leaves. Just as Dilshani and her family have become family to me, so has Sandy. It's like we've all known each other for a very long time.

 Miss Audrey has been enjoying my yarn a little too much so I try to keep her distracted with other things. She's sleeping now but earlier she was on my lap as beautiful as ever...



It's a beautiful day here in Albuquerque on this Thursday. I hope you are all getting a chance to knit or do whatever it is you want to do. As for me, I will be knitting for a wee person and hoping to finish this sweater very soon, maybe just a couple days. I'll keep you posted. Until then....Knit On!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Craving a Trip to Santa Fe ...

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying their Tuesday. It's beautiful outside but I will spend it inside today resting. The past couple of days are catching up to me and I'm very tired but I wanted to get this blog post written before I went back to sleep! 

Sunday afternoon me, Mom, Aunt Betty and Roxane went to up to Santa Fe to go to Yarn & Coffee for the Crave Yarn Trunk Show. Crave is a wonderful new indie dyer that is turning out some really fabulous stuff. Very beautiful tonals with such depth your eyes just plunge right into their color. I documented this trip especially for my best friend Dilshani who had surgery yesterday and therefore was unable to take the trip with us on Sunday. I wanted her to feel like she was with us every step of the way and not missing anything. Good thing for everyone else is it makes for a good blog post too! Anytime I go road tripping anywhere I start out with a photo of myself in the car for my Facebook page. I'm not sure why I do this only that I do. For all I know people are sick of seeing me. But lets remember, this trip was about Dilshani joining us virtually which is why I took so many pictures...



I made sure to wear a shawl of my own design because one of my goals with this trip was to talk to the owner of Crave Yarns and see if perhaps she might be interested in a collaboration of some kind. Our first stop along the way was to Kakawa Chocolate House but we ended up being a bit to early and they didn't open until noon. I took an opportunity to take some pics of the four of us. Here's Mom and I...


Funny thing, almost all the pics I take with my Mom, she stands back just a bit which makes me look like I have an abnormally large head. I don't really, at least I don't think I do. Then there's Roxane and I...


And with Aunt Betty (my personal fav)


Instead of waiting for Kakawa to open, we went on to lunch and decided we would come back later in the afternoon. On this trip to Santa Fe we decided we were going to eat at The Pantry for the first time. Yarn & Coffee is conveniently situated behind it so we thought we'd give it a try. Omigosh. It was amazing. I had stuffed french toast and biscuits and gravy...


I cant remember what everyone else had only that everyone was lip smackin' happy about their meal. After taking in this amazing lunch we meandered over to Yarn & Coffee for the Crave Trunk Show...


The moment we walked into the shop we were greeted by the owner of Yarn & Coffee and the person behind Crave Yarns, a lovely woman named Amor. How fitting for how we all feel about our yarn!


Let me just throw up the pics of her stuff because the photos speak for themselves....


Isn't this stuff amazing?!! I wanted 2 skeins of everything to go, please. She was so excited when we arrived which was exciting for me. Deborah, Yarn & Coffee's owner had been telling Amor about us and about my design work so she was very excited when she realized who we were when we arrived. The more Amor and I began to talk and get to know one another a bit, the more excited each of us became with the thought of working together. I took my latest shawl design I just finished, which sadly I cannot share with you all here, and she loved it. She was going to email me in the next day or so and asked me to think about colorways I'd like to work with. Amor has this AMAZING colorway called 'Tea with Elizabeth' and its so fabulous....definitely my first choice. We are both very excited at the thought of working together. Here we are together...


I adore this pic of the two of us together, the light in Amor's eyes certainly captures her spirit and personality. Mom bought 3 skeins in a colorway called 'High Desert Plains' so she can finally cast on Big Damn Heroes. Betty bought her out of one colorway entirely, I cannot remember the colorway. Because I am going to have an opportunity to work with Crave Yarns through a collaboration, and am a bit more strapped than my other shopping partners, I selected some different yarn. I turned my attention to some Lorna's Laces Shepherds Sock. It was the yarn I used way back when I did Cornwall Coast last year and it wears SO well, doesn't pill at all or anything. Its wonderful stuff and I hadn't had a chance to work with it again yet. I have also been trying to choose colors I don't have or normally wouldn't pick to broaden things out a bit. Here's what came home with me....


I tried taking pics of this yarn in 6 different places in the house before I got these. This is the closest to the true color of the yarn. Everything I did made the yarns look too blue and there is a bit of green and turquoise in there. Its a colorway called Harrison and I LOVE IT! I cant wait to come up with something for this, although I can see it turning into an Effortless just as well. After we were done we collected our yarns and said our good byes and hit the road back to Kakawa Chocolates. We arrived to wonderful aroma in the air....


I'd never been to a chocolate house before. I love chocolate so this had to be a good thing. While the other ladies ordered chocolate elixirs to drink that had chili and other zippy Meso-American flavors, I remained a bit traditional and went with the American cup. It was dark chocolate with almond milk and Mexican vanilla. Folks, I'm hear to tell ya, if you have a chance to get to a chocolate house like this...and you like chocolate of course...you must do yourself the favor and get there. This was fabulous....


After this lovely afternoon treat we were ready to hit the road back to Albuquerque. I was still planning on going to Dilshani's when I got home to take her a shawl that I had blocked for her along with a plant that had been given to her. I slept on the way home to fuel me for the rest of the evening. When it was all said and done I think I made it home around 9:30 pm. my feet were already swelling and I knew I just had to get them up. 

Dilshani's surgery was yesterday (Monday) and while surgery went well there were some serious issues with getting her pain under control. But I can report that she is now resting and recovering at home which, all things considered, is the absolute best place for her to be. Her wonderful husband Dan is a retired Air Force medic and is in nursing school now so she will be well cared for. I called them today to let them know that it will be tomorrow before I can come back. After not getting home until 10:30 last night and with seriously swollen feet, I needed a day of rest myself with my feet up. Having Multicentric Castleman's Disease the biggest battle I face at times is fatigue. So with a completely occupied Sunday and spending Monday at the hospital with Dilshani until she was settled and her pain under control, I've had 2 very full days and I'm wiped out. I'm even bypassing knitting tonight *gasp* because of how I feel. I will knit here at home. I have a wee sweater that I need to start! Like, this Carina Spencer design for a certain wee someone that is due soon...


A little Miss Audrey Grace is doing wonderful! Monday Night Stitch Group was here at the house last night and she took full advantage of everyone here to give her plenty of scritches!


I hope you are all having a nice Tuesday and either already are, or will have a chance to knit today soon! Thanks for stopping by and I will see you all again shortly, until then....Knit On!