Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Busy Weeks Behind, Busy Weeks Ahead...

WiP: Wedding shawl, wedding socks for me, and a baby quilt!

I got my topper today, which I'm super excited about! (I love the fact that I could customize the shoe colour...And they even have itty-bitty wedding bands!!! Squee!!)


This is the quilt top for a friend that's due on May 3rd - I had everyone bring at least a fat quarter to the shower, and this was the result.



And this is me after I had opened all my gifts at my bridal shower! I had a ton of fun.

Otherwise, it's been busy...and my knitting has to be more or less under wraps right now, since it seems like every time I go talk about it, disaster happens (at least in the case of my shawl)! 

Hope you all are well!

Katie =^..^=

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Item for the Shop: Wedge Bags!

wedge bag Marvel Cats Knitting Project Bag WIP WIP Bags Crochet NekozukiYarns Canada Handsewn

You can find the new wedge bags in my shop! Wedge Bags

I love these bags! I have been using one of the cat ones for Dallas's two-at-a-time socks, and I was using it for my shawl this weekend as well!

Speaking of the socks, I finished knitting them!

The intarsia needs some fixing, and they need to be blocked, but they fit Dallas, which is the important part! Phew!

I have finished 7 out of the 8 of the required repeats for my shawl, but I think I'm going to go to between 12 and 16, since it's quite small at this point...And I have until June 15 to finish it. (I need to finish it and submit photos for the Stampede competition by June 19). But it is definitely a relief to be so far along! Hope blooms on the horizon that I'll have it finished in time. haha

So, next in the works this weekend: pouches. And more large box bags...And maybe some more mitten wedges/box bags as well. Although I love how the wedges stand by themselves. 

Katie =^..^=

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Welcome to April!

WiP: Wedding Socks; Sewing - wedge and box bags

This photos is from yesterday, but the snow really hasn't gone away, but it is sunny now! And we've finally gone from -10 to -3!! (Practically tropical!)

I didn't get much work done this weekend, because it was my bachelorette and my future niece's birthday...And because I stayed up WAY too late reading on all three nights! haha

I did, however, get a chance to work on some wedge bags, which are a new product I will be offering in the shop as soon as I'm able to get some pictures! (I'm using the cat one with the green zipper on the left...It's perfect for Dallas's wedding socks right now!)


I have also gotten a ton of reading done! The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman is the one I stayed up reading on Friday night.


The ones I'm working on right now are Marianna Meyer's Lunar Chronicles, which I'm loving! Very heavy Sailor Moon accents, but that's fine by me.

Anyway. The next few evenings are going to be spent with Dallas, and then I'll for sure get products up by April 9!!

Have a lovely day! 

Katie

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Yes, There are Instagram Filters in this Post

WiP: Dallas's wedding socks
Different from the Knitting: I'm working on wedge bag details

Monday was our fifth anniversary! So this weekend was a super awesome one spent out in a mountain lodge (Emerald Lake Lodge)...And of course, I had a few minutes in Knit & Caboodle in Canmore - in fact, I still have the yarn in my knitting bag!


I'll show you more pictures of our trip once I get the photos off my camera.

The green in that photo is much more representative of the green in the "I Do" socks I'm knitting Dallas for the wedding...But this is a good picture of the colour work:


And, these pouches are making their way to the US for a retreat. I'll tell you more once the recipients have gotten them!

 

Unfortunately, my pouch stock was devastated with this shipment, so I'll be restocking pouches and box bags/bags in the next 10 days to two weeks. Keep an eye on Instagram/Twitter to see what prints are coming up! :)

Have a lovely week, my dears!!

Katie =^..^=

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday 2!

WiP: Wedding socks for Dallas, Wedding shawl for me!

Another week gone! And this is what I have to show for it:


These are two-at-a-time toe-up socks for Dallas for the wedding! These are not so glaringly different colours in person; both are very dark, with the toes being navy and the foot being a forest/hunter green. There will be an "I Do" at the top of the sock, along with something extra.

Otherwise, I've been reading LOTS the last little bit, having read both The Great Gatsby and Romeo and Juliet this past weekend...I am also now working on The Catcher in the Rye. I also finished Da Chen's My Last Empress. If you're interested in keeping up with what I'm reading, you can find me on GoodReads!

What are you reading right now? (I'm actually running out of books on my shelf...It's terrifying!)

Katie =^..^=


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Post-Ravellenics

WiP: Wedding socks for Dallas, shawl for me
FOs: My socks, for me!

So, all was quiet on the blog front again for a couple weeks, sorry! I've been super busy here sorting stuff out for the wedding and knitting, and trying to get as much of my wedding shawl down as a unofficial challenge to myself for Ravellenics.

This photo is pre-rip, when I pulled back to the last line of decreases that I had made correctly. I am, however, now onto the fourth or fifth repeat of this shawl and loving the pattern - it finally clicked with me, which was nice. haha I'm thinking I want to try to get up around 10-12 repeats, perhaps more. Once this pattern clicked, I'm finding it a fairly simply knit - you just need to keep your stitch counts in line for your repeats! This is Handmaiden Lace Silk, Ruby Red colorway, and I'm doing the 7 leaves/8 blooms style, although I do want it around 12 repeats - seems like it will be easy enough to enlarge. I want it big enough that I can wear it comfortably. The silk is going to keep it super light and nice, though. I don't even feel any weight on my needles yet. Kind of crazy!

My "Dory" socks!
This was a week or so ago, when I was halfway through the first sock. Biscotte & Cie, Poisson Tang Colourway.

Valentine's flowers from my sweetheart - these got delivered on Valentine's Day. So sweet!

And my finished Dory socks. I love this yarn. Next pair I make, though, are going to be on smaller needles with fewer stitches. These ones are slightly baggy around the leg. I do, however, still need to block and weave ends in on these. 

These were started with 8 st from Judy's Magic Cast on, and ended with Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind off. I simply cast on the stitches, increased the toes as far as I needed until they fit, and then knit the foot; I did a short-row heel, and then zoomed up the leg in a 3x1 rib for about 6". So happy with them!! :D 

What did you do for knitting over the Olympics? Or did you do anything else crafty?

Katie =^..^= 

P.S. I'm going to try to do a chatter/week-in-review post every Tuesday from now on. Hopefully it works! haha

Friday, January 31, 2014

Oops, I Did It Again...

WiP: Super Secret Projects, Toe-up socks (for me!) - Bicotte & Cie Poisson Tang, Calligraphy Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

So, the whole blogging thing went way off course! I'll definitely be trying harder this next week.

My weekends and life are going to be pretty busy right up until the end of July, though, so please bare with me. We're down to the under 6 month crunch for the wedding! Eeek! (This is an eek of excitement...and slight terror! haha)

Otherwise, we've just been plain busy. Dallas worked a longer shift last week, which means an extra day from home, but then we went to Fernie for the weekend, and I had a downhill skiing lesson, which was fantastic! Tiring, but it turned out way better than I was expecting it to!

Other than that, just at the 9-5, and working on wedding stuff, and generally trying not to go into full-on panic mode quite yet.

What have you all been up to?

Katie =^..^=