The journey

Look squirrel…and a new project! This is “The Journey“, a small cross stitch kit from Dimensions. I found it at a deep discount in a crafts store.

This design is cute but I cannot help but wanting to add my own touches. I am hoping to incorporate some motifs and fonts from the free DMC charts “Folk Ditsy Flower” and “Point The Marque 3”. Wish me luck!

Stitching and surfing the web:

I should day dream more often. Perhaps also finish some projects.

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Post vacation

Finished ObjectMy Turkish spindle provided great entertainment for the long drive to and from Washington DC.

This is a Blue Face Swirl in a Limited Edition colorway by Gale‚Äôs Art. I spun two ounces in my Turkish spindle and the remaining two in my Kromski wheel. The final yarn is super spongy. Yardage is to be determined — skein looks substantial (how about that?).

New to me magazine

I picked up the third issue of the Making Magazine at Fibre Space. This is a gem and I want to make everything in it. I will not pass on next time Madder open up subscriptions.  The magazine is worth every penny, in my opinion!

Vacation highlights

  • Family time. Priceless. As crazy and imperfect we all are, magic happens when we get together.
  • Visits to Fibre Space and Looped Yarn Works. No yarn came home. Books, tools, bags and fiber made the cut!
  • Impromptu escape to the REI Flagship store in DC!
  • Yummiest empanadas at Panas in Dupont Circle.

Spinning and stashing

Another week and my master closet is not done. We are still waiting for the hardwood floor. Jumping of joy for more days of having to tour the house to complete an outfit. Shoes in one corner. Tops in the spare room and bottoms in the crafty room. Confession time: I’ve been wearing the same shoes out of laziness.

Also in progress is some spindle spinning. Of course, I discovered another bag of blue fiber after I was done with three skeins (blogged here). My goal is to be done tomorrow. We are going on vacation and I want an empty spindle to start a new project.

Spinning here and stashing there. Multi tasking in other words. Who could resist these two skeins of Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock? Left: Inner Child  and right: Sunstone

Talk to you after vacation. Knit, eat and smile at every opportunity!

SSE (Summer Stash Enhancements)

Here are a few souvenirs from my latest trip to Nashville.

From Craft South: Quince & Co. Puffin in Shell (left) and Gingerbread (right). The yarn is 100% American wool and comes in 113 yards skeins. 

From Haus of Yarn :this Danica Studio zipper pouch. It was super affordable and better yet, my purchase supported “Education without Borders“.

Also from Haus of Yarn, this gorgeous Malabrigo Nube fiber in color Sabiduria (Spanish word for wisdom).

Finally, this Shawl pin.

I’m super happy that my money supported brick and mortar yarn shops.

A year older…

February. What a month so far: birthday, surprise vacation and Valentines. I am older but just as happy ūüôā

For my birthday, my husband surprised with a romantic Caribbean vacation. Not only we stayed in beautiful place but he also scored tickets to watch my favorite Latin American singer perform — she gave a concert in Dominican Republic for Valentines Day!

It was one of the best gifts ever! Great music, succulent food, new friends, fun knitting and warm weather.

Here are some pictures of the trip. The full album is here.

A dear friend gifted me a pattern for my birthday. Seemed logical to cast on my way to Dominican Republic. Project details: here.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend.

New Yarn Brings Joy to my World

We had a busy and outdoorsy Saturday with soccer game, tennis practice and some shopping. The little one did great on her first soccer game. I didn’t cry (surprisingly). Her confidence and ability to play in a team made us very proud.

On the wool front end, I am beyond excited to show some new yarn. It is hard to be the wife of a busy traveler…but my husband sure knows how to win me back in a split of a second. Like when he shows up with gorgeous yarn that he bought for me while on a business trip.

This skein holds 329 yards (100g) of super soft Peruvian Alpaca.

The second skein is fingering weight Merino wool from Oink Pigments.

New York and some knitting

Manhattan doesn’t get old for us. We recently spent five fabulous days in the city. Favorite experiences:

From Purl Soho: Manos del Uruguay Fino in Rosewater and Madelinetosh Merino DK in Calligraphy

In Progress is a cowl that I am loving so much that it isn’t easy to put it down. The free pattern was written by ¬†Cailliau Berangere.

A visit to Northwoods Farm

No vacation is complete without a fiber souvenir. On our recent trip to South Carolina, my husband I visited Northwoods Farm Fiber Company. I knew that seeing just one Alpaca would make my day. I was not prepared for seeing 30+ Alpacas, meeting a wonderful group of knitters or bringing home a spinning wheel. What??

I chose a heavenly chocolate roving as my first souvenir. No one had to twist my arm for my second purchase: a new to me Louet spinning wheel. Julia is now my second wheel. I got it for less than half the retail price–with all the bobbins, lazy kate and about a pound of mystery yet soft as butter fiber. I am truly, madly in love with the wheel!

Back home with two FOs

My husband and I are back home after spending some nice days in South Carolina.

Highlights of the trip:

Since my last post, I finished two hats for the Charity Hat-Along.  IBoth hats, Barley and Cottage Cap were easy and enjoyable.

Stash Enhancement – Quince & Co. Osprey

My husband travels to Washington DC quite often. Therefore, he was running out of ideas on souvenirs to bring home. Before one of his last trips, I “showed” him this adorable cardigan by one of my favorite designers. What did my man do? To my “astonishment” he got the yarn for the cardigan.¬†

I adore the colors of the original pattern. That is what I (he) got: Quince & Co. Osprey colors: Iceland, Belize and Honey.

 
 
[insert happy dance here]

 

The trip and the yarns

We spent a few good days away from home.¬†In NYC, I visited the usual suspects–Knitty City, Purl Soho and Lion Brand Studio.

From Knitty City, I picked out my first Malabrigo roving.

From Purl Soho, I got yarn for hats: ¬†Purl Soho’s Merino and ¬†Cascade Eco Duo. I couldn’t leave the store without choosing my first Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarns!

From the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, I got yarn for a sweater: LB Collection Superwash Merino.

We ate yummy food at places like The Grey Dog and Empanada Mama. We walked miles and miles and had a great time. I can’t wait to go back. There is something magical about Manhattan!