Friday, November 30, 2012

Mister's Sweater

And there you have it.  The beginnings of a sweater for Mister (due end of Jan.).  I can't wait to meet him.  We are all so excited!

Bambi yarn in a blue/green colorway.  I swear this is the best of all my Bambi yarns.  Very soft, and that bamboo makes it very sturdy at the same time. 

Today's job is putting the borders onto Nuts and Bolts, and then assembling the layers and maybe even begin quilting.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A new shawl pattern!

Transitions Shawl Pattern is here!

 Carrie Lace Yarn 
100 gm 1300 yards 80/20 merino/silk

The patterns transition from one to another always keeping you interested and never bored.
Finished with a Never-Ending Border, which goes faster than you think!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bambi Rules

Two more pretty skeins in my Etsy shop!

Sweet Violet

and Golden Forest

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Bambi Yarn!

I love dyeing and knitting and wearing wool/bamboo yarn. It's so soft and yet very sturdy.  Great stuff.  I keep trying different combinations of this yarn, and have found the ultimate Bambi yarn!  80/20 superwash Blue Faced Leicester/bamboo.  BFL has this long fiber which gives the yarn a subtle sheen.  Wears like iron, and yet it is so comfy next to your skin.  The bamboo doesn't take the dye, so the yarn has a heathered appearance.  Really really lovely yarn!  Each skein has 430+ yards, 100 grams, and costs $23.00.

Here's what I just listed in my Etsy shop:  Bramble, Dreams, and Remember.

And I also added one very pretty skein of Carrie Lace yarn (80/20 merino/silk.  100 grams.  1300 yards) Aruba

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

It's my favorite holiday!

Sarah - We just had 5 in total; the sixth, poor guy, came down with the flu.  So it was relatively easy.  I want to know, however, why I spent Tues, Wed, and Thurs cooking a meal that was scarfed down in 45 minutes.  Tee hee.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bundles! We have bundles!

Some new bundles of Rachel yarn (100 grams, 400 yards, SW merino) at a great price!  2 skeins for $36 + shipping!  Regular price per skein is $21, so this is a great deal!

And for you lace knitters, here's the deal of the century.  2 skeins of that most amazing lace yarn, Lili Lace, at $60 + shipping.  Each skein has 875 yards of 100% merino wool, and regularly sells for $33/skein. 

Where?:  at my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New Yarns

Pretty new yarns listed on Etsy.  The first 3 are Penny yarns:  450 yards, 75% SW merino/25% nylon,

And here is Sunshine:  Bambi yarn.  430 yards, 80% SW merino/20% bamboo
All available on Etsy.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Rose Trellis

Rose Trellis is all English paper pieced (and even so, some of my points are not totally together.  sigh).  I have enough fabric to do another set of blocks all around this, so 10 more blocks.  It should be about 48" when done. 

Now the trick is knowing how to work the edges so that I can quilt it.  I haven't figured out this part of EPP at all, and can't seem to find anything on it either in my books or on the web.  Any EPP people know the answer?

Tree news:  It's gone.  The scent of pine is everywhere on my front lawn.  I love it.  Now we're waiting for the insurance company to get its act together and get this going. We have a tarp covering the affected roof area, so we're safe from rain, etc.

Train news:  It might be up and running with limited service.  I swear I heard a train whistle last night.  It'll be great to go into New York again.  We won't drive; it's a colossal pain in the neck, and not relaxing at all.  So much happiness that the trains will be running soon, if not now. Whoo hoo!

Friday, November 9, 2012

In progress Friday

Here's what I've accomplished this week.


Gansey sock


Afghan for Penny.  

I'm almost finished with the length, and then I'll add to the width.

A new scarf for me, crocheted in Gina, and using the same pattern as the afghan above.


The rose block continues.  I need a name for this.

And that's the story, Morning Glory.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Interesting, no?

Two yarns from the same dyes, one dyed with all the colors at full capacity, and the other dyed with the leftover solution from the first dyeing.  Isn't it interesting to see how different they are?

Chocolate and Cranberries

Ashes of Roses

PennyRose Penny yarn:  450+ yards, 75% superwash merino/25% nylon
Available here:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A new block

Here is my Rose Block.  It's an EPP block.  My points are not perfect but then I'm not perfect, so we get along just fine.  I have enough material to make more blocks, so I think I'll expand it.  Right now it's a 12" square.

Yarn News:  The Blues, a PennyRose Penny yarn.  75% superwash merino/25% nylon.  450+ yards

Blues, teals, and (what you can't see) a bit of purply blue tossed in.  Most of the hues are of the same value, with a little lighter values here and there.  It would make splendid socks, as well as shawlettes, baby gear, whatever you like for fingering weight.
As with most of my yarns, this is a one-of-a-kind colorway.  That's how I like to dye.


Ah ha!  The Blues just sold!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Bundles of PennyRose Rachel yarn

Look at these!  3 sets of Rachel yarn bundled together with a very good price to save you some money.  Ordinarily, Rachel yarn sells for $21/skein.  These bundles, selling for $36, brings the price down to $18/skein.  Not bad for an Election Day treat.

Rachel is a wonderful fingering weight yarn with a lovely little twist that will make your stitches pop.  400 yards of superwash merino.  Mmmmmmmm.  Yummy stuff.  I love making scarves and shawls out of this yarn.  It feels so good against your neck. 

I'm so happy to be back in business again.  It feels like normal.  My spirits are much improved!

We have mail

Happiness is getting our mail from the last 12 days.  Best part is a package of pretty fabric (yep, I was weak), and no bills.  I like no bills very much! 

I joined the first block together.  I am so loving this.  And I really do love English paper piecing.  My points come together without me cursing. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

PennyRose Yarns is back!

Yippee!  After a horrendous year, with both our moms passing away, I'm finally feeling a bit more human.  So to celebrate, I'm back to dyeing yarn.  Just a little bit at a time; that quilting is always calling me, but the urge to knit and dye is coming back.  I'm so pleased. 
I spent much of the last year taking my mom to various doctors, hospital visits, etc, etc.  And my dear mother-in-law was ill for such a long time, too.  We went up to MA a lot to visit.  It's time to get back to living. 
Here are the first two yarn listed today.  There will be more and more, including a few bundles, but this is a good place to start.

Toffee Lili Lace Yarn, with that incredible 875 yards of merino.  A bit heavier than "normal" lace yarn, it works up very easily and is a pleasure to wear and to knit or crochet.  $33.00 + shipping.

Here's Tracy Benji yarn, 470+ yards of superwash merino.  No nylon, so probably not for socks, but makes lovely shawlettes and baby clothing.  $21.00 + shipping.


PennyRose Yarns is back in business. 

Nov 5 - Design Wall Monday

Hunter's Star!
What's new?  Hunter's Star.  I got bored with Nuts and Bolts and decided to start this one.  I'm loving it totally.  It is a 12" square.  Something much larger than my usual itty bitty work, but such a delight.  It actually goes rather quickly.

Nuts and Bolts is just about finished with the little blocks.  I have enough for one more row on the side and bottom, so I think I'll do that and then figure out what's next.
Do you think I should put a border on?  Color?  Solid?  Pattern?  I have no more fabric left, so I'd have to buy.  Should I do a border using the same fabric as the white squares?  What do you think?

Mommie news:  She would have been 98 yesterday.  I miss her more and more.  The realization that I will never see or hear or touch her again is so hard.  I miss my mom.

Other news:  The tree is where it was last week.  We are now waiting for 2 companies to tell us when they can remove it.  In the meantime, I can't go anywhere except on foot.  Trains are not running yet, and Crunchy the Car is trapped inside the garage.  It's not a biggie, mostly the idea that I can't get to the gym, etc, etc.  But I can go out for a nice long walk, and that's not half bad.

We're supposed to get yet another nor'easter on Wed and Thurs.  That's a bunch more wind and rain.  I have to admit that I'm nervous about this.  We have plenty of food and water, and have a gas stove if the power goes out again.  And we know how to cope with no power, but the nights are in the 30's now, and it's worrisome.  Well, we'll do what we have to do.  Folks down the shore have it so much worse.  What they don't need is another storm.  Keep your fingers crossed, folks, that it's just a piddly little storm with no damage.


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