Saturday, December 10, 2011

Brother Bagman

We spent another night out at The Bridge, this time for Brother Bagman. Cory came over from Kansas City to go to the show with us. It was nice to see Cliff, Cole, and friends.

Today Mom and Dad came for a lunch visit. We ate at Buckingham's, which is one of our favorites. Afterwards we looked around at the Subaru dealership. It really made me want a gray Outback with heated seats. Mom really likes the Foresters so if she gets one I'll be jealous.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Yarnblog, take 1

I try to keep my Ravelry project page as updated as I can, but I know that not everyone is on my favorite knitting website. I've decided to do an occasional knitting update here on the Camp BaconAlien blog for my non-knitting friends out there.

First, I'll start with things I have finished, aka finished objects or FO's.

-Gnomie Hat -

This hat was made with yarn that I received in a Loopy Swap from Naomi (yardgnomes) called Mochi Plus in Rainbow Trout. I purchased the pattern from TBFF Yarns and More, and it's the Braided Swirl Tam. It was a little big on me so I set it aside. The next night when Kyle's parents came to visit, Ruth Ann tried it on and loved it. It was definitely a good match.

-Thanks for all the Fish-
For these socks I used hand dyed superwash yarn in Woad that I dyed at a blue party at the True Blue Fiber Friends old location. I paired it with a self-striping Mini Mochi in 108 to make the pattern Swedish Fish Socks by SpilllyJane. I love how fast two color socks go! I made these in 12 days. I plan on taking better pictures outside with a sock model at a later date.

-Purple Twist Blankie -

This baby blanket was made out of one of the softest yarns out there, Malabrigo Twist. For this two color blanket I used Velvet Grapes and Plena. The pattern is the Carseat Blanket by Ruth Homrighaus, and this is the third one that I've made. They're simple, beautiful, and I will probably make more. I blocked this blanket today, so this is really just a preview pic.

-Tulip Cardigan -
This is a great little sweater, but it might be a little too big for the newborn I had in mind. I used Dream in Color Classy in various colors that I received in a kit. The pattern is called Tulips, a Colorful Cardigan for Baby by Lindsay Pekny. It would be a great pattern for scrap yarn.

That's it for my finished objects. Now, for works in progress or WIPs. I have several Christmas projects that I'm working on and it would be silly for me to post them. I don't want to ruin the surprise! So I will post them once they are finished and gifted.

-Christmas socks -

These sparkly Christmas socks are going to be for me. They're made with Dyabolical Bling Sock in the color "Closer than you Think." The pattern is CookieA's Wanida and I have modified it to make them two at a time. They're going very quickly and I love the colors.

-Evenstar -
This project is also known as the "Lace Monstrosity." I'm not a big wearer of lace shawls, so I'm really just making this for the challenge. I started it in April 2011 and I hope to finish it in April 2012. The pattern is Evenstar Shawl by Susan Pandorf and I am using Unique Sheep Marici in Midnight Forrest (which is a gradient colorway).

-Chemo Cap -

For my charity knitting of the month I am making the Bow Tie Cloche/Chemo hat by Debbie Anne and Susan Ann with leftover Cascade Ultra Pima in Magenta and Pink Rose. I had a bunch of extra yarn from a baby blanket. The Ultra Pima is super soft and washes nicely.

Next is stash aquirements. I just happened to catch an update for the sought after Dancing Dog Dyeworks etsy shop. They usually sell out in under 5 minutes, so you have to be quick. I purchased

-Twist Sock "In a Can"-

This yarn is self-striping and was inspired by Oscar the Grouch.

-Twist Sock "Sparkle"-

Another self-striping yarn that is crazy pinks and purples. It would be perfect for a pair of little girl's socks.

-Little Puppy Dk in "Cupcake"-

This yarn has all sorts of beautiful colors and I'm still not sure what I'm going to make with it. Possibly a Rebecca Danger Monster, but we'll see what happens.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Speakeasy Bridge Opening

I truly love Speakeasy. They played a killer late night set at Harvest Festival so we wouldn't miss them at our favorite hometown venue, The Bridge.

It was a great show that included Talking Heads' "Naive Melody -This Must be the Place" and Led Zepplin's "We're Gonna Grove". They also played Kyle's request, "Pablo". We really dug their sound at the Bridge and hope they come back to play again soon.