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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hi, There! Remember Me?

I've really been a bad, bad blogger lately, and I'm going to try hard to remedy that. Promise. So how about I share with you a few things I'm working on? I'll begin with the two pairs of socks I'm working on for me. The first is a pair of black socks in Knitpicks Stroll for the symphony. I almost always wear black slacks to concerts, and I do not have a single pair of black socks. So that's the first project, and no, I don't have a photo because, well, because they're BLACK. What's there to see?

So the second project is this pair of socks in Regia Design Line by Arne and Carlos. The colorway is Fall Night, and that orange? Well I almost walked away from it, but my friend, Annette, who manages Mosaic, was knitting it and I just couldn't take my eyes off it. I kept thinking - change is good, you need to spice things up a even tho' I had the lavender and pink colorway on the table in front of me, so I got this one and set it beside, too, and I could only get one...and well...

You can see what I have on the needles. Shaking things up - it's a Good Thing (to quote a famous person).

I'd already mentioned buying the Zoom Loom, and so you can see I've been adding to my fiber library, right? Those two magazines are the ones that pushed me into weaving. I had finally gotten all of my Piecework Magazines loaded to Ravelry one snowy day when I had a bit of free time. And suddenly noticed that this issue was missing. I looked it up, to see why I hadn't bought it. And realize it was because of the weaving. I located a copy of it, and in the process learned of the Handwoven issue with a pattern for a bag using Weave-it squares (the precursor of the Zoom Loom).

And then I had to add these two books, of course:

So this weekend I decided I wanted to work on something a bit different than the worsted tweed I shared with you last (and I have several skeins of that on the way here so I can do a throw in these squares). So I picked up a partially used skein of sock yarn, Berroco Sox Metallic to be exact:

And I've fallen head over heels for the drape of this fabric it creates. I have another skein on the way, and this will grow up to be a vest to wear over a chemise, or possibly a turtleneck in the winter. I love the way the sock yarn plaids in varying arrangements, don't you?

So, I'm back. Let's see if I can stay awhile?

OH! And one more thing: Last weekend we did a show in Williamsburg VA - History Unwound. If you get a chance to go next year? I think it's probably worth your time. They had great instructors...(all of them Rock Stars in the fiber world). And one of them stopped by my booth for a chat and photo shoot:

Did I say Rock Star? Yup!

Sunday, March 08, 2015

New Hobby!

I'm Zoom Looming!

Friday, January 02, 2015

Hi There, 2015!

I promised a photo of the hats (most of them) I made this year. Here is a photo of my daughter's family modeling their new hats (yes, every one of them got a new handknit hat!).

Each of the boys got a Robot Hat with their favorite color for their robots (green for DGS1, blue for DGS2, purple for DGS3). The two girls got the Baby Bow Hat in matching colors, and the parents each got a black hat - dad got the Seaman's Cap I've made many, many iterations of. Mom got the Republic Hat, and I added a glitzy hair clip to make it sparkle.

I did make another of the Baby Bow Hats, for a friend of my sweetheart, and I think I've posted that one before, so won't do so now.

Now for my 2015 plans? Well, I mentioned that I need to finish up Sweetheart's Jazz Strings socks (I'm almost finished). And then I have two pairs of socks started for me that I want to finish. This is good, because over on Myrna Stahman's Shawls and Scarves group on Ravelry, we've begun our third year of a finishitis KAL. So there are three pairs of socks right off. I'm going to also go out on a limb and say that I need to make more socks...sooooooooooo:

I think I'll do another Stash Sock Club. This one will only be 6 pairs over the twelve months, beginning in February (hopefully I'll have the three pair mentioned above finished by then). So every other month. I've already packaged them up and they're ready to go:

Only one of those bags is for my Sweetheart tho' - because his feet are very long. It takes a long time to make his socks. At least this time, the rules are simple: My Plain Vanilla Toe-Up Sock pattern that I've pulled from 3 or so different sources to combine to make the sock that fits us well. Absolutely NO patterning. I can't make socks fast if I do that.

I have a few other items I want to finish up, too, so I'll try to get at least a few of them done this year. And start making things for Christmas now...maybe (not necessarily hand knit items, but hand sewn perhaps, too!).

Happy 2015!

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Farewell 2014

Well, it's been one of those years, where the knitting really didn't take priority at all. And I can't share photos yet, but I can say that I managed to make 11 hats and 2 ruffle scarves. And work pretty sporadically on a pair of socks for my Sweetheart.

I'm hoping those socks will be the first finished project of 2015, hopefully by New Year's Day.

And after Sunday, I think I can share most of the hats.

My 2015 plans are taking shape, and I'll try to share them soon. I'm trying really hard to keep things very realistic. After all, in the first 4 months of the year, I have 3 shows, and w-2s to do.

There will be knitting, there might even be a huge push to develop a serious case of finishitis. I hope. There will also be a commitment to knit from stash more than every before. Really. I mean it. (Don't laugh, please?)

I really do...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas and The Sale Continues

I have been knitting, and eventually, you'll get to see some of that, but for now, you'll just have to wait for photos because everything I'm knitting is gift knitting (and I'm almost done, not quite, but almost)...There's precious little time left, and I've yet to wrap anything (I'm always last minute). Still a little shopping to do, and then tomorrow it's off to Sweetie's for Christmas Eve dinner and church services, Christmas Day with his family there, then my family here...(we always burn up the road between our places during this season).

But I wanted to let you know that I decided to keep on with the sale - Nana Sadie Rose knows you may get Christmas money and want to spend it. So the sale on ready-made items in the shop continues, but this time? Do use the coupon code NANAsCRAZY20. And make your purchases before the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. I promise, I'll be shipping as quickly as I can during this season, but it may take a day longer than usual. Still I hope you won't mind...

And Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanza, Happy Hanukkah, and Blessed Solstice. If I missed anything, I'm sorry. I'm trying to cover all the bases here.

See you in the New Year! I'll even try to do a 2014 roundup, and another planning on 2015 post, okay?

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

What's Important

There are some things that, when they hit, teach us quickly just what's most important. Lots of things like this happen to folks every day - a car accident, a health scare.

I had something teach me a lot about what's vital to my comfort and sanity this weekend: I got the flu. Yup. One of those lucky ones who took the flu shot (as I always do) and got the strain that is making folks sick all over and wasn't included in the vaccine makeup.

I was totally miserable. It's be a very long time since I've been that sick (and frankly, I'm just beginning to get back to "normal" as I went back to work today, but the brain, and the stamina aren't close to 50% yet).

And I learned that when I'm that sick my creature comforts come down to just a few things:

1. My recliner. My Sweetie bought this for me last year when I was facing the shoulder replacement surgery, and it's mostly my sleeping spot, still. But there was absolutely NO way I was sleeping anywhere else while I was this sick.

2. My Chiger blanket. (and yes, the two tricksters shown in the photo, too, because they become my best nurses when I'm sick)

3. I live in my fleece pjs. (No photos of these, nope.)

4. My very favorite socks.

Other than these four things, being able to surf at will, text and chat with my Sweetheart, and check email at work - even if I can't make sense of most of the stuff - oy, what the flu does to your ability to THINK! - I have to say that my iPhone was a godsend, too.

But let me say something more about those socks. I made them after I saw THIS PAGE in the Twist Collective premier issue back in 2008. I adored those socks, I was a Jane Brocket fan, extraordinare....I loved those nails (back in that day I could actually paint mine and have them look decent). I have coveted the colorway of Regia sock yarn ever since, hunted and haunted stashes hoping to find a couple more skeins, thinking that eventually these favorite socks of mine would shred, and no amount of the good teaching I got from Merike Saarniit at Sock Summit 09 in how to darn my socks, would make them wearable again...Anyway, a few months ago, I managed to snag a skein. Just one. Not enough for a pair, but I figured if push came to shove with the remnants from the original pair, I could make anklets.

Then the other week, I was busy scouring stashes on Ravelry again, and discovered - two! TWO SKEINS! Oh I immediately sent out a request, yes, they were available. I sent payment and then waited. And got sick. And missed work. When I got back today, I opened the door to my office and was stunned to see what appeared to be the contents of a UPS truck in my very small space! (Yes, it's Christmas, doncha know...)

It took awhile to weed thru the boxes and parcels. But I finally opened up an envelope with two skeins of Florence inside. I brought them home and went to add them to stash, pulling the single skein from some months ago out to set with them. And what did I see? Do you believe this?

Your eyes aren't deceiving you - that's 3 skeins from the SAME DYELOT.

What are the chances?

Oh these are going someplace safe for sure...maybe even the safe deposit box! Because I learned this weekend that when you're sick nothing but the best, most comfortable socks and pjs and blanket will do. These skeins are golden.

Monday, December 01, 2014

A SALE? Yes, In Time for Cyber Monday!

Yup. You heard right. A sale. Back in the summer, I celebrated my 10th anniversary making bags! I said then that there would be a sale, but time got away from me, and now here it is, Cyber Monday! So what better time to launch a sale? None I can think

Thru December 19, beginning now (12:01am) any ready made item in my etsy shop will be 20% off when you use the coupon code HOLIDAY10.

Remember, NO custom orders are included in this sale, but if you'd like a custom Nana Sadie Rose bag, by all means, buy that (without the coupon code) and we'll create a bag just for you.

And over the next few days, I'll be adding more items as I can. There's quite a lot in the shop now, but keep checking back, too, okay? And Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Thanksgiving Recipe I Came Up With Myself!!

My Sweetie and I (and especially his son) like spicy food. A couple of years ago I made the feast for everyone and devised this cranberry sauce on the fly. Of course it never got written down. So this year I decided to try it again, and I think it turned out nicely. Try it and let me know what you think? I'm pinning it to Pinterest, too.

1 can Ocean Spray cranberry relish

2-3 clementines, peeled and sectioned then diced

1/2 tsp cumin

6-12 slices jalapeno (jarred) minced (use your judgement as to how hot you'd like this)

Mix all together and refrigerate overnight (adjust seasonings the next day, more cumin? More jalapeno?)

Friday, November 07, 2014

New Bag! (And a Bit of Knitting-related Content, too)

First, the knitting content. I managed to spend last Saturday at our annual charity knitting event, NoSoKnit, with my friend Annette (and about 98 other ladies). The entrance fee is one knitted item for charity - and they provide us with the yarn to use at the prior year's event. So I had two skeins of Vanna's Choice in Dusty Blue and knew that I could just barely spend time knitting a hat.

So I knit two:

I used the leftovers from another two skeins of Vanna's Choice to embellish both hats.

But most important of the things I've been doing, is the creation of this new bag, Knana's Knot Bag with pockets:

Gotta tell you the fabric for this is OOP (out of print).

There's none of the interior fabric left either.


At present you can do a custom order in my etsy shop, but hopefully there will be more of them all ready-made and up on the shop site very soon...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

This week (Yes, I'm participating!) is: 10 Things You Would Save If Your House Was On Fire. For the purpose of this exercise we are assuming that all of your family and pets are safe, we are just focusing on the stuff. Mine are in no particular order...

1. Sewing machine (aka "Bernie")

2. Yarn & needle stash

3. Photos of family and friends

4. Cell phone (it has my life in it!)

5. My great-grandmother's cradle (made by my great-grandfather for their first child - my grandmother).

6. My Chiger blanket - an acrylic throw from (GASP!) Walmart that is patterned with both tiger stripes and cheetah spots. It is my favorite, keeps me warm no matter what else is happening, and is soft soft soft! I do know that there was at least one at my Walmart recently, because My Sweetheart bought one. Whether there are more? I can't say.

7. The jewelry My Sweetheart has given me. Because, yes, it's irreplaceable.

8. My computer. It's brand new and just finally paid for!

9. My Nook and Kindle (or if, by the time the fire happens, I've managed to save enough and buy that iPad Mini? Then that.

10. My grandmother's cut-work tablecloth. As irreplaceable as #s 5 and 7...

(and just so you know? when push comes to shove? the yarn stash would stay behind, because it's such fun replacing that! and I can prove a lot of it on the insurance coverage, it's on Ravelry - well, most of it is...)

Monday, October 20, 2014

This Is A Hard Post to Write

I've been blogging now for 10+ years, gravitating to it after being involved in Yahoo groups, specifically the one known as Knitting Chicks. The (mostly) women I've met online have become close friends, some of them I've met, and others I haven't - either at Sock Summit '09 or at various fiber festivals in my region. All those years ago, I met a woman known by the moniker "Plain Jane" of Plain Jane Knits Up a Storm". We hit it off, participated in KALs together, started other Yahoo groups (like Knit Red for Women's Heart Disease) and moved on over to Ravelry and then Facebook together.

I never got a chance to meet Jane, but we always said we would...

And then the other day, I wandered over to her Facebook page to wish her a belated Happy Birthday (life having gotten in the way of me being a considerate friend once again). And there I learned with shock and deep sadness that Jane passed away in September, suddenly, from cardiac arrest.

I'd like to ask you to join me in something. Jane was mostly a charity knitter in her later years, having knit and crocheted so much for her family that they really didn't need much anymore. She knit for two groups: the homeless (hats) and those in nursing homes (lapghans).

I'd like to honor Jane by knitting something red (since she died of heart disease) for one of those two groups. I've already got my Vanna's Choice cranberry red ready to go.

Farewell, Jane. I will miss you.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Hi! Remember Me!

I'm still here...and I'm knitting...a pair of black socks, for symphony!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

We're Back!

And as usual, we had a blast seeing old friends and customers and making new ones while we were at it!

This year, my Big Sis had a conflict (and a bit of an issue with her foot, too), that kept her from joining us, so my Dear Niece came along to round out the threesome we need to do the size show that National Capital Cat Show is. We really MISSED Big Sis, tho,' as much as we enjoyed having Dear Niece. She was good at using her GPS to find vegan food, too! Thank goodness, as it made life a lot simpler for me.

That photo showcases something really special - do you see the stand of little bags on the left? My sweetie found this neat "tree" only about 4 inches wide, and like a ladder at a Sears store that was closing it's doors. I wondered what on earth I would use it for, but was grateful. Then suddenly, it occurred to me that the Kaias and Little Bit Wristlets would hang nicely if I could find hooks for that purpose. And I did! I loved the display - it resembles, somewhat, a Christmas tree, don't you think?

We're back but I have to tell you that Nana Sadie Rose's plate is suddenly getting awfully full. I've been invited (and we're not 100% sure at this point, but we're considering it seriously) to the CFA World Championship Cat Show in Oak, PA in November. If we do this, it's really a one-shot deal, as they move about the country from year to year. This show is huge, with people from all over the world (hence the title, eh?). It's a really good opportunity, but I'm taking some time to consider it, and hoping my Dear Sis-in-Law will be able to help. We'll let you know a bit later on.

Funds have been sent out for two shows in the spring, too. I won't put them up yet on that ticker up there (oops! need to fix that one!) but as soon as I'm able to share the news, I will.

And now it's time to make up those orders from last weekend!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Still Here!

I'll share some eye-candy, okay?

I'll be back, bur there are only 2 weeks now before the National Capital Cat Show, so you know I'm busy! The sale I mentioned? To celebrate 10 years in business? It will happen - AFTER the cat show! Stay tuned!


I honor the place in you,

which is of love, truth, light, and peace.

When you are centered in that place in you,

and I am centered in that place in me,

we are one.

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