Monday, November 30, 2009

Home Sweet Home

Simon and i are back in Philly. We returned after a long drive last night and unlike him I am still off for a few more days. This means I am doing what I love the most, eating brunch with one of my best friends and knitting as well as test dying. That was also something very exciting, when we returned my yarn I had ordered was waiting for me on our door mat.

Visiting home was nice, my Aunt Colleen came over for thanksgiving from long island with her husband Eric. It was good to see them. My mom, Aunt and step grandmother took me wedding dress shopping while I was home. I wasn't expecting to find anything but just to have fun trying on tons of pretty dresses all way over my price limit. But it happened I found the dress, It's beautiful and not overly expensive. (It was even on sale which we didn't know till we went up to order it.)

I know Simon snoops so I can't post a pic nor can I really describe it. It is nothing like what I thought I would wear, but it is beautiful.

Well that is all for today, I must go and turn on the dye pot to start some experimenting.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday

It's the day after Thanksgiving and the large day for retail shops. Me I'm going to go wine tasting with my aunt and uncle then out to a Christmas party of sorts with the family friends.

But I must say that I have a slight respect for all the crazy shoppers who get up before sunrise to wait at doors of retailers all over the country for them to open at ridiculous hours like 12am, or 3 am. At 3am i like to be sleeping and at 12 am I like to watch the history channel and knit. (A bit lame, but while visiting my parents I tend to watch a lot of the history channel mostly because Simon and I do not get that channel.

I will admit that I am having a sale in my etsy shop. All accessories and hand bags are 20% off, as well has having a shop sale I am also offering free shipping on all items shipping in the US. Also if you are a facebook fan or follow me on twitter I will be posting a promo code that can get you a free gift with purchase.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! I'm up in New York celebrating the holiday with my family, and while it's quiet at the house I thought it best to write a quick post before the revelry and feasting begin.

Just a little bit of holiday promoting, but I have started my Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale a day early so if you have a lull in the festivities take a trip over to my etsy shop and see what's up.

This is the unoffical start to my weekend sale, this sale starts today and goes through to Monday night. All wearables and totes are 20% off and their prices have been adjusted in my shop for the sale. Also all orders placed between now and monday will be shipped in the US for free.

I'm sure I will have a post either later tonight or tomorrow morning, but untill then I hope every one has a great day!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Yarn Porn

This is another one of my hand dyed yarns. It's a great lemony yellow.

It will be up in my shop either later tonight or tomorrow morning.

I ordered more base yarn on Thursday so once I get home from Penn Yan on Sunday I will have lots of yarn to dye.

Also I'm going to just give a hint and a heads up starting on Friday the 27th and running through till Monday the 30th all items in my shop will be shipped for free. Check back a few days before Black Friday for more special deals and sales at

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Vintage Finds: More Thanksgiving

With thanksgiving being in just a week I have put together the last of the celebratory Thanksgiving Vintage Finds. Enjoy.

Vintage Recipe Box

Hand Spun

Here's my second of my yarn listling is my etsy shop.

This is 100% Aussie Wool spun by me on my drop spindle. It is buttery soft and I dyed the roving to spin with. This hank is a two ply hand spun art yarn but if you would like more info or to see more pics check the listing in my shop BlueBettyShop

I really enjoy spinning almost as much as knitting.

Oh and I dyed another hank of yarn yesterday it came out this lovely lemony yellow. I can't wait till it dries!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sock it to Me!

Here is the first of my hand dyed sock yarn! I just started to dip back into hand dyeing and I forgot how much fun I have doing it.

This yarn is 100% superwash merino and it has a ton of yardage on the hank. Check out my etsy to see all the details.

I plan on dyeing another hank today

Monday, November 16, 2009

Give a Hoot Beanie

I just learned how to make an owl cable and wanted to try it out. I had some of this great green heather cascade 220 left over from a baby sweater that was just enough for a beanie. If you want to try your hand at an owl cable beanie the pattern is written out below and it is pretty simple and fast.

120 yrds worsted weight yarn
US 8 16" circular needle
1 set on US 8 dpns
2 small buttons
Stitch marker

Cast on 80 Stitches, place marker and join work being careful not to twist the cast on row.
Work in 2x2 rib till brim measures 2"
Purl all stitches for two rounds
R3: Purl 25 sts, Knit 8 sts, Purl to stitch marker
R4: Purl All sts
R5: Purl 25 sts, C4B, C4F, Purl to stitch marker
R6-12: Purl 25 sts, Knit 8 sts, Purl to stitch marker
R13: Purl 25 sts, C4B, C4F, Purl to stitch marker
R14-18: Purl 25, Knit 8, Purl to stitch marker
R19: Purl 25, C4B, C4F, Purl to stitch marker

Now you should see a little owl perched on your hat.
Work in reverse St st till hat measures 6 1/2"

Hat decreases
R1: *Purl 8 sts, P2tog* repeat *to*
R2: Purl all sts
R3: *Purl 7, P2tog* repeat *to*
R4: Purl all sts
R5: *Purl 6, P2tog* repeat *to*
R6: Purl all sts
R7: *Purl 5 sts, P2tog* repeat *to*
Place stitches on dpns and continue with decreases
R8: Purl all sts
R9:*Purl 4 sts, P2tog* repeat *to*
R10: *Purl 3 sts, P2tog* repeat *to*
R11: *Purl 2 sts, P2tog* repeat *to*
R12: *Purl 1 sts, P2tog* repeat *to*
R13: *P2tog*

You should now only have 4 sts remaining, using a darning needles thread yarn end through the last 4 sts and pull closed. Weave in all end.

Sew two small buttons on owl cable for eyes. As pictured below.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Vintage Finds: Thanksgiving

In my family we cook all day. I'm in charge of making the gravy while my dad carves the bird and my brother helps my mom get all the side dishes onto the table. More than once in my 8 years of helping with dinner have I spilt or splattered something on myself and had to change before we all sat down to eat. I understand the importance of a good apron and find them kitchy and practical.

Vintage Apron Yellow white Gingham

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Rainy Work Day

Today I am work all day...unusual for me, but because I will be gone from the apartment today vintage finds will be a day late again.

It is also raining which I do not appreciate.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Release Day: Kina Tam Pattern

Here it is my third pattern the Kina Tam Pattern. You can check it out in my etsy shop. I really love the slouchy look of this hat.

This pattern is for the intermediate knitter as ot has basic lace stitches and basic shaping at the crown of the tam. While it does have a lace stitch pattern this tam knits up quickly because of the large gauge. The slouchy look of this tam is achieved by knitting a dk weight yarn with a large needle as well as aggressive blocking once the tam is finished.

I had a blast designing this tam and knitting it up!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Photo Shoot!

Simon took some photos for me yesterday. Here is the Indigo Banded Cardigan from this falls knit scene. I love how it turned out although I think I've had it when it comes to seaming.

I had the cream colored yarn in my stash, but it was the wrong weight so i adjusted the guage and used a size 8 needle instead of nine and made a size bigger than if i had been working the suggested guage.

This sweater is so warm and cozy and it had a lot of room in it so I'll be able to layer under it for the winter.

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Day Late, Vintage Finds

November, I like the fall and I love Thanksgiving, mostly for the cool crisp air, the food, and visiting my family in Upstate NY. I like that this is a holiday that I won't have to split time with Simon's family, them being Australian and all. Simon has taken to Thanksgiving like a duck to water, so to speak. But of course Simon would love any holiday where eating a giant feast all day was the main celebration. Vintage finds this month will be inspired by Thanksgiving starting with table settings. If your going to have the family over that's the time to bring out the good china so to speak. My mom only uses my grandmothers china at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Midcentury Atomic Eames Era Dinnerware Service For Five plus

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sneak Peek: Kina Tam

Here is a sneak peek at the hat pattern I'm working on. I just finished editing the photos.

It's called the Kina Tam. Kina means sea urchin in Maori. I thought that the ribbed lace pattern used in the tam looked like the ambulacrum of a sea urchin. The Ambulacrum is a row of tube feet.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I'm back!

I really didn't go anywhere, I just needed a break from the blog and the fan page, but here i am back and ready to blog!

I have finally finished both of the sweaters I started. The one from knitscene and the green one I started to design. I am currently wearing it right now. It was finished just a few minuets ago while i was watching Chocolat. Now to celebrate my new sweater I will wear it out into the city. I will post pics as soon as i can, which will most likely be Sunday.

Last week was a slow week for me, as i had my usual shifts at the day job and regular hours babysitting. Maybe it was the rain but i was just not feeling the social networking nor did I want to share my slow week here on the blog. As of this week though I have worked an overhire shift at a philly theatre and am watching the boys late three nights this week and will hopefully be releaseing a new pattern in my etsy shop on Monday. I also made pumpkin muffins.

What's in the works now, finalizing my sweater pattern, and maybe a fingerless mitt pattern or two in the wings. On top of those I also have to start getting ready to go to Australia in Feburary like...I don't know...buying my plane ticket. Oh and Simon and I haven't even done anything remotly similar to wedding planning other than we are having one most likely next fall.

So that is where I am as of today, I think I'll start by wearing my new freshly knit sweater and going for a walk.