Sunday, September 27, 2015

More Socks!

Three posts in less than a week?  I must have fallen and hit my head.

I finished up a couple of pairs of socks.  First up are a pair of 60 stitch vanilla socks, heel over 30sts, toe to 20sts, 2.5mm needles.  The yarn was a new yarn to me, Lion Brand Sock Ease Prints in sour ball.  It's nice, reminds me of Patons Kroy.  Good thing I like it, I bought four other colors, lol.  Ravelry details here.

Next up are a pair for the Christmas gifts box, another vanilla pair but 64 stitches, heel over 32sts, toe to 24sts, 2.5mm needles.  The yarn is Patons Kroy Ragg Shades in green ragg stripes, of which you've seen twice before.  Details on this pair here.

Happy knitting!

Friday, September 25, 2015

AC/DC Concert

The highlight of the summer was probably taking the boys to see AC/DC on Labour Day weekend at Magnetic Hill, NB.  The boys have only ever been to two real concerts, one on July 1, 2011, that included several bands, but the highlight for us was The Trews. (One of my favorite bands, I've seen them six times including twice this past July when they played at my friend's bar.)  We also took them to The Trews acoustic concert at our local Astor Theatre a few years ago.

First opening act, Vintage Trouble.  They were really good, I enjoyed them.

Next act was Big Sugar.  I knew a couple of their songs, but to be honest I found them very boring.  They sounded good, but I found they didn't do anything to hype the crowd up at all, unlike the previous act. No crowd interaction.  (Don't hate me, Marti, I know they are one of your faves!)

These guys might be up in age, but they put on one helluva a show.  I have been to many concerts, mostly rock, and a couple of country.  I've seen the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Kiss, Bon Jovi, ZZ Top, Def Leppard, Reba McIntyre, Clint Black, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, The Cult, April Wine, Alice Cooper (twice), Great White, Meatloaf, Joan Jett, Extreme, Sloan, etc... even Kanye West (he opened for the Stones, only reason, not really a fan, no offense to anyone).  And there were many more opening acts for some of these shows, a lot of them I can't even remember who they were, lol.  But this show, I can honestly say, was the BEST of all of them.  

Angus Young kick ass guitar solo that ended in a flurry of confetti.

I took several video clips, but they are too big to load to Blogger.  I got the opening, which was awesome, and the ending which was quite explosive.  They're on my Facebook for anyone who is on my list.

Happy knitting!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Catch Up!

Long time, no post!  Time to catch up.

First up are a couple of pairs of ankle socks. Both are 60 stitch vanilla socks, heel over 30sts, toe to 20sts, knit on 2.5mm needles, the yarn is Garnstudio Drops Fabel.  Ravelry details here and here.

There's a pair of Hederas knit with Herrschners Solid Sock in a burgundy shade, details here.

And a mini me pair, same pattern and yarn, knit as a Christmas gift for someone.  (Yes! I have started some Christmas knitting.  On the ball this year - for now.)  Details here.

Two Ilene Bags, both for the Christmas gift box, knit with Bernat Handicrafter in potpourri ombre.  Details here.

 Sock Showdown 09, the yarn is Fleece Artist Merino, really soft, love the color.  The pattern was kicking my butt til I slowed down and actually READ it to see that there were TWO charts to follow.  All was well once I paid attention to what I was doing.  Details here.

I was asked by a friend to do some hats for one of her crafts.  She's making snowmen out of a 4L pickle jar and a rose bowl head.  She is a very basic knitter, she did the garter stitch scarves.  She bought Red Heart Super Saver, and I think the odd hat is Canadiana, and I made her 13 hats.  The pattern is Classic Cuffed Hat in the 0-3 month size.  Details here.

Cute little fellas!  Some people are so crafty. :)

Got another pair of socks finished but not washed, blocked, and photographed.  Got another pair on the needles, and I've got some other sock and non-sock ideas for Christmas gifts as well.  I don't knit a lot of stuff for Christmas gifts, but there are a handful of people who I know appreciate and use what I make them, so I don't mind knitting for them.  The others are off my list!!

Happy knitting!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Catching Up Again!

Catch up post, story of my life. 

Not socks!! I made a baby blanket for a friend who is due with her first child any day now, she's having a boy, and his room was done is greens.  The pattern is Pine Forest Baby Blanket.  The yarn is Red Heart Soft Touch Solids in lime.  Ravelry details here.

Then there were socks, many socks.  First up vanilla socks knit with Patons Kroy FX in canyon colors.  Very nice, bright socks.  Love good ol` Kroy.  Details here.

Another pair knit with Kroy FX in chambray colors, the pattern is Thuja, details here.

A made up pattern, just did a feather and fan cuff, the yarn is Wandering Cat Yarns Alley Cat in grape.  Soooo soft, love their yarn, details here.

Next is a pair of Monkey Socks knit with Estelle Sockittome Heathers in moss green, details here.

And lastly, for now, a pair of Belle Maman socks knit with Patons Kroy Stripes in green ragg stripes.  I had to fiddle with this pattern as I decreased the number of stitches and messed things up.  I made notes, though, details here.

More socks have been completed, just no pictures yet.

Happy knitting!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Catch Up

Now that the Cuba posts are finished I can get back to knitting!  Bunch of socks, so here goes.

First up were birthday socks for M who was part of the gang from the Cuba trip.  I took these with me, his birthday was while we were there.  They are plain old 2x2 ribbed socks knit with Mary Maxim Simply Sock in forest.  Details here.

Next is a pair of vanilla socks for me, plain old 60sts, heel over 30sts, toe to 20sts.  The yarn is Mary Maxim Twinkle Toes in candy cane.  Now I've got a pair out of all four colors that were originally offered in this now discontinued yarn.  Details here.

Another pair of vanilla socks, same as above, Patons Kroy Sock Ragg Stripes in green ragg stripes, details here.

Yet another pair of vanilla socks, Patons Kroy Jacquard Stripes in fiesta jacquard, details here. 

And again, vanilla socks in Patons Kroy Stripes, eclipse stripes, details here.

And a NOT vanilla sock, finally, Harris Tweed Socks knit with Patons Kroy FX in casual colors, details here.

And another patterned pair, Thuja, also knit with Patons Kroy FX in copper colors, details here.

Next post will most likely have a pair of socks or pairs of socks, but it also includes a baby blanket as well, just don't have my pictures transferred yet.

Happy knitting!

Friday, May 08, 2015

Cuba 2015 Part Five

One night two of us wandered down to the beach to try and get some sunset pictures.  They turned out okay.  I like the first one here of the silhouetted fishing dude.

There were some lizards around the resort, but not a huge amount, at least not that I saw.  I did see this guy a few times, or maybe it wasn't the same one each time.  It was around the same area, and he looked about the same size, so it could have been the same one.

According to my oldest kid, the lizard was feeling threatened, he curled his tail up and started bobbing his head up and down, he said they try to make themselves look bigger.  I wasn't really very close to him, the pictures are all zoomed in.  He only did it for a few seconds then stopped.

 Fresh coconut!

Didn't drink too much of it, didn't want to upset the innards, but it was good.

I am a Diet Coke fan, they call it Coca Cola Light.  Had to buy this stuff, but it was cheaper than buying it here at home.  

My favorite tree on the whole resort, it was the only one I saw that looked like that.  And yes, that IS me and Hubs standing under it.  Had my picture taken a few times, but I don't like it.  Needed proof I was actually there!

Last day at the resort we took a horse and wagon ride back up to the little market.  Hubs wasn't there and already had his two hats.  He's a Flames fan, notice how they spelled Calgary, lol.

We didn't see many cats around the resort, just a few.  This little guy showed up around the pool, but he wouldn't get very close to anyone.  

More lounger views the last day...

The board said our plane was on time, but it wasn't, it was about an hour late.

Our plane.

First stamps in our passports!!!

The girls when we got home.  It was the first time I'd ever been away from them for more than two nights since I got them.  Jewel was so worked up when I got in the house she was hyperventilating.

Happy knitting!