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Sunday, August 16, 2015

My Dawn in the Forest

Hey guys I hope you have a wonderful Summer. School started back last week and I am late on posting. We have had a very easy going summer despite a constant battle with the heat, wood bees trying to eat my porch and yellow jackets building nest and attacking(see photo of hive I destroyed at the bottom of this post). We (my hubby and I) celebrated our 9 year anniversary. He surprised me with a bag of goodies from my local Yarn store. As for the knitting I was not a Stash Dash Finisher but I got a lot of stash knit it!

Do you ever have those times your doing something and it looks like there maybe a problem but you push through hoping for the best? I had one of those time knitting my Rising Dawn by Stephen West. I thought I had to perfectly matched skeins of yarn. I thought they were both 450 yards..... wrong and wrong. What I had was one skein that was the same color all the way through and one that was more of a gradient and two skeins that were more of 120 grams or so opposed to 100 grams. The result however was a Happy and Exciting beautiful shawl.

Pattern: Rising Dawn by Stephen West
Needle Us 6 4.0mm
Yarn: Some yarn I bought off Ebay
Used 1110.5 yards and 247 grams :)
Started on May 15, 2015 Finished July 11, 2015
KALS: The Bookish Stitcher Podcast and KAL for Bags By Awesome Grannie

~ Pattern gifted to me by the very sweet and kind knitphomaniac13

My notes from the project:
In yellow/black/grey Floral bag with US 5 Nova

7/9 starting binding off.. this may take a while. Also realized skein #2 got darker at the end so there is a slight color change
** Did an additional pattern repeat to use all of skein.
6/1 I still have 71 grams of ball 1 left. I am at to about 315 stitches on the needle.
5/24 completely frogged and starting over. I was at row 63 but do to mistakes on my part the pattern was not popping. I was not seeing it and messing up every other row. Now I see it and the pattern is really shinning through so glad I frogged and redoing it I love it even more. I am back up to a US 6 in the Hiya Hiya Sharps.
5/15/2015 finished row 21. Had to restart went down to a U.S. 5 and then to a nova instead of Marblz needle.

The Cast On was a little awkward for me for some reason. I never did a cast on like that.

WIPS also know as Work In Progress

1.~Pattern: St. Nick to Knit  by Sue McElhany and was published in the Leisure Arts Magazine in December 1988. The Pattern is a Folk Art Santa worked flat the seamed up with a sweater. It is very cute but I am very partial to folk art. Originally I was given a photo copied one from a lady at the library but loved it so much I knew I wanted the actual print, so I was able to find it on Ebay.
~Needle: Us 5 Knitters Pride Dreamz
~Yarn: Berroco Vintage
            5104 Mushroom for the body
            5154 Crimson for a sweater
            5181 Dark Cherry for a Jacket
~Notes/Mods so the first body I made I followed the directions. The 2nd body I modified it to be knit in the round which I am a lot happier with.

~~~I will do a post on the Santas because they deserve their own post!

2.~Pattern: Terauley by Laura Chau for the Knitters Pride KAL I am loving this yarn pattern Combo but have not worked on it much. :/ 
~Needle: US 5
~Yarn: 100% Superwash Merino that I bought from the same ebay dyer as the shawl above
~Mods : none so far.

In the Queue: 
A hat for a friend
a sweater?
another shawl ?
 My Gifts for our Anniversary
I wanted to share our morning breakfast burrito recipe with you. I heat them in the microwave for 45 secs on one side then flip and then another 45 secs. They are so yummy and so easy to make and freeze by wrapping them in microwavable wax paper then microwaveable cling wrap then stored in freezer Ziploc Baggies in the freezer. You can click the photo to make it bigger.

As always Thank you for Visiting and Happy Yarning!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A Cowl and a Alien Oh my!

July 15th can you believe that that. It is getting super HOT here in Alabama they are fiber and knitting events going on states away and I am at home wishing I was there. To those attending #SSK2015 I wish I could join you.

I have some FOs to share with you.

Pattern: The Bandana Cowl
Needle: US 10 Knitters Pride #Marblz
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in the 6106 Grey colorway. I used 156 yards and 120 grams


I really loved this pattern. There is a link so notes I used from another Ravelry member on my page.
This is a super fast knit and very easy knitting.  I cast on 97 Stitches and when I got to 75 stitches I decreased every round as I did the garter then did a crochet bind off.

Pattern: Also by Stacey Trock "FreshStitches"
Hook:  Us G 6
Yarn: I Love this Yarn from Hobby Lobby
Ombre Jamie 97.6 yards 55 grams
Solid Limelight 204 yards 114 grams


I did a lot of the same mods as my previous Alfo . Since this guy was going to a smaller child I made his legs shorter and arms shorter. I added a cape and different color hands and feet. The mouth is felt with the sticky on the back but for added durability I sewed around the edge. I did two rows of single crochet around the mouth to give him lips. I love the look and the first person to ever do that with Alfo. The eyes are safety yes but for a extra line of protection used felt behind the crochet eye. So it was eye, crochet, felt then safety back. The Cape is a double crochet and I found a big button that I was able to pull the crochet chain trough the button hole but also added thread and sewed it on even more for more of a safety precaution.

I loved how both of my FOs turned out and I hope I have inspired you to get out there and create!

Happy Yarning ~Kim

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Yarn Buddy

If you have been following my blog you know how much I love cool tools of the trade and the Yarn Buddy has climbed to the top of my mush have list for any knitter and crocheter.

Top Left Walnut, Top Right Purple Heart
Bottom Left Lepoard Wood, Bottom Right Walnut
(Photo Credit Mrs Kim Overstreet)
These beautiful works of art are made by a wonderful couple from my town. The creative minds behind Timber Wolf Wood Crafts are Mr Tim and Mrs Kim Overstreet. Mrs Kim is a very talented knitter and her husband is a magician when it comes to woods. Together they create true works of art in their garage.

Timber Wolf Wood Crafts has beautiful handmade every day use items in their shop. If you are looking for a unique gift for a gift then you have come to the right place. They create things such as pens, compact mirrors, candle holders, wine stoppers, key chains, razors, Yarn Bowls, Nostepinne (ball winders) and my favorite the Yarn Buddy.
Yarn Buddy In Purple Heart Wood on the Timber Wolf Wood Crafts Etsy Store
Timber Wolf Wood Crafts use the most beautiful woods. Some of the wood they have on hand for the Yarn Buddy is flamed maple, walnut, Purple Heart already made , Paduk, cherry wood, tiger wood and  Leopard Wood! That is a lot of choices but it does not even stop there. Mr Mike is happy to do custom orders have a favorite wood not listed? Contact the shop... How about a tree in your yard that had to be cut down and you just have that attachment to it. Maybe your kids grew up playing under it or you spent ever evening under it with a loved one then contact Mr Mike or Mrs Kim. They are truly wonderful people offering an amazing product that can be cherished and past down for years to come.
I keep referring the older style as Tiger Wood it is in Fact Walnut. It is 100% Stunning and that is what I have ordered. I Also did Check and the Shafts will vary. I really hope you contact and place a order because you will not be disappointed. Look for future news on this shop in a few weeks here on the blog.

The Yarn  Buddy is not only gorgeous to look at but is very functional. You slide the yarn cake down the shaft and place the cake topper on top of the cake. As you knit/crochet and pull your yarn the yarn buddy turns allowing for a even tension and keeping your yarn from rolling off or being attacked from your furry friend. This gentle rotation will make knitting and crocheting even more relaxing and help you complete your projects faster! The Yarn Buddy's I am testing out are made from a very pretty Leopard Wood and Tiger Wood. I am testing them out with a wound cake of fingering weight BFL blend and even a skein of Hobby Lobby's I love this yarn. The are two types of mechanism for the Yarn Buddy. The older style uses a mechanism that adds slight tension to keep from getting back spin on your yarn as it turns but it makes a very faint noise as it turns. (To me the best way to describe the sound is when you go to the beach and get a little sand on the wheels of your luggage or cooler...somewhat of a grit sound.) However let me state that it is not at all a terrible sound. In fact I know many knitters and crochets that love little sounds and often buy bell stitch markers or love the sound of their needles as they work the yarn. The new style like the Leopard Wood one I am testing has a newer mechanism that produces no sound and a smooth flow. The back spin is not really noticeable it just spins more fluently than the older style. The newer mechanism does cost a little more so that will be reflected in the prices but both price points are priced perfectly and fit any budget.

To get your yarn ready for the yarn buddy you can just slide the skein like Hobby Lobby's I love this Yarn straight down the shaft pulling from the outside of the ball. As you can see from the picture on the left The whole skeins fits. It does not hold the cake topper but I have not had any issues what so ever with it getting caught on anything. I love making Stuffies with skeins like this but hate pulling from the center because as I crochet the skein collapses on itself causing a tangled mess. The Yarn Buddy completely solves that problem I can pull from the out side of the skein and do not have to turn the skein and worry about the tension on the yarn.

Now lets look at how to get your hanks onto the Yarn Buddy. You can slide the cake down the shaft and add the Cake Topper like I have done in the photo bellow or you could pick up one of Timber Wolf Woods Crafts Nostepinnes and hand wind your own cakes then slide it straight from the Nostepinne to the shaft of the Yarn Buddy. Just think you can have matching Yarn Buddy and Nostepinne or if you are having a hard time deciding on a wood get the Yarn Buddy and the Nostepinne in the other. These together would be amazing in a basket for a gift especially since when this post goes up there will only be 20 Fridays till Christmas! 


If you want to really make that Basket of tools for your Yarn lover stand out consider adding one of these yarn bowls. Look at that wood. It is stunning....

Please don not forget to head over to the Timber Wolf Wood Crafts Etsy Shop by clicking here and look at their amazing products and support a great small town family!

(I am in no way being paid for my review of Timber Wolf Wood Crafts in any way. Actually I love the Yarn Buddy so much I am buying one for myself. I am having a hard time deciding on the Tiger Wood or the Purple Heart Wood... but I have decided to order a Walnut. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

World Wide Knit In Public Day

You can read about the event Here. See the National website page Here.

You can see the Pavilion below.

Now you may ask what should I bring.... Your smiling face is the most important thing. Your WIP or any FO you want to show off, spinning, ( I will be bringing several WIPS and a drop spindle project) A snack or lunch... and a Camera because it is going to be so much fun and you do not want to miss taking photos..

Now lets be real and Talk weather.

We are in Alabama so lets be real, what the weather says today will not be the same by Saturday. There is a roof so rain we will be fine. Oxford lake department has informed me that in case there was a wash out we would be able to get a pavilion another day. I am sure it will be fun and work out fine. :) If you need to contact me personally you can email me at . Message me on Facebook or through my blog or on Ravelry. I am yarning4asmile everywhere...  See you all Saturday

You can RSVP on my Facebook Event

Monday, May 18, 2015

Be Prepared...

Hi Guys I hope you all had a wonderful month and Mothers Day. Things have been going great here despite a few sickness that came through our house. School is wrapping up for my oldest this week and I have been preparing for my summer knitting. I did a little video to show my WIPS, FOS, NEw to the Stash and talked about a few events. Sit back grab your favorite beverage and enjoy the show.

Ummm so half way through the video the sound gets off sorry... I am not sure how to fix that.

FO show:

Golden Slouch
Pattern : Marigold Slouch by Devin Lynch
Yarn: Romney Ridge Farm Yarn Co Worsted in Old Gold colorway
used 169 yards and 78 grams
Needle US 5 3.75 mm

Thoughts: The yarn smells sheepy and wonderful. It is not the softest yarn and is rather stiff. It did soften in the bath. I did not like how it blocked the first time. I wish I had made it longer but hoping the 2nd soak/block makes it fit better. The pattern is an easy to follow great first time cable project. This is a free pattern on Ravelry. Rib section I cast on 96 and did rib for about an inch. Yarn does fade in bath.

Castle Mitts
Pattern: Claire's Castle Mitts by Carol Ruhl
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in the Charcoal colorway. I used 151.9 yards and 70 grams
Thank you AGoodYarn for the pattern you can find her blog here.

Thoughts: I love me some Berroco Vintage! Cast on 48 I did the rib on both sides. around row 46 I began mods.
Row 46 I did pattern row 47
row 48 I did pattern row 46, row 49 rib
row 50 pattern row 48, row 51 rib side K1 p1 m1 k1 pattern p1 m1 p1 k1 increase on the back side. Row 52 do pattern row 46
row 53 rib pattern but increased 1 in purl area. k1 p1 m1 k1 pattern p1 m1 p1 k1 side 2 ribbing
row54 pattern row 48
row 55 rib pattern both sides
row 56 pattern row 46 rib on the back
row 57 k1 p3 k3 m1 {knit front} k3 p2 k3 p2 m1 {pick up front KBL} p3 k1
row 58 k1 p3 m[kbl1 {pu back k in the front} k4 p2 k3 p2 k3 p2 k2 st marker m1 {KBL} k2 p3 k1
row 59 do pattern around put thumb on waste yarn cast on 4 and knit around
~markers go after k2 p4 k3 p3 k1 marker {10 stitches on the waste yarn} cast on 12 knit around pattern
Knit 4 rows around
Dec first K5 set by 1, Decrease next K5 set by 1 back side Decrease K4 by 1 then decrease next k4 by 1
Dec p3 by 1 back side dec first K4 by 1 bind off

Thumb (the 10 stitches on wast yarn)
pick up 27 stitches total
row 1 dec by 2
row 2 dec 4 k4 2tog k4
row 3 k3 2tog around
row4 bind off

***hope those make sense lol I am not a pattern writter :)


Outlander inspired Shawl
Pattern: by Marly Bird
Yarn: Berroco Weekend in the Mouse and Lago colorway

Entrelac Scarf
Pattern by: Allison LoCicero
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Lite in the 2078 colorway

Dawn in the Forest
Pattern: Rising Dawn by Stephen West
Yarn: 100% SuperWash found on ebay
Thank you Knitphomaniac13 for the pattern! You can find her blog here The ebay page where I got the yarn is here.

Cozy Memories Blanket
Pattern: Mitered Squares
Yarn: scraps of Sock/Fingering weight Yarn

In the Queue:
Wool Ease Hooded Scarf
Grey Bandanna Cowl
Luscious Lace Scarf
Blue Garden Scarf and Gloves
Split Brim Toddler Hat

Whats Happening:
National Knit In Public Day June 13, 2015. I am hosting an event for the locals. Knit with people around the world... :)  #KIP2015
Check out the Knit In Public Website to find an event in your area.

#StashDash2015 hosted by TheKnitGirllls May 22nd - August 14

#AYNKAL hosted by Suburban Stitcher and Stacie from MustStash Yarns
I am using the Rising Dawn Patter for my entry I think.

#bagkal2015-2  hosted by Awesome Grannie Knitting Rising Dawn this KAL ends in July but still 900 yards.

#bspfavcolorkal hosted by The BookishStitcher I am knitting my Entrelac Scarf! Must get it done soon deadline for this KAL is April 1st - MAy 31st

What I am reading ~ The Mortal Instruments book1 by Cassandra Claire

Thanks for reading and Happy Yarning !