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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Alittle September Catch Up

September is here, which mean fall is here too. We have actually had some nice cooler weather which has been so nice. The leaves are starting to turn on some trees and to be honest I have already decorated for fall and Halloween last week. I could not wait any longer. Fall is my favorite time of year why wait any longer. So go grab some Tea and enjoy the show....

FO show:

Shashay Bama Scarf
Pattern my own
Us 11 8.0 mm
Yarn Red Heart Boutique Shashay Sparkle
Red Heart  Dye Lot 216 G  ~   I used 35 yards and 100 grams

Chrysalis Scarf
Pattern my own
US 11 8.0mm
Yarn Bee Chrysalis
Bog Copper  Lot 159533  ~  I used 35 yards 100 grams

Head Comfort
Pattern : Robin's Egg Blue Hat
US 10 I think lol
Berroco Comfort Chunky
5713 Dusk Lot 2083  ~  I used 118.5 yards 79 grams


A Little Claire and A Little Geillis
Pattern Camilla Shawl by Marly Bird
I hook
Berroco Weekend
5907 Mouse Lot 56136
5969 Lago Lot 83470
~ Still in progress~

The Santa's
Pattern: Santa's To Knit from Leisure Arts Magazine December 1988
US 7
Berroco Vintage
5104 Mushroom
5150 Berries
5154 Crimson
5181 Dark Cherry

Basic Toe UP
Pattern my own
US 1
Yarn Spark Story in the Spectra colorway (bought this yarn last year for my birthday)

Terauley Shawl
Terauley by Laura Chau
US 5 3.75
Yarn some 100% superwash Merino I bought from ebay.



On the Wheel natural Alpaca in a white and a brown. The white is local Alpaca From Blackberry Hills Alpaca and the brown with the silk is a gift from a friend for my birthday last year.


New To The Stash

Coloring Book Yarns Lady Rainicorn

Lollipop Yarns Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Quaere Fibre Everythings Gold

MadelineTosh Twist Light Magic

Buffalo Wool Co Skies in the Western Sky color ~ My yarn I named

Felted Needle Keeper in the butter cream

Lantern Moon Measuring Tapes

Cephalopod Yarns Bugga blue Tailed Damselfly

Next in Line

Next on the needles is a hat for my hubby using some Berroco Chunky in a grey. A hat for the lady at my doctors office using Berroco Chunky in a purple.

Until next time Happy Yarning and Happy Fall!

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