chatter · knitting

Finished Projects

Here are several of the projects I have finished already this year.

Squishy Soft Cowl
Chocolate and Roses II from swap
Chocolate and Roses II from swap
Minimalist Cardigan
Minimalist Cardigan
Malya Cowl
Malya Cowl
"Owl Be There" Hat
“Owl Be There” Hat


The Malya Cowl was knit with yarn that was left over from the Minimalist Cardigan, which was a great way to reduce some stash!

discipline · knitting

2014 Year of Stash Diving

I have designated 2014 as my year of stash diving.  I took an honest look at the amount of yarn that I have and when I discovered that I have bought yarn for 10 sweaters, and at least 30 pair of socks, it’s time to use it up!  So this year I will knit what I’ve bought.

It seems life thought I may need an extra incentive to knit what I’ve bought….on December 31 I lost my job.  So this is the year to use up as much of my stash as possible, and not buy more as I go.

To start this off I chose this ball of Socks That Rock Mediumweight in Farmhouse:

str1I am knitting a basic pair of socks with this lovely yarn.  I plan to cast on for 1 of the 10 sweaters I’ve got planned for the year.  If all goes well I should have a nice new wardrobe of sweaters and socks by the end of the year.  🙂

chatter · crochet · discipline · knitting

Round 2 of Weight Loss

Life sure has a way of slipping by without your realizing how quickly it has passed.  I’ve slacked off on my exercise routine and before I knew it, I stopped working out altogether and gained 14 pounds!

I’ve been making an effort to walk daily, and have become involved with Spark People again.  I’m going to ask Santa for a new treadmill for Christmas, even though he recently expressed his opinion of them as being space hogs.  With winter coming and the hours I work, it’s dark when I’m able to get out for a walk.

In knitting/crocheting news, I have been busy working on afghan squares.  I’ve completed 2 swaps recently and will soon complete the 3rd.  2 of the afghans created through the swaps are intended as gifts.  I hope to have pics to post soon.  I’ve finished a knit pullover hoodie, just have to sew the casing for the drawstring and it will be completely finished.  I also have a crochet sweater pretty much complete with the exception of the button band.  Again, I hope to have pics to post soon.

chatter · fiber · knitting

Ideas and yummy yarn

I have been designing more socks with the intention of listing the patterns for sale on Ravelry.  I’ve got the patterns ready, I’ve just been procrastinating.  I listed my first pattern for sale on Ravelry more than a year ago and guess how many people bought it????  One!  Hey, that’s better than none, so I’m happy.  The question I ask myself is: do I bother listing the others for sale or no?  And if I do, should I list them individually or offer them as an ebook?  Ideas and decisions, that’s what I’ve got in my brain.

One of the BEST sock yarns I’ve discovered is String Theory most especially their Caper Sock yarn!!!  I can’t get over the gorgeous colors and the way that yarn feels!  I have the hardest time choosing which colors to purchase.  I’m knitting one of my new sock patterns in the Caper Sock Skerry.  I can’t tell you enough how wonderfully this yarn knits up!  No, this is not a paid advertisement.  I believe that when you find something of such fine quality you should let others know.  Word of mouth and all that. 🙂

Okay, back to my morning coffee.  Enjoy your day!

chatter · knitting

Believe it or not, I have not disappeared

Good morning world!  Yes, it is me, actually making a post after many long months of silence!

There have been many changes in my life, but it’s all good!  I’ve been keeping up with my knitting, and have managed to design not 1, but 2 new pair of socks.  All that is left for me to do is to get photos taken and get those patterns finalized for publication.  I’m planning to offer them individually and as a collection in an ebook, so keep your eyes open for the updates on that.

With that said, I need to get motivated and get myself ready for work.  Could someone please call my boss and tell him that my job is seriously interfering with my knitting time???  I think we all know which is more important. 😉

chatter · knitting

Yes, I am still here! :)

It has been quite some time since I’ve last written and updated.  I have been quite busy with working full time and slowly adjusting to the empty nest.  Funny how when the kids were teens I thought I couldn’t wait until they were grown.  But when the day came for the youngest bird to leave the nest it was much harder for me than I had anticipated.

We are adjusting though.  It’s kind of nice not really having to worry about making meals for so many.  Truth be told, we eat out more frequently.  Not having to buy clothes and shoes for growing kids means more money to buy nice things for myself and hubby.

In knitting news, I haven’t gotten too very much accomplished over the last few months.  Before Christmas I was working 50+ hours a week (I manage a toy store) and that means I didn’t finish my Christmas knitting.  This year will be different since I’m not waiting until late in the year to get started like I did when I had more free time.  I’m already working on a few projects that will be put aside as gifts.  I’ve even bought 2 gifts already!  (Trust me, anyone who knows me will tell you that’s a miracle!)

I had another surgery yesterday and will be laid up for a week so that means more knitting/crocheting time for me.  Today’s project will be these adorable Baby Chicks in Eggshells  I’m going to whip up a few of them to give to our gorgeous little grandkids.

Speaking of which, meet our newest grandson who was born on February 16, 2012.  He weighed in at a whopping 10 lbs 3 oz!

Alexis Bryce Martell, Jr