Monday, October 31, 2011

Weaver's Guild sale 2011

A few awesome finds for the weekend. There were lots of lovely shawls, knitted items, and woven scarves. I decided on these fibers. They look fun to spin and wear.

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Lately, I have been on a gifting frenzy. My husband's niece is having her first baby. A boy. What better gift than a baseball blanket. This was super easy. Two pieces of fleece with strip cut and tied around the edges. Christen's baby blanket A dear friend of mine has too many things going on during the month of her birthday. Mindy loves Halloween and gardening like nobody's business. I also know she has a thing for art yarn, so I mixed the ideas and came up with a tomato garden. This was my first attempt at making a shadow box using art yarn. Note to self, ya only need a little. It's cute though, and Mindy likes it. Really, that all that matters. Mindy's birthday gift I have also been involved in a few swaps. I am in two blanket square exchanges. That is kinda fun. It's a great way for me to get my crochet groove on. Another swap that was all kinds of fun was the Potato Chip Scarf swap. I had the best swap partner ever. Interestingly our scarves are in the same color family. Go figure. It's always fun to get goodies in the mail as well as mailing them out to make someone's day. Potato chip swap

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Visiting Wier Alpacas

Weir Alpaca Ranch 1 Sunday Lawnguy and I took a small jaunt to Bellevue, IL. We got there a little humm 45 minutes early. The ranch is in the middle of a subdivision about 5 minutes for where I take Pepper to agility class. Anyhoo... The owner was just lovely. Even though we were so early she welcomed us with open arms and a tour around the place. First stop was the barn. Chickens a few, a rooster too, and one duck. Also, alpacas and llamas with their babies. Weir Range 3 Next, we hopped into the golf cart to go visit some of the girls in another pasture. We were armed with a bag of carrots. I went to give one to a pretty cocoa brown alpaca not knowing that you have to hold onto it tightly. Quickly I learned. Lawnguy learned another valuable lesson, alpacas spit if ignored when there are carrots involved. Yumm.. thanks! While we were out there, the owner yelled, "I have a new baby!" There in the center of several white alpacas was a newborn. She said that the baby had to have been born in the morning. Since there was too many white ones out there; and the baby was lying on the ground, the owner asked hubby to drive the cart and follow her back. She got out, picked up the baby, and started walking with mom in tow. It was really cool to see a newborn. Hubby said it was really neat being there. It was pretty fun just hanging out with the animals. Momma and baby 2 After visiting the animals, we walked over to the Indian firing pit for the removal of the pottery that was placed in there the day before. It was interesting listening to what people were saying about how they got different colors and textures. Native firing pit 2 Native firing pit Lastly, of course I bought fiber. I got 8 ounces of this silky black, and 4 pounds of a creamy fleece. Can't wait to play. cream fleece 2 black fleece 1 lb

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Visit with the Harlot in a Church?

Ummm... Yeah. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee 1 Stephanie Pearl-McPhee made her way to St. Louis last Saturday. The original venue was at a St. Louis Public library that would have been way to small. Fortunately, the church stepped up. An Episcopal Church on Euclid, just down the street from Left Bank Books, held their doors open wide. Stephanie is absolutely hilarious. I sat next to 7 letter Deborah extraordinaire in the second pew. That's poor Ava's head there front and center. It was good to out with some of the wonderful knitters in the St. Louis area who also believe that Stephanie is the icon for "it's normal to put yarn in the freezer." Well no, I have never had it come to that, but I think if it was necessary for the kids to know there is no room in the inn to return home to because mom's craft room is more important, I'm your girl. Wheelinsticks out! Stephanie and me

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Pepper's agility update

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Originally uploaded by knittingkim
Pepper has been steadily eating away at the competition. This was from last Sunday. He earned three first place ribbons out of four for his weekend. This is Pepper title run for Open Standard. Now we're playing with the big boys!