Sunday, September 14, 2014

Happy Plucktember!!

Can you believe we are half way through September, well, in the knitting world, I mean, Plucktember, already?! I'm exhausted, so I do believe it! I always look forward to this time of year. Somehow college football and the new school supplies and apples and the leaves changing help me forget what the beginning of the school year is usually like for my job, which is why I'm exhausted and just now coming up for air.

But there has been knitting, so let's get right to that!

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So lovely to start off Plucktember on Labor Day by the pool just knitting away. This new fingerless glove pattern knits up quickly in Primo Sport. I just love cables!!

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The first glove was done by the end of the week, but I wanted to knit it up in a worsted weight version too.

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So at the soccer game that morning I made a bit of progress. This is in Plucky Knitter's Scholar. Definitely not Primo, but still lovely.

I did put the knitting down to play with this cutie for the Notre Dame-Michigan game!

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Enjoying our walk at halftime!

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She's a good luck charm for sure!

By the end of the weekend there was a finished glove!

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I thought I'd have the second one done in no time, but with working out of town one day this week, working late another night and not feeling well (long story, but I've been dealing with some chronic pain issues at the radiation site on my head for the past few months...and with trying to work more, I'm off the meds that were really helping manage the pain because they made me too tired to work and trying to find new meds to help...fun fun), well, it isn't done yet. Hopefully I'll finish it at knit nite this week.

The Lowney Sock KAL is going strong too over in the Plucky Knitter group (as well as many other KALs!).

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I wanted to share some of the fabulous projects being shared!

The project below is Linda's Lowney sock, aka lgphillips on Ravelry, and I'm in love with the colors she's chosen! My favorite part of KALs are seeing a design knit up in different colors, but especially when color work is involved!!

Photo courtesy of lgphillips on Ravelry




Photo courtesy of YezSoCrafty on Ravelry

This is Chris, aka YezSoCrafty's, fabulous sock. I just love her 2 color version. I also think Lowney sock knit up in just a solid single color would be fun too.

Thanks ladies for letting me share your projects with the blog!

Anyone else participating in Plucktember over in the Pluck Knitters Group? I'd love to hear what you are working on.

Remember, all Irish Girlie Knits Designs ($6.00 or less) are 20% off though the end of the month when you use the coupon code: WELOVEPLUCKY

Happy Plucktember!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Signs of Fall

On this last day of August, there are signs that fall is just right around the corner and boy am I excited about that!

First sign.....Notre Dame Football!!!

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Check out the cutest ND cheerleader around?!!? Magpie continues to kill us with her happy smile! And the Irish put on a show yesterday by beating Rice 48-17!

Second sign.... more knitting! Something about watching football, lil' Snow's soccer games, chilly weekends just means more knitting time. I'll be honest, there wasn't much knitting most of August except for the Lowney socks, so I'm looking forward to more knitting. Swatching happened yesterday and today.

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Third sign... PLUCKTEMBER! September is the month long festival celebrating all things Plucky! Official cast on starts September 1. I think I'm ready to go!!

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Reminder, today (Sunday!), is the LAST day to receive 30% off any of my IGK designs with the coupon code: PLUCKY2014   Now if you miss this, don't worry, I'm running a Plucktember special all September. That coupon code is for 20% off and is: WELOVEPLUCKY

Forth sign.... apples... I discovered a fabulous type of apple at my local farmer's market a few years ago, Pink Pearl Apples that have a very short season (few weeks in August). Well, I stocked up this year! And my local baker at the farmers market made a lovely tart with them too!

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So good!

Fifth sign..... the leaves are changing!

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Yes, yes, another Peekaboo Penelope that I knit for Magpie last year during Plucktember that I never got around to showing you guys. Another goal for this Plucktember is to get this pattern published.

I will say. This year has been quite a year for our family. This time last year my dad was unexpectedly in the hospital, and then right after began the pain that was the indicator that my tumor was back. I'm glad to put this year behind us. The bright light of this past year was this sweet little angel above . What a blessing she has been.

Here's to signs of a new fall!!! Happy almost Plucktember!!!

Enjoy these last few days of summer!

Happy Knitting!!!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Blink

Summer seems to be flying by with the blink of an eye. I can't wait to show you pictures from my fabulous trip to New York City, as quick as it was, but that trip deserves its own post. In the meantime, a few happy things I've been wanting to share, including a new design and a SALE (scroll down if you want to get right to that!).

A week with views like this were wonderful.

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It was Little Guy's first time at the cabin and I think he had a blast! I know Grandma, Lil' Snow, and I had a great time having him with us!

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But with four kids, Auntie IGK needed some down time too.

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Two grandmas, one auntie, four kids. It was a week filled with sun, swimming, ice cream, Harry Potter movies, limited wifi and cell phone coverage, reading, lazy mornings, knitting, board games, crafts (teaching the kids how to latch hook and the girls finally learned to knit!), and fun.

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I released a new design this weekend, Lowney. A sock design for Plucktember, the month long celebration (September) celebrating all things Plucky Knitter! Be sure to check out the Plucky Knitter Group on Ravelry to read more about it, including this thread, where there is a special KAL for the Lowney Sock!

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And to celebrate Plucktember, I'm offering 30% off all of my Irish Girlie Knits Designs (patterns priced $6.00 or less) through the end of August, when you enter the coupon code: PLUCKY2014   (you'll need to enter the coupon code on ravelry).

I hope you guys have been enjoying your summer too! I'd love to hear what you have been up to! Let's be sure to enjoy this last week or two!

Happy knitting!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits





Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Whirlwind

It has been a busy, fun-filled few weeks, but I'll admit, a bit of a whirlwind. Knit nights, cooking club (fabulous idea, right?!), musical performances, softball games, friends and family from out of town, work, life....phew. How has your summer been?  Hopefully fun-filled as well! I can't complain about the busy as it has been filled with fun.

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This dish has made me want to actually use the pressure cooker my dad bought but still hasn't used! So delicious!! Madeleine had all the ingredients ready, but I prepared the dish. Using the pressure cooker, I kept thinking no, no, this isn't worth it. Not much faster. But as soon as we all tasted the chicken, WOW! Everyone practically exclaimed they were getting a pressure cooker. The flavor was so good, you would have thought that it had been simmering away for hours.

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And this. This is why we love Alexis. So good....especially with a bit of vanilla ice cream. In summary, cooking club was a hit and we plan to do it again!

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Ok. One more foodie pic. My favorite summer salad. Me, the girl who really is not that fond of tomatoes, loves this salad. Heirloom tomatoes are magical.

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I went with a group of friends to hear a local author discuss her new book. It was so interesting to hear more about her process and inspiration about the story. It was a quick, enjoyable summer read that I'd recommend. I'd also recommend this one. I think I've told you that already, but just in case you missed it.

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I do love summer reading, especially by the pool! Not quite done with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, but loving it!

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Lil'Snowboarder had her first musical debut! Sooooo much fun and I'm just so proud of her! Lil' Guy loved it too!

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There has been knitting too.

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And the sock has a toe.

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And sweet magpie keeps growing and smiling!

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And now the fun begins! A whirlwind trip to NYC for a few days of ME time! So excited!

Happy summer!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Once upon a time...

Once upon a time there was an irishgirlie who knit socks. Lots of socks. But then one day she lost her mojo. She didn't know where it went, but away it had gone.

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So she tried to pick up a plain vanilla sock. Simple, maybe that would do the trick, you know, even though she had actually never knit a plain sock. At least not that she can remember. A sport weight sock too, so it would go faster? Well, she did finish one sock and then put the project away somewhere. Bored.

Other than one pair of baby socks, she hasn't knit a pair of socks in almost a year. Those socks were quite pretty and special and secret because they are going to be released in this book later this year!



And then something happened. She was asked to design a sock for Plucktember, a month (September) celebrating all things Plucky. It was like magic. Primo magic.

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There was swatching. Definitely not with the colors she was going to use, but it didn't matter. She was going to knit socks.

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There. Those colors sing, don't they?

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She brought it everywhere.

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Even to a fancy restaurant. She was smart enough to put the needles down to enjoy these profiteroles. Delish!

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There was a twinge of sadness, or perhaps guilt, when she went to turn the heel and completely forgot how. It was a brief moment, two rows she had to unknit, but still. How could she have forgotten? No matter, in just a week she was almost to the toe.

It may have been a long sock-knitting-less winter, but summer was here and a sock knitter was back!! Just in time for another summer of socks.

To be continued.....

Happy Sock Knitting!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

p.s. Today, July 8, is the last day to take advantage of the IGK KAL/Holiday sale! Receive 25% off any IGK pattern ($6.00 or less) when you use the coupon code: FIREWORKS


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