Sunday, September 28, 2014

Happy Fall

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Doesn't this cake look delish! I left it at the bakery though. We had just a bit of rain this week and it was lovely.

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Just in time for fall, I finished a pair of fingerless gloves in Plucky Knitter Scholar, a new design I'm working on.

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Actually, I finished these gloves a few weeks ago. Except, I had a little problem. I think I told you I haven't been feeling well the past few weeks, between long days at work and dealing with some new chronic pain issues from where I had radiation (yeah, cancer sucks), knitting has been a nice stress reliever, but.....

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OOPS.  Fortunately, the problem was discovered at knit night, where there was beer and good friends. I had to put the gloves in time out for a few days, knit my Naylor Street Hat, and then I frogged the glove, and started anew.

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I finished them this past week and my sister did a quick model for me yesterday. Now I just need to write up the pattern.

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Look who loves pushing her little walker! She loved going for a walk yesterday at halftime of the Notre Dame game!!

And I loved those cables so much, I cast on a coordinating hat in Plucky Knitter Bello Worsted. Here's a progress picture yesterday at Lil Snowboarder's soccer game.

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I love knitting with Bello so much it is hard to put down. Seriously.

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So what's on your needles? I hope you all had a nice weekend.

Happy knitting!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Day (or Two) in the Life

In the life of a hat to be more specific. Do you ever have a special birthday gift that you just can't think of what to get? I had that this past week and then my friend suggested a hat and I immediately thought, why didn't I think of that?! Fortunately I already had a day off of rest planned for Friday, so I just needed to see if I could knit it in time for the party Friday night.

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Pedicure knitting, plus some progress from Thursday night tv knitting.

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Car wash knitting.

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Tv knitting Friday night. Did you watch The Honorable Woman? What a great series! Loved it!

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Working the decreases at Saturday morning's soccer game....almost done!

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Can't beat Naylor Street for a quick last minute, guy gift. One skein of Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted, colorway Flying Monkeys. Since I love Naylor Street so much, I've put it on sale for $4.00 through the end of September for those of you who don't have this pattern. I love it for baby hats too! And if you use the Plucktember coupon code: WELOVEPLUCKY  you'll receive that extra 20% off too! (good on all IGK patterns $6 or less through the end of September)

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Paired with the perfect gift tag from Knitterella.

Just in time for the party! And what a fun party it was.....fabulous food, great friends....

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Margaritas! Yes, please! This is the way to start a party!

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How was your weekend? Hopefully relaxing and filled with knitting!

Happy fall!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits



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





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