Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pre-Camp Fun!

Bainbridge Island.

Churchmouse Yarn & Tea.  That means I did get some Shelter yarn.  And then Mora ice cream.

Today, our favorite restaurant from last year.  Hudson Point Cafe.  That means bacon waffles with white cheddar.

And tonight, camp began.  And now the sock camp after-party...8 of us right now...knitting, food, drinks, Twilight.

Must get back to fun....but I wanted to share a few quick photos!









Happy Sock Camping!!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Twilight at Port Ludlow

We're here a day early before sock camp starts and it is perfect. Just perfect.

Twilight right now. That means knitting, pizza, and Edward.

Just perfect.

Happy Sock Camper!
Xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Almost 4!!

Can you believe Lil' Guy is almost 4?! 


He turns 4 next week while I'm away at sock camp, so we headed to Monterey Bay Aquarium early this morning to spend the day with him!  Here's a peek at our day...




Love the jellyfish!! So cool!


But the sea dragon and sea horse exhibit was amazing!



This is the leafy sea dragon!





Your Auntie IGK loves you so much Bubby!!  Happy happy 4th Birthday!

xoxo Irishgirlieknits

p.s. 4 more sleeps til sock camp!

Friday, March 25, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

A blogging attempt from my iPad....hmmm...not as good as the Bailey's Irish cream cupcakes!

Happy Friday!
Xoxo Irishgirlieknits

ps. Any recs for blogging apps for blogger?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Finally, something new that I can share here on the blog. 


A skein of Miss Babs Windsor Sock yarn has been wound.


  The swatching has commenced.


It even has an adorable project bag, courtesy of GMarie!  Her etsy shop is here.  Thanks G!


And a new notebook, with graph paper inside!! Seriously cute! I'm trying to resist buying more!

Four secret designs have been sent out in the past few weeks! Phew!  

Now bring on the new knitting!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Things I Love Today.

1.  Rainy days.  I love rainy days IF I can stay inside by the fire and knit, knit, knit.  That is exactly what I did today since I have a deadline looming. 

2.  Signature Needles.  Wow, wow, wow.  I've had a pair of US 5 circulars just hanging out on a UFO project for the past few months.  Well, I needed to use them for the secret design, and I am reminded again how much I love them.  So pointy.  So light.  So smooth.  Serious heaven.  So tempted to order another one in a different size....

3.  My shiny new iPad2!  Love love love.  I've been trying not to play on it because of that deadline I have.  It is my first apple product since my iPod that I've had for forever.  Any apps you would recommend?!

4.  These absolutely adorable owl notepads.  Yeap, I finally caved and bought one.  Too cute!

5.  Sleepy doggies.

Sleepy Puddy

6.  Leftover Irish Soda Bread.  Delish!!

So what are you loving this weekend?!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Friday, March 18, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, visit SouleMama leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Happy Friday!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

A few favorites to wish you a happy happy St. Patrick's Day!


We are almost to 200 members in the Irishgirlieknits Ravelry Group!!  Come join us!  And to celebrate, I'm offering a 'buy one get one free' sale today on any of my self-published patterns through ravelry with the coupon code: lucky 



Since a few of you requested an Irishgirlieknits project bag after I posted a picture of this one that Disco had...


I'm taking pre-orders now!  They should be arriving next week if you're interested.  I'm offering a special introductory price of $12 + $3 for shipping in the US.  Email me at irishgirlieknits AT gmail DOT com or message me on raverly if you are interested!

Perfect little St. Patty's Day present to yourself!

And are you wearing your Slip Jigs today?!


The pattern and My Wild Irishgirlie colorway are now available through Blue Moon Fiber Arts!  Yay!!

Now....some toe-tapping music...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Random Tuesday Night Blogpost

1.  Funny that during the month of 30 lists, on my list is 'blogging.'  Specifically, 'catch-up' and 'lists.'  Goodness.  And I'm not going to torture you all with a week's worth of lists...but there were a few that I felt I you would enjoy.

List #10 Wishlist

Right now, just one wish.

More time.  More time for fun, for work, for sleeping, for knitting, for spending time with family and friends, for knit nite (seriously! because the texts from my friends of "where were you?!" make me miss knit nite more), for relaxing, for snuggling with the doggies, for exercising.

List #13  DIYs I want to try





Again, see list #10.

List #15  What's on your shopping list?

Okay, I'll spare you the specific list, but this week I really wanted to get back on track with my healthy eating habits, so my list was of all the good healthy stuff I like.  And this week I've felt so much better (all that extra energy almost feels like more time!). 

Question for you guys keep the healthy eating interesting....any favorite low-carb healthy recipes or snacks??  Please share!!

2.  Stuff from Stitches I've wanted to share (plus you guys come here for the yarn pron right??).


I couldn't resist all of Sunshine Yarns gorgeous yarns!  Here's just a few.


Sunshine Yarns Luxury Sport, colorway Patronus


BMFA Socks that Rock, colorway Rawkin' Sockin' Knitters which was named for one of my favorite Ravelry groups!!  Speaking of which, our group is now voting for the next KAL.  There are some awesome patterns being nominated (most are already in my queue!), including my design, Sweet Home, so pop on over and join us!


New yarn for A Verb For Keeping Warm.  So lovely! This is going to turn into a baby hat I think.  My best friend's baby has outgrown his IGK hats already! Such a bad, I need to crank some baby hats out for him!!


Fabulous buttons!!!


This is a very special gift!  Stacy, fabulous owner of The Fine Needle, made me this adorable pillowcase for my birthday!  I've helped in her booth at both Stitches East and Stitches West with Kollage Yarns and she really is awesome!! Stop by her shop if you are in Maryland!  And the fiber....yes, Stacy knew I was a beginning spinner!  Thank you Stacy!

3.  Criminal Minds.  Disco and I watched three episodes late one night during her visit and I've been hooked ever since.  I'm up to Season 4!!  It has been awesome marathon-knitting.

4.  Marathon knitting.  Warn me again to never commit to four secret deadline designs in a row.  Makes for boring blogging!  And really hard secret-keeping. more design to finish, and then the next one I can at least blog about it!!

5.  14 more sleeps til Sock Camp!!!!

6.  Spring!!!  Raining out, but these gorgeous beauties are making me smile!

Fabulous bags from Piddleloop and gorgeous yarn from Plucky!


7.  I started an Irish Girlie Knits Ravelry Group!  And you guys have been so awesome showing your support!! THank you!!  I'll be hosting KALs, contests, coupon codes, etc.  And having lots of fun hopefully!  So many of you have joined, I'm beyond thrilled!  I'm planning to have a buy one, get one free pattern sale for one-day on St. Patrick's Day, BUT if we get 10 more group members (that would be 150!!), I'll start the sale early!!  Come join us!!

Oh, and if you have an Irishgirlieknits design on your needles right now, post a picture in the thread!  On Thursay I'll pick a winner for a fabulous yarnie and pattern prize!
8.  Sleepy time.

Happy Knitting!!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Friday, March 11, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, visit SouleMama leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

My prayers go out to all of those affected by the earthquakes in Japan.

xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Blog Goals

List #7- Blog Goals

Blog Goals

I'm curious. Do you guys have blog goals? If yes, what are they? Any other ideas or suggestions for my blog, let me know too :)

Happy Mardi Gras!!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits


Sunday, March 6, 2011


This weekend was all about catching up.  Catching up on sleep, knitting, spending time at home, relaxing, deadlines.

And the lists.  I need to catch-up on a few.

#4 Today's Playlist


#5 Weekend Goals

  • finish writing two patterns
  • finish knitting second design
  • begin third deadline design
  • destash
  • relax
  • sleep in own bed
  • catch up on sleep
  • date night
  • pay bills
  • blog
I did make the mental list yesterday, and it is a bit ironic typing it now that the weekend is practically over. Let's not discuss the progress on my list. Someday I'll realize that I am actually not a fast knitter.

#6 Least Favorite Words

I've made my list.  They are words I dislike so much I don't want them cluttering up the blog to be honest.  There aren't a lot, just a few.  Take a peek here at everyone else's least favorite words...a few of mine are on those lists.

Still a lot left on my list to do, and with only an hour or so left of the weekend, best get to it.  Hope to be back soon with some actual knitting content :)

Here's to a great week!!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

p.s. If you don't have Adele's new album, you must get it.  Love it.

Friday, March 4, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, visit SouleMama leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Yarn Bomb!

Share the love!
Happy Friday!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Things I'm looking forward to

List #3  Things I'm looking forward to

The weekend.

Sock camp.

Date night.

Learning to spin.


The release of my new design.

Figuring things out with my life.

Finally finishing one of my knitting projects.


Working through my IGK to-do list.

Sock Summit.


The return of my favorite farmer's market in May.

Possibly, maybe, hopefully so...getting the new iPad.

Sandal-wearing weather.

How about you??

Happy almost Friday!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


I like lists.  I'll admit that I often know life is a bit too overwhelming if I haven't made time for my lists (e.g., so much too do, don't want to add #167 Be overwhelmed. to it).  I have my to-do list for work and my to-do list for life.  My must-knit list.  My design list.  A general knitting to-do list.

I've been reading about the 30 Days of Lists project on twitter and initially thought fun.  Then I saw all the artsy journal type entries and thought, nope. Notgonnahappen.  Then I read Stephen's post and thought, not too late.

So here goes. A bit of catch up.

List 1: A few things about yourself

giver of knowledge to little kids with autism
night owl
college football fan
aspiring domestic goddess
sock yarn hoarder (hmmm....hoarder sounds a bit too strong)
crime-drama marathon lover
spoiler of Bailey and Puddles
a girl who believes in work hard, play hard


List 2: Things I'm good at

entertaining young children
buying yarn

Evidence of something I'm good at....that yarn buying thing.  Stitches West goodies from Blue Moon!

Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with a list.  Its not too late to join, you in?

Happy Wednesday!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits