Monday, January 16, 2012


The past week or two have been a whirlwind. A busy transition back to work left the blog unattended, but also lots of friend and family time the past few weeks.  So let's just jump right in and catch up, shall we?

A lot has been happening....

1.  My bestest friend in the whole wide world was home last week and it was so nice to spend time with her and her adorable 14-month old son, Cutiepatootie.  He's getting so big! And beyond cute!  So I quickly knit him up a new hat in Madelinetosh Chunky. 


2.  Visiting with her and another friend reminded me how blessed I am to have close friends who have known me practically my entire life (since I was 6!).  It was a good few days spending time with them.

3.  While visiting her on the East Bay, I was able to visit for the first time a new yarn store, A Yarn Less Raveled.  What a fabulous store!



This is Mindy, the shop owner.  She was absolutely delightful and so nice and so enthusiastic about the new yarns, classes, and customers.  It was so nice to see a new store so busy on a Sunday morning.

Look, a Summer Wind!  Mindy said the pattern has been selling like hotcakes!  Yay!!


They carry an amazing amount of gorgeous yarns!  Madelinetosh, Scrumptious, Shibui Knits....


I picked up a few goodies that I couldn't resist.

Yes, this 49er fan bought these colors.  You see, I promised a cute hat to my adorable baby model, and it was long overdue. 

Technically I knit two of these.  One for him and one for his twin brother.  Their mommies are big Packers fans!

4.  3 baby hats in a week.  I have to admit, it was nice to do some gift knitting for very appreciative people.  Even though it puts me behind schedule a bit when it comes to design knitting, it is worth every minute to see happy moms and adorable kids wearing something I made for them.  Plus, those suckers are quick to knit.  Instant gratification!

5.  Did you watch that 49er game?!?!  Go Niners! What an awesome win!  I'll be watching the game this coming Sunday somewhere in Phoenix as I'll be there for TNNA. I'm so excited to be able to see knitting friends, especially Zonda, and have a bit of a vacation.  My patterns will be available at the Deep South Fibers Booth!

6.  When I get back from TNNA next week, I'll be having arthroscopic surgery on my knee.  I've had two knee surgeries before, way back when when I was in grammar school and high school and playing sports nonstop.  My knee has been hurting A LOT the past six months, and despite physical therapy, it has continued to be bothersome.  Well, according to the MRI, that's because there isn't much cartilage left in there.  OUCH.  I'm actually looking forward to surgery because then I know I'll be on the road to recovery!  

7.  Blackberry Brambles has been reformatted and is now available!  The new format also features an additional size.

Blackberry Brambles Cover


8.  Socks socks socks.  That's what December was all about for me.  The Sock Knitters Anonymous Mystery Sock KAL has been an awesome!  There are 544 projects right now of my design! It's not to late to come join us :) 

I also finished up a design that was released at the beginning of the month for Woolgirl's Wizard of Oz Sock Club.  The theme was the Witch's Guard and the design...Pointy Sticks.  Remember that picot I was in love with...




Note to self...take better pictures before you mail off your designs...ugh...

9.  2012 will not be all about socks.  I promise.  I have a new design on the needles for The Plucky Knitter that I just LOVE!  Well, knitting with Sarah's yarns doesn't hurt either :)   And it is not too late to sign up for Twisted's Shawlette Club that I'm designing for!  I can't wait! The line-up of designers and indie dyers is pretty awesome.  I'm so excited to be designing with Little Red Bicycle's Yarns! Her booth was one that I loved at Sock Summit!!!


10. Downton Abbey.  I heart it so.  If you haven't seen it, go, stop reading this.  Happiness awaits!  Oh, and for more fabulous things of 2012, check out this awesome post by Cheekyattitude.  Thank you Tricia!!

So that's what has been happening around here.  Now, what have you guys been up to?  What's on your needles?  on your Kindle? on your mind?  Do tell :)

Happy Knitting!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits


Caffeine Girl said...

Wow, you have been busy!

I'm glad I'm not close enough to stop in at A Yarn Less Raveled. What a fabulous shop! But I'm trying to knit from stash these days -- and to finish some old UFOs.

Zonda said...

That red yarn looks familiar ;) You are one busy lady!

dianne said...

Wow! Lots going on for you! I'll be rooting for your 49ers this weekend then rooting for my Patriots :-) That would be a fun Superbowl! I have lots on my needles right now including 2 of your designs, Cotty and Blahtnat, 2 baby sweaters, a cowl, and a sweater. I'm trying to convince myself that it would be bad to cast on anything else until I finish at least 2 of these projects. Oh, and there's a Plucky trunk show Saturday that's a 90 minute drive from me. I really don't need any more yarn and am trying to convince myself not to go, but...... Tune in later and see if I cave or hold strong :-)

Kathy said...

okay, let's see, what shall I comment on? why do i need to find out from your blog about a new knit shop in my neck of the woods?!? second, do you live in cali? am I that clueless (don't answer!) so glad to see the pattern updated and good luck on your surgery (which probably ought to have been first).