Do You Swapless Swap!

I have a love of all things mini skein. I mean I have not one but two scrap blankets on the go. My Memory blanket which has been around since 2016 and my Northeasterly that I started in February. I quickly understood that I can’t knit fast enough with two small children to generate enough scraps to feed my blankets. And that when I discovered swapless swaps on Ravelry!

I don’t have to make the time to dig up a reciprocal package. I just pay my money and a bag of neatly wound mini skeins from a fabulous dyer shows up at my door. I’m currently stalking all the swaps by YarnMatrix aka RoMillet on Ravelry. I have to limit myself and not go crazy. But I just had to jump on the Leading Man Fiber Arts swap….I mean look at those colors!!

Do you swapless swap?

Christmas Eve Cast On

As the mom in this house I am pretty much in charge of Christmas. The presents, the schedule, the food and the holiday cheer. It’s been a little rougher this year with stress at work and then not sleeping a whole lot because my kids are anti-sleep. But this year I NAILED one thing….the Christmas eve boxes.

The hubby is getting new fleece pants and a bottle of whisky. Jellybean is getting new jammies, a book and his knit Dinosaur. PB is getting new jammies and a teething book. And me…..well just look at this glory!

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New fair isle pajama leggings (paired with nursing tank I already own), some liquid holiday cheer and MY CHRISTMAS EVE CAST ON! I pulled my Treasure Goddess Super Toes Cashmere sock gradient set and some Cascade Heritage sock to make the Mini Solutions scarf by Kelene Kinnersly. I am in love because A) CASHMERE and B) squishy garter stitch that requires very little brain involvement. I cannot wait for tonight to bust open this box and get to knitting!!

Merry Christmas to all!!

Woolfest Goodies

Yesterday I talked about my trip to Woolfest and some wine tasting. Today I’m going to show you the goodies I picked up.

First, a set of Harry Potter inspired mini skeins from The Sexy Knitter. I have met Sarah in person several times now. She is such a bright and bubbly person and a blast to talk about knitting with. She has been putting one of a kind (OOAK) indie dyed mini skeins in her Etsy shop for awhile. I had resisted on Etsy but couldn’t pass them up in person. They are 25 yards each so I have roughly 100 yards here to add to my sock yarn memory blanket.

Next up is a sock blank from TreasureGoddess Yarn. I think this blank is made from her Treasured Toes sock base. And I have never knit from a blank before so I just couldn’t resist. I have knit with her Cashmere Super Toes before to make my Old Man of Storr shawlette. Which by the way, I was wearing  that day and was able to show off to her. This blank definitely needs to be a pair of socks for me!

Lastly, but certainly not least…..I found a perfectly geeky project bag. In my house The Big Bang Theory is totally a thing. I watch re-runs almost every day to help block out the negativity that is permeating the world lately. This bag is from AuntStephsHndmdGifts on Etsy. She had all kinds of geek themed fabrics but this just HAD to come home with me. It’s large enough to hold socks, a shawl, or a child’s sweater. I’m so excited about this bag I can’t even decide what should go in here!

And there you have it…my haul from Woolfest 2017. I thought I was remarkably restrained given the high volume of yarn fumes!

Happy Knitting!

A Mailbox of Minis

Ready for some yarn porn? I received my mini skeins from my swamp partners in the Down Cellar Studio Christmas Mini Skein swap

It was such a joy to go the mailbox everyday. I received the yummy yarn above and a few extra treats thrown in by swappers. I hadn’t ever really done a swap before. And this was a nice easy one to start with. People were so kind and wonderful. It was the epitome of the holiday spirit. I cannot wait to add these to my sock yarn memory blanket.  But that probably won’t happen until after the Super Bowl when the Pigskin Party KAL is done. Until then, I have more projects to finish!

Happy Knitting!!

A Quick Mini Project!

Am I the only one who gets annoyed with tangled ear buds?  A long time ago I used some scrap yarn to cover my iPhone ear buds. Well I finally broke those ear buds and broke out another pair. After several weeks of annoying tangles I broke down and pulled out a crochet hook.

After:

Before:

Bonus part of this project? I get to count this towards the Pigskin Party KAL mini skein interception! I only used 2 grams of yarn so I don’t earn many yardage points but I get the bonus 25 interception points! I love when I can work yarn into my everyday life!

Happy Knitting!!

Mini Fever

I may be late to the party but I’m in love with my sock yarn memory blanket. My furvor has abated a bit with the crazy summer schedule we have but I’m still working on it. 

I may have tripped and fell into Etsy the other day when I saw a steal of a deal on some mini skeins from a shop right here in my city,  AndeainBlue


My personal taste in sock yarn runs in the same color families so I needed some colors to shake things up! I got these five skeins of  “random” yarn and another five skeins of Shibui yarn sock minis (not pictured). 

I’ve already managed to work two into my blanket. Even know I feel the sirens call of my blanket. Maybe I can squeeze in half a square before work?

Happy Knitting!!