LaMancha Animal Rescue Holiday Fundraiser

Yowza!  Every have a tidal wave of stuff just happen to you and then you get behind on blogging?  Yup.  That’s me.

Still, my fingers have been busy, especially for the LaMancha Animal Rescue Holiday Fundraiser coming up on Saturday, December 3, 2016 in Coatesville, PA.  I will have the fundraiser’s flyer at the bottom of the post for more information.

LaMancha Animal Rescue is a great no-kill shelter/farm that takes in all sorts of animals for adoption.  They are on my list of “ones to watch” when it comes time for me and Sam to adopt a dog.  In the meantime, I decided to support them with my handiwork.

My friend Janet works closely with LaMancha, so I got in touch with her after I saw her call on Facebook for vendors for the holiday fundraiser.  I have a whole bunch of lovely goodies ready for her.   And, considering what she’s been showing off from other crafters, it’s going to a great craft show in of itself!  Lots of talent!

The mitts above are some of the projects I will be donating.  I have washcloths, fun hats, and more mitts to sell there.

As promised, here’s more info about the fundraiser and the needs list of the rescue, too.

LaMancha Holiday Fundraiser Info

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Please, come on out and support the animals, other crafters, and a great organization!

 

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Two Good Dogs

My sister has two good dogs, wait, GREAT dogs!  Not only are their dispositions shining examples of what their breeds should be (Maggie is a Labrador retriever and Cash is a German shepherd), they are good around knitting.

Remember Alfred and his fascination with my yarn? Naughty dog.  Sadly, Alfie is no longer with us and went to the Rainbow Bridge a few years ago.

Let me back up.  My sister and her husband bring Cash and Maggie to the Outer Banks to join the family on our annual vacation there.  That used to be Alfred’s domain.

Cash and Maggie kept us company in the OBX.  They were well behaved around my knitting, and well behaved in general!  Of course, they were curious, and I let them sniff the yarn and such, but after that, they lost interest after the realized they couldn’t eat it.

Maggie

The only time I thought there was going to be trouble was when I brought out of crazy skein of yellow yarn.  Maggie’s ear’s perked up as much as a lab’s can.  She sniffed it, I told her she can’t eat it, and they she lost interest and proceeded to lay down between the couch and the end table nearby.  Good girl!!!

Cash, on the other, really just ignored my knitting altogether.  Good boy!

Cash

Those are the two good dogs I got to hang out with last week.  I miss having dogs around.

Random Acts of Knitting

Yeah, know posts have been sparse lately, and they probably will continue to be so for the week or so, too.  I was in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA last week for an annual gathering of friends from around the country.  We had a great time!  As usual, I spent my downtime knitting and committing random acts of knitting.

What are random acts of knitting?  Here’s what it is to me.  For example, I love to knit washcloths.  I would finish one at work, and then pick the coworker nearest to me to give it to.  Usually, I just toss it at them, and they are usually quite happy to receive a handmade item.  I don’t need it.  I have plenty of hand knit stuff, including washcloths, so, I give some stuff away.

On this trip, we were all gathered up in our hotel suite, and I finished a scarf.  I asked if someone wanted it, and Abby, who has a 14-year-old daughter, asked if she could have it for her.  Of course!  I hope the young lady likes it.

Next, I can finished a beanie.  Again, I asked who wanted it.  Annie spoke up first, and she got it.  It looked cute on here!  She was quite happy, too.

So, that’s what random acts of knitting are.  It’s finishing a piece and giving it away immediately.  Have you ever committed random acts of knitting?  Tell me about what you did in the comments!

Taiyo Shawl: Blocking Time!

I have finished knitting my Taiyo Shawl, and now it’s blocking time!  Time to get out the mats, pins, and wool wash.  I’m anxious to see how this piece’s lace section open up.

Unfortunately, I ran out of the Taiyo yarn about 2/3 of the way through.  I should know better by now, but the Frog Tree Brushed Suri yarn I bought along with it is the same weight, and worked well in completing the project.  It should feel nice and soft against my shoulders when I wear it.

Frog Tree Brushed Suri Yarn

Strangely, knitting this shawl has inspired me to pick up another shawl that I had been working on, my Faroese Elpsa Katrina shawl.  I knit one skein’s worth of the project, and sort of put it down.  Other things and projects came up, I guess.

Still, that other skein of Einband that I had bought for the project was staring me in the face for almost a year now, until I picked up the shawl back up, started knitting, and ordered more of the yarn I needed.  I can keep working on this.

So, that’s where I am with my projects, namely shawl stuff.  If you want to see the updates on Ravelry, you can see them here for the Taiyo and here for the Elspa Katrina.

Has another project inspired you to work on another different one?

WIP: Taiyo Sock Sleeveheart Shawl

I love Noro yarns.  I love the funky colorways and the variations in the yarn itself. I know it’s pricey, but I get it about once a year as a treat for myself.

This year, it’s the Noro Taiyo Sock yarn (that is being discontinued by the way) that I bought at the Ball & Skein Shop in Lititz, PA, and is included in the stash flash post here.  I also got the free pattern, Taiyo Sleeveheart Variation by Julie Kubitsky, at the shop, too.  You can also get it on Ravelry.

I knit a lot of the shawl by watching the Olympics, especially over the past weekend, when the games were winding down with some big gold medals matches and races.  I got a lot knit over a few days, since I only started the project on Thursday, August 18.

I will post the final completed shawl after blocking and such.  I think it’s going to be lovely!

Also, if you’re interested, here are the details on Ravelry.

I’d love to hear about what you’re working on right now.  Let me know in the comments!

Pokémon GO and Knitting

Yup.  I’m playing Pokémon GO.

I caught some special Pokémon this morning, and decided to see if Ravelry had any special knitting patterns pertaining to the pocket monster I caught.  I was in luck!

I had a very productive Pokémon GO session.  Sam, my DH, was driving, and I managed to catch a Pikachu, Poliwag, and a Jigglypuff on our commute to work.  Yay!

Magmar up there was hatched from an egg that took a lot of walking to hatch.  I haven’t found a pattern for anything for him, yet.

Let’s see….

Pikachu

Pikachu is probably the most recognizable Pokémon, as he was in all the cartoons and movies.

A screenshot of my Pikachu

This lovely pattern, created by Mary Lucas, is available on Ravelry, and is adorable!  He’s a chocolate orange cozy!

Jigglypuff

Jigglypuff is another Pokémon that is seen in the cartoons and movies.  And, here’s a great pattern by Emma Whittle that helps you create your own Jigglypuff.

Jigglypuff screenshot. MINE!

Poliwag

Poliwag is adorable, and you can knit your own with another great pattern from Emma Whittle on Ravelry.

Screenshot of my Poliwag

Other great Pokémon patterns?  Check out my search on Ravelry, and you will see many wonderful things to knit.

Are you playing Pokémon GO?  Let me know!  What’s your level and favorite Pokémon?

Washcloth KAL/CAL : All Done!

Yay!  The Washcloth KAL/CAL is all done!  I knit eight of them!

Did anyone out there in Internet Land knit or crochet any?  I’d love to see them if you did.  Leave a comment and let us know where we can see them.

Otherwise, I still enjoy knitting washcloths as a hot weather project.  I even bought more cotton yarn at a creative reuse store yesterday.  I made out pretty well with my haul from The Art of Recycle in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA!  (Oh, and they are a Pokestop, too.  Yes, I’m playing Pokemon Go.)

So, I hope that you had fun with the KAL/CAL, even if you didn’t knit any and just read along with what I was doing with it myself.  Have a great weekend, everyone!