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Zaftig Hat

Since I’m feeling rather zaftig myself today.  I thought I have my best girl do some modeling for me.

Here’s my very simple, very warm and cozy rolled rim hat.  I finished it on the train coming home from Virginia the day that rogue storm hit the east coast…and just in time.

It fits her so well…Is my head small or is her head big?

Ok…it’s a bit long but that the point of a rolled hat…a little extra if you need it…

And on the days when I don’t need the extra it’s creates a stylish “pouchy” effect in the back.

I love this colorway!!!!

I also LOVE that face!!!!!!!

Pattern: Simple Rolled Rim Hat (cast on 98 stitches, knit until your sick of stockinette then start decreasing, K6, K2tog across the rnd, next rnd knit even, next rnd, K5, k2tog…etc…until you’re done)

Source: My head…

Yarn: Zaftig Bugga by Sanguine Gyrphon, 1 skein, colorway Killer Tree

Needles: #7 (2 circs)

If you can get some of this yarn, get it.  It truly is delicious!!!  I would love a sweater in this yarn.  Christmas gift maybe?

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What am I thinking?  Making you all wait 3 whole days for pics of the stash.  1,000 pardons…so no more talking, here it is!  One more thing, this stuff was more than worth the 2 hour wait.

Allow me to introduce you to Zaftig Bugga, colorway, Killer Tree….in a word DELICIOUS!!!  I can’t describe how good this yarn feels in my hands.  And the name, Zaftig according to Webster’s,  “having a full, rounded figure.  Pleasingly plump”  ie. “The actress playing the leading role was a ZAFTIG blonde”. 

The yarn that stole my heart on Saturday was zaftig and earthy!!!

Skinny Bugga, also in colorway Killer Tree, because I think I may have found my perfect shade/shades of brown.

Bugga, colorway Fierce Snake

Mithril (because I had to own yarn called Mithril…Yes, I’m a fan and want to be a Hobbit in my next life), colorway, Woman Under The Willows (can you think of a more perfect name? no I can’t either).  750 yds of lace weight heavenly-ness.  This may hang around for a while until a project (quest) worthy of it comes along.

Yes, more Bugga, because I had to.  Colorway Cockchafer

Kira’s sweater is patiently waiting for sleeves but it may have to wait a bit longer.  Who can resist casting on immediately?

For those who don’t own any of this yarn, if you’re planning to treat yourself to anything fiber related trust me you won’t be disappointed.

Happy Shopping…Sanguine Gryphon.

Before I forget, a huge thank you to all who visited my blog over the last few days.  I’ve never had so many hits in a day (399 on Saturday, 163 on Sunday).

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We were suppose to be on the road by 7:30am…of course in real-time that was actually 8:45am (after stopping for gas and Dunkin Donuts).  Finally with the family feasting, me sipping hot chocolate and knitting, we were on our way…

A beautiful day awaited us.

Arrival, 10:30am. 

Now my goal for the day was to snag me some Sanquine Gryphon.   They were debuting a new yarn, Zaftig Bugga, a worsted weight version of  their favorite Bugga.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.   I kissed my girl, got my ticket and took off running.  The hope was to arrive early and beat the crowd…yeah right…

Destination reached!!!!! 10: 40am.  Made my way through the throngs of happy knitters then proceeded to the end of the line.  Where’s the end of line?

Oh there it is.  About a 1/2 mile from the barn.  Yes, people I waited on this line for 1 hr and 45 mins…..HOLY COW!!!

My mum and sister(white sweater and black boots on the left)  held my place  so I could get another shot of this mind-blowing line.  There’s Chris and Kira off on the right visiting me.

Mum was kind enough to let me wander a bit and enjoy some of the other sites.

Here’s my girl and her “Titi” getting to know a new friend.  Closer…


“Mummy, he kissed me” “Wanna kiss um”…  Is that pure joy on her face or what?

I’ve never met a creature so friendly and full of curiosity.  My sister kept saying, can I have a kiss and it would “kiss” her with a bump on the nose.  We were all amazed.

More sites…

And this picture almost didn’t happen.  We were getting ready to leave and Kira who was truly an angel all day was starting to melt down a bit.  hungry, sleepy, a bit cold…time to go.  I had to go to the bathroom but decided to hold it.  Chris said go, it’s a long ride… Again I said no but he said, just go already.  My lesson for the day, listen to my husband.  As I approached the loo, there she was.  Even with lunch in hand she was gracious and posed.  Thank you Stephanie aka The Yarn Harlot.   Was I excited? UM, yeah! 

Verdict…An awesome day!!!!!  And a realization, no matter how far you stray knitters will always welcome you back.

Haul shots tomorrow….early bedtime for everyone.

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B(lov)L(ove it)T(utorial)

How about a change of pace?  How about I go back to  my first love for a bit…


I’ve been reading this particular blog for years and even had the pleasure of meeting the author this past January at the Vogue Knitting Conference NY.  Whenever I “stop by” there are two clear emotions.  Envy and Inspiration.  It was also a reminder to get a move on, it’s almost that time of year again.  I’ll explain that one in my next post.  In the meantime.  Enjoy…



Here’s another amazingly yummy find on Pinterest.  Just perfect for this time of year…Apple Pie Carmel Apples.  OMG!! I don’t usually use terms like that but what else can you say about these….


It’s another Pinterest find and super cute…Yarn storage.  And while I absolutely love it, my entire house, inside and out would be covered in them.   Don’t think my hubby would go for that…he is supportive and all but there are limits.

I hope you’ve been inspired to make, cook, recreate something that makes you happy.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Husband, I Have One

It has been quite a while since I talked about someone very dear to my heart.  Everything around here lately, aside from knitting, has been about Kira but there is someone else I need to talk about.  My husband.

As you all know Chris is the love of my life.  But things have shifted a bit in the last 4 months.  We have become parents and it’s been very easy to forget that we are still husband and wife.  I have had moments of such overwhelming love for him and an equally overwhelming need for him to leave me alone.  To want to be near and away from someone in equal measure is very difficult, and almost unfair.  

But Chris being Chris has “weathered” me as only he can, as only my best friend can. With love, patience, endless patience and true understanding of how wonderful and hard this thing called motherhood can be.  I want to say thank you my love, thank you so very much for loving me so much, for working so hard so I can be home with our daughter and still making me feel pretty…

He really went out of his way to show me the love recently…

Last Monday (8/31) I was in Ravelry reading the “News” thread in the Sanguine Gryphon group and I suddenly saw it.   Skinny Bugga was going on sale starting at 8pm EDT.    (Here’s the link to her shop).  Now the first time I’d heard about this sock yarn was listening to the Doubleknit podcast that’s hosted by my friend Jessica and her fellow knitter/friend Erin.  They were discussing how Bugga was the yarn to have at the Sock Summit.  It sounded like this yarn was bound to go down the path of Socks That Rock and Wollmeise.  It suddenly becomes the must have sock yarn.  The yarn that will make you cool and the envy of all if you say you own a skein.  

It’s ok to want to be cool right?…and yes I have some of the other two so obviously I have to have some of this one too.  And you know who gets more obsessesed then I do about sock yarn, my husband.  Chris makes it his mission to be sure I have what ever yarn everyone else has.  If he’s like this with me and yarn what’s he going to be like with Kira (I’ll think about that later).

Anyway, so I mentioned this to him when he got home from work and he looks at me, with that “Den, do you really, really need this yarn” and I say PLEASE!!!  So we’re off but now I’m usually putting the baby to sleep about that time so he has to get into my account and do the shopping.  I previewed the colors, made a list and he was off and running.

Not since the Wollmeise craze have I seen him so “determined”.  I mean he was logged in, credit card in hand, shoulder’s hunched over, hands hovering over the keyboard.  It was so hilarious and touching to see him so focused.  And once it got started Chris lost his mind a little bit.  “Holy #$@&, can you believe that color sold out already”, “$%^& there are only 2 left of that color”  “Den, how many do you want of each color…” He was actually talking to the computer.  He was getting skeins in the cart, checking out then going back in and shopping some more.  He went a bit crazy.  Then he went into Ravelry (per my suggestion) to read the thread and see what people were saying…of course things were oversold, the site almost crashed, people couldn’t get anything, etc.  The usual yarn shopping madness. 

We weren’t even sure we were going to get any thing at all.  Then the order showed up on Friday (nice start to the holiday weekend).  Can you say WOW!!!

Top two: Skinny Bugga, Longhorned Beetle

Bottom two: Skiny Bugga, Leaffooted Bug


As usual the pictures do not do the colors justice.  They are really amazing and the yarn feels soooo good.   And I love the whole bug thing.  I had a bug obssession when I was a child but we won’t talk about that right now.

From the top: Skinny Bugga in Periodical Cicada, Sharpshooter Leafhopper, and 2 skins of Sappho II in Soon She Will Love (I’m going to exchange those two skeins, they are really beautiful but not exactly what I want right now.  In the zealous-ness those got in there some how).


OMG, I don’t need that much sock yarn… he said it was my birthday present so be quiet and enjoy it.  OK!!  What I know for sure…I’m married to an amazing man and I am blessed beyond words.

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Wool Candy

I know, still more remnants of the Sock Summit (bear with me).   As I was reading blogs for updates during the summit I came across a picture of a very colorful vendor booth.  I did a google search and found WoolCandy.   A great shop and a great blog.  Even better I found the 2 colorways that were dyed just for the event. 


This is Microbrew, named for the many microbreweries that Portland, OR is famous for.  I’m sorry to say that it is now a discontinued color, taken out of commission in honor of the event.  But this lucky lady just happened to score a skein before it went bye-bye…Gorgeous isn’t it?  Thanks Adrienne, I love it.

Does beer go with cookies?

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Moving On (With Help)

Ok, the Sock Summit is over.  I’m happy to say I’ve been able to make peace with it all.  But not without a little help from a friend.  When Sarah said I’ll send you a little something, I was thinking tape measure, stitch markers, something along those lines.   She was thinking bigger.


As she said in her note she looked for the earthiest skein she could find in the marketplace  (wishing I was there to search with her).  I’d say she found it.  It’s so beautiful and of course this picture is not doing it justice.  There is alot of subtle color variation going it. 

It’s BFL sock yarn (which I’ve been dying to try.  My stash is pretty much all merino) by Girl On The Rocks in the Bark colorway.  Yummy!!!

I’m going to save it for a pair of socks or stockings using some of the patterns from this book. 

Twisted-Stitch Knitting Bk Cover

Another little something I bought for myself to ease the pain.  It’s hot off the press from Schoolhouse Press.  We’ll talk more about that when it arrives,  I’m so excited.  Between the book and the yarn I may be inspired me to stick my toes in the sock design pool.

Thank you Sarah.

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For My May Baby

Here’s the May 2009 Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock Limited Edition colorway from Jimmy Beans Wool.  I wanted to order it on the 1st of the month but it was just days before going into the hospital to have the little one.  I missed my window and it sold out.  Thanks to a very generous knitter on Ravelry I was able to acquire two skeins.  Thank you so much Margaret.


Beautiful isn’t it?


And don’t you love the thoughtfulness…only a knitter.

I had to have the colorway from the month Kira was born…I know more mushy sentiment.  I can’t help myself.  The question now is what to make for her with it.  Any thoughts?

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No Spot For Me

Last week emails went out about who got into the Loopy Ewe Sock Club and who didn’t.   This is the second year I’ve tried to get in and the second year I didn’t.  Oh well..not the end of the world of course.  But instead of just letting it go, what did I do?  I shopped!! Did I need to buy more sock yarn? We all know the answer to that one.  Did I want to buy more sock yarn….

And I don’t regret it for a second.  I get so happy when I see that little tag on perfectly tissue-paper wrapped skeins of yarn.


First up, Shaefer Yarn’s new sock, Nicole in “Edward’s Lock”.  Loved the color on their site but not at all when it arrived.   I know it’s brown but it just wasn’t working for me.  And just to touch it, it feels exactly like Dream in Color Smoochy.  That was sent back and exchanged for another skein of my next selection.


The Alpaca Yarn Co. Paca Peds H-T in Pacaccino.  Does it get any earthier than that?  And it’s heaven to touch…


Hey what’s that?  As I was trying to focus to take the next picture I realized something was in my way…ME.  That’s a little preview of Baby ETG, all round and sweet.  Is it May yet?  I’m trying not to be in a rush and enjoy the process (which I am) but I just can’t wait to hold this little one.


Anyway…here’s my second to last purchase which I debated buying for months.  It’s a relatively new color from Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, Woodlawn.  I just had to have it. YUM.


And this little extra was to get the free shipping.   I don’t know if I’ll make the socks but I really wanted the keychain….silly I know, but….


Let’s see what happens next year.

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It is definitely a haul but not nearly as much as I’ve done in the past.  There is so much yarn in my stash I just couldn’t justify adding for the sake of adding.  But these I couldn’t resist.

All Socks That Rock Yarn L to R: Rare Gems (these are one of a kind skeins you grab while you can), Mill Ends (another one of a kind) (both lightweight), Pebbles & Nyame (medium weight).  I saw this pattern in the Nyame colorway and fell in love with it.  Even though it’s blueish I think it would work for a boy or girl right?  I hate that color is so associated with gender…

Green Mountain Spinnery: the two “creamy” ones are New Mexico Organic (so delicious)  and the brownish, reddish, with a hint of yellow one is Mountain Mohair in “Spice”.  That last one is for a pair of Sideways Mystery Mittens for my mum (per her request).

And just as I was getting ready to leave the fair grounds, this little gem caught my eye.  I’ve never heard of the company or seen the yarn before but I just couldn’t leave it.  Acquerello 75% Wool, 25% Nylon about 420 yds…I see socks, do you? 

And this…don’t ask.  My sister saw a sample of this pattern while I was standing on the STR line and said she had to have it.  Yes, those are laces up the back…The things we do for love.  Thank God she only wants the waist corset.  But that’s bad enough….. (I’m so grateful right now that she doesn’t read this.  I promise to show pictures when it’s done and I have no idea when that will be….holy crap am I really going to put this on needles?)

So that’s it yall, not much but I’m happy!

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