Thursday, February 11, 2016


This week a tragic thing happened...a sock I hand knit wore out under the heel.

I'm smiling in the photo because this is kinda funny looking.  But I'm not too sad about the pair being ruined...I have PLENTY of socks.  I'm not even going to darn them, except to say, "Darn Socks!" and toss the in the trash.

Someone asked me about the yarn content and if I thought that was why they wore out so fast.  The yarn is Baah La Jolla.  One of my favorite yarns, that's for sure.  It's 100% superwash merino (read:  no nylon).  I finished this pair June 9, 2012.  Thank you Ravelry, or I would never remember this fact.  So that's about 3.5 years of wear.  We moved up North (Florida to Maryland) in July of 2012 so the wearing of these socks really ramped up after that move.  I wore them A LOT, because they were one of my favorite pairs.  So laundry once a week, wearing every week from maybe do the math.  A. Lot.

Then I, I wonder what my first pair of socks was on Ravelry?  Or my first non-2x2 pair of socks?

I have two pairs of socks in those early days on Ravelry...both I never wear because I didn't like them much.  So the first pair I love and wore (and added as a project on Rav) was this pair:

2x2 Ribbed socks made with Colinette's Jitterbug. This was my favorite sock yarn back in the day and I knit many, many pairs with it.  These are still alive and well in my sock drawer, showing NO signs of wear. I finished them January 2008.  It is also 100% merino wool.  It's a tighter twisted yarn than the Baah yarn so that is probably why it's held up so well.  Practically indestructible.  

My first non-ribbed sock:

It's made with Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn, 100% merino wool in the No Purl Monkey Sock pattern in September 2008.  This is hands down my favorite sock pattern.  I have knit it over ten times.  I also knit the Monkey Sock pattern with the purls now, too.   Anyway, this pair...still in the sock drawer!  Now, they're showing some felting and lots of when I wash them I turn them inside out and lay flat to dry.  Yes, turn ALL YOUR HAND KNIT SOCKS inside out to wash...keeps the stitch definition crisp (Thanks Mom for that tip!).  But these aren't showing any wear in the heel at all. 

I do think that sock yarn with some nylon thrown in will wear longer and better than 100% superwash wool.  That's been my experience, anyway. So choose your sock yarn carefully, wash carefully and when they begin to wear out and you want to darn them...good luck!  Darn Socks!!

Oh!  And Throw Back Thursday?

Here's my first project I finished and posted on Ravelry!  I got the Victorian Lace Today book for Christmas that year.  This was my first lace project. We moved to Florida in the Spring.  I remember working on this pool side while the kids played in the pool. No finish date on Ravelry but I'm gonna guess Summer 2007.  I love it to this day!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ten on Tuesday

Ten on Tuesday:  You've been kidnapped. Make a list of 10 characters from TV you'd want to help you.

In no particular order, mine are:

1.  Jessica Jones of Marvel: Jessica Jones.  She'll be able to find me and rescue me...AND kick my captor's ass around the block six times.

2.  Fox Mulder and Dana Scully of X-Files.  They are FBI and so this would fall under their jurisdiction.

3.  Steve McGarrett from the new Hawaii Five-O.  He'll have to remove his shirt first.  Maybe we'll escape in an awesome car chase, too.

4.  Sherlock Holmes.  The BBC one called Sherlock or the CBS one called Elementary...but they both better bring along their respective Dr. Watson.

5.  Lennie Briscoe of Law and Order.  I'm sure after arresting the perps, he'd have a snappy comeback to make me smile.

6.  Les Stroud of Survivorman.  Because no matter where he finds me, we can escape and survive. (Not really a TV character, just a character on TV.)

7.  Nick Burkhardt from Grimm.  If my kidnappers are wesen, he'll know.

8.  Carol Peletier of The Walking Dead.  Why?  Come on!  CAROL!

9.  Nick Stokes from CSI.  He would be sure to gather all evidence (while looking so cute) to insure the captors go away for a long, long time.

10.  Detective Harvey Bullock from Gotham.  He's Jim Gordon's partner.  With Jim's help, the would find me, rescue me...then Harvey would take me to a bar before taking me home.  Hey, I could use a drink...I was just kidnapped!

Friday, February 5, 2016

a Birthday and a Weekend Coming Up

I have this beauty for sale in the shop.
It's called Teri's Idea because it was Teri who said, " should dye pink and black together!"  So I did.

A fun weekend coming up!
Saturday morning I have knitting, as usual, then it's back home to bake Joey's favorite cake for his birthday.  That's right this kid:
turns 20 tomorrow.

Still trying to wrap my head around having two kids in their 20s.

He and Mike are headed to the car show in Baltimore for the day.  

Saturday night is Justine's All County Band concert, so we'll probably have Joey's b-day dinner on Sunday.  He works Friday to closing and Sunday all day...sometimes it's hard to fit things in with his schedule.

I'm sure we'll watch the Super Bowl on Sunday.  We usually do. Mike really hates the Broncos because he loves the Chargers and they're in the same division...but I think we both would like to see Peyton Manning go out with a bang by winning the Super Bowl.  I usually am more interested in the commercials and half-time.  I've seen quite a few of the commercials already thanks to the Today Show.  

I'll probably dye yarn today.  Mike has my car so I'm stuck at home...which I totally LOVE!!  Anyway, got lots of new dye and yarn to dye so why the heck not?!  Or knitting and old movies.  I've got a few recorded.  Auntie Mame I think.  Yeah!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ten on Tuesday

Happy Groundhog Day! 

With that in mind, Ten on Tuesday topic:  
10 Moments/Events/Days in Your Life You'd Like to Repeat

1.  I'd love to repeat my first Sprint Triathlon.  It was so fun and empowering! I sucked at the swim (always did), then cut my toe on a cypress knee before exiting the water but that didn't dampen my spirits...I swear I had a stupid grin on my face the whole race.  I remember when I stared the run, I was numb from my knees down (wet legs/feet before biking and then cold wind while biking will do that).  It took a good half mile to defrost. I was so thrilled crossing that finish line! My sister was the first person to call me afterwards and I answered the phone, "Triathlete speaking..."  Great day!

2.  My wedding day.  Ok, yes the ceremony and party after was fun...but the day of was so relaxing.  We got married at 7pm so we had the day to play.  We got married in Vegas, in a small ceremony with a few friends and family.  I spent most of the day pool side, totally relaxed having fun with my sister and friends while Mike went golfing.  No stress at all.  

3.  The day when 3 year old Joey came running in the kitchen telling me, "Army you scotty dogs!!"  Me:  What? (stop washing the dishes, dry off and get face to face so I can really hear him) Joey: Army you scotty dogs! Me: Army? I'm not sure what you're saying.  Joey:  You know, pirate talk! (A'vast, ye scurvy dogs!)

4.  Veronica was maybe 7 months old, sitting in her high chair, probably having lunch and she and I got the "giggles" for the first time.  Laughing together till we had tears rolling down.

5.  Tuesday night knit class with my mom would be fun to do again.  We would sometimes get a bite to eat, then off to class.  It was so fun to learn stuff along side my mom. The teachers were awesome and really helped establish a fearless love of knitting for me. It was the beginning of a new adventure for us.  I still love talking knit with her. 

6.  We have had many, many great camping trips with family and friends.  So many great, repeatable days for me are camping related.  One particular trip, we were with our good friends, the Holmes' family.  I came out of the camper and there sat a maybe 9 year old Miki.  So I say, "Ohayou Gozaimasu!" (Miki was in Japanese school at the time and I had recently just learned to say good morning in Japanese...but not by Miki.)  She gets this surprised look on her face and says, "Mrs. Pirie! You speak Japanese?!" We both had a good laugh.  That was a great start to that day.

7.  I would love to go back and have a day with my kids when they were little, not babies but little, you know, when they didn't think I was the stupidist person on the planet (haha). I really enjoyed my time with them when they were small (I do now too but it's different) and would do any of those days over in a heart beat.

8.  I used to go to my Nana's house and sit and chat with her for hours.  She'd talk about her life when she was growing up, living on a farm in Texas.  I'd take one of those days again. 

9.  I'd love to repeat on outing with friends I don't see because of the distance between us.  Coffee with my friend Becky or a trip to the Hotel Del with Elsie or an evening with the Close Knit Friends or knitting with JaxKnits or ....  That's the problem when you move a leave friends peppered all over the country. 

10.  Mike and I did a lot of camping before we had kids.  I'd take one of those days again.  Like when we were in the redwoods and a mother and baby dear walked through our camp or when the bear came in the middle of the night and tried to raid our cooler or even primitive camping in the desert (and shooting rockets...that's not a metaphor, model rockets I'm talking about).  

And in case you haven't heard, no shadow this morning so that means an early Spring.  I wonder if there will be any more snow? (sorry, was that my outside voice?)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Shop Update Info...drool alert!

Hi everyone!  Just a quick advertisem....oh, um, I mean post to show you some of the beautiful yarn I've dyed so far (more drying in the basement as I write this):
 Sold this yesterday but I'll be dyeing another skein or over the weekend.
 Blood Orange
 Midnight Garden sold out after I showed it in like two minutes!  I have two more to add to the shop later today.  Yeah!!
 Royal Garden
 Piriewinkle (see what I did there?)
Sunset Cliffs...not in the shop yet...later today.

I will photograph and list the new ones tomorrow or this weekend.
Keep checking in!  Most of my colorways have just one skein so if you love it, buy it!  It might not be there when you come back.

Monday, January 25, 2016

O Jonas, My Jonas!

Our first snowfall of 2016 was a blizzard called Jonas.  It was so awesome!!  I am so happy.  I originally had planned a girls weekend at the beach with some friends but we cancelled because of the blizzard.  Good thing we did, it was a doosy!  No doubt you've heard. 

Friday started out nice and cozy with some knit time and coffee in my new mug! Mike's socks are coming along nicely and they should be done soon.

Then Friday around 2pm the snow started to fall.  Joey had to go to work at 4:30 till 11:30pm.  I had to wait up for him to make sure he got home ok, I was so worried.  He parked in the front yard but that's ok, he got home safely.  If you're wondering why he even went into work well, it's because we have a 4-wheel drive and he CAN.  A lot of the folks who work at Target don't have cars that can get them to work, so he feels like he should go (strong work ethic...lovely quality).

 Just remember this photo when you see it again...and remember the snow level.
 It snowed all night...and all day on Saturday, too.  And most of Saturday night.
Gracie wasn't too thrilled.  I was!  
 Mike dug her out a path and potty place.  Poor baby.  (both)

 Remember the slow level by the car.  Snow drifts created mounds of snow at least 4 feet tall in some areas.  The snow is super light and fluffy so it blew all over the place.  Saturday and Sunday were both windy, too.  
 The snow was way too fluffy to make snowmen or snowballs.  Also, you can't even walk across the yard, you sink 3' into the snow!! haha
 I finished my Baa-ble hat!
 Eek!!  Look how high it is!  It was so amazing to watch.  We didn't want to go out every few hours and shovel, so we just let it all pile up.  
 Sunday morning was bright and sunny.  All the white snow made it super bright!  Look how high it is!!
Found out that this is the biggest storm/snowfall in history for the Baltimore area and Saturday the record for the most snow in one day: 25"!
 Snow frozen out over the roof of the house!  You don't want to be under that when it falls!
 I started a new hat called Scrollwork.  Beautiful cables in my own hand dyed worsted yarn in the Loverly colorway.
 Look how high it is along the cars.  Time to shovel all this out of the way!

 Mike swept off the snow while I shoveled the front walk/steps and started around the cars.
 I finished my hat just in time to wear it outside!
 Mike made a path to the street.  Just as he got to the end a neighbor came along with his snow blower and cleared the entire driveway in about ten minutes.  So wonderful!!
 Here's my Scrollwork hat!
 Next on the knitting agenda...BellaMae hat by my friend Dolly!
 And I started listing yarn in my shop!  I have about 12 skeins to add to the shop, the first today and I'll continue all week to add new yarn.

This Midnight Garden sold out about 2 minutes after I posted on Instagram!  I'm dyeing more tomorrow.  Don't have have one, too.

Today I shoveled a path to the wood pile so we could get more wood for fires in the fireplace!  Hey, I got my priorities! 

I hope you're enjoying your day...sunshine or snowshine!

Friday, January 22, 2016

New Yarn on the Way

I got my new yarn dyeing digs set up this week and did some yarn dyeing!  Nothing like a scenic spot in the basement to stir ones creative juices, right?  Actually, I love it...I can keep my stuff out, play my music and just dye all day long!
 I did some new colorways.

Back of the couch photos from one end, then the other.

Some old favorites will return, some new colorways, too.  I'll be working on the shop update this weekend and if the power doesn't go out (blizzard a-comin)'ll see them posted in the shop soon!!

Fingers crossed!