Monday, October 19, 2009

Bad Blogger...

...and total Facebook addict (for the moment).

Finally, "she's" done. I hope Briana likes her. :)

And the baby blanket still on the needles.

Happy Knittin'!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sock Dyeing at NoSo

Misty Moutain Farm's Linda gave a sock dyeing demo at NoSo. It was terrific!

12th Annual NoSo Knit, Saturday, Sept. 26

The NoSo Knit is a charity event hosted in Roanoke. It's a day of knitting, door prizes and meeting new people. NoSo supports Scarves of Hope, local shelters and the knitting program at Alderson Womens Prison in West Virginia.

Claudette & her door prize

Toy donation


Dianne & Claudette
Linda & Rae, the Thinking Knitter (and co-organizer of this event).
Natasha of Unplanned Peacock Studio with her charity knit donation.
Pat Lawrence with her rabbit. Pat is the "Barley Stitch Pattern" sock designer.
It was a great day! My door prize included a set of Lantern Moon DPNs' from Stoney Mountain Fibers of Charlottesville and some beautiful roving with a spindle donated by Knitnana. Thank you both so much!

Monday, September 21, 2009


Here's the second, "naked" sock monkey. This one will be Briana's Christmas gift. I'm in the process of dressing her (preemie clothing) and once finished, I'll post a new photo.

For my fellow Haggis Heads (compliments of Knit Pro):

Lastly, but never least, Jim. After I loaded Linda's Country Fair spinning video, Blogspot wouldn't allow me to post any pictures. This is Linda's husband, Jim, in front of the Spirit of New London, a old fashioned river bateau. This gentleman moves big wooden boats down rivers, constructs "spinning sheds" so that his wife can have a place of her own to store all of her goodies and makes beautiful spinning wheels.

Would you agree he's fiber husband of the year???

Friday, September 18, 2009

Catching up

Here's Linda (aka Barefoot Spinner) at Sedalia's Country Fair.
She, Dianne and I had a great afternoon knitting, eating and talking.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Enter The Haggis - TOUR

Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Roanoke - Thursday, September 3rd.
Andie & I will be the pair bouncing off the walls. =)

Enter The Haggis - TOUR

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Wonderful Things no particular order. I just uploaded all of the pictures and decided to share.

This is the start (the body and beginning of the head) of my second Sock Monkey. Fellow fiber fanatic, Linda, gave me a Backstitches gift certificate for my birthday. I went to the store and was delighted to find this shade of Cascade 220 Superwash in, what I call, "Red Heel Brown." I bought the last three remaining skeins and I'm happy monkey knitter. :)
Linda also gave me this adorable book.

My neighbor, Muriyea, and I are knitting Interweave's Cabled Raglan Baby Sweater together. This is my first Interweave pattern and I barely got through the neckline before I went running to Yarn Theory/Jan for help translating the pattern. LOL

Here's Linda again. She keeps on feeding the sock mojo! :)

And then there's Dianne. Dianne feeds my Imelda Marcos-like love of knitting bags. In addition to a Nana Sadie Rose Posey and sundry bag (that matches my big Mera), Dianne gave me this beautiful Jessalu bag too.

Marianne. A box arrived in the mail and I dove into it and found these beautiful dishcloths. I really don't want to share them (Mohamed completely commandeered the mitered one you sent last year), so I don't feel badly for being greedy.

Sock Summit souvenirs from Dianne. I've been ogling ceramic buttons for a while now and even entertaining the idea of a pottery class to make them myself. Dianne picked up these beauties at the Button Emporium in Portland, as well as at the Sock Summit marketplace.

More sock goodness from Linda.

I grinned like the village idiot when these came walking through the door of my office. Dianne struck again.

Sock Summit's "Apogee" from Dianne. This was dyed by the incredibly talented Angie McNamara of Serendipitous Ewe.

Bluebirds and Alpaca Sox. :) These arrived in Marianne's box along with a beautiful set of cloisonne butterfly earrings that I couldn't photograph well, scrumptious roving in striking colors, chocolate and handmade soap.

Thank you guys for an AMAZING birthday! I am again blown away by your generosity & I love you dearly! Thank you! Thank you!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009


Another finished project - - yaaaay! It's the Mission Falls Bob Blankie that I've been working on (and off) since March. It was an incredibly long knit, but the blanket is cute & colorful.

And kitty-approved too.

Andie is a "Food Network" watcher and one of her favorite shows is "Ace of Cakes." Enjoy the photos....her efforts just tickled me to death!

The yarn balls & knitting needles are made from rice krispies and colored fondant. They're edible (and the size of tennis balls).

The top, chocolate layer of the cake hit the floor during construction, but the yellow cake is just fine.

And finally, my sweet baker. THANK YOU ANDIE! I ADORE my birthday cake!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sock Monkey No. 1

At long last, I have finished a project! (Yaaaaay). Here's the first of several (I hope) sock monkeys. I'm going to dress this one up with a tutu and bows and give "her" to Brianna for Christmas.

Happy Knitting Everyone! :D

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

In the Midst of a Mood Swing...

I am annoyed. I intend to whine. If you're not in the mood for a rant, I suggest you walk away or close your browser now. You know the expression that says, "Bad things come in threes." Well, in my case, it's four (so far). First of all, my car died. The little glorified golfcart known as my red Kia just ground to a halt and stopped.

Shortly after and secondly, the well water pump died. Imagine having company at your house (be they family or not) and the toilets won't flush because there is no (I repeat NO) running water for 36 hours. In a word, it sucked (or more specifically, didn't).

Third, I made a terrible discovery in the mirror. I was scratching my face and I felt something prickly. Have you ever touched a cactus and caught a little spine under your skin? That's what it felt like. Not painful, just there and disconcerting. I made my way to the mirror to pull out the prickle and OH SHIT! it was a mustache hair. I stood there thinking, "No way! I'm too young!" and visions, like the one below, came to mind.

Yesterday afternoon, my son and I went to have our annual eye checkups. Everything was going along fine until the doctor "clucked," shook his head and made a "Hrumph" sound. "Well, Mrs. Soltani, you're going to need bifocals probably next year. For now, get yourself some reading glasses." I thought to myself, "No f***ing way! I'm too young!" This morning, I went to see my family physician and lovely man that he is, he took excellent care of me. As I was waiting for my brand new prescription of P-R-O-Z-A-C to be filled, I tried on some reading glasses and learned that the damned opthamolgist was right.

I really don't mind aging - - I genuinely don't. What I object to - - STRENUOUSLY - - are the side effects, such as reading glasses, a mustache hair on my upper lip, mood swings of apocalyptic proportions and other indignities. Now that I'm older, I like to think of myself as wiser, more experienced, kinder, more patient (except for today) and a several other nice things. What I'm not coping so well with is going from this...

in principle

to this....

End of rant. Thank you for listening/reading. SWAK!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Summer Fun

Here's how my nephew, Tyler, and my daughter, Andie, have been spending a bit of their
time this summer.


Volunteering.....I think not.

Playing way.

Ah, here they are.... (Enjoy!)

And who's recording the insanity?!?! My sister! LOLOLOL Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Bliss (Debbie & Personal)

Over the 4th of July weekend (oh, how I love a three day weekend!), I went to Maryland to visit my sister. On the 3rd, we went to a cookout at my cousin and her fiance's house. There were lots of assorted family members, excellent food, fireworks and a hot tub. I've edited out all but my arm and part of my leg from the photo (for your viewing pleasure), but needless to say, Friday was wonderful! :)

Another pleasure of mine is getting something wonderful on sale. I consider it a coup if I can find something I like and can use at a serious discount. Did I mention that I'm an Ebay addict?

Birki's Dijon (New in Box) = $35.00

Birki's Calais (New in Box) = $24.00

Using, I found a "new" yarn store that wasn't far from Denise's home, Crazy for Ewe of Leonardtown, Maryland. The owner was incredibly nice, the store was stocked with amazing fiber and names I've only read about, e.g. E. Lavold, Louisa Harding and others, and there was a sale - - - 40% off of....

O-Wool and

Manos del Uruguay.

Given what I saved, I bought a couple of skeins of Debbie Bliss' Donegal Chunky Tweed too.

So, if you're ever in Leonardtown, Maryland, I'd highly recommend visiting Crazy for Ewe! One last thing; I knit yet another beret. My niece, Taylor, liked Briana's and Andie's berets so well that I did one for her over the weekend.