Archive | October, 2013
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Episode #5 (Happy Howl-O-Ween!)

27 Oct

Halloween Episode – See Dottie in her Halloween costume (I Dream of Jeannie). WIP – still working on Boxy. No finished objects. Vintage knitting book: Women’s Sweaters America at Work and Play, copyright 1942.

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Eposide #4 (Go Texans!)

20 Oct

WIP – Boxy by Joji Locatelli and Everlasting Bagstopper by Amy R. Singer
No finished objects this week.
Vintage knitting book – “New Hand-knits for Men and Women New Loop-Aire and Alpaca-Mist by Bear Brand and Fleisher Yarns” – 1964

Hey Ya’ll, We Went on the Texas Yarn Crawl!

15 Oct

IMG_3565My mom and I went on The Best Little Yarn Crawl in Texas this past Saturday, and we had a BLAST!  This is the seventh year for the crawl, but it’s the first time that my mother and I have had a chance to go.  In the past, the crawl has been scheduled for one weekend, but this time, the crawl runs for two full weeks.  You can sign up for the crawl online.  The cost is $10 and it allows you a discount on a particular selection of yarns at each of the participating stores.  You also get to register at each store for the store prize.  A passport is given to you, in which you have it stamped at each store you visit.  At the end of the crawl, if you have visited all the stores and have your passport completely full of stamps, then you turn it in for the jackpot drawing, worth $500 in prizes! We woke up really early on the day of the crawl, because he were driving from Houston to Austin and wanted to be at the first store at 8AM, when they opened.  All the stores were open from 8AM to 8PM especially for the crawl.  The The Knittting Nest, located at 8708 S. Congress Avenue in Austin, TX was our first stop.  We arrived about 30 minutes later than planned, but that was OK.  I believe we might have been their first customers, but the store was full of people when we left.  We received our passports and received our first stamp of the day.  We put our name in for the store drawing and received our free patterns and were off to shopping.  We both picked out a Bronotta Yarn.  Mine was the KandyKorn colorway.  Below are some pictures of us at Knitting in the Nest. IMG_3509 IMG_3505 IMG_3506 IMG_3510 IMG_3507 IMG_3508 Second stop was to Hill Country Weavers, located at 1701 S. Congress Avenue in Austin, TX.  Some ladies on Raverly had told me that this was a great store, and right they were!  This store was filled with yarn from floor to ceiling.  Talk about eye candy!  I immediately spotted some pretty pottery yarn bowls.  I’ve been wanting a yarn bowl forever.  My mother had never seen them and she fell in love with them too.  She insisted that I pick one, and she bought us both one.  Mine is a dark purple with a little bit of muted pink on the top.  Mom’s bowl is green stripe.  Gorgeous bowls!  We also purchased yarn, of course.  I had planned to purchase mostly Texas yarns on the crawl, but fell in love with some Hedgehog Fibers Yarn, from Cork, Ireland.  Beautiful yarn, both soft and vibrant in color. 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IMG_3515 IMG_3516 Next, we decided to make our fourth stop the Happy Ewe, located at 18360 FM 1431 in Jonestown, TX.  I’ve lived in Texas all my life, but I had never heard of Jonestown.  Jonestown was about 20-30 minutes north of The Gauge.  It’s out on a windy, hilly road and I passed it up and had to turn around.  I loved looking in this store.  They had some really cool spinning wheels, roving, yarn, wicker baskets, etc.  I found some Wooly Wonka Yarn, which I had heard of, but had not seen.  This dyer is from New Mexico and the yarn was fantastic.  I bought two skeins, one to keep and one to give a way as a prize for my video podcast.  (So if you are interested, you can sign up to win the yarn on the Me And My Dog And Some Yarn Video Podcast Group on Raverly).  The winner will be announced next Sunday night during Episode # 4, so stay tuned. IMG_3518 IMG_3519 I had to take a picture of these black horses, since my user name on Raverly is BlackHorse.  🙂 IMG_3517 After shopping at four yarn stores, we were famished!  We decided to check out Yelp to see what was around, and we saw that we were close to Mi Madre and it had very good reviews.  We drove around the block twice to try and find a parking, but had to finally park about a block away and walk.  The food was excellent!  The chips were not greasy at all and in my opinon had the right thickness.  The salsa was spicy… just like I like it.  We ordered the Chicken Burrito and our waiter said they were big enough to share, so we decided to spilt one.  It was filled with shredded chicken, black beans, avocado, lettuce and rice.  The green sauce they served on the side was super spicy, so we passed on it.  I’m from Texas and I love spicy, but man was it hot!  My hubby would have loved it.  Anyways, we had a wonderful lunch. 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After leaving Old Oak Ranch, we stopped at a pie place in Kyle, TX.  We picked up small blueberry pies for our hubbies.

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Heading down HWY 290, it started raining, then we saw a rainbow.

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But our day was not over.  We still had one more stop.  Last stop was the Yarnorama, located at 130 Gonzales Street, in Paige, TX.  This shop was really neat.  They had two angora rabbits in cages.  The man told us that one was named Coco and the other was called Channel.  The store had weaving machines and spinning wheels and lots of roving.  I almost purchased some roving in the colorway “Blue Bonnets”, which is the Texas state flower.  It was very true to the colors of Blue Bonnets.  Since I don’t spin, I passed it up, but I plan to go back and purchase it in a month or so.  I did buy some FiberObsessions yarn in a silver colorway.  It has sparkles in it and is very pretty.  After this stop we headed home.  We had an AWESOME day!!!  We were very blessed to have such a wonderful day.

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This is my Mom’s stash.

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And this is mine.

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Episode #3 (Texas Yarn Crawl, Ya’ll!)

14 Oct

Hi Guys! In this episode you will see my WIP – Boxy. As well as a finished project – my Balls Up Christmas ornament. I review one of my vintage knitting booklets, called “Caps and Mittens for Everybody by Bernat”. I also tell ya’ll about my trip to the Hill Country for the Texas Yarn Crawl. I show you the haul, and I even have a prize to give out to one of my lucky viewers.

A Cure for Kit

8 Oct

KIT

Hello Readers! As some of you guys know, my sister, Kit, is struggling with a rare blood sugar disorder called Nesidioblastosis, as well as multiple auto-immune diseases & other chronic illnesses. The blood disorder being the scariest and MOST LIFE THREATENING! Kit is in need of a service dog, which will help her with simple daily tasks, as well as alert her when her blood sugar drops low. These service dogs are amazing, but they are very costly. That is why for the month of October, I will be donating $10 from each of my project bags sold on Etsy, to help my sister raise money for her service dog. Please consider buying a bag to help raise money from my sister’s dog. Here is a link to my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlackHorseFashions

If you wish to donate directly to her dog, that would be wonderful too! Here is the link: http://sdwr.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.personalCampaign&participantID=1081.
Also, there is more information about Kit and this amazing organization that trains these lifesaving dogs!

You can also donate by mail, if you prefer. Please make checks payable to SDWR or Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, Inc.

Mail Checks to:
Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers
PO BOX 647
Madison, VA 22727

*** Please write in the memo area of the check …… “For: Lori “Kit” Jewell” *****

Thank you for considering a donation! I know Kit will appreciate your help! 🙂

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Episode #2 (Busy, Busy, Busy)

6 Oct

Hey Guys! I’m sorry I’ve been missing. Things here have been busy, busy, busy. I do plan to film weekly in the future. In this video, you see my WIP – Boxy Sweater. Also, some finished projects, which consist of some items for my niece’s Christmas gift. Also, you will see the yarn for an upcoming project, some items I recently added to my knitting library and stash, and hear about my upcoming trip to the Texas Yarn Crawl. So grab your knitting, your beverage of choice and sit back and knit with me!