Friday, July 18, 2008

Progress, a book and a little give away

My TDF KAL sweater is cruising along, um after a little un-knitting that is. I'm loving the simple comraderie of being a yellow jersey. Just coasting down those hills with my sweater flapping behind me...weeee.

I am in the lace pattern of the "skirt" of the February Ladies Sweater - and I think I can "read" it now and save myself future mistakes. I am loving this sweater. I am already thinking about buttons - this might be a bit premature. Or not. *giggle*


It's hard to get a flattering picture of my little yarn blob...all of the stitches snuggled on the needles, but the picture gives a general idea. The yarn is Dream in Color Classy in Lagoon - I love it.


After a run of "meh" books I stumbled upon The Kindness of Strangers by Katrina Kittle. A boy who is horribly sexually abused by his wealthy, highly sucessful parents - I know, ugh. But the real story is how a woman and her children reach out to this boy as they are flailing around in grief, trying to figure out how to be a family themselves. Instead of burying their heads they embrace this horribly damaged child. I just loved the dynamics of this family, and I would like Sarah (the lead mom) to be my neighbor when the chips are down. I work in corrections, so I think that the sexual abuse angle was interesting to me simply as I see offenders in real life and this book did a terrific job of profiling the behavior. Sex Offenders are often amazingly "well adjusted", and have been the most pro-social criminals I have encountered. They are cunning and use an incredible amount of patience picking out their victims, carefully grooming them - it breaks my heart. I could so go into "too much information" here as I want to crusade against these folks - just know you can never provide your child too much information about protective behavior.

*insert deep breath here*

a little sweet sweater, a little scary pervert-warnings - it's time to get back to some sugar...purplicious sugar.

I just had my 2nd blogiversary and I love to give something away to celebrate with my blogging friends. My latest, favorite find is Mama Blue. Wow, I am so excited by her yarn, the depth of her colorways, the base yarns. I just swapped for a couple of skeins of her Troika Sport - and want to share one with you, I present yummy Trifle. It could make a lovely pair of Rainy Day socks.


I also have found and loved The Plucky Knitter this year - I want to share a little bulky love with you. One skein of Bulky in Shropshire - to make your own Chickadee Cowl perhaps? Like mine.


If you will just drop me a comment, I will pick a couple of winners, let's say I'll do some random generating next Sunday (7-27) by noon. And, as always, thank you for reading, this blog has somehow become "my happy place".


Blogger knittingma said...

I *love* your February Lady's Sweater! The color is gorgeous. And that book sounds very interesting, as well. I haven't had a good read in a while--maybe I'll check it out. :)

I'm so glad to have experienced your "happy place!" Your blog brings me joy, as well. It's nice to read the musings of someone who is as sock-yarn-obsessed as I am. :)

9:41 PM  
Anonymous kim said...

The sweater is going so fast and looks so great in that color. I'm tempted to make one, but I fear it would not be flattering on me. Happy Blogiversary!

10:00 PM  
Blogger Auntly H said...

weeeeee! happy blogiversary!
The sweater is looking fabulous.

10:10 PM  
Blogger Marilyn said...

I just completed my first pair of socks, and I am hooked. Would love to try out that beautiful yarn.

10:41 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I just started a FLS yesterday and I'm about to throw it across the room over the button holes. I've tried and ripped it twice now...maybe if I just throw it and go to bed it'll all work out tomorrow.

A giveaway?...Oooo, fun!

10:55 PM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

The sweater is looking good! Thanks for the book review. I'm going to queue it right now.

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

the color of that Feb Lady Sweater is so beautiful! I've been looking for the right yarn and color to do one in and that just might be it - when I saw the photo at the top of the page I crossed my fingers that you mentioned the yarn...

11:12 PM  
Blogger Ella said...

Love the lagoon! It's the kind of color that would make my grandmother exclaim "Look! The ceruleans have come out to play!" A bit batty, that one.

Happy blogiversary! :D

11:19 PM  
Blogger sheepish one said...

happy blogiversary!
oh, your sweater makes me want to start on my own right away. my plan is to use dream in color classy, too...
and really, i love the plucky knitter, and your shropshire's been in my ravelry faves since you stashed it. i have yet to try mama blue, but have perused her etsy shop simply due to your photos.

11:34 PM  
Blogger Jill L said...

Knitter -- I have made 2 chickadee cowls with it myself. Such a satisfying knit! Your swaeter is coming along!

12:30 AM  
Anonymous yarnbeans said...

Loving that sweater! I have it in my queue with about 1,000 other things, but I'm thinking of some Dream in Color Classy for it, too!

1:12 AM  
Blogger bockstark.knits said...

ooooh, all so pretty! esp. the mama blue skein!!! yummmeee!

2:58 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

Best wishes on two years! A great start on the FLS--lovely color. Thanks for the safety link.

4:56 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Happy Blogiversary!

The sweater looks great so far. It's in the back of my mind as a possible future knit though I want long sleeves and a bit of extra length for mine.

5:11 AM  
Blogger Kellie said...

The FLS is looking fab! I am feeling like a stalker because I currently have one on the needles, just received a couple of skeins from The Plucky Knitter (love) and just made my first order of Mama Blue Troika - spooky! Plus I am a clinical psychologist for the Dept of Corrections in my country and could certainly relate to your "too much info" comment. The book looks great, at the risk of further looking like I doing the whole "single white female" number on you, I will be adding this to my reading list!

6:09 AM  
Anonymous liz said...

Just finished my own FLS and am STILL looking for buttons. You can never start too early! As a mom of 2 boys I thank you for the link. I'm always looking for more information. I enjoy reading your blog regularly though I rarely comment. Enjoy your weekend!

7:56 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

Happy Blogiversary! I found your blog through Christine and am thoroughly enjoying it :)

8:26 AM  
Blogger mle said...

Your February sweater is looking fantastic!! I had never heard of Dream in Color yarn before but now it seems like everyone is using for this sweater. Where did you get yours because I really want some?!!!
Oh and happy blogiversary!!

8:34 AM  
Blogger PurlingPirate said...

We have an autistic son and have had many doctors warn us about his being even more vulnerable to the offenders out there. It's a scary place. Fortunately we have our knitting to comfort in times of trouble.

Beautiful sweater, that color is bright and happy!

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Jaya said...

What a gorgeous sweater! I'm tempted to cast on for one myself, but I just don't know what color I want.

And congratulations on your second blogoverisary :)

8:49 AM  
Blogger Kristy said...

Your lady sweater is looking great, and I think the Dream In Color is a great choice for this pattern. It makes me tempted to get some myself :)

9:25 AM  
Blogger Marisol said...

Your Feb Lady Sweater is coming along very nicely! I love that color and I am sure it is just going to be grand!

Is this officially your second sweater?

Those new finds are absolutely fantastic. I believe I stumbled upon the plucky knitter through you. Those purplicious colors are ooohhh so pretty:)

Happy Bloggiversary! We love having you around and reading your posts that are uplifting and a joy to read!

10:32 AM  
Blogger Diana @ Photodee said...

Woo Hoo! Happy Blogiversary! I finally fixed mine so I can return to blogging! LOVE your February Lady Sweater. I can't wait to see the finished product. Maybe you will give me the courage to try that one! Such a great color!

I have some Mama Blue and some Plucky Knitter on their way to me. Thanks for turning me on to cool stuff!

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Bobbi said...

Happy Blog-day! Here's to many more!

1:22 PM  
Blogger Jordana said...

Oh, Mama Blue is the best, isn't it? I'm knitting some socks with her Ruby colorway right now and loving every minute of it.

I love reading your blog-so glad it brings you happiness.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I come here often and I love how the sweater is looking. Will be anxious to see it done. Happy Blogaversary. Wow, is that even a word. Probably is now! :) Thanks for the contest!

4:18 PM  
Blogger Kari said...

I am always interested in the books you choose to read and have put several of them on my reading list. Your yarn and knitting selections inspire me.
Happy blogiversary!

4:51 PM  
Blogger cbknits80 said...

A contest helps one get back to reality after vacation. That sweater will look fab on you. Mama Blue is my next stalking project...we already know Ms. Plucky is my great weakness. Congrats on 2 years.

6:53 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

You are making great progress on the TdK sweater. I'm having a contest too, come on over!

7:58 PM  
Blogger April said...

Thanks for the nice comments regarding my summerlins. I'm loving those yarns :)

9:00 PM  
Blogger Firemanshunny said...

While that book looks interesting I don't know that I could read it. Keeping my girls away from perverts is a big concern for me. I always think that reading books like that would make me even more nervous.
On a happier note.. Love the sweater. I am thinking of making one. Not sure what yarn I will use. The dream in color seems like a great choice.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Your Lagoon colorway is the first I've ever seen knit up, lovely color! The Mama Blue yarn is gorgeous, I just missed her update..well that is good in a way ;) Happy Blogiversary!

11:25 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Happy Blogiversary!! The February lady sweater is coming along the color!!

Two posts of Mama Blue in a row (I think Beekeeper's was mama blue too!)...tempting tempting!! That yarn is gorgeous as is the plucky knitter!

1:17 AM  
Blogger Elise said...

I too have been thinking of making the February sweater and also found THe Plucky knitter this year!! I love reading your blog!

5:41 AM  
Anonymous Frances said...

Congratulations on two years of blogging! I love the sweater in progress!

12:40 PM  
Blogger Nell said...

Happy Blogaversary!!!! You know you are one of my favorites to read.

I love the Lagoon Lady sweater too! Great color!

2:15 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Happy Blogiversary! I just missed my first one, so I'm planning a giveaway for my 100th post (it will be another couple of weeks yet!).
That sounds an interesting book despite the disturbing topic. Might have to add it to my read list.
If I am so lucky as to be your winner I will be on vacation in England from the 25th to Aug 10th, so would you mind keeping my winnings til then :)
Of course I know I won't win, but just thought I better mention it!
Can't wait to see your lovely sweater done.

7:41 PM  
Blogger sharon said...

Lovely February Lady's Sweater. And ohh a prize...

7:51 PM  
Anonymous krysten said...

hot damn! i'm always up for a give-away! especially one with mamablue, mmmmmmm... yummy!

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That troika sport will be even lovelier as socks than it is as skein! Congrats on the swap, and happy anniversary!

11:17 PM  
Blogger Knitting Kris said...

Oh my, your sweater is lovely! I love that color of DIC classy!
I have printed the pattern, and am comtemplating a yarn....Hmmm.....I think maybe DIC classy as well.
I love the yarns you have chosen to give away - very generous! And Happy Blogiversary!

5:30 AM  
Anonymous debbi said...

Congrats on your blogaversary. Love the sweater. Thanks for the brief review on the book, sounds like an interesting read.

6:28 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

I can't believe your blog is two. That's crazy fast. You have been an inspiration to me through your blog. Thanks for writing and sharing. I have found many treasures through you. I appreciate your effort and I always love to see your beautiful knitting and I love your book reviews and your insight. Thank you.
p.s. that is some great yarn you are giving away:)

7:03 AM  
Blogger Miss T said...

Happy Blogiversary! I always like reading your blog.

9:30 AM  
Blogger SSK* said...

Love the book commentary -- I think you and my oldest DD could be soul mates -- your career paths are very similar.

I love your FLS (esp the color) - glad you are chugging away at that.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

thanks for the book recommendation, i've requested it from my public library. happy blogoversary, too!

11:38 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

The blue color of the sweater is amazing! I love it and all the subtle shading.

Hope you have a very happy blogiversary!

12:03 PM  
Blogger Shawna said...

that is the color of dic that i would like to use! i can't wait to see what your finished sweater looks like. congrats on your second blogiversary:o)
p.s. can't wait to see the yarn in person! thanks, again:o)

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your blog, and that yarn is scrumptious! Pls enter me in your contest!

-Brenda in CA

1:57 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Happy blogiversary! The sweater is coming along beautifully. I'm dithering about how long to make the body of my version of that pattern!

What lovely yarns to give away.

2:03 PM  
Blogger lilachica said...

The february lady sweater looks lovely so far. I can't wait to see the finished piece.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

Congratulations on your blogsiversary -- wtg!!! Now can I borrow the book. I am so far behind you all and don't know crap from blogging. Your knitting is outstanding and I love the idea of gifts. Don't pick me -- I have enough stash to last a lifetime and I too love the Plucky Knitter. I love it all. May you have lots of years of give-a-ways and happy knitting.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

Congratulations on your blogsiversary -- wtg!!! Now can I borrow the book. I am so far behind you all and don't know crap from blogging. Your knitting is outstanding and I love the idea of gifts. Don't pick me -- I have enough stash to last a lifetime and I too love the Plucky Knitter. I love it all. May you have lots of years of give-a-ways and happy knitting.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Wannabe said...

OMG Stacey! I LOVE the color of your sweater. I have mine sitting in a pile in my knitting bag unsure of whether to keep going or to rip. ACK!

xo and Happy Blogiversary!

2:59 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Happy anniversary!!!! Isn't blogland a lovely place to be!

: )

8:50 PM  
Blogger At Home Mommy Knits said...

The color on the sweater is GORGEOUS! I look forward to seeing it when it is finished!

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I knew a man who was a sex offender when I was a teenager. While I -just- managed to escape his clutches, I knew others who didn't, and I agree completely with what you said. He was utterly charming, and to all intents and purposes a really lovely man. It was very confusing trying to connect those two different sides of him.

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your February Lady Sweater looks awesome so far!
You know, I've never had the chance to even touch at some of the Mama Blue yarn... so I'll play! : ) Happy Blogiversary!

6:55 AM  
Blogger ikkinlala said...

Happy blogiversary! Your sweater looks great!

10:05 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

Happy blogiversary, and what a wonderful way to celebrate it with some lovely yarn art! I'm so obsessed with MamaBlue, it's dangerous!

11:30 AM  
Blogger Hilary said...

Oh yay! I don't think I missed the deadline! I went away last week and was afraid I had missed it. Happy blogiversary! I love your knits, your yarns (drool), and your blog in general!

11:34 AM  

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