So, I’m supposed to be working!

 

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This morning, I’ve been busy working on a photo shoot for my yarns.   I did really good until this happened.

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Max is a big grown up cat now.  This June he will be two.  He still likes to come up and give me a cuddle every once in a while.  He has that aloof personality of cats, and you should feel grateful that he evens pays any attention to you.  He saw me working with my yarns and had to come up and pose.  He knows his role well.

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My daughter, Lindy, moved back home to finish nursing school and brought her cat, Milo, with her.  Now, there are two nosey felines hanging around.

The yarn has it’s own room in my house where the kitties do not hang out.  They typically camp out in Lindy’s room now.  If she is not running her pants off working or going to classes, she is laying in bed trying to catch up on sleep.  That’s where these two like to be, in bed with her.

I had to take a break from the photo shoot to play with the kitties.  I am their door keeper after all.  I open the door to let them out, and I open the door to let them in. (About 10 times per day).

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“Sexy”

I did get some work done today!

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“Starry Night”

Lauren has been creating too!  She made this beautiful coral and teal color-way listed below.  I don’t have a name for it yet, but it reminds me of a Koi Pond.   She has a beautiful tonal teal/turquoise color that goes with it, but I cannot get it pictured right.  It’s coming out as blue and it isn’t blue at all.   That’s when the kitties interrupted me for a break.

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I better get back to work.   Kitties have moved on.  Milo catches the lizards around here, a few little snakes too.  I bet they are working keeping the perimeter safe.  I’m off to list some more yarn on the Etsy site. Etsy – A Chick That Knitz

Have a great day friends!

Knit On!

Tammy

 

Fades

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I’ve finally finished an official “Fade” type pattern!  Yay me!  I’ve made a fade type shawl with my previous shawl “Dotted Rays”  by Stephen West.   I was creative and made the Fade on my own.   This is “Free Your Fade” by Andrea Mowry.   It’s an easy knit.  Guess what?   I made it with my own hand dyed yarn!  Yay me again!

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This takes 3 skeins of yarn in different color combinations.  I made this in my Fingering Singles yarn in Pink, Circus, and Lake House.  I’m going to make a moody, dark one next.

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I’m working every day on my new hand dyed yarn business.  Currently, I’m stocking my “store” on Etsy.  You are sure to find me under “A chick that knitz.”   I’ve got 27 different color ways listed.  I have about 50 total to load.  Once I have all my colors listed, I’m going to have a grand opening sale and everything will be 30% off for the opening.  So go look around if you would like, but remember to wait for the official opening for 30% off everything!  I love a good sale!  (It’s taken me a week to photograph and load 27 colors, it may take another week to load the rest).

I will also have my own “shop” on the web.  I will get that up and running once I’ve loaded up Etsy.  Since I’m brand spanking new with my yarn business, I figured that would help introduce my yarn to people.

It Spring Y’all!  Yay!  My nose sure knows!  I’m allergic to cedar and every other kind of tree known to mankind.  I’m basically allergic to March.  I don’t know how they work, but I have a Himalayan Salt Lamp near my bed and it helps with my allergies.  It doesn’t cure them, but it helps.  I notice a difference when I don’t have it on anyway.

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Max enjoying the long grass before Len gets the mower out for the first time this season.

I’m in-between projects right now.  My fingers are itching to work on something!  I’m looking for a particular project.  When I officially open my store and have the grand opening, I’m going to do a “KAL. Knit-a-Long” and I’m looking for that project.  I want to showcase my yarns and showcase a Fade type pattern.

Happy Sunday!

 

Tammy – A Chick That Knitz

 

Nightshift in Noro

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My latest creation is the Nightshift shawl by Andrea Mowry.  I made it with Noro Silk Garden that I had on hand in my stash.

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I”m really pleased with it.  It may look complicated, but it’s not.  The color changes happen with the yarn.  The yarn does all the work.   I did not use her recommended yarn.  I wore it out today for a pedicure date with my daughter, Lindy, followed by Sushi for lunch.

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This is what is looks like from behind.

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Max.  Look how big he’s gotten!  He’s all adult now.  He wants to hunt at night and sleep all day.  He is potty trained to potty outside.   He doesn’t use a litter box.  He trained himself.  It’s nothing I did.  The problem with that is he wakes me up in the middle of the night by pouncing and running up my body when I’m in bed asleep.  Sometimes, I just lay there after the initial “pounce” at my feet, hoping and praying he will go away.  If I don’t respond, then the running/pouncing up my body until he reaches my head begins.  If he really needs to go outside, I get the full body pounce immediately.   What can I say?  I love him.

 

 

 

Baby Gramps Cardigan

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Isn’t this the cutest baby cardigan!  The pattern is even cuter.  I was in a hurry and left off the elbow pads and pockets.  Here is the link for the Gramps Cardigan

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Henry turned 8 months old last week.  He doesn’t even know how to crawl yet.  He’s at that stage where babies learn to get up on their knees.  He looks like he should be helping his Dad operate one of the heavy equipment machinery that he operates for his concrete business.  He is such a big baby.   My son, John, was always a big baby, top 95%, but Henry has got to have him beat.

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Funny side note here,  I hope it doesn’t embarrass Bailey, but it was charming and cute.  It was discovered that Bailey thought that Len was coloring his hair grey on the sides by using “A Touch of Grey”.  All these years, she believed that he colored the grey part of his hair grey to look distinguished.  It wasn’t until this visit she learned otherwise.

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This is Len when I met him.  He was trying to hide the grey side walls here.  Isn’t he handsome….  We were crazy about each other from day one.  Henry, his grandson, has his beautiful blue eyes.

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Luke has a Gramps Cardigan too.  This was fresh off the needles and I still need to sew the buttons on to be finished.  I’m going to give him the elbow pads and possibly the pockets.

We sure did miss Luke.  He gave me such affection when we got home.  He leaned his face into mine and gave me one of those wide mouthed, tongue out, wet kisses…allll over my face!  Then hugged me some more (and I was wondering if he would forget me).

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Max doing his usual “Vanna White” imitation showing off my knits.  Gramps Cardigan

Have a great week.

 

Tammy

Summer Knitting

Hello friends.  I’ve been plugging away at my self designed afghan.  I’ve got one more repeat to knit and then the border.  I’ve been working with fingering yarn a lot lately, it’s refreshing to work with bulky yarn.   Everything knits up so much faster!

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I read several knitting blogs and it seems that every knitter has a furry companion.  Max is my lap companion.  (The dogs think they are, but they are not.  They are too big for lap time and knitting time).  Max will come sit right on top of what I’m working on.  He has no manners or boundaries.  He want’s his ears and head scratched and that tops most everything.

I’m a bit of a voyeur with other knitters.  I enjoy seeing their home knit spaces, projects, supplies, anything another knitter does intrigues me.  I just looked up in the dictionary how to spell “voyeur” and according to the dictionary, voyeur has a sexual connotation to it.  Now, I do not get sexual pleasure from knitting or other’s knitting, but I like peeking in on others.  That’s why I like KnitStars so much.  It’s like a friend inviting you into their home, their sacred creativity space, and hanging out.

I thought if I shared my knit space, it would encourage other’s to share their knit space too.

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This is the hallway entrance into our sunroom (aka where we hang out all the time!). It’s the smallest room in our house, kinda unfinished, rustic cedar walls, no carpet, concrete floors and pretty much the heart of our home.  I moved into the sunroom to set up a knitting nook because of the good light the sunroom provides.  Prior to this, we were set up in the huge spacious living room.   Now, no one hangs out in that huge spacious living room, as we are all packed into the tiny sunroom.

If a picture could describe someone, the photo above would describe me.  You’ve got the grandkids play toys on the left, Max’s play tower on the right, my extremely strong hippy DNA from my father, demonstrated by the macrame planter hanging on the left, and my knitting chair.  Throw a dog and some chickens in the photo and there you have me.  I love fresh flowers and lots of plants.  It brings nature into the home.

 

My grandmother passed away recently and one of the things she gave me was this cedar chest.  You guessed it!  It’s full of yarn!  This is my knitting spot.

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I prefer knitting with circular needles.   This is where I keep my circular needles.  I purchased the craft organizer from Hobby Lobby.    The knitting needles are “filed” by size.  It’s my favorite method for storing my circular needles so far.  They are each stored in the little bag they were packaged in.

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I found this little turntable round-a-bout at TJ Maxx and I store some colored pencils and my favorite double tipped knitting needles.  The Knitter’s Pride Royale are my favorites!  I love the wood needles and the sharp metal points.  Not to mention they are super pretty!  One of these days, when I’m super rich, I may spring for some Signature needles. They are just so expensive!  In the meantime, my favorites are the Royale needles.

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I keep my colored pencils nearby for when I get inspiration for a pattern or design.  I also like to color with Jourdyn.   We enjoy coloring together.

These are some quilt pictures that my mother made for me.  I have them hanging up on the walls.  You can see them here.

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That’s my knit space.  I purchased this huge chair so that my grandkids, dogs, and a cat could all pile in together!

It’s funny and I love everything about it.  “Mommy” is really the heart of the home.  It’s not the kitchen.   It’s where “Mommy” is located.  If Mommy is in the kitchen, then everybody is in the kitchen.  If Mommy is in the sunroom, everybody gravitates to the sunroom, the husband, the animals, the grown children, the next generation of children, the grandchildren.  Even when “Mommy” goes to the bathroom, the babies follow, the cat follows, the dogs follows.  Every time I go to the bathroom, my husband comes looking for me.  It’s the “Mommy” that makes every nest a “home”.  I’m really grateful for the title “Mom” “Mommy” and “Gugga” (my grandma name).

Happy Knitting Folkes!

I would love to see your creative spaces.   If you have a blog article about your space, let me know in the comments.  Then we can all go be knitting voyeurs!

Tammy

Chicks that don’t knit.

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Black Cherry with her new hatchlings.

A part of “A Chick that Knits” comes from my love of animals.  Not only am I a chick (woman) that knits, but I love chickens.  We have a chicken coop and chickens.  My husband calls me a “slab baby” because I grew up on concrete (the city).  The first time I’ve ever seen a real chicken was when I was dating Len and he showed me his mother’s chickens.  That was only 14 years ago.  I was 35 years old.  I was so awed and impressed.  Have you ever looked at a chicken close up?  It’s really neat how the feathers grow in from their skin.  I was just amazed.

I had no idea how many variety of chickens existed.   Yes.  I’ve seen the rooster on the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes cereal box and I’ve seen white chickens on TV, but, that was it.  That was my experience with chickens.  There are ALL kinds of chickens!  They are so beautiful.

Len built me a chicken coop and we purchased some chickens.  I picked the pot luck fancy chicken collection.  I had such fun watching those chicks grow up.  We even went to farm auctions to add to my chicken collection.  We bought these huge orange fluffy chickens at an auction once and were so excited for them to lay eggs.  After 3 years and no egg laying, we finally figured out they were roosters.  To be fair to ourselves, they didn’t look like roosters.  One of those bad boys was my first attempt to make chicken and dumplings from my own flock.  (The one and only time we ate one of our chickens)

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Our chicken coop in the back yard along with a smaller portable one for the babies.

Now our chicken coop is old and needs some work.  It’s still a great coop.  We made it from fence panels.  We drove by a house that was getting a new fence and they gave us the old fence panels.   We turned them on their side to make walls.  We also bought the door at a garage sale.  Len did buy the materials to make the roof.

We used to come sit outside and put our feet in a bucket of water and watch our chickens grow.  Once you have eaten fresh, organic, home grown eggs you will never want to eat grocery store eggs again!  I’ve gotten so much joy from our chickens.

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Black Cherry just hatched a flock of chicks!  These chicks are one day old.  Black Cherry is a black Cochin and is a great mother hen.  Our rooster is an Americana so our baby chicks are all mixed breeds.  We’re hoping for some interesting egg colors with the Americana and our various hens.

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Bella is mother hen to our last hatch of now “teenagers”.

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Harry Connick Jr is our rooster with his head down and plumes in the air on the right.

 

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I’ve been working on designing a blanket.  This is one of my gauge swatches.  I only have so much of the yarn I’m working with, so my blanket dimensions have to fit in with my yardage on hand.  The yarn I’m using has been discontinued, so I can’t just go out and buy more yarn.  I’ll post my pattern when I’m done.  It’s still in it’s creative process.

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This is the yarn I’m using for the blanket, De Aire by Plymouth Yarn, but in a different color.   This is a practice gauge to see how much an actual skein of yarn knits up.

I bet ya’ll have been missing Max.

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Yarn Stores in Taos, NM

In years past, we’ve used the app Stash2Go from Ravelry to find local yarn shops while on a road trip.  It makes for some surprising little side adventures on our trips.  This year, we came across the yarn stores during our explorations of the town.  Our first stop was at Vortex Yarns in Taos, New Mexico.

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Vortex Yarns

They had this cute clothes line stretched out in front of the store with various handmade fiber items.  My husband, Len, found it right off!  Great idea!  It’s such a surprising treat for me when we come across a yarn store!  It’s like finding a hidden gem in a video game. (Yes, I’m a Zelda fan from playing video games with my kids when they were little. #90’s)

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The shop is close to downtown and all the shops.  It was beautiful weather.  Hot in Oklahoma is so different from “hot” elsewhere.  I thinks it’s due to our humidity.  You step outside in Oklahoma on a 90 something degree hot day and you start sweating immediately.  The heat can almost be suffocating here.   It was 90 something degrees in Taos and still comfortable.

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Having a blog and sharing your life on the internet can be intimidating.  Blogging has pushed me to come out of my shell and challenge the shy parts of me to quit being so shy!  Walking up to strangers and asking to share a piece of them for myself is hard.  I’ve really had to work on “getting over my self.”  These ladies were so nice and friendly!  I was comfortable the moment I walked in to the store.

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Max  and my stash from Vortex Yarns

Here is my “treasure” from Vortex Yarns.  I plan on making the The Aspyn by Melissa Schaschwary.  I’ve been eyeing those faux fur pom-poms for a while now.  Love the colors and the different textures.

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After stopping at the rock store to see what gems we could find for our grandkids, we came across this surprise!  Mooncat Fiber!  Another yarn store.

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What a charming place to find a yarn store.  Now, I had been here before.  It was very familiar to me as I entered the courtyard.  A few years ago, on another road trip, we were following the app Stash2go, and were led here.  Isn’t that cool?!  See why following the app and exploring the local yarn shops is fun.  Look what gems you find.

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They had a beautiful sample of colorful shawls and handmade knits.  It’s just screaming come over here and touch me!

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This is a charming shop with good range of local and regional yarns.  Everything was beautiful.

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Cathy Book, owner. http://www.mooncatfiber.com

Cathy was very warm and welcoming too.  I know she’s getting to look forward to a visit to Rhinebeck, NY this year!   I’m a bit jealous.

I had such fun.  It’s really nice to visit with other people that enjoy yarn and the fiber arts as much as I do.  Look how happy we all look.  I want to thank these beautiful women for giving me and my blog the time of day.  You made for a fun day in Taos, NM.

Happy Knitting,

Tammy