A taste of

A taste of Malabrigo

Hey my fiber friends, you know I love to take you all along when I go to yarn stores and I went to a new one yesterday. Tracey Rivers, do you all remember her? She was featured on a Saturday Spotlight. She was generous enough to allow me to ride with her over to Brooklyn. I am afraid to drive in NY guys

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The Argyle Yarn Shop is located in beautiful Park Slope Brooklyn and they hosted a Yarn Tasting featuring the always fabulous Malabrigo yarns AND the owner Mr Antonio Gonzalez-Arnao.

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What is a yarn tasting you ask? Well let me answer…A yarn tasting allows you to try before you buy. So bring your needles and test drive some yarn that may be new to you. Doesn’t that sound fun? Yea it absolutely is!!! What made this event super special was the Q&A with Antonio. The owners of Argyle Yarn shop really did an awesome job, you had beverages, you had yarn, you had samples, you had sales, you had knitters galore and you had giveaways. I mean what more would you want? Oh and guess who won one of the prizes?  So if you are a yarn lover and in Brooklyn..make your way over there and show them some love.

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Yup that would be me!! AND that is RASTA in my hands..my favorite!! Woo Hoo!! So the evening starts with some mingling, some shopping of course and then the q&a. You guys know I love a good window display and this shop nailed it! Look at those flowers

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Can I tell you this is heaven for me? I am in my element and with my people. I just absolutely love events like this. Ok so I posted the picture of me and my yarn and someone said “what is Rasta” Wait WHAT!!!  So let me tell you what I know about Malabrigo yarn (most of which I learned from listening to Antonio) I mean I can tell you that the yarn is a MUST, but I didn’t have facts..so here

1. The company is 10 years old (10 years of fiberlicious goodness)

2. The company was started by Antonio and his brother in law. Antonio is an architect and the business slowed down, so the birth of this fabulous company happened.

3. The grass is good in Uruguay. LOL that is what he said..so think better diet better body. Well that good grass is making the BOMB yarn!

4. The colors are done by Antonio who he is inspired by nature and did his first dye job in his kitchen using his wife’s soup pot. He shared that his wife fussed because now the soup would be blue! I love it!

So if you are new to Malabrigo here is the website and you can see all of the fabulous colors. If you follow me on Ravelry you have seen this yarn, because I use it often. They carry all weights and the pattern books they put out..listen, folks will fight you for them.  The latest one is called Book 8 in Central Park and featured a pattern by this talented woman that I had the pleasure of chatting with, the one and only Nancy Ricci of Getting Purly with it. Thank you Nancy for all of your kind words, they mattered. She almost made me cry yawl! Okay back to her design.  The pattern is called Bethesda and is made in Malabrigo Mecha which is bulky and well..it’s Malabrigo. Here is the link to the patternIMG_6695 As you can see I had a wonderful time. It was just an absolutely awesome evening. I won some yarn, I met some folks I admire and fell in love with that little girl there.

Oh and here is the latest editions to my stash. Thank you Tracey for my birthday gift which is featured in the title pic. Below is some Rasta, what I purchased (it was on sale guys) and what I won. Oh and the us19 DPN’s I had to…I just couldn’t leave them there.

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knit on my fiber friends…knit on

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

The gift that keeps on giving: YARN

This yarn was given to me, so I give it to you in this fabulous shawl, designed by Taiga Hilliard and photographed by Patty McGuire.

Ok I am so sure you all are tired of me and these patterns. This is the last one for a bit, I think. So Taiga Hilliard+Tjockt yarn+PattyMcGuire= THIS

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Introducing Martta the Merino from Tjockt presented to you in Agate Beach, another pattern from Taiga Hilliard designs.  So you all remember the video when I got mail and almost cried on camera? Well I had to make something that was worthy of that beautiful yarn. I wanted to be able to display it in such a way that you all would understand. Come on yarn lovers…ya’ll know what I am trying to say. So when Taiga asked me to test and this is the first one I made, by the way….I had NO decisions to make. I would without doubt use this beautiful yarn. The smile on my face says it all.

Now for those that knit, you know a pattern and yarn have to vibe..they have to play nice in the sandbox….well this was love at first site…the yarn overs and this yarn on my us19s was music, it was like watching folks make out in public…you want to look away but you can’t; yes THAT!! AND then insert Patty McGuire…my God! I couldn’t have planned a better way to say thank you to Maria from TJockt! Let me stop talking and let you look.

Wait the details:

the pattern is here–>http://www.ravelry.com/projects/sweetdrk1/agate-beach

the yarn you can get here –>http://www.tjockt.com/products.html?id=45/216

need to have pics taken?–>http://pattymacphotos.com

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Mega Tilt: a new pattern from Taiga Hilliard

So….about that self talk. What do you tell yourself? I know I am ALWAYS saying what I can’t do..I swear I try not to do that but it’s a habit that is hard to break. Even after I get tons of love on something I made. When I first started knitting I would spend hours looking at photographs and think my stuff could never look like that. HA!  LOOK…..

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Yes another pattern from Taiga Hilliard Designs I will test for her any day because she gets the importance of chunky. She gets that it can be jazzy and not plain. She gets that it can be lace or textured, she just gets my chunky loving self. This beauty is another quick satisfying knit photographed by the one and only Patty McGuire. She is my new BFF, she made me and my shawl look fabulous!! and I love her for it! The pattern is called Mega Tilt and can be found here  My yarn of choice was Madelinetosh ASAP again in the color Reindeer. I can’t say enough about this yarn..you need to get some ASAP pun intended :)

If you like instant gratification, like I do, you owe it to yourself to check out Taiga, I promise you won’t regret it.

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When lightning strike(s)

it’s not always a bad thing.
Let’s rewind the tape to a few weeks ago when I checked my Ravelry and found a note from Taiga Hilliard, a designer I just happen to love and if you don’t know who she is you can see her fabulous designs here . So because we are connected on Instagram she knows I am a fat fiber lover and reached out to see if I would be interested in testing some patterns for her. I was all…you mean lil ole me?

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Guess who had some A S A P just sitting in a project bag waiting to be great. That would be me!

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So I printed out a copy of the pattern, wound my yarn and got started…well I tried to get started but that day was a long one IMG_6180I swear my heart was in the right place but listen here….the level of my fatigue has not been described and I literally fell asleep before I could cast on, but no fear..it’s super bulky yarn on US19 needles. I started it on Friday evening and finished up at the laundry mat the next morning

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Yes I kid you not when I say #sheknitsallthetime so I get home and I put it on the blocking mat, because I had another one to do…I can’t wait to show them all…but patience my loves..they are coming. So the pattern, can you do it? Absolutely…the pattern is called Lightning Strike and if you can knit, purl and yarn over…you are good. I think Taiga did a great job with the pattern as it is written and charted, so whichever tickles your fancy…you can do this. The pattern is listed here go show some love and add it to your favorites please. Don’t you just love the edging? I know you do because yea: CUTE!

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So about that Lighting striking thing…well it just so happens that I would be attending my family reunion in VA and the one and only Patty McGuire happens to live exactly where I would be….POW!! Can you say photoshoot? What are the odds, my time was short but I had to make it happen.  Listen, you saw the pics of my Spring Fever in this post here this woman is AMAZING with that lens. Check out her website and see for yourself.  It was damn near 100 degrees, but I was cool as a cucumber because she made me feel comfortable. When she showed me the proofs, I was close to tears. Just overwhelmed with pride. I mean I was all like is that me? I knit that? If you let me tell it I am still a new knitter, it was just an all around WOW!! Ok let me show you what I mean….


Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Gaye Glasspie of GGMadeIt modeling knitwear for PattyMac Photos as photographed by Patty McGuire

Thank you all for reading and your feedback. I love the comments and I read each and every one. AND know this if I can do it so can you…one stitch at a time.

P.S. I will be adding more pics to this post as the become available. I was a bad girl and posted them before they were finished 😏 what I was excited to show you guys! Lol

Knit on my fiber friends…knit on

~GG

HOPE: Hold On Pain Ends

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I was just on Periscope listening to a young man named David Gibson. He calls his followers #dreamcatchers, he delivers inspirational scopes daily. Today was the first day I listened to him and listen to me…he said so many things that brought me to tears, but the one that rang loud and true for me was HOPE. He said HOPE = hold on pain ends and I instantly thought of my yarn and how I constantly hold on tight until the bad things past. Pain does end and I will keep knitting until it does.

He talked about self esteem. Man I know you all are going to say the same thing…”GG you are…” fill in the blank with whatever YOU think about me, but believe me when I say I don’t see what you all see. I am still learning to love me, to know that I am good enough, to know that I am worthy. I am being transparent as I type this, but I truly blush when you all say I am beautiful. My goal is to look in the mirror and say that and believe it!

He talked about fear. My GOD, FEAR has it’s hands firmly around my heart. Fear stopped me from starting a blog. I mean who would want to listen to me. Fear stopped me from starting an Etsy shop, I don’t knit well enough for someone to purchase it. I still haven’t done my own website, because FEAR!

I will end this here…I used the picture above because, I never thought I could make something like that…..

Hold On Pain Ends ~David Gibson

~GG

Through Patty’s lens|a sneak peek


So listen here….I was in Virginia for a family reunion and I had a photo shoot. Yes lil old me had a session with a phenomenal photographer who also happens to knit. Her name is Patty McGuire and she is a beast behind that camera, yea I said beast and I mean it! She made me so comfortable I forgot about my fat! I felt pretty 💁🏽

Have you ever looked at something you made and thought “damn! I knit/crocheted/sewed the hell out of that!! Well that is exactly how I felt when she started sharing the pics.  #teamproudashell

I think I shared that I am test knitting for Cashmere Junkie, also known as Taiga Hillard designs; so I can’t share what I have been making, but baby when I do….look out because GG MADE THAT!!

You guys have seen my Spring Fever by Amy Miller but have you really? I mean L o o k 👀 I can’t thank Patty enough for bringing my passion to life.

   

 Stay tuned as I will share as soon as I can

Knit on my fiber friends…knit on

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I really love yarn 

A typical day goes like this….

The aIarm goes off at 5:15 am and that whole hitting snooze thing is automatic for me, you see in those 9 minutes I turn over and think ” did I pack yarn to take with me?”

The alarm goes off again…I sit up and think ” if I get up I can knit a few rows before I leave” 👀 yup this is EVERYDAY! So the argument that I have with myself when I don’t get up in time, is straight comedy.

Me: brushing my teeth and mumbling, ” now I won’t be able to knit”

me: 👀 who’s fault is that?

Me: “I won’t go get breakfast, I’ll just knit a bit before my class starts”

me: 😏 “yea then you’ll have a headache and won’t be able knit later, just hurry up so you can knit and eat”

Me: 😊 “yea, that!”

True story.

So the other day, I failed and wound up with that headache because she will knit before she eats, what! Don’t you? I make it through the day but I amimage

Literally! And then YARN HAPPENS! I get so excited when I get yarn in the mail! O M GAWD!!  This lovely yarn comes from the BagSmith and just like that she is happy again! What headache? Yarn truly makes me happy!IMG_6167

These are the merino bumps  and you can get your own right here  they have a variety of colors. I am going to try my hand I designing something eek 😱 I’m excited and nervous

Then I get so wound up that I pass out right out

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I am currently testing patterns so I don’t have anything to show you, well until the patterns are released that is 😋.

NOTE: the yarn I am drooling on is Madelinetosh ASAP 💁🏾

knit on my fiber friends..knit on

~GG