Saturday, April 11, 2009

got sock pattern?

This just in from ...
By entering the yarn, needles, gauge, heel design and ankle circumference you wish to use to create a knitted sock, Elizabeth Bennett's Perl Sock Program will calculate a sock pattern using the information you plug in. Wow!

Follow this link! And thank you, Elizabeth Bennett!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Phat Fiber's latest temptation

Ohh that Phat Fiber! They offer a wonderful Sampler Box every month, and now they are teaming up with NorthStar Alpacas to give away a yummy 4oz hank of yarn. The best part? You get to pick which fiber you like best! Visit Phat Fiber Sampler Box and read the instructions. It's the easiest thing you'll do all night-owl long! Check it out, and good luck!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

ohh what a tangled web we wind...

My uber Spring-timey and yummy Egg Hunt yarn from Material Whirled came to me in a hank (kind of a long twist). I actually won this yarn in their monthly yarn give-away! A lot of yarn you might pick up out there are already in a ball, or skein, or "hour glass". In the case of hand dyed and small fiber creators, you're gonna run into what you see in photo #1 ...

1) Egg Hunt unveiled
Instead of running out to purchase a contraption to wind your yarn for you, you might be lucky enough to have an experienced knitting friend to do the winding for you. Or, you could just jump in with both feet (or hands, in this case) and gain some personal experience from winding it yourself. I might have had an easier time if I'd waited till my hubby got home to borrow his two hands for my first winding endeavor, but what the heck... it's not like I was gonna kill the yarn trying it out! Besides, the tactile sensation of handling the yarn so intimately was really worth a little bit of brow furrowing on my part ;)

2) a simple thing - paper towel cardboard & scissors3) tuck an end into your cut4) begin to wind, keeping it a bit tight
5) too tight, and you might end up with 2 balls of yarn in the end :)
They can always be connected to continue on a project if needed!
To remove the yarn from the paper towel (or TP) cardboard, just bend it in half and slip it out.

Fear not, novice knitters! You can't ruin a yarn ... unless you do something really stoopid, like set it on fire. And even then, depending on the fiber, it might just poof out almost immediately! This was my first shot at hand winding, and certainly not my last. I hope the suggestion that I found and tried here for myself helps you decide to maybe take on a knitting project or activity you thought might be out of your range. Bah! Go for it! :)


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

knitting posts @ mommy loves candy

I'm unable to back date posts to their original dates and simply post them here as if they were here to begin with so ... here are a few links to previous posts I have made in regards to knitting on my blog "mommy loves candy"

3/29/09 Got fiber? It's a yarn giveaway!

3/11/09 Project finished!

2/5/09 Work In Progress

First post!

I decided it was time to move my knitting posts to their own home!

When people you've known for anywhere from a few months to a few decades look at you as if you just told them you now smoke crack on a daily basis, when all you really just said to them was, "hey, I took up knitting... and I like it!", it's time to create a place where you can go on and on about about your new found habit, err I mean hobby, so they don't have to read thru my project posts and abbreviations wondering when I became an "old maid".

Truth is, they just don't understand me!

An old friend of mine actually said to me, upon finding out I knit... "WTF, I thought you were cool!" Excuse me? I mean, do people really think clothes grow on trees, or has technology just advanced so far that an art like knitting seems obsolete to some folks?

Yarn skeins my grandmother had crocheted with actually beckoned me to learn how to work it on a hook. I didn't take well to that, and I didn't have anyone to teach me so, I dropped the idea. Finally (and this was about a year later) I decided I'd give knitting a try. After trial and error, youtube videos, googling everything I could think of, sitting the knit section of Borders Books reading instructions, and finally the patience of an experienced knitter, the light bulb fired up big time, and I was hooked! Grandma's chunky pink yarn was about to become my first project to cast on and finish.

A few months later, I am diving into DPNs and about ready to cast on to create fingerless gloves. They are practice for working on socks in the future! I hope you enjoy my latest blog endeavor ... named "purl-wise" in honor of my grandma, Pearl, whom I love and miss so very much. Her crocheted creations drape my couches and cover my baby girl at night. And that's just one of the most wonderful parts about knitting and other yarn arts - when you're long gone, someone who loves and misses you, might find comfort still in works that your hands made.