Friday, April 17, 2009

progress and stash

Clapotis ... 18 rows in, aka work up to row 4 in section 2.
I'm taking a breather from my Clapotis. I'm almost afraid to work it since I'm scared I'll frak it up completely LOL Naahh, I'm ok really just, distracted tonight. Hubby is in Boston for the Red Sox game. Nope, he's not a fan, he's in the Army Honor Guard and if you were there, he was the guard to the right of the national colors. And yes, he was lookin a bit like George Washington. It was a colonial job :) And tomorrow night after he gets home, we're driving frantically to the sitter so we can go to a Y&T concert. (go Jamie, it's yer birfday!) Yep, it's my present ... bday not until Thursday.

Lady Slipper ... yummy!
That is a snap of my recent purchase. The photo doesn't do the delicious color justice. See Harrisville Designs for more info about their large variety of knitting, weaving & felting goodies.

knit.1 mag spring/summer 09

Ahh Spring ... the flowery scent in the air, the sneezing, the sun warming my shoulders ... and Knit.1's Spring/Summer issue! On the shelves May 5th, I just rec'd my email preview of the patterns. Hot, hawt, haute! I think my fingerless glove pattern may have just gotten changed from "Dashing" to rock 'n roll cool!

Knit.1 magazine ...
check out the next issue preview!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

shout out for an awesome day!

Big kudos to the fine fiber folks @ Connecticut Yarn & Wool!

I ordered an extra hank of Farmhouse Yarn, Fannies Fingering Weight in Choc. Covered Cherries this morning, to make sure my Calpotis shawl is nice and roomy. At the end of my online transaction I was suddenly sent into a (slight) panic that I might receive something other than what I ordered. (the description was a bit off) I started by making a call, and ended up speaking directly to the lady herself who creates the fabulous yarn @ Farmhouse. It's always nice to speak to "the big cheese" of any company, know what I mean?

Anyway ... long story short, not more than an hour after my worry began, I received a call back from a wonderful woman at CT Yarn & Wool assuring me that I was going to get exactly what I had asked for! I was content (ok, I was still worried) to wait it out and see what arrived in the box and go from there but, it was awesome to get the personal call. Thank you! I hope I get a chance to make it up to CT and show off my Clapotis sometime!

Also on this frikken fabulously gorgeous day ... no really, it was perfect! ... I made a trip to Knit Happens, over in Old Town. I grabbed a 16" 10.5 circular to work on a hat for my daughter, and 2 hanks of delicious Harrisville Designs New England Shetland wool in Lady Slipper. Yummmmm! It'll make for fabulous fingerless gloves!

"That's all?" I came home with, you might ask. Maryland Sheep & Wool is in a few short weeks ... I'm conserving!

After nosing around the book and magazine sections and feeling my way through the yarn selection, I decided maybe I should go back home to make sure it was still standing. Of course it was :) The hubby painted his motorcycle while our 22 month old enjoyed her "outside play", and mommy had some mucho needed "gotta have yarn time". Hope your day was half as good as mine!


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

youtube goodies

I found this vid tonight while seeking info about yarn swifts and winding your own. A gracious freecycler has offered to give me her yarn swift that she hasn't used in some time ... never using one, I decided it was time for a tutorial! Also, time to shop for thank you cards! The freecycler was so nice to meet, not to mention how generous... wow!!! I hope she decides to join our Monday night group sometime, too!

Monday, April 13, 2009

knitting = love

I am one lucky knittin gal tonight! First, I went to my usual Monday night knitting @ a local Panera here in NoVA ... just getting to do that in itself every week is like a mini vacation with a bunch of good friends you don't see a whole lot on the regular.

Secondly, it was our "Bunny Swap". We each chose a person to gift a few weeks ago, and anonymously shopped for them. Tonight was the night gifts were revealed. Eve, a knitter I haven't seen much on Monday nights, hit the nail on the head when she ended up getting stuck having to buy for me :) I received a lovely project bag in a blue reminiscent of the ocean, a yummy organic chocolate bar and a 400yd hank of Fannie's Fingering Weight Merino & Nylon yarn ... in Chocolate Covered Cherries, no less!

Eve rocks! (and the candy was delish!)

Also making me a lucky girl was finding another treasure presented by the always-oh-so-awesome Phat Fiber! This time the Etsy artist, Poly Art Girl, is the featured gift creator for one fortunate Phat Fiber reader! Follow this link to the give away, follow the instructions (uber easy), and comment for a chance!


Sunday, April 12, 2009

hold tightly your dreams

Dawning Dreams is an Etsy shop of dreamy, delicious wonders. However, the best thing about these dreams is that you can hold them in your hands.

At Dawning Dreams you will find items to enhance your knit and spinning supplies. Yummy roving that will make you google every "learn to spin" website available, and pretty stitch markers to dangle from your work - to name a few. But the most stunning item for sale (IMO) is the Gold Wire Mask. Maybe it's my *thing* for masquerade balls in times of olde? Or perhaps it's just the idea that a delicate shiny object can change the way I go about my day ... making it somewhat easier and more fun :) I dare you to get it and knit while wearing it! And don't forget to send me a pic!