Thursday, May 7, 2009

so much good stuff! Phat Fiber give away!

For regularity, get yer daily fiber! Phat Fiber is featuring another faboo yarn give away and this time it's (try to control your drooling) 4oz of Greenwood Fiberworks "Watercolors" merino roving! Greenwood has roving, as well as hand spun yarn that arrives ready-to-rock on your needles for your chosen project.

Visit Phat Fiber Sampler Box and enter! Good luck!

What things do moms like? Why, give aways, of course!

Things Moms Like

If you're a yarn ho ... and you know you could very easily become one given the right amount of zeros in your checking account ... you're probably a big fan of Knit Picks. If the zeros haven't increased along with your passion for yarn and knitting accessories, here's a chance to get some Knit Picks booty for free!

Things Moms Like is featuring a Knit Picks give away! It's uber easy to enter, and even more easy to increase your chances! Go to the KnitPicks Gorgeous Yarn & Needle Set Giveaway page at Things Moms Like and work it! Then again, if you don't ... my chances of winning are increased. Are you really gonna let that happen?! :)

Monday, May 4, 2009

*!(&%$Holy hand knits, Batman!*&%^*(!


At first, when I read about a comic book with heroes that knitted, I thought it was kind of, well, odd. But the longer I think about it - hey, why the heck not? It's ok to believe some dude had a liquid metal injected into him (and he lived!) and now he has retractable knives in his hands? Or some dude flips around shooting webs ... that's sort of a knit type thing. Or ... well you get where I'm going with this. So why not, hero characters who happen to knit?

When I first mentioned it to my hubby and his friend, the friend asked, "what are they going to do? Bore the bad guys to death? grumble Anyway... if you're seeking something different from the same ol knit books, mags, or ideas about knitting, check out "Hand Knit Heroes".

Along with a story line, you'll find a pattern (yay!!) There's also a hero mask contest going on so what are you waitin' for? To the invisable airplane to save the world!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

caution: violent knitter!

I've futzed with worsted yarn and DPNs plenty of times, and never seemed to have much issue. Now that I am on the mission to create socks however, I may have enough pokes in the tips of my fingers to help curb the shortage of O neg at the local blood bank.

Enter ... knitting with circular needles to save the day! (If you have a small child, like me, you may have the Wonder Pets theme in your head now and for that, I'm sorry)



With the help of Addi metal (and slightly slippery) circular needles, I'm already having an easier time. Aside the fact that I have a headache that would knock over a rhino, this sock knitting thing is going pretty well tonight.


Apologies for the lack of proper lighting for my yarn pics. I recently rearranged the lamps in the living room and as I have figured out, it's nice for not having light shine in your face - not so great for pics with no flash.

Red/black variegated yarn = Claudia's Hand Painted Yarn in Chocolate Cherry
Red/green/bluey self patterning yarn = Patons Kroy Socks in Moss Jacquard

For my first socks, I am using The Yarn Harlot's generic formula from the book "Knitting Rules!". The only difference in pattern being is instead of going straight into knit/purl ribbing, I knitted 3 rounds to get my bearings. We'll see where it takes me, and I hope the darn thing is wearable!

I'll keep you posted ;) Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Friday, May 1, 2009

Cat Bordhi .... udderly fabulous

Cat Bordhi shows how she knits with two circulars. It's an udderly fantastic vid ... especially for sock knitters who get a bit "violent" with DPNs ;)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

get yer boots on!

You appear to be a Knitting Adventurer!

You are through those knitting growing pains and feeling more adventurous. You can follow a standard pattern if it's not too complicated and know where to go to get help. Maybe you've started to experiment with different fibers and you might be eyeing a book with a cool technique you've never tried. Perhaps you prefer to stick to other people's patterns but you are trying to challenge yourself more. Regardless of your preference, you are continually trying to grow as a knitter, and as well you should since your non-knitting friends are probably dropping some serious hints, these days. http://marniemaclean.com

Have a little fun @ quizilla

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Phat Fiber's Sheepshape give away

Are you so into a WIP that you're ready to teach yourself to work rows in the dark, so you don't disturb your partner? Maybe you've thought about picking up a set of "light up" needles to keep on purlin' when you 'aughta be sleeping? Here to enable your knit obsession just a bit more is glow-in-the-dark yarn. Yes, you heard it here, folks! Those crazy Brits are at it again!

In the dark ...
... and in the light of day

Etsy shop Sheepshape Spinning does have glow-in-the-dark yarn yes, but they also have a delicious selection of hand spun yarns, roving, and even a few knitted toys a parent might want to keep for themselves ;) You know ... for when you need snuggling! Or better yet, pick up some Rocky Road white silk, black Shetland & grey gotland for a seriously cuddly (and fat free) treat!

Yummy!

Thanks once again to the Phat Fiber Sampler Box blog for continuing to enable me! Stop by their blog for this, and many other yarnlicious goodies!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Done! (with personality & charisma!)

I finished my Molly's funky hat today - made with Material Whirled's own quirky, chunky style yarn "Egg Hunt". The Personality Hat pattern from Material Whirled is supposed to come to what I call a kind of "pixie point" ... this one wasn't decreasing for me like it was supposed to. Honestly, I don't know why but, I began free forming my decreases after alternating decrease rows, as the pattern called for. Once I noticed I might be in trouble yarn yardage-wise, I worked to keep it fun and cute ... and something I liked as much as I liked the original pattern!

Before whip stitching it flat on top ... taking a look @ the possibilities
my faithful volunteer - always willing to model for me ;)

Heck, it even fits me! But she loves it and though it reached a high of 92, she still wanted to wear it! I'd call this one a successful project finished!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

the weekend off! well, sorta :)

The last few days have been seasonably hot here in the lovely Metro DC area (said not with tongue in cheek but, biting my tongue really ... I cant help it, I miss California) Aaaanyway, both yesterday and today were in the low 90's. Not bad but, I swear our house has the single worst placement on the planet when it comes to how the sun travels and it's beams hit our homestead.

Having a tri-level town home, we don't have tall enough trees to give any shade to the windows and, we've also found out just what a hunk-o-junk our a/c system is! Thank goodness the owners were already getting estimates to replace the entire system... I just hope the ball rolls fast!
For example; outside the temp is 73 ... inside our house is 81. bleaah At 11pm @ night? Gnarly. And that's why I haven't had it in me to pick up any of my work in progress knits this weekend! I don't want any excess materials touching me LOL Heck we've stayed as least dressed as possible in our house this weekend!

What we did do though, was get up early and head out to the March For Babies fund raiser today. Both last year and this, I've corralled a team together from a mom/kiddo group I belong to and raised fund for the March of Dimes March For Babies. Yeah so, it was a bit warm, even at 9am to walk but ... it was only 3 miles and it was for a beloved cause. Baby girl and hubby joined me today! Hubby and I had some funny conversation for the haul and Molly was content in her shaded stroller thru the route. I'm still collecting donations till June 30th ... if you have loose change, 5 bucks, anything, it's all appreciated! 77 cents of each $1 goes directly to defeating premature birth and neonatal treatments.

It was a great weekend to sweat for a great cause!

Molly practicing her "marching!" for babies!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

my only tulip


And there you have it - the only tulip in my garden! We moved in to our town house back in October so, the front garden was already established. Since then, I've pulled up a few things that were just plain eye sores (in my opinion) and now that there's more room in between blooms and bushes, my strawberries are a lot happier. The Hosta too. I'll get some new gloves soon ... I have zip at the moment so, no gardening till then! I'll post more pics when I get some work done!

Oh, by the way ... did I mention I frogged my Clapotis? Here we go again! ;)

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!

xoxo

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!

xoxo

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!

Enjoy!