November 28, 2007

Pay it Forward Exchange

I found this cool idea on knitnana's blog. The idea is that you make a comment to this entry and I will select someone at random to send a gift to! If you've got a blog, then leave the address so I can make an educated guess as to what you would like, if not, then you'll get some thing totally random!

How it will work:
1. Make a comment to this blog entry by next Wednesday (December 5th)
2. Give me some way to contact you (blog or e-mail)
3. I will select someone at random
4. I will contact the winner and send them a fun gift*
5. I will send said gift ideally that day, but I have been notorious lately for sending things in an untimely fashion... The winner should expect it to be shipped before the end of the year
*If you're not a knitter, you are as welcome to participate as knitters and I promise not to send you yarn or needles :)

The catch: you must agree to pay it forward on your blog to keep this going. I suppose if you don't have a blog, I recommend you do this with friends! We all know there is no free lunch, but this is pretty close! Fun times!

November 18, 2007

Startitis Weekend

I don't remember having startitis quite so bad in the past. This weekend took the cake for any other time I've been like this!
The 2nd Endpaper Mitt is driving me crazy because it won't knit itself. Current Progress: I just started the thumb shaping, so it's about 1/2 done - maybe 4-5 more hours of knitting?

Yesterday Fiber Trends had a warehouse retail sale. SWEET! Fiber Trends. Largest pattern distributor in the US. Based in EAST-freakin-WENATCHEE. Mere BLOCKS from my own house?! Who knew "local" would ever be that local?? For those of you that love fiber trends, but don't live in the valley... You missed out! As patrons of local yarn shops (all 3 of them) we were given an entry ticket and then free to buy up loads of items at discounted prices. Here are my winnings:
1. 2 skeins of Naturally Tussock 14ply in red to remake the Squatty Sidekick because after I got it good and felted, now it's too small...
2. 1 skein of Haven in lavender to make the cable hat from this pattern
3. I built my own Huggable Hedgehog Kit, but God forbid I make it look "natural," so I chose these colors:
It's not a tremendous lot of damage, but I still didn't need any of it!

Continuing on, since it was startitis weekend, I present these:
It's difficult to see the definition (could have something to do with then being still wet). They are the coriolis & sky arch practice socks from Cat Bordhi's crazy sock book. I think I might use my rock-toe-ber tofutsies in one of these patterns instead of the cable pattern that came with the yarn.

Friday I went and had my hair done, it's got red in it and I love that!

Then I found this:
I completely forgot about it! I knit it last winter because we were selling one just like it in the gift shop and I couldn't live without it. It's basket weave with a huge pom pom on top :)

November 9, 2007

More Yarn on the Way

I think I mentioned yesterday that the stash yarn I was showing off is by no means stash-limiting. So I thought I should tell you (since I forgot about it) that I ordered some more yarn a couple of days ago. The Yarn Harlot made this adorable hat and I decided I couldn't live without it! So I bought 2 skeins of the suggested yarn, one to make the hat for my cousin for x-mas and 1 for myself. For Jenna (cousin) I got black cause she's like that and for myself I got Saratoga. I wish I had a reason to make more than 2 of these because the colorways that Blue Moon has available are all so beautiful! So many, in fact that I had to go and look at Saratoga again to remember what it looked like! Love. MUST.HAVE.NOW!

November 8, 2007

How did it get to be November?

I guess I need to get on this blog thing... I'm not good at staying up to date!

Since I wrote last, Halloween happened, and not much more knitting than had been done before. Here are some new pictures!

I completed the lamby hat for a co-worker to wear on Halloween - she sells them in the gift shop at work, but only in baby sizes, so that's where I come in! It's made using 2 skeins of Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille and crocheted using an I hook and popcorn stitch throughout.

And this is what happened to me on Halloween. I didn't make any of it, but it was fast and cheap! (And sideways... I'm so sorry! I can't make it work right! Just imagine 80's prom date...)

I've made some progress on the Panda Cotton socks. Though, due to major busyness lately they're not done yet :(

Here is a project I wasn't even prepared for when I wrote my last entry! It's Amanda's Squaty Sidekick from Knitting Daily. It knit up and mostly felted in 1 afternoon. SWEET! Felting isn't quite done, but I've got time. It's out of Cascade 220 and knit on size 10's. I think the pattern called for 10.5's...

No update on the mitts yet, also :( because I The weather turned cold a few days ago and now I need cute things to keep warm with!
Also, the Summer Daze tofutsies socks are done and I gave them to my best friend before taking finished product pictures! Ah well, they look like socks.
But in the spirit of not finishing projects, I present some stash pictures. (Understand that this is by no means the limit of my stash, but only things that I've gotten lately that have projects in mind...)
1. Rock-toe-ber Tofutsies. It's green and black - as if you could tell!

Rowan Scottish Tweed for a scarf to be sold for breast cancer research. Chicks on Sticks Ski Race in Leavenworth, WA will be selling pink scarves to raise money. They'll sell for $20 each. Let me know if you're interested in pitching in! I love this kind of stuff :)

Finally, some non knitting... I suppose my blog name is a little misleading as I also sew. Here is my beautious quilt fabric! I'm not usually into quilting, but I fell in love with this quilt on Craftster, so had to get started on my own. Love the material, but it's taking forever!

P.S. New needles! Should have been 4 sets, but the ones I wanted to use *immediately* arrived broken. Sad day. As if I don't have enough projects on the needles or in line... They are Knit Picks Harmony in size 0 & 2 (the 1's are missing) and Lantern Moon in size 10. I LOVE the Lantern Moons! They knit the squaty sidekick like they were made for each other!

Someday I will use natural lighting for picture taking and you might be able to tell what color everything is :) That's All for Now!