Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Repeat Offender

Back from Harlot, she was great as usual! She talked about how knitters are not unlike monks, and that we can think at a higher capacity than non-knitters... we all already knew that, who is spreading the word to the muggles? She also told us about many different studies being done to demonstrate the benefits of knitting, and also she managed to crack us up along the way.

I went with blogless-Enid (we missed you Moriah!) We had fairly good seats, but the lighting was pretty low so my picture isn't fabulous! There were 1,000(+) people in the Calvin!

I knew that Webs was having a sale, but also that they were offering even more discounts in honor of Steph's day there. So, I stopped in and braved the insane crowds. I waited in line for 45+ minutes to cash out. Any regulars will agree, there is usually no line to speak of, it was really crazy. I picked up something for my downstream Spring Fling Coffee and Yarn swap partner and then walked around in a daze for a while. (I don't think I'll ever get over Webs' shock) I managed to find a few things to add to my queue.

Take a look at the control I had... I only purchased these skeins of DB cashmerino DK on sale to make a Branching Out scarf by Susan Lawrence. (Now after viewing the pattern again I'm thinking of making the wider mohair version as well with something in my stash...)

And I also picked up these two skeins of laceweight Malabrigo to make Obstacles by Anne Hanson. I love this color, couldn't resist. I even had a Webs salesperson stop me to tell me that it was her favorite Malabrigo color. I thought this would be a great lace project! I also stopped in Web's new bead store, but I did not pick out anything. I definitely have to stop by again soon!

Here's the latest WIP Amanda Hat. It's sooo close to done. I'm ready for the decreases. (Again, sorry for the bright pic, I really need natural light for this yarn)

Also, at the talk I casted on a "Speckled" washcloth for my downstream partner in the Spring Fling swap. It's in a cheery color of coolspun cotton from my stash. (Pics soon to follow)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Harlot Inspired Crossword

I came across this on Simply Knitting's webpage and couldn't resist, being that the Yarn Harlot is going to be at Webs in just 2 days! It was fun to play and I'm not even a crossword person!

If you haven't met Annabell yet, you have got to look at this. (A top entry from Teeny Project Runway with the ladies at Mason Dixon Knitting) LMAO

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Spring Updates and Spring Fling Topic #4

Few Updates;
New Project Spectrum started April 1st. This one is:
APRIL / MAY - EARTH - green, brown, metallics
The previous Element projects need to be completed! I have two projects.
1. My Amanda Hat is almost done! (Sorry the pic is sooo bright! I'll try for natural light next time!)
2. I really need to finish the last few rows of my Shimmer Eye Pillow. I also need to pick up some lining to get it finished.

Harlot is this weekend! Anyone else going??? It's awesome because the YH will be physically AT Webs, (Webs, as I'm sure many others agree, is the knitting mecca. It just seems right for the Yarn Harlot to be there.) Plus, a bonus is that I will finally get a chance to see their new bead store! Maybe I'll find something neat for my stitch marker stash, or for some upcoming swaps! I have the Spring Stitch Marker Exchange Swap and the Spring Fling Coffee and Yarn Swap. I also have my first Blogoversary coming up...

Spring Fling Topic #4
Let's pretend for a minute we all live in the home of our dreams, have land, and don't have to work so time is unlimited! It's Spring planting season! What would you grow? A little veggie garden? A bed of bright spring blooms? Or is your thumb so far from green that the only thing you'd be planting is your tushy into a nice chair on the porch to get some knitting or crocheting done in the nice breeze?
I love gardening! I would have a good mix of different Tomatoes, broccoli, green beans, cucumbers and etc. I would have a bunch of different herbs like basil, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, and chives. I also love flowers. I have always had several types of roses growing and I also love sunflowers. I would edge my garden with them or use them to line a fence. After everything was planted, I would find the time to sit out and knit and enjoy the flowers and vegetables!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tagged! and Spring Fling Topic #3

I've been Tagged! by Mary
1) Link to the person who tagged you.
2) Post the rules.
3) Share six non-important things / habits / quirks about yourself.
4) Tag at least three people.
5) Be sure the people you tagged KNOW you tagged them by commenting what you did.

1. I hate the color purple, except I end up buying purple things every now and then. This annoys me, yet I continue to do it. My purchases are things I give away as gifts. (Purple Purl scarf, beads to make stitch markers, etc.) A lot of my friends or swap partners end up being into purple.
2. I am pretty much always barefoot when I am at home. I think it helps me keep my floors super clean because I hate stepping on anything crunchy.
3. See #2, but I love shoes! I guess that gives me plenty of choices for when I need to put on shoes and go somewhere!
4. My parents cat is named Dusty. My horse is named Dee, and my dog is named Daizzy. What is up with this "D" trend? (In Dusty's defense, he was first.)
5. Here's another trend. Currently all of my pets are Grey. I've posted pics of Dusty. Dee is what we call Rose Grey. She has a bit of brown mixed into her grey. And Daizzy is a blue merle.
6. I currently have 286 feeds on my bloglines. Maybe that's why I keep falling behind? I'm tagging Moriah, Megan, and Nichole.

This week's topic:
Tell us how you started drinking coffee. Were you in high school or college and making it through all nighters? Did you get it from a family member? What drives your love of the bean? I started drinking coffee in high school. I couldn't handle any coffee without plenty of cream and sugar, but I liked how it smelled and that it woke me up early in the AM after staying up all night studying. I think I started with iced coffee in warm weather from Dunking Donuts. (I imagine there are some other New Englanders with me on that.) Gradually I got into hot coffee too. (The warmth of hot coffee during cold New England weather is another reason I'm hooked.) Since grad school I'm unable to drink it with any sugar. I like mine with just a dash of skim milk. For me it was definitely an acquired taste. My love of the bean started with the caffeine perk and smell, and now I love the flavor too.

WIP: Amanda hat. Hope to post pics really soon.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

How Fast Are You?

Quick post...

I was tagged... I will be posting soon.

Contest: Stop by Creative KJ's and check out her new pattern page and enter to win an awesome prize!

Saw this on Insanknitty, haven't tried one of these for a while. Guess I haven't slowed down much...

693 characters per minute, 125 correct words, 4 wrong words

125 words

Monday, April 7, 2008

Contest Wrap Up and Spring Fling Topic #2

The prizes are all packaged and ready to be dropped in the mail tomorrow AM. I thought I'd gather the projects that were mentioned in the entries to inspire with some malabrigo hanging around in their stash, or provide a reason to go out and get some malabrigo. :) I also saw that many of you hadn't had the chance to work with it yet, this just may be the push you need to try it yourself. There are some great project suggestions! (Ravelry links, sorry if your not in yet, you should join!)

Here's some of the things people who entered my contest made with their malabrigo during Malabrigo March:

Urchin hat
Amanda Hat
A Shrug
Toy Octopus
A better bucket hat
Talia This one is a guess... not sure which pattern the person used.
Lace wrap (Lace weight)

Spring Fling Coffee and Yarn Swap Topic #2
Since some of us is beginning to see glimpse of Spring, while others are still getting snow have you change what projects are working on? Have you put away the hats, scarfs and mittens, and brought out the cute tank top sweater projects and lacy wraps? Have you change yarn to something more lighter and cooler, not so heavy and bulky?

I haven't changed what I'm knitting yet, and the fact that I live in MA probably has a lot to do with it. We had weather in the 70's yesterday and there's a possibility of us getting snow on Monday! I'm currently working on an Amanda Hat and my Mom's Flip Top Mittens. Another reason why I'm still knitting "wintry" things is because I haven't had much knitting time lately and they're still on the needles! Once they are completed, I anticipate "lighter" knits OTN.
One exception may be some mittens or something for charity through Stitch 'N Pitch that I have coming up. On the other hand, I have been working on an eye pillow in Knitpick's Shimmer. It was sort of my way to get some soft and light knitting started in the rotation.

OTN: Amanda hat (Pic's coming soon promise!)
Second of Mom's Flip Top Mitts (One mitt portion completed)
Shimmer Eye Pillow (Knitting portion almost done)

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Look at

what I got in the mail this week...
I've already started reading, and as usual, it's hilarious and really hard to put down!

Anyone planning to see the Yarn Harlot on her book tour? I'm thinking of heading out to see her at Webs on April 27th this time. Last August Moriah and I saw her out in Burlington MA and had to miss her Webs appearance. (She's not scheduled for Burlington yet, maybe she'll stop later in the tour.)

Now that I've had time to catch up on my bloglines, Here's some contests to check out. Don't forget to tell them I sent you!

1. Baa Baa Blacksheep is holding a contest until today at 8p (central) It's a super cute contest idea involving her dogs.
2. Lapdog Creations is holding another ASPCA day contest. (This one also has to do with dogs) There are a tons of ways to enter, stop by for more info. Deadline is April 25th.
3. Modest Purls is holding a color contest. She's giving away a Loopy Ewe gift certificate! Deadline: April 10th

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Malabrigo March Contest Winner is...

Dusty asked to have another moment of fame, the prize is the unwound skein of Malabrigo.
The Angel Forever! Please send me your snail mail address. (My email is over on my toolbar)

Surprise "Spreading The Word" Prize
Also, because of the high amount of entries, (in total I had a whopping 107 people enter my contest, with 205 entries total!) I will be giving out another prize! One way that you could earn extra entries was to post my contest on your blog. When someone entered my contest and mentioned which blog that sent them, both people got an extra entry. In appreciation for "spreading the word" I pooled all of the extra entries that were earned this way, and chose by random number generator. That goes to Renna over at Finding My Knitch. I will send you some stitch markers that I have made. (If your anti-stitch markers let me know, and we can work something out.) Please send me your snail mail address also. (See toolbar)

Thanks to everyone for participating in my first contest. I hope you all enjoyed Malabrigo March! Stay tuned for another contest soon, this was fun!