Sunday, March 30, 2008

Red Sox Swap Goodies!

I participated in a Spring Training Day swap over on Ravelry, for Sox Fans. I have taken all week to post this (Sorry Sheri!) I just started my new job this week. Because of my busy week, I am also packing my downstreams partners package today to send out tomorrow. Sheri sent me a very thoughtful and themed package! First I found a CD that she made for me with all kinds of knitting/sox goodies! Sheri knit me a Wally!
She said this was her first time needle felting and that she had fun. She did a great job! He is so adorable! (Now I want to try needle felting!) Next I ripped into the package and found two skeins of Knit 1 Crochet 2 in Creme Brulee and a part skein to make my first socks.
Because she knew I hadn't knit socks before, she sent me a Magic Loop book along with Addi Turbo lace needles.
I got two packages of Soak. I've been wanting to try it for some time. I also got a cute bracelet and some baseball beads to use next time I make some stitch markers. I looked around for these for my swap partner, and couldn't find them! Also, I received some Red Fire Bar chocolate! I haven't tried this kind before, it looks good! Thanks Sheri! Now I'll just have to grab my knitting and wait for opening day with Wally! Go Sox!!!

Malabrigo March Contest Update: Entries closed on Friday at 5pm (ET). I am gathering entries for my contest today, and I will be posting a winner as soon as I have one by random number generator. Because of the great response to my contest, I may have another prize! Stay tuned!

WIP: I hope to be casting on my Amanda Hat today with my skein of Vermillion to squeak in some Malabrigo March knitting before the month is over!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Dusty, The Knitting and Yarn Model...

I am so excited to see the word spreading and more and more people entering my contest. Thank you to everyone that has entered, and double thanks to everyone that has also spread the word through their blogs! Also, I have passed your compliments on to Dusty and he is trying to not let it get to his head, see?
(Yea, I'm not so sure either)
Over the weekend he was very interested in my knitting (which he never really was) and I'm starting to wonder if this modeling gig is going straight to his head...
What do you think?
For the knitters interested in what knitting he is rolling next to, it's my Project Spectrum knitting Shimmer eye pillow. Sorry it's all scrunched up in the picture, my model was working it, literally! Since the photo I've knit a bit more on it, and the knitting portion of the project is almost done.

If your reading this and you haven't entered yet to win a skein of Malabrigo to celebrate Malabrigo March and my new job... hurry and comment on this post now!!!
Don't forget: You can get extra entries for posting this on your blog, mentioning someone who posted my contest on their blog and sent you here, or for being a member of Malabrigo Junkies on Ravelry.
The contest is open until 5pm (ET) Friday 3/28

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Happy Malabrigo March Contest!

I recently stopped by my LYS and in honor of Malabrigo March, I picked up some Malabrigo. I have been meaning to make an Amanda hat and I'm running out of time for it to be considered Malabrigo March knitting. For some reason this color hit me and I picked up 2 hanks. I wound one for an Amanda hat and decided to buy another for a prize!
So, in celebration of Malabrigo March and my starting of a new job next week, I will kick off my first blog contest with a comments contest!

Dusty offered to model for the shoot.
Here's his action shot. I'm not sure if he looks big of if the Malabrigo looks small.

Prize: One Hank Malabrigo Worsted in Vermillion
How to enter: Just leave a comment on this post!
Extra entries for the over achievers (not unlike me): Post it on your blog and you get an extra entry. (Make sure to let me know in my comments) Someone says you sent them in their entry, you both get an extra entry.
Even more entries for the Malabrigo obsessed AND over achievers (Definitely not unlike me): Member of Malabrigo Junkies on Ravelry? Just mention that your a member and what your knitting for Malabrigo March. Maybe we can drum up some inspiration for others that way!

Here's his parting shot. He thought the yarn looked lovely with his fluffy gray coat.
I decided not to tell him that was why I let him take the shoot in the first place.

Winners will be picked by random number generator
Entries Close: 5:00 pm (Eastern Time) on Friday March 28th.
I hope to be able to contact the winner for their snail mail address and mail out the prize before Malabrigo March ends.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

More Stitch Markers, Another Swap, WIPs

I participated in another stitch marker swap. This one was a Winter Blue's swap held by a Yahoo group. Thanks Danielle, they're beautiful
WIP: I have been on a roll with my Mom's Flip-Top Mitts. I will be casting on for the second one and then making the caps afterward.

Something I couldn't upload for a previous post, here's some Project Spectrum knitting.
Another Swap Questionnaire!
Spring Fling Coffee and Yarn Swap. Sign ups open March 20th.
I participated in a coffee/yarn swap this winter and enjoyed it, so here it goes...

1. What is your preference? Whole beans or ground? Either, Whole beans are nice, but I often end up buying ground.

2. What kind of coffees do you enjoy? A rich, bold roast; a light, fresh one, or something in between? Leaded or non? Medium to rich/bold works for me. I dislike decaf or flavored coffees. Anything that is a roast or traditional flavor is what I like.

3. If you were headed out right now to buy some coffee for the house, what would you be picking up? I drink a lot of Maxwell house (Bold) because of habit, I would switch if I really liked something else.

4. Do you drink for caffeine, pleasure, or both? Both

5. Do you enjoy flavored coffees? How about add-ins or flavored creamers? No thanks. (I take my coffee with skim milk only)

6. A large, lovely mug or a small, dainty cup? Either

7. Describe your perfect cup - not JUST the coffee, but how you'd enjoy it! A cup that doesn't get cold (I have the tendency to drink while doing stuff and typically it gets too cold to finish) The best cup would be had while relaxing and knitting or reading.

8. You're sitting down to enjoy a nice cup in the local coffee shop, knitting bag in hand, iPod all tuned up - or maybe you're there with a few friends for knit night! What treat do you pick up to enjoy with your coffee? A sweet, rich brownie, or something more healthy? How about a salty treat? What goes best with that great cup and company? Depends on the day, I like the occasional treat of biscotti or chocolate with my cup of coffee. Often I have my coffee with breakfast and it can be a granola bar or bagel with cream cheese.

1. Do you knit or crochet? Knit. I'm sure I'll work on crochet sometime.

2. What are your favorite types of yarns to work with? Wool, mohair...

3. What do you have on the needles (or hook!) right now? For once I have several projects that I keep rotating between, but basically I've been working on Mom's Flip-Top Mittens (Urban Necessity Gloves) and a Shimmer eye pillow.

4. What are your favorite colors in yarns? What about those that you'd never find in your stash? My favorite colors are blue, yellow and pink. I dislike most purples but I end up stashing some it inevitably, so I guess I can say I like some shades or combinations of purples.

5. What sort of needles or hooks do you enjoy using? Any you just detest? I have several bamboo straights and DPN's, the Knitpicks options circular kit (nickel). I have one pair of Knitpicks Harmony tips (bamboo). A few bamboo and several plastic circulars and I just recently bought a pair of Birch DPN's. I find some needles are better for specific projects and yarn than others. I have not found anything that I detest yet.

6. Are there any particular notions you absolute do NOT need? Some of us swap a lot - are you sure that you have enough tape measures to last your lifetime? Enough stitch markers to mark every stitch of a 10 foot wide afghan? Not really. I'm always interested to try something new that another knitter finds useful.

7. You walk into the yarn shop and have exactly and only enough money to purchase 2 skeins of yarn in their 2 for 20 special they have going..The choices are a soft, thick cotton/viscose blend in your favorite colors, slightly variegated..a beautiful sock yarn that's just squishy and sproingy in your hands.. a soft, worsted weight wool like malabrigo.. and a lovely bamboo blend with colors to just die for. Which do you walk out the door with? The soft worsted weight wool Malabrigo hands down. Cotton/viscose blend may be good competition if seen in person.

1. We're starting sign-ups on the first day of Spring - is it already truly Spring-like where you are? Haha NO! It snowed yesterday morning.

2. What's your favorite spring flower? Do you have one? Tulips = spring to me.

3. What do you most look forward to about springtime? Longer days and warmer weather.

4. They've predicted a gorgeous day tomorrow - Sunny and about 65 with a nice breeze - how do you spend your day? Head out to the barn.

5. The day after, it's going to be cooler and pouring down rain - does that impact your mood? How do you spend that day? what helps cheer you up? Stay in and knit and cook or bake something delicious.

Odds n Ends
1. Do you collect anything BESIDES yarn and needles? Stitch Markers. I have participated in several swaps and enjoy making them.

2. Are you allergic to anything? Not anything specifically, but any heavily fragranced/dyed lotion.

3. Do you have pets? Yes a horse, named Dee and a smooth Collie, named Daizzy.

4. Is this your first swap, or are you an old pro? What are the last 2 swaps you participated in? I've participated in several swaps (see sidebar) . Last two would most likely be Winter Doldrum Dishcloth swap and the Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap. Currently, I'm participating in the Red Sox Spring Training Swap (On ravelry).

5. List 3 of your favorite blogs - craft related or not - and tell us why you love them.

Hard to pick 3, I'll pick the first three that come to my mind:
1. No Knit Sherlock Susan always has something beautiful OTN and it's usually something new and fresh that I am curious about.
2. Knitspot Anne always has a beautiful shawl OTN.
3. Shut up, I'm Counting Cass is a laugh riot, between her daily musings with her job or homeschooling , or her current knitting conundrums, she keeps me laughing.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Stitch Marker Angel, Shopping, and WIP's

I participated in the Winter Swap at the Stitch Marker Exchange and did not recieve one set of markers. Catherine came to the rescue and sent me an awesome angel package! Not only did I get some beautiful markers, but she also sent me some chocolate and tea. Thanks, you were a great angel Catherine!
Here's a close up...
On Sunday I spotted a fairly local new yarn store. I stopped by to check it out. The store was pretty well stocked and had a huge needle section with a lot of tools. I was quite impressed! I got some US 6 (4mm) 5" Brittany DPN's. They are birch and have a 5 year guarranty. They are the perfect length for my current WIP. Also, I loved the color and softness of this Laines Du Nord Kiddy Prints. (Mmmm Mohair) It's a big skein weighing in at 231 yd./50g skein.
WIP: I casted on some Cascade 200 for Urban Necessity Gloves by Colleen Meager a while ago. (Non-Ravelers; the free patt. is available on MagKnits.) They had been sitting in my queue since before Christmas as a gift for my Mom. It was about time to pick it back up and make some progress! (They're more of a burgandy color, picture is not quite right)