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Thursday Twitter: Two-fer

November 12, 2009

Alright, so I have 2 um… twitter’s? No, that’s not right… tweets? Yeah, tweets! I know a twenty-something should be much more tech-savy and I am trying!
Sorry about that; two tweets for you today:


  Birds are pretty! Buy anything in our online shop today thru Sunday and 10% goes to the Audubon Society!
Anyone who, like me has 4 birds in residence can’t not pass this on! Baby bird, Betty-Bert, Blue Jay and Batman the Robin thank you in advance.

New blog post today in which I over think colorwork just a bit.

The colorwork in question is beyond gorgeous. Intricate and gorgeous!

I am part of a blog tour!!

November 12, 2009

I will be part of a blog tour for the book ” It’s In the Bag” edited by Kara Gott Warner.

Kara has also done me the honor of being the first fiber artist, of my Fiber Artist Friday!  On Friday we will get a small glimpse into the world of knitting publishing. I can’t wait!

When: 11/16-11/25
Where: 10 Really Cool Blogs

Tour Itinerary:
Day 1- 11/16: Holly Barcelo’s blog- Hook and Needle Girl
Don’t miss Holly’s introduction to many of the exciting designs in the book. Holly will also chat with me about the editing process, and a behind-the-scenes look into how this book was created.

Day 2- 11/17: Kat Coyle’s blog- Kat will spend some time with Laura Nelkin discussing her Andrea Beaded Cuffs. Also- Don’t miss Laura’s beading tutorial at Nelkin Designs.

Day 3- 11/18: Susie Gaughan’s blog- Knitting Knoobie Don’t miss Susie’s review of many of the easy and beginner projects as she discusses them from a “newer knitter’s” perspective.

Day 4- 11/19: Kara Gott Warner’s blog- She Knits In The Loop I will talk with Laura Bryant of Prism Yarn about her two designs in It’s In the Bag: Simply Stripes Scarf and Gossamer Capelet. Laura will also discuss how she got her start, and how she became a sensation in the knitwear world. I will also be hold a contest to win this really cool Molly Bag by DellaQ.

Day 5- 11/20: Susan Lawrence’s blog- Knitting As Fast As I Can Susan will be interviewing Colleen Smitherman about her Knit, Then Weave Placemats, and hosting a weaving tutorial. Also- don’t miss out on another contest to win a free copy of It’s In The Bag. Don’t miss this post!
Day 6- 11/21: Laura Nelkin’s blog: Nelkin Designs Laura will discuss some fun and innovative ways for you to make traveling with your knitting a breeze! Leave Laura a comment with your own tips and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a free copy of It’s In The Bag and a Namaste Needle Case!

Day 7- 11/22: Cindy Moore’s blog- The Fitter Knitter Cindy will chat with Colleen Smitherman about her It’s a Wrap shrug. Colleen will share some of her inspiration behind this fashion-forward design.

Day 8- 11/23: Genna C’s blog- Knitting to Stay Sane Don’t miss Glenna’s post, because she’s be holding a contest for you to win the sweetest DellaQ drawstring bag! Also in store is an interview with Cecily Glowick MacDonald about her Uptown Chic Satchel.

Day 9- 11/24: Lynn Hershberger’s blog- Color Joy. Lynn will chat with Melissa Leapman about her 3 designs in the book: Dual Texture Tunic, Outback Basket Weave Pullover and Saucy Stripes Pullover.

Day 10- 11/25: Faina Goberstein’s blog-Faina’s Knitting Mode Don’t miss Faina’s review: “What’s in the Bag for Kids,” where she emphasizes great projects for kids, and great tips for knitting on short trips! Don’t forget to leave Faina a comment about what kinds of traveling tips you use with your kids. They don’t even need be about knitting…but of course we love that! If you still want another chance to win the book, your tip will be entered in a drawing for another chance to win a free copy!

See you on the 16th!

Saturday Review: My new bag!!

November 7, 2009

Okay, So I just got a new project bag! I know, what else is new…

I can’t help it, I am a bag fiend, and I happen to love this new one.

I got it off of etsy- where else??  From Knitting’s My Bag and boy, did it surpass my expectations.

First off it was $10 – and really, I can not resist a deal like that; and secondly it was not only a simple sock sack- it was a draw string bag with  a flat bottom, a handle *and* pockets. Not to mention the cutest sheep pattern.

Don’t believe me right?

sheep bag 1  and see, pockets!—–>    sheep bag 2

I have to say that I’m impressed with the size. I ordered a small because I was only planning on using it for some small patterns, but the bag is big enough to hold 4 skeins of Lamb’s Pride Cotton Fleece. I went on just before and Knitting’s My Bag has many other bags the same size, and even this exact one available.

It’s more than worth the price, believe me.

Hint#2 – In this story we here about the habits of the pawnbroker’s. Guesses?

Taking crazy one day at a time

November 5, 2009

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll

I sooo have Alice beat, just with the schedule for my next month:

1.)Complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days

2.) Knit: 1 sock, 1 bear outfit including night shirt, robe, slippers and night cap (for a contest for charity), 2 pairs of socks (my own design), 1 pair of gloves (also my own design)

3.) Crochet: 1/4 of throw, 1 tiny bear (to put on bear mentioned above), 1 pair of socks

4.) Keep updating blog twice daily w

5.) Keep improving my etsy store, adding new items and finding new and better ways of doing things

6.) That’s right, I do have a day job…..

7.) Kick off my first Sherlock Holmes giveaway!

So take that Alice! Honestly, this would be terrible if I didn’t thrive off of crazy-intense pressure and deadlines. I always prioritize so the really important things get done but if I give myself too much room, then I start slacking. Can’t have that!

Oh, look out for the giveaway sometime before 6pm. (I would love to give a better estimate, but I am just the tiniest bit busy.)


November 3, 2009

It’s official, my buddy, the random number generator has chosen my 3 winners for me. It seems that they all have blogs (yay blogs!) so here they are:

Dary of Darcy’s Knotty Knitter– a lovely site, (and she’s running her own giveaway at the moment!)

Diane of– she has some truly beautiful crafts on here!

Carle of Our holistic Life– This is a great look into life on a holistic farm in South Africa

Congratulations to the winners, and a huge thank you to everyone who participated! The birthday wishes were so sweet, and I now have a huge list of fiber artists to feature and interview.

I love giveaways. In fact, I love them so much, I am in the middle of planning my next one. I am creating a Sherlock Holmes Sock club and Sample club, using yarns named after the various stories.

My thought was to do a Sherlock Holmes themed giveaway and drop a new hint every day about what story the colorway will be based on, and have everyone leave their guesses. At first I was going to award a 3 month subscription to the Sock club to the first person to guess correctly, but now I’m thinking I should put all the participants in my random number generator, and choose a winner that way.

What do you guys think?

Weekday Steals, Deals, & Giveaways

November 3, 2009

Okay, so for the official announcement, the Giveaway is closed, and I am pulling random numbers now. Everyone has a great chance at winning, and I will announce the winner at 6pm, so keep an eye out!

Crochet Today Quick & Easy Gifts 2009

November 2, 2009

crochet today

Okay, so I wanted to focus on the ‘gift issues’ that I am seeing all over my local bookstores this week. First off is Crochet Today.

Adult Apparel: 2 hats, 2 scarves, 1 shrug, 1 shawl, and 1 pair of socks

Accessories: 1 necklace, 2 bags, 1 sleep mask, 1 sunglass case

Baby:1 pair of sneaker-booties (adorable!), a rattle, a dress, a hat, and a shirt

Home: 3 pillows, 8 throws/baby blankets(including a functioning tic-tac-toe board), 1 table runner, 3 box-basket things, 1 dog bed, 1 snowflake motif (for various decor uses) 

Toys: 1 monkey (with and without santa hat), 1 ice cream cone, x and 0 for tic-tac-toe

Total: 36 patterns


All in all I really liked this issue. I do have a warning: a lot of these are NOT new patterns, in fact it’s possible none of them are. I see repeats from last holiday’s issue as well as some other patterns I’ve spotted throughout the years. However, if like me, you couldn’t dig up every last issue you’ve gotten if you wanted to, then this is perfect.

If, however, you are more organized than myself and my counterparts, you might just want to go over the last year and change of issues and find yourself some good quick patterns. (If you have a baby to crochet for, I really do like the sneaker-booties.)

My rating: 5-BOYThe patterns work, and except for the blankets, the dog bed and the shawl (which is done in crochet thread) everything should be quick and easy to make. This is a huge point in my favor as my “to make something for” list is over 20 people.

Happy All Hallows Eve-Eve!

October 30, 2009

Hooray! Just one night until the big day, kids, candy, costumes and….. cats? Hmmm, I think my alliteration creator is broken.

Anyway I just wanted to thank everyone who has participated in the contest so far.  There are lots of great comments, and I now have a list of 30 fiber artists that I will be contacting during this weekend.

I wanted to reiterate- please feel free to nominate yourself! You know if you’re a great fiber artist. If you have a blog, a store, an interesting story or even just a funny one, let me know!

All right, enough plugging the giveaway. I will be back here bright and early tomorrow with the Saturday Steals, Deals & Giveaways so stop by, pop off the fake fingernails and flip up the mask and take advantage of the contests and sales.


I’m Back!

October 29, 2009

Hopefully some of you will be happy to hear from me again! I have done some careful consideration during my hiatus and made some important decisions about what caused me to burn out.

Due to this I have re-formulated the blog to still provide the information on the schedule that I want but still be possible to maintain.

Before I go through the new schedule I definitely think it’s time to finish the old business. In short the line-by-line instructions for the sweetheart scarf are now up!

Go ahead, click the link. You know you want to!

Okay, now on to the new and improved schedule. Actually I’m lying, it’s not new, it’s pretty much the same as before except Thursdays. I just couldn’t take any more nights staying up until 2 or 3 am to finish and photograph whatever pattern I was trying to get up.

So.. in an effort to get more than a 4 hour average of sleep; the new schedule:

Monday 6 am : Monday Morning Magazine Review

Monday 6 pm: Monday Evening Magazine Review

Tuesday 6 am: Weekday Steals, Deals & Giveaways

Tuesday 6 pm: Tuesday Tip

Wednesday 6am: Web of yarn (website 1)

Wednesday 6pm: Web of yarn (website 2)

Thursday 6 am: Thursday wild card (either a coupon for my etsy store, a giveaway, a free pattern, a lesson, a free pattern, or many of the above)

Thursday 6pm: Thursday Twitter

Friday 6 am: Fiber Artist Friday- Background information

Friday 6pm: Fiber Artist Friday- Interview

Saturday 6am: Weekend Steals, Deals, and Giveaways

Saturday 6pm: Saturday review (anything yarn related that’s not a magazine)

Sunday 6am: Sunday Morning Confessions

Sunday 6pm: Sunday Evening Soundbyte

To start it off… A giveaway!

Saturday Review: Vickie’s Knitted Things and The Cozy Ewe

July 4, 2009

I got two wonderful things this week!

The first one was an 8oz jar of Bath Salts from or Vickie’s Knitted Things. The scent is ‘sweet orange’ so if you like citrus, then this is the thing for you.

What I like most about it though is the customer service. Upon ordering it, I got an e-mail, then another as soon as it shipped. The jar came in looking good enough to give as a gift.


(See how cute? Click to enlarge!)

I almost don’t want to use it- I feel as though I should save it as a gift for a special occasion.

Then I spotted a sale on www.TheCozyEwe.comand absolutely had to get a skein of Malabrigo sock yarn. Especially since I’ve had multiple requests for sock and non-sock items from sock yarn (keep the comments coming!)

I got the colorway Archangel, and I love it.


See how pretty? Not only is this the first time I’ve ever seen this colorway, but it was on sale! The owner, Darrell Bush, is one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of dealing with. He saved me money on shipping offering me a cheaper option, then when I decided to get a second skein he added it to the first and refunded me the shipping the same day!

So please don’t be put off by The Cozy Ewe’s site, which, admittedly is a little hard to navigate, their prices are great, and the customer service is nothing short of wonderful.

Everybody have a wonderful Independence Day!