It’s like Christmas

November 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

zee box

Care to guess what this is?
“It’s obviously a box” you might say, ohoho, but it is so much more!

mmmmmm

Why yes, I have, in fact, received my very own set of Knit Picks Options. Did I spoil myself? Probably, but after a few days of deliberating I decided I liked wood needles more than the Addis, and they were considerably cheaper (with more size/cable options too!). Boy, am I so glad I took the time to figure that out, because it was worth it.

workin'

I really want to make a full comparison between the three types but it definitely does come down to a personal preference. I had to decide between the metal and the wood in the end, because while the acrylic tips are nice, the squeaking sound drives me INSANE. The metal proved to be too slick for me, especially since I’m the kind of adventurous beginner that likes to do cables in my first project. The tips are a little too pointy, but since I’ve recently switched from English to Continental, my Accidental Finger Stabbing has dropped 20%.
If I have any complaints, it’s that the case they came in is pretty awful. It’s a really sticky ugly kind of plastic that ended up becoming a small project bag once I bought a Lantern Moon case at my LYS (where I also bought the Cascade Eco Alpaca that’s on the needles above).

Well, even though I’ve had these needles for a while and – don’t tell my crochet hooks – like to open the case and sort of pet them a little then close it up, I haven’t really had a strong knitting mojo. Things have been a little, er, crazy lately, but it isn’t anything that I’d like to indulge here. I’ve also been making more yarn money by babysitting and am taking a class in a few weeks to learn how to make a Mo(e)bius Cowl. Thankfully, the week off ahead should give me plenty of time to work on projects and other things I’d like to get accomplished, especially the red scarf for the OFA whose deadline is approaching quickly. I am crocheting too, mostly “secret” projects, and I have some ideas for tutorials/guides I’d like to make.
Oh! I also absolutely have to stop by my LYS before the end of the week while the Danger Craft monsters are holding up the store. Dare I say that it’s Danger-ous for them to be so close to where I live? har har har har

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Stitches East

November 1, 2010 § 1 Comment


Stitches East was this past weekend, conveniently located about half an hour away from where I am. How could I not go?
After some advice from a woman at my stitch ‘n bitch, I checked the Ravelry forums earlier last week and happened to see that some vendors were looking for assistance over the weekend. So rather than absentmindedly wandering around one day, I spent the whole weekend (and Thursday) with the wonderful women of Woolstock (say that five times fast). Even if they allowed cameras I wouldn’t have found time to take a picture because I was on my feet all day every day, digging through giant bags of yarn, finding prices and helping people with patterns. Not only was it a fun way to meet people and make some money, but I learned a lot about yarn and patterns and everything in the process – not to mention it helped my knitting schools a little bit too.
That’s not what’s important though! Even though I was a little low on funds, if I left empty handed I’d easily regret it forever.

First up is something I’ve needed for a while – a row counter/yarn cutter from Debra’s Garden. I don’t know where to put it, so right now it’s with the rest of my notions.

This was one of Woolstock’s many yarns that sold out over the weekend: GLOW IN THE DARK YARN. Amazing, right? Not only that, but it’s machine washable and the glow lasts for a good hour. I tried to get a picture of it glowing, but it wasn’t bright enough to register on my camera.

I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the booth that I bought this from. I want to say it was Great Yarns, so I’ll stick with that for now. Either way, this is two skeins of Malabrigo’s worsted superwash Merino wool (Rios) that I’d like to use for a pair of matching arm warmers. The colorways are different on purpose, of course. At that same booth I got to pick up…

…this amazing project bag. One of the employees there hand sewed a bunch of them by herself and had one on her while she helped me find yarns in their huge selection. What you do is clip it onto your belt loop (or what have you), dump the yarn inside, and knit/crochet away. So simple yet so amazing!

Plus it has BUNNIES! eeeeee

Don’t worry, I almost fainted too.
This is nine (!) hanks of Araucania’s Pomaire (100% hand-dyed pima cotton). That’s 1,647 yards of soft cottony goodness. I don’t have the slightest idea as to what I’m going to use it for yet, though my mom keeps reminding me that she really likes the color.

My toilet paper roll wasn’t cutting it anymore, so I caved and bought a nostepinne. I’m sort of a sucker for woodworking and the guy was incredibly friendly, too. Yes, that cake was rolled by yours truly! (I’m not proud of it or anything)

After all of that there are still things that I want to buy now that I have a little spending money. I think I already know what I’m going to spend some of it on…

The first step.

October 26, 2010 § 1 Comment

Is admitting you have a problem.
I do have a problem…with finishing things. I start them, and they lay around unfinished for a while before I lose it or get frustrated and purposely put it away somewhere where I won’t find it. Take my Starling Handbag for example:

I was really excited to get it done and got super impatient, but now that all of the crocheting is done, I’m very “meh” about it. I need to kick myself to finish the liner and such so I can legitimately cross it off my huge (Want) To Do list.
I’ve also been bit by the knitting bug again, after over six years of not remembering how to do so much as cast on. I’m absolutely in love with the yarn I chose for my first full-fledged knitting project too, and normally I’m not this excited over something that isn’t cotton.

I’d like to introduce you to…

October 23, 2010 § 2 Comments

…my “oh God why did I buy all of this yarn and what am I supposed to do with it now” box.

It’s mostly full of yarns that I bought when I first learned about knitting and somewhat understood the basics of it. I bought most of it based off of how it felt but didn’t know anything about fiber content or weight or gauge. It’s mostly acrylics but a lot of it is also mystery brands/blends whose tags I lost years ago.
Why is this important? If it weren’t for this box I probably wouldn’t have any interest now in what I do. I just wish I had any idea what to do with all of it, because just letting it sit around seems like such a waste. 😦 I’ve started WiPs in a few of them but they rarely, if ever, follow through, and I mostly use it as a junk stash to test techniques or stitch patterns. For the most part though, it just sits around, wishing to be used…

oh hello there

October 18, 2010 § 1 Comment

Getting things settled, hopefully this will be a better fit…