I think I will keep him. Happy Birthday, Alex!
Anyway, Karen was so nice to send me yarn as part of her "I'm sending yarn to a random commenter giveaway." Let's take a look at what I got now shall we?
So, I thought, why not give someone else that same squee-like feeling when random yarn shows up at his or her door.
Here is what is up for grabs - a custom dyed skein of yarn!! I pretty much dye sock weight yarn these days, but if there is something else you would like and you win, we can talk about it. :)
All you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post between now and 04/01/10 at 5pm central time and you will be entered into a random drawing for a custom dyed skein of yarn. I will enter everyone who comments between now and then. If you win, I will contact you to discuss what colors and type of yarn would make your day. So, please leave me a way to contact you (Rav name, email address, blog link, whatevs).
And, if you are unsure if you will like what I dye, take a peek at my etsy shop to see what I do!
You can find Fearless Fibers over at http://fearlessfibers.etsy.com.
So, stopped by any good Etsy sites lately?
Note: Pictures are from Fearless Fibers Etsy site.
This yarn was spun up from some Fat Cats Knits roving I bought some time ago. I think it turned out just great.
I don't know what this one will become. I have lots of single handspun skeins being added to the stash. I think lots of people might be getting hats for Christmas. :) (Plus, did you see that hat in Knitty!? It was perfect timing considering the rate at which I am spinning up random skeins o' yarn.)
First up, it's the Bunny Nuggets:
Photo from dangercraft's Flickr Photostream.
I think I heard about these cute lil guys on a podcast awhile back. I think they are so adorable. And, they seem like a good use of random yarn leftovers, which I always like. You can get the Bunny Nuggets pattern for free as a free Ravelry download.
Next up is the Sweet Little Bird:
This bird is just too cute. I could totally see it as a baby gift. Might need to knit one or twelve for just that reason. Goodness knows that lots of people around me are cooking babies in their uteri right now. :)
The Sweet Little Bird pattern is available for free. You can get it here.
So, what's new in your queue?
And, since that spinning bug still seems to be with me, I started on something new. More on that later. :)
Stefanie was totally there for the group, working through issues, chatting with us, and providing videos and handouts about designing a shawl. Her website for the class allows for live chat, and forums, as well as the ability to upload pictures directly to the site. All of these tools really made me feel like she was there along the way willing to help. It's like she was right here in my house in Northern IL checking out my work!
Using the random number generator, I am pleased to announce the winner is Aria!!!
Congrats, Aria. Please check your Ravelry mail. I have sent you a message about where to send it. :)
Thanks everyone for stopping by the blog. I have some more giveaways planned for the near future so check back soon.
And, if you are liking my reviews, come back tomorrow for a review of Stefanie Japel's Design Your Own Shawl Online Class.
Thanks again and happy knitting!
Here is my second shawl with my new design.
This class really was a great time. Come back on Wednesday to read my review of the class.
Happy shawl knitting everyone!
This week, I tempt you with Dyeabolical Yarns amazing yarn and fiber.Seriously? These colors make me want to roll around in her yarn all day and then sleep in a bed of her roving. What? I'm dead serious.
You can see more of Dyeabolical's wonderful colorways over at her Etsy shop: DyeabolicalYarns.etsy.com.
Found any good Etsy sites lately?
Note: Pics are from DyeabolicalYarn's Etsy site.
First up is the Wishy Washy Fishy Tawashi Dishcloth:
I think this pattern is hilarious. I am pretty sure as Alex and I start talking about redecorating the kitchen these might need to be incorporated into the design. This pattern is available for free here.
And then there is the Vortex (5) Dishcloth:
Photo from first_of_five's Flickr Photostream.I think that pattern is so neat. And, a great use of half balls of kitchen cotton, if you ask me. The Vortex (5) pattern is available for free here.
So, what's new in your queue?
So, after the pages on creativity and some explanation gauge and level of difficulty, the book dives right into the patterns. The patterns cover a wide range of wraps, including scarves, wraps shawls and ponchos.
Of the twenty patterns in the book, there were three that caught my eye, Bumblebees, Fall Colors (that's the wrap on the cover, seen above) and Milky Way.
After the patterns, there is a short section on techniques, which is standard for most knitting books.
Overall, I thought it was a nice book. Would I truly knit anything out of it? Probably not. While I think that these patterns are all simple, classic looks that will never really go out of style, I just really don't think that this book it totally where shawl/wrap knitting is right now. I mean with things like Ishbel, Traveling Woman, Milkweed taking Ravelry/the knitters by storm, I feel like the designs in this book are just so-so in comparison to them. I do appreciate the tone of the book and linking the knitting designs to nature, it's just the patterns aren't really the kind I am into right now.
So, would I recommend the book? Yes, if you like those simple, classic sort of wraps and shawls and things. If you are like me and can't stop knitting all these new shawlette patterns that are coming out on Ravelry, then maybe not so much.
Think you might like this book? Well, just leave me a comment with your Ravelry name, or blog, or email or some way for me to contact you and you will be entered into a random drawing for this book. I will be drawing the name on Monday, March 22nd at 5pm.
Think you might like to buy this book? You can get it on Amazon for $16.49.
So, ready any good knitting books lately?
They are coming out just great. I made a couple minor mods to the pattern (more on that once they are done). I am so in love with these socks, I may want to marry them. :)
Happy sock knitting!
I came home from work last week to find these precious numbers in the mail (and from a woman who had already sent me two of these sweater/hat sets already no less!):That pattern for the sweater is Paxton, which is a free Ravelry download (lots of people have been asking me about it, because it is just about the cutest thing ever!)
Then yesterday, I went knitting with some of my buddies at the new LYS in Arlington Heights, and my friend Tammy gave me all these hats:
Her and a couple of friends knit them up for me. So generous ladies!
Kimi took that first huge pile home when I saw her a week ago, but here is the new pile o' baby goodies:
This week I plan to start cranking through my large-ish stash of Sugar'n Cream and start some baby bibs.
Thanks again to everyone for helping out. Keep those baby items coming! If you would like to join in the baby knitting (or crocheting!) fun, you can either join the group on Ravelry or just knit any baby item your little heart desires and then email me at jenATknittinglikecrazyDOTcom and I will give you my address so you can send it to me. I will then be giving them to Kimi to give to the women in the class that she teaches.
Happy knitting and thanks everyone!
I bought a set of three of the owl tins that you see above before Christmas. Two stayed with me, and one went into a gift for my knitting groups yankee swap. And, if you are the kind of knitter or crocheter who likes to do swaps on Ravelry, then I think this Etsy site is an excellent stop for you!
Yarn requirements: Whatever your little knitting heart desires! If you are going with a worsted weight yarn, you probably want something at least 180 yards (or more). For sock/fingering weights, I would so with something at least 350 yards or more. No one likes running out of yarn!
Needle: One that goes appropriately with the yarn you picked. For worsted weight, maybe a US 7, for a sock/fingering, I like US size 4 or 5 for shawls.
Row 1: K3, yo, k1, yo, K3
Row 2: K3, yo, p to last three stitches, yo, K3 Row
3: K3, yo, k to center stitch, yo, K1, yo, K to last three stitches, yo, K3
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you are tired of the purl rows (ending with a WS/purl row).
Row 1: K3, yo, K to center stitch, yo, K1, yo, K to the last three stitches, yo, K3.
Continue these two rows until you think you have enough yarn left to bind off. Bind off.
Anyway, I just really wanted to share my opinions on the stuff in the magazine and tell you what I would like to knit in it. There were actually lots of things I want to knit in this issue; I am a total sucker for the lacey stuff. And this issue had a good amount of it. There is a lace shawl/stole, a bunch of sweaters, and even a cute market bag.
Here are some of my absolute favs. First up, it's the Rose Window Beret:
This beret might be the thing I am most excited about in this issue. Why? Well, there was a girl on American Idol who was always wearing these cute little berets during Hollywood week. I literally had been watching AI thinking that I should design a beret. Now there is no need, because here one is!
I also am totally in love with the sock pattern that was in this issue:
I love those little lacey cardigans. I think people in photos wearing them always look so sophisticated. So, maybe I will knit one so I can get that sophisticated look too!
Here is the latest haul of stuff I have received. I got all of this stuff from one woman in Kansas:I can't believe she took all that time to knit! (Well, I can believe it, because she is awesome, but wow! That is a lot of stuff!). Last week I also received a couple baby sweaters and some hats from another Ravelry group member:
I was so in love with those sweaters that I demanded to know the yarn and pattern that she used. And, as I showed off yesterday, I knit one of my own. Here it is again:
So, now my pile of baby items to go to Kimi looks like this:
I can't believe how much stuff I have received so far. And there are many many more people generously knitting their fingers off to send more to me. Amazing!
Keep those baby items coming! If you would like to join in the baby knitting (or crocheting!) fun, you can either join the group on Ravelry or just knit any baby item your little heart desires and then email me at jenATknittinglikecrazyDOTcom and I will give you my address so you can send it to me. I will then be giving them to Kimi to give to the women in the class that she teaches.
Happy knitting and thanks everyone!
I think everyone should knit this pattern. It's quick, it's easy, it's fun, what's not to love!?
The Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket by EZ
The Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock, Mediumweight, in the Downpour colorway
The Needles: US Size 4
The Time to Knit: About five days, and then I cut it all close and put on the buttons yesterday morning, on the last day of the Olympics!
And then because the knitting was done on the BSJ, I thought why not try to crank out another baby sweater during the Olympics. So, I did. :)
This one is for my group on Ravelry, Kimi's Kids. Someone had sent me two sweaters using this pattern and I thought they were so cute that I decided that I needed to knit one.
So very cute. I could see a cute little baby girl wearing this one in the summer. I may have cast on for another one. :)
The Pattern: Paxton (Free Rav download there)
The Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby (about half a skein)
The Needles: US Size 6
The Time to Knit: 3 days
So, that's it. I am pleased with my Olympic knitting. How did yours turn out?