Monday, July 28, 2014
I hope you like this shawl! If you do, twirl on over to Ravelry and buy it now!
Monday, July 7, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014
Doug and I are back from our honeymoon, and I'm buckling down to publish all the new patterns I've come up with in the last year! First up, Endurance Socks, a pattern I came up with when making a present for my dad's 70th birthday. His (I didn't get a good photograph) were the reverse of these; brown, with a blue stripe, and I loved them so much while making them, I had to use the leftover yarn to make some for myself.
I finished these on a rainy day in Sighnaghi, a lovely town in Georgia (the country). After I finished the toe on the second sock, the clouds parted, and I got to try them on a hike to the Bodbe Monastery down the road. This was the first real hike of our honeymoon, and it proved to me that I was not in shape.
Things changed gradually. After walking uphill and down, laden with our luggage, looking for lodging, my calves began to become something other than soft pads behind my bony shins. In fact, I was quite happy during our hike in Cappadocia, where the only lost breath was that which I had to catch, taking in all the beauty!
OK, so my calves aren't really much to write home about, but look how comfy the socks are! Also, just minutes after this picture was taken, Doug and I saw a hoopoe! This is exciting because of two things: I have a tattoo of a hoopoe, though I'd never seen one in person before, and hoopoe sightings are a rare occurance, even for those who live near their environment!
So now, thanks to my wonderful testers who have been working with me as I traveled, I have published the pattern! I highly recommend them for comfort during hikes, long walks, runs, and cuddling at home.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Recently my friend Alex posted about CARROT, the "to-do list with an attitude", and I succumbed. I too must admit that empty points from an app instead of the inherent joy of a job well done. Because of CARROT's empty points, I've found everyone's addresses and wrote them by hand on our wedding invitations.
Because the printable labels for the return address have't arrived, I thought I'd tackle something else on the list: sort through and clean all tote bags.
What is it with tote-bags and being a knitter? Once a project is done, do I diligently return the yarn to my stash? Oh no. It stays in the bag. Eventually when the bag gets too full of scraps, it leaves rotation (translation: new tote-bag) along with all the receipts, lotion tubes, pens and pencils, notebooks, and magazines. Even, in the case of one tote-bag, other tote-bags.
So I did it! I went through all the tote-bags, purses, and back-packs! Want to see? I knew you did!
That's a lot of bags! I saved the best for last--my new Wool bag from my friend Grace. The cloth bags are all going straight into the laundry. I'm going to add that as a task on CARROT, now!
So lets have a look at what was hiding in my tote-bags (which I keeps piled in the basket next to the wicker basket):
Top left: Wedding magazines, books, pattern notes. Top center: Yarn! And all the stitch-markers and yarn needles in existence. Top right: receipts, wrappers, and other trash (even found some loose staples in my back-pack, back when I had a stapler about 3 years ago?). Middle right: ball bands, toiletries, office supplies, stickers, loose change. Bottom left: Anna Vogelzang and Neko Case CDs, and some loose shawls.
What a mess! Oh well, now I know what I have, it should be fairly easy to put away (toiletries go to the bathroom, yarn goes in the stash, wedding magazines...meh, they get recycled because after you've read one, you've read them all!
Friday, December 20, 2013
Side note: it's kind of funny, knitting things semi-professionally, and a friend asks how you're doing. "Oh, just tying up loose ends...literally. That is what I'm doing. I'm taking loose ends and tying them up."
So speaking of loose ends, and family you would like to knit for, I'd like to announce my 40% off pro-hats-ination sale! If you enter the code "prohatsinate" when purchasing any of my hat patterns on Ravelry, you get 40% off, through Christmas day!
Friday, November 22, 2013
I love the rusty color of the Malabrigo Arroyo colorway, Glitter. Also, when you hold a rusty doughnut, it might come off on your hands.