Nine years ago, I jumped into the blogging world with this post. What followed has been an amazing journey of making new friends, learning new things and expanding my horizons to include a new craft-based business, better photography and being very picky about what kind of yarn and fiber I buy.
I wouldn’t have traded a second of it for anything.
What I’d like to do is celebrate the past nine years with a giveaway – leave a comment and I’ll draw a winner from them early next week for either a skein of my handspun yarn or $25 off a shop purchase. Tell your friends because if I get enough comments, I’ll make that two (or more) winners!
ETA: Okay, we’ve hit 50 comments, there will be two prizes! Winners will choose between a skein of my handspun yarn or $25 off of a shop purchase!
What’s in the photos, you ask? This is my newly-off-the-needles Brickless shawl!
I’ve wanted one for a while, I love the way it drapes! The pattern calls for worsted weight but I used DK and a slightly smaller needle
I love it.
Details can be found on my Ravelry Project Page
Don’t forget to comment to be entered into the drawing – I’ll be closing the comments on Sunday night (Feb. 23) then drawing for a winner (or winners) on Monday!
ETA: Comments are closed! I’ll be drawing a winner today and posting tomorrow – thank you all for playing! :o)
In all the craziness of the past month, I managed to fit in a gift for myself:
…here it is all laid out next to the tree (with my iPhone for scale – a la crazyfiberlady):
The colors are more true in the first picture. The pattern is the Dragonfly Fire Cowl (rav link) and the yarn is mine. This project took me all of three evenings from beginning to end – it was awesome. I might do another one just for kicks and because this pattern is so easy, it’s like comfort knitting. I don’t have to think about it.
The only drawback to a cowl is what it does to the curly hair. I look like a mad scientist when I take the thing off – I think I scared the crap out of a toddler at the grocery store yesterday. ;o)
This is my official last post until Monday so I’d like to take a moment to wish you all a happy and a healthy!!
…if you only have 101 yards of handspun and want to knit a foaming waves or cresting wave or…wth is it called again? ohyeah, Morning Surf Scarf? (I knew it was wavy…kinda)
You knit one…
…only it’s not long enough to be a scarf (it’s like two and a half feet long and I only had like six inches of yarn left, btw) but you want to wear it in a scarf-like fashion so you decide…
…to turn it into a cowl. [Raveled here]
Pretty magical of me, dontcha think? ;o)
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a lovely New Year! I can’t wait to catch up on my RSS feeds to see what you all have been up to over the past week.
In the meantime, let me tell you all what I’ve been up to (and yes, there’s actual knitting in this post – brace yourselves) ;o)
Christmas was pretty quiet, my Mom and Dad were here along with our old roommate Dave (aka ‘Uncle’ Dave) and RR’s Dad came over on Christmas Day. We exchanged gifts (WAIT ’til you see what Dad made for me – it’ll be a bit since I have to knit some lace first) and had an amazingly good tenderloin cooked by RR and Dave. Dobby spent the day with Whipping Boy and his ‘rents because her worthless *ahem* father had ‘other’ plans (aka ‘new girlfriend’). I received the usual mixture of technology (a red Nano!**) and fibery stuff (Sock blockers and a lace blocking frame made by Dad!) and RR was gifted with what he wanted most in the world – an indoor R/C Helicopter – that he went and made the mistake of letting me drive. Carnage ensued:
Good thing I bought replacement blades…
Dobby’s ‘big’ gift was a new stereo for her car that controls her iPod. She had to work Christmas Eve so while she was at work, RR made a visit to her car and installed it for her (he was a car stereo installer in another life). We stuck a big bow on it so she wouldn’t miss it and she must have found it right away since she called to thank us when she got out of work. ;o) We wanted to surprise her on Christmas morning, but it would have been hard for her to miss RR’s absence on Christmas eve while he did the install in the driveway!
New Years was quiet – RR and I watched the ball drop and then waited for Dobby to call to let us know she had gotten to her Grandparents safely. At 2am I gave up and called – she got there on time and safely, but forgot to call. grrrr
I showed you guys the yarn I spun from the silk/merino purchased at Rhinebeck – but I didn’t show you the finished product because it is a gift for a family friend. I was afraid that she would see it on the blog before receiving it – and she still hasn’t received it but I can’t wait anymore. Right now she’s battling the flu and won’t be near a computer ’til she gets the gift so I feel somewhat safe in sharing it now.
oh you want to SEE it? hehehe
I seriously love this scarf – and don’t want to give it away! However, when I showed my friend what I had purchased at Rhinebeck this year, she fell in love with the fiber and pronounced it perfect for a scarf. How could I not comply? ;o)
Okay, one more picture:
In other knitting news…oh this has gone on long enough. I don’t want this post to be too big! I’ll be back to let you know about my progress with the CPH I’ve been working on forever.
OH and don’t forget! The Complete Jane Austen starts on PBS January 13th! (For those fans of Bronte – Jane Eyre began on December 30th and will air the 2nd and final part on January 6th)
**The Zen that RR gave me for Christmas last year went and bricked itself a few weeks ago. A month after the warrantee expired. For its replacement I decided to go with a flash based mp3 player in the hopes that the memory will last longer than one with a hard drive.
…now that I’m done with Moth I feel lost…forlorn…without purpose. What to knit? What to spin? What to do? I guess I could clean something since the house is definitely starting to resemble a pigsty. Or, I could just show you prom photos ;o)
Roger’s Dad (aka ‘Pa’) drove them in his ’48 Ford – which just happened to match her dress. I think they had the coolest ride there and I’m pretty certain she had the only hand-knit shawl (made with yarn dyed specially for her by Auntie J) ;o)