Tuesday, April 22, 2008
A great deal on Clover bamboo circulars can be found online at Kyle Knits' blog. Just click the picture to the left, or the link below. I purchased two pair of size 3 - 24" circs to hone my socks on two circs skills. Tons of size and length combos available at a terrific price! Shipping included. Thanks Kyle!
In joy :)
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
A little Salvation Army find: a vintage metal stool with green leather seat cushion. Only, I didn't realize the cushion seat was leather until I started cutting it away. Luckily, I salvaged the seat circle. I'll use it for something, maybe a pillow - one side knit, the other leather? Who knows...
The transformation: A new CSM stool workstation! Light and portable. I take it with me whenever I venture out to a knitting group and feel like showing off my cranking skills. Also works great for sitting on the couch and cranking while I watch American Idol. Jason's my Idol!
Monday, April 14, 2008
Pay It Forward on Ravelry!
It’s the Pay It Forward Exchange. It’s based off the concept of the movie “Pay it Forward” where acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness will pass on acts of kindness in return. So here’s how it works:
I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post requesting to join this PIF exchange. I do not know what that gift will be yet, and it won’t be sent this month, but it will be sent (within 6 months) and that’s a promise! What you have to do in return, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.
"I vow to Pay It Forward to THREE, I wonder who you will be?! Please, be a PIF! You will enjoy it just as much as we do!" And, remember...you have 6 months to get your gifts done! Come on, you know you would love to be a recipient. One day, you don't know when, you'll receive a gift that I have made especially for YOU! Please remember, you don't have to knit or crochet to participate, anyone who can make a nice handmade gift is welcome to join :)
***UPDATE: I GOT MY THREE! YAY :) Kyle, Thea Midnight and Purypuryn***
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Need a quick baby gift? Break out them needles for a couple hours.
Spring brings much more than flowers. It seems to bring babies too. At least two of my friends and friends' family members have just given birth. One couple gave birth to triplets ( a set of twin girls and a boy), another a little girl. Since my CSM cylinders are 54 and 72, kind of big for newborn booties, I decided to do some hand knitting. I almost forgot how much I truly enjoy it. Using a quick and easy pattern from Ooo Baby Knits, with cones of Peaches and Cream 10 ply 100% cotton yarn in baby pastel colors.
I've knitted 3 pair of booties so far for the triplets, now I'm working on something for the little girl. Hmmm maybe a sweater...
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Its spring! Time for a fresh start so I decided to make one by cleaning up. Look at my lovely desk, so neat and tidy. A computer, a holder for pens and other items. But wait, what's that knitting doing there? And, aren't those picks and a brush in the holder and a pair of scissors in front of the laptop - hey, what gives?
April Fools! Its not really my desk. Its my CSM knitting station! Ha ha! It may seem a bit odd at first and completely unusual, but it works damknit and I like it. So, I cranked open my workbench an laid my Ikea mini side table on top of it. I decorated the sides of the table with a few cup hooks and hung weights and tools. I even managed to get all my stray yarn cones and balls off the floor and packed neatly away back into their plastic totes. My workstation now reminiscent of something out of a functional art exhibit. This might be a good time to start working on my own portfolio. Ah, but who can concentrate on sculpture when there's so much yarn to be knit?