3.31.2010

All our Bags are Packed...

We're off on a three week family road trip in our VW van to Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. To say that we are excited is an understatement!  Last night my girl and I made these granola bars in preparation.  They are sooooo good I rallied for leaving early so we could tuck into them right away!

I sent out a plea for audiobook ideas on Twitter, and got LOTS of good ideas. So, the I-Pod is loaded,  my yarn is wound, the GPS is programmed and we're off...  I don't think I'll post with pics until I get back but will keep in touch via Twitter, join me if you like!

Seriously hoping there is green on the trees when we get back... it's been a bit dismal here as of late!

3.25.2010

A Love of Lists

My life tends to be ruled by lists, lists of my own making, I should add, but lists none the less.  I realized I had a whole lotta little things to tell you about and I could make a list;  certainly not a new thing to the blogging world, but definitely a new blogging tool for me!

1.  It's my birthday this weekend, gearing up for a fun eve with friends at our new wine bar, Corks and More... it's got self-serve wine machines, which once you get over the weirdness of self-serving your own wine tasting, it's rather fun!

2. The new Knitty is out, I am in love with many of the designs, but have to say, I COVET THIS for my spring wardrobe.

3. Last week the weather finally warmed up and I got to dust off my road bike and learn how to use the clipless shoes and pedals my dear friend got me last year for my birthday.  After reading this I rode around the lawn for a bit. It was amusing, I'm glad there wasn't a hidden camera!  Once I got the hang of it I had an incredible ride to work and back, so much easier to summit the hills.

4. I have been surrounding myself with the color green.. just look at the pile of yarn I've been playing with lately, see a trend?  Guess I have a one track mind about spring!

5.  We are gearing up for a 3 week road trip in our VW van to Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.  Thinking we all need water bottle holders for the desert, I going to make one of these and one of these next chance I get.

6. In my endless effort to attempt to learn to be a better writer, I think I need this poster in my office.

7. My classes at SQUAM are filling up, if you are considering going, YOU SHOULD!

8. Have you seen Rosemary Hill's Brandywine Shawl?  Romi is donating $5 of the purchase price to Doctors without Borders. Her goal is to sell 10,000 patterns for the people of Haiti.  Romi has sold 1,600 last I checked, which means $8000 has already been donated, isn't that amazing?  I LOVE knitters!  Go Romi Go!

9. I like love these shoes... I think I have to have them (even though they ship from Uruguay)... thanks for enabling my shoe fetish Maya!

10. And finally, thanks for all the Snuggler love I got here and on Ravelry... right back atcha!

3.18.2010

Snuggler!

Snuggler is a cozy hoodie with a slight cowl neck worked up in sport weight yarn.  Simple lace stripes go up each arm and border the pocket. There is also a simple rib stitch collar option if you don’t want to work the hood!  There is gentle waist shaping for a flattering fit as well.  You can click on any of the pics above to see a bigger image.  Go here to purchase the pattern for Snuggler or read more information about it.
I've been waiting to a wee bit to share Snuggler with you and I hope you like!  I originally designed and knitted it in Schaefer's Susan (sport-weight pima cotton) in Barbara McClintock last fall and released it at TNNA in January.  As soon as I knit it I knew I needed to make it in Schaefer Heather (wool/silk) in Indigo as well.  So I asked one of my fav model knitters, Colleen, to test the pattern and make one up for me.  I have to say I am thrilled I asked her not to make my size.  I so would have commandeered it if she did... I need to keep some of my samples nice for stores and shows!

Snuggler
has been thoroughly tech edited and test knitted and is READY for your needles.. have at it!

3.11.2010

Potholder Swap 2010 (and the WINNERS)

In my never ending quest (it seems) to learn how to crochet I decided to be a "joiner" and commit myself to the Potholder Swap 2010.  I am thrilled with my decision.  I had such a great time, from choosing yarns, to coming up with a design I liked, crocheting them, and steam blocking (which might be my new fav thing to do!)
This all started with me thinking I could use up a bunch of Schaefer Yarn's Laurel I had in my stash.  Then, of course, they needs coordinating solids, so when I was in Florida last week I HAD to go to the yarn store(s) to find the perfect matches.  The blue and green potholders use Paton's Grace (held double)and the red one uses Reynold's Saucy. I ended up trying a few different designs, and in the end was the most happy with this flower motif that I got from this book.  I modified it some and then backed them with a single crochet circle so no hands can get burned.
I'll post about the potholders I receive in the exchange when they arrive.  I've been having SO much fun following on Flickr and seeing what everyone is creating. (And maybe doing a little bit of dreaming about which ones will end up taking our cookies out of the oven!)

And now for the winners of the Toe-Up Giveaway

#27- Sparkle and #13 Deborah 

I don't have contact info for either of you, so PLEASE get in touch with me by the end of the weekend.  If I don't hear back I'll choose another winner.

3.08.2010

Speaking of Toe-Up Socks

Have I showed you these toe-up socks of mine?
 
Proper Etiquette Socks
Yarn: Schaefer Yarn Nichole in Emily Post
The pattern will be available from me in June 2010!
See them here on Ravelry!

3.02.2010

A Sock Celebrating Giveaway!


I am lucky enough to have met, and spent time with, the lovely Miss Chrissy Gardiner of Gardiner Yarn Works when I travel to trade shows with Schaefer Yarn.  I've become quite a fan of her patterns and aesthetic sense!  So when Chrissy mentioned I could do a give-away of her comprehensive Toe-Up sock book I just had to say yes!  I've decided to rope Schaefer into it as well, so I have 2 book and sock yarn care packages to give-away.

The Book: First off, I LOVE how this book is set up.  The first chapters discuss sock anatomy, and technique IN DEPTH.  I particularly love the chapters on Cast On's and Finishing Techniques.  Chrissy has very clear and easy to understand instructions accompanied by pictorial tutorials that help clarify the "sticky" points. 
Then you get to the worksheets, and that is where it all really comes together.  My favorite kind of knitting books are ones that nurture and develop independent knitters.  Toe-Up is definitely this kind of book!  The worksheets and their uses are illustrated in the beginning of the book and then "blanks" are supplied in the back.  So, once you've learned about the different toe and heel shaping that Chrissy has outlined you can go ahead and figure them out for your gauge, size and pattern.  What freedom! 

One other thing that has to be mentioned is how BIG the charts are!  You won't need to blow these up at the copy place before being able to get to work on them.  I love that Chrissy used a little extra paper and ink to give us knitter's something readable!
 

Finally, I have to say something about the designs.  I am quite drawn to many of them, but the one I am casting on for SOON is the Old-School Knee-Highs, I absolutely have to have them in my wardrobe by next Fall.  I love the shaping at the back of the leg.  I'm just worried that my girl is going to fall in love with them too and a steal them from me!
 

The Yarn:
The yarn is Schaefer's Nichole perfect for jumping right into learning with Chrissy's book. 

Leave a comment by March 10th, letting me know just why you think these goodies should be yours for a chance to win!  Feel free to Tweet and share on Ravelry, the more the merrier!  If you do tweet or mention the giveaway on Ravelry, leave a second comment and I'll enter your name twice.

3.01.2010

GOLD MEDAL for Winterlude!!!!

Folks, its done.... a gold medal has been won, I am thrilled!  Phew, that was an Olympic experience for sure!!!! I am so glad I joined in on the games; now I know what I am committing too next time around.... I really wasn't so sure glory was going to be mine!
The pattern for Winterlude will be available soon, it's off to a tech editor and then needs a knitter or two to test knit it... anybody interested?