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In preparation for…

In crochet, knitting on July 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm

I love giveaways. I love giving things away. I don’t know why I do but I do. I take pleasure in picking gifts and wrapping up the packages. A lot of thought takes place in my gift giving. I buy gifts like I’m buying it for myself. I keep in mind the individual’s need as well as about the practicality of the item. I give because I want to, not because I have to. I give because I want the recipient to have a cheesy smile planted on their face! It feels good to get and it feels good to give.

In gift giving, I feel that it’s all in the details that makes a gift special. I saw these cards and I thought they were perfect for the giveaway!

With that said, I want to let you know that I have no affiliation with any company,that is to say, there were no donations made towards these prizes. It is my own money which has been used to purchase them.

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What do you think?

Only a few more days until showtime!

July 2013 Yarnbox – Take Two

In crochet, knitting on July 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I guess this is no longer a spoiler since the August Yarnbox is expected in a few weeks.

Disclaimers about the video:
1. This is my very first properly executed self video. The first wasn’t taped properly i.e. vertically.
2. During the filming, I got a message on my tablet and it was heard on the video. And it’s loud too! lol Sorry.  Anyone know how to fix that for the next time?
3. I think I started speaking fast but I’m not sure. Sorry.  I’ll sum up what  I said below the video.

If you’re asking yourself, “What did she say?!?” Here it is:

INSIDE THE BOX

The Postcards:
Laura Nelkin [codes for 50%off her jewelry kit on Ravelry | 20% off all e-patterns and books for July and August | 50% off her Craftsy classes]
Sarah Jane Jackson [1 copy of her ‘Frippery’ cuff pattern | 30% off any Ravelry pattern | 40% off the ‘Cuffed’ e-book]
Darn Good Yarn: Making a Positive Impact in the World, providing empowerment to those (Nepal and India) “who face gender and caste discrimination” … “empowerment comes from creatingmarvelous, high quality yarn from reclaimed materials.” Mostly the women of those countries are creating these yarns.

The Yarn:
2 skeins hot pink Darn Good Yarn – Lux Adventure Collection Recycled Silk Yarn (80 yds each)
1 skein Darn Good Yarn – Plush [that’s the hairy multicolored one] (32 yds)
1 skein Darn Good Yarn – At The Bahamas (117ft, 130 yds)

I’m not a fan of novelty yarn. And I consider this to be novelty yarn.

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LUX ADVENTURE COLLECTION RECYCLED SILK YARN

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PLUSH

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AT THE BAHAMAS

The Bottom Line: I’m disappointed with the box.  I have no idea what to do with them.  Any suggestions?

Not in the video:
1) I looked on Ravelry and SEVERAL people “Will trade or sell” Plush.  A few “will trade or sell” Lux Adventure Collection Recycled Silk Yarn and At The Bahamas.

2) I think that the Lux Adventure Collectionan be worked with. The other 2…I’m not so sure. I guess I’ll join the ” Will trade or Sell” crowd on Ravelry!

3) I’m not knocking this company, I think they are doing a very positive , beautiful thing for the people of India, I just wished they had selected some nicer yarn from their brand I saw like Brown Tweed Pulled Silk (all the colors), Harvest Silk Cloud Silk Yarn, Jar of Olives Chunky Wool Yarn.  I will still support as I stated,  because it is worthy and brings people to self-sufficiency and building their economy.

One UFO down…

In finished projects, knitting, portfolio on July 25, 2013 at 9:37 pm

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I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like having unfinished objects just hanging around. It’s eating valuable yarn stash space, and I just can’t have that! But I’m sure like me, you have several! I’m making a diligent effort to getting that almost double digit amount down.

I decided to start here. It’s been laying around for a good 4 months. Here’s the back story….

Back in January of this year, I entered a contest that Knitting Fever held on Facebook and I won! I actually won! Yipee! I’m still excited because I don’t typically win ANYTHING!

What I won was the Ella Rae Booklet 120 Lace Merino Chunky. Looking through the book, I was just beaming; grinning from ear to ear, because everything is so beautiful and so practical. What I need to knit must not only be cute, but also practical. This fits the bill.

Imagine…It’s the dead of winter. It’s cold. And I had been rocking scalp all winter! My head was exposed and I’m surprised I didn’t get sick.

I have big hair. Really BIG, curly, afro hair and I needed a hat. No hats I have seen in stores come even close to satisfying my need. I have been looking on Ravelry also for slouch hats, and found a few, but I wanted something quick aka bulky yarn. And to be truthful, some weren’t me.

Of course, I went to my LYS, La Casita, and I bought Malabrigo Chunky in Verde Esperenza. This was actually meant for another hat I thought might work, but ultimately, did not. So I had to use it right? So by default, I guess, back to the simple project from Ella Rae.

I started this project and in the same day, in a matter of hours, the skein was done. I had no more and my darling shop had no more. So I scoured near and far and I finally found it at, of course- Eat, Sleep, Knit (I swear they have everything I need at all times! I love them!) You guys saw the order I placed the other day. It was for this hat. I noticed that the dye lots weren’t the same, but I didn’t worry about that. It would still work regardless.

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It was only yesterday, I worked up the nerve to break out my swift and cake that skein. It.was.a.disaster! You hear me? Utter disaster. It kept coming off the swift and becoming a big tangled mess! I ended up winding it by hand. I brought it to work today and I cranked out the final few rows I needed to complete this UFO. I had some minor set backs, but it was corrected and hat complete in my apartment.

Working with Malabrigo Chunky was like a dream! OMG! So soft and sqooshy! Although it had some variagated qualities to it, it did not pool. It’s really the first time I’ve used such a luxurious yarn. I always touch them and I know how they feel, but to work with it is a whole other experience. I love it! Where had this yarn been all my life!?!?! That’s the snobbery rearing its head! Sorry! LOL

Here’s the completed hat that I have decided to name … b r o o k l y n .

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I crochet so I don’t kill people.

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2013 at 8:39 am

All true! I got 99 problems, but a stitch ain’t one!

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Giveaway approaches

In crochet, knitting on July 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm

In my post 25 (+1) Fiberlicious Things About Me I spoke of doing a giveaway once I hit 30 followers by the end of July.  I’m letting you know that I haven’t forgotten  ya!  There’s currently 22 of you fabulous folks following me and I sincerely appreciate it.  There are still a few days left in July and I’m still hoping for the 30, but if not, I shall not let ye faithful followers suffer…I shall still do.a.giveaway!!!

Stay tuned.

July Yarnbox

In crochet, knitting on July 22, 2013 at 8:03 pm

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Yarn is supposed to make you happy… Make me happy. And I am, but at this moment, I’m congested and miserable. I don’t feel like doing much of anything. I’m sneezing all over the place and my face hurts. I don’t think that even yarn can pick me up right now…the fibers would probably just make me sneeze more.

I made a mad dash out of work to get to the post office just to be waiting 45 minutes! In the first 30 minutes, the line of over a dozen people accumulated, and the worker at the window was still serving 1 patron….in THIRTY minutes???? What? That’s just ridiculous and plain stupid! I don’t think so! So I rang that service bell until the USPS staff knew we were serious and were as annoyed as we were for having to wait that long! You better believe that once that bell was rung that line went flying! And I would do it again!!! The good thing about this (besides getting my Yarnbox) is that some old ladies offered me some peppermints for my sneezing!

Even still, after all that, just to get my package, I don’t even feel to open it. I’ve been anticipating it since the last one…with all that scrumptious woolly treats! Oh yes! Yum! I can feel it! I can’t wait to find out what’s inside! I decided against checking out the spoilers on Ravelry because I would like to be surprised and show this genuinely in the reveal video. What I will say though, is that it feels lighter than the last one and it sounds like 1 skein when I shook it up. Wonk wonk.

We shall see.

Name That Yarn

In crochet, knitting on July 20, 2013 at 8:38 am

Some years ago (Years?? So sad.) I bought a hodge podge bag of yarn from Knitting Nation in Nyack, NY.  At that time in my life, I thought I would use them all, though they are different weights, in one project.  As time passed, that idea has also too expired and it’s appeal dissolved. What’s left is some rather nice yarn.  The problem though, is that some of the yarn in this hodge podge mix has no labels, no yardage info and I have no idea what I’m dealing with.  And the one that does have a label has no indication of fiber,weight or yardage.

Overview:

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1. Debbie Bliss Luxury Tweed
2. Unknown
3. Tahki Stacy Charles Rain (x2)
4. Cascade Eco-Alpaca
5. Unknown
6. New Era Fiber Processing Company
7. Zealana Kauri

Here are the unknowns:
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I’d like to be able to plan for these yarns, but I can’t. I’m soliciting your help…I’m wondering if you recognize ’em.  If you do, please let me know what you know. If you can, name.that.yarn! (Project ideas welcomed!) I’d like to bust out this stash of mine…it’s rather ridiculous.

Never say never

In knitting on July 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm

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Remember this, I hate lace and the only thing I despise more than lace is making a blanket. So, with that said, I’m on Instagram (@theknitterlyhooker) today monitoring my page and I saw that someone liked one of my photos.  I decided to check out their profile and I saw this really professional looking blanket and hat set. It was photographed beautifully and nicely (read: professional looking) labeled.  She really took it to the next level. Seriously. 

This individual has a Ravelry page, so you know, I went to look at her projects, right?! I had to! I saw the blanket pattern and all it takes is 1 ball of Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted on some 9’s!! The pattern is simple, but so cute. There’s no way, you wouldn’t want to knit it! It’s called The Newborn Baby Blanket by Altadena Green. It’s more like a blankie I’m gathering, so it’s not such a daunting task. I like it.  It’s simple. It’s easy.  It’s quick. I’m making it. Period.

So I have a few aran weight yarns (as per Ravelry, Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted is considered aran weight). I need your help making a decision.  Please cast your vote below. Voting closes on August 31, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. I’ll begin this project on September 1, 2013.

Updated 7/23/13: I realized now that the polldaddy survey is nonfunctional on the WordPress app. If this has been your experience, please cast your vote in the comment box.

The options are:
1. Lionbrand Cottonease – cream colored
2. Loop-d-Loop Durham Birch – oatmeal colored
3. GGH Tara – striped baby pink, off-white and baby blue.

Hookin’ and Lovin’ It!

In crochet on July 16, 2013 at 10:45 pm

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I gotta say, coming back to crocheting wasn’t as hard as I anticipated it to be.  It was just like riding a bike! Once I got that hook in my hand, it’s like it was never out! It was mindless for me.

The pattern for the Turtle Love blanket, was well written, very easy to follow and easy to memorize(that is to say, muscle memory).  At first, doing the magic circle was a bit clumsy, but I soon found my way. I found it to be as soothing as knitting, but in a different way. It’s hard to explain, but it was a good feeling. I really was not expecting to fly through these granny squares so quickly. I mean I know it was only 5 of them do but I was done super duper fast.  As I was crocheting, I felt my groove coming back and I wondered why I really stopped and I think it just had to do with the fact that there are like a trillion stitches you have to remember (plus the carpal tunnel).

I feel that knitting has made me a stronger crocheter and let me tell you why… I was super fast, I was efficient and I was able to memorize the pattern repeat per row (something I had trouble with before if I didn’t use my ticking method). I started this project last night (7.15.13).  I bought yarn on Sunday, but I ended up finding yarn in my stash, so of course I will be going back for a refund….maybe. The only reason why I’m saying “maybe” is because I can maybe make a sweater, booties and hat to make a set.  We’ll see. I’ll let you know what I decided. You do hear me talking myself into more yarn right? SMH.

With this being a good return; an all in all good comeback, I’m thinking that I’ll try to fit some more crocheting in my repertoire. There are still ends to weave in on the granny squares and they have to be,of course, joined. I am thrilled, in fact, I am ecstatic about my reconnection to crocheting and in such a big way!

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Eat.Sleep.Knit (and be merry)

In crochet, knitting on July 15, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Ahhh, yes! That’s the life (in perfect order I might add)! It is also the perfect name for the cutest online yarn shop ever !!

This shop is based out of Myrna, GA and they have all brands you expect and love…Madelinetosh, Manos De Uruguay, Malabrigo, Lorna’s Laces , Claudia Handpainted and the list goes on! The prices are reasonable too.

But you’re probably wondering how this New York City girl got whiff of this shop?! I found out about it on Ravelry, kinda by accident. I bought Manos De Uruguay Silk Blend from a shop upstate NY that closed. The yardage was not enough for anything to wear, but I bought it. I figured I would just go online or visit a LYS and that would be that. Right? Wrong. Nobody had it. And on top of that, it was discontinued. I tried shopping in Ravelry stashes, but to no avail. In the end, Ravelry recommended them as a source and they’re the only ones who had it and the same dye lot! I.WAS.SOLD!

Although I have to pay shipping, I absolutely love shopping here because they offer incentives for me to want to continue to shop there. Hear me out…with every order, you get a lottery ticket and you can win a bunch of prizes, including a $100 store credit. They even have a Yarn Marathon and for every significant level you get prizes. On 1/2 marathon level (13.1 miles, 23,056 yards) you can win a subscription to Interweave Knits Interweave Crochet, Spin-Off, Knit Simple or Creative Knits PLUS free shipping on all orders the rest of year year! That’s a lot of yardage, but like I said, on every level you win something!

And let me tell you, they work quick. Check the photo below, do you see the time difference from the time I placed the order (this was Saturday 7.12.13) and the time it was shipped? 30 minutes!!!!! Hello somebody! By today it was in my hands! Ammmazingly quick shipping. Definitely on point. In case you’re wondering, I only made my purchase to finish a UFO. (I’ll blog about that later)

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Here’s my order and lottery ticket which were nicely wrapped up in tissue paper:

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I am in love with Eat,Sleep, Knit! This store is absolutely awesome and gets my stamp of approval! So, at the end of the day, I love shopping here because I win. I win with the yarn I buy. I win with the Yarn Lotto. I win because the yardage of yarn applies to the Yarn Marathon and at each stage of the “race” you win! I love winning! I hope you love winning as much as I do! Check them out here.