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Numero 3

In knitting on August 22, 2013 at 11:03 pm

I’m coming along ok with squares…using the stash I have, hence the same colors being repeated. This stitch pattern is called Fuchsia. I started it on 8/21… I had only just casted on, but the real work began 8/22.  It’s not a hard pattern, but you have to pay attention. This is not a watch tv and knit kind of stitch pattern.  I learned this the hard way.There is a big mistake but I have no intention of ripping out! Found it too late. Carry on I shall (and did)! Finished it now!

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Problem: it is 8″ wide… I guess I’ll be ripping back after all.

Back to the drawing board.

A Gift in the Mail

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Winner of my recent giveaway…See what she has to say!

Number two

In knitting on August 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm

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This was completed only yesterday… shoulda been sooner but I couldn’t. I started it a couple days after I posted about the first one. I had no energy whatsoever. Easy stitch pattern… Easy to memorize. Could easily be one of my faves. This is called two-colored loop stitch.

I love doing these squares so far..they provide really good inspiration and has my mind filling with ideas.

On to numero 3.

Lucky lady, lovely lady!

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Winner of my first giveaway..see what she has to say!

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The lucky lady is me and the lovely lady is the Knitterly Hooker! A couple of weeks ago I had the fab news that I had won a prize in the Knitterly Hooker’s giveaway and today it arrived in the post. Not just the brilliant Crochet Noro book, but some other goodies as well.

As you can see it was beautifully wrapped…………

……….which made it even more exciting to open!

Now I have to decide what I’m going to make first! I’m thinking ‘keep it simple’ so here are my first choices (not that I’m trying to make you jealous or anything 😉

So thanks again to a lovely lady for a lovely gift……….and make sure you check out her ‘Knit it Up‘ blog!

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The Finisher Gets Paid The Most…

In crochet, knitting on August 21, 2013 at 9:27 pm

… And with good reason too. It’s a very time consuming, detailed oriented type of work. I mean, really! What’s the point of knitting these fabulous pieces and the finishing is a wreck? It defeats the whole purpose of making whatever you’re making because now you can’t wear it due to poor finishing. Whew! That was a lot! I’m pretty sure though that this is a historically true fact… Beginning with the fashion industry; the finishing makes it breaks a piece. It can cost you money or make you money. Being a finisher is a labor of love… It really is…

My finishing skill happens as pleasant surprises on occasion, but I think I have gotten better over the years and YouTube serves as a great refresher course … I’ve definitely had my seaming horrors. It’s nice to know though, that your friends think of you highly enough to finish their projects for them.

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Above is the beginning of the seaming process for a friends raglan sweater. About 2 weeks ago (+) she requested me to finish the sweater. She has already started with the pieces pinned together but didn’t want the hassle. I can (and I’m sure you can also) relate. And besides, I’m sure she didn’t want this to be another UFO… She had a deadline to meet. Once the body is seamed, she will take over with the neck ribbing and embellishment. I have to say, she did a beautiful job making this sweater and sweater edges were pretty neat/smooth, and making my job a lot easier.

When she presented me with this task I was shocked but also honored. The cutest thing was when she handed me this pattern booklet from like 1970 and it was in pieces! The pages holding on for dear life! Lol We had a good laugh together and I taped it up for her.

I got to work on it starting 8/7/13 or thereabouts and at that point I’d done only one seam on one 1/2 of the body. I finished this up on 8/19/13. I swear to you, I seamed one of the shoulders like 10 times because it would not cooperate. It turned out really well, if I say so myself. She was in utter disbelief and amazement, all at the same time when I presented her with it. That made me feel good.

I didn’t get to take many pics, but she obliged my request and sent some fantastic ones!

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My reward was this beautiful card (and also a sweet treat inside, part of which, I was not expecting) … So fitting for an occasion such as this! Lol I absolutely love this card! I asked where to get it so I can stock up… It’s from Walgreens but from a little while ago. I’m still going to check… Keeping hope alive! Do you know all have ideas of where to get cute knitting related note cards such as this? Do tell.

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Let me know if I’m a decent enough finisher or if I need more work on my skills. How do you all do with finishing?

Mail is in

In crochet, knitting on August 19, 2013 at 11:46 pm

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After a long day of work and then off to Camp Casita for yarn dyeing, I came home to a package… the cutest manilla envelope from SaraCrafts. It wasn’t a bill, and so it was cute! It brought a huge smile on my face!

She waddled her preggo self to the post office just for me to get this blanket done for my cousin! It also happened she got her giveaway prize from me today as well!

The blanket square is so beautiful with a lace heart motif in the middle. With it came 2 notes; one in an envelope and another on a post it on the envelope. I read both… So,so thoughtful. I think the enveloped one is for my cousin. So what I’ll do is hold this and any other notes for her and mail it off with the blanket. It’s good for her to know that other people care about her… Even those who don’t know her.

A big thanks to you Sara! I really do sincerely appreciate your kindness. I’m so grateful.

Funnies

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2013 at 12:12 am

This is the lie I always tell myself!

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Get to Know Berroco: Scavenger Hunt Giveaway

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2013 at 10:04 pm

YouTube here I come!

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I’ve shared a lot of information about Berroco since our “Get to Know” series started last year. Have you been paying attention?

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Um, where my socks at?

In knitting on August 15, 2013 at 10:01 pm

The summer has finally come to a close and fall has reared its head earlier than anticipated. It’s freezing! Maybe there are a few more hot days but I don’t see (or feel for that matter) it. Sandals and all other summer shoes requiring no socks are out…. Boots are in!

With all that said, it was just yesterday (and today too) I was looking for socks and I had none. I am convinced sock monsters exist! I had foot here and an unmatched foot there! And it was literally just those socks alone.

It was just a day or so ago, I asked on Facebook about everyone’s intended Fall projects were. It was Sara who suggested socks… My thought was something bigger, like a sweater or something, but but my immediate need has now presented itself. Socks.It.Is.

And not one at a time either… Two at a time on 2 circulars is the way for me ( I suffer from acute second sock syndrome). I could die if I do it any other way!

So the question is, when will I start this in between my cousins blanket and the blankie I asked for your vote on? I may just end up having these 3 projects going on at the same time… The need is now (unless I can find a couple of inexpensive pair?) I need it. My feet are cold and suffering!

♥ 100th Post GIVEAWAY! ♥

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2013 at 7:06 am

Promote small business…yours and someone elses and get a prize for doing so!

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When I started this blog I wondered if I would last a week, now here I am several months later getting to share my 100th post! I am going to say thank you a million times over at the bottom of the post, but let’s get to the good stuff shall we? Time for the GIVEAWAY!

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The rules for this giveaway are pretty simple actually, as much as I would like to use this post to up my numbers, I decided to go a little bit of a different way. So, here we go:

  1. First of all, list YOUR passion (knitting, crocheting, writing, art, etc.).
  2. List YOUR Etsy Page -or- small business website (if applicable).
  3. List YOUR FAVORITE Etsy Store Page -or- any small business site (a link is preferable, but I can look it up).
  4. Tell me a bit about WHY…

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