The Knitterly Hooker

Posts Tagged ‘crocheting’

Deadline: June 1 approaches

In community challenges, crochet, events, knitting, sewing, stash busting on May 26, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Last call for those who may be interested in Making for Makers, discussed here.  The deadline to private message me on Ravelry with your email and to complete the entry form on the Secret Santa shuffler is approaching.  Intake for this cycle will be shut down at 11:59pm EST on June 1, 2014.

Dyeing for Yarn

In crochet, knitting on August 27, 2013 at 12:00 am

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8/20/13
I decided last minute to take a dyeing class at my LYS, La Casita. My heart was in my throat as I drove through the expansive abyss called Manhattan. I ran into severe traffic on the FDR so I had to go local until 72nd St. and it was smooth sailing there after. The class was maybe about half a dozen people so it was intimate. Each participant was given 1 fingering and 1 worsted weight skein and if you wanted more, you paid extra. We all had our turn at choosing the colors…mine was hot pink. But we had a great selection of colors: bright yellow, chartreuse, emerald green, red, grey, turquoise, lavender, purple, orange, navy blue, and a couple other colors I forgot. We used syringes to saturate our yarn and you had to remember to get the backside..I didn’t want any white spots on mine, nor did I want pooling so I felt like it took forever. Who knew yarn dyeing was such a time consuming and labor intensive hobby? My fingering weight I went Picasso on it and the worsted I went for a solid with splotches of purple kettle dyed look. After dyeing, our skeins were neatly wrapped in saran wrap then popped in the microwave. They were later treated minus our presence and lay to dry.

8/23/13
Three days later, back in Brooklyn. I was traveling to Brooklyn anyway and I went to pick up my beautifully dried hanks. I made it to the shop just in time and while I was there I got a chocolate cake. I was having a kinda cruddy day and I needed that cake. I hung out only like 20 minutes and the shop was closed..Didn’t even knit one solitary row.

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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!

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.

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.