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End of an era

In events, knitting on July 6, 2016 at 10:28 pm

LaCasita Yarn shop has been a place that I’ve frequented for at least 2 years. In this time, they became my family. I always joke and say that they are my Cheers because everyone knows my name. It’s been home. It’s far away, but always worth the travel.

On June 30, 2016, this 6 year old shop closed its doors. Goodbye world! There were festivities and there were people, but at the end of all that, there was no more shop.  Where else can you get vegan chocolate cake, mulled wine, and a skein of yarn?  Where else can I see Jennifer Lopez without the paparazzi? 

Salute to LaCasita for transforming lives and for making Brooklyn great. You will be missed.

Ravelry Usernames

In designing, knitting on February 16, 2016 at 9:02 pm

Usernames are inherently a representation of us in the cyberworld and create a decided story about who you are even before any interaction.  I can’t say that I’ve been very good at developing usernames, and I think it’s so necessary now, particularly with branding oneself.

After being PinkCashmere1980 for so many years on Ravelry, I’m considering changing it.  It was only a few days ago in a Ravelry group chat, I actually explained the meaning behind my username here.  I discovered that there is actually a way to do it (you only have 3 shots) and I’m thinking about making that transition to theknitterlyhooker.

I feel like it’s super weird, but may be a necessary move. What do you think?  Is Ravelry actually a part of my branding, promotion opportunity? I guess when I begin designing  or whatever else I please, it might be right?

If you had the opportunity to change your Ravelry username would you??

Thoughts?

 

Knitting Week In Review no.3

In community challenges, knitting on January 29, 2016 at 8:44 pm

Week of 1/29/16 was fairly eventful

1/25/16

  • Caked Mrs. Crosby yarn. Big weight discrepancies between skeins and 1 knot in each skein.
  • Cast on for socks with Mrs. Crosby and got about 1.5″ of ribbing done on sock.

1/26/16

  • ESK yarn Malabrigo Silky Merino received. My lottery tickets were both winners: sock project bag and $5 store credit.

1/27/16

  • Visit to Knitty City. Bought 2 circulars.
  • More ESK yarn received in the mail. Asked for a drawing of a penguin on my packaging and I got it! So dope!

  

  • Worked on my socks more.

1/28/16

  • Visit to Knitty City. Knit socks for about 2 hours. Chilled with my friend Nancy Ricci there.  Bought Cascade sock yarn to double with the Malabrigo Silky Merino.

  

1/29/16

  • Knit my sock some more.
  • Planning for other knit projects.

  

Knitting Retreat-Register Soon

In events, knitting on January 24, 2016 at 7:47 pm

WEBS is having it’s first ever knitting retreat!

Check it out: HERE

I gotta go because I simply have never been to a knitting retreat before!

The classes look amazing!

Registration starts February 8, 2016.

Who’s down? Let’s talk!

Week of 1.18.16 : Knitting Review

In community challenges, events, knitting on January 23, 2016 at 1:13 am

1.18.16: I ordered yarn from ESK. I wanted presents again.  I ordered 2 Juniper Moon Farm – Herriot, in color 1026, Inspired By Nature (for regular folks, that’s just green).

1.20.16: Was sick and stayed home.  Did about 1″ of ribbing on my socks.

1.20.16: Ordered more yarn (welp!) from…you know where! I ordered 1 Cascade Eco-Plus in color Pine Needle and Canton (for regular folks, that’s the color of pine needles and a mint green) for this cute sweater. You can’t tell me that’s not FIRE! That sweater is HOT!

I digress, I also ordered Dream In Color – Calm, in color Island, which is reminessent of a beachy feel blue for the water and a touch of sand representing the specs of tan.

1.21.16: Somehow got absorbed into this Carson Throw KAL beginning in February.  The kits are what did me in! Man, those colors just gave me life!!  That Melon colorway though…had me at first sight! Alas! All kits sold out. I’m waiting to pounce though. HOT!!!

1.22.16: Posted on Facebook, an artistic protest regarding the #blacklivesmatter protests.  I was inspired by it.

1.22.16: Got updates on how many hats I would get donated to me from colleagues.

1.22.16: Somehow I felt the need to have animated knitting pictures in my life and I found this to represent my team. It’s too cute!! I know, right?! #teampenguinauts

 

1.22.16: On ESK again looking at more yarn to make baby hats to donate. I’m for some reason really feeling mint green, so I was thinking about, this, this, and this.  This is not the mint green I’m loving, but it’s still green…  It needs to be a gender-conscious all-inclusive color.  The hat pattern I’m using calls for 100 yards per hat.  I want to get the best bang for my buck.  So far, I’m thinking 2 Cascade 220, because I’m getting like 4-5 hats for $20, as opposed to the others I’m getting 2 hats for $20. Feel me?

Thoughts about my super green complication? Let me know.

Deuces!

2015 Year In Review

In community challenges, events, knitting on January 5, 2016 at 9:18 pm

The Secret is OUT!

WordPress let me in on some stats that I’d like to share with you, here.

Thanks to you all for reading and commenting on my blog so consistently. Doing that has given me the drive and motivation to continue blogging and of course, knitting.

The past year was great, but I have a feeling that this year will be awesome!

Let me know what you think!

Greatness of Garter

In community challenges, events, knitting on July 20, 2015 at 9:55 pm

My summer has been easy breezy. Much easier than I anticipated, but even still, my calendar has been filled to capacity. There is little time to knit and I have summer brain drain lol. I was trying to do my green tank, which is pretty simple but the outcome- disastrous, and I had to frog. The ribbing and stockinette were much too much for me to think about. I decided to return to my tried and true garter stitch.

Garter stitch makes my brain flow much better! No room for errors. No frogging. Just knitting. And more knitting. It’s mindless and somehow that translates into easier and faster project work ups. I swear.

 
I’m working on Cascade Scarf no.2 for my ESK mitered square KAL entry. I’ve almost finished a square in a matter of hours. At this rate, I’m giving myself like 2 weeks to complete the scarf, but I don’t know….I have parties to attend. Ha!

Making for Makers – Part Deux

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on March 5, 2015 at 11:53 pm



Making for Makers Cycle 2 is now accepting registrants. 

The idea for this initiative was realized in this blog post. 

 **2nd cycle deadline to submit email address to organizer [me: RavID-pinkcashmere1980) is: JUNE 14, 2015 **

 **Gifts are to be completed by: DECEMBER 16, 2015 **

 **REMEMBER:**
****You must private message the organizer with your email address and your location to be entered into the cycle. Once your email is received, you will be sent a link to the random name generator program. At that time, you will input your entry form in that system.****

The day I knit my brains out

In knitting, stash busting on October 17, 2014 at 6:07 pm

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Of all the days, of the places in the world and of all the people…it happened to me – today…here. Annoyed yes, but mad I could not be. That would be an immense unnecessary stress that I would endure. So I leaned into what happened and I lived; I inhaled, I breathed – life.

I came prepared; armed with some good reasoning and a project bag with yarn. Alpaca yarn. Delicious. Can you imagine the combination of the softest yarn ever and the smoothness of needles click clacking against each other? That even, steady tempo….rhythmic hypnosis I call it.

I’m making a multi-functional hat from Knitted Gifts. No gauge done. It looks kind of small, but I’m sure it will fit someone’s head. Continue I shall.

A simple project is what I have been telling you I need and that’s what I finally found. This is one project I can use to knit and read simultaneously without incident.

I’m glad I had this project today. It kept me calm, cool and most importantly, collected. My blood pressure and temperature did not rise, not even to a simmer much less a boil. I knit without ceasing and then I knit some more.

This is my newly resuscitated habit…a small simple project on the run at all times. I’m about that life. That brings life.

TKH

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.