Monday, March 29, 2010

Contest Giveaway!

I said that when I reached 100 followers, I'd have a giveaway so here it is! I now have 103 followers so I'm going to do both a yarn and book giveaway done as one prize.



The prize is a copy of Strip & Knit with Style and a skein of Tofutsies!
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to win. Please make sure I have a way to contact you. The winner will be picked randomly chosen on Friday, April 2nd and I'll post the winner right away.
Still working on my cable afghan and hope to have a nice blog post before the contest ends. I promise the photos will be better than the one in this post. I'll ask someone else to take the pictures.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Blocking With Wires

Contrary to popular belief, I have been busy knitting. I'm working on the afghan for Glenn which is a bit more time consuming that I had anticipated. I have four of the five panels done and have begun blocking.
I have only blocked one item before and it was a beret that I stuck a dinner plate in. This is my first real blocking project and I decided to get blocking wires to do it. After asking all my Twitter knitter friends what the difference would be between wires and pins, I think wires would be best to do this project because it will require seaming and I though the wires would leave it more straight. I can't sew so I'm going to need all the help I can get.
Blocking is like magic! My panels have gone from this:



To this:



Magic, right?
Unfortunately I have to block one panel at a time because of lack of space in our apartment. I swear when the boys leave for college, I'm gonna make that bedroom a yarn room. Think I can get them accepted to college now?
The blanket should be done this week. I'm nervous about the seaming but I'll just cry out for help and I'm sure I'll have some wonderful help from all my knitting friends. Can't wait till it's done!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Namaste Love



I know I've written about my love for Namaste bags before but I didn't know how great the company was until recently.
I got a red Laguna for Christmas from Glenn err Santa this past Christmas. I was so excited that I got exactly what I wanted! I guess it helped that I sent Santa an email with a link to the exact product I wanted and the exact store I wanted it purchased from. Yes, I have Santa Claus's private email. Lemme know if you want it.
I used the bag when Al and I went to the City Bakery knit night and it was the only time I took it out. A week or so later, I noticed a small tear in the material on the outer pocket. I contacted Suzy at Hip Mountain Mama to let her know about the bag. She wrote back and said she'd contact the Namaste girls and let them know about it. Within a day or so I received an email with a UPS label to send the bag in. Wow that was good service! I sent the bag in and got an email from Kelly at Namaste stating that they repaired the small tear with a material paint which they were going to send to me in case I had this problem again. Hmmm. I wrote back to Kelly explaining that I had only had this bag out one time and I thought the damage was excessive considering that it was a brand new bag. I understand that things wear out but I figured this was a defective bag because it had been used only once. I have to admit I was a disappointed in this solution and let her know this in my usual New York manner. She then wrote me back apologizing saying that she thought that I'd had the bag for a while and that this was wear and tear that occurs with bags and that, of course, they'd replace my old bag with a brand new one! I wrote back thanking her and eagerly awaited for my package to arrive.
So if you're shopping for a great bag with terrific customer service, consider buying a Namaste bag.
Oh in the meantime I saw a killer sale and bought a Peacock colored Laguna. Don't hate me because I'm a bag ho.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Little Trip

Yesterday was a lovely St. Patrick's Day, I must admit. I woke up and my knee was feeling pretty good so I asked my husband if he'd take me for a ride. Smart man that he is, he asked which yarn shop I'd like to go to. I replied that it felt like a day for a trip to Brooklyn. So we went to Brooklyn General Store to check it out again. The first time we'd gone was the weekend of the NYC Yarn Crawl and I didn't get a great look around. I made up for it this time.
They really do have an amazing selection of yarns. I knew I didn't want sock yarn so I was looking for something with a bit more weight to it. I found some Morehouse that I really liked and some Dream in Color Smooshy that was lovely. The Morehouse is a local place so I was happy with that. I got 4 skeins, 2 in a pumpkin color and 2 in a light green. The Smooshy I got in Good Luck Jade, another green. We had a lovely time there and I could have spent hours going through it all but we had to get back home before the kids got home from school.



I also got some blocking wires which I'll be needing for my next project. What is it, you ask? Well it's this:



I found it on Ravelry and it's a Lion Brand pattern but I'm not using Lion Brand Yarn. I'll give more information on it when I finish it.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Knitting Tips For Knoobies

I don't know exactly the date I began knitting but I know I'm just around the two year mark. I thought I'd make a list of tips to give other knoobies that may not know when they start knitting but, I feel, will make the road a bit less bumpy.

1. Read a pattern all the way through to make sure you're capable of doing each and every step. It's the worst feeling to get 3/4 of the way through a pattern and realize you can't complete it with what you already know.
2. Make sure you have all the tools you need to complete your pattern - yarn, needles, stitch markers, tape measure etc.
3. Have enough yarn or, better yet, more than enough yarn. If it calls for 9 skeins, buy 10 just in case. You can always use the extra yarn but you may not always be able to purchase the same yarn at a later date.
4. When starting a pattern, put everything you'll need to complete this project in the project bag. I've had to scramble to find something halfway through and, frankly, it sucks. I just started doing this and it's so much easier when the things are easily accessible.
5. Join Ravelry and Twitter. Ravelry is great for all kinds of help from buying yarn to finding out what a psso is. Twitter is great too. I mostly follow knitters and when I have a problem, I post it and have an answer within minutes and sometimes seconds. I always say Twittah knittahs rock.
6. Never be afraid to ask for help. Knitters are among the kindest and most helpful people.
And last, but not least, you should enjoy what you're doing. If I start something I don't like, I rip it out and find something else. I have enough to stress me out, I don't want knitting to be one of them. Two teenage sons are enough to put anyone over the edge at times.
Knitters rock! And here's proof.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Let The Wild Rumpus Start

I decided to join the pool down the block from me. Upon joining, I was told I needed a bathing cap. I haven't worn a bathing cap since I was about nine years old which is quite some time ago. It's nice to see they haven't changed much.



Glenn was sweet enough to go and find me a bathing cap in Manhattan which we all know isn't a bathing cap mecca. Upon taking this out of the bag, I smiled at how well my husband knows me. I saw this and all I could think of was Max wearing his crown in Where The Wild Things Are. This will henceforth be known as Susie's Swimming Crown.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Bellisima!



Wouldn't you agree? These were made with Jamieson's Shetland Marl in Wildflower. I love the colors of this yarn. I bought this a while back and have been waiting for a perfect project to use it on. I have a cabled cowl made with this yarn that will look lovely with these gloves.
Joyce got her gloves the other day and she loves them. I was so happy to hear that! She's a true Twihard and I knew she'd really like these gloves.
For someone who's not a big Twilight fan, I sure am getting a lot out of making these gloves!

Friday, March 5, 2010

I Love Little Red Fuzzy Guys

I saw this earlier in the week and just cannot stop laughing at it. I know this is my second post, in a row, that has nothing to do with knitting but I promise to have a finished project up for you soon.



I love how Wendy just throws back her head and gives a big old Herman Munster laugh with no apologies. I've been watching this over and over again laughing like a loon.
How you, doin?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Nothing To Do With Knitting

Glenn was looking for our tax forms and came across this letter in his drawer:

Dear tooth fairy,
I am sorry that i have no tooth. I lost it in shool being careless. I couldnt find it. Then I saw my friend kicking the bag it was in. I picked it up. It was empty. I cried and cried until an idea popped into my head. a note! I would write a note.
your frind
Patrick
P.S. Watch out my room is messy.

After the first sentence, I knew who the author of this note was as did both my sisters and my best friend. Patrick is always losing things so the fact that he lost his first tooth comes as no surprise to anyone who knows him.
Patrick is also the child who thinks outside the box. I don't have a tooth to give the tooth fairy so how am I going to get what's due me? Hmmm. A note! That ought to work! That's typical Patrick.
I love that he's warning the Tooth Fairy to be careful coming into his messy room. Gotta make sure that dollar makes it safe and sound to it's destination, under his pillow!
Now I just can't wait till his high school graduation when I have this posted in his yearbook.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The UnDeStash

I had good intentions. I really did.
I had gone through my yarn stash this past weekend and realized that the only yarn I had excess of is sock yarn. I decided that I was gonna thin the sock yarn herd and put some up on the destash forum on Ravelry.
Yesterday I asked Patrick to start handing me skeins of yarn from my top cubby of my yarn cabinet. The first thing he handed me was Berroco Vintage Wool which I'd won from Michelle of PDXKnitterati. No way I was going to part with a free yarn from a dear person like Michelle. Next!
He then passed me a skein of Brooklyn Handspun Bubble Yum. I'd been coveting some Brooklyn Handspun for a while but it was a bit too expensive for me. I got this skein for about $15 on Rav's destash page a while ago and there was no way I was giving this one up either. Next!
Patrick then gave me a skein of Bare Sheep Yarn in Peach Ice Cream. Now this was a special yarn. This was yarn that Megan had given me for my birthday. It's a lovely yarn that will, one day, be a great pair of socks. I can't give away a gift! Especially one from my sistah from another mistah!
At this point, Patrick's eyes rolled back so far in his head that I heard them click.
The next cake he handed me was J.Knits Rhinebeck colorway made especially for Seaport Yarns. Umm...no. I'm keeping that too.
Now my wise son looked at me with the "Are you kidding me?" look in his eyes. He then took all the skeins of yarn and put them back in the cubby saying "How bout this, Mom. Don't buy anymore sock yarn and start knitting some socks?" Not only is he gorgeous but he's brilliant too. I'm going to take his advice and start knitting some more socks and keep my stash, which I really do love, together.
Now I just have to figure out how I'm going to fund my next trip to Seaport Yarns!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Yarn Bouncing

I had noticed a while back that most of my yarn is sock yarn with little else. I have odds and ends of worsted an bulky but not a lot. I asked Glenn if he'd drop me off at Seaport Yarns on his way out on Saturday and he said he would. I haven't been yarn shopping in a while so I was very excited at the prospect. I told Glenn that I'd take Patrick with me because he's always great company.
Patrick comes into our room a bit later with a puss on. I asked what was wrong and he replied "Dad says I have to go yarn bouncing with you." I cracked up at the expression and vowed to incorporate it into my vocabulary, hence the blog post title. Patrick wanted to stay home that day but yarn bounce we did.
We went to Seaport and Lauren was working there again. I'd met her when I'd gone down there during Rhinebeck. She's such a sweet girl and she knows her stuff. We wound up hanging out there for a couple of hours and came away with some goodies:



The large red cake is Cascade Eco + 478 yards of 100% Peruvian deliciousness. The other red yarn is a partial skein I got at Lion Brand and I don't know how it snuck into this photo. The lighter blues, on the upper right, we have Jamieson's Chunky Shetland in Iris, 100 grams and 126 yards. The other blue is Classic Elite Montera, 100 grams and 127 yards. The Montera is very much like my favorite, Pastaza, in feel because it's 50% wool & 50% llama.
Glenn needs more hats and he has the most beautiful blue eyes so I wanted to get some blues to make him more Dublin Beanies. Why more Dublin Beanies, do you ask? Because that's all he'll wear. I went on Ravelry and did a search, showing him numerous other hat designs but he turned me down flat. He is perfectly happy with them and he figures, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Speaking of beautiful blue eyes, here's a picture of my son trying to decide which blue yarn he'd like a hat made out of. They'd both look great on him, don't you think?