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aduckyforchristmas:

“What are you doing today?”

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“BUT IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE!”

Okay then…

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story of my life.

Knitting Prelude

It has been a while since I have had the chance to  knit. Over the summer I swapped my knitting needles for betweens to quilt. I am about to wrap up my nephew-to-be baby quilt that has been engaging enough to maintain my interest  all summer and fall. Now that the holydays are here I have to knit like a mad man! 

For the cold season, my goal is to crank out one small knitted project and post it each week (or every other week for more engaging projects). This is where I need your help to hold me to my word. All words of encouragement are welcome and suggestions are even more appreciated. 

do you have a really awesome pattern suggestion for basically anything? Shoot me a link. The more engaging the better. 

Cast-on,

Wooly Matt

Swap?

So I finally took the time to organize my knitting needles. I have a ton of duplicate sets of bamboo DPNs and circulurs. Out of curiousity would any one be interested in a swap? yeah yeah?

Can i get an amen?

Can i get an amen?

Musings & so forth.: Four Hobbies for Winter.


Awesome winter.

amberleyjane:

It’s not exceptionally difficult to find motivation during the warmer months, when the gentle breeze beckons and there is an unexplainable urge about to go “exploring”. However, as the Southern Hemisphere looks forward to sending our best wishes off with the Summer months, it can be a little more difficult to find the desire to do anything other than snuggle up on the couch and watch movie constantly (and there’s nothing wrong with that!). So, here are some new and old favourites to occupy yourself through the chilly months:

1. Knitting
Possibly the world’s most “nana”-esque pasttime, knitting requires both patience and a little bit of skill, but certainly is well worth it when you’re wearing around your fanciful new clothing items. I know, it seems fairly standard, but there are some amazing things you can do with some wool and needles. Take for instance, Charlotte, from Tiny Owl’s Magic Attic, an etsy store owner who sells the most adorable knitting patterns. Definitely worth a check out in itself, if not a purchase of some cute designs.

2. Bargain Hunting
We will never be able to escape our status as a consumer driven society, so why not embrace it? There are thousands of sites that facilitate online shopping, and some of them even offer pretty mean bargains. Figure out a budget and spend some time shopping around, without feeling the obligation of buying something because a pushy sales person decided to pick out a wardrobe for you to try on. Or, set yourself a challenge. Grab a group of friends, set a budget and see who can find the cutest / best wardrobe / most awesome item. I found the most adorable pair of tap shoes in an OP shop the other day.

3. Baking / Cooking
There are so many warming foods to be consumed during winter, so why have the joy of creating something truly heartwarming? Onceawaitress.com has a delicious recipe for Perfect Pumpkin Soup, and I can tell you it’s amazing, especially if it’s topped off with freshly baked scones. Nothing warms you up inside and out like a good ol’ pumpkin soup, but whatever tickles your fancy!

4. Find Someone To Cuddle
It’s no fallacy, cuddling has to be one of Winter’s most welcomed activities. Whether it’s a friend or… a closer friend, there’s nothing like a great big bear hug to further articulate the statement “It’s bloody cold!”. And never fret, if you’re a novice, check out 12 Steps to Cuddling, you’re guaranteed to have a swell time getting you’re snuggle on!

Even though i have a ball winder i would do it all by hand simply to have a show piece accessory like this!

lydiaslovelies:

Turquoise Twisted Leaves Yarn Bowl by blueroompottery

Even though i have a ball winder i would do it all by hand simply to have a show piece accessory like this!

lydiaslovelies:

Turquoise Twisted Leaves Yarn Bowl by blueroompottery

Knitters!

Would any one of you lovely fiberistas happen to have a copy of Vogue knitting, Spring/Summer 2009 that you would be willing to lend/barter with me? 

I purchased it when it came out and started working on the Botanica Medallion and stashed my WIP. Unfortunately the magazine did not stay with my work. So my WIP is patternless. I would hate to have to repurchase the issue or pattern considering that I already did so.

If you have the issue or access to the pattern i am willing to barter supplies, yarn, fiber, and or my knitting services. 

This is an ingenious idea. I  am a rock climber myself and have a ton of equipment that is simply gathering dust. Who’s to say cams cant help out in knitting? Well Grazi (Ravelry: Pensatriz) shared her ingenious idea with us. If its sturdy enough to entrust your life in it on a rock face why not entrust our knitting in it?

although she did not explain what she did, i am assuming she did what follows:
basically she threaded the top and all the points along the sides with sturdy thread like you would do with blocking wires or pins. instead of pinning it down she hung it and used her camelot’s as a weight. a camelot is a piece of climbing equipment that collapses like a butterfly so you can wedge it into a crack and use it as an anchor—the clunky thing we see dangling at the bottom of the shawl. of course you don’t have to use a $80 piece of climbing equipment. instead use any thing that can weight it down.

This is an ingenious idea. I  am a rock climber myself and have a ton of equipment that is simply gathering dust. Who’s to say cams cant help out in knitting? Well Grazi (Ravelry: Pensatriz) shared her ingenious idea with us. If its sturdy enough to entrust your life in it on a rock face why not entrust our knitting in it?

although she did not explain what she did, i am assuming she did what follows:

basically she threaded the top and all the points along the sides with sturdy thread like you would do with blocking wires or pins. instead of pinning it down she hung it and used her camelot’s as a weight. a camelot is a piece of climbing equipment that collapses like a butterfly so you can wedge it into a crack and use it as an anchor—the clunky thing we see dangling at the bottom of the shawl. of course you don’t have to use a $80 piece of climbing equipment. instead use any thing that can weight it down.

my unblocked shawl.  dispite my initial issue with the pattern I really enjoyed it.
now its stranded up with thread and ready for blocking.

my unblocked shawl. dispite my initial issue with the pattern I really enjoyed it. now its stranded up with thread and ready for blocking.

will knit for cheese.

i will barter my knitting services for goat cheese.

OMG Hexipuffs!!! they are my in-between, take ever where, procrastinating project that i absolutely love! they are small enough to travel any where and to finish in a single short sitting(or standing). lets not forget the immediate gratification i get each time i finish a hexagon…its a project that makes me happy even though ill probably will not finish in the near future. Although i do dread the day that have to seam them all together for my final quilt.
soon enough i will have a stash as large as this picture.

OMG Hexipuffs!!! they are my in-between, take ever where, procrastinating project that i absolutely love! they are small enough to travel any where and to finish in a single short sitting(or standing). lets not forget the immediate gratification i get each time i finish a hexagon…its a project that makes me happy even though ill probably will not finish in the near future. Although i do dread the day that have to seam them all together for my final quilt.

soon enough i will have a stash as large as this picture.

Whats your size?

My preferred knitting needle size is a US 6(4.0mm). It is the perfect fit between my thumb and for finger when my had is relaxed. so it feel natural when knitting. Anything larger feels a little labored or foreign.

So whats you favorite knitting needle or crochet hook size?

knittomania:

Missoni Me scarf. Pattern here http://www.ravelry.com/projects/mirrormirror/scrappy-lengthwise-scarf

Totally the front of my queue.  im excited to cast on for this project.

knittomania:

Missoni Me scarf. Pattern here http://www.ravelry.com/projects/mirrormirror/scrappy-lengthwise-scarf

Totally the front of my queue.  im excited to cast on for this project.


24. NorCal.
What can I say? I love to make stuff that is cute.
Posts surround needlecraft and other creative inspirations.
Los Angeles native
residing in
Sacramento, CA


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UC Davis B. S. Textiles and Clothing: Marketing and Economics



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