Thursday, September 29, 2011

My week off!

I would love to say that I'm Blogging right now from a tropical location, sipping on a margarita, but I'm not. I'm at my table sipping on a cold cup of coffee (i'm too lazy to warm it back up) with lots of chocolate toffee flavored creamer. I had decided last week that this week would be my week off.

Off of what you say? Anything new! I can not start anything new for myself or designing a new pattern, but I have let myself order new yarn. I decided this would be my week to finish up projects that have been put on the back burner. They've been projects that I had the greatest intentions of finishing long ago, that got set aside in my knitting basket because something else was more "important". I don't like having too many WIPs, and it has felt rewarding to finish some of them up!

I also decided that before I let myself get too distracted again that it was finally time to get a Christmas gift list in order so I can start working on them. I am excited to say that I have my list all made, patterns picked out, yarn ordered, and I even blocked the gift for my bestie this morning! It's a late start on Christmas gifts, for me anyways, but I think I can pull it off.

I think this is exactly what I needed! I hope to jump back in to my overly ambitious projects starting Monday. Before then I hope to get at least 3 more projects done!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Best in Crochet and Knit at the Fair!

It was that time of the year in my neck of the woods this past week, Fair time! Where I'm from, the Fair is a pretty big deal. Many of the local knitters, crocheters, and quilters have been busy this past year just for this one week. I'm not normally a person who like to compete with fellow crafters, especially since I feel there's a place for every craft, but you can bet I like to challenge myself to come up with something special when it comes to entering the Fair!

It was a bit sad this year entering since this is my last year. You see, the Fair is an amateur competition and I want to release my own patterns, and I'm pretty sure they would no longer consider me to be "amateur".

So, imagine my surprise when I won the "Best of Crochet and Knit" ribbon! It's the BIG ribbon! I was about in tears! The funny thing is that it was a sweater of mine that won it, a sweater I almost didn't enter! I was frustrated that the sweater came out too long, and sightly too big, and was working on it up to the night before I had to turn it in. I guess it shows that you never know what will win.

The pattern is the Lore Hoodie from Vampire Knits by Genevieve Miller.

They cover items in plastic to protect them, and the lighting isn't the best.

All together I won 7 ribbons, besides the BIG ribbon. 3 First Place for: knit sweater -pictured above, knit accessory (a shawl), and crochet hat.

2 Second Place for: knit socks, and crochet scarf.

And, 2 Third Place for: toy (a knit owl) and sewn apron.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Friends helping friends for Breast Cancer!

A very dear friend of mine Michelle and her daughter Mickey are walking a 5k for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk for the American Cancer Society, and with everyone in some way being affected by cancer, especially breast cancer, I want to do what I can to help!

Mickey (left) and Michelle (right) -used with permission.

$2000 is needed to be part of the walk, and donations are needed. I normally use this blog to talk about crafting, but this cause is something I feel strongly about and I know many of you do too. So, I'm asking my blog friends who would like to help to please DONATE! Donations are made through the American Cancer Society and the payments are completely secure!

Even if you can only donate $5, or even only $1, every dollar helps! Save the boobies!

Thank you!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

One word- Hexipuff!

If you're on Ravelry you've more than likely seen or read something about Hexipuffs! All of the buzz is about The Beekeeper's Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits. As soon as I saw it, I immediately thought of the quilts I remember seeing at my grandma's house, and being a lover of all things retro I knew this was going to end up in my queue. I didn't think I would start it so soon, but I've been overwhelmed with other projects that I needed to walk away and do something simple and fun.

So, who would have thought a pattern for small stuffed hexagons would have hundreds of knitters in a frenzy, including myself? We're swapping puffs, swapping mini skeins, and even joining mini skein clubs to feed our Hexipuff craving.

I started yesterday evening and already have 5 done as of this morning! There is such a feeling of accomplishment when you've just finished stuffing and binding off another little puff! The pattern is so quick and easy to follow and remember, and the best thing is that you can take it with you anywhere. I'm trying not to think about the fact that it will take 1000's of Hexipuffs to make a quilt big enough to fit on my bed, which is my goal, but I think I'm more worried about not having enough scrap sock yarn to make them all- and no, that's not all of the left over sock yarn I have in the pic, I have much, much more! But, then again, it's always nice to have an excuse to buy more yarn.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Socktastic Summer & Monster Mania 2 - August

I completely realize we're two days into September, but the Monster Mainia 2 for August didn't show up until the 31st.

It's sad to see Socktastic Summer come to an end, but it went out with a bang! I LOVE this months coloway! Summer Sangria is a gourgous deep reddish burgundy, which actually matches my hair at the moment. I had a really had time trying to get a true color photo of the yarn, so it's not quite as dark as in the pic.

Monster Mainia is amazing this month! The combination of blue, green, and purple are bright and bold, and really compliment each other. I think I already know what I'm going to make with it. There's only one month of MM2 left and I'm really going to miss it when it's over!