SP3 Sweetness

I got home last night to find a package from my secret pal. What a wonderful surprise to end my day! It was a special Halloween package. There was a nice little note, a bag of 100 Grand fun size bars (which I am pounding through), a package of fun Halloween straws, and two balls of Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Brush in grey! I can’t believe how soft it is.

And in case you were wondering, yes, that is a photo of the bag of the candy, sans the candy. It didn’t last long enough for me to take the photo.
And Secret Pal O Mine, I took the ball bands off one and it really does look like a grey tribble!

It will be my pet until I decide what to make with it! Thank you SP3!

Knitty’s Fall Surprise

In case you haven’t seen it yet, check out Knitty’s Fall Surprise.

It’s hard to find if you go straight to the Knitty site (Fall 2004 issue). It’s under the Patterns link. If you’ve been there before, you’ll notice that the “fall surprise!” photo has been filled.

For those who want to know what it is before going there, it is a special downloadable mini-issue that supports breast cancer awareness.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month

I know October is almost over, but for those of you who don’t know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Most people have been affected by it personally or by someone they know. I thought I would take the time to post some links for those who want more information about it.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

BreastCancer.org

There is also the Breast Cancer Research Stamp that you can buy at your local post office.

Since this is a knitting blog, I’d like to point out Lisa Lloyd Designs is offering a free sock pattern from her website. Check out her Pink Ribbons Breast Cancer Awareness Sock.

Karen Neuburger Pajama Party and Yarn, Yarn, Yarn

This first part is non-knitting related, but I thought I would share it. A friend of mine forwarded information about the Tide / Karen Neuburger Pajama Party. It offered free Karen Neuburger pajamas (with the Tide logo on it) for pre-registering, so I was all over it. The “party” supports the fight against breast cancer, so it’s also for a good cause.

The party was held on the observation deck of the Hancock Tower in Chicago. It started at 11am, my friends & I were fashionably late (about 15 minutes). We could not believe the line just to get on the elevator to the observation deck! Give away free stuff and word travels fast! We waited in line for about 10-15 minutes. We got our free pajamas & they are soft. We were bummed that we didn’t get the Tide socks. It turns out you had to ask for it.

Once we reached the 94th floor to the observation deck, Karen Neuburger was speaking to the attendees. They had some refreshments, ice cream & Garrett’s popcorn (a Chicago favorite). They offered free manicures, makeup, hair styling, and massages. The lines were long for the manicures and massages. My friends & I were after the 5 minute massages. We weren’t leaving without one. Karen Neuburger was signing her pajamas, but we were interested in the massage. We waited 45 minutes in line for it (there wasn’t much more otherwise). We got our mini-massages and felt good as we headed back to the lobby. We were bummed that we didn’t get any free Tide samples. However, we were thankful we got pajamas, since apparently they ran out. As we were walking out, they were giving away their new Tide with Downy samples. In addition, one of the girls asked if we had gotten out goody bag. We didn’t, so she handed us these bags we had seen people carrying around as we waited in the massage line (we assumed they gave those in place of the PJs they ran out of).

 

My little excursion/diversion at the Hancock building yielded the following (as pictured above): a pair of KN pajamas (covered with the Tode logo, but really soft), KN White Tea Verbena bubble bath, a pair of KN lounge socks (again with the Tide logo), a pink KN cosmetics case (with inside pockets), KN popcorn (goes with the pajama party theme), KN pedicure set, and a sample of Tide with Downy.

Afterwards, I headed over to my LYS to pick up an item that had to be special ordered to complete the gift for one of my secret pals. They had some Jo Sharp yarn for 50%-off, which I happily added to my stash. This particular LYS will no longer carry Jo Sharp since she changed distributors, which is a bummer, but I can find other resources for my Jo Sharp yarn fix. Then I headed over to Barnes & Noble and picked up the holiday issue of Vogue Knitting.

When I got home, I had two packages waiting for me. The first package was from Webs that contained one an additional skein of Lamb’s Pride Bulky that I had ordered for the sweater I am working on and a 16″/40cm size 10US/6mm Addi Turbo needed for the collar of that sweater.

The second package was my order from Joann. Kroy isn’t available at my LYS or craft store, so I couldn’t resist the sale on Patons Kroy. I’ve had the Patons Winter Warmth book for so long. I bought enough yarn to make the Cable Set scarf. I held back on buying yarn for the socks since I haven’t attempted socks… yet.

What a day… freebies and yarn!

Interweave Knits (Fall 2003)

I finally decided to get working on the CafĂ© Bastille sweater from the cover of the Fall 2003 issue of Interweave Knits. The pattern calls for Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky, which is 85% wool & 15% mohair. I bought the yarn a few months back from Webs, so it was taking up space in my stash.

I orginally purchased 8 skeins of Tahiti Teal (M-47). I’m making this sweater for my boyfriend, so after checking the finished size measurements, I decided to make it one size larger than I had orginally planned. I contacted customer service & luckily, they still had one skein left from the same dyelot. In the meantime, I started the left sleeve. I was going to start with the body, but the sleeve seemed so much easier. I figured it would be a good incentive to finish the body later. I was going to work on both sleeves at the same time, but then decided at the last minute to work on one at a time. The yarn is easy to work with and knits up quick. I’m using a size 11US Addi Turbo and the stitches are flying off the needles! I started the left sleeve one night last week and picked it up again the following evening. By the end of the second evening, the left sleeve was done.

Currently, I’m working on the right sleeve, which is almost done, as well.

The body is knit mostly in the round, up until the armholes. At that point, you work the front and back independently. The cable pattern (repeated on the front and back) on the body is a little more complicated. The combination of the Addis and yarn will make it go by faster. This should be a quick knit and I should be able to give this for Christmas.

Under the weather

I’ve been under the weather for a while, which is why I haven’t updated my blog lately. I feel much now, but I’ve had a lot of stuff to catch up on since my days of napping the entire day away to get rid of a bad cold. I’m fine now, but just trying to catch up on some work (and knitting)!

Plus, I’m trying to get my stash together and all my WIPs and future WIPs. I’ve found that I have too much in the queue (and on the needles). I know this is a common problem with knitters. I want to rectify it & try to limit myself (yes, I know… wishful thinking) to projects and buying.

My cousin gave me an extra Space Bag that she had. I always saw the commerical & thought they were kinda cool, but overpriced. I tried the one she gave me (travel-sized) & it pretty cool. I know you can achieve a similiar effect with Ziploc bags, which is my current choice. However, when I saw a value pack at Costco, I couldn’t resist. Some are HUGE (bigger than the gallon-sized Ziplocs I have), so I know I can fit some of my stash in it.

I changed the right sidebar (WIPs & FOs). I’m trying to be more organized. It’s difficult when you’re as big a procrastinator as I am. But I try to keep in mind the great feeling it is when I finally finish a project, so hopefully that can help me get on board. Who knows if it will work, but it’s worth giving it a try.

Quiz: What Kind of Knitter Are You?

What Kind of Knitter Are You?
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Knitting Purist

You appear to be a Knitting Purist.
You are an accomplished knitter producing beautiful
pieces with a classic feel. You sometimes lament losing half of your local yarn shop to garish novelty yarns. Perhaps you consider fun fur scarves the bane of knitting society and prefer to steer new knitters towards the wool and cotton blends. Some might call you a bit of an elitist but you know that you’ve been doing this craft long enough to respect the history behind it and honor it with beautiful piece that can last a lifetime.

Bottoms Up Bucket Hat

I finally finished the felted bucket hat from ChicKnits. I used one skein of brown (#7822) Cascade 220 (thank you, Purl for your Cascade 220 sale).

Here is the pre-felted hat:

bucket hat - before

For this felting cycle, it wound up in the heavy duty cycle for a total of 25 minutes to get it to the size I needed. Here is the finished product:

bucket hat - before

Bonne Marie Burns said that she blocks her hat on a 32oz coffee can with a terry dish towel wrapped around it. I ran out of coffee recently. I haven’t had time to run out to Costco for the 32oz can & I wasn’t about to fish the empty can out of the garbage! I looked around my kitch for anything that was close to it in size. I found a Pyrex dish that was the right width, but not the right height. But then I spied my ice cream maker… the freezer bowl was the perfect size (width AND height). I wrapped the freezer bowl in a plastic bag & pulled the hat over it. If you look carefully at the second picture, you can see the metal rim of the inverted freezer bowl sticking out from bottom of the hat. It came out better than I thought, felting thicker than I had expected. It’s the perfect autumn hat.