Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

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When I saw this week’s photo challenge on the Daily Post, this image instantly popped into my head. It was taken on Christmas Eve 2006. I knitted that scarf for my mom and this is the moment she opened her present. I LOVE this picture. The looks on my mom’s and step-dad’s faces, this is the reason why knitters knit for other people. This is the best look in the world. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Yarn Crawl

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I had a fabulous day today with Preita! We did the Rose City Yarn Crawl. This is an event that is held each year in Portland where participating yarn stores have special giveaways for four days. Knitters are supposed to visit as many shops as they can possibly visit. And spend money. Which is exactly what I did.

We hit a couple of our usual shops first, Yarn Garden and Happy Knits. Then we visited Yarnia, a really unique store that I have wanted to visit since I moved here. It’s funny, I always envisioned a huge warehouse for some reason but it was actually a really small shop. The unique thing about it is that the yarn is DIY. In other words, you pick out what you want in your yarn and they have a special machine that winds it all together into one cone of yarn. It’s really cool! I wanted to have them custom make some thing for me so I picked out some really pretty purple mohair and some bright orange yarn. I loved the finished product (see photo below). It created a laceweight yarn. I think I’m going to make a lace scarf with it. In fact, it will be my next project.

We hit a couple other stores that we hadn’t visited before but they weren’t any better than our favorite, Happy Knits. Regardless, I managed to spend lots of money. I bought all sorts of goodies. What the hell. It IS my birthday month, after all.

I took a picture of a garbage can.

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Had a great time knitting at Happy Knits today with Preita! I found out her latest sweater pattern, Outlaw, is getting really good traction on Ravelry. The last time we check it was the number 3 sweater pattern over there (and 9th most popular overall!)! I am so happy for her!

While we are hanging out she took photos of me modeling her latest design, Assassin’s Creed. It was very difficult for me to give her back the sweater. I fucking LOVE it and am so going to knit this myself!

I brought my Holga and new flash so look for some color Holga shots soon.

And, yes, this is a photo of a garbage can. Taken in Portland in the alley behind Happy Knits.

The Orange Sweater: A Knitting Vlog

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I’ve been wanting to incorporate video into my blogging for awhile and I thought a knitting vlog would be a great way to do that. This is my first one and so the editing is terrible. But it was kinda fun to make. I hope you enjoy watching it. Though, you will probably only enjoy it if you are a knitter.

Here are some links to some of the stuff I’m referring to:

Who Me? Cardigan

Hourglass Sweater

Top Down Raglan Cardigan

Ravelry Project Page

Crafty Monday: Aran Necklace Camisole

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Why hello there! It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? I have to admit, I havent’ been feeling very social networky lately. And not very in the mood to blog, for some reason. Until today. I thought I’d post something crafty.
I finished the Aran Necklace Camisole almost a month ago. This is what I worked on when I was really sick in July. Did I tell you about that? Oh god. I was soo sick. I ran a fever for a good week. And we’re talking a pretty high fever too. I seriously thought I was gonna die. It ended up being bronchitis, and it took me a month to fully recover and feel normal again. So, yeah, my summer hasn’t been super fantastic.

Anyway, the camisole. This knit kind of got me through it. It was a really fun knit. The cabling in the yoke was very simple and it made the knitting interesting. The miles of stockinette got a bit boring toward the end, as per the usual case.

I really like the way it turned out, though I have only worn it once. I wore it as a vest to work one day and the cotton and linen yarn made the garment grow on me throughout the day. This yarn can be washed and dried in the dryer, though, so that’s good. It’ll shrink it up a bit.

Not much else to say about that. Here’s the Ravelry info if you are interested in the fine details.

I have some other crafty pursuits going on right now that I’ll have to share in the near future. I’m working on a t-shirt quilt with my old Summer Reading t-shirts and I’m doing some embroidery on it.

I’ve also discovered beading! This happened this past week while I’ve been on vacation. I’ve already made three necklaces and a pair of earrings. So I will show them to you soon, as well. I might be addicted to this at the moment. It’s super fun!

Happy Monday!