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If you love Trendsetter Yarns, you can get a rebate coupon for yarns bought this year! 🙂

The best part: It’s good until Nov. 1 2009–that is not a typo. 9!



{November 2, 2008}   Borders is made of win!

I take surveys & redeem the points I get for 2 things each year: Blockbuster rentals and Borders Bucks.  It used to be that they’d parcel out the Borders Bucks $5 over 3 months.  This time, I got $15 all at once. 🙂  And there was a 40% off coupon that came in my e-mail this week.  Thus, I have Together or Separate coming to me for the cost of shipping.  This is why Borders is made of win. 🙂



{August 23, 2008}   Stitches Midwest ’08!

Stitches, if you didn’t know, is this big knitter’s convention that happens throughout the year in a few different places (there’s Stitches East, West, and Midwest).

You can take classes, go to banquets, or be like me and just go to the Market to oggle and more than likely buy yarn, notions, books, patterns, and other knitter stuff galore. 🙂

I visited my LYS, Gene Ann’s, of course. They didn’t bring all of their stock, but some is for sale at 50% off. Their new thing is their recyclable bag and a newly designed T-shirt logo. (The bags were serviceable white paper ones before. Actually, that was my main BYOB 😛 ).

Then I went to see fellow Raveler, Creatively Dyed Yarn. She saw the Ravelymics Bob pin I had (50% goes to Special Olympics, how cool is that?), and immediately gave me a Hello, My name is… Ravelry pin. Alas, I’ve smeared the marker. I restrained myself at her booth to 1 skein of sock yarn. Might go back for another pretty colorway.

Did lots of scoping, but am disappointed that most of the yarn sponsors did not bring samples of their yarn! There’s so much stuff I want to see in person! 😦 Only ONE vendor had Cascade 220 Superwash, and in limited colors at that. No one brought Berroco Love It. There wasn’t any Malabrigo in Indiecita.

I was hoping to find a wash & dryable yarn for a pattern, but ended up getting a light alpaca and some really yummy blue yarn that was on sale (lots for cheap, yea!).

I was pooped by 2:30pm (I think I arrived around noon), so I sat with some knitters in the cafeteria-style area (round tables, comfy chairs; ridiculous concession prices, but thankfully, no additional tax to them!)

I met people from IN, WI, and central IL. One lady I met invented a swift that Rick Mondragon (Knitter’s Magazine editor) was really excited about. I didn’t see it in action, but it looks intriguing and gets really small when put away. Look for a review in an upcoming Knitter’s.


I worked a bit more on my Norah Gaughan sweater. (er, the other Norah Gaughan sweater.)



{March 1, 2008}   I <3 LYSs!

Lovely Gene Ann’s Yarn Shop had something I never expected to find! Clear Regia boots! These were all the rage when they came out–great for showing off handknit socks, dontcha know. I’ve seen them on the market for $50+! My price, since they don’t make them anymore? $15. She’s got at least 2 more pairs. One’s labels 6, the other is bigger. They definitely run larger than US show sizes. I tried on the 6 and it was HUGE. The size 5 I got is still a bit big, but hey, thick socks!
 
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I also got a lovely new pattern by Plymouth. Jeanee’s the recommended yarn, but there’s limited colors. I eventually settled on a pretty Cestari cotton-wool blend.



{January 25, 2008}   FYI

Annie Modesitt announced on her blog that she is preparing the Sideways Spencer for sale on her website! 🙂   I know people have been looking for this pattern. Patience pays off! 🙂 (and it’s certainly more fun to pay a reasonable 1 digit fee than the $30+ craziness for the original magazine I’ve seen on ebay!

It’s kind of sad that Interweave has made yet another whack move with the Reader’s Choice patterns. I thought the top 10 would be put in a new book for sale! They keep renegging on what they’re going to do. 😦 4 months of limited access? Boo!

Also frustrating to learn that they hadn’t even consulted the designers when they started, so what is voted for might not be accessible anyway.



{January 23, 2008}   Blessings on the internet

So, an update. 🙂 Sometimes the internet’s way of connecting people astounds me.

I got a very nice e-mail from Kathy Elkin, part-owner at WEBS (it’s a family business), who tracked me down based on clues. 😛 We’re going to try to work things out. This is the kind of service I’d been hearing about WEBS. 🙂 I can only guess that there’s a bit of new year chaos going on, so things haven’t been normal.

Just to clarify, I was only writing to give an honest account about my experience, not to bash this business (Honest-to-God Really Bad Businesses get posted on the Businesses to Avoid page after I’ve tried multiple times to resolve an issue. One is there after a lawsuit for stealing; another for very rude service after multiple tries to fix the problem; yet another for dangerous incompetence–and I had used them before that with no problem; and the 4th for such horrendously awful communication and service problems that I had to resolve it via my credit card company–I take textbook buying seriously). This wasn’t something that upset me; I was just disappointed, & didn’t think a less than $10 perplexing addition to my stash something to fuss over, especially with a clear policy guideline about my options. Because I am able to trade yarn, it’s not a big deal for me to get a different one (Ravelry!).

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{January 14, 2008}   Bummer.

There’s something going around!

I’ve run into a rash of Knit Picks Options problems lately. First, it was discovering a cable had snapped off right below the base. I called customer service, & they sent a replacement set. 🙂 (This cable was 1 year old).

Then one of the cables came off of the join. Okaaay…glue!

This morning, while knitting with my only Harmony set of points, one of them popped off just as I had finished a row! :,( I called again. They should be sending it out soon. 🙂

I’ve added glue, but don’t know if it’ll hold (might experiment with industrial strength glue). As I threaded the loose stitches back onto the cable, the cable popped off the join. 😦 I’m pretty sure this is a different cable than the first one. Glue is my friend, but the fall-apart rash is no fun.

I love knitting with Options when they work, but all these problems with this one set! 😦



{December 21, 2007}   Yea!

Christmas is fun. 🙂

I am blessed with a very thoughtful client I got an extremely cute knitting bag with Clover accessories (stitch holders, point protectors, needle & gauge ruler, stitch markers, tapestry needles, stitch counters!!!) AND a big gift card to Michaels! In the words of Homer Simpson: “Woo-hoo!”

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I finished the main knitting for the Origami Kimono (knit from cuff to cuff).

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Started the Tailored Scallops jacket from Lace Style.

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Got a couple of skeins of Queensland Collection Bengali 03 from Tuesday Morning. 🙂 Found the name of 1 mystery yarn.



{November 10, 2007}   1 <3 sales.

Bunches of stuff are on sale at Joann.  So of course, I cleaned out one’s cream Dolcetto.  If only they had a wider selection of Patons SWS.  They had maybe 4 colorway; most old ones and one ugly new one.  I saw a pretty new one at Michaels, but their sale isn’t as good (smaller percentage off vs. a 40% off coupon).  Too bad gas has gone up again. 😦  I can wait.  Michaels takes competetive coupons. 😉



{November 1, 2007}   Grr…

I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday because I needed to exchange a separating zipper YET again (nobody make a happy in-between size – it’s 12, 10 or 7 inches for the shorter ones) for the Baby Surprise Jacket. I discovered some !@#!@##$% had changed nearly every price in the yarn section–upwards! D:<



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