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{November 18, 2008}   Win 8 Skeins of Yarntini & more!

There’s a raffle going on to help out Bella, a child with special needs.  A bone marrow transplant would really help her.

How to enter?

Go to Pennies for Bella.org then donate at least 5 dollars (every 5 gets you another entry into the raffle).  In the notes section, write Yarntini Prize.  The drawing is December 5, 2008.

Prize includes

* Yarntitini in  Pumpkin Spice (a limited edition color, available only during Autumn),  Appletini, Gimlet, PeaKnit, Home, Margarita, Vintage, and Hope.
* 1 Bumble Bee tape measure from Lantern Moon
* 1 Merry & Bright set of Zephyr stitch markers
* 1 Clover yarn cutter

Total retail value of the entire Yarntini gift is $253.00

Picture of prize can be found here.

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{May 17, 2008}   Woo-hoo!

I’ve been garage selling. And today I went to another garage sale on a tip. There’s yarn over there. 🙂

So, of course I had to check it out.

I came back with…

garage sale yarn

The lady who owned this (she passed away), was a needlepoint person. I figure these small amounts will be great for stranded knitting. :



See the winners of the raffle: Runs Like a Penguin!



{May 3, 2008}   Winner declared-yarn raffle

See the total raised at fund-raising to cure HIV/AIDS. Join Ravelry!



{December 27, 2007}   Yea!

More knittery Xmas gifts!

Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Knitting Pattern-A-Day 2008 calendar
(I’m finishing the 2007 one, so I’m happy! I save the ones I like).

A Snapware storage container (methinks it’s the small square one…), which now holds yarn from my ball winder because it’s a great size and had adjustable compartamentalizing boards. 🙂

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Finished another swatch with the last of the King Cole Spot On DK yarn. It’s the purty triple twist cable pattern. Must use elsewhere!

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{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.



{October 8, 2007}   Q2

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Close to done! I’ll have a lot more yarn leftover than I thought. Not sure that I’d want to make them much taller–I’d have to start shaping them, then.

Mmm, sock yarn!
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left: Great Adirondack Soxie in the Amazon colorway
right: Pagewood Farms hand-dyed sock yarn.

I originally bought these to make Q (thus the high-contrast), but I’m thinking maybe I’ll go with entrelac or Kaffe Fassett’s intarsia version of a cube pattern similar to Q….

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On another note, I found the Simply Knitting Issue with the Alan Dart booklet! 😀 (Apparently Simply Knitting arrives the month after the one printed on the issue–which means all the contests expire before they get to the newsstand in the US! 😡 I thought I had missed it! It doesn’t help that the magazine Knitting does a similar free insert thing–but theirs is this meh wedding/bridal booklet).all the critters are ubercute!

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{September 15, 2007}   I’m in love with…

…This:

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What would you suppose this yarn is?

Some might recognize this label:
fiesta jewel

I kid you not, this is USD $2.17 per skein Red Heart Super Saver yarn. I’m making another simple knitted bodice from this. 🙂 This is cheaper than the other TLC I used for my first SKB. Unlike other Red Hearts, there is actually a dyelot to these multicolor skeins, so I made sure to match them before I bought them.



I like the idea, so I’m copying–though my format is no where near as fancy.

Stuff for sale on the For Sale page (on the menu to the right). Some knitting related, some not.



{August 9, 2007}   D’oh!

Hasty, hasty. *tsk, tsk* I just found a coupon code for the lovely, lovely Autumn Rose (well, any order over $3) at Nestucca Bay Yarns in the Interweave Knits Fall 2007 issue I picked up from school today.

So, of course! I want to save almost $20. I’m selling what I bought, on the off-chance it’ll be cheaper for an overseas person (book is not readily available outside North America) on ebay.

And while prepping the yarns for sale, I discovered not one, but 2! Skeins of dk weight yarns among them–stinkers! I have to go back yet again to the LYS, Mosaic Yarn Studio, which is quite a hike. :/ (previously, I quested for the right color to replace my wrong-brained thinking–who knew Peat meant a red color? Green’s a natural mistake, right?).

On the flipside, I got a copy of the Sideways Spencer from the out of print, not readily accessible Interweave Knits Fall 2004 (easily-spend-$30-bidding-on-ebay inaccessible). I ❤ Annie Modesitt patterns, but it’s nowhere to be found–I tried the InterLibrayLoan system–no one keeps archives that far back apparently, except for yarn stores! I just had to buy yarn from them. So I have a lovely shade of blue Cascade 220. 🙂 I’d Rather Be Knitting, you’re my hero! 🙂

I’ve begun making a real effort at assigning projects to yarns. Stash organization, if you will. Bad sign when you look at a yarn and think, “why did I get this? Oooh, for that pattern!”

Now, what yarn to assign to the yummy tangled yoke cardigan (another Eunny Jang pattern)? There’s a reason we knitters call it yarn porn.

Organization inspired by discovering “sweater bags” at the Dollar Tree–clear tops–excellent! Much prettier/less space-hogging than cardboard boxes & opaque plastic bags. It resulted in a lot more space! : ) Just in time for the arrival of my Noro Silk Garden Lite (intended for the Dropstitch Lace pattern in Fitted Knits. I have this penchant for trying variegated/multicolor yarns on patterns published in solids. Some patterns do demand solid color, but ooh! When they work…! A couple of people have commented on Craftster that they liked the Simple Knitted Bodice I did in Red Heart TLC Falling Leaves. One of them is making her own in that color right now. *Aww!* :))

I knit a row on my long-neglected bayerische socks–and this time post-it noted which row I was on (HP post-it notes from Target don’t really stick :(–that’s what you get when you don’t release the license to 3M!).

Am nearly done with my Black Dog beaded cami! It might only take 4 skeins of Bernat instead of the 6 everyone kept recommending. They’s obviously bigger than me. Then again, so’s most of the world. Exciting! Doing lots of donning and calculating. I’m literally inches from the armpit bind-offs (knitting in the round)!



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