Archive for August, 2008

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PRGE #4: the Q and A

August 30, 2008

1. Why did you join PRGE? Because I haven’t missed one since the inception (except and quickie summer one last year)

1.a. Have you done other swaps? Are you doing other swaps right now? Why yes, I have and No, I am currently only in this one.
2. What are your five favorite things? (these don’t have to be knit related) We will skip the obvious, which is knitting: reading, hanging with my family, taking photos, chocolate, snuggling with my husband after a long day.
2.a. Do these things allow any hints into your personality for your punk pal?  ah, no–not really

3. What are your three favorite things that you have made with knitting/crochet? The Shetland Triange shawl, a fair isle hat, and a Dragon Scales tank top
3.a. What do you tend to make with knit/crochet? hats in the late summer and fall because I tend to donate them to a charity (that is a hint, if you know me), lace things and scarves          
3.b. What do you hope to make (or complete that you have started) someday? a lace stole that is almost (or already at least a year old and growing weary)
4. What five things would you love to see in a swap box someday? Why?  some cool stitch markers, maybe a nice needle case, anything that smells good or tastes good, a book of pattern stitches, and a set of cable needles from Knit Picks (those cool muli-colored ones)
4.a. What do you hope to never see in a swap box again (or ever)? acrylic yarn, kitchen cotton (another hint if you read my blog), and pink.  

5. What are your three favorite yarns? What are your three least favorite yarns? FAVS: alpaca, Noro, Cascade 220 (cause you get a lot of bang for your buck) NO-NO’s:  kitchen cotton (stuff like Peaches n Cream, blah), Simply Soft or any 100% acrylic, and well, I’m not that picky

5.a. Do you like solid, self-striping, or multi-colored yarns? I like solid and LOVE heathered and really get into trouble with multi-colors cause I am attracted to all things party-like!  but I love it just the same.  
5.b. What are your favorite colors? What are your favorite colors to knit with?  purple, red, blue, green, really if it is a deep jewel tone I am on it.  I occasionally get into browns and neutrals but not often.
6. What are your five favorite delicacies?  good god!  um, dark chocolate or really nice milk chocolate, Taco Bell, Rick Black Coffe, Chai Tea, and handmade soap.
6.a. What yarn do you hope to one day try and why? Kauni so that I can make the Revontuli -huivi/Northern Lights Shawl.  It is in my Ravelry Que.

 7. What are your three favorite guilty pleasures?  Singing loudly in my car while driving, Flickr, sitting in my backyard
7.a. What are your favorite tv or movie charactors? The cast from Criminal minds and Bones and JOHNNY DEPP, mmm
8. What are the five things you look forward to every week? Time off, my morning coffee, watering the plants, hugs from my boys and kisses from the husband 
8.a. What do you do during your week (ie – work, take care of three kids, race walk)?  I’m a Licensed Massage Therapist–
9. What do you collect?  yarn, stones, beads, hearts, frogs
9.a. What collects you? my 3 boys
10. When is your birthday?  July 23
10.a. What is your favorite holiday and why?  Halloween and Christmas because I like to decorate
11. Do you have any wishlists? No
11.a. Do you have a “favorites” collection anywhere that your pal should know about? No
12. Do you have any allergies or health related conditions that your pal should know about? No
12.a. What drives you nuts?  Too much work and not enough play
13. What do you do for work and what do you do for fun? I knit, read, cook and I love to be out in nature
13.a. What would you do if you knew you could not fail?  Fly and not in a plane, I mean–FLY
14. What would you like your pal to know that is not covered here?  Can’t think of anything
14.a. Are you excited for the contests or will you just pretend that they do not exist?  I’m not big into the contests but have no fear because I realize that this is a partnership and I will participate regardless.
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Eye Candy Friday: The Business of Trees

August 29, 2008
 


Moss patches
Sewn to the sides
Of the Oak–
Layers, layers thick.

Richly rooted
She stands
Pinned against
Azure skies.

Limbs that I cannot reach
That I cannot see
Resonate with
Unfinished bird song
And I am lifted
And I am there.

~Dawn

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SHINE, Yeah!!

August 22, 2008

 

This is a hat for the Rad Bad Beanie Project.  

The pattern for the hat is from Cosy’s book Knit One, Embellish Too.  I love this book, so full of fun hats and ideas.  

Anyway, this is the  ’70’s Ski Sweater Hat that I transformed into the Shine Hat!  I love it and I hope that the kid that gets it loves it, too.

Great weekend all!!

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Mug Hugger

August 18, 2008
 


Thanks to Kat and her lovely coffee sleeve I decided I wanted one, too. Here is mine made with leftover Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Iron Ore.

Super fast knit (in an hour give or take).  Coffee/Tea Sleeve

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Eye Candy Friday: When Red Bull Met Monster. . .

August 15, 2008


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Alternative Fiber Choices

August 13, 2008

First of all this is going to sound like a huge promotion for Elann.com (and well, it kinda is–they are a great company.  I have never had a bad experience with them:  yarn is wonderful, prices can’t be beat and they ship fast).  Like I said in my last post:  kitchen cotton, bad–alternative fibers good.  In the photo that follows we have a box full of goodies for wash clothes and for hand towels (Ripple Hand Towel):

 Camila in the blue and green is a cotton/linen blend.  Very soft with a nice drape.  

Canapone in the raspberry color is 100% hemp.  Lace/fingering weight.  I have knit with this before.  It feels a bit waxy but after a couple of inches you get use to it and the fabric that falls from the needles is wonderful.  Hemp is great for washcloths because it has antibacterial properties and resists mold!!  PLUS, the more you wash hemp the softer and softer it gets.  I have used the Canapone to make a triangle beach wrap and I love it.  

Coto Canapone is the dark purple yarn that I used for the Loopy Loop wash cloth in the last post.  It is a cotton/hemp blend that is ultra soft to work with and has a nice drape as well.  

The other yarn is mercerized cotton for some market bags to be made later.  

Bottom line: there are some nice “alternatives” to the cheap cotton yarn that can be purchased and the end results are nicer.  For those saying, “yes, but they are more expensive,” I say You Get What You Pay For and frankly if I am going to take the time to make a wash cloth/ hand towel instead of buying one, I want it to be quality.  Give Linen and Hemp a try and see for yourself.  Mix it with cotton or try it straight.  You may find yourself pleasantly surprised.

Knit Pixie has a line of Hemp for Knitting that would be nice to check out, too.  It is a bit more expensive than Elann.  I have used the Allhemp3 before and liked it very much.  Knit Pixie is a great company, too.  Very nice to deal with and they ship fast, too!!

Start your holiday knitting now and get some of those “small” projects out of the way.  Oh yes, a set of wash cloths and hand towels that are hand made would make a nice wedding/graduation gift.  Just a thought.  

Peace~ Dawn

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Cleanliness is Next to Soap

August 11, 2008

I have been using up stash to make wash cloths.  In the process, I joined a swap on Ravelry to make a wash cloth and send it along with some handmade soap to another knitter/crocheter.  I made the DW washcloth and the Loopy Loop washcloth for the swap.  While struggling with the kitchen cotton I had in my stash I began thinking of hemp and linen and combinations of the two and how much better washclothes would be if they were made with those fibers instead of the dread kitchen cotton (blah, if you have read my blog for very long you know of my loathing of this yarn–don’t ask why it is in my stash, it just is). 

Anyway, I purchased some hemp/cotton yarn in the darkest purple you can imagine and set out on the loopy loop cloth.  (the color in the picture does not reflect the true color of the yarn, alas):

Can I just say that this was so much fun to knit and the yarn, ahhhhhh.  Super soft and floaty fabric results. 

Next up, the DW cloth with kitchen cotton:

Cool pattern and it does make varigated yarn look really dapper. 

Future post will reveal the hemp/cotton/linen yarn selections that I have made and my feelings about it all.  Enjoy this new week.  I have a busy work schedule but I am in a knitting/photo taking groove so it should not affect it too bad.  Stay tuned…

**that is the true purple of the loopy loop washcloth — it rocks!!, if you like purple** click images for bigger results