stitchmarkers


Check out these stitchmarkers a friend made for my daughter who loves penguins. I call them “Disco Penguins”.

Aren’t they adorable!?!? And they are so light! They’re made out of Polymer Clay. She has an etsy shop too and can often make things “to order” if it’s not listed on her shop. Right now she has a lot of uber-cute flipflop earrings. She is one very talented lady. Check her out:
Quick Flops

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I am LYS deprived. We have a Michaels and a Joannes, but no real craft store. There have been craft stores, but most of them have closed before I even became a knitter or before I knew they existed. Three that I know of.

Including the one that I just found. It’s about 40 minutes from my house, so kind of a drive. And not really a real yarn store. It’s more like a yarn corner stuck in the back of a gift shop. But they have real stuff…Collinette (no sock yarn though), Artyarns, Cascade, handspun/handpainted wool/silk blend that is so soft it feels like buttah….

The first time I went there was last week. We walked in and dh pointed out a sign that said “50% off all yarns, books, patterns, and needles”. I didn’t think anything beyond…OH GOODY!! I behaved though. I only bought two skeins of Cascade (for $7!!). At the register I asked, do you get much sock yarn in. They said we are sold out of sock yarn and in fact we are selling out of all of our yarn, we don’t plan on restocking it. 😦 Wahhhh!!!! I was like, Noooooooooo!!! I just found you!!!! *sob*

So today we went back. Dh let me have my way with the little yarn corner (seriously, my bathroom is bigger than that corner) as my Mother’s Day present (this means I’ll have to by myself the Zenstring I pined over a few weeks ago πŸ˜† ). For $70 I got all this:

There are three skeins of Patons Divine, perfect for my Project of the Month shawl.

Three skeins of Steadfast Fibers Wonderful Wool in “Columbine” (another shawl).

Four skeins of Artyarns Ultramerino 4 that will be perfect for baby socks.

Two skeins of Crystal Palace Fjord in “Rose Petal”, no project in mind yet.

A Patons SWS pattern booklet and size 15 Crystal Palace bamboo circular needles.

ALL 50% OFF!! Woot!! Check out these colors:

My favorite is the middle one, Artyarns…yummy greens & pinks, & yellows. Perfect for Project Spectrum

As promised, here are a few of the sets of stitchmarkers I made a few weeks ago:

Next time, an updated (w/ pic) of dd’s sock #1

The college semester is over, all but the finals. But to be honest, I’m not overly worried. I have two in class, accounting and computer programming. The accounting class I recently found out I don’t even need, so I’m not very motivated about that class. I’ll study for the exam, but I’m not going to bend over backwards doing it. Computer programming is open notes, open book…again, not worried. All of our exams in that class have been open notes open book and I think I’ve had to look up something once. I also have an online class, meteorology, that I will have a final exam for. The test is usually open for a couple of days, and again …open notes, open book. This is another class that I recently found out I do not need, so again with the lack of motivation. So yeah, a full half of my classes this semester were for naught. My only other final would have been economics, but I managed to get exempt from the exam because the prof’s policy is maintain a 90% average or better on all the exams and have perfect attendence and you can be exempt from the exam. Wahoo! Go me! I am so excited to be done with this semester!!

More good news! Dh was offered the job he interviewed for a while back. He actually had a third interview with the company this afternoon & they made him a job offer. He will start on Monday or Tuesday of next week. Yah!!!

Knitting content:

I was finally able to get my computer to allow me to upload & edit pictures without crashing on me. Here is the lovely package sent to me by my Knitters Treat Exchange Spoiler, Kitty Kitty:

Ohhhhh man, did she pick winners!!! How did she know I have been stalking Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in “River” and “Fresh Stripes”. Seriously, that was one of the yummy yarns I had to resist buying last week! I know JUST what I’m going to knit too…. River Rapics (pdf file). And boy do I feel like an idiot, I have been wanting to make this pattern, with the LL “River” just because I thought they would go to together well. Plus I am really loving Good Charlotte’s new CD with the song “The River” lately. Well, duh, I read the pattern and it’s made with LL “River”. Jeesh! Can you tell I pick out patterns just by looking at the picture & not reading the actual pattern πŸ˜†
Also in the package were tea sweets from Amai Tea & Bake House, Carmel White Hot Chocolate…and really, it’s white when you make it, and sooo good! There’s also bath confetti, a pumice sponge, an exfoliating washcloth, size 0 dpns, and the Issue #1 “Sock it to me” sock pattern booklet.

P, you did AWESOME! Thank you so much for being such a great partner πŸ˜€

I have been doing a little knitting here & there in between last minute school projects I have(had) to do. I’ve decided to retry the LionBrand All-Season Shell (which I have been secretly calling a*s*s). This time I’m using LB CottonEase in “Lime”. Perfect for Project Spectrum colors of April/May. I am really liking the yarn, it’s holding up way better than the TLC Cotton Plus “Salsa” that I tried it in the first time. My only complaint is the errors in the pattern. It never fails. Is it just me and the LB patterns I choose? Isa, did you have any problems with the WS/RS thing when you got to the arm hole decreases on the back? Anyway, I’ve finished the back and gotten about 1/3 through the front and I’ve run out of yarn. Gah!!

Running out of yarn is my theme for the week. I’ve started another booga bag, for myself, using Patons SWS “Natural Earth”. I LOVE this yarn, LOVE these colors (more green for Project Spectrum). Just gorgeous. I’m making a couple of modifications. I want to make it a drawstring bag where the strings hang in the front & make a flap with a button. I got to within 10 rows of being done with the body & starting the flap….and RAN OUT OF YARN. LOL

A couple of weeks ago, I finished the first sock of “Mom’s Mother’s Day Socks”. I don’t think they are going to work for mom. They are quite tight for me to get on, so I am thinking they will go to my youngest daughter. I did get them on long enough to model them for the ole blog though.

I think I will retry the same pattern and just use a size 3 circ rather than a size 1 and see how that goes. I really like the pattern. It’s uber easy to memorize and I was able to convert it to one circ (rather than dpns) with no problems.

I took a break from running out of yarn and knit up a couple of squares for Hokie Healing

And since I can’t finish either of my other two projects, I cast on another pair of socks for my oldest dd…who is in the process of creating her own knitblog!

I think that’s enough pictures for tonight. Next time, pictures of stitchmarkers that I made a few weeks back, an updated on my newly found LYS, and closeup pictures of that lovely Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in “River” and “Fresh Stripe” from my KTE partner πŸ˜€

YET!! Instead I made my own stitchmarkers πŸ™‚
It’s something I’ve been wanting to do ever since I read this online tutorial. I finally did it! This could be almost as addicting as knitting. Yikes!! It was nice to be crafty in a way that wasn’t knitting or crocheting. I don’t consider myself to be crafty at all. After making these, I may have to change my mind lol.

Aren’t they pretty?!

Thanks to Michael at wormspit.com for his wonderful tutorial!

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