Monthly Archives: February 2014

Paying it forward.

Ever have that moment where you see people being giving and full of charity and you think “I am going to do the same thing!”? Well, if not then you have more self control than I do, lol. A friend of mine joined a pay it forward project in January and once I saw it I said “sign me up”. The rules were pretty simple, you say “I’m in” and they make you a handmade item and you get 5 people to join in and you make each of those 5 people a handmade item, and those 5 people each get 5 people to join and they make handmade items for them, and so on. You are supposed to have your items made and delivered by the end of 2014. I have made zero items for my five people. ZERO
I started on the first a few weeks ago, so maybe more like 0.5 πŸ™‚
So, my first PIF gift is a baby &child sophisticate. I bought the revised pattern but they do offer a free version of this pattern. I am knitting it with Universal yarn washable wool in color Aguae. I really like this yarn for kid knits. The wool in it allows me to block it while the acrylic/nylon in it allows it to be easy on a child’s skin and allows it to be washed. A huge plus for any garment that will come in contact with a tiny human.

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I just have to finish the collar and sew on the buttons and done!

After this just 4 more handmade items and I will be all paid forward πŸ˜‰

Not really a pay it forward, more of a shout out to an awesome Etsy store! Seans labels. I decided to add size labels to my hand knits and ended up ordering from this shop. Great quality labels, free shipping, fast shipping…I will order from this shop again. I was not paid or even asked to promote this shop. Just a great shop and I like to give props to people who go above and beyond when it comes to service and quality.

Well that’s about it knitters! Hope everyone has a great rest of the day! I will leave you with something fun:
Mine is Captivating Sock-tacular yarn πŸ™‚
What’s yours?

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I’ve been given an award

I logged on today ready to get my read on, when I see a notification that I had been nominated for an award. This was really shocking since I can’t believe people actually read what I write…type? So, to see that someone not only reads it but nominated me for an award, was really a day brightener.

The award I have been nominated for is the Liebster award. Apparently it is given to blogs that have less than 1,000 followers to help promote their blog.
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I really am honored!!I started this blog last summer as a way to discuss knitting and to connect with other knitters. I assumed I would post one or two entries and get bored, but once I started I couldn’t stop. I learn so much from the people I follow and have come to “know” so many interesting people. I get a little jolt of excitement seeing people stop by and read what I have to say. Such an interesting world the blog world is. I know my husband thanks you all for letting me get my knit talk on here instead of with him lol.

Big Thank You to Trish over at A Bunch of Everything!! Your blog is one of the first that I started following and have really enjoyed reading your posts. Your knitting is beautiful and I love the pictures of yarn you posts. Weird I know but I love looking at yarn, haha. I also want to thank you for introducing my to square needles! For this I will always be grateful πŸ™‚

 

Here are the rules:

*Thank the person who has nominated you and link back to their blog (by posting a link on yours).
*Copy and display the award in your blogpost (save the pink image above and upload it to your own post).
*Answer the 11 questions about yourself, which are given to you by the person who nominated you.
*Write 11 random facts about yourself.
*Nominate 5 – 11 blogs/bloggers that you feel deserve the award. They need to have less than 1000 followers.
*Think of 11 new questions for the bloggers you have nominated and write them in your post.
*Inform the selected bloggers that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and link back to your own post so that they can learn about it (if they don’t already about it) and so that they know what questions to answer.
My answers to the 11 questions:

1.Which do you prefer, Coffee or Tea:Β  Coffee

2.Which do you like better, Summer or WinterSummer

3.What is your favorite holiday Halloween

4.Which do you prefer, Mountains or Beach Beach, except I don’t like the ocean.

5.If you could go anywhere in the world for vacation, where would you go Hawaii

6.What kind of movies do you like I like all kinds of movies. Comedies are probably my favorite though.

7.What is your favorite dessert Cheesecake!!!

8.What is your favorite Olympic sport I have no idea lol. Not really into the Olympics.

9.Favorite thing to do KNIT!!!!

10.What is your favorite Disney character Not sure, Maybe Ariel or Belle. Ariel because mermaids are awesome and Belle because she has that AMAZING library

11.What is your favorite food Tacos. I could eat tacos everyday if my family would let me.

11 Random facts about me:

  1. I have 2 children and both are girls.
  2. I bake from scratch because I have convinced myself its healthier therefore I can eat more and not feel bad.
  3. I love going to the dentist.
  4. I had braces from ages 15-21, and it was horrible.
  5. I have an almost unhealthy obsession with Doctor Who.
  6. I hate doing dishes!
  7. My favorite soda is mountain dew and I drink way too much of it.
  8. I could not live without my phone.
  9. I hate wearing shoes. This is a side effect of being raised in the south haha.
  10. I named my youngest child after a Fleetwood Mac song.
  11. I have been married for 7 years.

 

Blogs I nominate:

The 11 questions for my nominees:

  1. How many siblings do you have?
  2. What’s your favorite soda?
  3. Which do you like better cats or dogs?
  4. What is your favorite color?
  5. What is your favorite food?
  6. What chore do you hate?
  7. Do you prefer indoors or outdoors?
  8. Which do you like better pool or ocean?
  9. What is your favorite time of day?
  10. If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
  11. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

 

Knitting, Snow and the big 0-2.(pic heavy)

SNOW

It has been a CRAZY week here in NC. We got a foot of snow!! Those who may not be aware, it NEVER snows in North Carolina. NEVER!!!! If we get anything it doesn’t stick and what does is gone within hours. So, this was a shock to us all. The kids had fun playing and the adults had fun sipping wine and staying indoors. Another thing you may not know about southerners, we don’t like the cold past age 12 πŸ™‚
Thankfully it’s started melting and will be back in the 70’s by mid week.

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KNITTING
Due to being stuck inside all week, I was able to get some knitting finished.
I completed the wool diaper cover that was for an order and blocked it. It turned out really well.

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This is what happens when you have to improvise blocking, haha. That is a can of hair spray and a bead holder. Just call me Macguyver πŸ™‚
I had started a Baby Sophisticate and didn’t like it so I bought the revised pattern and am redoing it. Much happier with the results.

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Ready to split it up for the sleeves and start the body.

BIG 0-2
Thing 2 turns 2 on Sunday!! How this happened, I have no idea. I can’t believe the tiny baby(well not that tiny, she was 8 pounds) that I have birth to is now a 2 year old toddler. This child is full of life and keeps me on my toes! She knows what she wants and goes after it, rules be damned. She is a lover and a fighter and everything in between. I see great things in this kids future. My rainbow baby is not quite a baby anymore 😦

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Happy 2nd Birthday Rhiannon Hope

WIPs and weirdness

I think I have commitment issues. I just cannot seem to knit only one project at a time. Right now I have 4 projects in various stages of completion.
I am *trying* to work on the WIP that is for an order, seeing as how it has already been paid for and that is the responsible thing to do.
Let’s take a look at what’s on the needles right now, shall we…

First up is a wool diaper cover. I am knitting it in pink and purple, using Universal Yarn 100%wool. I really enjoy knitting these since they are basically just hats with butt flaps. They work up quick and no pattern is needed!!

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Next up is a Baby Sophisticate. I have seen so many people knit these and wanted to give it a try. I am using Berrocco Vintage in color Aguae. It’s a washable wool and so soft. Perfect for a tiny human. Only problem I have is I don’t have a tiny human in mind for the FO. Oh, well. Friends are always popping out spawn so I doubt I will have to wait long to find a recipient.

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I also purchased my FIRST pair of knitters pride cubix needles just for this project. I LOVE them!! I already live knitter pride needles but these are a whole new level of super awesomeness. First they are square so they are much easier to grip and second they don’t hurt my hands!! I have RA and certain needles are just not good for my hands, these are not one of those needles. I may be switching to these.

The last two WIPs consist of a 10 stitch blanket and an entrelac scarf. No photos right now but I hope to take some soon.

I will leave you all with a touch of weirdness.
We are redoing our kids bathroom and while looking for towel hooks on Amazon, I came across these gems. Who wouldn’t want this?

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Happy Knitting πŸ™‚