Potpouri Post

This post will have a little of this and a little of that.  First, I have to thank the desert knitter who nominated me for the Liebster Award in one of her recent posts.  I did not what this was all about and so I did a little digging on the good old internet.  The best description I read was that it is the blog equivalent of a chain letter.  Bummer – I was looking for a place to hang my new award!  But, when I continued to read it was started to promote smaller bloggers and share some blog love so cool beans!  I’ll take any award I can get.  Now, on with my reigning duties 🙂

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The rules:

  1. Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
    Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
  2. Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  3. Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.
  4. Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make eleven questions of your own for your nominees or you may use the same questions.
  5. Lastly, COPY these rules in your post.

My nominations (with my own caveat):

I hate to pressure anyone into doing this so I will share here some of my favorite blogs that have less than 200 followers.  If they would like to participate that would be awesome, if not I totally understand.  So, in no particular order:

  1. Windy Wonderings
  2. This Knitted Life
  3. writeknit
  4. Crafting Mommy of Two
  5. little church knits

And, now the questions:

1. What got you into blogging?

Well, actually I started out with a private blog to keep in touch with family and friends while I spent 3 weeks in Australia. They all loved it and as time went by it evolved into a travel and knitting blog.

2. What does your perfect day look like?

My perfect day would start with a little sleeping in, getting up and having a cup of my favorite French tea and perhaps catching up with my DVR and knitting.  And, then heading out somewhere with my friends and just enjoy whatever we end up doing.

3. What’s your favorite item to knit? Shawls, sweaters, socks or something else entirely?

I love knitting hats and anything for other people!  I do also enjoy a nice sock 🙂

4. Are you result-driven knitter or is it more about the journey?
Ah, an age old knitting question.  I believe my knitting is more about the journey.  I love trying new stitches and techniques and am up for trying to knit whatever seems interesting.  When the knitting gets boring, it goes to time out!

5. What’s your favorite TV-show, movie or book?
Book – easy Eat, Pray, Love and movie – easy When Harry Met Sally.  TV show – that depends on the day and the week but Amazing Race is always a can’t miss for me.

6. What’s your favorite yarn / fibre?
I love me some alpaca – it’s just so soft and fuzzy and alpacas are so stinking cute!

7. Do you have a favorite go-to pattern? If so which is it?
No, not really.  I’m not a huge fan of knitting the same thing multiple times (see answer to #4 above).  I have a friend who made 3 or 4 Oakland shawls and could not believe it.  But, I do sell knit baby hats and through that have made several hats of the same pattern because I get multiple requests.

8. What’s your favorite podcast or vlog?
Shoot – this one is hard!!  On the knitting front – I’ve already confessed my love the Prairie Girls and Isabelle at Fluffy Fibers and I do enjoy Emily at Knitting Butterfiles.  On non-knitting, my two favorite are White Wine, True Crime (not family friendly, at all but very funny) and Star Talk with Neil de Grasse Tyson where I always learn something.

9. What’s your favorite Etsy shop?

Two hard ones in a row!  I try to buy my yarn in person because I like to see and touch it before I buy but I have ordered and loved yarn from these shops: Fab Funky Fibers, Destination Yarn, Lollipop Yarn and Artistic Yarn by Abi.

10. Do you have any children or pets? Names, age, pics and all the details.

As I tell everyone – I have nothing that relies on me for food or water 🙂

11. What’s your favorite food?

Well, chocolate in pretty much any form!

I’ll go ahead and pass these along to my nominees should anyone want to play 🙂

Now, I think it’s Boston Jen from the Down Cellar Studio Podcast who has a segment on her podcast called Knitting in the Wild and I think accurately describes my Facebook interaction this week.  A friend had posted a pic of a little girl, age 7 who she was watching.  Said awesome 7 year old loved to knit and the picture showed her knitting.  Of course, this required more than a simple like.  Turns out this person has other knitting friends.  Her other knitting friend commented on the picture and stated that she knit so she doesn’t kill anyone.  Don’t we all, don’t we all!!  She went on to post a picture of her current WIP and I immediately had to comment as the yarn looked very familiar.  Turns out I was right – it was Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow by White Birch Fiber Arts.  This stranger and I went out for about 15 minutes and finally our mutual friend piped in and said ” I love that yarn can bring strangers together. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy!”  What a great way to end a post!

The Thrill of Victory

For a few months now a couple of the gals in my knitting group have been talking about Lollipop Yarn.  The colorways are beautiful and I was definitely interested.  The snag in the whole thing is that this shop releases new products on certain days and times (usually Sundays at 7 eastern time) and when the yarn is released it is snatched up in mere minutes.  I don’t have the fight for that type of aggressive shopping.  Black Friday and I are not friends and I spend the day inside decorating for Christmas.  And, I never remember to turn on the computer at the designated day and time to even attempt to buy it.

With that being said, last Sunday I actually remembered and decided to give it a go.  At least I would not be physically harmed attempting to buy the yarn…  I signed on around 6:55 and kept refreshing until the yarn magically appeared in the Etsy store.  I had been warned about cart jackers (my friend’s term) so did not stop.  Saw the Great Googly Moogly, put it in my cart and immediately checked out before someone could buy it out of my cart.  I have no idea how it all works but I didn’t look back and at the end was successful in my purchase.  Shopping as a blood sport just is not me!

Three days later there was a little package on my doorstep when I got home.  I was not sure if I was more excited about my new air conditioning (which I won’t be needing anytime soon) or the new yarn, probably the yarn…  I opened the box and found this lovely ball of yarn waiting for me!

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The colors are amazing!  The really cool thing about this yarn is the super clean color transitions.  She somehow manages to cut off one color before starting the other and avoids some of those weird brown/greys that come in self striping yarn.  I could hardly wait to get it on my needles but was having a busy week.  I did get a bit of a sock started.

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I can’t wait to get more done!  And with this snowy afternoon/evening I have a feeling that will be looking more like a sock by the time I head to bed tonight!

News and Notes!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and blogging fell to the bottom of the list.  Part of my time was spent revampting my Etsy site. Part of the time was spent trying to write my own pattern for a special request hat.

Over the summer I had gone to a couple of seminars on Etsy and worked on applying what I learned when I returned from Europe.  The hat that is most popular is my Browns helmet.  This especially exciting because I designed the helmet myself.

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About six months ago I sat down to pick out a hat to knit for my friends who were expecting their first child, a boy.  I scanned through my library on Ravelry and then scanned through all baby hats on Ravelry and nothing was speaking to me.  I really like to chose the right hat for the right baby.  My friends live in the DC area but he and I grew up next door to each other here in Cleveland.  The wonders of social media brought us back together a few years back.  I did know that he still had a strong loyalty to all Cleveland teams and I saw some football hats.  For once I was thankful that the Browns have the plainest helmets in the NFL because it’s really easy to replicate!

The Browns helmet was popular on my Facebook page and with my knitting group.  I’ve already done a second hat and if they keep winning this season I might get some more orders!

Perhaps this will be the first of many patterns or perhaps I have peaked with pattern writing only time will tell!

 

Sites I Love!

Over the weekend I received a birth notice in the mail from an old family friend.  I knew I had to knit up a hat and send it out so I went to Ravelry and searched my hat patterns.  I am very particular about what I knit for who.  I don’t have a “go to” pattern for new babies.  I found a beautiful cap that was just right in Luxury Yarns One Skein Wonders.  Of course, I was opting for a slightly less luxurious yarn than the milk-silk it called for so I picked an a beige alpaca that is wonderfully soft.  Once I started I realized the yarn was just too lightweight for the cable pattern to be clearly shown off and as I scanned my stash I was becoming dismayed that I had nothing I liked for the hat.  Back to Ravelry I went and searched the projects that other people had already done and to my delight many had used Malabrigo Worsted which stirred my memory to a beautiful blue that was hidden behind some other yarn.  And, that’s how Ravelry saved my Saturday night knitting.  The hat looks wonderful in the Malabrigo and I can’t wait to finish it!

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Tonight my local library was holding a lecture on using Etsy.  In addition to keeping up with this blog I had also made the decision in January to start using Etsy.  I listed a few hats but really am still trying to learn all the ins and outs of the site.  I had a friend who owns MultipleXposure Photography take some pictures of a few hats I had ready and put them to see what would happen.  Many of my friends and family (ok, mainly my Mom) checked out my listings but otherwise I had little traffic.  I was so excited to go listen to someone talk give some pointers and I learned a lot that was helpful.  I also learned that the clothes I wore in high school are now considered “vintage” which was super depressing.  And, outside of the man sitting behind me who felt he needed 10 feet of leg room and no matter how many times I moved my chair continued kicking it, it was an enjoyable and informative evening.  I have a ton of ideas and will get to work as soon as I return from the upcoming (and fast approaching) holiday!