Monday, April 14, 2014

Rainy Mondays...

Rain Rain Rain..... This is the view from my craft room window. Its not very pretty since the back area is under construction... we had to cut out the bank when we moved here and plan on digging out that ditch, laying rocks and having a dry stream. That way when its dry it will look pretty and when there is rain it will be pretty as well... we are also wanting to do some pavestone and put my antique patio set on it.

This weekend was a blast! We had Stitches here in the south. It was my first stitches and was somewhat over whelming. I did not look at all the booths as much as I wanted to. I did however get A LOT of yarn lol. I will show some pictures later on and do some enabling for you.  I drove some of the sweet ladies from the guild and I think they had a blast as well. I felt like momma hen though constantly counting heads and trying to keep up with them.

Today I am starting a zippered project bag... have I never done a zipper in a bag .... nope but seems like a good day to learn.  I am calling on a pattern from Simplicity Crafts (#9949) to help and good ole Craftsy! There is a FREE Mastering Zipper Class and there are TWO FREE bag classes. Bag Making Basics which covers a drawstring and bucket bag Bag Making Basics which covers a reversible tote and zipper pouch.
its not perfect and a little uneven but I love it :)
I added a handle

If you have not signed up with craftsy you really should! Its free and you can learn sooooo much!

Happy Yarning!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A better view of my room

I thought I would make a quick video of my craft room. I love all my storage and wanted to share some of my "cheap ideas"

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Want to Join me in a KAL?

I have signed up with Marly Bird's One Skein Mystery KAL on Craftsy.... The KAL starts on April the 1st but do not fear I just ordered my pattern yarn combo today. This Fashion forward Shrug is the perfect summer accessory. Did I mention the entire Kit is on sale!! Regular price is $44.99 and right now $24.99!! (that is a savings of 44%) So click the link below and get yours ordered before that sale is over...

Sign-up for the KAL and Pick you Yarn!! CLICK HERE ! 

The KAL kit comes with yarn, pattern, and a step by step web based tutorial with in dept written instruction and close up photos that will guide you through the pattern. If you are like me and have been wanting to learn to do lace but scared this may be a great opportunity for you.

~~ Lets talk the yarn... with this kit you get to pick from 8 colors of Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace 50% Merino Wool Blend, 45 % Silk .. The colors from the top Left to Right are Slate,  Purple, Water, Natural, Treacle Toffee,  Magenta, Teal and Primrose. I chose the Treacle Toffee because I think it would be lovely and I already own a Lace yarn in a slate color... The slate is the sample blueish slate used in the sample piece on the website.

Other Materials Needed:

  • Size US 5 24" and 32" circular needles; or size to obtain correct gauge
  • Tapestry needle
Please note: This is a one skein project, but those with a cross-back measurement of more than 19" may want to purchase an additional skein to build more ease into their garment

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Craftsy Flash Sale


Craftsy is Having a Flash Sale!!

Don not miss out on Craftsy's Gone in a Flash Sale! Get up to 65% off Fabric and 75% on yarn now! Limited suppy, shop before it is gone.. Offer ENDS FRIDAY MARCH 28th at 11:59pm MT 2014!

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

I have been on a Red Kick...

Do you every look at your projects and realize they are all the same color? I noticed that this past couple of weeks.. I have made sock and 2 squares and they are all red. I am not even a big fan of red so its somewhat funny. Maybe I was in the "Loving Mood" For February. Lets talk patterns and Yarn shall we?

My socks were made from Knit Picks Imagination yarn. I love these colorways and am very upset they have discontinued it. I was lucky enough to have gotten several colors for Christmas from my hubby and mom. I used the Ruby Slippers color way which is inspired from Wizard of Oz. The color is perfect for the month of love. I paired the yarn with a very popular pattern called Hermiones EveryDay Socks.

The Yarn:
I love this yarn.. it is super soft and does not split. It has a good twist and a slight halo. The yarn is a variegated.

Super easy to follow and remember. I did get lost at times but it easy to find your place. It is a free pattern. Despite my best efforts of not getting off the pattern it happened.. my kids would stop me mid row or I would look up to see what they were doing or the watch the "dramatic" part of the show we were watching. However when this did happen I did not rip back. The beauty of the yarn is that is hides some of the imperfections of my knitting!

If you remember after each pair of socks I knit I am wanting to make a Barn Raising Quilt Square. I used about 17 grams 74 yards for my square. I still have yarn to make another and maybe do a Mitered Square. I love this pattern and it so one of those you do it once and you never need to see the pattern again. This pattern however can only be found in the book KnitAlong Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together. The book is on Amazon right now for about $14 and has a lot of great patterns... Just click the link and it will take you there.

The last square I worked on for February was from the wonderful people at Love of Knitting. Every month they are releasing a Block Square Pattern and a suggested yarn to use with it. In December you join yours squares and have a lovely throw. I was lucky enough to have won a skein of the yarn that was suggested for January. It is Cascade Avalon a cotton/acrylic mix.. You can sign up to get their newsletter and each moth the newsletter has a key word, on their Facebook page they tell you when to email that key word in for a chance to win a prize.

The Yarn: wonderful feel.. no splitting, holds shape well

Pattern:  This one for some reason was giving me a hard time. I was trying to read the written instructions and kept losing my place.. I then started just using the Charted pattern and it was smoothing sailing. I then just started using stitch markers to indicate if I needed to purl or knit and by the 2nd pattern repeat I did not need the pattern at all. The fabric made from the combo or the pattern and yarn is very nice. I could imagine a whole blanket from this would be a excellent knit and gift.

Don't for get you can find me on Ravelry : Yarning4asmile 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Winner is.....

I had two lovely people enter to win the Creative Knitting Spring 2014 magazine... And here is the results... Have a lovely super day...

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Etsy Shops and Tools of the Trade

Unless you have been living under a rock you should be familiar with Etsy. Its like a 24 hour, 365 day craft show! I love shopping on Etsy and the thought of supporting another mom or small business owner miles away from me makes me very happy. I do not get to order often but when I do I like to share some of the sellers shops that go out of their way wither it be a hand written note or little surprise stuck in my package. Since this is the first time I have posted about this I am going to talk about a few of my favorites...

***Again none of these stores asked me to brag on them nor was I paid in anyway.

The first store I bought from was Well Ravelled.  From Melissa I purchased her Crochet Pattern Cat-Hooded Scarf.  The pattern is super easy to follow and well written....She is also super great about answering any questions you may have. You can see my FO here. As much as I love the pattern I used the wrong type of yarn and mine was saggy. I have frogged it but already bought yarn to remake it!

The next purchase was from Sdspin. I purchased about 8 oz of wool from her to spin. Currently she has some discount coupon codes if you look at her shop info. She has wonderful dyed rovings and yarns stc. Right now she has some Nylon Top I would love to try and her prices are awesome! Here is the color way I would love to get my hands on!

Next we have PortFiber. their hand dyed colors are so lovely! I ordered a roving in green colors and it is super nice and fluffy. Right now she has some lovely fiber on sale like this one that I am in love with.. Please feel free to buy it and send it my way!!

Next we have Heather's shop Winemakerssister. Her stitch markers are sooo well made and I love how she sends them in a little bag with a free little bonus! She is also part of the Phat-fiber Ravelry Group. They have giveaways for those who purchase from their list of Etsy stores... see group for details.

Another store I shop from from the Phat-Fiber Group is Luthvarian Fiber Arts.  Meagan is wonderful to chat with online and has her own ravelry group. Her group is called Luthvarian Fiber Arts. Her fibers are Divine and her batts are uber lovely. Each time I have ordered from her she suprises me with a little gift. There is not a single batt in her store that I do not LOVE!  Like I said she is also part of the Phat-fiber Ravelry Group. They have giveaways for those who purchase from their list of Etsy stores... see group for details.

Spinatude has lovely resin spindles. I was lucky enough to grab my MonkingJay spindle from her shop. It was a birthday present from the hubby last year. Please if you are interested in a light weight drop spindle check out her shop. She has some lovely ones with dried flowers in them. Right now she has a little bee one that is perfect for spring!

For little sock stitch markers I suggest Such Gwenderful Stuff. She has great prices and shipping. I ordered these Winter's Night since they remind me of the White Walkers in Game of Thrones. Currently they are available in her shop and come in a little tin to keep them from getting lost.

For cute little gauges check out Girlontherocks. I ordered one of her little Sheep Spinners Gauges . It is so cute and even though I know I could just use a ruler to figure out my wraps per inch but why not do it on a cute little sheep. She had these little sheep ornaments during Christmas and I really hope she carries them again next year so I can order some.

A great place for Rolags is IvyRash. I have gotten so many compliments on my rolags I got from her shop. I am currently spinning them right now on my drop spindle. You can see my progress here. Her prices are wonderful and well made. She also sells other wonderful things. Right now I am drooling over some of her BFL in the fall colors and her mixed rolag lots..

There is one shop that I have not ordered from yet but plan to and that is Crimsonorchid. I found her shop today and she carries these bracelets that you slid the beads to keep up with row and stitch count. She has several lovely ones, but I love her Owl and Ram one. Even though she is in Canada her shipping prices are very low to the US and the price on her bracelets are very reasonable. These will make wonderful gifts for you knitting and crocheting friends. 

So there are all the shops I have ever bought from on Etsy lol not many but I highly recommend every one. As I make purchases in the future I will review them and their products as well.... Have a wonderful Week!

~~Happy Yarning