crochet:: i’m cleaning out my stash, so let’s have a giveaway

Not even gonna try to fool ya.  I need to de-stash.  I have favorite yarns and I have favorite patterns.  I also have not-so-favorite yarn that is DOA because I lost changed my mind about a pattern.  I can’t just let it languish in my magical craft closet, so I feel the need to share.

Here are the choices:

yarn giveaway 1Yarn Bee “Intrigue”:: sport weight and sparkly, midnight blue, 2 skeins @ 3oz/251 yd ea., acrylic

I made a sweater with it here in pink.

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Deborah Norville, “Serenity Garden Yarn” :: fingering weight, hibiscus red, 2 skeins @ 2.29oz/185yd ea,  100% microfiber

I made socks with it here in purple.

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Deborah Norville, “Serenity Garden Yarn” :: fingering weight, mountain heather, 2 skeins @ 2.29oz/185yd ea,  100% microfiber

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Yarn Bee “Highland Thistle”:: heavy weight and fringey, mackay blue, 3 skeins @ 3.5oz/111 yd ea., acrylic

I made a hat with it here in pink.

Now that the disclaimer and the photos are posted, if you are interested in playing along and can give a good home to some needy skeins, please leave me a comment with your choice.  And the fun word of the day.

My word for the day is twatwaffle.  As in the jerk at the DMV told me to go to yet another line and I replied, “you sir are a twatwaffle”.

Yes, to be one of the 4 proud new caretakers of this lovely yarn, please leave a comment with your fun word of the day and your choice. If your name is randomly drawn out of a hat, I will ship it to you US Mail next weekend.  Unless you are said twatwaffle from the DMV because I will magically lose the one with your name on it and not be awarding you any pretty yarn.

To reiterate::

1.) your fun word of the day

2.) your choice in orphaned yarn

3.) you may comment either here or on my fb page, or both ~ that means you can get up to 2 entries

4.) contest closes on Tuesday 9/10/13 by my bedtime, cuz I just can’t stay awake till midnight

Good luck friends 🙂

crochet:: dream big

I’ve been calling this one Frankie’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamghan.

I’m using 14-round grannies and the join-as-you-go method with fingering weight wool.

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And holy cow I’m nearly finished with 2 whole rows.  Out of 12.  This will be taking just shy of forever.

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Today I did the choosing of the next 4 rows.  When I got done we pretty much looked at each other and said, “half way by Christmas?”.  And laughed.  Because yeah, this is definitely taking just shy of forever.

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Ready…

Set…

GO!

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Have a ridiculously amazing Sunday!

crochet:: bits & pieces & staycation, oh my!

11 days of bliss.

ELEVEN WHOLE DAYS.

I have not had this many days off in a row for 15 years, and I’m incredibly happy about this staycation.

There will be making and cooking and maybe a new crochet business venture!

I am working away on Frank’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamghan and although progress is slow, we are both ThRiLleD with how it is turning out.

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I’m using 14-round grannies and the join-as-you-go method.

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I’m going to give a plug here for Knit Picks wool ~ lovely colors and amazingly easy to work with.  This labor of love afghan is going to be my Favorite Of All Time.

In other news, I am still enjoying the Smash Booking thing. I need to share some of it soon.  I’ve  been saying that for awhile and yet not delivering, you say?  Duly noted, I shall take pics this week while I’m off work.

One of the things I’m using in my Smash Booking is washi tape.  I have a washi tape crafty crush cos the stuff is just so cute!  So, I have made a little container to keep my growing washi tape stash.

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I’ve gotten several orders for dishcloths and caterpillar cocoons lately, so much of my making seems to be on those items lately.  The good news is that I have a couple more new ideas percolating in the far reaches of the crafty portion of my brain and will be testing those patterns during my staycation.

Ta for now!

Have a ridiculously amazing day.

life:: social media purge

Twitter

Pinterest

Facebook

Goodreads

LinkedIn

Instagram

Bloglovin

WordPress

Ravelry

Craftsy

And that my friends is merely a SAMPLE of my social media.  I keep a spreadsheet to remember all my passwords.  There are 39 lines on my spreadsheet.  And that just ain’t right!

In the past 2 years, I have made a conscious effort to be more social to overcome my introversion.  How’s that working out for ya panic attack girl?

I have done it to get my name out there so that when I market a book, I will have well-placed outlets at my disposal.  How’s that book writing coming along?

 I tried to interact with others more, I just am not into it.  My book writing is at a snail’s pace.  I waste too much time with social media.  I even missed International YarnBombing Day this year!  That just ain’t right either!   Too many different apps and sites and forums and trolls.    The one I like the most is this little bloggity blog site we call WordPress home.  I interact with all kinds of lovely people from fantastic places and we humbly share the things in life that move us.

This week, after a little thought on the subject I read multiple blog posts by people that felt similarly.  Why am I working so hard and spending so much time trying to be something I’m not?  I’m just not that social, nor am I a marketing mogul.   I truly prefer the positive side of life, and yet I’m feeling like a friggin creeper at a train wreck.

 I am embarking on the journey to extricate myself from time-wasting social media.  Buh-bye Goodreads and Twitter and Bloglovin.  So long forums and message boards and Instagram…bring on some silent reflection, bring on more music, bring on the yarn.

I have not given up human interaction completely, just completely honed in on the social media that is worthy of my time and effort.  It was a spring cleaning of sorts that is making me feel much better.  So if I have connected with you on some of the platforms that I am no longer a part of, please know it’s not you, it’s me.

One blogger captured my thought so completely about being an artist at heart and how being overly social squashes that creativity.  And really, if I saw one more Instagrammed plate of salmon filets on a bed of arugula with tangerine-peppercorn-mango salsa I was going to hurl.

So my friends, you will continue to find me here at WordPress.  My family, you will still find me on Facebook occasionally.  And Lord knows,  I lurves me some Pinterest and Ravelry because I never have to talk on those.   Most of the others are already gone, and the rest are being phased out as we speak.  I am vowing from this day forward to not be seduced by social media, I will merely use it wisely and spend more of my time creating.

Art is life

and

life is art.

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crochet:: getting my geek on with the hobbit & some tunisian

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I finally got a chance to see The Hobbit this weekend, and yes I totally geeked out that they mentioned crochet in the movie 🙂

While I watched, I finished up testing this new potholder pattern in Tunisian Colorwork. Which I have decided is a ’thing’, and I think I totally made up that name. I am so ahead of the curve sometimes. So when you hear that Tunisian Colorwork is a ‘thing’ you know where you heard of it first. Right here. With me. Because I wish to be a crochet goddess and have my own book someday where I publish this lovely pattern that I created in Tunisian Colorwork.

tunisian colorwork potholder

What do ya think? Did I say Tunisian Colorwork enough times to make it a ‘thing’?

Doesn’t it look like fun?

Because it totally is.

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I found color inspiration here, if you happen to like knowing those things.

And well the rest? That was inspired by the need to decide what stitch to use on my NEXT BIG THING afghan. Oh, and the need to have a small project to do more wool testing. Why am I so paranoid to start a 100% wool project??? Perhaps because blocking a king-sized afghan will be next to impossible…perhaps because I don’t want to spend 12 bajillion hours making it only to ruin it when I launder it for the first time?

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With that said, I am soliciting any and all advice. If you have a tip for working with real wool, and how to care for the finished product…I implore you to share. Pretty please? Frank says he wants his new afghan before he gets sent off to the nursing home. Something about not having the energy to fight off all the little old crazy cat ladies that will inevitably want his blankie…

crochet:: regardless of my inability to choose a pattern, we have a winner!

Congratulations to Liz!

Please check your email and let’s get this yarn on it’s way to you 🙂

OK, it’s like this.  My deadline to pick an afghan pattern and a winner was set for tomorrow and I still can’t decide what to do.  I mean I have made a TON of progress, but I’m still unable to, well come up with THE ONE perfect afghan.

 You were all so awesome to give me great ideas. I like parts and pieces of all of them.  I am such a flake sometimes.  I have also spent 3 days with a massive case of the flu so please cut me a little slack here.

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A huge THANK YOU to all of you for your lovely ideas and inspiration.  All the suggestions have helped me narrow down my search.  I’ve made it 2 basic patterns; although I’m not so sure about the stitch yet.  Quite honestly, my brain is still a little too mushy from the flu.  You can check them out here and here.

I also promised to let you all know about the properties of my Knit Picks yarn trials.  It’s nothing too new or out of the ordinary for wool, so my findings are as follows:

It felts easily.

It shows no signs of pilling.

It shrinks quite a bit.

It makes a nice firm fabric.

It’s nice and soft after felting and not scratchy at all.

On that note friends, I am going to watch a little game called football.

Go Ravens 🙂

crochet:: i smell a giveaway…

What would you do with 150 different colors of wool?

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Seriously.

I want to make an afghan, and I’m having a difficult time choosing the pattern.  I have 50 projects in mind.  I have more possible projects pinned on my Pinterest board.  I have surfed mercilessly to make a decision.

I really don’t know what pattern to choose…or should I create my own?

You can help me decide.

If this were YOUR decision to make, what would you do?

If I follow your suggestion, how about a giveaway?

To the one that inspires me to action, I will send this care package:

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This color combo is inspired by this pin.

Just remember, I will now only have 145 colors to work with 🙂

Feel free leave messages here in the comments or email me at: yarnchic40@yahoo.com

Thanks so much in advance to taking time out of your day to lend me your ideas!

crochet:: rainbows and swatches

IT FINALLY ARRIVED!!!

palette 1

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OK, I’ve calmed down now…and yes, I did throw it all on the bed with the intention of rolling around in it like it was $100 dollar bills.  Then I got the visual on that and realized y’all cannot UNSEE that, so I decided to behave myself.  There were a few other silly ideas too…filling the bathtub with them and hopping in like they were massive bubbles, finding a way to photograph them as ‘yarn-in-a-landscape’, hanging each of them from the ceiling like it was universe of stars, raking them into a pile like leaves…

But then I returned to reality and decided I would rather start hooking with this beautiful wool instead of potentially screwing it up or getting it dirty (both figuratively and literally).

Cali seemed to be just as geeked-out as I was over a 20# box of wool.  She stuck with me through the whole process of opening the box and checking it all out.  Oh, and you wanted to know this I’m sure; I had to count that all 150 colors were really in there because let’s face it, I am totally OCD sometimes.  You know you are too (maybe not about yarn, but something). I just admit it. Publicly.

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~Bowing to reverently sniff it’s wooly goodness and then merely tiptoeing through to check it all out~

cali tiptoe

The yarn had to sit for a couple of days feeling unloved, but I finally got a chance to swatch with it yesterday.  I am not usually a swatch maker, but this is new-to-me yarn.  Truthfully, I don’t know where to start.  Do I begin the labor-of-love afghan?  This is super skinny real wool.  I never use the good stuff.  I always save it for a rainy day.  I should probably do some research too.  I don’t want to mess this one up.

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So, with that in mind I swatched out a little bit of the tan so that I can see how it performs/felts/pills/shrinks.  I’ll let you know my findings.  Because we all know that I don’t ever shut my mouth.

  On the subject of never shutting my mouth…clever segue there dontcha think?   It’s TMI time kiddos.

If you’re new around here, I had cancer a while back.  If you already knew that, thanks for sticking around because it’s not contagious.  Anyway, I had a very aggressive form of boob cancer and I was told it had a very high incidence of recurrence within the first 5 years.  Basically my doc said next, “but if it doesn’t come back within 5 years, you will most likely never get cancer again.”  I have really been stuck on those words because let’s face it, I am terrified of cancer.  No matter how hard I’ve tried to LET IT GO and MOVE ON, I’ve been anxiously awaiting my 5-year cancer-free birthday.  I obviously don’t shut up about it.  Some of my friends threw me a surprise birthday party (my first ever surprise party) at a winery this weekend and it was a wonderful affirmation that there is LIFE AFTER CANCER and I need to ENJOY IT!

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Friends and family gathering together to celebrate cleavage.  It’s a beautiful thing.

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I think now I can finally and officially wave buh-bye to the big C.  So long, farewell, leave me the hell alone carcinomas, don’t bother coming back to visit.

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I have amazing friends.

The boobalicious girls and I thank you.

🙂

Moving on.

crochet:: close encounters of the yarny kind

I’ve been awaiting my box of rainbows’ arrival like a teenager waiting for a text reply.  Like the cats waiting for the can opener to finish opening a can of tuna.  Like a lion waiting for a gazelle to get close enough.  Twitches and all.

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  I tracked it to Columbus, Ohio.  Then it showed up in Kansas City.  Now it’s on the way to Des Moines.  Noooooooo!  Des Moines is further from me than Kansas City!  UPS Dude, you’re sucking the life out of my soul here.  Tomorrow? Monday? When, oh when will it show up?

To take my mind off the yarn, my Mom told me a story.  Because often times, ever since I was a kid, I would say, “Tell me a story”.  I drive my kid and the Frankster crazy when I ask btw.  But I still ask all the time.

Her story goes a little something like this.

She was sitting with my Dad at his chemo session yesterday.  My brother was there too.  There was a lull in the usually boisterous banter.  She bet my brother that he had no clue what she was carrying around in her purse.  My brother took the bait.  Fool.  He was ALWAYS a sucker for the ‘guess what Mommy has to keep you occupied’ thing.  He’s like 36 years old now, just so ya know.  

And right then and there in the hospital chemo ward, which has like 40 recliners full of people hooked up to IVs, my lovely Mother pulled out her lucky pasties.

She. is. awesome.

She’s been carrying them around since Christmas.  Why, you ask? Because Dad keeps setting them out on the kitchen counter just to be silly.  She keeps shoving them in her purse before she leaves for work because she is afraid of what the cleaning lady will think of her.

I sweetly reminded her that the cleaning lady really likes her and could probably not care less, but what would the paramedics or the cops think if she were to get into an accident during her commute?  They would be thinking hmmm, we have ourselves a working girl here.

Cheers!

crochet:: help i might be having an aneurism and green bay just scored an interception, so i guess my life is complete…

I can’t resist sharing.  It’s Saturday night.  I’m not out, I’m not doing incredible things that I must post on facebook.  I bet on the Packers, he took Minnesota.

I am enjoying an evening at home with my husband eating junk food, watching football, and drinking wine.  I am also seasoning a new iron skillet.  Not that it’s important, I am just doing that also.  A wife’s work is never done…

O.M.G.

You will not believe what he just ordered for me.

I am beside myself with…I just don’t know what to call it.  Joy?  Yes, let’s call it joy.

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I got the new Knit Picks catalog today.  I had a 20% off coupon offer.  They have a sampler special.

I’ve got one of each of these f-ing colors on the way to my house as we speak.  Good Lord, I have never in my whole life imagined that I would get a gift like this!

YARN EURPHORIA.

YARN FREAKING EURPHORIA!!!!

UPS Dude, get here…NOW!!!!

I have also promised to make the most incredible afghan my Frankie has ever seen in his life.  It may take the next 5 years to complete, but I SWEAR it will be beautiful.