Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Okay, while I'm waiting, I'll tell you one of the things that came in the mail yesterday. Actually, a little dream of mine came true.
An entire set of ChiaoGoo bamboo-handled crochet hooks!
And you know what was weird? I dug out this needle case that I made a few years ago, and there were exactly enough pockets. I'm not kidding. It's like I knew it was going to happen and I made it just for my pretties. See them all rolled up like a Little Debbie Swiss Roll, but even sweeter.
Life is good.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
See you tomorrow with more free yarn!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I just got the second sock bound off, and now it's afternoon coffee time. Maybe it'll rev up my brain for pattern drafts.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Today's yarn up for grabbers is a solid Monday yarn--one of my favorites for years now, Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted in this lovely heathery brown. You know the rules. Please follow them and let me give this yarn away!
Today I have to cut the grass and do a little yard work, because all our flora seems to think it's spring already and it's all just getting out of hand. I also have to get the three Figheadh spring patterns finally ready for release--hopefully they'll be up on the site tomorrow. I need to order more kit yarn, send out a pattern test, and finish those socks already!
Gotta get busy, because the launch is a week away now!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
- You must be a knitter, as evidenced by giving me your Ravelry name or some other way to see your work.
- You must be the first commenter on the post and just tell us why you want the particular yarn du jour. And please use the yarn for the pattern I'm giving you on March 1. I want pictures! Oh, and one skein per person, please--let's share the love.
- This is only fair. You must help me donate to Red Cross for Haiti relief by clicking on the button in my sidebar and purchasing a Cableology Headband pattern for only $2! We have thus far only raised $10 and that's just dismal. Come on, people, you gotta help me! (Thanks.)
Yes, I think all that is only fair. I'm offering up some of my most precious yarn babies (you'll see), so it'll definitely be worth it!
Okay, let's get started!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The twelfth pair were also Grace Note Mitts but made with Pure Alpaca and for my buddy Cynthia. Here's a shot of them in progress. Pardon the bad lighting--I took these in the wee hours of one morning, afraid I'd forget entirely. I'm very often sending off FO's without remembering to photograph the evidence.
Obviously, I love making fingerless mitts and gloves and I've whipped up a pattern for some that I think you're going to love. On March 1, our new site will be complete and I'll send you there to give you the pattern in PDF to try out. For any of you that have knit up any Figheadh patterns, prepare to be surprised, because I'm going for a different format entirely.
I had a flash of synchronicity the other night. As I opened The Time Traveler's Wife to begin reading, I was greeted by a Derek Walcott poem (a very intriguing one titled "Love After Love"). I thought, "Wait a minute. Wasn't I just reading something about Derek Walcott recently?" I looked back at Lives of the Poets, and sure enough, he was one of the poets discussed in the first chapter of Michael Schmidt's book. I wish I could tell you that it meant I was supposed to read this book (the Wife one). I wish I could, but I can't. I thought the movie was better. I didn't get very far into the book before I was let down. I thought Bruce Joel Rubin did a better job writing the screenplay than the author did writing the book.
So I'm still looking for a good book to read. I started Keats by Andrew Motion. Good so far! It's a very long book, especially for one that starts by stating that little is known about Keats' childhood. We'll see how it goes.
Tomorrow I'll show some shots from a gorgeous box of yarn that arrived today. The colors are too pretty!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
For those of you who cannot be there, you'll still be able to join in. More details to come!
Now, off to bed I go. (Mr. Insomnia, you are not my friend.)
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I also got to meet Ialiuxh (pronounced Aleah) of Lollipop Cabin. She let me try out a couple of her beautiful skeins. She had a never-before-seen 9-ply I had to scoop up and I also got some of her Organic merino.
See below? There they are on the right posing with some Black Water Abbey sport weight and worsted given to me the lovely Marilyn King. She was much too busy to pose for a picture but we had a very nice chat! I also had a chance to get some advice from Fontelle in the Great Yarns booth.
At the Carolina Homespun booth, I found far too many tools that I needed. I was actually on the hunt for some of those ChiaoGoo crochet hooks (everyone I asked just said, "spell it" and acted confused) and some of the Knitifacts rubber bumpers. I found the latter at the CH booth, but came away with no ChiaoGoo. Sad. Also sad was that it was so crazy in that booth (there were 5-6 people behind me in line!) that a pink aluminum Wanda (see below) and a green needle gauge charm did not make their way into my bag even though the price of them did make its way onto my credit card. They'll be getting a call from me!)
Not sad is the rest of this loot. More cable needles! Now I think I have every kind in existence. I also brought home some HiyaHiya tiny size 1 short dpn's, a set of Wandas (hook on one end and pick on the other) in rosewood, some hugeriffic Lacis crochet hooks, also in rosewood, and a square wooden handled crochet hook made by Kollage. Kind of a substitute for the ChiaoGoo (You wish I'd hush about those, doncha? I'm not gonna.)
Score! It was a good morning.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Progress update: Two more edits away from three new Figheadh patterns; five tests, six edits, three drafts, and two-and-a-half sample knits away from seven other new patterns. I'm also working on four other patterns. It's a good thing most of these are accessories. If they were all sweaters I'd be in tears right now!
I just got my second cup of coffee (of the afternoon coffees, that is), it's coming down quite a shower outside, and I'm about to delve into the second sock of a pair and the second mitt of a pair. Here's to seconds!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
So, last night I had to take this old friend to bed. I just might read it all.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
...and now is this. Better, no?
(That's Schaefer Audrey yarn, by the way.)
Just a quickie today. I've got swatching to finish for some accessory patterns for a very special yarn producer. Right now, I'm going for a walk to clear the lungs and headcobwebs--the forecasted rain hasn't arrived yet, so I'd best take advantage!
Then when I return, maybe I'll be able to proofread some lace charts for Stormy's test. Wish me good brains!
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Later today we had a little photo shoot here at Chez Hagan. Kelli and Natalie helped me photograph some new ankle socks for the Figheadh line. Aren't we girly?
Monday, February 08, 2010
Sunday, February 07, 2010
My Cableology II Headband pattern is up for sale on Ravelry and I am pledging to send all the proceeds to the Red Cross for Haiti through the month of March. After that, I will send it all to Habitat for Humanity to be used in Haiti.
Please help us out by clicking on the "buy now" link in the sidebar (right over there>>>). You'll be donating a mere $2.00 and getting a cool little headband to knit. If you don't knit, give the pattern to someone who does. You do not have to be a Ravelry member to buy the PDF download of the pattern, nor do you have to have a PayPal account. PayPal will just ask for your payment information. That's it--easy peasy.
Thank you for your help! I'll be back tomorrow with more knitting and crocheting news.
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Life is good!
I leave you with this shot of a beautiful cable, made so by this Butternut Silkie yarn, which you can get in many fabulous colors next weekend right here in Tacoma at the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat. Can't make it? She'll have it for sale on her site by March. As for the Madrona, well, you know I'll tell you about that, and I'll show pictures!
Gotta go! Fred's ready and waiting for our walk. Have a great Saturday, folks!