Saturday, April 30, 2011

Product Review: Kobo eReader

Product: Kobo Wireless eReader
Approximate Retail Price: $99 USD at Borders, $139 USD (without bundle packs) from Kobo
Supported Formats: PDF, DRM Protected PDF, EPUB

Let me just say that I am one of those people who loves any device which makes life easier for me.  And that is one of the reasons I love me some eReaders.  I have an original Nook (not color) eReader and adore it for many reasons.  But when I saw the Kobo and it's teeny price tag, I was intrigued, to say the least.  So about a year ago, I wrote to Kobo PR and requested a review device.  Unfortunately, at that time, Kobo was being sold in Canada only.  :(  But with it's launch in the US since, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a device to review.

PROS: 

  • EXTREMELY lightweight and portable!  Infact, I have a teeny purse and it fit right in.  However, the screen is still large enough (6") to comfortably read books.  To give you an idea of screen size, it is comparable to reading a standard sized paperback book.  It is the LIGHTEST of all of the eReaders (compared with Nook, Kindle, and Sony)!
  • Very comfortable "quilted" back cover.  The back cover, though of the same material as the front cover, is quilted and does lend to a comfortable grip.  It also comes in 3 colors: Metallic Silver, Pearlized Lilac, and Onyx.
  • Very easy on your eyes.  The reason I have not gone to a "color" eReader is because I want something easy for my eyes.  And Kobo utilizes E-Ink technology to make reading from it comfortable and without glare.  Kobo gives you the choice of 4 sizes of font and 2 styles of font.  So the user can really customize a comfortable reading experience.
  • Library friendly!  As with the Nook, the Kobo is library friendly -which is a big consideration for me when buying an eReader.  Sure, I purchase eBooks, but I also like to take advantage of borrowing eBooks from my library.  And because Kobo supports PDF, DRM Protected PDF, and EPUB, you can rest assured that using your library's digital services will be a breeze.  Keep in mind that Kindle does not support EPUB format.  What's great about this is that I borrow tons of digital knitting and crochet books and can literally take the patterns with me when I go to knitting group.
  • Great for knitters and crocheters!  I copy documents (PDF patterns) from my computer and paste them right into my Kobo.  This makes my patterns easy to take with me anywhere!  And really anyone who needs to carry PDF files will love this feature!
  • Intuitive and easy to use.  Although I don't find my Nook to be difficult to use, I did find that the Kobo has a slight advantage in that area.  It is so easy to navigate and very intuitive to use.  The navigation pad along with the labeled user buttons make finding your books and documents a snap. 
  • Expandable memory via SD Memory card, up to 32GB 
  • Multi-device capable.  Has software available for your PC or Mac; app available for your smartphone; and an app available for iPad.
  • Comes loaded with 100 FREE complete eBooks.
  • Has WiFi and USB connectivity.
CONS:
  • Unlike my Nook, Kobo does not support MP3s.  So if I wanted to play an MP3 audiobook on it, I'm outta luck.  Since I typically listen to audiobooks as well as read, I like the ability to keep all of my e-media together.
  • Not 3G capable.  You'll need to be in a wireless hotspot to download to this device.  While this really isn't a big deal for me because I download while at home, I know some people prefer a 3G connection.
  • Does not come with extras.  Nook allows me to surf the net & play games.  I actually do not use it for that at all, but some people might.
  • Not a touchscreen device.  Like Kindle and the original Nook, this is a manual digital eReader.
All in all, I LOVE this eReader.  It has very fast page turns.  It's extremely easy to use and intuitive.  And most of all, it's a comfortable reading experience!  I have to say that this eReader (based on what my needs are) edged out my Nook as my favorite eReader.  With Kobo's uber afforable price tag and it's ability to take on the big three eReaders without issue, it's my number one choice for an eReader.  I think this would make a magnificent Mother's Day gift or perhaps a wonderful birthday gift for the reader in your life!

Disclosure: Kobo sent KnitPurlGurl a Kobo Wireless eReader FREE for review.  KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for this blog post.  All opinions in the above post are those of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect those of Kobo.


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Friday, April 29, 2011

Weekly Miscellany April 29



This week has truly been a crazy week!  First off, I want to send out my thoughts to those affected by this week's rounds of horrific spring storms and tornadoes.  Although we had several warnings here in PA, we were spared bad weather.  My heart goes out to everyone touched by these violent storms.

Okay, so tell the truth.  Did you stay up all night or wake up early to watch the Royal Wedding?  While I didn't stay up late, I got up a bit early, missing the first half of the wedding.  :(  But I think I saw the best part - the two smooches on the balcony at Buckingham Palace!  Oh, so romantic.  It's easy to tell that these two are in love.  I'm such a sap when it comes to these things.  I am enamored with the pageantry, the ceremony, and the tradition of it all.  Most of all, it's terrific to see two people in love come together in marriage.  I wish them health, happiness, and a long life together!  Related: I was able to review the enchanting "Knit Your Own Royal Wedding" by Fiona Goble earlier this month.

This week, I worked a teeny bit on my Featherweight Cardigan.  Infact, I was working on it outside and I used my phone to look at the pattern and noticed that because I started the pattern in August, 2010, I had been knitting on the old pattern.  The newly revised pattern sizes are vastly different.  Needless to say, based on the old pattern, I was knitting an XL and based on the revised pattern, I'm knitting like a XXL or an XXXL.  ARGH!  I really only have the sleeves & collar left to pick up, so I am definitely NOT frogging this project.  And since I started using the old pattern, I will finish using it for continuity's sake.  Me thinks it will be a very large, but comfy house cardi.  See what happens when you procrastinate?  ;p
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Speaking of my phone, I came out with a new Android-based app which is FREE for download in the Android market and gives my readers the ability to get all of my blog updates and Tweets on-the-go!  So cool!  For some reason, I thought this app was going to be for Android and iOS, but see now (thanks to my readers) that it is only for Android.  I need to contact Notice Software and see if I can get an iOS app out there too.  (They only deal with iOS and Android, so sorry Blackberry and Windows 7 phone users.)  More to come on that later..

I picked up some books on my weekly library trip with the peanut!  I recently discovered the Literate Housewife's blog (and LURVE it!) and decided to follow her chronological reading list for Philippa Gregory novels (and a couple of novels by other authors that fill in the gaps of her novels).  Needless to say, I checked out The White Queen by Philippa Gregory yesterday and am smitten!  I've read half of the book already!  If you like historical fiction about British Monarchy (especially the Tudor Era), you'll love this reading list.  I've decided it will be a terrific summer reading list for me!  If you don't like historical fiction, visit the Literate Housewife Blog for her reviews on a myriad of different books - her blog is fabulous!


Call it spring fever.  Call it ADD.  But I have just joined two more Ravelry KAL groups!  YAY!  I'm gearing up for 2 May KALs.  I joined the Mystery 220 Group,  which does a mystery KAL each month, using 220 yds or less!  (Which is perfect for my short attention span.)  And I joined the Knitting Like Crazy group for their May Mystery Shawl KAL, which is a 400 yd KAL and offers prizes!!

I hope you are all having a fantastic week!  Have a great weekend!  Knit and Crochet on!!


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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The Never Ending Cardigan

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Featherweight Cardigan as of Fall, 2010

So I am STILL working on knitting my Featherweight Cardigan, which was cast on Aug, 2010.  This is a simple knit.  It's all stockinette stitch with a little rib thrown in.  It's knit from the top down with no seaming.  The catch is, to make it featherweight, one has to knit it in fingering weight yarn.  Needless to say, it's a lot of stitches.  I'm also making mine 1 size larger than I'd normally wear only because the pic on the pattern depicts the cardigan as falling at the waist and the front sides not able to meet - a very fitted, snug cardigan.  Well, when you have as much natural padding as many curves as I do, a short cardi that is snug makes me look like I tried on a sweater a couple of sizes too small (I can't help picturing Chris Farley singing, "Fat Guy in a Little Coat" from Tommy Boy.) or am a stuffed sausage. So I plan on making mine a little oversized for some nice drapey fabric that will result in a go-to sweater for curling up with a book or my knitting: not too hot and not to cold.


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Featherweight Cardi as of April, 2011

I have made progress on the cardi - considering I hadn't picked it up in months!  I am close to finishing the body of the sweater.  Then I need to knit the bottom rib.  Then comes some decisions.  I need to decide if I'm going to make the sleeves half, three quarter, or full length.  I also need to decide if I want my collar to curl or if I want to put in a rib to match the rib on the bottom of the sweater and bottom of the sleeves.  I really don't want to introduce another stitch pattern like garter, moss, or lace because the beauty of this sweater lies in it's simplicity.  It's understated and elegant and I'd like to stick with the intentions of the designer, Hannah Fettig, to keep it that way.  I'm thinking 3/4 sleeve, rolling collar.  I like the look of the really drapey lightweight cardigans in the stores right now that have very minimalist design.  They look terrific layered.  And for a little pop, a statement necklace would do the trick!

Anywho.. I'm going to keep plugging away at this cardi because I really want to cast on Adrift soon and I cannot bring myself to abandon my Featherweight Cardigan.

What spring and/or summer weight items are you all knitting or crocheting?  I'd love to know!!!


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Monday, April 25, 2011

Tech Check!


Alrighty, fiberistas - I have decided it's time for another tech check of some of my fave geeky finds.  And also, because I flubbed up royally knitting on my cardigan (at midnight, of course) and need to tink back a few rows and would rather blog.. ;p  Caution, I have an Android Phone, so much of this post is Android related.

Okay, first off let's talk about clouds!  No, not those puffy white things in the sky, but rather cloud drives.  Recently, I've been using Cloud Drives to back up a lot of my files.  Windows Live Essentials actually offers 5 Gig cloud drives for it's users.  But the drive I'm getting the most use of right now is the ZumoDrive.  The Zumo Drive allows you to store files, video, and audio to it and is accessible via your computer, online from any computer, or via app from your phone.  And why do I like it so much?  Well.. first off, everyone who signs up gets 2 gigs free.  And if your friends join up, you get 256 MB additional FREE for each friend that signs up (up to 5 G FREE total).  If for some reason, you'd need more space than that to back up files, you CAN purchase more gigs.  But here's the REAL reason I love it so much.  Wherever I go, all of my knitting and crochet patterns are on my cloud drive and accessible via my Android Phone.  So, I don't need to take patterns with me.  And the drive allows you to organize media as you would on your hard drive.  So, of course all of my patterns are organized into a thousand sub categories and available at the click of an app.

Are you a reader-on-the-go?  I am!  So there are 2 apps I really quite like.  The first is Crochet News.  Crochet News keeps an up-to-date list of all articles related to crochet in the app.  The listing is refreshed everytime the app is relaunched.  So now you can get a handle hook on your crochet news!  The second is of course, Knitting News - same concept, same developer.

You know I'm addicted to knitting and crochet podcasts.  Since I haven't been able to get to knitting group (wanted so badly to go this past Saturday, but was busy prepping for Easter), I live for these podcasts!!  Of course, if you have an iPhone, you have access to TONS of knitting and crochet podcasts!  If you have an Android (like me), the options are more limited.  If you have Android, here are some podcast apps: The Knitmore Girls,  Cast On, Stick and Strings, and Yarn Thing.

Okay - this is for everyone with a computer.  New to podcasts or want to discover new podcasts?  The Knitting Podcast Blog keeps a nice list of knitting podcasts and video podcasts as well as highlighting new podcasts!  Crafty Podcast Lists are available from WordCast (includes a list for just about every craft!).

That's all for now, fiber gal pals!  Go get techy and knit and crochet on!



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Friday, April 22, 2011

Weekly Miscellany


So I've taken a little R & R since the craziness that was my March Madness Giveaways!  I just want to thank all of the amazing sponsors and all of my readers for participating!  It was a lot of fun and I am already getting emails from the winners to tell me that they've received and love their prizes.  (If you haven't received your prize yet, be patient - it may take up to 4 wks to receive.  If you've not received it within 30 days, PLEASE, PLEASE email me to let me know so that I can contact the sponsor and make sure that your prize ships!)

So what I have done in the last week?  NOT MUCH!  ;p  The weather was decent here, so I have been virtually incommunicado (social media wise) this week.  I've been running errands and completing daily tasks around the house.

I did manage to knit a teeny bit on my Featherweight Cardigan.  I am about 1" from completing the body of the cardigan.  Then I have the bottom rib, the sleeves, and the collar to do.  I joke that it is the never ending cardigan since it's a stockinette stitch pattern, knit in fingering weight yarn.  So I pull it out when I'm looking for some mindless knitting.  Needless to say, that means that it's been OTN since August.  ;p

I got 2 pair of Signature Circular Needles in the mail!!! SQUEE!!!  I got US 7 and US 8 in 5", stiletto tips!  I'm so thrilled!  I can't wait to finish my Featherweight Cardi so I can cast on Adrift with my new Claudia Handpainted Linen Lace yarn and Siggie Needles.  Woot!

I bought some pillow cases from TJ Maxx and some cotton to crochet edgings on them.  However, I was SO anxious to start the project, that I bought yarn right away from Michaels.  That's right, I bought worsted wt cotton.  I'm not liking the way the worsted wt is looking in the beginning blanket stitch - MUCH too bulky.  So, I need to get some nice sport wt cotton - a pretty mercerized cotton would look perfect with these pillow cases.  The pillow cases are actually part of a Mother's Day Gift theme I'm putting together for my mom.  So far, I've collected pillow cases to match her bedroom decor, lavender linen spray, a bed tray, an eye pillow, and I'll probably throw in a book (my mom LOVES to read) in there - making it the perfect "Curl Up in Bed" themed present!

Of course I had MAJOR STITCHES envy this past week!  I have yet to make it to a STITCHES event.  :(  Can you believe it?  It's really difficult for me to just pick up and stay out of town with my hubby working long hours and my kidlets needing constant supervision.  But one of these years, I WILL make it to one of the STITCHES events!!

Oooo - I listened to the Getting Loopy Blog Talk Radio Show this week during the 3rd Annual Flamie Awards!  Congrats to all of the crocheters taking home the coveted Flamie!!  Among the award recipients were Drew Emborsky (The Crochet Dude), Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby (Shibaguyz Designz), Kristin Omdahl, and Robyn Chachula.

I watched The Knit Girllls Podcast this week and just had to look up a Dutch Heel.  I am so used to knitting a slip stitch heel or knitting an Eye of Partridge heel.  I wanted to know more about what a Dutch Heel was.  Meanwhile, Google has opened my sock knitting world to all kinds of different heel constructions!

So this week, I want to hear from my awesome readers - what heel construction do you use?  Do you have a favorite tutorial, website, or video depicting it?  Have you made a tutorial of your own?  Leave me a comment!  If you've made your own sock heel tutorial, let me know and I'll feature it here on my blog!!

Until next time, knit & crochet on!



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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My Blog was Highlighted on The Yarn Fix!



Thanks to Stacy for highlighting one of my blog posts today on The Yarn Fix!  I'm glad others share in my love of knitting communities!!  If you get a chance, pop over and read her post! :)


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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

March Madness Giveaway Winners!!!

I want to thank the readers and the AMAZING sponsors for such a successful March Madness Giveaway Campaign!  It was a lot of fun and I've gotten to meet a bunch of new peeps!!  :)  Each winner will have 72 hrs to respond.  If the winner does not respond within 72 hrs, a new winner via random number generator will be chosen.  All prize winnings are subject to the original prize post rules.  If the winner does not fulfill the requirements of the giveaway, another winner will be selected.

The winner of the KraftyKash Vintage Dictionary Ribbon Necklace as selected via Random.Org is:


#23 - Kelley !!  Congrats to Kelley!  And thanks to KraftyKash for sponsoring this giveaway!!



The winner of the Saturday Cowl Prize Pack, as selected by Random.Org is:


#5 - Kae!  Congrats to Kae and thank you to Hook-a-Frog for sponsoring this giveaway!!



The winner of the Become a Knitting Superstar! video eBook as selected by Random.Org is:


#81 - Michaela (AKA Mama Michie)  Congrats Michaela and thanks to Liat Gat for sponsoring this giveaway!!



The winner of the fiber batt as selected by Random.Org is:


#75 - Montymoo  Congrats to Montymoo and thanks for Homestead Wool & Gift Farm for sponsoring this giveaway!!



The winner of the Gigi Hill Katharine Bag as selected by Random.Org is:


#134 - Susan Moskwa  Congrats to Susan and thanks to Jane Dunn of Gigi Hill for sponsoring this giveaway!!



The winner of the Nelkin Designs Mystery KAL Prize Pack as selected by Random.Org is:

#43 - KShiell  Congrats to KSheill and thanks to Nelkin Designs for sponsoring this giveaway!!



The winner of the Kim Werker Crochet Book Prize Pack as selected by Random.Org is:


#52 - LazyTCrochet  Congrats to LazyTCrochet and thanks to Kim Werker for sponsoring this giveaway!!



The winner of the LB Collection Cotton Bamboo Yarn 3-pack as selected by Random.Org is:


#505 - Casey Congrats to Casey and thanks to Lion Brand Yarns for sponsoring this giveaway!!



The winner of the Fiber Dreams Original Pattern Giveaway as selected by Random.Org is:


#52 - Sarah Crochet  Congrats to Sarah Crochet and thanks to Fiber Dreams for sponsoring this giveaway!!



The 2 winners of the XRX Books 3-Pack as selected by Random.Org are:


# 154 - Sharry & #9 - Julie Witt  Congrats to Sharry & Julie Witt and thanks to XRX Books for sponsoring this giveaway!!



The winner of the Fish Doll Crochet Pattern as selected by Random.Org is:


#63 - Lee  Congrats to Lee and thanks to KnotByGran'ma for sponsoring this giveaway!!

Congrats, everyone!!  I'll be emailing you all shortly.  :)



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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Yarn Purchase: Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Linen Lace





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Yesterday, hubby & I packed up the family and journeyed to OH.  Our first stop was A Knitter's Fantasy in Youngstown, OH.  Typically I take oodles of pics, but this year, since hubby & the kids were with me, I decided not to waste a lot of time taking pics and talking to vendors so that I could get in a yarn purchase before they got too bored.

We walked around the venue about 3 times before I finally decided that I MUST-MUST-MUST take this Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Linen Lace home with me.  I'm already working on the Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig in KnitPicks Stroll Tonal Yarn (Canopy Colorway).

My Featherweight Cardigan in progress.  Knitting it in KnitPicks Stroll Tonal.

But Fine Points had the same pattern worked up in this Claudia Linen lace and the drape was utterly amazing!  At once, I knew this would be my one and only purchase for the day.  So I picked up 3 hanks of the Passion Fruit Colorway at 540 yds/hank and we were on our way.

We spent the rest of the day in Medina, where I grew up, visiting with my entire family!  I got to see my brother, sister, their families, and my parents!  We ate and ate and ate while all of the cousins played together.  It was such a nice day.  Infact, we had so much fun hanging out with everyone that we didn't get back to Pittsburgh until midnight!  LOL!

Anywho.. I'm pretty thrilled about this Claudia Yarn.  I'm trying to decide if I should knit ANOTHER Featherweight Cardigan with this yarn or if I should knit Wispy by Hannah Fettig with the Claudia.  Decisions.  Decisions.

Okay, knit & crochet peeps: If you had 1620 yds of Linen Lace yarn, what would YOU create with it?

UPDATE:   I've decided to use this Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Linen Lace to knit up Adrift by Carol Feller. Oooo - I can't wait to cast on!  I ordered a pair of Signature Needles (circs) for this project.  I'd better finish up my Featherweight Cardigan lickety split so that I can cast on!!


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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Why Knit & Crochet Communities Are SO Important



When I made the move from my home state of Ohio (Go Buckeyes!) to PA, I was so isolated.  In OH, I was a busy Medical Assisting Instructor and Externship Coordinator who also served on several OH. Department of Education Curriculum Panels.  Every day was working hands on with people. (Which is why I had loved being in patient care as well.)  When I moved to PA, I became a SAHM.  And although I've traded business cards for construction paper and my stethoscope for a broom, I love it!  The only thing that I didn't like was this feeling of no adult socialization.  It was my newly acquired hobby of knitting that allowed me to meet some amazing women, some of whom have become dear friends.

I sought out a local knitting group and a local yarn shop.  Between the two groups, I grew so much in my knitting and really found a terrific social network.  Unfortunately, I had to stop attending sit and knits on week day evenings since my hubby's job often required long days and I felt bad asking him to come home and try to work from home with 2 screaming kidlets so that I could go and knit.  And although he would do it for me, it was selfish of me to ask.  So I quit going.  Then, I had a grand mal seizure.  Everything changed.  I had to rely on rides everywhere because I couldn't drive for 7 months.  And although my friends (one in particular) were AWESOME about carting my bum everywhere, I felt so guilty asking.  Then we bought a new house, my littlest started Kindergarten, and I've had a few health problems.  So needless to say, I've not been to a knitting group in months and months.  And I miss it so very much.

I think the ladies I used to knit with probably think I've ditched them for another group, but I haven't.  I've just been hanging out in the house.  There's been a lot to do here and my husband works ridiculously long hours.  So, when he's home on the weekends, I hate to ask him to juggle the kids while he's trying to get stuff done at home that he couldn't do all week.  (Like mow the grass or work on projects in the house that I would have no clue how to do: electrical wiring, et cetera.)  But now, I'm missing my in-person socialization. I spend my mornings working for various companies performing PR (via my home computer) while my DD is in Kindergarten.When she gets home, we usually go to the library, craft, or do things together.  Then DS gets home and it's a flurry of homework, making dinner, and getting the kids' stuff ready for the next day.

Nothing makes me as happy as being a SAHM.  But I realized that knit & crochet communities are so vitally important in the lives of those who participate.  Many are women like myself who just need some time to socialize with other adult women.  Some are working women who need a little down time from their hectic jobs.  Some are looking for new friends or to learn new things.  And many are a combo of several.  Feeding that need to be a part of a community is nothing new.  Remember the quilting bees of old?  The sewing circles?  The bridge clubs?  The bowling leagues?  This was common place years ago - hobbies that brought people together to socialize.  And for some reason in 2011, SAHMs are made to feel like they could not possibly want to have socialization outside of PTO, soccer games, and church because that means they are putting their wants ahead of their families.  To that I say, BULLSHIT.

Let's face it, we want so badly to be the perfect mom or the perfect wife or the perfect employee, that most times it's at the expensive of all of our time.  We're told that in our leisure time we should only want to organize the class party, provide the snacks for the soccer game, attend parent groups, or cart little Janey or Johnny to their myriad of activities.  If we spend 1 hr a week at knitting group, we're selfish, horrible women who should atone by volunteering at the school the next week or agreeing to host a neighborhood BBQ.

What I've learned is, I'm a much happier and effective mommy, housekeeper, and wife when I allow myself a little time that is JUST for me.  I'm not talking 2 minutes on the cellphone on the way to dance class for DD.  I'm not talking sending a tweet about cooking dinner for the family.  I'm talking utterly selfish, ME time.  Time to regenerate my mind and soul.  In my case, time to indulge in a social and creative activity that does not involve balancing it with reviewing flashcards, dusting, or folding laundry.  {{GASP}}

Local knit & crochet communities provide a sense of belonging; a sense of contribution to our crafts; and a sense of self.  They promote fellowship, friendship, and love of craft.  They give your brain 1-2 hrs a wk to relax and stop thinking about carpool, taxes, grocery shopping, and remembering to buy spray starch.  So find one in your area.  GO!  Give yourself permission to regen once a week for 2 hours.  It will make all of the difference in your health, happiness, happiness of your family, and of course, your WIPs.  ;)

I'm going to give myself permission and start going back to knitting group.  Do the same for yourselves!


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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Last Chance for March Madness Giveaways!!

Okay, some of my blog and Twitter followers have requested I put all of the links to the giveaways in a single post for the last days of the giveaway.  Remember, the last day to enter any/all of these giveaways is Monday, April 11, 2011, 11:59p EST!!  So here goes:































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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

On the Hook: Adult Mary Jane Skimmers

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Okay by now all of my readers know of my addiction to crocheting slippers.  I LOVE ME some crocheted slippers.  (UGH, my foot is at a weird angle and looks all poofy for some reason.) Well, this little gem of a pattern was sitting in my documents folder and I decided to give it a whirl.  This is the Adult Mary Jane Skimmers pattern by Sylvia Schuchardt.  It is a really fun pattern that even a newbie to crochet (like me) can pull off.  And those of you who are crochetistas can knock off a pair of these in no time flat!  What is really great about this pattern is that these are really sturdy slippers.  The soles are crocheted by holding two strands of worsted wt together and crocheting (2) left soles, 1 in each of two colors and (2) right soles, 1 in each of two colors.  Then you take 1 of each color & sandwich them together, right sides out then sew 'em together using sl stitches.  The soles are super sturdy and terrific - like shoes!  I think I miscounted stitches when I slip stitched my chain/strap on the the opposite side.  It looks like it's 1 st over from where it should be.  I'm not sure how I missed that.  But the slipper is done and it's for me, so I'll let it go (THIS TIME).


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Look how thick these soles end up being! - Pretty awesome!!


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This pattern calls for 2 different colors of a worsted wt yarn.  I wasn't sure how much yardage I would need.  So I started out with Blue Sky Dyed Cotton in Honeydew and Orchid colorways.  But once I finished both soles and was ready to start crocheting the body of the slipper on, I realized that I didn't have much yarn left of either color and wasn't sure that I would get 2 slippers out of what I had left.  So instead of chancing it and then ripping out when I didn't have enough, I decided to crochet the foot part of the slippers with a 3rd color, Lemonade.


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All that's left to finish the first slipper of the pair is to rock some puffy paint on the soles so that they are slip-proof.  I've found this Tulip Puffy Paint to be the most economical, plus it comes it a myriad of colors!

Off to finish the foot part of slipper number 2!  Hook on!



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