Tuesday, May 31, 2011

On the Blocking Mats: Mystery Medallion Shawl




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YAY!  Mystery Medallion Shawl is officially a FO!  (finished object)  I didn't do the best blocking job, but I did block the neckline a tad differently this time.  I usually do not wear my shawls the traditional way, which is to wear the bulk of the shawl over the shoulders and down the back.  I typically turn them around and wear the shawl around my neck and down my chest.  SO I decided to mirror the soft points I pinned on the bottom by creating soft points on the neckline.  I don't know if I'll like it or not.  I think having the shawl backward, the points will look pretty.  If not, I can always just re-soak and re-block.  Not a biggie.

I really liked this shawl.  The only thing I would change, would be to have stockinette stitch hearts instead of the garter stitch hearts as written in the pattern.  I think the ss hearts would blend more with the shawl.  Otherwise, loved it! :)  I can't wait for it to finish drying!!


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Monday, May 30, 2011

Cast Off: Mystery Medallion Shawl

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YAY!  All done with the Mystery Medallion Shawl (from the Knitting Like Crazy Mystery Shawl May 2011 KAL).  Well, not ALL done.. I still need to weave in the ends, soak, and block! But I'm done with the knitting!  Since my Baby Cardi is on the blocking mats, I won't likely get to block this until Wednesday morning.  This was a fun mystery KAL!  I hope to participate in some more mystery KALs!



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On the Blocking Mats: Baby Cardigan



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The Baby Cardigan is finally blocking!  After soaking these babies in Perwoll for 20 min, I gently rinsed with cool water and then pinned them to blocking specs!  They smell divine!!  I had to make adjustments for the sleeve blocking because I made the sleeves longer (on purpose) so they could be rolled.  Some of the pics I've seen with the sleeves made to specs, show the sleeves to be a little short.  So I made my sleeves longer.

Now I just need to wait patiently for a day or two until everything is dried sufficiently and sew the pieces together.  Then I get to work on the trim work and the buttons!!  YAY!  I guess I should go buy some buttons, eh?



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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Baby Cardigan is Getting Closer to Becoming a FO!




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My Baby Cardigan by Linda Permann is getting closer to becoming a FO as I've finished crocheting all of the pieces today!  The next step is to soak and block, which I will do tomorrow.  Then all I have to do is seam the sweater, crochet the trim, and place the buttons!!  I'm so excited that I might completely finish it in the next couple of days!!



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Here's a quick mock up of what it will look like when sewn together.  Obviously, with blocking it won't be curling.  While it's blocking I need to go pick up some cute buttons for it!


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The Great Lakes Fiber Show 2011










Once again, I traveled to my hometown of Wooster, OH to take part in The Great Lakes Fiber Show!  It was lovely.  This year, I kinda met up with a few people there instead of traveling with knit buds.  I had fun walking through the buildings and buildings of vendors and fondling their wares. I also popped into the barns to see the sheep and goats, which was fun.  Unfortunately, there was a 4H show going on while I was trying to make my way through the barns, so I didn't get to see a lot of the animals.  :(

This year, there seemed to be either less vendors, or they opened more buildings.  I wasn't blown away with many of the booths.  -Although I did talk with a lot of the vendors who were interesting, enthusiastic, and willing to share their passion for fiber!  I would've have purchased from more booths than I did, however I didn't have cash, and several were cash only vendors.  :(


I did end up buying yarn from the amazing Diane of Creatively Dyed Yarns.  She didn't come to Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Show this year, so I was anxious to get my paws on some of her fingering wt yarns.






I bought 2 hanks: Steele in Gap Colorway and  Sami in Wallace Colorway.  I was so excited, that I took pics outside of one of the buildings, on a bench, while still at the Fiber Show!

As you can see by the pics, Diane's booth was amazing!  This was just 1/4 of her booth!  Her booth was hopping!  I hope she has good sales this weekend!!





I also bough this GORGEOUS yarn from Wolle's Yarn Creations called: Color Changing Cotton in Sunset 3 Colorway.  Oh, it's gorgeous!!!  I happened to get one of her mega skeins that is 865 yds.  This pic DOES NOT do it justice.  The pattern that is pictured here is A Mystery Shawl KAL pattern that was knit up in one of her Color Changing Yarns.  It's gorgeous.  She had the sample there.  We were all trying on the shawl and fondling the fibers.  Beautiful!  This was the stand out yarn for me at the show
this year!

Here is a pic of just part of her booth and the Color Changing Yarns display.  Her booth was SO crowded with knitters drooling over this yarn, that I couldn't even twist my body to take anymore pics!

I did end up buying the Mystery Shawl Pattern - I liked it so much!


All in all, it was a great show.  We had perfect weather - 73 degrees and sunny!  What more could you ask for?!  My only regret is that I didn't get to buy a sheep mug from Moorefield Pottery as she was cash or check only and alas I only had credit cards.  :(  Hopefully, she'll be there next year!


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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

On the Hook: Baby Cardigan


This week I started a new crochet project, Baby Cardigan, by Linda Permann.  I'm taking Linda's class: Crochet: Beyond Rectangles on Craftsy.  Since I'm a self taught crocheter, I thought taking some kind of crochet class may help me tremendously.  And in Linda's class, we are crocheting a baby cardi to learn simple garment construction.  So pictured here I have the back piece completed and 1 sleeve (unseamed).  I'm crocheting this sweater in Lion Brand LB Collection Cotton Bamboo in Cherry Blossom Colorway.  I love working with this yarn!  It's very smooth and has a subtle sheen that makes the cardi look very cute!  I have some green yarn in my stash somewhere that will end up being the contrasting color on this cardi.  Of course, I don't have any newborns in my life, but I have a garment stand that I plan on putting this cardigan on in my craft space.  The garment stand is just the right size for doll or newborn clothes and a great way to show off my first crocheted cardigan!

If you want to learn how to crochet, you can take Vickie Howell's Crochet Lab: Basic Techniques & Patterns class to learn the basics or Linda Permann's Crochet: Beyond Rectangles class to learn how to take your work beyond dishcloths and scarves, both available on Craftsy!



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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thank God for Knitting


Many of you know that I am the mom of a special needs child.  Our son, age 15, has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, specific auditory processing disorder, depression, stuttering, bilateral hearing impairment, and anxiety.  I won't go into all of the specifics of the years of struggling, ear surgeries, allergy appointments, hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills, numerous specialists, IEP meetings, heartache, and setbacks.  But I will say, that because we've always advocated for our son, we've never been a popular family whether in our own neighborhood, the school districts, or in a local restaurant.  It's been an uphill battle in every aspect of our lives.

3 years ago, my DH had the opportunity to move the family from Ohio to PA for a job opportunity.  Knowing that PA had much better services (or at least services covered by insurance - therefore services we could obtain), I was excited.  I was nervous to say the least.  Let's face it, when your child has as many specialists and issues as our child does, not many people are jumping to include your family in activities.  So, leaving our family behind in OH was definitely hard because they were our safe place, a place of acceptance.

Then we moved.  Our son immediately got 250% better accommodations, services, and treatment.  He was placed in a school for bright children with disabilities.  For the first time in his entire life, he made not only 1 friend, but FRIENDS.  I have to admit it was lonely for me when we moved here, however.  I went from working fulltime to being a SAHM, which incidentally, I love!  But I didn't have adult interaction every day.    It was only through knitting that I made friends, that I found a community.  And although I have been out of the loop of my local knitting community for the past year due to some unavoidable circumstances, I look forward to getting back into the community this fall when my littlest peanut starts school fulltime.

This week was a challenging week for us.  As moms of special needs children understand, there are good weeks and not so good weeks.  There are days that are very challenging.  And this week, we had a challenging week.  Not only was it challenging, but combine that with feeling under the weather and ugh!  I missed breakfast with my bud.  I didn't end up getting together this weekend with another knitting bud.  And that was disappointing.

So what did I do?  I put on my headphones and listened to knitting podcasts while knitting away.  Knitting has been a constant safe haven for me.  See, knitting for me is not only a hobby, but a sense of self-expression, a calming, centering activity, and my connection to others.  I'm so thankful to have it in my life.  Even my children now knit and crochet.  And they love it (not nearly as much as I do though)!

Okay, I'm rambling.  This is definitely the product of a crazy week!  All I can say is.. Thank God for Knitting!



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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Debbie Bliss Prize Pack Winner!!!

As Chosen via Random.Org, the winner of the Debbie Bliss Prize Pack sponsored by Affinity Yarns is...



#111 - tdean30  Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!  Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway!  And a special thanks to Affinity Yarns for sponsoring this fab summer giveaway! :)



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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

On the Hook: Klamath Shawl

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I started the Klamath Shawl by Sarah Kukucheck on Monday.  I am crocheting it in Claudia Yarns Handpainted Fingering Wt in River Bank Grass colorway.  This is a crummy pic.  I should've pinned it out to take the pic because it doesn't photograph well.  The colorway is a subtle tonal yarn and the first section of the pattern is crocheted in dc stitches with ch 1 lace detail on either side of ctr.  I've finished this section.  I decided to go with the "E" size.  I only have 350 yds of this yarn, so it will be a very small shawl, more of a neckerchief.  I've started the next section, which is the Feather and Fan section of the shawl.

Tonight I was freaking out because I couldn't figure out how to place the markers.  Then I scrolled down and saw her pictorial tutorial!  D'oh!  LOL!  This is precisely why newbies should not engage in the crocheting when tired.

Hook on!


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KnitPurlGurl Podcast: Episode 3




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Episode 3: Show Notes


  1. Welcome
  • Show episodes available on BTR and on iTunes (FREE)
  1. What's on the Needles
  1. What's on the Hook
  • Wycheproof by Rececca Velasquez in Space Cadet Creations Estelle Yarn in Cold Flame Colorway: Finished with increases. Started Decreases. On Hold.
  • Klamath Shawl by Sarah Kukucheck: Began. Crocheting in Claudia Yarns Handpainted Fingering Wt in River Bank Grass Colorway
  1. Patterns
  • Rose Ribs by Evelyn Clark: Top down, lace sock with round heel construction. Scalloped edging. Wedge Toe. Open Lace. Suggests 20% Nylon content yarn – Lorna's Lace Shepherd Sock (P. 81 Sock Knitting Master Class by Ann Budd, Interweave Press, July 12, 2011)
  1. Other Stuff
    1. Reviews
    1. News & Upcoming Events
    1. Question of the Week
    • Are you a monogamous knitter/crocheter/crafter?


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    Monday, May 16, 2011

    Press Release: Stitch Nation Yarn - Washable Ewe!







    Introducing a NEW Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller yarn – Washable Ewe!


    (CHARLOTTE, NC) . . . The newest addition to the Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller yarn line is Washable Ewe, a 100% super wash medium weight wool yarn. Washable Ewe has all the benefits of wool and yet it is machine washable. Featuring the same kinds of bright, fashion-forward color shades that the Stitch Nation yarn line has become known for, this versatile yarn is ideal for fashion, baby, kids, accessories, and home décor projects. Washable Ewe is perfect for both knit and crochet projects, and it is guaranteed to be a long-lasting favorite! 

    “I am really excited to introduce the new Washable Ewe 100% natural wool fiber yarn that is 100% machine washable!” said Debbie Stoller. “Now crafters can have the best of both worlds—a machine washable, easy-care yarn that is also completely natural fiber. I‘m so happy with the colors, and all the stylish, free patterns we’ve created that are available for both knitters and crocheters...” 

    Stoller, a “knitting superstar” known for revving up a new crafting generation, brings the same passion and expertise to her yarn line.   

    The three other yarns in Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller collection are Bamboo Ewe, Alpaca Love, and Full o’ Sheep. The yarns were developed in partnership with Red Heart®. All Stitch Nation yarns are medium weight and come in generous 85 – 100 gram balls, which sell for under $5. Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller is an affordable option in high-quality yarn, and you will discover this is yarn for people who love yarn. 

    For more information about Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller, visit www.stitchnationyarns.com or www.redheart.com

    Debbie Stoller is the New York Times best-selling author of the Stitch ‘N Bitch knit and crochet books, selling over 1,000,000 copies.  Her new take on an age old craft spawned a worldwide Stitch ‘N Bitch movement of over 1,000 Stitch ‘N Bitch groups formed in close to 300 locations and over 25 countries.  Debbie has a Ph.D. from Yale in Psychology of Women and is the editor and cofounder of Bust Magazine, a modern women's magazine that celebrates young women’s lifestyles and interests.  In her spare time, Debbie runs cruises and travel excursions teaching and meeting her fans around the world. 

    Red Heart® is one of the most trusted brands in yarn. Celebrating our 75th Birthday in 2011, more people have chosen to make American heirlooms using Red Heart yarn than any other yarn. Red Heart yarns stand for quality, largest color selection, fashion and above all else, crafted with love. Whatever your creativity calls for, you’ll find it in the Red Heart family. Explore our vast selection of yarns, booklets and free patterns for all skill levels. For more information on Red Heart® please visit, www.redheart.com. 

    Together we will find inspiration. Red Heart and You. Two Hearts One Passion. 

    Coats & Clark is one of the most recognized names in yarn, sewing and needlecraft products in America.  First marketed in 1936, the Red Heart® brand today continues to exude its founding principles; quality, value and inspiration for the knitting and crochet enthusiast. 




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    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    Mystery Medallion Shawl KAL - Clue #2 Done!




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    Clue #2 this week was only 14 rows long.  As you can see, it's a heart  motif in garter stitch.  I am experiencing some fulling with my yarn, so I hope that it doesn't interfere with the overall look of the shawl.  :(

    If you haven't joined the Mystery Medallion Shawl KAL yet, you can do so by popping over to the Knitting Like Crazy Ravelry Group and signing up! :)

    Knit on!


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    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    KnitPurlGurl Radio : Episode 2 With Show Notes and Links









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    Episode 2: Show Notes


    FYI - BTR was having some audio issues this week.  It's not my connection or mic, so I'm unsure why I cut out in certain parts of the podcast.  Hopefully, that will be resolved by next week's episode! :)

    1. Welcome
    1. What's on the Needles
    1. What's on the Hook
    1. Patterns
    1. Other Stuff
    • Affinity Yarns/Debbie Bliss Giveaway on my blog: Debbie Bliss Spring/Summer 2011 mag, (2) skeins of Debbie Bliss Angel Yarn in Berry Colorway, 1 pattern for spring scarf in Affinity Trellis Stitch
    1. Reviews
    1. News & Upcoming Events
    1. Question of the Week
    • Craft rooms – How do you make dual/multi purpose rooms work?  I need to combine my dining room with a craft area and need some suggestions to make it work! :)


      Errata: The Butterfly Twirls pattern in the Summer Edition of KnitCircus is NOT a cropped sweater, but a toddler dress with knitted lace top and fabric bottom.  My apologies to Megan Bayonet


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    Affinity Yarns Debbie Bliss Giveaway!




    The gracious peeps across the pond at Affinity Yarns have decided to team up with KPG for an awesome summer giveaway package!  One winner will take home this very cool Debbie Bliss Package including: (1) Copy of Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine - Spring/Summer 2011, (2) Skeins of Debbie Bliss "Angel" yarn in Berry Colorway, and (1) Written Pattern for the Spring Scarf in Affinity Trellis Stitch!

    Giveaway Details:

    • Contest runs from May 11, 2011 - May 18, 2011.  (1) winner will be selected via Random Number Generator and announced on May 19, 2011
    • Entrants must be age 18 yrs or older and provide an email address (not for solicitation purposes).  If an email address is not provided, another winner will be chosen.
    • Contest is open to everyone with a mailing address  :)

    REQUIRED Entry:

    • Visit Affinity Yarns' website.  Peek around.  Come back and tell me what item in their shop you'd love to put on your wishlist!
    OPTIONAL Additional Entries: (Each additional entry must be in a separate comment)

    • "Like" Affinity Yarns' Facebook Fan Page.  Come back and let me know for an additional entry!
    • Follow Affinity Yarns on Twitter.  Come back and let me know that you do for an additional entry!
    • Go leave a comment on the KnitWit Blog (Affinity Yarns) and be sure to tell 'em KnitPurlGurl sent ya! Come back and let me know for an additional entry
    • Follow MY blog!  Leave a comment to let me know that you're a blog follower for an additional entry!
    • Follow KnitPurlGurl on Twitter.  Come back and let me know that you're a Twitter Follower for an additional entry!
    • "Like" the KnitPurlGurl Facebook Fan Page.  Come back and let me know that you have for an additional entry.
    • Tweet about the giveaway!  Be sure to include a link to this blog post in your tweet.  Come back and leave me a link for your tweet for an additional entry.  You may tweet about it as often as you like and each tweet may be counted as a separate entry!
    • BLOG about it!  Write a blog post about the giveaway with a link to this post in it.  Come back and leave me 5 SEPARATE comments with a link to your post in comment #1 for FIVE additional entries!!!
    • "Follow" the KnitPurlGurl Radio Show on Blog Talk Radio.  Come back and let me know you're a follower for an additional entry!
    Good luck!!  :)  


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    Tuesday, May 10, 2011

    Back on Track

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    Alrighty.  I found my error.  It WAS at the Chart A repeat.  So I tinked back 25 rows.  I realize I could've ripped back as this clue is predominately SS, but I didn't want to take a chance of dropping any of the dbl dec and ending up frogging and starting over.  (Over-cautious to say the least, but I'd rather tink and re-knit 25 rows than 70+)  So here is the corrected Clue#1 of the Knitting Like Crazy Mystery Medallion Shawl KAL.



    I am LOVING this KAL!  Clue #1 knits up so fast.  It's easily memorized and you really only need to pay attention to the center medallion chart (17 st) every other row.  Easy peasy lemon squeezey.  There's plenty of time to join.  Clue #1 takes no time at all and Clue #2 won't be released until Friday!  Join in!



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    Monday, May 9, 2011

    Okay, I'm Going For It!

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    I'm actually doing it... I'm trying to crochet a project other than slippers!  Woot!  I just started Wycheproof Shawl by Rebecca Velasquez and I love it!  I was a little shakey at first.  Then I put her stitch diagram and the written instructions side by side and made it through the first 10 rows.  (Thank you to Rebecca for holding my hand through the beginning!!!)  Once I made it through the first 10 rows, I was relieved. The next 76 rows are just repeats of rows 5-10.  Then, of course, I have to decrease.  But I'll cross that bridge when I get to it!  ;p

    I'm crocheting this in Space Cadet Creations' Estelle yarn in Cold Flame Colorway!

    Hook on!


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    Sunday, May 8, 2011

    Mystery KAL: Take Two

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    Alrighty, so I joined ANOTHER Mystery KAL.  This time I joined the Knitting Like Crazy Mystery Medallion Shawl KAL on Ravelry.  Clue #1 was just released Friday.  I cast on yesterday and completed the 70 rows or so.  I really do like this KAL so far.  Clue #1 was really 2 alternating rows with the medallion pattern in the center.  So, it was a great combo of mindless knitting with a little lace panel in the center to make it interesting.  I could NOT put it down!  The only problem?  When I completed the last row, I counted my stitches and came up with 161 total stitches. That's 4 stitches off of the end count of clue #1, 165.  Which means - Somehow I did not complete the increases on a right side row somewhere along the way.  Unfortunately it's not immediately obvious by looking at it to me.  So I have no idea where my mistake lies.  I think I'm going to have to fudge this one a bit to add back in the 4 stitches since I'm positive there's a reason the ending stitch count was mentioned on clue #1.  At any rate, I put out a HELP thread on the Ravelry Group Discussion Board to get some suggestions from the mod and the other knitters. I AM NOT FROGGING THIS PUPPY AND STARTING AGAIN.  ;p  The only other thing I can think of is that Chart A in the pattern has to be repeated a second time in Clue #1.  But the pattern says: Repeat rows 3&4 until Chart A is repeated twice.  Which, to me says that you knit rows 1-4 in the the first pattern repeat.  Then rows 5-28 of the first repeat are just repeats of rows 3 & 4.  When I started the 2nd repeat, I just knit rows 3 & 4 (excluding Rows 1 & 2 for the 2nd repeat, because of the way it was worded).  Perhaps I was supposed to start with row 1 on the repeat and hence, I lost the 4 increase stitches there.

    I'm knitting this up with Louet Gems Fingering Wt. yarn in Storm Cloud Colorway (a really LIGHT gray).  I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE the feel of this yarn.  And of course I am knitting with a pair of my lux Signature Needles.  So this is truly a sensory sensation for me!

    Well, hopefully I'll get the increases all figured out so that by the time Clue #2 is released, I'll be ready to keep on knitting!

    UPDATE:  I WAS supposed to incorporate rows 1 & 2 in the repeat.  Ah-ha!  Tinking back 25 rows to correct problem!  YAY!  No fudging!  My shawl will be perfect! :)



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    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    It's a Mystery



    Will: "We're lost." 
    Philip: "No it will turn out well." 
    Will: "How?" 
    Philip Henslowe: "I don't know. It's a mystery."

    For those of you who don't know this reference, it's from one of my favorite movies, Shakespeare in Love.  Phillip, played by Geoffrey Rush, says "It's a Mystery," a couple of times in the film.  And of course, that means I use this quote all of the time.  Which, by the way, no one but me seems to get the reference.  Teedle-dee.

    Well, the mystery is all out of the Mystery 220 May KAL I was knitting.  I actually happened upon the pattern and knew immediately that it was what we were knitting.  :(  I won't give the name here in case some of you are knitting the Mystery 220 May KAL.  I don't want to spoil your mystery.  But knowing which pattern it is and my dislike of clue 1 (BORING) coupled with the fact that I can't see myself wearing this garment, I have decided to frog it and use the yarn for something else.  Although I think pattern is perfectly lovely when knitted up, I just have too many repetitive, mindless patterns going on right now and I need something a tad more stimulating.  Plus, like I said, I just don't see myself wearing this particular garment.

    So I guess it's back to the never-ending cardigan for me (Featherweight).  Unless I find something else to start... :p

    IDK, it's a mystery!  



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    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    Episode 1: Welcome to KnitPurlGurl Radio



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    1.) Welcome!  You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Ravelry, and on the Android Market.

    2.) What's on the Needles?

    3.) What's on the Hook?
    • Nada!  Looking for a good adv.beginner project for summer!
    4.) Patterns & Stuff:
    6.) News & Upcoming Events:
    • What is your favorite yarn OR what is your favorite knitting/crochet projects for summer?  Leave me a comment!!


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    KPG Radio


    Join me TODAY and each Wednesday at 10:30AM EDT/EST time as I premiere my new Radio Show, KnitPurlGurl Radio.  It's a LIVE, interactive show where listeners can both login and chat in the chat room (text chat) OR call into the show!  I will be chatting about knitting, crochet, crafts, yarn, fiber arts, reviews, and everything in between.  So pleas pop on over and join me for my 30 minute show, Wednesday Mornings at 10 AM!! :)

    I hope to see you there!


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    Monday, May 2, 2011

    Interweave Knitting Lab

    PRESS RELEASE:


    Interweave Knitting Lab, a New National Event for Knitters, Announces Debut in San Mateo, Calif. Nov. 3-6, 2011

    Online registration opens Tuesday, May 3 at 1 p.m. Eastern

    Loveland, Colo., May 3, 2011: Interweave Knitting Lab, a new, four-day national knitting event that will explore every facet of the knitting craft, makes its debut this year at the Marriott San Mateo, Calif., near the San Francisco airport, November 3-6, 2011. This premiere knitting event offers innovative project-based classes, fascinating lectures, enticing panel discussions and other special evening sessions, plus three days of shopping opportunities at the Knitter's Market.

    The event is put on by arts and craft media company Interweave, publisher of Interweave Knits and Knitscene magazines, as well as the online knitting community, KnittingDaily.com. As of May 1, sponsors of the 2011 event are Classic Elite Yarns, Jimmy Beans Wool, Manos del Uruguay yarns, Skacel Collection, Tahki Stacy Charles, Inc., and Tess’ Designer Yarns.

    Registration opens today online at www.interweaveknittinglab.com  to attend the retreat and sign up for more than 70 different classes and lectures with more than 25 world-famous instructors. Classes at Interweave Knitting Lab range from rarely-offered classes on unique regional, ethnic, and historical techniques, to studio classes that apply new design and technique skills to original creations. There are classes in sock knitting, lace knitting, cables, sweater construction, knitwear design, color theory, mosaic knitting, intarsia, Fair Isle, and much more.

    One keynote speaker is U.S. author and feminist Barbara G. Walker, inventor of more than a thousand original, never-before-see pattern stitches, more than any other single source known to history. She is also the inventor of several improved knitting techniques including "ssk"; a new method of pattern charting; and a new way of working color patterns, which she named mosaic knitting.  Her knitting books include such timeless references as, “A Treasury of Knitting Patterns” (1968), “The Craft of Lace Knitting” (1971), “The Craft of Cable-Stitch Knitting” (1971), and “Knitting from the Top” (1972).

    Other icons of the knitting world who will be instructors at this event are: Cookie A, Cat Bordhi, Beth Brown Reinsel, Ann Budd, Nancy Bush, Nilda Callañaupa, Donna Druchunas, Teva Durham, Karen Frisa, Kate Gagnon Osborn, Vivian Hoxbro, Stefanie Japel, June Hiatt, Courtney Kelley, Galina Khmeleva, Nancy Marchant, Annie Modesitt, Mary Jane Mucklestone, Robin Hansen, Shirley Paden, Clara Parkes, Carol Rhoades, Gayle Roehm, Susan Strawn, and Meg Swansen.

    Registration Details
    During the first few weeks of open registration, starting tomorrow through May 25, The Knitter's Weekend Package is the only way to purchase entry to the Interweave Knitting Lab. The Knitter's Weekend Package fee is $695 before May 25, and allows participants to sign up for as many classes, lectures and special events as they would like over the four day period, as well as gain access to all special events.

    Only the full package option is open the first few weeks of registration to allow participants who are attending all four days the best chance to secure first-choice workshops at a great package rate. Event attendees can customize their experience and sign up for as many half-day and full-day classes as they want during the four days.

    After May 25, The Knitter's Weekend Package price will increase to $745 and workshops that still have availability will be sold as individual sessions. The price for individual session registration, opening at a later date—based on availability—will be $95 for a half-day or evening class, $190 for a full-day class or $35 for a one-hour lecture. Materials fees vary by class and are in addition to the class registration fee. Materials fees are charged on the day that participants register online.

    The Knitter’s Market will be open Thurs-Sat. for shopping and is free and open to the public. Attendees will enjoy a unique shopping experience with local and national vendors selling one-of-a-kind yarns, books, knitting notions and kits, and much more. Knitter's Market Schedule: 
    • Thursday, November 3: 5 – 9 p.m. Pacific Time
    • Friday, November 4: Noon – 9 p.m. Pacific Time
    • Saturday, November 5: 9 – 3 p.m. Pacific Time

    Event Location: Marriott San Mateo San Francisco Airport Hotel, 1770 South Amphlett Boulevard, San Mateo, California, (650) 653-6000.

    Public Contact for Information: (970) 776-1469
    Media Contact: Jaime Guthals, Director of Public Relations, Interweave jaimeg@interweave.com(502) 243-6834 Cell (502) 387-2383, Twitter @InterweaveNews



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    The Mystery 220 May KAL Has Begun! *Spoiler Pics*







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    I've finished the 1st Clue of the Mystery 220 May KAL.  So far, the pattern is calling for A LOT of YOs and dropped stitches.  Although it's creating a very light and airy garment (which I'm nearly positive is a shawl), I'm sincerely hoping that the entire pattern isn't the same basic pattern repeat.  This clue only had 38 rows in it and though it was simple, I was getting ready to put it down by the time the 30th row came.  So I hope it gets a tad more interesting.  I'm all for simple projects, but when I participate in a KAL, I want to be surprised!  I don't want to knit the same pattern repeat the whole way through. (If you recognize the pattern, please don't tell me what it is.  It would be simple enough for me to figure out what it is, but I prefer to watch it develop.  It's more exciting that way!)

    Anywho.. The yarn I am knitting this in is Creatively Dyed Calypso in Tea Colorway. It's a Superwash Merino, so it feels pretty good to knit with and actually kept my interest during Clue #1.  It's a highly contrasting, variegated yarn and looks cute in this open pattern.  Plus, the pattern only takes 210-220 yds of yarn, and since this skein has 510 yds, I'll have plenty to knit something else small with it.


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