Monthly Archives: June 2009

Oh To Knit Again Giveaway

I have taken a moratorium on knitting for now and most definitely not by choice. It just so happens that I’m very happily moving to Park Slope (that’s right, goodbye Manhattan, HELLO BROOKLYN!) this Friday (yikes! that soon???) and as such spent all day yesterday building furniture for our brand spankin’ new amazingly awesome private roof deck – that’s right, I said PRIVATE – with views of the city. What more could you ask for? Well, how about NOT having cut my poor thumb and NOT having that poor thumb be on my much used right hand and NOT having to do 10,000,000 things using said hand during the weekend? Would that have worked for me? Yes, it would have, but it didn’t work that way. So now not only is my actual hand hurting, my thumb is throbbing. All of that = no knitting for me. I tried to knit this morning but gave up after I found that the right needle is gripped by my right thumb right over that damn cut. SO this means that instead of actually being able to knit with my lovely yarn, I have time to fondle my stash and dream about all the wonderful things I will be knitting up with it. Staring at this lovely pyramid of Madelinetosh Tosh Worsted bought at the wonderful store The Fiber Fix (yes, this is a shameless plug – Vanessa is awesome I tell you!) really helped cheer me up a tiny little bit:

Madelinetosh Tosh Worsted

That’s Norway Spruce, Oxblood Light and the ever so gorgeous Ginger if you want to know:

Madelinetosh Tosh Worsted

But wait, you say, you’re showing us all this lovely yarn and what about this Giveaway? Ah, you caught that did you? Sadly, the giveaway will not feature any of the Madelinetosh as I am too too in love with it (but if you want some, you can always go visit Vanessa at The Fiber Fix!) but I DO have something to giveaway and I think (I hope?) that you will also be excited about it! So without further ado:

The Oh To Knit Again Giveaway

This Giveaway is happening for the following reasons:

1. I have just yesterday reached 3,000 views on this blog! And this only since January 22, 2009 (not sure about the previous blog’s numbers). Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!

2. I have gotten 300 comments on the blog thus far… although this is very exciting, it also means that only about 10% (I know this is probably incorrect but give me a break, I just had to use the awesomeness of 300/3,000!) of you are actually commenting. Seriously.

3. I can’t knit. Please, all of you shed a tear for me. 😦

4. I’m moving and as such this is the best time ever to destash.

5. I just felt like it! 😛

So here’s the deal. I need you blog readers to leave me a comment telling me your funniest, saddest, strangest, most amazing, most horrible move-in day of your life. I know you must have one. I’m pretty sure everyone has moved once or twice. If not (and seriously LUCKY YOU) then tell me how in the world you’ve managed never to have to go through the horrors of moving in your whole life – are you ecstatic about not having to move or do you wish you could experience it for yourself?

Before I list the prizes, I need to add that I’m very sorry but I can only accommodate residents of the US and Canada or the shipping is just too expensive for me – sorry!!!

Comment by Sunday, June 21st at 3pm EST and you’ll have a chance to win one of these lovelies:

First up, a skein of Dream in Color Smooshy in Spring Fusion (I realize there are two pictured, but one of them is mine all mine *insert evil laugh here*):

Dream in Color Smooshy

A skein of Pagewood Farms Yukon in Fabulous Fall:

Pagewood Farms Yukon

A skein of Fiberphile 2-ply sock in Saffron (seriously amazingly gorgeous stuff):

Fiberphile 2-ply sock

A skein of Min the Weaver’s Rocking Stockings in A Rose By Any Other Name:

Mintheweaver Rocking Stockings

And last, but most certainly not least, a skein of Malabrigo Sock in Solis:

Malabrigo Sock

Honestly, could the prizes get any better? Could they? I think not!

Oh and by the way I’m certainly NOT destashing these because I don’t like these yarns (far from it!) but because I either have multiples of them or I have similar colors in other yarns or I’m just being particularly nice to you, dear blog reader, so be thankful! haha!

Oh yeah and if you REALLY want a second chance, you can always link back to this post from your own blog and then let me know you did so by commenting here again. Winners (there will 5 lucky ones!!!) will be picked by an ever-handy random number picker. The first person will get to pick their yarn, then the second person does so and so on and so forth. If I don’t hear back from one of the winners within 24 hours of e-mailing them their prize will be forfeited and passed on to the next randomly-picked person on the list. Oh and I realize I tend to ramble on and on but since this is my blog and you’re getting free stuff I don’t think you have a right to complain… I’m just mean that way. 😉

Good luck to all of you!!!

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Photo Shoot – Alan and Michelle

I was very excited about how this photo shoot turned out! Of course being my first ever photo shoot, there are a lot of things that I would have done differently and shots that were great in my head but not so much when done, but that’s the best part of learning photography, no? Being able to figure out what works and what doesn’t. These are definitely not the most gorgeous engagement photos ever, but I think they’re passable enough. 🙂 Plus, Alan and Michelle also enjoyed them, so that’s what counts! Here are some of my favorites from the day:

Alan and Michelle

Alan and Michelle

Alan and Michelle

Alan and Michelle

Alan and Michelle

Alan and Michelle

Alan and Michelle

I’m very excited about trying my hand at the wedding now! Hopefully I won’t be too disappointing, LOL!

PS: For all those who haven’t seen it yet, the new Knitty Summer Issue is up! I already have added some patterns to my queue… and no I haven’t finished the Spring ones I wanted to knit either. *sigh*

Case of the Blues-ish

Apparently I like to knit with mainly one color as all my recent knits have been different shades of blue. It’s not something I did on purpose, I swear, but it just happened. I shared with you guys my Ulmus (Rav link) shawl in the last post, which has plenty of blues in it. I think it’s safe to say that that’s what started off my blue-kick of late. Sadly, that shawl (or what I had of it) has gone the way of the frog pond. Not because I didn’t like it and not because it wasn’t gorgeous, but because my gauge was way off (I’m not sure why but I was knitting this shawl tighter than usual) so I need to go up to a size 6 needles. I spent Thursday night frogging my process and was so saddened by it that now I just don’t have the energy to start it again. I probably will sometime this week, though. I’m knitting it for a contest and it runs June-July so I have plenty of time to cast on again. It’s a beautiful shawl and I’m sure will turn out amazingly beautiful in the end… frog pond or no frog pond.

Moving on (and staying far far away from that pond), I have cast on for a Mara shawl (Rav link) using Madelinetosh Tosh Worsted in Baltic Sea. It’s a gorgeous mix of blues that I’m just completely in love with:

Mara - WIP

Plus, the garter stitch is just plain yum, IMO:

Mara - WIP

I love the texture of garter stitch, so I’m very excited about finishing this shawl so I can wear it! I’m currently at 30.5″ in width and probably will knit it to 40″ or so… I don’t want it to be a full shawl, more like a shawlette. This is a VERY easy knit – knit stitches all the way with some YO’s but that’s it! seriously, at this point it’s just a mindless knit, which is always a good thing to have on the needles, I think.

Another easy knit that took me two days to get off the needles is the first in a pair of Oolong socks (Rav link):

Ooo my Oolong - WIP

Are these beautiful or what? They are knit in this lovely Teal-ish blue (also Madelinetosh but Tosh Sock in Iceburg here) that just knit up wonderfully well.

Ooo my Oolong - WIP

It’s funny because as I was knitting it I wasn’t sure that I really liked the color with the socks, but when I was done I totally did. I think it’s one of those project/color combos that I had to completely finish to really like. This sock pattern does not have a lot of projects done on Ravelry and I really don’t know why… it’s a very quick knit and the results are delish! Highly recommended.

I also do have a finished project to show you guys. I finished up my Glynis socks and though I didn’t really enjoy knitting them all that much, I just love the finished product. Still love the pooling!!!

Glynis Socks - FINISHED!

Pattern – Glynis by Cookie A. (rav link)
Yarn – Socks That Rock Lightweight in Siren Song (rav link) (store)
Needle – US1.5 (2.5mm)
Cast on – May 14, 2009
Cast off – May 30, 2009

Glynis Socks - FINISHED!

And these do fit the blues-ish theme as the light color in them is a very light blue. So I totally tied them into this post. I’m just special that way. 😉

Glynis Socks - FINISHED!

I’m heading off today for my first engagement photo shoot ever and I’m very excited about it! If I get any good pictures (I better, right?), I’ll be sure to share them with you all here later this week. Wish me luck!

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