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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Top 5 Yarncrafting Travel Wish List Plus Giveaway News

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This week I’m just plugging along on my baby blankets and enjoying my daughters, so very little to share in terms of progress. But I thought I would work on a new blog post anyway because of a discussion I was part of during knitting night (last night).

  The world of people who craft with yarn is vast. There are cruises, tours, weekend escapes, conferences… Seriously, it’s just wonderful! So here is a rundown of my top 5 favorite Yarncrafting travels that I have discovered and want to be a part of one day. Please let me know if any of you have ever been a part of any of them and how you feel about them. (There will be no cruises on my list due to my tendency towards sea-sickness, but I respect them all just the same).

  You can view a much bigger list by date here: http://www.knittersreview.com/upcoming_events.asp


·       It’s Scotland, which puts it high up on my to-do list, as well as knitting and sheep! So for those reasons alone it’s on the top of my wish list.

·       This one is 4 days long and from £1449 per person (the exchange changes.. but it is currently under double to USD (United States Dollars).


·       OMGosh, it’s Iceland, first of all. Land of the cool cold. Helene Magnussun heads this and her designs and books are fantastic. This trip is a cool introduction into the world of Icelandic culture and knitting traditions, which is always really cool. I would absolutely love to be a part of this group.

·       They are about a week long, (Hiking and Knitting with Elves.. Squee!) and the cost is under $2,500 USD.

3)    Ballycastle Knits Tours (http://www.ballycastleknits.com/tours.htm)

·       This is and Ireland tour and boy does it look fun, though I will say it looks a little complicated to book (sigh), the trip plans look like absolute fun! It includes going to the Kenmare Lace Museum, a sheep farm, Victorian house and a castle visit.

·       This tour lasts for 8 days and is about €1,349 per Person (double occupancy), which equates $1448 USD. Not bad for 8 days.


·       This is a knitting journey, not just a tour or vacation and I would love to be a part of it. I would love to visit Peru and learn about their knitting traditions, as well as their love of color.

·       The tour is 11 days and $3995 USD (which is quite hefty for me as it does not include most meals, expenses or plane there and back, but I’m wishful lol).

5)    Knit & Crochet Show (http://www.tkga.com/)

·       This is a weekend conference that is sometimes held in New Hampshire, closer to where I live. This year it is in California and you can find more information at the link above. It’s only a weekend event with classes, competitions and lots of stuff for sale. Something on my wish list. :D

So tell me, have you done any of these? Want to sign up with me? :D I wish haha. Where is my lottery ticket?!

P.S. Check out my instagram post about this blog because I'm having a giveaway. Check it out before Saturday, 4/25, and enter to win a giftable ravelry pattern of your choice!

 Be well!
Jen

Monday, April 20, 2015

Baby Blankets.. Forward March!!


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The weekend was pretty good, made good progress on the Patchwork Baby Blanket.

Managed to have a ball teaching my daughter’s Girl Scout Brownie Troop how to finger knit (I really did have an awesome time and the only person who got upset was my own daughter haha). They all managed to finger knit at least down the back of their hand, and one of the troop mom/leaders finger knitted a strip so long they were playing jump rope!

Sunday, I went to visit my sister with both my daughters. It was heartwarming to see my oldest be firmly over her fear of dogs, while she played fetch with my sister’s dog, Marley. And my youngest was really shy and started to ask to go home after an hour haha (she doesn’t get out much). But the road trip was fun and it was a beautiful day.
I’m planning on working hard on the next baby blanket, as this one will be wrapped up this week, I think. She’s in the hospital, so I’m holding my breath hoping that the baby stays put for a few more weeks and that they both come through this in an awesome way.
Haven’t touched the Outlander MKAL in a while, left off in the middle of the second clue and the third has come out, but I’m not worried.


Everyone be well and keep your chin up. 

Jen

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Silliness Of The Week

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This week has been just plain silly. Between drinking from Doogie Howser MD (mountain dew) sized bottles to just plain not being able to speak, this week has been insane with word hiccups and stumbles galore. 
  

   The weather has been beautiful, which has made my office sauna-fied (say it, it will make sense, promise). And the week has been full of puns, so it has been really punny. 

   Some of the knitting that I've been working on has been the patchwork baby blanket, a chevron baby blanket, and of course the 2015 Outlander MKAL. 


    The baby blankets are being made from Knitpicks Brava Yarn (100% acrylic) and the Outlander MKAL is being made from Lorna's Laces Shepherd Socks Yarn.  The baby blankets are: Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot and #16 Patchwork Baby Blanket by Sandi Prosser. 

   I'm really loving both patterns, but the chevron pattern had yarn overs for increases, which I did not like. So instead I'm using m1l and m1r. I'm planning on using the mattress stitch to sew the squares together, but please let me know if there is an alternate that you would suggest.

   As soon as I finish these two baby blankets, I'm planning on finishing my oldest daughter's sweater and starting one for my youngest. 
   
What are you all working on? Are you finding humor in every day life? Keep laughing and keep smiling. Laugh at yourself and the silliness that happens to each of us every day. 

Be well!!


Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Fun and You all rock!

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This is what came in my poststitch delivery. I really love it, but the yarn got all tangled, and am planning on using the yarn to make a summer hat :D. What do you think?

Yesterday was Sunday, and Easter for many of you, so happy Easter!
We had many plans at my house that I was in charge of, getting the plastic eggs filled with candy for the little hunts in the back yard (repeated 3 times haha), making sure the roast was in the slow cooker at noon, and being referee to my children (my three year old has hit the terrible three’s eek!).

But I did get quite a bit of knitting in. On Easter Sunday, I started, and mostly finished, a stuffed doll which I adore. I just love this pattern (Knit Baby Doll Pattern by Amy Gaines).
    It’s actually patterned to knit in the flat, but I’m sure that could be changed for those of us that enjoy knitting in the round, and saves us sewing in the end (though I did enjoy practicing my mattress stitch on this little doll). But this doll is simple, and very easy. What has me very nervous, is the face. I’m planning on sewing on the sleeping eyes, nose and mouth.. And then it goes off to a birthday party as a present to a 1 year old.


Some folks have been curious about my plans to knit through a book, (Botanical Knits by Alana Dakos). But my knitting mojo was interrupted by screwing up the first sweater. So in an effort to restart my mojo, instead of going through the book from front to back, I’m going to skip to the back of the book and get started on the shawl in the back. It appears to be simple enough, and the yarn is just begging to be cast on. So that is going on next.

I’m fast approaching my hundredth blog post, and in an effort to have some fun with this, I will be hosting giveaway on Instagram, to be announced this week. Will be fun and easy, the only caveat is that I would like to interview the winner, :D. How long have you been knitting/crocheting, what are your favorite yarns and why, what are your favorite projects, finished objects, how many WIPS do you have?
To be honest, I'm having a terribly depressing day, and my ADD is acting up so I'm having trouble focusing. So so long for now and have a fantastic week. Keep an eye out on Instagram for me!!