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Monday, September 26, 2016

Chemo Hat Challenge!!

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Congrats to Dre Flo for winning the Giveaway!!!
In Other News:
  This post was going to be about Christmas crafting and my lunch has thrown it completely around to a new topic. It turns out that hospitals that do chemotherapy run out of hats and scarves as soon as the cold weather hits.
This is me now, the Quackin.
  A kind woman at my work was telling me about how her sister is starting chemotherapy this week and wondered if I made chemo hats. Apparently the St. Mary's Cancer Center really needs chemo caps once the cold weather hits, as they run out quickly.
So here we go!
Knit and Crochet 50+ Chemo hats by November 18th
    I will likely crochet more hats than knit, since crocheting takes far less time (even though it uses more yarn lol).
Yarn I intend to use:
Knitpicks.com Comfy Worsted (so soft, love this cotton blend)
Red Heart Soft (this is the softest solid color in their line)
Caron Simply Soft (an affordable acrylic)
And some interesting cotton yarn and various cotton mixes I have hanging around.
There are plenty of patterns around to make chemo hats, a simple google search can send your head reeling and you are never without a new pattern to try.
1) Search in Ravelry.com with the simple word "Chemo".
2) Crochet for Cancer has a fantastic list of patterns.
3) Knots of Love has a really nice list of patterns.
Call to Action:
  If you have the slightest inclination, please contact your local cancer centers and ask them if they need chemo hats, make 5 and donate them. Many organizations have drop off locations, so google and see what is around you!! Join me in my craziness (no you do not have to make 50 haha).

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

KnitMona Interview and Review PLUS My 200th Post Giveaway!

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KnitMona is also known on Etsy as Jacie and has been running her popular Etsy shop since 2012. She is well known around Facebook, Ravelry and on Etsy mainly as an amazing dyer of self-striping and variegated awesomeness. Her yarn is tagged as having been used in 196 projects (people, add your yarn! :P) and she is honestly a genuinely nice person!
She was kind enough to agree to both interview, and later suprised me with yarn for my 200th Post Giveaway fun!! Thank you so much, Jacie!
What inspires you?

It really depends on the day.  Sometimes things in nature, sometimes my kids, sometimes a picture or a song and sometimes nothing at all.  There are so many possibilities with color that you can find inspiration anywhere.

How did you start dyeing your own yarn?

I started by taking a class at our local sheep and wool festival.  At first I just wanted to dye a couple skeins for myself, but dyeing is addictive and it was all downhill from there.


What do you want people to know?

This is such an open question!  Well, I want people to know that I care.  I care that I'm providing a quality product and I care that my customers are satisfied.

Knitmona is a family business.  My husband and kids help out as much as they can.  Mr. Knitmona has recently taken over the self striping department and the kids are in charge of winding cakes when needed.  My oldest son has so many wonderful ideas for the business that I can hardly keep up with both his ideas and mine.

I love what I do and I'm so grateful for such a supportive family and amazing customers!

What are you working on now (knitting or crocheting)?

Haha!  EVERYTHING!  I mostly knit and spin.  I can crochet, but I don't enjoy it as much as I enjoy knitting.  Right now I have about 10 knitting WIPs including an Exploration Station shawl by Westknits that I'm knitting with some yarn from LBArtYarn, GroovyHues and SirenStrings.  I also have a couple pairs of socks and a couple sockhead hats in the works.


   Your yarns are very colorful! What are your favorite colors?

I love all the colors, but I adore magenta and aqua.  I've also been drawn to more earthy tones lately.  Probably because autumn is almost here.

   I see you have mostly sock yarns, are they your favorite to dye with or just the most popular?

Both!  I love dyeing sock yarn and it's my biggest seller.  Now that it's getting cooler out I plan to stock some heavier weights though.

   I am currently using some lace-weight yarn I purchased from you and it is probably one of the most solid colorways in your shop haha. Do you prefer variegated and striped?

I do!  Variegated and striped are so fun to dye.  Occasionally I'll have requests for solid colors and I'm happy to dye them, they're just not as pulsar as variegated and stripes.

Who are your favorite designers?
This is a tough one.  There are so many great designers out there.  Right now I'm in love with brioche, so Stephen West and Susanne Sommer are at the top of my list.  I also love Ambah O'Brien and Janina Kallio.


Do you have any favorite patterns for your, usually, variegated yarn?

I don't know that I have a favorite because I love knitting all the things, but a great shawl pattern that works for just about everything is the Reyna.  Obviously vanilla socks are another option if you want the yarn to do all the work.  I also like to try more intricate patterns and in always surprised at how beautiful they turn out with highly variegated yarns. 
My Review:
  I ordered a lace weight yarn and a self-striping yarn in my favorite colors (Dark Horse). The lace weight yarn was called Stormy Skies and I have been making Naomh with it. The lace weight is 100% superwash merino wool, and boy does the softness show it.
Knitmona is very easy to get in touch with, her shipping is fast and she is super friendly. This is definitely a buyer that I would suggest. The self-striping yarn she has are beautiful and I definitely recommend them for socks, mittens and hats. Go for it!! 5 Stars!

Giveaway Info:
She was kind enough to donate a package for giveaway! So now down to the knitty and gritty :). You can get to the Giveaway form at the website below, but you must Like and Share the post for the Giveaway on my Facebook Page, and I will keep it pinned for the duration of the Giveaway.

  The Giveaway will go until Friday (9/23/16) night at 7pm, at which time I will randomly pull a winner and (hopefully, if the winner contacts me with address ASAP) ship the yarn out on Saturday (it is hard for me to get to the post office).

Again, to enter the Giveaway:
1) Like the Facebook Page for this blog
2) Share the Pinned Giveaway post.
3) Fill out the form at the Giveaway Link HERE.

Good luck! And may the knitting odds ever be in your favor!! :P

Giveaway Form Link Again!

Be Well!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Counting Blessings Versus Anger Leads to Happy Knitting!

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Just had an epiphany. Seriously, just now, sitting here I realized that I am way to angry lately. I know it's stress, and I know that it is probably also the full moon a little. But this past week and a half, I'm just very angry.
   Life always hands us trials and tribulations, but how do I make it through without being angry? Some days, I'm really flexible and can move plans around and it's all good. But as a Libra, I've found that my life really does flow best when it is in balance. When I believe (note this word here) that I am receiving as much as I am giving out.
  That word, believe, is what brought me to an abrupt halt today. Because if we believe that we are being used to much, or not loved enough, we can miss the blessings that we do have. So let me count my blessings:
1) My two daughters, lights of my life, cuddle bugs.
2) My good friends that I have in my adult age, quality is improving drastically.
3) My knitting and crocheting is a source of pride and comfort.
4) I have a job with good pay and health insurance (and life insurance/disability insurance) for my family.
5) I'm playing in a community band, and the other members are so supportive and kind!!
I know there are more, but this is a good start for the day.
What I'm knitting:
 Finished item!!! I finished the Doodler:
The Doodler by Steven West was something I started last year and just finished. The yarn used is from HauteKnitYarn (off-white tweed), Celestial Strings (pink tweed) and Madeline Tosh Light (purple).
  This project used icord along all of it's edges and I was very worried about it being too tight but I soaked it and it expanded beautifully!! So no more fear of icord edgings, and in fact, I love them!
  Also, the yarn used had differences in its makeup, and this is the first time that I have experimented with that sort of thing, very thrilled with that!
Currently working on Noamh:

 Using yarn from KnitMona (laceweight merino wool in colorway Stormy Skies), Noamh is going along swimmingly and will be a fantastic lace-weight shawl once finished. I highly recommend the pattern!

I am looking for a new pattern that will challenge me, so if you have any suggestions, lay it on me. Fingering weight is preferable, considering brioche.


Fury rises
My fists clench tightly.
A tear escapes
And a breath soon follows.
The makeup I wear
Tear stains down my cheeks.
But the sky is beautiful
And my heart wishes I could fly.
To fly into the clouds
To feel the wind surround me.
Another breath
Escapes my lips as I knit my next stitch.
My chest opens
And my needles click on.
Be Well!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sad News Then Knitting and Book Happenings

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Mourning news:
First, I would like to take a moment to say how sad I am about the news on Maegan Black's sudden passing. She ran the Cyborg's Craft Room and as recently as August 22nd there was a posting there on Facebook. She was a popular, shining light in the yarn business and she will be missed. My heart goes out to her friends and family.

Knitting News:

This past week was very productive for me, in terms of finishing objects (perhaps not cleaning the house haha). The Philosopher's Stone (above) by Erica Jackofsky (fiddleknits), was finished 6 rows short of the end at 794 yards using a US 5 needle and Knitpicks.com Stroll tonal yarn in colorway Thunderhead. I'm pleased with my results. :)

I also finished my Nurmilintu shawl by Heidi Alander in Pixie Toe yarn from A Whimsical Wood Yarn Co. in colorway Granny & the Wolf (I LOVE this colorway!!) in size US 6 needles. This will be a pattern I will make again!

This past weekend, I also started a few projects, one of which was completely unsuccessful (this time). Hogwarts Express by Susan Ashcroft. The yarn was a fun sock tweed from Celestial Strings but the pattern is just so messed up. I absolutely despise saying anything bad about a pattern..

But seriously. This pattern gives you three different needle sizes you can use, and roughly how much yarn to use by weight before you start the next section, which after the increase row still requires you to have a certain number of stitches to make it work for the owls, and this number of stitches is not stated. It should be. I will be frogging it when I get home and giving up for now.

I did sell a shawl (Ode and picture is down below) this past August 27th so decided that I needed a new lace-weight shawl and decided on Naomh by Renee Leverington in Knitmona lace-weight superwash merino wool lace, colorway Storm Clouds. This yarn is sooo soft!! More to come on this yarn in the coming weeks, though.

Reading Pleasure:
  Discovered that next week, a book by some of my favorite authors is coming out, so that was quickly pre-ordered!! Navigators of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. If you are at all familiar with the Dune world, you may know that Frank Herbert's son has continued his legacy with Kevin J. Anderson, and in my opinion, has surpassed his father. These books are fantastic and I suggest you look into them. I am actually not a huge fan of science fiction (fantasy yes), but will highly recommend these books.

  Picking up from the library (a real book, not on kindle, gasp!) Ghana Must Go, by Taiye Selasi and This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer (Civil Rights and Struggle) by Kay Mills.

What are you reading?

What are you knitting/crocheting?

Be Well!