Friday, March 29, 2013

My Name Is Elizabeth, And I Am A Geek

This is beyond awesome.

I am very fond of samplers anyway, but Superhero Samplers?  Full of win.

Wee Little Stitches also has more geek/contemporary cross stitch patterns available: The Big Bang Theory, Star Wars, the Justice League...AND FIREFLY!  :D

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sock Heel Project

This is an awesome project from Ravelry by Taina.  It's mostly in Finnish, since she's from Finland and all, but it might be a really cool thing to try out yourself, or run it through Google Translate and keep it as a reference.

The linky is here.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Scrap Yarn

If you're anything like me, you have 5,641 balls of scrap yarn cluttering up your yarn room.  I am loathe to just pitch yarn because...well, it's YARN!  So I started scrounging around to see what ideas I might be able to find on constructive ways to use up that last little bit of sock yarn, or the worsted left over from the pillow I made for Mum, or whatever...Just how many scrapghans can you make, really?  ;)

Even good ol' Red Heart has some cute ideas:

Mini Key Ring Purses

If you have a bit more than just a hundred yards or so, or maybe if you have some handspun that's gathering dust, check out this bag on the Kathryn Ivy blog...I love it!!

Simply Seamless Pouch

Indigo Muse Knits has a pattern for fortune cookies!

And I could NOT resist this Rav pattern by Saartje Knits:

Baby booties are even cuter when they come in a set of three. What a great gift this would make. And you could use up scrap yarn too. >> Saartje's Bootees by Saartje de Bruijn, free knitting pattern on Ravelry.

For the ecologically minded, you can save up all the tiny bits and pieces cut off after you finish weaving in the ends, and put them out for the birds building their nests this spring:

YARN BIRD FEEDER - This is so cool!!! Just add a couple of handfuls of yarn scraps to an inexpensive suet feeder and hang outside where the birds can find it. Then be on the lookout for birds nests in your neighborhood featuring your "building materials". So cool. I will have to do this. I have all kinds of scrap yarn.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Fiber Factor Contest

So Skacel Yarns is having the coolest contest EVAR.

All entrants receive the yarn, needles and supplies for each project free from Skacel, just for starters.  The winner of each round gets a $500 prize, and the Grand Prize is an all expenses paid trip to Germany to check out the Addi needle factory and prance around a yarn mill.  GERMAN YARN!  IN GERMANY!  :D

Guest judges include folks like Franklin Habit, Cat Bordhi, Lily Chin, Lucy Neatby, Ysolda Teague, Cookie A and basically almost any A List Knitwear Designer you could think of!

Check out the website here: The Fiber Factor.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Knitting Jools!

OMFGS, I cannot resist these!!

Go check out Maxsworld on Etsy: you know you need a skein of yarn necklace!  Love love love love love!! :D

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Spin, Span, Spun

I love Polwarth.  Not as much as I love My BFL (TM), but it's a really nice spin.  This is some Blue Moon handpainted that I bought at Rhinebeck a couple of years ago, 9.5 ounces...The colorway is...erm...the colorway is handwritten on the label, and a little bit illegible.  I think it says "Sock Gabe DHD"...At least that's what it looks like?  :/

But it's SO FREAKIN' PRETTY.  I admit it, I squeed a little bit when I saw it.

The colors aren't photographing very well; it's a little bit more muted than this picture seems to show, but you get the idea...

And here it is plied into a nice sock weight...Since it was almost 10 ounces, I should get a whole lotta yardage out of this!