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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Sneak Peek

My kids sweater for Lanas Puras is all done! Just need to write up the pattern and send it off. Here's a little sneak peek:

Sneak Peek

I just love these buttons!

This pattern should be available soon, but in the meantime, you can get your Lanas Puras Melosa fix with this pattern by a certain pretty well known designer. There are going to be some very well dressed kids out there!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Organizing the Fun Way

I finally treated myself to a lovely handmade needle organizer from honeycake design. It is so well made and I am just in love with my new combination case!

Honeycakes needlecase

needlecase inside

I actually didn't have quite as many needles as I thought and thankfully no duplicates! I ended up getting rid of this lovely pile of cardboard and plastic though.
needle mess

Now that I have a nice place to put them, maybe I should invest in some lovely Lantern Moon Rosewood needles. Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

And in other news, I found out last week that my application to the Association of Knitwear Designers was accepted! Yay!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sundry Things

First up we have some progress on my next Secret Project for One Planet:

lanas project

We won't even talk about the fact that this is a "third" sweater. If you have heard me talk about my "every third sweater curse", then you already know what I mean. Luckily, the joy of working with the Lanas totally makes up for having to rip back 11" last week.

And we have our first finished object of 2007!


Shedir designed by Jenna Wilson
Started: Jan 11, 2007
Finished: Jan 14, 2007
Yarn: Rowan Calmer 1 1/4 balls
Needles: Size 3 circs

I made this for DB's Mom, who unfortunately will be using the hat for it's intended purpose. I got the call that she needed this fast last Thursday night and I was hoping to get it done before I left Jersey on Sunday. I finished on Sunday, but not before I left Jersey, so it will be delivered this Friday. I hope she likes it and it brings a little bit of sunshine into an otherwise cloudy time.

Then we have some after Christmas presents for myself:

I scored some Yarn Pirate from One Planet in the Punkin Head colorway

yarn pirate yarn!

And some new additions to the library courtesy of a gift card from Mom

presents for me

I love books! I also got Knitting Nature, but it's still at work. I just love Norah's interesting construction techniques and approach to designing.

P.S. One Planet is looking for designers! For more info, go here.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Knitters Against Global Warming Pt. 2


Thanks so much to anyone who has put the button up on their blog. I feel that even if we make one more person more aware to what is going on, it's a very good thing!

I just wanted to post one more time on this issue to share some info from commenters and some links that I found.

- Almost everyone mentioned Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. If you haven't seen it - run, don't walk to your nearest Blockbuster! I have to admit I have not seen it, but I am making a point to see it this weekend.

- When searching around this morning, I found Share the Truth. Check it out and while you are there, get some good karma points by following the link to request and make sure Apple carries Gore's movie on itunes.

- With the 2008 presidential election coming up sooner than we know it, Gleek mentioned supporting candidates who are willing to make global warming part of their platform. We need someone who is going to strengthen environmental regulations, not weaken them like the present "W" administration.

- And "allergicmom" dropped a link where you can download the movie for free.

- And finally, follow this link to find the contact info for you senator and congressman. One email or letter is all it takes! Just 5 minutes of your time to help make your voice heard.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Knitters Against Global Warming

I say we seriously have to start a campaign - Knitters Against Global Warming!

It should just not be 70 degrees in NYC on January 7th! This is just not normal!

Of course, we should certainly be most concerned about why this is happining and bug our legislators to pass some laws here - but seriously - we spend so much on yarn, and we can't even wear our sweaters people!!!! For that matter, we really can't wear our scarves, hats or cute mittens either.

I say we start a little campaign - knitters can be strong in numbers and voice! Let's prove it guys! Look, I've even made a button!


Here's what you do:

Write a letter, sign a petition, volunteer, contact your senator and congress people, donate money to environmental groups - do whatever you can - little or big. Let them know we need a tougher commitment to fixing this problem before it's too late!

Remember the planet and your knitted goods are in jeopardy here! Speak out!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

2007! Woo!

Hurray for 2007! I'll spare you the details, but 2006 was such a b*tch of year for me personally I am not sad to see it go!

I feel like I've been so productive already:

- I sent off my first sweater and pattern for the maternity knits book.

- I cleaned out the 1800 or so posts from bloglines to start fresh for the new year.

- I got together my application to join the Association of Knitwear Designers.

- I'll be finishing my 2nd maternity sweater tonight to send out tomorrow.


I also started another secret project for One Planet. This time I am working with their worsted weight Lanas Puras.

lanas start

Let me just say that I love, love, love this yarn! It's probably the softest merino I have ever worked with.

I've been thinking about my resolutions for 2007, but I really think that it all comes down to one thing - organizing my time wisely. I did more than I ever thought possible with knitting last year and hope to do even more in 2007. It's all about using time productively and keeping off the darn time sucking internet (or at least that's a start)!

I tried to ask for "the gift of time" on my Christmas list, but it didn't happen!

I bought some yarn for Eunny's Endpaper Mitts yesterday. I hope to be able to fit in a row here and there while working on the "deadline" projects. I just like them so much and need them now!!!

2 colors