Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Episode 3 - Organization is Key



Now available on iTunes and Blip.tv

We have a Ravelry Group :)

Todays Co-Hosts:

Works in Progress:
Kinetik Mystery KAL
Ruche Beret by Susan B. Anderson

Finished Objects:
ACU Pillows

Spinning:
53yd Super Bulky Merino

Yarn & Fiber Fun:
Widdershin Woolworks - Shetland 4oz in Round Table

Reviews:
Weekend Hats by Celia Glowik MacDonald & Melissa Labarre
Organization Tips:
-  Inventory all yarn, fiber, needles, books, and magazines
-  Make yourself kits with yarn and patterns ready to go
-  Project Bags :)

Promo Code:
Slipped Stitch StudioKNITMEHAPPY12 for 10% off

Podcast I'm Listening to:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Episode 2 - Critter Crafting



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now available on iTunes and Blip.tv

We have a Ravelry Group :)

Thank you for all the the positive feedback and number of views!


Todays Co-Hosts:
Tessa, Grunt, Munchkin, Princess, Mama, Critter

Critter Crafting:
Waffles the Fiber Monster
Princess's Plastic Heaven
Tessa & the Lucky Save

Works in Progress:

Finished Objects:
198 Yards of Heaven
Hello Kitty Project Bag Charm

Spinning:
Working on my Giggle Jelly fiber from last week
Make Shift Lazy Kate

Yarn & Fiber Fun:
Studio June January Sock Club
Kniterati Sock Club

Review:
Knit Picks Zephyr Acrylic Circular Knitting Needles
Learn to Spin by Anne Field

Podcast Shout Outs:
2 Knit Lit Chicks

Labor of Love Giveaway :)
Mini Hawaiian Slipper Charm


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Rafflecopter to the Rescue

I will be doing my first giveaway this week using Rafflecopter.  They have their own contest going on right now too so make sure to also enter their giveaway posted below.  Stay tuned for Episode 2 this week and my very own giveaway.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Episode 1 - And and and lol



Now available on iTunes and Blip.tv

I hope you enjoy my first podcast episode.  I know you can have a good laugh playing some kind of knitting or drinking game with all the times I say "and" lol.  I will work on that in future episodes and I am playing around with different cameras and set ups as well.  I look forward to getting the ball rolling and putting out many more episodes :)

Submitted to iTunes so stay tuned for that :)

More segments will be added to future podcasts as they arise...

Todays Co-Hosts:
Tessa & Grunt

Works in Progress:
TTL Mystery Sock 2012 by Kristen Kapur
198 Yards of Heaven by Christy Verity
Criminally Mindless January KAL by Kathleen Baer
Kinetik Mystery KAL by Laura Neklin

Finished Objects:
Huddle Hat by Brenda Anderson
Skywalker by Laura Nelkin

Yarn & Fiber Fun:
Madeline Tosh Merino Light - Gossamer
Noro Silk Garden - S246
Oxford Merino Wool Batt 3.9ox by Giggle Jelly
Sample of Aqua Tussah Silk Merino by Giggle Jelly

Review:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Charts Made Simple: Understanding Knitting Charts Visually by JC Briar

Podcast Shout Outs:
Twisted Strands
Stockinette Zombies
The Knit Girllls
2 Knit Lit Chicks
Yarngasm

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My Wheel is Ready

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Jason aka the hubby got me this Kromski Fantasia wheel for Christmas. It was quite a surprise as I had just mentioned it in passing I might like one as a gift for our 10 year anniversary this summer.

The wheel is so modern looking in its design and suits our home perfectly. I got to pick out the stain color and all; he ordered the unfinished model so I could choose my shade. The wheel is awesome and has easy to change whirls for different spinning/ twist speeds. The price point is also great for beginners going from mid $300-400 depending on the finish you get. Plus with the easy assembly/ adjustment how can you go wrong. It's absolutely silent when spinning and feels great.

I am so excited to start spinning, as I have only used a wheel once in a class and fell in love. Here is the start of my spinning and fiber journey :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

January Book Review - Charts Made Simple by JC Briar

Welcome to my first book review of the year!  This month I will be reviewing Charts Made Simple: Understanding Knitting Charts Visually by JC Briar.  I got this book on the recommendation of an instructor at  lace knitting class on Craftsy.com.  I wanted to get more information about using charts as many patterns I have found use them and I am particpating in several lace KALs this month.  I was able to purchase the book on Amazon.com as my local book store has a very sad knitting section.

The book is very short and quick reading which is perfect when you really want to get knitting lol.  Even though it is fairly short, it is BIG on information.  It presents the information in short chunks which works perfect for learning one new chart reading skill at a time.  This prevents the overwhelming collection of circles hash marks, and odd shaped technical looking figures from becoming a giant monster you want to hide under the table from.  Instead, I felt like I had a very nice and patient private instructor at my side.  Each section talks you though different types of charts from lace to cables and goes over how to read, follow, and make them.  At the end of each section there are even practical exercises you can complete to make sure you have grasped that section before moving on.

Overall this book is great!  I would highly recommend it to any knitter as most patterns have some charting in them.  The price was reasonable with a $17.95 msrp.  My only flaw was that it is not available digitally as I would love to carry it everywhere with me.  It is thin enough to slip in my purse, but with my kindle already there it would be great to have this reference tool uploaded there to save room.

Planning for the Future

I have been trying to decide how to set up a fun posting schedule for the blog.  I want to make sure I get in product, book, pattern reviews, designer spotlights, whats on my needles, tips and tricks, and spinner or fiber fun.  I am thinking that once a month I will post a book and product review.  Then as the month goes along post updates about my WIP and FO.  Tossing in the other categories as I have information to add and build my network or support and followers.  We shall see how it goes and make adjustments as we go along.  Happy knitting...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year Goals & Resolutions

Happy 2012 everyone!  I decided to make some knitting goals and resolutions for the new year.  what are your knitting goals and resolutions this year?

Goals:

  • 15 FO

  • Socks for myself, husband, mother, and father

  • Lace Weight Shawl

  • Design my first unique pattern and post to Ravelry!

  • Attend a fiber fair or knitting event

  • Start of find local knitting group!

  • Post regularly to my blog and get regular segments started

  • Post some crafting & review videos to Youtube


Resultions:

  • Swatch

  • Swatch

  • Swatch

  • Did I mention swatch lol