Friday, April 28, 2006

who wants free handdyed sock yarn?

I posted this on the snb site as well, but I thought I would spread the word as much as possible.

Tom, Allison and I are going to start an Etsy shop selling our handpainted sock yarn, either together, or as separate sellers with links and support to one another -- there are some me-moving-to-philadelphia-logtistics-to be sorted out asap. We'll let you know the details to come. there are 13 skeins of yarn in the mail as we speak!!! yum.

I was thinking that it would be neat to have a few (3) of you knit a pair of socks out of the yarn we make so we can post on the shop page examples of what the yarn looks like knit-up. More and more I am leaning towards acid dyes, too, which seems more permanent and color-friendly. All you would have to do is promise a quick turn around time, (a week and a half or so. is this reasonable?) and provide good digital photos of the socks looking awesome and beautiful and lovely on your feet -- and you can have the skein of one-of-a-kind handpainted yarn for free!!! We will probably sell it for $20 or so. It looks like that is the going rate on the shops.

I hope to have the yarn to me in about a week, and dyeing to begin tues the 9th if not sooner, with the skein in your hands asap after that. (pray for dry hot sun so they dry fast!) The first three people to respond to my email: ecmg13@hotmail.com get it. Also, please specify what color family (blues, greens, pinks, etc.) you prefer so when we dye we have you in mind. Who knows, you may even have a color named after you!! Tom is the master-of-all when it comes to center-pull balls, so please let us know if you want us to ball it up for you, too!! (Or we can just leave it on the skein)

If you don't want the pressure of knitting with a timeline, but want to join in the fun, please post ideas of what your perfect pair of handdyed sock yarn looks like -- specific colors, solid with slight variation, pale green with flashes of hot pink etc.....and a name for the shop that would catch your attention (but not scare you away).

thanks lovelies.
Kate

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Bernard Sweater!!!

ok, so the post editor doesn't like my browser and I can't edit photos or do too much of anything, so I just post from photobucket.com, we all have enough space anyhoo, I hope...
don't hate me because I'm beautiful, pity me because I know nothing but Windows IE.... anyhoo, here goes, this is pic of my mini-aran, which I designed myself, and knitted up in the span of a week (finishing is time consuming...)
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TA-DA!!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

um, oops?

I don't know how to size photos so they are huge as all get out, sorry about that y'all...

proof of new projects....

ok, so I have photographic proof of a couple projects I've finished, like I said, I'm rather proud of myself...
here goes one, my felted bag I made out of two skeins of Noro and a lil' bit of Lamb's Pride, felted half by machine and the rest by hand, which I think I prefer alot more...
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I also have a WIP picture of a mini-aran I' was working on and have subsequently finished, but I think I will wait until I can get a picture of it on the subject I made it for before I post it...
That is all for now...

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Spring you guys!

Hi all, I just wanted to check in with everybody and let you know we're still kicking around here. Mom caught a cold just as she finished healing her rib, but has now recovered and has started going back to Pilates. I caught the same cold Mom had and have generally recovered, but had some back problems and heartburn problems (kicked off by anti-inflammatory I took for the back problems) and though I've recovered from the above, have been beset by a serious case of the grumpies. You guys just wouldn't want to hear me whine about everything. So I'm waiting for the fit to pass and will be tuning in soon, or at least I really, really hope so...
I'll have to get Mom to bring all her bags and socks as she's been just going crazy making lots of these. She even made a spiral flute case for my flute. With silver accents and everything. She's also started really getting into embellishing bags with beads that she gets on sale. If you ever want to know where the good e-deals are, ask Mom.
I meanwhile have one sleeve left on another sweater and am experimenting with a cotton lace pattern to edge the bottom of one of my shirts that happens to be too short. I have also started a spinning project that will become a sweater for Russ, who noticed I was making another sweater and didn't like that it wasn't for him. He doesn't wear sweaters! Maybe he will now! Take care and keep it clicking!

My first tapestry crochet project


This is a little zippered purse made of size 3 crochet thread. If you want to try it yourself, there are some free patterns and instructions at http://iweb.tntech.edu/cventura/tapestrycrochet.htm.
The chart for this purse came from Co Spinhoven's
Celtic Charted Designs.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Punishment For Mouthing Off

haha! us groovy employees at the place which i work are supposed to promote lots of fun fur during april. we are to sell it like mad. unfortunately, some of the tactics they've come up with for this include someone holding a "demo" of how to knit with it, (take a guess who they'll harass for that one) as well as trying to get all the "associates" to wear fun fur accessories. jeez. not only does this get me back for mouthing off about fun fur, but also for claiming that we should be able to wear colors, as well as things we've made. i swear, the gods are laughing ferociously right now. yeah. i'm already working on bargaining tools such as: i will knit accessories for everyone in the store to wear as long as i'm exempt from this groovy idea of theirs. having everyone in the store wear fun fur is a great marketing idea, and all around awesome, but one tattoo of a dragonfly is offensive? who the hell thinks of these policies?

Thursday, April 06, 2006

stuff an' stuff

Hey all!!!
I haven't posted in awhile, I've made a few things I'm rather proud of, plus dyed more than I can shake my sticks at, but I can't really brag all that well as I have no camera of which to take pictures of aforementioned things... but let it be known, I am proud of myself... that is all...