Saturday, October 29, 2011

Surprise Snow/Shameless Self-Promotion Saturday!

What a day! We are experiencing a major weather trick from Mother Nature in the form of a nor'easter that has already dumped several inches of snow on us here in southeastern PA. Adding to the excitement, we had no heat in our house because of a problem with the furnace, but after a call to the landlord and a lot of snuggling (not with the landlord), we got the heat turned on and sorted out. Phew! Now if only this silly snow would melt!

In crafting news, I finally took a few minutes to set up my long-awaited Etsy shop! I've had the account registered for months, just waiting for me to take the plunge and put some items up for sale. I'm pleased to announce that my original Key Keepers are now available in a variety of whimsical designs at!

You know you want one. Or a dozen. There are ones with SHEEP!
 As a special promotion, I'm offering my blog readers 10% off their first purchase with the coupon code: BLOG10. And, if you are local enough to me to arrange for local pick up/drop off, I'm happy to refund the shipping on your order.

Monday, October 17, 2011

MOM Monday?

Dear friends, readers, and fellow knitters, I am stuck.
As I write this, the month of October is more than halfway over, and I have not yet started knitting this month's MOM club piece. Furthermore, I haven't even decided what to knit this month, and I am running out of time.
Maybe I've lost my MOM mojo. Maybe the pressure of having to follow her undisputed favorite creation yet, Finsbury Squirrel, is just too much. All I know is this: I have only two weeks left in this month to make something adorable.
Since Finsbury was such a hit, I am thinking about another Amanda Berry pattern, but I'm not sure which one. I was also looking at chipmunk patterns on Ravelry, because a chipmunk has recently taken up residence in the back woods, but none of them seemed right.
Help me, Blogosphere! You're my only hope!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

WIP Wednesday

My recent bout of finishitis seems to have passed, and last week I cast on a new project. I am making a Lola Gilet out of Malabrigo worsted in the Whales Road colorway, which I have christened my "North Whales Road" sweater as a play on both the name of the color and the name of the town where I recently moved. I am making quick progress on this project, and can't wait to wear it. This is my third sweater in Malabrigo, the other two being my Featherweight Cardigan and my Persimmon Cardigan, respectively.

I realized today that this should probably be my last new "for-me" project before I commence with my Christmas knitting. Whether or not it will be, well, that could very well be a different story. With only 74 knitting days left before Christmas (yes, you read that right, 74!), I am determined to budget my time appropriately!

Monday, October 3, 2011

MOM Monday

The start of another new month means the completion of another project for the MOM club. This month's project was my favorite one yet, and I think it's my mom's favorite, too.
I used the pattern "Finsbury Squirrel with Acorn Basket" by Amanda Berry (aka Fluff and Fuzz). I have several of her patterns in my collection but this is the first one that I've made. With the exception of the body, I knitted all of the pieces in the round which helped minimize the making up at the end. I made the basket with DK weight cotton held double, but I wasn't happy with it so I decided that Finsbury could just hold onto his acorn. Here's a picture of Finsbury, all ready to be delivered:

"I'm going to hold onto this acorn until it's ripe!"