Archive for February, 2008

Twinkle, Twinkle, Knit a Star: Another Book Giveaway

Twinkles Weekend Knits cover Have you had a chance to check out this new book? It’s chock full of big needle knitting projects, designed so that you can complete them in just a few hours. The premise is that you can knit several garments over the course of a weekend away, and author Wenlan Chia has certainly designed some winning pieces here. There are several scarves and sweaters as well as the halter top on the cover and some hats. The 20 projects are fresh and appealing, but alas for me, and luckily for you, I don’t do chunky. It hurts my dinky little hands to knit with huge needles, and I am way to short to wear yarn that big. My loss is someone’s gain, because while I may remap some of these pieces into finer gauge yarns, I’m willing to let the book go to some lucky commenter/blogger.

To get one entry, leave a comment. To get two entries, blog about the giveaway. Easy, peasy, right? The contest will close at midnight Sunday the 17th EST, and a winner will be picked randomly on Monday the 18th.

After 15 years

it’s done, done, done, done. I finished back stitching the ribbons and put my initial and date in it late last night. I think it must be the longest lived WIP in history, but Fantasy Ride is complete. I’ll get it washed up by Friday so you can see it all clean and prettiful. Tonight, I’ll be leafing through the latest issue of IK, and picking up the needles once more. Someone who loves pink needs a Wallaby :)

And I’ll bet not a one of you needs to apply at Tuition Wise to figure out just who that might be.

My Pincer Grip Pinches

Man, I have been stitching. You saw that this morning, kinda. And I have continued to do that off and on all day. Between cleaning bouts. (Yeah, I stitch while I go over oral school work with the kids.) Last night, I noticed my right pointer finger was a but stiff at the joint where it joins the hand, and today it hurts if I try to take it past a 90 degree angle. Getting old kinda stinks, ykwim? Now, it doesn’t stink as bad as getting a mesothelioma diagnosis, because a sore joint, even compounded by arthritis, isn’t going to be fatal. This weird grinding thing going on in my jaw, though, may be a different matter. But I’ll stop on that before this becomes Cass Complains instead of Cass Knits!

Let’s get back to the stitches! My dad came over today, and so I sat chatting with him for awhile, and then of course there was the school work I mentioned above. The end result is that I am a tv show away from finished the back-stitching on the horse, and then I just have the ribbons left. Every time I look at it, I giggle. And pick it up surreptitiously for a few more stitches. Soon, very soon.

Online Craft Club Show and Tell #21


Okay, I’m cheating. Sorry. But I have started the back-stitching, and I don’t want to show it half back-stitched, because teh difference is just amazing, and that’s how I am with cross-stitch, and I’m sorry. I guess this week is more about trick photography than the project.

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Please forgive me. Next week, you can see it as an FO and maybe get a glimpse of the wallaby, too!

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Here’s how to play:

Take a picture of your current project, whatever that happens to be. Or maybe one you recently finished. Or the materials for the one you are about to start. Let’s say materials for a project in whatever state it happens to be in at the time you snap it. On Friday, post the picture and tell us about your project. What you did, or what you are going to do. How much you are enjoying it, or hating it. You know–show and tell.

Just copy & paste the code below the graphic and get crafty with me!

Be sure to come back and leave a comment so we know where to find you!
[tags]Online Craft Club[/tags]

I’ve been

stitching
cleaning
stitching
teaching
back-stitching
shopping (did you see the new Patternworks catalog? Yuum! I want some of that Happy Feet on page 23. You know, the stuff that looks like Koigu, only it’s machine washable?? Yeah, that. Also, the pink sweater on page 63. So feminine!)
breaking the blog (I don’t know why the template is all messed up, sorry. I tried crying. It didn’t help.)

Oh, and did I say back-stitching?

Oh yes I did. Just you wait!

Got my own little stitching franchise going on here. Funny, I don’t see that one listed anywhere.

Sooooooo embarrased

I swear, I thought I posted here over the weekend, so I didn’t feel bad about not posting yesterday. Oops. Apparently not. But I did spend the time hat I would have spent posting, stitching, and I am so close to finishing Fantasy Ride I can taste (see) it. Really. Come Friday, you will be amazed. It’s a pretty neat feeling to put paid to a decade and a half of work!

Online Craft Club Show and Tell #20

Yep, Friday again. This time, I wasn’t shocked. I looked at the calendar when I was trying to figure out when I was getting paid so I could pay bills, and then I applied that knowledge to my crafting, LOL! I did notice that Alli beat me posting this morning. She’s made a perky little Joseph’s bag.

I worked again on Fantasy Ride. Here’s what it looked like this morning.
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For a refresher, here’s what it looked like last week:
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and the week before
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and before that
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before that before that
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As if you needed the captioning, LOL. I am pretty sure the pictures tell the tale here. Just click to see them full size. I really want to push and finish this, but I also want to finish the wallaby while Drama can still wear it. Decisions, decisions.
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Here’s how to play:

Take a picture of your current project, whatever that happens to be. Or maybe one you recently finished. Or the materials for the one you are about to start. Let’s say materials for a project in whatever state it happens to be in at the time you snap it. On Friday, post the picture and tell us about your project. What you did, or what you are going to do. How much you are enjoying it, or hating it. You know–show and tell.

Just copy & paste the code below the graphic and get crafty with me!

Be sure to come back and leave a comment so we know where to find you!
[tags]Online Craft Club[/tags]

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