New Love: Spring Shawl

Fantoosh

Fantoosh

Hi Knitting Friends,

I am super excited to find a new project to start. I know my knitting goals for 2015 include making three pairs of socks and a pre-determined list of projects. I admit that my 2015 Project List is rather ambitious. I forget about the new stuff that comes along. I secretly wish I was better organized and committed knitter, but I have come to terms with not being that way. My knit monogamous ways are slowly slipping from my grasps, but as long as I’m working on something I’m okay. Kate Davies has a new shawl design called Fantoosh. For those new to my blog, I have a knit crush on Kate Davies. I have her books, but I have yet to be courageous to complete a project. I worked on the Funchal Mobieus last year, but I ran out of yarn. This was definitely a rookie mistake.

Funchal Moebius

Funchal Moebius

New Knitting Tool

YARN SUB: This is a new-to-me product. An online yarn database that groups similar yarns. This is a librarian knitter’s dream. I don’t have access to Old Maiden Aunt, but using Yarn Sub helped me select a yarn that is in my stash. I am planning to use Madelinetosh 80/10/10 fingering.

YarnSub

Birthdays come early…sometimes

Hey knitting friends,

Madtosh Society

I’ve been good for the most part on my yarn diet. Ask any competent knitter and they will agree that Madelinetosh yarn is so hard resist. I don’t feel bad at all. If anything I had to exercise restraint. For my birthday, I allowed myself one subscription this time around. The flexible payment was the motivating factor of why I joined. If you have never joined a yarn club, I highly encourage you to try it out. You meet so many great people doing it. Magnolia Society [Madelinetosh] has both Yard club and Sweater club. I am not a hard core sweater knitter so I think joining the yarn club might be a less intense experience for a novice yarn club participant. What yarn clubs have you enjoyed?

Colorway options:

  • Neon Junkie (bright)
  • Neo Hippie (modern earth tone colors)
  • Classic/Traditional (basic solid colors)
  • Neural Queen (colorless tones)

More subscription details here

Deadline is tomorrow, Friday May 8, 2015.

Bloglust: Blogger Edition

Hi Knitting Friends,

One of my favorite things to do is to discover new and exciting bloggers. Blogs are a window to one’s experience and each blog has its own story to share. I enjoy reading about the lives of other people. I choose to use WordPress for my blog home and it has its conveniences. But, the down side is that I haven’t been able to uncover how I can link to Blogger.com within my reader feed. For the technology savvy people, can WordPress imbed Blogger content into its blog reader? Am I asking for too much?

May4ewe

The follow bloggers have caught my eye and I want to keep my readers informed:

Frontier DreamsI have been lurking on this blog for a couple of months. I enjoy the quality of pictures on the blog. Waldorf’s photography has impressed me, because I have a hard time incorporating stories from the pictures that I share. I can certainly take lessons from this blogger. I like how the theme of her blog matches each blog post.  I also found a community KAL that she is a part of.

Caffeine Girl I like the content of Caffeine Girl. She shares her knitting and beading projects. Her personality is great and the artistic flare is refreshing. She has a couple of sock patterns and books that she’s using. My radar is up when it comes to all things socks. In real life, our personalities would definitely mesh.

A Friend to Knit WithLeslie (blogger) is a triple threat crafter- sewing, knitting, designer. I enjoy watching crafters share their amazing talents all on one blog. Her photos are simple & straightforward. I like how she share small stories throughout her blog and they are not just solely for crafting.

What are some of your favorite blogs? What blogging platform do you enjoy better?

Blog Lust & Podcasts

Some of my favorite new discoveries come in the form of blogs. I have recently discovered knitting podcast. I prefer listening to podcasts as I work rather than music.
A Playful Day– Ravelry Group***
I completed my first successful blog challenge for 4 weeks. An accomplishment is an understatement. Kate at A Playful Day podcaster gave an excellent ‘sock science’ episode filled with juicy tidbits of sock yarn and brilliant designers. My Amazon/Ravelry carts are full.
I am blown away by this smart woman sharing her story about raising three children and one with special needs. I am humbled by her journey and resilience as she shares her experience with the world.
I have enjoyed listening to the last three podcast episodes. From the most recent yarn purchases and fabulous pattern choices. Her suggestions to the perfect yarn purchase will definitely keep me in trouble. It is never a dull moment with Hello Knitty.
I am a sucker for clean and smart websites. Ms. Clare has a nice and seamless (no pun intended…hahaha) web presence. I am drooling at her recent sock design called Skua. She is also a knit designer who’s design sense speaks to me deeply.
**Exhaustive list for Knitting Podcast (click link)
*** These groups have blog, podcast, and Ravelry Group

Love Your Blog : Gratitude

Hi Knitting friends,

This is a fabulous and final week of the Love Your Blog by Kate (A Playful Day). The theme this week is Gratitude. I will say that gratitude is a difficult attribute for me to experience and display. I tend to wear my emotions under my sleeves so this week I will try to intentionally experience/express gratitude. I have a running list…

  1. Thankful for my health and continued commitment to maintain a healthy regimen
  2. Volunteer my time — details to come
  3. Ravelry– thankful for the connections and people that I have met through the website
  4. Five minutes spent with a moment of silence and appreciating my life
  5. Finding an opportunity to express my gratitude to someone without expectations for reciprocated behavior
  6. Enjoying over 100+ participants of the Love Your Blog challenge
  7. Enjoying the process of making and completing a pair of socks that I am satisfied with.

Thanks Kate (A Playful Day) for this wonderful experience.