Ive been thinking for a while now that we need to start up a Robin Hood Knit-a-Long.  It’s a fun pattern with an interesting construction.  Top-down with short rows!  We can discuss the KAL here in my Ravelry group.   The KAL will be different from the last in that there is no structure- come and knit as you please.  But definitely let me know if you have any questions.  Lets start next weekend, this should give us all enough time to rummage through our stashes or visit our LYS and get some good yarn!

 

 

I want to use the Fibre Co. Road to China for my next Robin Hood…. but oh how I love me some Terra!  I’m still a little undecided… Which yarn are you thinking of using for your Robin Hood?

Right before my trip to A Good Yarn in Sarasota, FL, I decided to pack up a new knitting project (of course).  I decided on Crashing Waves because I knew I needed a new one for my trunk show, its portable and I’ve memorized the pattern.  So I picked out this really neat white yarn from my stash that I bought in Athens, Greece when I went there a few years ago.  It is a 100% mercerized cotton with a Greek name that I can neither spell nor pronounce.

So I started knitting merrily along and decided that I wanted to knit a Crashing Waves with a huge lace portion, like I have done in the past by just modifying the depth of the pattern in either the body or the lace section.  So I got started on the lace and since this was my umpteenth Crashing Waves, about 6 rows into the lace I decided I didn’t want to knit this shawl any more.  I just wanted to be done with it.  Yes, that is how many Crashing Waves I have knit- I have memorized that pattern and I’m a little sick of it.  I’m sure you have all had that feeling – “I DO NOT want to kit this any more!” But I have to say- it’s still a great pattern, especially the first 8-10 times. Haha :)

I decided to cut this Crashing Waves short and end early, I finished off the lace repeat and worked the special short-row bind off.  And this is what I have to show for my work.  I actually really really like it and I don’t think it would look so sweet if it weren’t as small.  I’m pretty happy with the way this little project came out… I might even keep it for myself.

 

 

     

 

 

For those of you who aren’t on my mailing list for my Newsletter than you missed the e-mail blast about the Fingerless Mitts Pattern Sale!  But don’t worry! Sign-up for my Newsletter here and here is the information so you don’t miss out on anything!

 

Save 15% on Belle Gloves, Victoria, Gig Gloves & Veronica’s Fingerless Mitts when you use the Ravelry coupon code FingerlessMittsSale! by Sunday, November 4th by 11:59pm (PT).  Happy Knitting!!!!

 

Last week I went out of town- and we all know what that means… another giveaway!!!  One lucky Facebook or Twitter follower has been chosen to win 2 hanks of Kollage Toasty and the Greenleaf Ascot pattern.  Is it you???

 

 

Congratulations to Twitter follower BeckyinVT - please send me an e-email by to claim your prize by Saturday, October 20th by 11:59pm (Pacific Time).  I’m looking forward to hearing from you!  Please claim your prize by the specified date and time, if you don’t unfortunately I will have to choose another winner :(

Why? Because I usually do some sort of give-away… right?!  So here I am in Florida and there won’t be anytime for blogging… and there might not even be wifi where I am staying. I’m at my grandmother’s house- where the knitting all started.  And then Fri, Sat, Sun I will be at A Good Yarn for a trunk show! Yay!  I have never been to this shop before but I am very excited to go and see all the lovely and exclusive yarns Susan carries.  I know she has very special things there.  I wonder if I will have enough room in my suitcase…

Anyway- if you are going to be in the area, make sure you stop by A Good Yarn and say hello!

 

Moving right along, I promised you a give-away right?!  So here it is- one lucky winner will get two hanks of Kollage Toasty  (100% wool, 108 yards) in the color 8203 Foliage as well as a PDF of the Greenleaf Ascot pattern to go along with the yarn.  And you know I always throw in some fun goodies to go with these prizes.

 

 

So… how to win?!  All you have to do is make sure you follow me on Twitter or Facebook (or both to increase your chances).  To find out if you win check back on Wednesday October 17th- I will announce the winner on my blog.  If the winner doesn’t claim their prize within three days I will announce another winner.  So make sure you check back and continue checking back… just in case!  Good luck to everyone!!!

Remember last year when I went to the Renegade Craft Fair?  I titled the blog post part I of II… well finally after many months of waiting I am posting part II.  Why so long you ask? Ah! Good question!

The very last vendor I met at the Renegade Craft Fair was a company called Metalcast Kits.  They specialize in casting customized belt buckles.  What?! Yes! The possibilities are endless.

 

 

 

After seeing a few of the buckles on display I was sold! I thought I’m going to make a ton of these- all knitting themed!  Well after I got home I realized how difficult of a task it was to get even one done… I mean c’mon it took me about eight months just to finish carving out my buckle.  After many sketches and scrapped wax pieces (good thing they gave me extra), I finally came up with this:

 

 

Now coming up with the idea was pretty easy- P2tog, that’s my license plate number.  But carving out every nook and cranny of this piece of wax was going to be the hard part.  I had no idea what ind of project I had gotten myself into.  Because of the complexity of the design it took me FOREVER, plus one day!  But I don’t regret it one bit because this is what I have to show for my hard work:

 

 

I love this thing!  Hopefully you’ll catch me wearing it around.  The belt I have for it is too big right now- so I have to wait until I find another one that’s smaller.

If you missed the Renegade Craft Fair last year, not to worry.  It’s coming again and pretty soon too.  Right before the holiday season- so it will be perfect for getting some really great handmade gifts!  It will be in the Los Angeles Historic Park on December 8 + 9.  If you don’t live in LA, they travel around from city to city- usually the vendors aren’t the same they are more local to the area in the city which they are exhibiting.  But sometimes they do make the trek far far away.  The point is, you never know what you’re going to find there.  Plus- they have food trunks… YUM!

If you’re not on the mailing list then you missed the newsletter with the 3 day sale!  But don’t worry! You can sign-up for the newsletter here.  I am having a mini-sale! Only three patterns, only three days! Now it’s only two days!  Save 15% when you use the Ravelry coupon code FallAccesoriesSale!!! on Olana Slouch, Walt’s Tangled Cables, and Bumble Stripes now through Sunday, October 7th, 2012 by 11:59pm Pacific Time.