or what I do when I am not working or farming …

Arrivals and Departures

Posted by mobarger on Aug-2-2009

A few goodies arrived this week in the mail.

TLE Anniversary Kit 2009

First off, The Loopy Ewe Anniversary kit. The pattern looks great and I can’t wait to get started! (Debbie O’Neill at Nutty Creations, “Poppycock”). The Lorna’s Laces yarn and the coffee mug are colored to match the Loopy Ewe’s headquarters’ colors.

Fal 09 IK

The Fall 09 issue of Interweave Knits. The Fall issue of just about any magazine is huge and spectacular and full of promise and this one is no different! Bandelier Socks and Farmers Market cardigan are my runaway faves.

Colorful Yarn

Some yarn from Colorful Yarn whom I read about on Wendyknits blog. It is incredibly vibrant. This is the “Berry” color.

WM Wasabi

Also vibrant is this skein of Wollmeise Wasabi I scored in a recent Loopy Ewe Wollmeise sneak-up. This yarn goes so fast when it is available. I was lucky enough to be at the computer when word went out it was online.

WM Barista from Liz!

And finally here is more Wollmeise, a color I have coveted and never been able to buy. Thank you to dear Liz who sent me a skein.

WM Kurbis

So departing Chez Rooster is this skein of Wollmeise Kurbis, a color that Liz has been coveting. I have to admit, the more I look at it, the more I covet it too! I will find you again Kurbis! Liz, enjoy!

Not What I expected

Posted by mobarger on Jul-10-2009
Felted Yoga Mat bag

I spent the last week knitting a 45″ long tube. This is the Felted Yoga Mat bag from “Great Knitted Gifts.” I used Malabrigo (blue) and Plymouth Boku (stripes). The sample I knit seemed to felt nicely so I took the 45″ plunge. And threw it in the washer once I was finally done. And again. And again. And again.

Felted Yoga Mat bag

Turns out the Boku really doesn’t felt too well! I now have a very big bag, or maybe a very small mat. :-/

Yoga Bag close-up

The Malabrigo on the left, very dense, very felted. The Boku on the right, not so much. Bummer. Now what do I do with this thing! Ah well. I guess that’s the gamble you take with felting.

Start of On Hold Socks

Moving on, I started the July sock for the Socks From the Toe Up KAL on Ravelry, WendyKnits’ On Hold sock. The yarn is Claudia Handpainted, the color is Denim. This is the first time I have used Claudia’s and it is awesome. I love how it knits up. The pattern is ok, I have not memorized it yet after 2 repeats but I am hoping it comes soon. I can’t wait until I start the leg when there is a double lace insert up the sides.
One thing I have improved with all these toe-up socks is my Judy’s Magic cast-on. I still refer to Cat Bordhi’s video once in a while, but now I do the very first loops with a slightly larger needle, switching to required size on the first round. Also I like the way M1’s look over Knit TBL increases.

TLE Jul09 shipment

I have just one problem. The new Loopy Ewe Sock club kit arrived. BuggaBugga and yet another WendyKnits pattern which looks like a lot of fun. The package also contained a cute sheep stitchmarker as well as a Namaste buddy case. I am not sure about the case. Although I have always been tempted by them when they are in stock, in person they are not what I thought they would be. There is not a lot of room inside. Does anyone use these? What do you use them for?

Seeing Green

Posted by mobarger on Mar-9-2009
Seeing Green

Seems I had green on the brain when I ordered yarn this day. This is my first order from Eat.Sleep.Knit. And I have to tell you, they are great. There is nothing like a store who rewards you for loyalty, although it typically makes me spend a little more.

Eat.Sleep.Knit club

ESK’s take on it is the Yarnathon. Yardage of yarn you buy is added up and rewards are given at certain milestones. With every order they include a scratch-off card where you can win other prizes. I got $5 off!

TLE Sock Club Feb 2009

The Loopy Ewe will always be my first stop though. And their sock club is amazing. TLE has an amazing selection and a rabid fan base. They reward customers based on how much money us spent, and $25 credit is granted for each $250 spent. And their website – especially as a custom app – is out of this world.

So I have added links to both stores to the blog. They will reward you with customer perks and great yarn.