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Booty!

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Methinks there’s a bit of a theme here…..

Yesterday, on a whim, I decided to stop by one of the LYS’s that I don’t normally go to.  It’s not that it’s not a nice LYS, it’s just kind of out of my way and I always sort of forget that it’s there.  Apparently there’s so much competition in this town, 4 other LYS’s besides this one (Where are the knitters?  Where?  Why have I never seen one?), that the poor gal who owns it is having to shut it down!  There were signs all over the shop announcing a retirement sale and when I found out what the deal was, I was supremely saddened for the owner even though I don’t know her personally.  How terrible would it be, to recognize your lifelong dream of owning your own yarn shop, only to have to close it down because you couldn’t make it work?  Note to self: Find new dream job. 

Sad as I was, the shopper in me could smell a deal and it didn’t exactly make me feel upset to take advantage of the 25% off on everything in the whole store.  I did feel a pang of guilt though.  A small pang. And then a burning flame in my hand as I passed over that plastic to the salesgirl.  My poor visa is going to melt any second after all the action it’s seen lately!  And you can bet it’s going to see some more action before August when the shop closes….. 

The booty specifics:

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8 skeins of Araucania Nature Wool in color #42 – a pretty, subtly variegated, rosy pink

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2 skeins of Louet Gems sock yarn in Cherry Red

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4 skeins Artyarns Supermerino in color #115 Reds

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2 skeins Artyarns Ultramerino 6 color # 111

Plus, the new Knitscene Magazine and 3 pairs of 24″ bamboo circular needles sizes 7, 8 & 9

Yeah.  I went a little nuts.

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June Randomness

So if you were hoping for some clever dialogue, I suggest you just pass right on by my post today.  I’m tired.  It’s been a long week.  I got nuthin’.  Sorry bloggy peeps.  But here’s something I do have.  An FO!  (Yeah I know.  It’s some kind of freakin’ miracle!)  Mr. Monkey is again doing the honors for me.  Because really, you just can’t go wrong if you put a monkey in your photo!

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This is like the 6th Lion Brand’s Pound of Love baby afghan I’ve crocheted.  But believe it or not, this is the very first pink one I’ve ever made.  Though I like this color, I find that I actually prefer white the best.  Besides, I figure when the baby barfs on it you can always bleach it out!

I’ve also been working on the lovely Lelah top from the Knitting For Boozehags site.  I was inspired by my sweet knitty e-friend Kasia, who recently finished a gorgeous red Lelah and has been generously assisting me with the somewhat sketchy directions.  I’m knitting it in K1C2’s Angora Soft (the same yarn I used for Rusted Root) in a really pretty chocolate brown color.  I’m really liking the lace pattern so far and I hope that mine will look at least half as nice as Kasia’s when I’m done.  This is what I had after 5 lace repeats (I’m a bit farther along now, but didn’t bother to take another pic – Yep.  I’m lazy.).

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In other exciting news – well, exciting for me – I’m taking a 3-day Intensive Beginning Jewelry Making class Saturday through Monday at a local studio called Pouncing Rain.  I’m really excited about this!  I’ll learn all kinds of metalsmithing techniques and hopefully come away with the skills to make a piece of jewelry, something I’ve always wanted to learn.  I’m also taking a class Thursday night to learn how to make my own findings (clasps, earring hooks, etc.).  I just hope they’ve got fire insurance because acetylene torches and me, well, let’s just say there’s a chance we might not hit it off.

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Are You A Superstitious Knitter?

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Did you know…….

 

♥ It’s bad luck to leave a project unfinished. The intended recepient will get bad luck from the unfinished item.

Oh crapshait!  So what happens if the intended recipient was yourself?  Is that like fiber-assisted suicide or something?  I guess that scarf I didn’t finish from last February is shooting beams of bad luck at my noggin because I swear there’s at least 20 new grey hairs up there.  And not where I could hide it either.  Oh no.  These guys are right up front, just waving “hi” to everyone I meet. 

♥ Stabbing your needles though your yarn balls brings bad luck to anyone who wears something made from that yarn.

Sheesh!  Who needs a voodoo doll when you can get your revenge while knitting?  Note to self: Find receipt for voodoo doll and return asap.  Then buy yarn.   

♥ Don’t knit a pair of socks for your boyfriend or he’ll walk away from you.

If he hits on your best friend, steals your stuff, or eats all of your chocolate, bust out those dpn’s!

♥ If you knit one of your own hairs into a garment, it will bind the recipient to you.

Uh…..  Doing this on purpose is just ewwwww.

♥ Knitting for children you may have in the future, but before you are pregnant, is bad luck (it may prevent one from getting pregnant, or bring ill health to the baby).

Crap.  Well, I guess it’s a good thing that everyone in the known universe seems to be pregnant or having babies right now.  That way I can get my cute baby project fix.  Do you think they put something in the water 9 months ago?  Because the people around me just can’t seem to stop procreating. 

Happy Knitting!

Info courtesy of this superstitions site.

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Tag-tastic Tutorial!

Whenever I make a knitted or crocheted gift for someone, I like to include a tag with washing intructions and a tag to let the recipient know that their gift was handmade by me, especially for them.  I figured it would be nice to share the simple way that I make mine for all you other knitters, crocheters, or crafters out there who would like to give their next gift that extra personal touch.  I know that, more often than not, these tags are just thrown out, possibly even ignored, but I still like to include them because I think this small touch can take my gift that extra step from homemade to handmade.  BTW:  I included these in all the Christmas gifts I knit last year, and my SIL told me that when her mom opened the lace scarf I’d made her, she took one look at the tag and scarf and assumed that I’d bought her gift! 

 

Gift Tag Tutorial

 

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Supplies:

  • Scissors

  • Scrapbooking paper or some other paper for background of tag (Origami paper comes in nice patterns too!)

  • Glue – the particular glue I used is called Zig  2 Way Glue (I don’t know if they sell it anymore as I’ve had it a long time!)  Any quick drying kind will work.  Check the scrapbooking supplies at your local craft store for good options.

  • Avery Marking Tags size 2-3/4″ x 1-11/16″, or whatever size you want your tags to be

  • Sharpie

  • Small hole punch

  • Optional: Stickers with “Handmade by:” on them (I got mine printed for me at My Own Labels, they’ve got a wide selection of colors and styles and the price is reasonable on some of the smaller labels.  I chose this style.)  You could also use a rubber stamp or just write it yourself on the tag.

 

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1.  Cut the string off of the Avery tags.  You can do this carefully if you want to keep the little bit of string to tie back on later, or you can ditch it in favor of ribbon or whatever rocks your crafty senses.

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2.  Place your fancy paper upside down on a scrap piece of paper (I’m using some annoying junk mail), flip your tag over, and apply your glue to the backside of the tag. 

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3.  Place the sticky side of your tag down onto the back of your fancy paper and press firmly so all edges are stuck down.

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4.  Continue in this manner, sticking tags to back of paper, until you have as many tags as you’d like.  I try to maximize how many tags I can fit on a piece of paper so that I don’t waste any of it.  I also make quite a few at a time so I have lots of tags ready for gifts as they are finished.

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5.  After glue is dry (this is really quick if you use the Zig stuff I mentioned), cut the tags away from the paper, following the edges of the tag as a guideline.

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After cutting you’ll have something like this

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6.  The easiest step of all…… punch yourself a hole in your tag!  I use the pre-made hole as a guideline and punch from the top side.

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You’ll have something like this afterwards

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7.  Sign your name on your stickers if you’re using them.  If not, add whatever stamped or handwritten image or message you like to your tag at this point and then skip to step number 9.

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8.  Stick ’em on!

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You’ve got yourself a tag baby!
* I know this tag doesn’t have my signature on it. I just figured I could do without identity thefters getting a close up look at my signature!

9.  Now just add a ribbon or re-use the original string tie, attach your new handmade tag to your gifty and give away!

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On Giving

I saw this link for the Red Carpet Convertible on Robin’s blog today and had to post it.  If this message can reach just a few more knitters or other generous people through my blog, then it will be worth it!  Won’t you stop by and read Annie’s message and perhaps extend a helping hand? 

It is well to give when asked but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.
Kahlil Gibran, ‘On Giving,’ The Prophet, 1923