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Yarn Candy Friday – Mountain Colors Bearfoot February 15, 2008

Posted by littlewit in Yarn.
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Today’s lovely yarn is brought to you by the letter R and the number 5. This is the very yummy yarn that I am using for my Tiger Eye Scarf. The scarf that is just chilling right now while I whip out a few things with actual deadlines. Enjoy!

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: Bearfoot
: Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)
: 1 skein = 350.0 yards (320 meters)
: Juniper
100 grams (3.53 ounces)
: 24.0 – 34.0 = 4 inches
: US 1 – 3 or 2.25 – 3.25m
Fibers: 60% Superwash Wool, 25% Mohair, 15% Nylon
Texture: smooth, plied
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On My Way… February 14, 2008

Posted by littlewit in Knitting, Masters.
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There is reason for great celebration. Well at least there was last night because I completed my first swatch for the Master’s program. Hoorah (let there be great fanfare and much rejoicing)! I still need to block it, but first I want to read up on how to properly do that thing you do with the last stitch because I swear I have been doing it wrong. If anyone has any insight I am ready and willing to soak up knowledge. For my proof I give you two pictures. Enjoy!

seed stitch swatch 1

Scenic shot.

seed stitch swatch 2

Top down shot – I am hoping those couple teeny tiny holes disappear with blocking or I may need to do the swatch over…

WIP Wednesday – Jacket Back February 13, 2008

Posted by littlewit in Knitting.
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At last I have some knitting to share. It was on hiatus for a minute while my world exploded with activity but things have calmed down again. Not to mention I now have no roomie to distract me in the evenings. In good news though, he is very much enjoying his new job with all it’s perks – mandatory lunch breaks, continuing education courses, uniforms, fancy new fast computer, his own line with his name on the voice mail (as opposed to the previous occupant’s who has been gone 2 yrs…) Sometimes it really is all about the little things. 🙂

I have finished the back of the Jacket for my friend’s daughter. Now to work on the next piece, the left front. Tschüs!

jacket back

jacket back 2

See how those tinker toys always seem to come in handy?

Things I have learned… February 12, 2008

Posted by littlewit in Personal, Random.
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Today I learned how to get candle wax off furniture and walls.

Today I learned not to wind a ball of yarn with the project still attached.

Today I learned that the cool little favicons show up once you click the link in your toolbar.

Today I learned that I will probably spend more on a house than I want to and more than I think they are actually worth.

I am really really working on getting some knitting done to show you. Alas, I am lame. 🙂

PS I forgot to add that I learned about the wonders of Google Reader last week. Well I had heard about Google Reader before but I learned about the Next>> button that can be added to your browser and the ability to download and read blogs offline. I was ecstatic and subscribed to all those blogs I had been meaning to read but couldn’t be bothered to make the effort to get to. (I am terrible I know) In my effort to get caught up on all of the blogs I have been reading non stop for the past two days and much to my delight moments ago I received this message:

Google Reader
Congratulations, you’ve reached the End of the Internet .

My work here is done. I am caught up and now I can resume my normal life.

Sticks N Stitches – The Event February 11, 2008

Posted by littlewit in Charity Crafts, Hockey, Knitting, Personal, Ravelry.
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I know I have been rambling on and on about this Sticks N Stitches event since all the way back in October of 2007. Turns out that it was totally worth it. Last night we had the first annual Sticks N Stitches at Nationwide Arena. My family, boyfriend and I arrived at the arena around 4:30pm with boxes of goodie bags and door prizes in tow. Our wonderful contact at the Blue Jackets let us in and even managed to procure a booth for us to use. The season ticket holders weren’t overly pleased to see their usual space was filled with these ladies who couldn’t sell them Fan Bucks and weren’t quite sure what to make of all the yarn. 🙂 Woops! They got all straightened out after the 1st period started.

It was fun to watch the first surge arrive. Nationwide Arena has escalators to take folks to the 2nd level and we watched the knitters and crocheters as they rode the escalator with their bags that gave them away. (The boy says you can always tell a knitter/crocheter because they always have a couple of bags.) Everyone was pleased and had fun checking out their goodie bags. The goodie bags consisted of the following:

goodie bags

Each person received either an IK or IC magazine and at random. There were also 3 different patterns and folks received one of them at random. The colors of yarn also varied at random.

When we gave each person a goodie bag they also received a listing of which vendors had donated to the event and what they donated. (The fun part about that list was that at 2pm I realized that I had forgotten to include one business so I began to write that company in by hand on all 100 sheets that had been printed out. Thankfully, my mom stepped in and helped or I wouldn’t have finished!) Everyone also filled out a raffle slip that I had created specifically for this event. The raffle slips included their row and seat numbers so that we could deliver all the door prizes during the game. I got to meet several people that I have been communicating with online and through Ravelry. It was all very fun!

Once the first period started our Blue Jackets contact said that the usual guy who ran the Season Ticket Holders booth would be coming and could hand out our bags as well so that we could watch the game. Score! We cleaned up the area as we didn’t really have very many bags left at that point and instructed him on all the intricacies of passing out bags. 😉

I came back down during the 1st intermission to check on the progress. I think one of my favorite interactions was a guy who came down, read our sign and then said “ahh so this is what all the stitching is about!” He informed me that he had a seat in the back row of our section and was surrounded by knitters. “There were all these people knitting and it just blew my mind!” I heart good sports. There were a few other folks who came over to read the signs and seemed interested in the idea.

During the 2nd intermission I separated out the raffle slips to start the drawings aided by my little brother and my boyfriend. We drew for the crochet prizes and then dumped the crocheters who didn’t win in with the knitters and undecideds for the general prizes. After all the prizes were assigned and the 3rd period began my poor 14 yo brother was sent by himself to deliver Raverly totes and tees to the winners. Let’s just say he was popular. One of the attendees TechnoCowboy looked at him while he was reviewing the winning slips and said call my name. My brother was like hmm are you ___? And he was! Too funny!

The winner of the $100 gift certificate to YarnMarket didn’t seem the least bit disappointed. 🙂 Our family friends that came along to support my event walked away with two of the door prizes. One of them even won some of the gorgeous handspun donated by Five Llamas. We had 25 door prizes and about 100 attendees so 1 in every 4 people won a prize! Talk about your good odds. The final stats are:

  • 113 tickets sold
  • 92 goodie bags distributed
  • 96 raffle slips submitted

We collected 100 blocks for Warm Up America. I will be contacting one of the local organizations Warm Up Worthington to donate the blocks to. Sadly, the Blue Jackets lost but the rest of the game was great and we should have another one next year!

Feel free to leave feedback from the event here or over on the Sticks N Stitches page. Also check out more pictures from the event: photos and door prizes.