Thursday, February 06, 2014

Knitting Nirvana

Every time a new knitting magazine comes in the mail, I flip through it, looking at the articles and patterns, but also at the ads. I tell myself every time, “I’ll have to check out the website for this ad,” but I never remember once I put down the magazine.

With the arrival of my  most recent magazine, I decided I’d do it differently. So, I grabbed a pad of paper and pencil, and wrote down the website addresses of all the ads I wanted to check out as I flipped through the magazine. They were all interesting to various degrees, but I hit the knitter’s jackpot with this one:

www.theshawlpinstore.com

OMG. A store with hundreds of gorgeous shawl pins! I looked through every page, making notes of the dozens I liked best (making notes—yes, I can be taught). I finally, agonizingly whittled down the list to my four favorites, and ordered them. Here they are:

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From L-R, the first one is a Steampunk shawl pin; #2 is a lace-weight shawl pin; #3 is art deco; and #4 is western. Here are a couple of slightly better pictures:

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Gorgeous, eh?

The service was awesome. I ordered on a Sunday, my order shipped Monday, and it was delivered on Thursday. The pins were in gauzy drawstring bags, each one slipped into a zipper plastic bag. They were padded by Styrofoam packing peanuts in the box, and arrived unscathed.

If you like to wear shawl pins on your shawls, cowls, cardigans or even hats, The Shawl Pin Store is the place for you. Check it out!

Monday, May 13, 2013

2013 NH Sheep & Wool Festival

Went to the Sheep & Wool Festival Saturday with my two daughters, as has become our Mother’s Day weekend tradition. Naturally, I forgot my camera (sigh) so I have no photos of the actual event. But I have some pictures of the carefully chosen things I picked up. Well, most of them, anyway.

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Beaded cell phone kit, with instructions. I’m not going to use it for my cell phone, however; I’m going to use it to keep this purchase safe:

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A beautiful hand-made wooden needle gauge, with knitting needle sizes on one side and crochet hook sizes on the other.

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Worsted-weight yarn in a lovely rose color to make the Winter Elegance Shawl, and instructions.

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Gorgeous angora yarn from one of my favorite vendors, Honeybuns Rabbitry. The yarn is gorgeous and SO soft. It’s going to be a cowl I’ll want to wear 24/7!

And finally, no picture…I ordered a t-shirt with the particular phrase I wanted, which wasn’t available in the right size/color at the Festival. Here’s a link to check it out: Yarn and Fiber Company

Do you have annual yarn events you attend? Do tell!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Vote Today

Get out there and vote. Vote. VOTE!!!

Anyone who doesn’t vote, has no right to complain later about how things are going.

Monday, October 08, 2012

NH Wool Arts Tour 2012

This past weekend was the 2012 Wool Arts Tour. My daughters and I went, as usual, and my wonderful husband babysat the grandchildren. We had a great time, scoring lots of gorgeous yarn and other things. Here’s what I came home with.

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The Fiber Studio hand dyed lace weight bamboo yarn, 1336 yards, color: “Lapwing.” This is a gorgeous, SOFT yarn and much deeper in color than the photo appears. Should make a lovely shawl, not sure which pattern yet.

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Artful Yarns “Lustro” yarn, 36% viscose, 25% acrylic, 20% mohair, 19% nylon. Dark nearly-black brown and gold shades. I think it will make a perfect scarf to go with my new black winter coat, and I plan to use the scarf pattern on the reverse of the yarn label, “Lace Rib Scarf.”

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Fiesta La Boheme yarn, “Alaska” colorway, 50% rayon, 32% brushed kid mohair, 14% wool, 4% nylon, 165 yards.Again, the color is deeper than the picture shows. Not sure what I’ll make with this…maybe I’ll do a search on Ravelry and see what I can find. I’ve coveted a skein of this yarn for a long time.

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Nightingale Fibers hand dyed “Lillian” lace weight yarn, color Red, 80% baby alpaca, 20% silk, 1000 yards. Of COURSE this will have to be a shawl too, and I’m leaning toward the “Curved Shawl” in “Victorian Lace Today.” So soft…maybe I’ll just keep it around to stroke!

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Nightingale Fibers hand dyed “Eddie” fingering weight yarn, 50% superwash merino, 50% silk, 430 yards. I could make socks from this, of course. But I also may look through “Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders” and see what else I can come up with.

I also bought a lovely heart-shaped wood shawl pin, but the stick didn’t match. They’re going to mail me a matching pin, and then I’ll post a photo.

So that’s my haul. Anyone else go? What did you get?