Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The new Vogue Knitting is here! The new Vogue Knitting is here!

Earlier this year, a staff member from Vogue Knitting requested samples of my knitting mugs. I hoped one would end up on the pages of the magazine, but didn't want to get my hopes too high.

But Vogue Knitting didn't let me down -- my mug is pretty much right in the center of the "What's New, What's Now, What's Next in Knitting" article. The page, called "Mug Shots," is filled with all sorts of cute knitting-themed mugs.

I love you Vogue Knitting! And, of course, the amazing wit of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Front Page

It's been quite a while since any of my items were on Etsy's Front Page. Getting something into a front page treasury is the best free advertising you can get!

This week I broke the no-front-page streak with two FP treasuries!

If you have an Etsy shop and would like to be notified when one of your items is on the FP, visit Statsy, click on "Featurator," and sign up.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Tour de Fleece

I participated the Tour de Fleece this year -- you spin every day during the Tour de France. I was able to complete 6 yarns and do a lot of practice spinning. In addition, I tried two new techniques: corespinning and beehives.

I was hoping to accomplish more and was frustrated by the little time I had available to spin. But my job is always busy and there were a number of days when I got home really late and spun for 15 minutes, just so I could say that I spun every day....

Sunday, March 14, 2010

linen, again...

linen, again..., originally uploaded by * a n i t a *.

I love the look of linen with hints of soft color. I was searching for something like this on Flickr, and was thrilled to find it -- and that it included my linen bulletin board (bottom right).

Don't you love linen?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Recession Swap - Questions 2 & 3

I'm late posting my "Recession Swap" blog questions so I'm combining two...

Question 2: Are you attending any Fiber Festivals this autumn? If so, which ones and why?
Autumn is too crazy for me to try to go out of town to a big fiber festival. Luckily, the Spinner's Flock in Chelsea (about 15 minutes away) has a very nice festival.

They held their fall festival on a Sunday (much better for me than a Saturday) and I was able to get over there. It was terrific! And quite a bit larger than I expected. I bought a few things (some hand-dyed roving, a "second" fleece at an incredible discount) and lusted after lots more!

I haven't gotten involved in their group -- mostly because they meet on Saturdays. But I'm going to try to attend the November meeting. I want to get back into spinning!

Question 3: What is your favorite cool weather recipe?
I love soups in cold weather! My favorite is easy and really yummy.

Heather's Crockpot Bean Soup
Put the following into a crockpot:
1 large jar (48 oz.) cooked Great Northern beans
1-2 cups chopped celery
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped carrots
1 quart canned tomatoes
1/4 cup dried parsley
2-3 cubes vegetable boullion

Turn the crockpot on low and cook all day. Shortly before serving stir in 1-2 cups of julienned fresh spinach. Cook just until wilted. Serve. Easy and warming!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

You've Got Mail!

This time of the year is so crazy at work, but I've managed to slip in a few swaps (mostly knitting-related). Look at all the lovely loot I've been finding in my mailbox lately!*

I've narrowed down my swaps on Ravelry to a few favorite groups, and the ones run by Amy (DeathbyYarn) are some of the best. The "Recession Special" swap runs for 3 months. You are to send your spoilee one package per month, and at least one package needs to include a handknitted item.

The package to the left is the first installment. It's adorable! My spoiler found a cute pouch -- originally intended as a makeup bag, but perfect for knitting supplies. She filled it with little treats. And the best part is the yarn -- 100% baby llama in a gorgeous bittersweet chocolate color. And sooooo soft. Lovely!

A wonderful little swapping group on Flickr ("Just for You FQs") is currently holding a swap for fat quarters. This time we're looking "Beyond Cotton" at other natural fibers. Marilyn sent me the most wonderful collection of linen, bamboo, and wool (a vintage kimono fabric) along with two skeins of Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Wool in a lovely autumn orange. Marilyn knows me so well! It's all quite perfect!

I just received a third wonderful package -- this one was for the "Knitter's Holiday - Novel" swap. My partner really looked at my profile and selected very carefully. As a result, it's all absolutely perfect. "Boutique Knits," a great book with lots of knitting patterns for vintage-looking scarves, hats, bags, and gloves. Two skeins of Manos wool (yum!), handmade stitch markers and tags, and notecards and a reusable shopping bag. Thank you so much!

*In the order of when they were received...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Recession Swap - Question 1

Here's the first question (and answer) for the Recession Special swap on Ravelry. It's fun to read everyone's answers to learn more about them...

“If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?”

On the eve of my birthday (when I'm having trouble telling Bob what I'd like as a gift), I have to say I feel really content with my life. And those things that I'd really like (less stress at work...) cannot be purchased. That being said, if I won the lottery, I'm sure there are many great uses I could find for the money!

Off the top of my head....
  • Pay off our loans, including the house
  • Help my sister (and other family members) financially
  • Donate to favorite charities
  • Do some traveling
  • Hire a house cleaner :)
  • Buy yarn!
  • Buy a really good computer chair (I'm thinking Herman Miller Aeron chair)*
Sounds like fun!

*my butt's a little numb right now...

Monday, August 17, 2009

"Recession Special" Swap Questionnaire

Sorry to be hibernating for so long! I'm joining a swap that will force me to post to my blog again -- it's a good thing.

Do you knit or crochet, or both? How long have you been at the craft?

Knit. I learned as a child and then took it up again when my son was a baby.

Do you spin?

Yes. I did it a lot in college and am just getting back to doing it again.

What yarns/fibers are your favorites?

Soft, natural fibers: alpaca, soft wools, silk, cashmere...

What yarns/fibers do you not like?

I really don't use synthetics or blends that include synthetics. I don't really work with anything lighter than dk weight. I'm not a sock knitter.

What yarns/fibers would you like to try but haven’t?

Lots of indie dyers/spinners. I think it's fun to try local yarns and/or favorites of my partner.

What are your favorite colors? Colors that you don’t like?

I like most colors. I especially like them in interesting combinations. I guess my favorites are red, burgundy, sage/avocado green, evergreen, teal, periwinkle blue, cobalt blue...

What are your favorite types of projects to knit/crochet?

I knit to relax and don't have a lot of time to do it, so I tend to stay with relatively short, simple projects. Hats, scarves, (I love) bags, capes & ponchos, some sweaters. I also love to felt.

What are you currently working on?

Just finished a vest for Warm Woolies and a baby sweater for a friend who just had a baby. Trying to finish the Hogwarts sweater for my very tall son.

What is your favorite FO? (Please post a picture if you have one.)

Since Ravelry (where I actually have pictures of my FOs), I think this child's Einstein sweater for Warm Woolies is my favorite. I used up lots and lots of bits of Mission Falls wool and it made a really colorful sweater. When my son was that age I think he would've really liked such a colorful sweater.

Are there any techniques that you want to learn?

Nothing that I can think of offhand.

Do you have a yarn winder and/or swift?

I got a yarn winder as a gift a few years ago. I found a swift for $1 at a church sale -- the ladies there didn't know what it was. I have to hold it together with a clamp, but it works just fine.

How do you store your needles/hooks?

I store like needles in some vintage needle holders. Then everything ends up in a large tupperware container.

Do you collect anything?

Cookbooks, vintage kitchen stuff, vintage linens (and of course, yarn, fiber, and fabric!).

Do you like sweets?

Dark chocolate and maple are my favorite sweets.

What are your favorite scents?

Green tea is my favorite. I also like light citrusy scents, herbals, and lavender.

Are you having a birthday during this swap?

Yes! The day after partners are assigned! (Sept. 11)

Do you have any online wish lists? (Amazon, Loopy Ewe, etc.) Please include a link for your pal.

Amazon wish list

Etsy favorites

What is your living situation (Are you married? Do you have kids, pets, or both?)

Husband, a mostly-grown-up kid and his girlfriend currently at home, 1 Golden Retriever, our six cats, and son's two cats.

Are you allergic to anything?

Nothing that applies to this swap.

Is there anything else that you would like your pal to know?

I love surprises!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Black Raspberries

I've been an extremely neglectful blogger. So sorry! But here's a little summertime treat...

This year we've had a lovely crop of wild black raspberries along our fence line. For the past week or so, we've been picking some for cereal, yogurt, and just snacking.

Last night there were enough to pick 3 quarts at one time. Time for pie (and some left over for snacking)!

I'm not sure I've ever made a wild black raspberry pie before. The flavor is extremely intense. It pretty much needs something like ice cream or cream to cut the intensity. But, yum!

Monday, May 25, 2009


It's time to attack! The following shops have been chosen for today's attack:

RoseHips - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5922732

artrepublik - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5056766

Don't forget that the attack runs all night. So if you don't get to the website right away, you can still participate. Visit the Handmade Movement website for more information on Sneak Attacks.

For Today Only: Sneak Attack Central

Phippsart, the papa of Sneak Attacks, will be away today for the holiday. Since I'm hosting the attack today, I'll be posting the shops here at 7:00 pm EDT.

For more information visit The Handmade Movement website, chat on the Etsy forum beforehand, and stay tuned....


I'm taking part in a very fun swap -- perform one or more RAKs (Random Act of Kindness) per day for a week then write to your partner to let her know about your week.

Most of the RAKs will be quiet ones. You don't need to know. It's more fun that way.

But one of the things I'll be doing this week is listing one or more PIF items in my Etsy shop per day. PIF stands for Pay It Forward. Sellers list an item for 20 cents (the cost of the listing). The buyer is supposted to continue the movement -- list something in their shop as a PIF or perform sort other sort of RAK.

I did a seach for PIFs yesterday and discovered that (as is the case with most things) some sellers are using the PIF listing as a selling tool. They tag something PIF but charge a huge shipping charge (often the actual price of the item plus shipping). Really bad karma, I'd say.

These PIFs are real. The cost is 20 cents (because Etsy won't let you list something for free). I'm paying the shipping charges.

Be on the lookout this week!