Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday Favorites: Fibers & Blogs (&bits&bits&bits)

Woohoo, look at me back on schedule!

Favorite Fiber: 
No brainer, has to be merino. I'd say 99% of the yarn I use is merino or a merino blend. Superwash or fuzzy single-ply, IDGAF, just give me that sweet soft sheepy goodness.

 handspunmacro 


Favorite Blogs: 
Oooohhh boy now you've opened a can of worms. I'm going to get crazy and not even list the knitting blogs.

Lookbook.nu  - people who are probably younger, prettier, and live in more exotic places than you, wearing borderline crazy outfits.

Designsponge - people who are probably richer and more stylish than you living in absolutely gorgeous homes

Born to be Wild - people who are probably prettier, hipper, and tanner than you going on wild desert adventures

Haute Macabre - people that are probably gother than you wearing bad ass duds

Adulting - people who are probably better at being an adult than you giving you totally sound advice

Moon to Moon - beautiful hippie houses

No more Dirty Looks - how not to get cancer from your shampoo

See Creatures -prettyprettyprettypretty

And know that when I say "You" I mean "Me", and when I say "Probably" I mean "Almost certainly."


 (Friday Favorites are a weekly thingy that I'm doing with VivianStarLee, and some other folks who have joined in. I'm alternating between this blog and Classy as Fuck, and each week there is a different pair of categories. Let me know if you want in and I'll send you the list!)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Fiber Factor Challenge 1 Recap

Sarah-The-Sexy-Knitter and I decided to play Project Runway and do a little recap of each of the Fiber Factor episodes as they go live (if you're not already watching The Fiber Factor, check it out! It's like PR for knit designers! Except all long distance. But still rad.)

Anyone who cares to hear us get our critiquey hats on, click that thar white triangle!

 

(I know I'm a little quiet and tinny- we'll try a different mic next time. Still new to this podcasting thing.)

What'd you guys think of the first challenge? Did you agree with the judges?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Favorite Things Catch-up

You know, I've never been good at keeping weekly commitments. In any case: I'm going to do a quick catch-up of all the ones I've missed, and then I'll do tomorrow's post on Cafblog and we'll call it good ;-)

(You know what the saddest part is? I had a lot of these already written out. All I had to do was post them. Sigh.)

Subject in school: 
Art, surprise! I loved the reading part of English but wasn’t crazy about writing papers. I have a degree in Psychology, but I don’t think of that as being a standard “school subject” since there was only one or two classes in high school. Plus, I was always an artsy kid- right up until I went to art school and they started wanting my work to "mean" things. Then I realized I was a design-y kid. Aesthetics in, "feelings" out. (Hashtag: witheredblackheart) I don't have any of my school-art handy, but in high school I was mostly into photography, and also did a lot of scanner portraits:

   

Yes, as in, I stuck my face in the scanner. Doesn't work on newer scanners, trust me, I've tried, but my parents old one was great. Also check it out, here's a photo of our kitchen that I took ten years before it became our kitchen (this house used to be rented out to a friend's dad, and before that belonged to my grandmother.)

   

Whoa. Oh, also, I used to put those borders on everything. Though it made it look mad pro. 

Board game/game to play with a partner or group:
We just bought Cards Against Humanity and it’s kind of a blast- it's like Apples to Apples but super dirty. Like, offensively so. I have also had some good times playing those sleazy bachelorette party “I Never...” card games, though. I only recommend those if you want to get your friends drunk and reeeally get to know them. Heh. In general, though, I'm not super into board or card games- I'd rather sit and talk.

   

Favorite old movie (before, say, 1965):
Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I’m a sucker. I realize it has almost nothing to do with the book (which I also like) but Audrey Hepburn is just so darn excellent in it. When I used to drink more, I often slipped into Holly-speak while drunk. Feel free to psychoanalyze that.

 

Favorite children’s book: 
Watership Down. Is that really a children’s book? Kids read it, because it’s about rabbits, and I read it pretty young. But it’s pretty dark. It’s one of the few books I’ve actually read more than once (and very nearly the only one I’ve read more than twice.) The movie is extremely horrifying- I think this poster was specifically designed to scare kids away. I've been wanting a black rabbit of Inle tattoo for awhile now.

   

Ecological sin (being things that are deleterious to our planet’s resources but that you enjoy anyway): 
Central heating, long hot baths, and pointless drives. At least I recycle...? 

Bogus swear word (when in mixed company): 
I am terrible at censoring myself and shouldn't be allowed around children. But the one I use most often is probably “fricken” or “friggin” (though I just learned that “frigging” has quite the dirty past.) But my favorite has to be that of my former high school English teacher/part-time-pastor who, rather than take Jesus’s name in vain, would yell “JUDAS PRIEST!” (He wasn't my pastor, just to clarify. I was a wild-haired heathen. But he was a pastor.) 

Favorite woodland creature: 
Well I already talked about how I like deer, so...maybe foxes. They remind me of Ruperts. But sly-er. I also like tiny birdies. (Incidentally, foxes remind me of one of my grandmothers and tiny birdies remind me of the other. Huh.) 

Favorite tree: 
I am botanically-un-gifted and can barely tell most trees apart, but I do love a good weeping willow... especially now that I just read this on wikipedia: “In English folklore, a willow tree is believed to be quite sinister, capable of uprooting itself and stalking travellers.” I like paper birches too- we used to have some at the house I grew up in and I would fantasize about turning them into canoes. I think I tried to make a tiny mini canoe out of some bark once..."tried" being the operative word, there.



Whew! Okay! NEXT! 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Spring Destash Episode 2

I finally got the rest of the yarn up! (Well, for now. I may unearth more.) Please do check it out- tons of good stuff, tons of sock yarn, all priced below retail simply because they've been sitting on my shelf for awhile.




Sorry, didn't have it in me to do a collage this time. But tell ya what- first person to guess what my desktop background is from that little sliver at the bottom gets a free thing from the destash shop, because why not? I like to reward totally ridiculous pop culture knowledge. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Major Spring Destash Episode 1

(and there WILL be further episodes.)

We're planning on moving in the next few months which means it's time for me to unload some stuff! Starting with the poor creatures in my yarn stash that never see the light of day. I have so much nice sock and lace weight yarn that I just never use because, well, when's the last time you saw me use laceweight yarn? Like, never. (Actually, Howlcat. But almost never.) So it's time for it to go to new homes with people who will love and use it.

So please... peruse!! Click here to go to the store. There is more than shown in the collage, too! We're talking good shit here: Claudia Handpanted, Madelinetosh, Araucania, Rowan, Kollage, Dream in Color, several Portland indie dyers, things with cashmere, things with sparkle....



Everything is pretty much totally new and listed below retail. (International shipping is marked a bit high but I will refund the extra if there is any- it just varies so much and I never know what it'll be til I send it, haha.) 



I also made some scrappy sock yarn packs for those of you working on Beekeeper's quilts or otherwise in need of small amounts of sock yarn. It's all good stuff- mostly indie dyers, mostly merino, perhaps with a bit of nylon, cashmere, silk, tencel, etc. 



Get yer hexi on!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wabi

Wabi

Wabi

Wabi

Wabi 

Yarn: Classic Elite MountainTop Chalet with a Malabrigo Worsted pompom
Needles: US size 10
Skill level: Easy peasey
Performance Report: Hasn't left my head in weeks

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