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Comfy Yarn can do no wrong

I finished the scarf I was making for my very good friend Andrea. As you probably guessed by the title of this post, I used Comfy Worsted Yarn in Cypress. The pattern is a free pattern from Ravelry, you can find it…


Added by MarciH on February 26, 2010 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

I'm back from lace purgatory

I finished it. If I wasn't making it for my mom I would have never finished it. It was great travel knitting. It went with me to Austria, Germany, Italy, Yellowstone for New Years, and lots and lots of meetings at work.

The pattern is the Shoulder Shawl out of Victorian Lace Today. I used… Continue

Added by MarciH on January 8, 2010 at 8:42pm — 13 Comments

Are you buying gift cards this holiday season?

Buying a gift card is a bitter sweet activity for me. On one hand, I'm giving a gift that gives in two ways--you get it as a gift, then they get to go shop with it, so it kinda doubles the enjoyment. Also, of course, they get exactly what they want.

On the other hand, it's kind of impersonal and can carry that negative connotation that I didn't put much thought into it.

The designers at Knit Picks have saved the day.…


Added by MarciH on October 16, 2009 at 1:48pm — 3 Comments

Sneak peak at the upcoming "Gift" Knit Along

That subject line for this blog post may make it sound more interesting than it really is, but anyway...

Angela and I are going to be co-leading a "Gift" Knit Along to help everyone get through their holiday gift giving knitting.

I have already started mine and finished a couple of projects as shown in the couple of photos above. They are two kitchen towels and a sushi (spicy tuna… Continue

Added by MarciH on July 29, 2009 at 6:30pm — 18 Comments

News from the "Give One Away" Knit Along and about the Montavilla Tote

I have three pieces of news for you to cram into this one blog post, so stop and stretch first and take a deep cleansing breath. Ready? Here we go:

1. The winner of the final contest in the "Give One Away" Knit Along is "soonerknitter." You can read her story about giving her tote to her Grandmother… Continue

Added by MarciH on July 23, 2009 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments

Winner of the "Wackiest Re-Use" contest is...

AmongTheRoses for her idea to make paper out of dryer lint!

AmongTheRoses had several really great entries for this contest, including:

Her son using bottle caps as "army guys," and he stores them all in an old coffee can when not in use

She uses old pantyhose as shoe shiners

Her and her children saved cellophane candy wrappers to complete a "stained glass" project

And she uses any possible scrap paper, from holiday wrapping paper to shredded junk mail to… Continue

Added by MarciH on June 30, 2009 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Photos of our Knit in Public Day

Link to Ravelry

Here's Melissa and Alice

These are photos to go with Melissa's post about our Knit in Public day today at the park in Vancouver.

For the record, Melissa was the local celebrity among the knitters. People couldn't believe she knit the sweater she had on--see how gorgeous it is in… Continue

Added by MarciH on June 13, 2009 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Photo of my finished Montavilla Tote in action

I used it for the first time last week at Trader Joes. I was so excited by how well it worked that I took a photo. It was so fun to have the person at the check out pull it out of my basket and fill it with my groceries--I was so proud :).

So if you were on the fence about the tote, go get it. You'll love carrying it around because it's pretty, and you'll love using it because it works really… Continue

Added by MarciH on June 3, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Enter our "Wackiest 'Re-use'" Contest

What’s your wackiest “re-use?”

We all do it, right? We all have things around the house that we use in a creative way--a way that they weren’t meant to be used for. We may not have even thought about the fact that those “re-uses” are each a tiny step towards helping to keep the planet green.

I mean, is there a more creative group than knitters? We take yarn and turn it into everything from sweaters to dish cloths to baby toys. And knitting a reusable grocery tote just… Continue

Added by MarciH on May 26, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The winner of our "Give One Away" Contest

Holly Lorenz! Congratulations Holly.

Holly is the winner of our "Give One Away" contest, where we asked people to tell their best story of giving away their finished knitted projects. All of the stories were posted in the "Give One Away" Knit along. We'll contact Holly directly, get her mailing address, and send her a great gift basket filled with organic goodies, plus needles and yarn from Knit… Continue

Added by MarciH on May 21, 2009 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Vote for your Favorite Knit One Give One Story

To start from the beginning--we held a contest in our Knit One Give One Knit along where we asked people to share their best stories about giving away their finished knitted projects.

We were overwhelmed by the response. The stories were all so beautiful and really touched us. We laughed with some, we cried with some, we shared many of the stories with our friends and family.

It was a very difficult task, but we narrowed it down to our six favorite stories. Now it's your… Continue

Added by MarciH on May 15, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Knitting on the go again

Last weekend I went on a 40 mile lodge to lodge hike with my parents along the Rogue River in Oregon. I was carrying everything I needed for the hike on my back, so I was very conscience of weight and bulk. Of course though, I had to bring knitting.

The picture is of me and my dad.

So I brought 3 balls of comfy from my stash and tested some hand… Continue

Added by MarciH on May 13, 2009 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

I finished my Montavilla Market Tote.

Here's a pic--the project looks nicer than my gloomy pic shows

Actually I finished it this weekend while watching the scariest movie I've ever seen, "30 Days of Night" about vampires that attack an Alaska town in winter. I was alone and it was dark and I was gripping my needles with all my might.

It's quite a bit smaller than the original tote pattern called for because, well, I'm short. I made the the body about 10 inches… Continue

Added by MarciH on May 6, 2009 at 8:56am — 5 Comments

Have you seen the new freebies?

Just like we wish that peace on earth wasn't only on Dec 25, we've decided to extend "Earth Day" to at least an "Earth Week."

Katie made these awesome rear view mirror hang tags and/or a placard for your dashboard to help you remember your reusable grocery bags. By the way, that's the first time I've ever used the word "placard" did I do it correctly?

I went digging through those dark, sad recesses of the cabinets around… Continue

Added by MarciH on April 23, 2009 at 9:54am — 6 Comments

I'm excited about Comfy in Bulky

I knit a baby blanket and a ribbed hat in Comfy Worsted and really enjoyed working with it.

But I love bulky--bulky anything actually.

There's a hat that I've had in the back of my mind to knit for a long time, and now with Comfy Bulky, I'm going to do it.

In a scene in the movie Love Actually, Claudia Scheiffer is in the cutest hat. You can't… Continue

Added by MarciH on March 18, 2009 at 10:06am — 3 Comments

Knitting with a little help from my friends...

I finished my first lace project!

I was inspired by Franklin Habit's Night Cap on Knitty.

So Alison helped me alter the pattern to make a scarf, knitting straight instead of in the round and helped me choose yarn and needle size.

Alison said to show off the beautiful… Continue

Added by MarciH on March 5, 2009 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Baby Shower gift for Melissa--very late in posting

It took me so long to post about this project because I lost the page with the pattern on it. I cleaned out my craft room this week and found it! I pulled the pattern out of a "Crafts 'n Things" magazine, though all I have is the page that I pulled out and it doesn't list the issue date. I'd guess the issue was last summer.

The original pattern was for mittens and scarf and this hat and all had a red cherry on top. I changed it to… Continue

Added by MarciH on February 19, 2009 at 9:19am — 8 Comments

Wristlets and hat--a Thanksgiving present

My family has decided not to exchange Christmas gifts this year, it lowers stress and credit card bills and instead we'll all go for a hike and have a great meal together on Christmas day.

Well, that doesn't stop me from knitting. Since my Mom taught me, I think she deserves a little something from time to time so I'm going to give this set to her this weekend.

The yarn is… Continue

Added by MarciH on November 26, 2008 at 2:08pm — 9 Comments

I finished the baby blanket early!

My brother's wife is pregnant with the first grandchild of the family. She's due at the end of December and they are having a boy. I wanted to complete the project and give it to her when I saw them at Thanksgiving.

The project is from Mason Dixon Knitting. I used… Continue

Added by MarciH on November 6, 2008 at 1:09pm — 2 Comments

Sock yarn for a gorgeous scarf

I’m a fairly new knitter still, just hats and scarves so far, so I’m still learning a lot. My latest learning is the difference between self-striping yarn and variegated or hand painted yarn. I finished my scarf out of Felici Dakota and guess what…it's self stripes! I’ve had everyone from my Dad to the… Continue

Added by MarciH on October 10, 2008 at 12:35pm — 16 Comments

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