February 8, 2008
Remember the cupcakes I bought awhile back that were so cute? I have been on a cupcake kick lately. (No, not the kind that you eat. That would be a caloric kick to be on! Just nice representations of them in other forms!) I found another fun indie artisan on etsy who made this batch of cupcakes for me. I told her the number that I wanted her to make, and just let her design whatever she wanted. I think they turned out great and it will be fun to have them out in my kitchen window for Valentine’s Day! (Check out her birds in yarn nests, and the Valentine’s cookies. Such fun. I’ll show you what else I bought from her this week, when it comes in the mail later.)
I promised to share a couple of pretty shawls with you today – neither made by me. The first one is a model on loan from Prism, that uses their Kid Slique yarn. I can’t imagine a softer, airier shawl than this one! It is called Prism Kid Slique Scarf or Wrap and is available as a pattern here. (Why no photos? Prism’s website is down momentarily and I couldn’t get the photos! I’ll add those in when they come back up. FPS.) The Kid Slique yarn is a combination of 66% Rayon, 26% Kid Mohair, and 8% & Nylon and comes in some gorgeous colors. I have Woodlands and Antique set aside for myself for scarves. (Not together – 2 different scarves.) You have to click on the closeups to see what this yarn is all about. They’ve just sent the rest of our Kid Slique order, along with Prism Lace (which is exquisite) so watch for that to go up soon. Probably the week after next.
The other shawl is one that Claudia (from Wollmeise) sent me for Christmas and I’m still as taken with it as I was when I opened up the package! This is the first (and only) shawl that I own and I absolutely love it. The colors (you know, blue and brown is such a favorite combo of mine), the pattern, the width and length – it’s all perfect. I have used it several times and it’s amazing how much warmth you can get from a shawl. If I wasn’t sold on making shawls before now (and I really was), then this would’ve done it. Now I just need to get my head around the shawl knitting. Why does it seem to take me a long long time to knit lace? I knit for hours and feel like I have so little to show for it. There are such amazing lace patterns and projects out there, and I wonder if I just have a mental block on this? Or does lace just take longer and I ought to be patient? Someone please advise.
I have had a couple of people email me about some worthy causes that they are working on and wanted to pass the information on to you. The first is Loopy customer Kate. Her 19 yr. old brother just found out that he is battling acute myelogenous leukemia. Kate is doing a raffle in exchange for donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of her brother, Robbie Greenberger. If you’d like more information on contributing to that, please check out her blog: http://cairokate.blogspot.com
Another interesting project going on comes from an industrial design student who could use any input you have for a project: http://onearmedknitting.blogspot.com/
For those of you in the our Seasonal Sock Club – your last (Spring!) installment is shipping out today, if you have been to your Loopy account and paid your bill! If you have not yet made payment, log in and do that so that we can get this fun package out to you. Our 2008 Sock Club begins in March, for those of you who signed up. (We are completely full for 2008.) Watch for your March invoices to arrive via email the first week in March.
Hope you all have a great weekend and get lots of knitting done! I … um …. might’ve started another sock. Yes, it’s true. But there was a good reason for it! Another one of our new companies called this week to say they were shipping our order out, and you know I like to have a sock done to show you how the yarn knits up. (This yarn is a brand new sock yarn for them – so new that it’s not even listed on their website yet – and it’s as soft and wonderful as can be. I’ll show it to you as soon as the sock is done. You’re going to love it.)