Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hourglass redefined

I just had to share this little laugh with you since it describes my figure to a tee!

But these extra minutes don't mean that I have time on my hands. My graphic design business veritably buzzes; I'm busier than the proverbial bee. Of course, I still make time each day to knit. I'm making progress on the Trio Jacket despite ripping out four inches last night when I found an error in the cables. I wish I'd remember to check at the end of every row; I'd save myself a lot of time. But no matter. I'm really enjoying this project.

Ravelympics starts in a few weeks! Join Team Knitting at Large if you'd like to participate. I was going to finish my Early Bird Cardigan, but I think I'm going to make the Audubon Shrug instead. I am confident that I can finish this shrug in the prescribed two weeks. I shopped a bit this morning and ended up finding just what I needed from my very own LYS - AKA my yarn shower. I'm going to whip up the shrug in my favorite yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Stone Wash Mix. I have several skeins left over from the sweater I made Tom a couple of years ago for Christmas. It will do just fine and I won't spend any money either. Aren't I virtuous?

The Audubon Shrug, designed by Lisa Shroyer, appears in her book, Knitting Plus. She designed it specifically for a larger figure. Here's one of my favorite renditions from one of my most favorite knitters, Francesca

Dedicated readers of this blog may remember that I started this shrug a couple of summers ago before abandoning it - I don't even remember why. But I did think it fit me pretty well as shown here on my dress form. This time, especially with the support of Team Knitting at Large, I'm going to get to the finish line! And with a new sweater, too.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Our dreamy Knitting in Public Day

The World Wide Knit in Public Week began yesterday and runs through next weekend. Knit in Public is the largest knitting event on the planet! Our little Knitting at Large subgroup, Dream Sweaters, celebrated yesterday by yakking, laughing, conferring, opining, and basically just having fun. And yes, every single one of us knit in public.

Our little meet-up drew participants from as far away as Pennsylvania, western Virginia, and central Maryland. We meet monthly. If you'd like to join us, visit our Dream Sweaters group on Ravelry to learn more.

Knit in Public occurs annually during the third week of June. I can't wait until next year, but fortunately, I only have to wait until July 14 when we all get together again. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Interweave's Hurt Book Sale

Just passing along this news. If there's a book you've been hankering for, check out this sale - great prices!

Interweave Announces Annual Hurt Book Sale Deals

Huge savings for artists and crafters lasts June 8-12, 2012; Shop online for 30–70 percent off your favorite art and craft books

Loveland, Colo., June 8, 2012: Interweave announced today the opening day of sales for its annual Hurt Book Sale, with savings up to 70 percent off during this annual five-day event.

More than 400 art and craft resources will be deeply discounted and sold online on a first-come basis during the Hurt Book Sale, beginning today through 11:59 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, June 12. This is Interweave’s largest online book sale ever, with deep discounts on backlist and recently published books on the topics of drawing, painting, quilting, beading, jewelry making, knitting, crocheting, felting, spinning, weaving, needlework, sewing, mixed-media and other popular arts and crafts.

“Our Hurt Book Sale is one of our most highly-anticipated sales events of the year,” says Interweave Books Marketing and Sales Director Elisabeth Malzahn. “With prices slashed as low as 70-percent off retail for many of our books, we know that many budget-watching artists and crafters will find some good deals.”

Hurt books are still in good condition but may have slight imperfections, like minor dings, a scratch on the cover, or a bent page. In addition to the huge discounts on hurt books, Interweave will be offering exclusive discounts on overstock books, eBooks, and book-related DVDs and video downloads during the sale.

“We love hearing our customers brag about the deals they snag each year,” adds Malzahn.

This year’s sale will also feature bundled deals on a variety of products, which will be announced to the company’s e-newsletter subscribers and on the Interweave Books’ Facebook page.

Hurt and overstock books can be combined with normal products at check-out. Interweave’s Hurt Book Sale is for online customers only and no phone orders will be accepted.

Visit Intermedia's book sale webpage to learn more.