Monday, November 29, 2010

Yarn Tree

I went to Macy’s about a week ago and saw the coolest Christmas decoration. A yarn tree:

Yarn Tree

Here is a close up shot:

Yarn Tree Close Up

It is a wire tree frame that is wrapped in yarn and has balls of yarn tied to it. How cool is that! I totally want to make one! Can you imagine it all in green yarns with some green Christmas lights on it (not sure if that would be a fire hazard) and some silver balls? I am not sure what to look for though for the frame though. I googled “wire tree,” “wire tree frame,” “wire cone,” “wire cone tree form” and lots of other combinations of those words. This is one of those things where if I lived someplace where I had lots of room, I would try to build it myself (I did some sculptures in college made out of steel wire, so I know how to braze), but where would I do that and store it in the mean time. Any ideas?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Malabrigo Mystery

I am still having issues figuring out what happened to my beloved scarf. One theory I have is that perhaps the scarf got caught in one of the toggles on my coat. Between that and the rain and wind, something happened. But my issue with that is that I think that would make a rip, not a hole. And not so many holes. I still don’t think it’s the the the “M” word, but it is currently hanging out in my freezer just in case.

So here is my challenge to you dear readers. Come up with a theory or story for me on how you think it happened. Something to either educate or amuse me. Leave your idea in the comments. I will pick a winner one week from today – December 6. The winner will receive one skein of Malabrigo sock in Rayon Vert.

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Special thanks to T for the great post name!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Black Friday (with a preview on Wednesday)

Annie & Co Knitting is having a Thanksgiving SUPER Sale!
THIS Wednesday and Friday only! 11am - 6pm

Araucania’s Limari ….was $17… now $10

Araucania Nature Wool…was $11… now $6

Ella Rae Jaspe Wool….was $8… now $4

Ella Rae Superwash….was $10… now $5

Ella Rae Kamelsoft ….was $10.50… now $5

Sheep Shop Sheep Two….was $16.20… now $8.5

Blue Sky Hand Dyed Bulky…….was $15… now $8

Karabella Puffy….was $15.75… now $8

SWTC Karaoke…….was $9.50… now $5

Tibet….was $14… now $8

and some great discounts on sock yarns too!

Regia Design Line – Kaffe Fassett… was 8.50... now$6

Sockina Cotton… $17 … NOW $11

Socka Color… $21 … NOW $11

Step Duett… $24 … NOW $12

Mini Raggi… $8 … NOW $6

Fortissima Kids… $12 … NOW $6

Opal Cotton… $19…NOW $11

PLUS more 50% discounts!

Don't miss out!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


As I usually do on Tuesday evenings, I went to SnB tonight. It was a touch cold here tonight, so I decided to wear my favorite scarf…my malabrigo lace scarf. As I left Whole Foods, it started to rain. But I carried on. When I got home I was soaked. So I shed my layers and hung them over the shower curtain to dry. I just went into the bathroom and found this:



WTF?!?!?!?!? Where did those HUGE holes come from? They weren’t there when I left WF. They are way too big and too sudden to be anything insecty. Is it possible that the rain did this? I did wet block it when I made it, without any issues. Was it the stress of it hanging around my neck and being soaking wet?

The midsection of the scarf is intact, so maybe I can somehow save part of it. Or maybe I’ll felt the balance of it and make a pillow or something out of it.

I am really bummed right now.:-(.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Monkey Business

I realize this post is a little late, since Halloween has come and gone already, but here it is none the less.

I unfortunately was not at the store when the mother picked up the costume last week. But apparently she was THRILLED with it.

Here are a few shots I managed to take before I handed over the project:





I also made a little trick or treat bag for the child out of the left over orange:


The one thing I forgot to take a picture of was the blabla tag I made. I bought some twill tape from M & J and had one of the Needlepoint girls help me trace the logo onto it. IMHO, that is what would have really made the costume.

I hope she is really that happy with it. When I first heard about this project I couldn’t think of anything except “Are you kidding? Really? A life sized knitted sock monkey?” But in the end I really had a lot of fun with it. I also hope this ends up being one of those things that the child wears around the apartment for fun. Just like when I make a baby blanket for someone. I hope that blanket becomes his/her binky/ cuddle blanket/blankie/security blanket…you get the idea.

Hopefully I will have more pictures soon.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

As long as it's Malabrigo


You are Merino Wool.

You are very easygoing and sweet. People like to keep you close because you are so softhearted. You love to be comfortable and warm from your head to your toes.

Take the quiz here.

As long as it's Malabrigo