Jan 31

PEZ quarterly wrapup

Posted by Matty

I’ve been pretty busy, and having written a whole lot lately. Holidays have come and gone. The PEZ piles up, and yet I still do not post…until now.

Come on in for a peek at the latest additions

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Jan 31

iPod Cozy

Posted by Matty

I tried to figure out a way that I could have tied this one to the gadgets category, but I guess I will instead write my first knitting entry. Bear with me.

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Jan 31

Ha-ha-hats

Posted by Nanc

More hats, ’cause that’s all I seem to be knitting. No, I’m not complaining. Just stating that all I seem to be knitting are hats. Hats are fine. Hats are okay. Hats are… well, hats. Not too complicated or technical; no great new stitches to learn. But they’re good and steady knitting. Hats.

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Jan 27

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Why it’s a swift!

Yeah, all that for one silly little joke. Some days it just can’t be helped.

My swift I purchased from J*ann.com arrived today via the friendly USPS. (Hey, has anyone seen the previews for the next Project Runway episode? Mmmm, uniforms. Anywho.) So now I’m all set up with the swift and ball winder. Of course, if I could only get someone else to KNIT, I’d be set.

I am v. excited about my swift, which shall be named Speedy (unless he proves otherwise). But it’s a gloomy-gus day outside, so my image for you was procured from the J’s website. Perhaps I’ll have action pix for you later. If you’re good.

Jan 24

Oh, and one more thing…

Posted by Nanc

Sorry I was remiss in that last post. I forgot to tell you about the two new knit books I picked up. These are technically Xmas gifts, since they were purchased with a gift card from my SIL Lisa. (Who’s Big Red hat was not shown in that last article.)

The first book, All Stitched Up, looks to have some pretty good basics to help me out when I need them. Finishing stitches and tips for basic construction are toted in this book and what I hope to reap from it. Like a friendly bit of advise now and then.

Knit Socks! is the second book and is to get my butt in gear about knitting socks. I currently have two different socks on needles, but they haven’t been worked on since their inception. I have a basic pattern Chris gave to me (and has been happy with), but I feel like I need a little more hand-holding. Hence the book. (And typically I run from these cheezy-packaged books, but this time I think the cheeze may help.)

So thanks, Lisa, and I promise to get the hat out to ya’ before the cold is gone.

Jan 24

Sunny and freezing

Posted by Nanc

What’s up with the weather? One minute its warm and 70′s, and the next it’s below freezing at night. I don’t know which to wear: warm cozy hat & mittens or flip-flops.


Okay, so the hat and mittens aren’t for me. And no, they’re not for C3PO either. (I apologize for appropriating C3PO as my model, but really – he doesn’t mind a bit.) The Big Red hat is a Skittermagoo pattern and knit from Rowan Big Wool and Big Wool Tuft. The Big Red mittens are modified from a Rowan pattern (I’m writing the notes up on these, and still want to make a few additional modifications). And yes, that’s an idiot cord connecting them!

This set (including a possible quickie scarf) is for my SIL, Rachel. They’re part of her Xmas pressies. Oh sure, could she ever use them now! But she’ll have to satisfy herself with looking at them on our blog until the rest of the stuff is done. (Sorry sissy.) There’s a similar/different Big Red hat version for my other SIL, Lisa, which should be shipped soon.

The fancy, frou-frou flip-flops? Oh, they’re mine. I picked up some plain ol’ boring flip-flops from the store for the girls, and everyone brought some of their novelty yarn stash to share. A quick print of the pattern in a crocheted version and a knit version, and we’re in business. What a fun project for my gal-pals, although only Angi got hers done AT the Slumber Party.

Dil, however, did not seem to care much for them. In fact, it put her off the catnip egg roll a bit. Nothing but nothing is moving her from those sun rays tho!


Jan 21

When did this all change?

Posted by Nanc

Um, this is really for the girls. So boys, you’ll want to move on. Really. Just go. You won’t even want to know what it’s about because it’s THAT kind of topic.

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Jan 19

iPuss

Posted by Nanc


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What’s this? Did we pick up another kitten? Has a witch turned our cats to knit toys? (I wish. Heck, Dil would be a bowling ball bag!) Nope, this is my new, hand-made by my rockin’ secret pal Kathy, awesome iPuss. (Yeah, I was going to go with iPussy, but…. )

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Jan 18

I like my house. I like my friends. So why not bring these two great tastes together?!

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Jan 3

Yarn Samples, part II

Posted by Nanc

What was waiting for me when I got home, but sweet lil’ samples of yarn to play with. Yep – another batch of Elann’s swatchable samples. This time, my pack consists of one creamy “parchment” and three olive colors.

I haven’t knit with them yet, but I’ll be sure to update this article once I do.