Vagina Mitten Contest!

From November 5th through November 15th, if you purchase the Clam Hands pattern through my Ravelry store, you will be entered to win two balls of Knit Picks Palette to make your pair of Clam Hands!  As an added bonus, you can use the coupon code HOTLIPS to get $1 off your Clam Hands pattern.

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Notice how I gave you the option for Blue Waffle colors…  Well, have at it!  I’ll be randomly selecting the winner on November 16th.  Go grab your Clam Hands pattern for your chance at some free yarn!

DIY Skull Cutout

There’s a flea market on Sunday that I’ll be employing to rid my closets of excess clutter. While going through old clothes, I found a plain, black unitard that hasn’t been worn in years. I decided to try the skull cutout that I had seen on a number of Ubran Outfitter -esque fashion sites. It was definitely questionable whether it would hold up because of the amount of stretch taking place when the unitard is actually on the body.

I had nothing to lose though.

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Apologies for the cell shot, but it was all on a whim. It turned out really well, honestly. So, I jumped online and ordered a leotard to try it again… A little less haphazardly with the scissors next time. And not so low on my back, because that one is crossing into panty line territory.

I ended up wearing it to teach an aerial silks class last night and it held up! New aerial attire trend on the horizon?

Nox

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Nox is Latin for night. It seemed perfect for my newest pattern. The Brown Sheep Burly Spun is one of my favorite super bulky yarns and makes for a quick project.

 

Can’t you just imagine shifting through trees in a dark forest? That’s what I envisioned for this piece. It’s perfect if your Druid. Or like big, giant, slouchy hoods. What’s unique is the backless and sleeveless design. I wanted to try something different with a layering piece, but I definitely wanted to keep the hood.

I can see this knit being popular with the COS play and LARPing crowd. It’s not my cup of tea, but I’ve seen the way your mages and sorcerers dress. Imagine if you knit it floor length, oh snap! Bitches will start droppin’ dice bags like they’re hot.

Anyway. As an introduction, you can use the Nox50 coupon code to receive $1 off your Nox pattern purchase. It’s only for the first 50 purchases and expires at 11:59pm on March 9, 2013, so jump on it!  Get the pattern here.

Crochet Steek Video with Me!

As I prepared my latest steek project, I decided to video the process. If you’re interested in watching a crochet steek in action, check out the video!

The project is my new design, the Breast Blanket Ever. You’ll see why soon enough; I plan to have the pattern available next week.

More MagCloud Prints

There are two more additions to my MagCloud arsenal:  Pearl Clutcher Magnum and Rutland!

ImageYou recently met Pearl Clutcher Magnum, but Rutland is from a few years ago.  I had high hopes for Rutland, because it knit up so beautifully.  When I first made it available, a lot of people jumped on it.  But as time progressed, knitters were finding horrendous errors in the pattern.  After helping a few people through the pattern, I sat down and start going through the numbers.  It was a nightmare.  

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I remember saving the pattern and coming back to it later, but the save didn’t take and half of the numbers reverted back to a previous save.  I didn’t catch that until it was too late.  While most people inquired politely, I did get a lot of hate mail about it.  I understand the frustration, but I don’t think “die in a fire” is an appropriate message over a knitting pattern.

Anyway.  I stepped away from designing for a while after that; making a few things here and there, but I lost my enthusiasm.  As you can see, I’m back in the saddle.  After Freyr and the two Pearl Clutchers, I decided that it was time to give Rutland an overhaul.

Yesterday, I sat in front of my computer with a pot of coffee and combed through the pattern and converted the entire thing into charts.  I love knitting from charts.  Not so in love with making them (especially when different sizes require their very own chart).  It’s worth it though.  All mistakes are stamped out, because it’s all right there in front of you.  

I’m confident that Rutland is now the pattern it should have been two years ago.  I hope people will give it another chance; it really is a lovely knit and I still wear mine daily.  I may even make another, soon.  Go check out the MagCloud pages and you can also find Pearl Clutcher Magnum and Rutland on Ravelry (click here for my designer page).

 

Finally Settled (now you can help me pick curtain fabric)

We finally finished moving.  For those who aren’t in the loop, we moved from Savannah, GA to Wilkes Barre, PA back in August.  We had been living in the small side of a duplex until the landlord finished the larger side.

We moved in on Friday and there are a few things I need to do to make it cozy.  The kitchen has a farmhouse drainboard sink, like this one…

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Only ours is even longer and I love it.  Obviously, it needs a curtain to cover the bottom (and hide the random cleaning related crap I keep under there).  Help me pick out the curtain fabric!  I’m partial to matroyshkas and Russian decor, so take a look at these and tell me what you think:

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Carly Griffith, Little Matryoshka, Main Cream

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Kokka Japan, Trefle Matroyshkas Pumpkin

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Cosmo Textiles, Sweet Matroyshkas, Pink

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Suzy Ultman, Little Kukla Retro

So, those are all of the options for the kitchen.  In the following posts, you can help me with the curtain fabric for the living room!  If you have any input, please leave it in the comments.

These cats are trying to kill me

I have three cats (in chronological order):  Tippy (8), Dina (7), and Calypso (7 months).  Tippy is a fluffy mother fucker while Dina and Calypso are short hair kitties.  Although, Dina grooms Tippy more than Tippy grooms Tippy.  You can probably imagine that my house is a hair ball factory and it’s killing me because I have carpet.

Of course, the only place they want to ever puke is on the carpet (Why not the tile, huh?  Like the time Dina was ON the tile, started yacking, and literally launched herself onto the carpet to barf.  Thanks, Dina, you’re the best.).  Not just any carpet though, it has to be the living room, right in the middle.  Those little bastards.

I’m saving my pennies to buy that self-locking laminate wood flooring.  If we do it ourselves, it’ll cost $983 for everything (the flooring, tools, underlayment, circular saw, spacers, everything).  Well, we have to do it ourselves because when we paid Lowe’s to come out here for their estimate, they said $5,200 for my four-hundred square foot living room (jaw on floor goes here).  Yeah.  That estimate was for LAMINATE flooring, we’re not talking about fancy-schmancy wood here, it just looks like wood.

I’m going to put up a little goal calculator so everyone can see the progress of my no-more-scrubbing-carpet-fund.  Right now I have…  $76.  WOOT!  Almost there, but not really.