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CraZy xmas knitting [13 Oct 2008|08:26am]

[ mood | accomplished ]

finished this this weekend for my neice.
also made serious mileage on the river rapids socks for my mom.
my hands are sore.

x-posted to 20sknitters

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FO: fawkes socks [10 Oct 2008|08:38am]


i am quite pleased. :)

x-posted to minnknit
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[07 Oct 2008|11:38am]

man did i have a GREAT time this weekend.
an camping weekend was organized on ravelry.
after about 30 false starts, i finally got down to the campsite around 6:30 and set up my tent and bought some firewood and met my site mate, renae. she's pretty awesome. there were 3 different sites full of people there for knitting, spinning and dying. the folks running the campsite got a big kick out of us coming to their place to do it, and even put out flyers for a couple of knitting machines they had for sale.
it was just south of the cities...maybe 45 minutes from my house. a beautiful campsite, with very private sites as long as you didn't need full hook-up for an RV.

we didn't get much done the first night, but MAN did we get a lot done saturday. renae dyes. i mean REALLY dyes.
so we had dye pots out pretty early...and it seemed like everyone brought something except me.
renae talked me into dying some of my crapwool, which turned out great. and i also wound up getting some undyed roving (split with renae) and yarn for xmas gifts...some of which turned out awesome and some of which really needs to be over-dyed because renae took one of them out too early by mistake, and the other just didn't end up how i wanted it to.

the first night was numbingly cold and i hardly slept, even in a goose-down bag until the sun began to come up. we had frost advisory - so it probably got down to 35 degrees or so. there was frost on the bath house (which was beautiful, clean and HEATED. very important.
the second night, renae invited me to crash in her pop-up camper. SO nice of her. i woke with a crick in my neck, but otherwise well-rested.
it started raining at around 4am and we had to go rescue all the yarn and roving hanging on the line to dry. this morning was spent cleaning our wet campsite and going to perkins for breakfast, as we were out of propane for the stove and all our firewood was wet.
we had a giant potluck saturday night and wound up with about 12 people at our site and all kinds of good food. i loved making new friends.

anyway, pictures hereCollapse )

x-posted to my lj and 20sknitters
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State Fair questions [25 Aug 2008|10:09am]

I entered a pair of socks in the State Fair, and they didn't win anything, so I didn't look too hard at the knitting display cases when I was there last week. Now a friend of mine who was there yesterday (and who had seen the WIP) swears she saw them in a display case.

Does any one know if they rotate what's in the display cases? (i.e. if I wait til Wednesday to go again, which is my current plan, will I still be able to see them?)
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Clickety Stick! [01 Nov 2007|07:53pm]

Hey all, I'm on the Clickety Sticks email list and I got an email a couple days ago that they are closing. The sale started yesterday. Haven't been out there yet, but they do have a good selection of stuff usually. They've never been my favorite, but it's still sad to see them go. :(
knit one

Creative fibers closing! [21 Aug 2007|04:39pm]

Hey all, Creative Fibers at 54th and Penn is closing. The owner is moving, and couldn't find a buyer.

Right now everything in the store is 25% off. There are still quite a few needles (including the Addi Turbo lace needles I've been looking for), and books, and lots of Karabella Aurora 8, Cascade 220, and Galway whatever it is. And other stuff.

The store will be open until the end of September. I'd imagine the deals will get better and the selection thinner.
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Shepherd's Harvest Festival [11 May 2007|08:43pm]

Hi all! This is a little last minute, but if you're looking for something yarn-y to do this weekend, you can check out the Shepherd's Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival. Many vendors, a working dog demonstration, all kinds of fun. Also, I'll be out there on Saturday from 11-1 at the Minnesota Knitters' Guild booth, knitting and pretending like I know answers to questions.
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South of the river knitters?? [25 Apr 2007|10:57pm]

So I want to find or start a knitting group south of the river. It just seems like all the groups meet in mpls or sp. If I have to spend 30 minutes getting there, that limits my knittin time! LOL ( I got a kid and I just can't knit around her!)

So anyone ?? I was a part of the TCKnit group on yahoo awhile ago, and then left it because it was all far away. Anyone wanna start one??
Oh yes, btw.. I am in Hastings.
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Silk Fusion Class [11 Apr 2007|09:43am]


I am teaching a class on Silk Fusion at the Bell Museum of Natural History in Minneapolis this Sunday.
Silk fusion is a technique used to form a fiber matrix with jsut about any fiber that can be shaped just about any way you please. I use it to create bowls, fabric, book marks, hats. It is super fun.

Here is the class description from the Bell.

Plants and Silk Fusion
Sunday, April 15
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
$45, $35 members (includes supply fee)
Create a silk fusion sheet by integrating layers of soy and tussah silk, wool, plant parts, and other materials. The sheet can be dried flat or molded into any desired shape such as a bowl, box, or journal cover. Supplies included in fee. Instructor is Project Art for Nature artist Elaine Evans.

If you are interested REGISTER TODAY, or the class may not run.


Registrations email: registrations@bellmuseum.org
Call 624-9050 to register for programs.
Registration Office open Monday through Friday, 9:00-4:30.
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Yarn shops in Ireland [09 Apr 2007|06:11pm]

I'm studying abroad with my college in Ireland right now. We're taking a trip down south next week and some of us are looking for yarn shops near Tralee (I've gotten them all addicted!). I've checked Woolworks.org, does anyone have any other hints or ever been to Ireland and on the offchance know of some good yarn shops down there? I'm for sure hitting up Blarney, I've already attacked a place up north and the Aran Islands (OMGPUREWOOLSOLOVELY). The last thing I need is more yarn, but I'm consoling myself with the fact that, hey, they are easy to pack and weigh next to nothing....
knit one

Textile Garage Sale [09 Apr 2007|12:50pm]

Many of you may already know about this, but the MN Textile Center is having their annual giant Textile Garage Sale this coming Saturday. The regular sale is 9am to 3pm, and then from 3-4 they have an hour of fill-up-a-bag-for-a-dollar sale to try to clear stuff out.

Also, if you have any craft supplies you don't know what to do with, they are taking donations on Friday April 13, 9 am - 6 pm. "Fabric, yarn, notions, patterns, books, magazines, sewing machines -- we will accept almost anything textile related."

Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Telephone 612-436-0464
Fax 612-436-0466
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Yarn Harlot [06 Apr 2007|10:43am]

Hey Minnesota knitters,
Anyone go see the Yarn Harlot on Wednesday? I didn't realize until too late that you had to sign up for spots, so I was on the waiting list, and then I got Twins tickets, blah blah, so I didn't get to go...

Who got to see the traveling sock?
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midwest_spin is up and running! [30 Mar 2007|01:20pm]

Hi there!

I have started a community for spinners in the midwest, midwest_spin. I hope that it can become a good resource of suppliers of wheels/fiber/spindles and all things spinng for the mid America states. Membership is not limited to those of us in the midwest either! If you have any questions, please contact me at pickleboot at livejournal dot com!
knit one

Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece- twin cities retailer? [20 Mar 2007|09:12am]

Does anyone happen to know of a Twin Cities yarn shop that keeps Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece stocked? I know that Yarnzilla in Minnetonka has it, but their selection is very limited and they don't carry the colorway I'm looking for. (I'd like to be able to pick up my whole sweater's worth of the Jungle Green colorway this week.)

I've called a few shops that carry Brown Sheep yarns, but none seem to carry the Cotton Fleece. Anywhere in the cities or nearby suburbs will do.

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[27 Feb 2007|02:57pm]

Is anyone a member of the Minnesota Knitters Guild (knitters.org)? Just curious.
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Knit Out at Mall of America [17 Feb 2007|06:16pm]

I went to the knit-out for a little while today. It will be going on again tomorrow. Some useful info if you want to go:

1. Here's the schedule: http://www.mallofamerica.com/adults_event_detail_objectname_knit_out.aspx

2. Parking really, really sucked. Line of cars inching around. Take the light rail train instead if you can. http://metrotransit.org/ There were lots of crowds and lines in the mall too, but it was tolerable and couldn't really be helped.

3. Atlantic Books (3rd floor by Macy's) is having a big store closing sale, all books are at least 30% off. Check out their discount crafts section. They have a lot of cheap knitting and other crafts books. I got "Knit it Now - Turn Great Yarns into Great Sweaters" and "Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Knitting" for under $7. They also have a lot of good deals on fiction.

4. Freebies: Lion Brand is giving ou big black cloth tote bags. Michael's is giving out Paton's Divine in white, blue tweed, and brown tweed (I'm going to make my boyfriend a scarf). Bernat is giving out Boa fur yarn. Clover is giving out bamboo needles and something else, I forget what. There are also, in various places, crochet hooks, needle gauges, lots of patterns, small yarn samples, and coupons for discounts at LYSes. Some things you have to wait in line for, and others you have to fill out surveys for, some things you can just walk by and pick up. There are also door prizes.
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