Mix Makers Swap #1!!!

November 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm (Craftiness, NaBloPoMo, Ravelry.com, things I love) (, )

So yes, my knitting and yarn obession has become pretty well known.  But i wanted to try something different, and i had heard of this thing that happens on Ravelry called swaps.  So, i signed up for one.  The Mix Makers Swap.  basically make someone a mixed CD, send them some yarn, and some other fun things.  Mine got here today!  Lookie!

 

a twix bar, which is currently being consumed…i was in NEED of chocolate! yummy pomegranate lotion, 2 skiens Patons Kroy Socks Stripes in mulberry stripes, and a fantastic sweater, fiber and color inspired CD. LOVE IT ALL!!! I think this music will be excellent crafting music for me this afternoon!

So, i am excited.  in other news, i am not feeling too hot, so i am getting  back into my sweatpants!  love it!

Oh yeah, i totally just decided to say f that to the NaBloPoMo business.  over it!  went out one night, then i got busy, then lazy.

Hope today is filled with some sort of special surprise for you!

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Yarn Harvest Shop Hop Wrap Up

September 23, 2008 at 8:28 pm (things I love) (, )

I have never done a shop hop before, but I had so much fun.  I live in the middle of all the shops, so I split it up over 4 days.  This was my birthday gift to myself.  I thought about showing you what yarn i got where, but my family gripes about the amount of knitting i write about on this blog already, and they think my yarn obession is way out there. Armed with my Yahoo Maps (which were AWESOME!!! i never got lost, and that is saying ALOT) It went a little something like this.

Wednesday: Monika’s, Park Rapids.  I purchased some great laceweight, and some very pretty sock yarn for myself.  As always, i was happy walking in and out of Monika’s.  I love that place.  The people are friendly and helpful, and i appreciate how the store is organized.

Thursday:  Me, a cup of coffee, and my grandma.  First stop was Between Friends, Brainerd; then Among the Pines, Baxter; and lastly, At Loose Ends, Perham, where i really got some great Bargain stuff.

Friday I was flying solo, it was kind of nice.  Alexandria and Gallery of Dreams was first on my list.  Then I got to take some great country roads to Prairie Needles in Battle Lake.  Then a hop, skip and a jump to Crates of Yarn in Fergus Falls.  Sock Yarn and Baby Clothes Yarn abounds in my home now!

Saturday I headed with my mom to Fargo.  First Boucle, i didn’t buy anything there, but i love that place…i am thinking i started to get yarn shopped out if you can believe it.  and then Prairie Yarns.  and I was done, and proud of myself for doing all 9.

I think my favorite stores in terms of atmosphere are Boucle and Monika’s.  They just both draw me in. I could probably live at Boucle.

The best gift bag prize goes to Monika’s.  With honorable mentions to Boucle and Between Friends.  i am a sucker for free yarn.

The best door prize goes to Prairie Needles.  Only because I won one.  I am thinking about some more cascade for socks.

This year’s theme was hands.  And I maybe misunderstood, but i was expecting patterns for gloves, mittens and fingerless gloves.  All of the patterns were fingerless, and that was kind of a bummer.  Because really, most people i know don’t “get” the fingerless thing, though i love them.

I am still keeping my fingers crossed for that grand prize…then i could afford to make the sweater I am dying to make for myself.

Overall, i had a great time, and I can’t wait til next year.  But whoa, I really need to get knitting.

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