First of all, thank you SO MUCH for the great response to my sewn monsters and robots! I only have one bot left in the shop, looking for a good robot-loving home. I plan to get some more monsters and robots made up in the next few weeks and listed in the shop.
Secondly, I feel I must tell someone outside of my house: Peanut is back to normal (finally) today! Huzzah! It took over a week, yikes. Maybe I will actually get a life and possibly even something else done in the next year! Boy howdy did I have a long week. I mean, it really isn't fair when you are sick and have a sick kid. Really not fair at all. He was so CRAZY cranky, I didn't get much of anything other than (screaming) baby-holding done this last week. Rather tough when you are getting started writing book #3. Oh, did I say that out loud?
Anyway, just wanted to get a reminder out there to get those last entries in for my Cast On Bind Off giveaway. I am picking a winner tomorrow, so you can enter up until I put the "this giveaway is closed" comment on there!
Alrighty! Off I go to get something done! Wooooo for un-cranky babies!
Who boy, this week started out with a bang and hasn't gotten much better. I still can't tell if I have a bad flu/cold bug, or bad, bad allergies. Either way I feel pretty crappy. And Peanut...after spiking his fever, and it going away tuesday, thursday he broke out in a terrible heat rash from head to toe. And, he is teething, his first upper tooth broke through about a week and a half ago and the second one I swear is the same length, but will not break through the skin. He is SO incredibly, crazy, cranky (which he NEVER is), pretty much all I have done this week is hold him and try and quiet his crying.
BUT! He is feeling better today and I managed to get some FINISHED ITEMS up into my etsy shop. That's right! I finally have some sewn critters for sale. I know, right? Finished robots and monsters. I am pretty excited! I have 4, oops sold one while writing this! I have 3 for sale, 2 robots and now 1 monster. I thought I would give it a try with just a couple and see how they go. If you want one but miss them, or want a different color or something, let me know if I should keep sewing them up. I think I mentioned earlier I forgot how much I like sewing while I was making monsters for Presley's Birthday party, so these were pretty fun for me to put together. Here's pictures!
See one you like? Hop over to etsy to check them out. Can't wait to hear what you think!
What a neat little book! It is 215 pages full of different ways to cast on and bind off. As someone who really only ever uses long tail cast on, this little book is awesome! I am particularly excited about the 2 circular cast ons (pages 74-81) which are great when you start an in-the-round project in the center and work out and want to hide the cast on. You know, like on nearly all of my patterns (casting on 4 or 6 sts for the feet or bottom of the body. Like chubby chirps!) Or, if you are starting a top down hat, or circular shawl or blanket, or what-have-you. Cool right? I never knew there was a way to hide the cast on, I always just whip stitch over it to hide it when I am done.
I am also very excited about all the invisible cast ons (like for toe-up socks) and all of the bind offs (since again, I really only ever use one way to bind off). And, not only does it have lots of great techniques, it is laid out beautifully with TONS of pictures and very easy to follow directions.
I love this book and I know you will too! It will definitely become an indispensable title in my knitting reference library.
I have a copy to giveaway to one lucky winner. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to cast on or bind off. Do you guys only use long tail, too?! I will pick a winner using a random number generator next Tuesday, 7/24, so be sure to get entered by then!
Plus, I am just one stop on the Cast On Bind Off blog tour, so be sure to check out all the other great bloggers for even more chances to win a copy!
If you don't win a copy, I really do recommend hitting your LYS for a copy of this book. It is selling for under 12 bucks on Amazon, which is a deal at twice the price if you ask me! Like I said, it is a great title to add to every knitting reference library.
Well, I have a kiddo with a fever of almost 103, my allergies are so bad I am thinking I might actually be sick with something, and it is a million degrees up in my office where my photo set up is. So, I just took a quick picture of the project I cast on for at SSK. I saw Laura's Thin Ice there, and just so happened to have some yarn I thought would work for it with me, in enough yardage even, so I cast on while I was there.
It is in a lovely blue Ruca, from Araucania, which is silky soft and made from 100% Sugar Cane. I put it up on Ravelry so you can check out all my specifics. Oh, and I got on Instagram too, if you didn't notice. I am rebeccadanger on there if you want to follow me.
Ok, that's all I've got for today. Tomorrow I have a fun giveaway for you guys!
Do you like the Presley monster on the floor in front of the chair? We handed it to him to entertain him while we took his picture, but apparently throwing him from the chair was what was entertaining.
Holy crud, this kid is amazing. He is hitting so many big milestones right now: full out walking for about the last 4 weeks, dancing to music whenever he ears it, figuring things like building with his legos out, mimicing our behaviors and sounds without stopping to think, saying "mama" and "dada," laughing at everything all the time, and so many other things. We have been doing just a little bit of baby signing with him for the last 5 months or so, and he started signing back this week. SO COOL. So we grabbed out the baby sign book and DVD and we are singing for everything now. We started the "dog" sign last night, and he has started repeating the sign already by tonight. He seems to get more and more amazing every day.
Hope you all had a great Friday the thirteenth! We are in the middle of a giant thunderstorm here right now. I have so many fun things to share with you, I am aiming to share so SSK stuff with you tomorrow. We will see how it goes!
Just a note to say "Hi!" and I made it home safely. Between SSK and my allergies being in full force I have been worthless, taking long naps every day which has led to me not getting much done. Not much at all.
So I am here, I am trying to get back on track, and my plan is to get Peanut's 14 month photos sorted through and edited this afternoon so I can share them with you tomorrow.