A Knitworthy Music Video

I love anything and everything that has to do with my passion… knitting… So I just had to share this…

Did you know that one of the American Idol finalists, singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox, is a knitter? Check out her video, “Farmer’s Daughter”, where she shows off her stitching skills. Oh, and kudos to Crystal & the director for figuring out how to use knitting as the common thread! Enjoy!

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I was a winner at Stitches West 2011!

Cool winners!, originally uploaded by XRX Flickr.

I attended Stitches West 2011 in Santa Clara on Saturday, and boy did I have a wonderful time! There was so much to see and do! I still need to upload all of my photos so that I can share them with you here on my blog. But for now I just had to share my winning status! That’s me (yours truly) on the far right… I won a copy of “the Great American Kids afghan”. I can’t wait to get started knitting this afghan for my kids. It’s just perfect! My son Brandon just turned 5 and I think he’ll love it! I’d also love to create a 2nd one for my daughter using more girlie colors. She’s going to be 7 in April. Check back soon as I’ll be updating you with more photos and info about my Stitches adventure.
And once again, thanks for the book Kimberly!

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Beverly’s Birthday Bash and My Knitting Class

I teach a knitting class most every Saturday afternoon at Beverly’s Fabric & Crafts store (check out my link titled Knitting with Christine located just under “Follow Me” in the sidebar). But today will be a little different, because Beverly’s is celebrating their 43rd birthday with free make’n takes, demos, refreshments and activities throughout the day. I’m really looking forward to it! The celebration will run from 11am-4pm while my class will be held from 2:00-3:30pm. With all the activities going on, it should make for a very fun and exciting day!

If you’re in the area, stop by! I’d love to meet you! My table is usually set up somewhere in the middle isle towards the center of the store. But who knows where I’ll end up today… It’s going to be a packed house! Hope to see you there!

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Meeting Lorna Miser

Myself with Lorna Miser

In a previous post I mentioned that I had registered to attend a book signing event with author Lorna Miser (founder of Lorna’s Laces). At the last minute it almost didn’t happen. Somehow I had gotten my dates confused, and thought she was going to be at my LYS on Saturday the 15th, when infact she was scheduled to be there on Sunday instead! I had already made all the necessary arrangements for Saturday. My husband was staying home to watch the kids and I had already informed my knitting class that I would be leaving promptly at 3:30 pm so that I could get to a 4:00 appointment. For some reason I decided to call Green Planet Yarn, my LYS, just a few hours before the event was supposed to take place. I just wanted to confirm that Lorna was still on for the afternoon. I’m glad I called. They told me that it wasn’t “today” it was “tomorrow” that she would be there! I could have kicked myself. My husband was going out of town the next day and I didn’t have a babysitter. Long story short… I finally found someone (a friend from my daughter’s school) to watch the kids so that I could go. I’m still baffled as to how I got my dates wrong. But I guess these things happen when you’re a busy stay-at-home mom with a bazillion things going on every week!

Anyways, I guess you’d like to hear about the event? Okay, okay… Lorna was amazing! She shared with attendees the inspiration behind her latest book “The Knitter’s Guide to Hand Dyed and Variegated Yarns“. She also had the beautiful model garments from her new book with her on display. I learned new techniques for using hand-painted and multicolored yarns. I took away so much more than I had expected and added some new skills to my knitting belt! There are several that I want to try out on my next design. For example, colors can be stacked by using Tucked-Stitch patterns. You can “dip down”, knitting into a row below… you can slip stitches and leave the floats on the right side of the fabric (picking them up and knitting them into later rows)… or you can knit several times into a stitch, creating a decorative pattern. You don’t always have to knit straight across your rows. Needless to say, the event was awe-inspiring!

I bought both of Lorna’s books and had them signed. Yay!

I also had my photo taken with her. That’s me and Lorna in the picture at the very top of this post. Below you can see some of the beauties that she brought with her on display. Overall it was a very interesting, informative, inspiring, and fun time! Thanks Lorna!

Lorna with her book and some model garments

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Sharing some Alpaca Love

I just adore alpacas and thought that this video was just too cute not to share!

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Finger Knitting

I stumbled upon this You Tube video this evening while surfing other knitting blogs. I think I may try teaching this method to my almost 5 year old! His 6 year old sister has been knitting the traditional way, with two needles, but Brandon just doesn’t have the patience for that yet. He’s been asking me to teach him to knit as well. But both times we sat down and tried (for oh… 10 seconds…) he got frustrated. So finger knitting? I think we’ll try that next! I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Paying It Forward and 52 in 52

Being a member of Ravelry, I learned about a year long knit-along. So as part of my New Year’s resolution I decided to join the group “52 in 52 2011“. I’m up for the challenge!

The hat I knit for my brother

The only rule is that one must knit, crochet, spin, or weave at least 52 projects between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. That averages to one per week. A simple and easy task… Right? Well, I have already completed my first project, which was a hat that I knit for my brother. He found the pattern in one of my pattern books. It’s got 5 sets of footprints that go around the hat. He chose it because he has 5 children and the 5 footprints will represent them! I thought that was cute! You can find this pattern in Trond Anfinnsen’s book “Hat Heads”.

That said… it’s already January 14th, so I decided on a small project to knit as my 2nd item of the year. Those small projects give you time to work on bigger things! That brings us to the Pay it Forward. A friend of mine had posted this on his facebook page. It’s a Pay It Forward for Creative People. So I signed up immediately! Sounded like lots of fun. In turn I had to post the Pay it Forward to my facebook page as well. I then promised to send something handmade to the first 5 people who left a comment to my post. They must in turn, promise to post in the same manner and send something they made to the first 5 posters on their status. It must be handmade by you, and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011. Funny thing is I’ve only gotten 4 replies as of today. That leaves one more spot for someone to snag something handmade from me! ;) Friend me on facebook and it could be you!

Bringing us back to the 2nd item that I’m knitting for my 52 in 52 weeks. It’s a beverage cozie! It will be my gift to my friend Dele on facebook. She was the first to respond to my Pay it Forward. I should have it finished this afternoon and will be shipping it out to her. I’m still trying to decide on what to make for the other participants. The giving and creating from the heart is the best part of all!

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