Sunday, February 28, 2010

if you need socks

let me recommend sock dreams to you. while most of the socks certainly are geared toward women, they sure do have a supply of men's socks as well.

i have gotten socks from them several times in the past. their service is incredible and their socks ain't bad either.

i've mentioned before i have a sock (and scarf) fetish. i'm NOT kidding about it either. i LOVE socks socks socks. of late i have only bought either slouch socks or over the knee socks (which i slouch anyway).

there are all sorts of socks for all sorts of prices. some are inexpensive and some are a bit pricey (but worth it).

really, if you're looking for socks i HIGHLY RECOMMEND them. and no, i have nothing to do with sock dreams nor am i being compensated. i just am a very satisfied customer and i wanted to share that

pics are from the sock dreams website linked above. except for the purple all slouched down sock. it's mine, taken with my phone. i'd take a GOOD picture of some of my socks but my camera is in the car AND the batteries are dead.

b.ella pantera jersey dress socks (85% cashmere)

checkered grid tabi socks

there are just FAR too many to choose so i'm going to stop now. have a look for yourself. you will NOT be disappointed. i promise you

Monday, February 22, 2010

magically delicious crafty

pattiewack shows us how to make this lucky charm just in time for st patrick's day

pic from the pattiewack's blog linked above

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

eff the snuggie!

Vík Prjónsdóttir

i want ALL of THEIR designs: (here's a pic, description below, of ONE)

from their site:.


We have launched our new website today. Vík Prjónsdóttir was created 2005 by Icelandic designers Brynhildur Pálsdóttir, Egill Kalevi Karlsson, Guðfinna Mjöll Magnúsdóttir, Hrafnkell Birgisson, Þuríður Rós Sigurþórsdóttir and the knitting factory Víkurprjón.


The Sealpelt / Selshamurinn

In the Icelandic myths, seals are believed to be condemned by humans. One ancient story from the south of Iceland is about a farmet who early one morning finds a sealpelt lying on the beach. In a cave nearby, he hears vioces and music. He takes the sealpelt home and hides it in a woodenchest. Few days later he returns to the beach and finds a crying, naked, young woman sitting on a rock. He brings her to his house where she stays, but he never tells her about the pelt. As time goes by they get married and have children. But the young woman is restless and often stares quietly out of the window at the ocean. One day when the farmer goes fishing, his wife accidentally finds the key of the chest, opens it and discovers the missing pelt. She takes leave of her children, puts the pelt on and before she dives into the ocean she says: “ I am vary anxious, with seven children on land an seven in the sea.” She never comes back but the farmer misses her terribly. Later when he goes fishing there often is a seal near his boat and its eyes are filled with tears. It is said that the farmer becomes a very lucky fisherman. And when his children play at the beach there often is a seal swimming close to land. Sometimes it brings them beautiful stones and colorful fishes. But their mother never returned.

The Sealpelt designed 2005 by Vík Prjónsdóttir. 100% Icelandic wool, four colour combination.
Size 78,74 x 52,75 inch / 200 x 134 cm.

Photography by Gulli Már.

ann and kay, i LOVE 'em!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

cool gaiter to (cable) knit

CRAFT Pattern: Heartfelt Gaiter/Heartless Gaiter

By Nikol Lohr

pattern and podcast by craftzine of course (pic from there as well)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

this is soooooooooooooooooo cool

and the best part is I LOVE LOVE LOVE onions

How to Make a Valentine from an Onion

Jeffery Rudell, contributor

pic: from mr rudell's tutorial linked above at craft stylish

check out the other pictures too. man, this really IS impressive to me

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

geekologie hooks us up with some

Star War Valentines 2010 [jamesstowe]

Print Them Out!: Star Wars Valentine's Cards

thanks to craftzine, i found yet ANOTHER wonderful blog

belle and burger (banner from the belle and burger blog of course)

this is quite enchanting

A Moment to Oneself from clair neal on Vimeo.


my friend 'm' from work is having a BIG

birthday this weekend. i wanted to knit her up something special. a long time ago i remember her telling me she would love to have a shrug..........well............

the pattern is bobblicious from knitty

i made it a bit wider (instead of casting on 55 stitches, i used 61) and instead of four rows of bobbles, i knit three rows on each end.

'm' LOVED LOVED LOVED it. i asked her to do me a favor. i said i had knit this for a friend and she was about 'm's size. would 'm' mind trying it on for me so i could see if it needed adjustments or not. nope she didn't mind. when she had it on, i said, HAPPY B-DAY 'M'!!!

(i used bambolo yarn. super bulky. 51% wool/49% acrylic)

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

scientist valentines!

print 'em send 'em out

valentine from david at ironic sans (they're from a couple of years ago, but STILL c'mon, i'd LOVE one of these) from the print 'em out link above

Thursday, February 4, 2010

more sewing!

crafting a green world tells us about annika sanders and her re-crafting / green crafting

........This amazing video tutorial is a lesson in more than just sewing. Annika Sanders of UK clothing shop Junky Styling shows that green crafting is all about your mindset...............

nice slippers!

and instructable user ChrysNshows you how YOU can have some too (but you gots to know how to sew)

pic from ChrysN instructable

sew warm and comfy teddy bear slippers

cool (and crafty too) video


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

what a great idea!

i guess it's been around for a while. i'd just never heard about it or even seen it.

underspace storage
Francesca wrote in telling us about her underspace storage idea: ....................
pic from the whip up link above

want to make one?

craftzine shows us how to weave a basket out of maps
By Jane Patrick

pic: from the craftzine tutorial

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Monday, February 1, 2010

a neckwarmer

i knit (well most of it was purling) for my friend's mom. she's ill and i figured it would keep her quite warm. she can even pull it up over her head like a cowl.

the dark blue at the bottom is noro ito and all the other colors are one of my favorite all time yarns. malabrigo wicked super soft merino

no pattern. knit in the round. cast on about 55 stitches. knit a row or two. purled 3 or 4 rows. knit 1 or 2, purled 3 or 4. no set color band
length. just changed colors when i felt like it.

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i got myself an early birthday present

as soon as i saw this (i googled 'handspun art yarn') i KNEW i had to have it. it was ME. not only was it my favorite color, purple, it had little dolls spun RIGHT into it! i then looked at the rest of this woman's work and was absolutely, totally blown away. it knocked my socks off. so wicked cool, i couldn't believe it. unusual and diverse. spun yarns, felting, jewelry, beading, knit and crocheted clothing items.

i'm posting pictures of the yarn i bought. i asked if i could and i can. i didn't ask about anything else. i am begging you. please check out ALL of her work. you won't be sorry.

I have no idea what I’m going to make myself. It most likely will be a hat or neckwarmer. Any suggestions?

she's in new zealand (i don't want to see many places, that is one place i DO wish to see coincidentally) but really, the shipping was minimal

ginga squid website

ginga squid facebook

ginga squid blog

ginga squid flickr

ginga squid store at artfire (note, this is where i bought my yarn. i was unaware of her plain ol' ginga squid store - first link above. sooooooooooooooo, i don't know where it's better to buy from. email her. ask. i will next time. and yes, there WILL be a next time)

pics: courtesy of ginga squid

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