Sunday, June 29, 2008

Survey! And knitting!

Greetings from steamy Oregon! We're in a heat wave right now and suffering from cabin fever since it's too darn hot to go outside. Since it has been forever since I last posted, I thought I'd get it going right by doing a little survey/contest/giveaway. I've got a little survey set up to help us determine what we should design over the next six months - fill it out and enter to win a drawing for six of our designs in your choice of pdf or hard copy! The survey's limited to the first 100 people, so get yer answers in quick to be entered to win.

I've also got some yarn that I want to get rid of. I don't know if anyone is at all interested, but I have two garbage bags full of miscellaneous yarn remnants that I don't know what to do with. It's a lot of leftovers from various projects and some single swatching balls, some of it really good stuff and some not so much. Most of it is missing labels, although I could tell you what it was by looking at it, and some of it will require a little TLC to untangle. If anyone wants any of it, please e-mail me and let me know. It would be great for anyone who uses little bits for toys or for other projects that require little bits of random yarn.

In the process of doing this little bit of stash cleaning, I found some balls of yarn that I'd normally never use but right now I happen to be doing a bit of charity knitting. The Knitters for Obama group on Ravelry is collecting hats, scarves and washcloths for homeless veterans, and I pledged to do 4 items a month to donate. Yes, I'm nuts! I did manage to get my June items done, including two hats:

Don't you love that dirty little face, peeking out from under the red hat? I also knit (and crocheted) up a couple of washcloths:

It's so fun to be knitting without a pattern (and not having to remember what I'm doing - I get to just wing it)! I really needed this little break from hard-core designing. I also made a garterlac dishcloth, which was great fun. This is going to be a headstart on my July knitting, which is a good thing since July is right around the corner!

I also got to knit and crochet some afghan squares. The Knitters for Obama group is doing a drawing for two different afghans (one knit, one crocheted) - you get entered to win by donating to the Obama campaign. The knit afghan is the 50 States Afghan composed of a bunch of individual state squares using texture to represent the states. I signed up too late to get Oregon, or Minnesota, or any other state where I've actually lived, so I knit Michigan (which I do have ties to - my aunt & uncle live there and I spent many lovely weeks with them there when I was a kid):

For the crochet squares, it was crocheter's choice. I did the May 12" Aran Square:

And the Windowpane Square:

Both were found on Crochet Pattern Central's 12" Afghan Square page.

We spent the beginning of the week out at the Oregon coast and I got to make a quick stop at Nestucca Bay Yarns in Lincoln City. It is an awesome little shop, and the owner Cheryl was delightful (they will soon be carrying pdfs of the Gardiner Yarn Works patterns - yay!). It is so beautiful out at the beach, I wonder why we don't get out there more often. We also got to stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory, one of my favorite places (although it's always a bummer to go there on the weekend because the factory isn't running then - I love watching the cheese conveyor belts run). I really love living in Oregon!

And now it's time to get back to our regularly scheduled knitting. I've cracked into the cake of purple Sea Silk. Here it is, sitting on top of my new Japanese stitch dictionary. Aren't they inspiring together?

Actually, instead of knitting, I should really pay some attention to the kids. They've totally gone feral since school let out - I'm afraid of what they're doing out there in the living room. Somehow they got the Simpsons movie on continuous play on the DVD player and have been watching it for way too long. I am officially in the running for parent of the year.


Blogger Lacy said...

Love your blog. I took the survey and hope your design talents will consent to creating one of my suggestions. Take care and keep on blogging.
Lacy in Oregon City

3:15 PM  
Blogger leah said...

I love your crocheted squares! Makes me want to start a crocheted project!

5:07 PM  
Blogger Dotty said...

I love the Tillamook cheese factory. When I drove down the Oregon coast, it was one of the highlights of the trip. I think I bought 4 huge bricks of their smoked cheese and an assortment of other goodies. The border guard looked at me funny when I told him I was bringing back 4 pounds of cheese.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Wow, you've been productive! Those crocheted squares look great.

And yes, I do love that dirty little adorable face!

4:53 AM  
Anonymous MicheleLB said...

Too late for the survey!

Did you buy cheese curds? My kids, now ages 15 & 20, still love the way the curds squeak in their teeth!

10:25 PM  

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