Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Five things to give your knitter or crocheter for Christmas.

Its that time of the year again...you know where you spend countless hours fighting traffic,cooking,wrapping,shopping and spending time with your family and friends opening god awful gifts. I'm not gonna lie I've gotten something almost every year that was totally not me. Birdhouses,old lady lotions and soaps you name it. It was given to me. So here is my top five things to give the fiber artists in our lives.

5.Yarn Bowl by http://knitwitch.com/

If you don't own a swift or ball winder a yarn bowl is for you.
It keeps your ball still and feeds through a small duct keeping animal hair and dirt off your yarn as you work your project.

4.Twinkie Chain's crochet goodies for fashion foodies

If you have a sweet treat but you don't wanna eat then I suggest you warm up and wear it.With How-to's on making Twinkie's signature cupcake scarf and many other sweet treat patterns that are well put together for any crocheter.
This is the pattern book of the year for you.

3.Cascade Yarns 220 Wool

If you ask anybody what the best yarn in the world is they most likely will say its Cascade Yarn 220. Soft with a vast color collection and priced from $6-$13.
A great personal yarn for your own stash or a great gift for your fellow stitch'n'bitch secret santa.

2.Knitting Zombie T-shirt $20.00

I Love Zombies and I love Knitting so lets put them on a t-shirt of a Sexy Zombie Girl knitting human guts and brains. Its a win and I'm sure to gross out my family this season.

1.Magnet Bookmark - Pattern Keeper $10

When your knee deep in a pattern you can get confused or frustrated if you lose your place or repeat the same row you just did.
With a sweet border of your choice keeping your place by magnets that sandwich the paper to insure you that you won't lose where you left off.
Two words....stocking stuffer.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Recovering after Thanksgiving and Black Friday

So my Thanksgiving was great but busy. I had to make three stops(my dad's house,my aunt's house and my boyfriends parents house) and make three batches of a side dish nobody remembered but ate.This year I decided to check out Black Friday and believe me it was insane and to be honest I was against the whole idea of buying stuff at midnight and 3am since I'm all about buying handmade. Since people complain about how we don't help out the economy by buying more crap but if its for the people that deserve alittle more like your parents or children in the family.Then spend for that one day out of the year. Since we were already awake and the kiddo was spending the night at my mom's house we headed to Wal-mart to see hoards of people standing around objects waiting for midnight. Once it did a giant rush of people grabbed up everything that wasn't nailed down in the middle. I saw a man pushing a cart with two shop vacs since they were on the midnight madness sale. Thinking to myself why would you need two shop-vacs? But thats the holidays for you people do crazy things so since Halloween and Thanksgiving are done we have the mega holiday of them all on the way. So keep posted for many blog post to come.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

making christmas making christmas.....plus my article on Craft test dummies.

At the moment this is a wonderful time to start making knitted or crochet items for Christmas. I had to start early in October to finish ornaments for my naked tree as well as make a christmas card list to finally catch up on making gifts.
A few years back The San Antonio Current did a wonderful article on some of the local artist and crafters in the scene that took a handmade approach to Christmas.
Since then I have been answering questions left and right about almost everything there is to know about fiber arts and tools.
I have recently teamed up with blogger craft test dummies to write an article to educate the masses that are interested in learning.
Understanding how to make certain stitches from a book is tricky and not many can learn that way. I suggest to still keep the book around and use youtube as a private tutor to make something worth giving.
This year take the handmade plegde and only buy or make handmade to give this year.