Monday, 11 February 2008

Bang, bang! You're dead!

But only if your Ravelry name is Pippa and only in a Hat Attack yarntastic sense!

I knitted through the weekend (when husband and child permitted) to finish this bad boy and it is currently winging its way up to Scotland to knock Pippa out of Hat Attack.

Alas, I have already been slain by KraftyKoala whose hat is on its way to me.

I tried everything to stay in the game, I even emailed her assassin Perversia and asked her to hurry it up big time!!!

I am off to join the Zombie KAL now!

Wednesday, 6 February 2008


Q: What is your process when planning a project? Do you shop for yarn and then find a suitable pattern? Do you find your pattern and then go out to buy the yarn? Or are you stash-busting? If your stash is out of control, how did it get that way?

For me there is no set process! I shop for yarn all the time and quite often just buy it cos it looks and feels nice eventhough I have no idea what it will be eventually made up into.

Sometimes I do see a pattern I love and I have to buy the required yarn straightaway but usually I see a pattern and try to see what I already have in my massive stash that will work.

I am trying to stash bust at the moment as my stash is way out of control but it is hard because there is so much gorgeous yarn out there and I can't help buying it - that's why I have such a big stash!!

Last day to sign up to HAT ATTACK!

Thanks to the GeekCraft peeps on Ravelry there's a bloody battle about to commence.

It is called HAT ATTACK!

Think Sock Wars but with a cable detailed hat instead.....................can you finish your hat and get it to your target before your assassin gets their hat to you?!

Here is the Ravelry group page with all the details - but be quick!! Sign ups end TODAY!!!!

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Frogs and Kisses!

I have just added a new yarn on to my Purl City Etsy store.

After a few days of struggling to find a name, Frogs and Kisses just came to me!

The only question is..............does it say Frogs and Kisses to you?

Speaking of names.................I am going to be holding a yarn naming contest on this blog shortly.

There will be prizes involved so stay tuned!!

Monday, 4 February 2008

The sock addicts are signing up!


We now have 12 people in the international sock yarn swap but there's plenty of room for some more!

C'mon and get your name down on the list!

Saturday, 2 February 2008

Calling International Sock Knitters!

I've started a swap on swap bot which is snappily titled 'Sock Knitters of the World Unite and Swap'............just rolls of the tongue doesn't it?!

Anyhoo - I want you all to come and join me here is where the swap , here is the blog and here are some more details, have a read and join up!:

As a keen sock knitter, I love to discover new yarns, both hand dyed and from all over the world.
If you feel the same, this is the swap for you!

Each participant will have one partner to whom they must send the following:

Two 100g skeins of sock yarn - it can be your own hand-dyed yarn or a sock yarn produced in your country. Natural fibres and blends only please - no 100% accrylic.

Two knitting notion items - stitch markers, needles, tape measures, project bags.....anything that you would consider essential kit for a sock knitter.

One hot drink item - by this I mean a packet of loose tea leaves, a tin of hot chocolate, a packet of coffee beans or a box of tea bags - depending on what your partner likes to drink (make sure this is listed in your profile)

An edible treat - this could be biscuits, chocolate, candy - again check your partners profile before choosing the item.

Finally, a surprise - check out your partners profile and surprise them with a little something based on their preferences. This does not have to be knitting related.

All those who sign up for the swap will be invited to join me here
where we can all get together and compare our goodies and get to know each other better!

This swap is open to all members with a rating of 4.5+. No no-sends.

Newbies are welcome with a full profile, but I reserve the right to ban anyone who I feel may not contribute well to this swap.

I'm giving you two weeks to put together your parcels and get them sent,so that should be plenty of time to pick out some really nice things for your partner.

Friday, 1 February 2008

Been to the Stitch and Creative Crafts Show

..........And it was a bit of a nightmare! Loads of really nice stalls to look at but you have to find your way through a sea of ladies with very sharp elbows to get to them!

I managed two hours of shopping before I gave up and left. I might venture back there with Beanie in her buggy tomorrow and use her as a battering ram!

While I was there today I spoke to one of the organisers of Wonderwool, a festival of welsh wool and natural fibres taking place 26th and 27th of April..............I just have to go to this!!

Anyhow, back home now and ready to have a heavy knitting weekend.......the weather here is atrocious and I am not venturing out unless it is essential!