Secret knitting reveal!

Phew, it’s hard keeping knitting secrets, but finally I can share the secret project I’ve been working on.  It was for my knitting group’s birthday swap, but my swappee was ill last week and missed knit night.  Tonight I was able to present her with….

jellyfish

A jellyfish hat!!  This was a fun knit.http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jellyfish-in-the-waves-beanie  The jellyfish is lightly stuffed, so it puffs out a little.  The farthest right tentacle dangles a little.  I love it!  I think my recipient does, too.

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(not my) blog post (well, sort of)

In the absence of any interesting crafty news from me, here’s a blog post I wrote today for my knitting group.

https://purljamsf.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/purl-jam-birthday/

I’ve been working hard at avoiding knitting (it’s SO HARD!!), and I think it’s paying off.  The less I knit right now, the better and faster my wrist/hand will heal, so I’ve been doing lots of reading instead.  With that said, my current book is calling me!  I’m reading The Sword in the Stone– this one, with rather nice illustrations, http://www.amazon.com/Sword-Stone-Terence-Hanbury-White/dp/0399225021 yes, very YA, but what a fun book!  Are you reading something good right now?

Birthday exchange

As I’ve mentioned before, my knitting group does this awesome birthday exchange thing.  We get assigned to knit for someone’s birthday, like a Secret Santa exchange.  Usually we have a theme like hats, cowls, mitts, etc., but this year the knitter/giver gets to choose.  Well, yesterday was my actual birthday, and tonight was Knit Night, so I was on the receiving end, yay!

I had another knitter take some pics so you could see how it went.

yay!

yay!

What IS this face???

What IS this face???

What a beautiful bag!

What a beautiful bag!

You'll see the reason for THIS face in the next photo.

You’ll see the reason for THIS face in the next photo.

Very Wisconsin fabric!

Very Wisconsin fabric!

Thanks, Nan!

Thanks, Nan!

I love how simple and sturdy this bag is.  I can’t wait to use it!

Etsy and Gloria

From being mentioned on the Yarn Harlot’s blog last week, my Etsy shop suddenly had a lot of traffic and even a few new orders.  It wasn’t the best timing, stock-wise, as I had been away for over a month and hadn’t been able to make the new project bags I’d wanted to have in stock.  Today I spent some time at the sewing machine and was able to stock up the shop a bit, but there’s still work to be done.  The new project bags I made are Dalek, Tardis, and Star Trek-themed!

Exploding Tardis!

Exploding Tardis!

EXTERMINATE!!!

EXTERMINATE!!!

That would be illogical.

That would be illogical.

My Etsy shop is https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarissaMadeIt, if you or someone you know has geeky/sci fi taste and needs a new project bag!

In Mother Bear Project news, I found my Gloria Bear among many bears with their new owners in South Africa.  Love!

Gloria!

Gloria with her smiley new pal.

I finished knitting my Giants cowl at knit night tonight, but then I messed up the kitchener and have to redo it.  I learned a lesson– if you know you’ve messed up the kitchener, stop and fix it!  Don’t try to keep going and just make more work for yourself.  :0

This n that on a Tuesday

At knit night I started with two turned heels on my Monkey socks: IMG_8789 And left with the gussets picked up and ready for decreasing. It was a short knit night for me, as my husband had to attend our co-op preschool’s mandatory monthly business meeting. Ah! My latest handspun is dry! IMG_8791 After washing it mellowed it somewhat, but is still twistier than I normally spin. Was it the fiber, or me? At any rate, it’s pretty and I have a small cardigan in mind for it.   http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sassymetrical

In double blogging news, I’ve written a new post for my knitting group. If you’re interested, click away! https://purljamsf.wordpress.com/

A Tuesday

Today I received in the mail a ball of yarn I won from Pincushion shop in San Francisco! It is very pretty!

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I have made good progress on my Serenity socks. Here they are at Knit Night this evening:

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And, as we sometimes have happen, a fellow knitter was destashing some yarn, and I took this ball for charity hat knitting.

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At the end of last year, I donated a few
knit hats to the Larkin Street Youth Services, but I would like to spread out my charity hat knitting, so I thought I’d so one per month this year instead of a bunch in December. I think this yarn would make a great hat for a teen in need of some comfort.

And I finished plying my huge amount of Rambouillet! I hope to have time tomorrow to wind and wash it!

Thus ends my Tuesday! I hope yours was good, too!

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