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A Bag of Goodies for Charity

February 25

From time to time I like to provide things for local charities that are close to my heart. You might get requests for auction items, too, so I thought it might be fun to share what I just finished putting together – maybe you’ll get some ideas for auction items of your own. The auction item may be something modest for a small local event, all the way up to something with higher-end items for a fancier affair.

This time around I wanted to create a special knitting-related goodie bag. I was asked to put together several items, including a signed copy of my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. I was also asked to include yarn for making one of the scarves in the book. And of course I’d have to include a set of LimaPopShoppe‘s stitch markers in the exclusive AudKnits colors:

stitch markers

Now…what would I put all these goodies in? It had to be something really special, since this is an upscale auction…

I first wrote about the joys of Chic-a products in a blog post a couple of years ago. The company’s knitting accessories are brilliantly designed, making them oh-so-useful to us crafters while delighting us with fabulous colors and patterns. I wanted a really nice bag, and one that could do double duty as either a knitting bag or a day-to-day tote. Chic-a’s Market Tote was the perfect solution. I chose the lovely “Finlandia” color:

chic-a market tote

I couldn’t resist throwing in a set of Gadget Trays as well. I have these scattered around in various drawers, keeping small things organized, and knew someone else would find them handy as well.  I chose the jaunty yellow color in the bottom photo, since it makes me think wistfully of spring:

chic-a gadget_tray

I’m sure that so many colorful treasures and my book will make for a successful auction item for charity!

Do you have ideas for creating knitting-themed auction items? If so, please leave a comment and share them with other readers!

We Have Winners!

November 23

Congratulations to the four winners of the AudKnits 4-year blogiversary drawing! Lovely custom stitch markers are on their way to Jen, Janice, Andrea and Susan.

If you weren’t among the winners, but have a hankering for these gorgeous markers, you can order some for yourself from my friend Laurie at LimaPopShoppe on ArtFire. She has the special AudKnits colors, as well as many other great designs to choose from.

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And The Winner Is…

December 10

Congratulations to Chris, who won the beautiful stitch markers from the drawing.
They’ll be making their way to your right away.

Happy Knitting!

 

Stitch Marker Drawing Giveaway

December 2

Aren’t these stitch markers perfect for the upcoming holidays? I adore anything resembling cloisonné. I hope you do too! My friend Christy made these; they fit up to a US size 10 needle. I’ll be giving them away in a drawing, right here, on December 10th!

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 To win, enter a comment on here on this post. Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the lucky winner!

(One comment per person, please.)

Fingerless Mitts Swatch

April 8

Remember that picture of the yarns as seen through the Teleidoscope? You don’t?? Ok, to refresh your memory here it is:

teleidoscope-5a-colors

Here are how the colors came together in the actual swatch:

swatch1

The swatch is my launching point for making fingerless gloves from a book I’ll be reviewing later in the month.  The book walks the knitter through all aspects of planning and designing her own projects. Now that I have a color combination that I like and gauge from my swatch, I’ll follow the author’s simple worksheets to create fingerless gloves just the way I want them.  I can hardly wait to get started!

Nifty Gizmo

April 3

What do kaleidoscopes and knitting have to do with each other? I’ve come to find out that the beautiful patterns we all enjoyed as kids looking through kaleidoscopes and the yarn colors we use as knitters today come together through a nifty gizmo that KnitPicks calls a Teleidoscope.

The Teleidoscope is a simple cardboard tube.

teleidoscope-2

The clear ball lens at one end distorts whatever you’re looking at – in this case yarn. You look through the other end, down through mirrors that crate a kaleidoscopic effect.

I’m embarking on another stranded knitting project. It will – I hope – help bust a bit of my stash. I knew I wanted to use a teal-ish blue I have on hand, plus a creamy white. But I needed some accent colors to jazz it up. How would they look all together? This is where the Teleidoscope came in. Here are the two main colors as seen through the the Teleidoscope:

teleidoscope-2a-colors

As you look through the Teleidocsope you add and subtract yarns to see their effect on each other, including the proportions of one color to another. I tried a variety of accent colors, and here’s how a mustard looked added to the original:

teleidoscope-3-colors

I kind of like it. But the pattern I’m using calls for “bright, multi-colored ribbing.” Hmm…. it needs more. I threw in a bit of brown I have left over from a scarf. And then tossed in a coral from another project. Here are how the five balls of yarn looked through the Teleidscope: 

teleidoscope-5a-colors

I’ll use all five of these colors in the ribbing for my new project – fingerless gloves. The colorful stripes will make a nice accent to the teal and white hand, and will maintain the pattern’s ethnic tradition. I can hardly wait to swatch!

The Little Things in Life….

December 23

It may seem strange to be obsessed with stitch markers, but I am. I love the shiny colors, I love coming across them as I knit. I love that they make life oh-so-much easier. I have a batch of new favorites, in red and green for Christmas.

 

The green markers are especially cute, with little flowers in the glass.

One of the things I appreciate about these markers are the solid ring. Unlike the split ring markers I’ve had in the past, these do not snag my yarn. If you like these, you might want to check out Lima Pop Shoppe on Etsty.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

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