Flying Purple People Eater

As promised, my present to Chixon! Chicken Chixon to be precise. She will be loved, though hopefully not by Baxter

Also, the promised pic of my first glorious gift of sock yarn from the Kangaroo Dyer. These are her Mistakes people! Mistakes!!

Finally, you may want to peek over here, it’s a work in progress and you’ll find out more soon :)

Headin’ for a Heartbreak

I love working at Webs!
For so, so many reasons only one of which is the amazing free stuff that we get. Back during the rush of the Holidays I was also the happy recipient of 2 ebony cable needles, a set of sz2, 5 1/2″ rosewood dpns, sz4, 4″ bamboo dpns, sz8, 8″ rosewood needles and a set of stitch markers. This table full of lovelies is what I got to come home with yesterday.

This is a silk mohair blend that our on staff dyer, The Kangaroo Dyer, was playing with, these were a couple of her “mistake” colors! Ultimately we decided not to carry this yarn but Artyarns carries a very similar blend.

We also get lots of nice free sample from the yarns companies we work with. Right now is swatch madness at the store as all the new Spring yarns begin to pour in. Customers have a much easier time picturing how to use the new yarns when they can see and feel how they knit/crochet up. I’m not a big cotton girl but it is Rowan and it will be nice for some cotton tops for the munchikins this summer.

Jo Sharp also has some great yarns with many, many wonderful patterns to play with. The Reynolds Soft Sea Wool is a new yarn and like the name implies – this stuff is soft. It has a nice nubby texture and knits up wonderfully on sz4 needles( 4!? Trust me, I’ve seen the sample swatch).

More lovely Rowan cotton.

The large hank is a not-quite-right dye lot of Kangaroo Dyer’s SweetPotato Sock yarn – man, I love this color. One hank, two socks. Next to it is another “mistake” color that she was trying in the sock yarn, it’ll make a nice pair for one of the munchikins. I had also gotten 2 hanks earlier in the year from her in colors that she wasn’t thrilled with. What this woman sees as failures I would kill to some up with! She is one of the most honest, and modest, and lovely women I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. I’ll have to show you the other two colors in the next post.
Finally, one last “mistake” color, I’ll show you the finished project soon, promise! I’m off to finish up some stuff for CHIXON :), pics to come later this weekend (we don’t want any peeking!) The Hubby and I are childless this weekend and we have lots of time to spend with friends and get some little things done around the homestead.

Oh, today’s post title – it’s eigth-grade flashback day around here, I’m listening to Winger.

Pins and Needles

I was home for a bit today and had a little time for some crafting.
I’ve been wanting to do some shrinky-dink pins for about 6 months and I finally just did it today. I may give some away and I wanted to keep them nice and organized, so I made these littel cards to store them on.

Arent’s they cute! Its Chicken Betty in miniature! I’m thinking of making a whole line of chicken pins: Chickens Agnes, Maude, Edith and the ornament chicks. Whee!

This is How We Do It

The Give-Away Girls have made it to their new homes.
Well two out of three ain’t bad. Ginny, on the right, and Gertrude, on the left, have found their new homes. I thought I’d share with you how they are doing.

The Stitching Nut says of Ginny:
“I got Chicken Ginny and I adore her. Altho, she looks very much like the “Partridge in a Pear Tree” and not a chicken, LOL. Must be the bling & clothes she’s wearing, huh?”

Ellen says of Gertrude:
I just wanted to tell you again how much I have enjoyed having Gertrude here. She has been perched under our Christmas tree since we put it up. All went well until Christmas Eve when we have all of our family gathering here for fun and festivities, not to mention good food and all that goes with the Season. Well, not usually one to Tell Tales, but she got so many compliments that put the rest of the tree inhabitants to shame….and I fear all of the attention has quite gone to her wee head. She is refusing to leave her spot and we have had a number of discussions on Humility, Piousness, and Agreeableness. I have told her that when I take the tree down, pack everything away, she will not be included in the boxing up, but, as I told you, be a Presence in my Room. This seems to mollify her, and I am hoping for the best. The best meaning that she will go sweetly into the back room and rule her roost there. She has really been quite peevish! And may I add, has exhibited an aura of superiority. I have quietly suggested to her that beauty is only skin deep and ugly goes clear to the bone. I can tell that she is considering this possibility. I think that we may, after all, have a smooth transition in the long run.

And look, LOOK! At this fabulous thing that my MIL got me for the holidays. A mini iron! Yee-haw this thing will sure come in handy for seams and little sewing projects. Yay for me! The Hubby and I also got a turkey fryer – not for turkey – for boiling down sap for syrup in the spring. Homemade maple syrup for all next Xmas!

Wishing you all a fabulous 2007!