I love it when people share links, either to the blog here, or one of my posts on Facebook, Ravelry, Google+, etc. It’s great. Yesterday I posted a link to the Knitivi-TEEs page, and someone else commented something like, “I … Continue reading →
The shawl pin shown below will be given to one person, to be selected at random among all customers purchasing yarn between now and next Friday. No entry required, no bidding, no special requests — just make a yarn purchase in the next 7 days and your name will be included in the randomized drawing. Winner will be announced next Saturday, May 28. Be sure to check out the most recent blog posts below as well as the growing collection of Blog Reader Specials that are still available.
I recently received one of these beautiful shawlpins, straight from the artist: Sarah Lukes, and I knew it had to go to a Knitivity knitter. Actually she showed one just like it on Facebook, preparing for a fiber arts show. I’ve not personally seen similar shawl pins, and I just had to have one to share with someone who appreciates nice yarn and all the goodies that go with it. 🙂 About an inch and a quarter wide and two and half inches long, it will stand out without being obtrusive. And having a miniature knitting needle as the pin makes this a perfect accent piece for your knitted garment.
Sarah runs “Seattle Sky Dyeworks” and has a variety of shawl pins, buttons, and even yarns — you really need to go and see all that she has! (And tell her Ray at Knitivity sent you!) 🙂
As she describes it:
Ceramic Raven Shawl Pin ~ Raku Fired ~ Wire Wrapped
Ravens are incredibly intelligent and absolutely stunning.
This shawl pin is about 1.3″ at it’s widest, is wrapped with your choice of silver or copper wire, and finished with a miniature bamboo knitting needle. The wire is semi malleable so that you can adjust the pin as necessary to fit your piece.
Each piece is individually glazed and fired so there will be variants from pin to pin.
Okay so the job was finally done (with far too many obstacles and unnecessary delays), and there’s even a new tiled area by the front door now, so no more tracking crap in and destroying the carpet. That’s usually the … Continue reading →
Early in the week I learned I would be getting new carpet in at least part of the house. I got all my ducks in a row, and got the living room and work room packed away into my bedroom: … Continue reading →
I have used paint brushes, teaspoons, turkey basters, and other devices, but hair dye applicator bottles are my main tools for putting dye onto yarn. Some of them I have had for almost 9-1/2 or 10 years. And over time, many of the tops would crack and dribble dye where I didn’t want it, so I’d have to pitch them. Just recently I noticed I was down to only 6 or 8 tips, which meant the rest of the bottles had to share tips, OR I’d have to wash one out to re-use it immediately for some other color. Neither option was really efficient, and getting worse as tip after tip was getting pitched.
I have been using these bottles for so long that when I want back to Sally Beauty Supply to get more, they no longer stock this model. That’s sad. Many of my color recipes are built on an 8-ounce squeeze bottle. So I got the closest thing I could find. Fifteen of them, in fact.
But now I’m not sure I can tell the difference between the old and the new. Can you?
Seriously, though, the original ones were once-upon-a-time as clear as the new ones. And the markings were MUCH more clear on the old ones. I may have to do some strategic marking with a permanent marker or something on the new ones.
Also, the new ones, being taller and more slender, they are top-heavy and tip easily. Fortunately, a while back I ordered what I thought was a clever thing for making even slices in homemade bread. Turned out the damn thing wasn’t as clever as I thought, and I was disappointed for several reason. But I’m glad I saved it! removing the plastic barriers and the crumb trivet, the box itself is JUST right for holding all 15 new squeeze bottles! YAY, me! I don’t care about the plastic barriers, but I’d like to find a new use for the crumb trivet that used to fit into the box.