Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Video Book Review, WestKnits BestKnits by Stephen West

Video Book Review, WestKnits BestKnits by Stephen West 

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Today, I have a brief Book Review of West Knits, Best Knits (Vol. 1),  by Stephen West, published in 2016. Link is to view the patterns in the book through Ravelry.



I mentioned that I first was introduced to Stephen West on the Fiber Hooligans podcast. If you'd like to hear that episode go to THIS LINK and look for the episode dated 7/24/14 (apologies, there's not a link for the single episode that I can find.)

This is an unsolicited opinion, mine, of a new book. You can find me in Ravelry as wearingpurple, in Twitter as wearingpurple1 and I have a public group in Facebook called Pursuit of Happy Knits. Also, I'm also in Instagram account and in Pinterest.

Extra: The shawl I'm fussing with is the Strandwanderer (link to my project in Ravelry). I purchased the Lorna's Laces Iris colorway from Ewe and Brew when they very first opened, then began the project as part of a KAL, but it took me forever because I only worked on it at knit night AND because I doubled the size. Did I mention I like big shawls? When I moved away from that shop, it bothered me that I hadn't finished it yet, then I bought some LuLaRoe leggings that matched the colors. That made me churn it out to the finish!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Recap Stitches West 2017 or #STITCHESWest2017, Santa Clara, CA

I was able to be at Stitches West at the end of February, but had a cold and lots of drama at work, which prevented me sharing until now.


Links to various vendors or people mentioned: The Stitches Events, Halos of Hope, The Buffalo Wool Co, Marly Bird, Erin.Lane Bags, Knitmore Girls Podcast (who shared items from Miss Babs, Plum Deluxe, Unicorn Baby Fiber Wash, Lo-Lo by Bar-Maids, Lisa Souza, The Fibre Company, you can listen to Jasmin's and Gigi's thoughts about Stitches West at THIS LINK!) Kyle Kunnecke, Slipped Stitch Studios, Signature Needles, Artisanal Yarns (Facebook page, not connecting to their website), Romi Hill, also Madrona Fiber Festival and Canon Hand Dyes.   

And, just for fun, BONUS BLOOPER!



You can find me in Ravelry as wearingpurple, in Twitter as wearingpurple1 and I have a public group in Facebook called Pursuit of Happy Knits. Also, I'm also in Instagram account and in Pinterest.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Recap: KnitFit in Seattle Adventure

My friend Malia and I attended the Knit Fit event this last weekend, in Seattle, and have created a video to share a little of our experience with you. There is a website, KnitFitSeattle.com, they also have a Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.



Here are links to Sivia Harding, Lorilee Beltman, Andrea RangelBlissful Knits, Bumble Birch, Farm Girl, Hazel Knits, Knerd String, as well as all the the vendors we didn't mention, which include the folks, Veronika and Danny of YOTH, the only photograph I posted in Instagram, and then forgot to mention we we were being chatty....

This was not the first adventure Malia and I have been on together, we've attended the Seattle Mariner's Stitch and Pitch, the first time I ever went to see a live game, EVER, was just us two.

You can find me in Ravelry as wearingpurple, in Twitter as wearingpurple1 and I have a public group in Facebook called Pursuit of Happy Knits. Also, I'm also in Instagram account and in Pinterest.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Adventures in Planned Pooling, crochet technique

Thought I might share my adventures in Planned Pooling, which is a crochet technique that is all over the internet right now. In fact, I would encourage you to search for #PlannedPooling and see all the amazing and helpful videos and posts there are out there!



Links to the dyers where I obtained the yarn, in order, KnitCircus, Dizzy Blonde and Blue Moon Fiber.  My opinion is unsolicited, these are skeins I purchased at various events or with online opportunities as I could.

Here are the links to Marly Bird's videos that are very recent at this point, first shares the how-tos to get started and the second is 10 Secrets to Perfect Planned Pooling. Her YouTube channel is sponsored by Red Heart Yarns, so if you saw a particularly sweet colorway she used, and you'd like to give it a try, check out their website.

You can find me in Ravelry as wearingpurple, in Twitter as wearingpurple1 and I have a public group in Facebook called Pursuit of Happy Knits. Also, I'm also in Instagram account and in Pinterest.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Recap: Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival, 2016

I attended the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival this last weekend and have created a video to share a little of my experience with you. The event was put together by Knot Another Hat, located in Hood River, Oregon, and held in nearby, The Dalles.



Here are links to Lo-lo by Bar-Maids, Loosely Knit Purls (where I got the pin to wind yarn), Alpha B yarns, Rock & More Accents (the magnetic flourite stone shawl pin) is by Spinning Designs and she is on FacebookRecrochetions (Laurinda Reddig, Author of Reversible Crochet book, website)

For any regular viewers, I am not wearing any make-up in this, I have been recovering. I'm not sick, just got over-fatigued from the weekend, talked too much and lost my voice. I had considered NOT posting this because I don't look or sound like myself, but after I shared the video in Facebook and was encouraged by others whose opinions I value, and with my worry that I miss repeating any of what I said in this one, I've decided to go ahead and post it anyway. Apologies for the repeat if you've seen it multiple times. 

You can find me in Ravelry as wearingpurple, in Twitter as wearingpurple1 and I have a public group in Facebook called Pursuit of Happy Knits. Also, I'm also in Instagram account and in Pinterest.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Video Book Review of Urban Knit Collection by Kyle Kunnecke

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Today, I have a brief Book Review of Urban Knit Collection: 18 City Inspired Patterns for the Modern Wardrobe,  by Kyle Kunnecke, published by Interweave as of this month. Link is to view the patterns in the book through Ravelry

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This is an unusually long 20+ minutes because I also received a package from Dizzy Blonde Studios as well. This was consisting of goodies I ordered to celebrate their Knit Dizzney 2016 event, held every year the Sunday AFTER Labor Day weekend (this year was September 11th). Dizzy Blonde makes things available for those who attend and those of us who wish we were there. This year's items (based on the yarny theme 'HOOK') was a t-shirt, yarn and project bag. Check it out ~ I talked like a Pirate for a couple of days, with all of the booty that came in this package!

This is what happened at my desk with the package from
Dizzy Blonde Studios arrived. 

This is an unsolicited opinion, mine, of a new book. You can find me in Ravelry as wearingpurple, in Twitter as wearingpurple1 and I have a public group in Facebook called Pursuit of Happy Knits. Also, I'm also in Instagram account and in Pinterest.


Happy Sunday!


This is actually as we were starting out, from the boat launch area.
I love the lily pads to the right there, I can't recall having seen
that before we moved here. 


Monday, September 12, 2016

Video book review of Ultima Thule by Denise Bell of Lost City Knits

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Today, I have a brief Book Review of Ultima Thule -- Patterns inspired by the Shetland Islands,  by Denise Bell and Chris Dykes, published by Lost City Knits as of March 2016. Link is to purchase the book through the Lost City Knits Yarn website and an e-book is available through Ravelry.



This is an unsolicited opinion, mine, of a new book. You can find me in Ravelry as wearingpurple, in Twitter as wearingpurple1 and I have a public group in Facebook called Pursuit of Happy Knits. Also, I'm also in Instagram account and in Pinterest.