A Girl's Gotta Knit

A blog about opening A Swell Yarn Shop, knitting and the rest of the stuff that makes life fun :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Here is the felted bag I started AGES ago and ripped out and started again over thanksgiving weekend. I have one more strap to do then it's felting time. I am excited to see how this turns out since it will be my first felting project. I just realized I am trying a lot of firsts with my knitting...first color changing and now felting- what will I try next?! :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

I have been great at starting projects lately, but HORRIBLE at finishing. This little hat went everywhere with me, just waiting to be seamed. I am undecided whether I like it or not. It looks a little round for my taste...thinking of dipping it in some HOT water to shrink it a bit! I absolutely loved doing the color changes though!!! So much easier than I imagined they would be! Now I need to post the pictures of the other projects I have started and only half finished!!!!

Monday, November 28, 2005

Little nifty things

I was shocked by how these turned out, my eyes are indeed brown and my all time favorite car is a covertible beetle!!!!!
Your Eyes Should Be Brown

Your eyes reflect: Depth and wisdom

What's hidden behind your eyes: A tender heart

Your Summer Ride is a Beetle Convertible

Fun, funky, and a little bit euro.
You love your summers to be full of style and sun!

Friday, November 18, 2005

One of a Kind Yarns

I have been soaking, dyeing, winding, and twisting, and I am having a ball. Those of you who read this blog are the first ones to find out about the new line of yarns I am adding to A Swell Yarn Shop These are the new One of a Kind Yarns Each batch of yarn is unique and limited in quantity. I will be adding more as often as possible, so check back often to see what we have in stock. Like I mentioned, you who read this are the first ones to see these yarns and I plan to announce them to the mailing list next week, so be the first to check them out!!!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Check out my first ever 'color changing' project!!! I am so excited! I always figured it would be WAY too complicated to change colors in a project and I am so thrilled that it is a piece of cake!!! This opens up all kinds of knitting project doors! Like the yarn? Check out Di Ve Fiamma and Cascade Pastaza

Sunday, November 13, 2005

I was itching to play with the new DiVe Fiamma so I whipped out this cute little hat in a couple hours! I think it's adorable and I have the yarn all picked out for a second on...maybe I will finish that tonight :)

Backorders of yarn arrived on Friday and I actually caught my breath when I saw this gorgeous yarn in there. Now granted, I am a total sucker for greens and pink, but is this not totally gorgeous?! This is the new line of Di Ve Teseo

Friday, November 11, 2005

Have you ever had a project that seems to go on for ever and ever and ever. I am making progress on this Clapotis but I still seem to be light years away from finishing! If I had it to do over again I would absolutely still use Schaefer Yarns but I would have used at least a size 5 needle (I am using 3s). Oh well, I just keep telling myself how pretty it is going to be when it is done!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

It was through teary eyes that I sent sweet Lulu off with her new family. I have already received an update that she is blending in wonderfully and has already made friends with her new chihuahua roommate. Though I wish she could have stayed with us, I know that she will be very happy with her new family! Please remind people to get their pets fixed and be prepared for the commitment of a pet so that there won't be other dogs or cats that have to go through this very sad and heart breaking transition.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

While Lulu has been staying with us, I knitted her up a cabled sweater. You can't see the knit pattern very well in this picture, but it's 8 cables making up the body piece of the sweater and I even cabled the belly piece :) She looks so cute. And at a tiny 13" around the sweater knitted up in a flash :)

Monday, November 07, 2005

Her heart is bigger than her body

Hi all,
A co-worker of mine adopted this small chihuahua last week. They have three children (small dogs tend to be very afraid of children) and a very busy household and the situation did not work out at all. I have taken in this chihuahua and want to find her the best possible home. Her name is Lulu and she weighs less than 10 pounds.
Her main goal seems to be to give snuggles and show enthusiasm for treats :) She is fantastic at sitting in your lap while you knit (and she comes with two hand knit sweaters:P). We did chores and yard work this weekend, during which time she simply found her way back to bed and napped.
She travels incredibly well and is always excited to go somewhere! She is very good about staying in her seat when she must and excellent at sitting in your lap when she can and is so small that she isn't in the way at all. She loves to be carried anywhere! This dog would do great as a side-kick. She did beautifully while she was with me at work and can join you while you do anything else. I am not much of a leash person and Lulu is very good at sticking close by...no problems running off.
She is doing suprisingly well with our two big dogs-rather than hiding from them she is just steering clear of their big ole paws. Guppy(my other little dog), on the other hand, is clearly bummed about his cuddle spots always being filled by her and is not liking his 'center of my world' position being invaded. Lulu has so much love to give and she doesn't seem to mind share attention with another small dog.
She is potty trained and we can see signs that she has had some basic training. She is an incredibly good dog. Once she is in her forever home, she will easily do well with a regular routine and consistent commands.
Lulu is such a great dog and the longer she is with us, the harder it is going to be to see her go, but we don't have the best home for her. With 3 dogs, a bunny and a cat, we are too crowded as it is and I know that there is a far better home out there for Lulu...one without children, where she can be the only dog and one where she can have someone to be devoted to...I know that she would be so much happier than in the full house that we have. I just want to find the best home possible for her!
If you or if you know any one that has the perfect home for Lulu, please pass along this e-mail and my e-mail address angelamazour@yahoo.com and be in touch.
Thank you everyone for getting the word out!!!

Friday, November 04, 2005

Hi all,
Just wanted to give you Lulu update. She is quite the happy little thing and looooooooves to be on my lap or be carried around, though she is also happy to follow you from room to room.
I think that she is potty trained since she knew exactly what to do when we went out in the yard...we had no accidents in the house. I don't, however, think she is potty trained while on a leash, so a yard will be a must (or at least patience knowing you have to train her to go potty while on a leash)
She is definitely used to sleeping in the bed and is QUITE the snuggler!!! She is still a bit skitish, but this is only day one in a new environment and our two labs are pretty large and are following her everywhere...She will need a quiet, mellow home with no children. She doesn't seem to notice or care about our cat, so I would guess cats are fine.
She is an extremely quiet dog too!
Thank you again to everyone getting the word out about Lulu...she is definitely a sweetheart of a dog and I wish we had room to keep her and that our two big ole labs didn't scare her :)

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

A new month, A new yarn of the month

Can you believe it's November already?! 2005 is flying by and the holidays are right around the corner.
This month we are featuring yarns that are terrific for knitted gifts as well as wonderful gifts as skeins to be knitted by the recipient. Bollicine Lampedusa is a wool/alpaca/acrylic blend available in gorgeous color combinations. Cascade Bobble is a fun novelty yarn that knits up quickly on size 15 needles, creating the most interesting knitted pattern...that pattern is best described by it's name-Bobble! Cascade Fixation is a great blend of cotton and elastic and creates the coziest socks you have ever worn. Do you plan to make socks for gifts this year or do you know a sock knitter who needs more sock yarn for their stash? This is the yarn to stock up on.
Stay warm and cozy this fall and Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Well, I am pretty happy with our first Halloween in our new neighborhood!!! We only had a handful of trick or treaters (just happy there were any!) but some of them actually told us we had "The Coolest House Around Here" :) We even had fog spilling around our front door!! What fun!!!