A Girl's Gotta Knit

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

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Getting Crazy with the Dyes

Thanks to the wonderful persistance of the Lurkers over on Ravelry that desperately wanted some Semi-Solid Duet Yarn, I have been really getting crazy with this new technique and I am having a ball!At first is was difficult for me to leave well enough alone because I am do love my varying color combinations......

But then, I started to really get into the subtle color changes of the same tones....

And then, I will add just a splash of another color for a completely different look....
And then, I just get crazy with the dyes and create some of the coolest effects on the yarn!
I am really having fun with this and you can expect to see lots more to come!!!
Check out what I just added over at A Swell Yarn Shop!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Deliciousness to go

Lately I have been trying to avoid processed (prepared/boxed) food.
One of my favorite snacks is granola bars so I wanted to see if I could come up with a granola bar of my very own.
Let me tell you what...not only did I come up with my own granola bar, but this granola bar blows all other commercial granola bars out of the water. They are an easy grab and go snack and they make you feel full for a good couple hours because the ingredients are things that your body can actually process and use. AND you don't even have to bake 'em!
I can't say enough about how flippin' good these little hunks of heaven are...so I will have to give you the recipe so you can try it yourself.
This recipe can be cut in half if you want to start small...but I warn you, they will go quickly :)
In a Large Bowl put
2 Cups Peanut Butter (I use Adams)
2 Cups Honey (I use a local Honey Farm's honey)
In a different Large Bowl put
3 Cups Old Fashion Oats
2 Cups All Bran Cereal
1 Cup Wheat Germ (this adds the tons to the fabulous flavor)
1 Cup Crushed Walnuts
2 Cups Craisins
1/2 Cup Ground Flax Seed (must be ground)
Put the Honey and Peanut Butter bowl in the microwave for about 2 minutes-enough to be able to easily mix it.
Stir the dry stuff.
Pour the dry stuff into the honey and peanut butter mixture and mix really well. Mix until it starts to clump. If you don't get clumping (because different honey has different thicknesses) or you want it sweeter, add more honey.
Once thouroughly mixed, press into a cake pan (if not non-stick, oil or spray lightly).
Cut it now into squares now.
Put it into the fridge and it will firm up and it will then be ready to eat.
That's it!!!! You can make this in about 15 minutes total!!!!!!!!
Enjoy :)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sleepy Sarah

I have been knitting and crocheting like crazy these days! I still need to take some pictures of my finished stuff, but here is one photo of my Sleeping Sarah by Owlishly. If you haven't seen her crochet cuties, you are really missing out! They are adorable.
This one was a 3 evening project. I LOVE instant gratification!!!! Especially when it's this cute!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Just to make you drool a little

I have been getting lots of e-mails asking when there will be new yarn!
The answer to that question is, "There will be new yarn on the website today!!!"
As you can see, these do not have the labels on them yet...so you have to wait just a little longer.
But I thought I would at least let you drool a little until I get them posted :)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Check ME out!!!

December 16th is just about the HAPPIEST DAY in my yarn career (2nd only to the day that Renaissance Yarns discovered my yarns and asked to carry them in their store...making them the first store my yarns were ever carried) because Knit1 magazine featured 10 Indie Yarn Dyers AND (drum roll..........)

How amazing is that????????? Can you believe it? My yarn is in a National Magazine for all knitters to see!
It's on page 16 in the Winter 2008 issue!
They don't have the 'duet' color with it which is a little bit of a bummer because that is kinda what my yarn is all about. But regardless, it is there, in a magazine, on newstands right now....
Still quite a shock....
Go get your copy!!!! :)
I do want to add that the most important reason I was even considered for this magazine is because of you Duet Yarn knitters and Lucky Lurkers. Without you there would be no Duet Yarns and no Lucky Lurker Club.
I owe a big thank you to each and every one of you who have ever purchased, raved about, blogged about, talked about, or knitted with DUET YARNS!!!! You guys are the best and I am so lucky to get to make yarns for you!!!!!!!

Seach AND Help Dogs in need!

This is the Coooooooolest thing I learned this month!!!

Dogpile is a search engine that donates to the ASPCA with every search you do!
How flippin' cool is that. The only thing you have to do is search your internet stuff through their search engine and BAM money helps critters in need.
Obviously, I instantly put this as my home page!!!!!!!!
I get all the search results I am looking for and I am helping critters at the same time.
I absolutely urge every person to set this as their home page....your clicks will save critters lives and feed starving animals!!!!
Do it quick, because, as a small company working toward a good cause-it is struggling to get their name out there to make a real difference AND survive. Please join me in supporting them!!!!!
Dogpile BABY-the only way to search :)