Sunday, May 30, 2010

Think Spring Ravelry Swap

Thing Spring Ravelry Swap, originally uploaded by jennlikesyarn.
Check out this amazing swap I received the other night from my Hats Off to You swap partner in the Think Spring swap!

Everything is greatly appreciated and the timing couldn't be better. First of all, the amazing hat:

Thing Spring Ravelry Swap

LOVING the colors. She had emailed me to see if I wanted something subdued or something bright. I've found that I always make bright hats for other people, but always wear more neutral colors, and told her I was ready to take a risk, haha. And look at how great they are! Neon green (which is a color I've become very attracted to lately) and a pretty shade of blue. The yarn is a really fun Merino Wool from the Sheep Shop Yarn Company.

Included in her package were a TON of fun gardening supplies. First, the amazing bright pink gardening apron that I'm SO happy she sent me. I'm planning on digging into our overgrown garden a bunch over the summer, and this will really come in handy. Also, the gardening gloves in a pretty red color. I almost purchased some last week, but now I'm glad I didn't!

There were also a bunch of seeds that Hubby and I are thrilled to start planting. There's a small canister of enough wildflower seeds to cover 15 square feet, and we know exactly where they're going to go. She also sent some great sweet pepper, iceberg lettuce (Hubby's favorite lettuce that he was planning to plant this summer), and tomato seeds. It's great to get our hands on these because we already had enough work cut out for us without hunting down the seeds!

Other great items: Rainbow Gummy Frogs (that Hubby tore from my hands and already started eating), some cute planting tins with flower designs on the outside, "J" sticky notes (really exciting since I can never find them in a "J" and I'm obsessed with my initial for whatever reason), lip balm, DELICIOUS-looking Rishi Tea, a nummy strawberry candle that's going right in our dining room, a cute pink and gold pouch that I'll be putting my makeup in on Thursdays before heading to class, and LOTS more! (You can click here to view the larger version of the photo with notes of each item).


Thing Spring Ravelry Swap

KNIT PICKS YARN! In Merino Wool! It's so soft to the touch. I think I'm going to use it to make a version of the Tuva hat I made for my swap partner, and I'm pumped to get started (once I'm done finishing up some other current projects).

I hope you're all enjoying your Memorial Day weekends! I took Friday off, too, so it's been a great few days of catching up on school work, doing some Freelance design stuff, and sleeping a bunch, haha. Hubby and I bought the new Super Mario Galaxy 2 yesterday (an impulse buy), so I'm sure that'll be a fun activity for us tonight after returning from our friends' party.

More to come soon!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Knit a Cat Hat (or: How to Make Your Kitty Hate You)

Knit Cat Hat, originally uploaded by jennlikesyarn.
In one of my swap groups, we were brainstorming some ideas for our next swap. Because the group is hat-themed, for whatever reason, I came up with the idea to make coordinating hats for pets and their owners. Don't ask me why.

In any event, my Ravelry search brought me upon this pattern:

After posting the pattern to my Facebook and saying that I must resist the urge to make one, my friends cheered me on. So lo and behold, in a matter of 30 minutes or so, I made this beauty. And had to chase poor Charlie around the house to get him to wear it. If he wasn't already in a playful mood, it would have been easier, plus Hubby is outside experimenting with our new weed whacker (something which scared the bejeebus out of the cats).

I tried to get Petey to participate, but I couldn't convince him it was for the common good.

Still. It's freakin' adorable. I'm imagining so many ways to customize it. I'm thinking... clown pom-pom? A Mohawk? I'm about to go berserk. As if I don't have real work to be doing at the moment, haha.

I have a swap package to show off, so maybe I'll continue the procrastination by taking photos of that :)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Traveling Scarf Project Begins

100_1971, originally uploaded by jennlikesyarn.

Presenting the three flowers I made for my traveling scarf!

I shouldn't have joined another swap group, but I've been wanting to join a traveling scarf group since before our wedding in October; there just wasn't enough space in any of the groups!

This specific group is for knitters and crocheters, and we were able to choose between a lengthwise scarf or a flower scarf. I have so many normal scarves that I wanted something a little bit different, and a lot a bit obnoxious. So everyone in my downline will be making 3-5 flowers in their choice of patterns and colors (I'm hoping they mesh, lol). I'm also encouraging strategic use of novelty yarn.

The pattern is from Lion Brand, and you can download it here. I used a J hook instead of an N hook so they wouldn't be as large. I don't want the sew the flowers together in a straight line - more zig-zaggy - so a medium size is better.

I'm so excited to ship these off this week and get them back in... a few months, haha. Wish me luck!

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