Crafty Mands

Chronicles of my obsession with all things crafty

Yarn Crawl January 21, 2007

Filed under: My Constant Companion,yarn crawl — Amanda @ 2:22 pm

Yesterday Beth, Liesl, and I went on a mini-yarn store crawl.

We started up north at Yarns & Fabrications where I’m telling myself I did not break my “No Yarn in 2007” yarn diet by using my in store credit. I also bought some fabric to line a purse that I’m in the process of designing.

Then we went to Don Pablo’s for lunch. Margaritas were enjoyed by all. I had one swirled with sangria…tasty! 🙂

Then we were off to KnitOn! where I did manage to be good and bought nothing. However, I did decide that for the remainder of Mike’s Valentine’s yarn gifting we’re going to KnitOn! There’s just so much more yarn than any of the other yarn stores in the area and I did just buy yarn from Yarns & Fabrications so I’m trying not to feel so guilty.

On the needles right now are the purse I’m designing and the Brea bag that I’ve been frustrated with for months now. I’ve finished the first side of the Brea bag, but can’t manage to line up the cables on the second side. Yeah, I’m challenged. I know.

To be started in the near future…Mike bought me some yarn (the first part of my Valentine’s gift…he’s way too good to me) that should arrive Monday. I’m getting some dark red laceweight mohair to make a reversible cable wrap and some bulky wool to make a My Constant Companion.

I’m also working on a pair of UK socks and a desert camo hat for Michael when time (ha…what’s that?) permits!

Oh, and winter finally find the Cincinnati tri-state area. We have about 2 inches right now and it’s still falling. Supposed to be cold all week. Finally!


My totally incredible brother got me "Knitting on … January 8, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amanda @ 4:36 pm

My totally incredible brother got me “Knitting on the Edge” for Christmas! I’ve totally been drooling over this book forever. I think this year I’m going to attempt to design a few things. I should be able to. I have all three of the Stitchionaries. I have the Vogue Knitting Reference Book. I have Ann Budd’s The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweaters and Knitting on the Edge. I’m ready!

I’m working on Mike’s UK socks right now. They’re speeding along on size 2.5 Addis. I’m using Amy’s hand-dyed yarn that I had her dye up specifically in the UK colors. She did a fabulous job and if you need something custom dyed I would totally recommend going to Amy. She is awesome to work with! In fact, I have another custome dye order in with her right now for Navy Desert Camouflage colors for a hat for Mike’s deployment.

I’m also trying to finish a cabled purse that I’ve been working on for months. I’m getting there. I’ll post pictures of it soon (and the socks too).

Okay, back to the real world,


A new year and a new name January 2, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amanda @ 2:26 am

Happy New Year every one!

Since moving from KY to IN this past Fall I thought it would make sense to change the name of my blog to something that was related to IN instead of KY. My SIL and I have always said that if we opened a yarn store we would do it in IN and call it the Hoosier Yarn Barn so…here you have it…the first step towards my dream.

My wonderful husband gifted me with the Vogue Stitchionary Third Volume and E. Zimmerman’s Knitting Without Tears for Christmas and I’ve been pouring through them. I’m really hoping to work on colorwork this year. Last year I taught myself Fair Isle and this year my goal is Intarsia.

Here’s to a happy, healthy year full of growth and challenges.