Cyber Monday Savings for Knitters and Crocheters

It's back to work for many of us today, but the savings are still hanging on. Make sure to check out these exclusive Cyber Monday savings from some of my trusted affiliates. Can't wait to see what you make with all your new goodies!


Spend More and Save More at Patternworks!  Codes Valid 11/30/15:


Cyber Monday Deals are Here at Interweave!  Receive an Additional 10% Off Storewide with Offer Code CYBERDEALS10.  Valid One Day Only, 11/30/15.

Bonita Patterns

35% off all patterns TODAY ONLY with code MONDAY35


**HUGE SALE** Black Friday - Cyber Monday ---> ALL online classes & craft supplies! Up to 75% OFF craft supplies & project kits. 900+ online classes on sale for $19.99 or less per class!

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Black Friday Deals for Knitters and Crocheters

It's a little crazy to think that Thanksgiving has come and gone, and even crazier to think I was able to shove that much turkey into my mouth without dying, but hey - here we are to experience yet another Black Friday. Hopefully you're nestled on a couch, snuggled up tight in your jammies with a glass of wine in your hand, because I've got some must-see deals for you:


To say thank you for all that you do, use code PWTHANK to take 20% off these select Worsted weight yarns! Valid 11/26-11/30.


Save 50% Off Storwide during Black Friday Week at Interweave! Offer Valid 11/23-11/30. *Some exclusions apply.*


You can't beat these Black Friday deals! Get up to 75% off craft supplies & project kits. Did I mention you could pick up an online craft class at $19.99 or less for yourself or someone else? What a unique gift for the holidays! Shop now before the deals are gone.

Up to 75% off craft supplies & kits, all classes are $19.99 or less.


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Oh! Loops #hpkal2015 October Swap Goodies

Before I catch my flight, I wanted to share the goodies I got in the first of three swaps in the Oh! Loops Harry Potter KAL! Everything is amazing, and you can bet your bottom dollar that I'll be packing my plane project in that adorably festive Halloween project bag :)

Here's hoping you all have a safe and happy Halloween! See you in a couple weeks, when my life will become significantly less stressful.


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Finished: Hermione's Everyday Socks


Last Friday, I took a mental health day after the week from you-know-what (let's just say UPS temporarily lost a very important package) so I could enjoy some knitting time to myself. Although I spent most of my time working on orders instead of playing with my new Rhinebeck acquisitions, I still managed to eek out my Hermione's Everyday Socks for the Oh Loops Harry Potter Knitalong - just in time to be a week early and get 50 points for Gryffindor! I kept seeing everyone's finished projects on the Ravelry board and thought I was super behind, so it was a huge achievement to finally get these off my needles.

The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Hand-painted in the Summer Blooms Tonal colorway. A big reason I selected this yarn was because I didn't feel like killing myself trying to match stripes. Another reason is that I wanted to double-dip in two Pinktober KALs, where your finished project had to be pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The pattern looks intimidating to a sock newbie, but trust me: it's not. It's just knitting and purling, guys, so if you're like me and wondering if you can do them, then please just jump in head-first - because you can totally make them.

I only edited the pattern enough to make a Fish Lips Kiss Heel instead of a standard heel; however, since I knit these on DPNs instead of my circulars (a decision I've come to regret), I wasn't able to pull tight enough and wound up with little holes in the gusset area. It's not too noticeable, so I'm mostly worried about whether or not they'll stand the test of time without me learning how to darn them eventually.

So now begins my hunt for a November main challenge project, which I get to start a week late due to managing trade shows in Vegas next week. Blargh. Wish me luck!

Rhinebeck 2015: My Epic Recap

As mentioned in my previous post, I attended this little event called New York Sheep and Wool (aka: Rhinebeck). And by "little", I mean over 300 must-see vendors peddling mostly yarn, fiber, and knitting supplies, sprinkled with yummy foods (I recommend the pumpkin pie fudge) and wine.

It's an amazing event, although getting there from where I live seemed a bit daunting - until I heard where other attendees came from. When you listen to a woman talking about how she traveled from Vancouver, then my waking up at 4:30AM on a Saturday and driving 2.5 hours doesn't seem so bad.

I met up with several of my knitting podcaster buddies for what I'm deeming my most amazing experience this year. I was in awe, surrounded by building upon building housing walls of fiber I never thought I'd see in one place. Plus, all my knitting stars were within touching distance at some point or another. Erin and I were starstruck when Stephanie Pearl McPhee of Yarn Harlot fame walked by us - TWICE! We also saw Leslie of The KnitGirllls, though were too flabbergasted to say hi, although I did meet Minerva Turkey and Laura Nelkin without passing out. I'd have loved to meet more, but the day went surprisingly fast and there was too much to see and do.

But enough about that. Here are details about the yarn (and Turkish spindle) I rescued:

This was my first time at Rhinebeck and, based on my friends’ descriptions, it was everything I imagined it to be. I expected crowds, although some of the lines seemed a bit too long (Miss Babs, for example, had a line out the door that appeared to take 40 minutes to an hour to get through). That said, I’m not sure the lines were the vendors' faults, as I overheard many vendors saying the wifi had been dropping frequently, causing a problem for people paying with credit cards (I was told to bring cash, so it wasn’t a big deal for me, thankfully!). Miss Babs was empty by the end of the day on Saturday and still had a wonderful variety of yarn. We were there when they were restocking, which seemed frequent, so no need to step on each other for different colorways :) I mention this because many forum posts discussed how people were overwhelmingly shove-y and grabby this year.

But despite the crowds, almost everyone was in good spirits and very friendly. Yes, I got jostled around, but I don’t think anyone was doing it on purpose. It’s almost impossible to get around easily when you’re carrying bags and bags of yarn and only have so much space to squeeze through.

There was one young couple heading into one of the barns, though, who were vocally miffed about the crowds. A bunch of people in front of us stopped to look at what was on display in a booth. Due to the oncoming traffic, nobody behind them could get around. Frustrating, sure, but nothing different than what had been happening all day. As an event planner myself, I’m really not sure what else could have been done about it. Anyway, the guy in the couple was like, “Come on, people, what’s the hang up?” The woman loudly sighed and barged through everyone. It was quite a show and they were very sour. I made it a point not to get worked up about the crowds after that because their display was ridiculous. Otherwise, everyone appeared to be having a really good time and I enjoyed meeting/conversing with everyone.

The souvenir tent was wicked busy, which made me happy I had pre-ordered my souvenirs. Picking them up was a breeze. We also grabbed food at odd hours, so that was petty fast for us.

Oh, and the most surreal moment? When people recognized our group as knitting podcasters and wanted their pictures taken with us. I say this like we had a ton of people coming up to us out of nowhere (there weren't), but the few who did really made my day! I kind of felt like I was doing something with myself and connecting with a lot of people I may never actually meet. It was all very strange, but rewarding.

Overall, a wonderful experience. I need to start saving for next year’s trip so I can further indulge!


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