Friday, April 15, 2011

Clues and News

(photo from Oiyi's Crafts)
Hi Knitters,
Today I have lots of different things to share with you. First off, I am so excited that Oiyi's Crafts has a review and giveaway for Spud & Chloƫ at the Farm. I have been a long time fan of Oiyi's Crafts and the link has been on my sidebar for years. Once again, there is a beautiful little one involved in the review that you won't want to miss.



While we are on the topic of the blog tour for the new book, here are some clues about the upcoming dates and a few things that have happened recently that I don't think I mentioned on here yet:

April 12, YARN THING podcast with Marlaina "Marly" Bird now up for a listen at your leisure:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2011/04/12/spud-and-chloe-at-the-farm-susan-anderson

April 13, KNITBOT, by Hannah Fettig

http://knitbot.com/

April 14, OIYI’S CRAFTS

http://www.oiyi.blogspot.com/

April 18, ARTISAN BOOKS GIVEAWAY

Find out how to win the book here: http://twitter.com/artisanbooks

April 20, Kristin Nicholas’ GETTING-STITCHED-ON-THE-FARM

http://getting-stitched-on-the-farm.blogspot.com/

April 29, SPLENDID STICKS, a new site by Kara Gott Warner

http://www.splendidsticks.com/

April 30, READY, SET, KNIT! podcast with Kathy and Steve Elkins

http://readysetknit.yarn.com/

May 2, WEB’S YARN STORE BLOG

http://blog.yarn.com/

May 6, PETITE PURLS BLOG

http://petitepurls.com/blog/


May 14th - toy knitting workshop 1-3pm and a book signing/trunk show 3-4pm at Stitcher's Crossing.

June 1, NEVER NOT KNITTING podcast with Alana Dakos and blog

www.nevernotknitting.com

June 7, PETITE PURLS—Summer Issue!

http://www.petitepurls.com/

PLUS! Catch Susan in-person at:

June 11, TNNA (Columbus, OH): Signing her new book in the Unicorn Booth at 1:30pm.

www.tnna.org

June 17, WGN midday show appearance in Chicago, and nina, a well-knit shop (Chicago, IL): Meet & Greet Book Signing, 5-7pm.

http://www.ninachicago.com/

...and just in case you missed these...

April 8, CREATIVE KNITTING

http://www.creativeknittingmagazine.com/newsletters.php?mode=article&article_id=1620

April 4, KNITTY—Spring and Summer Issue!

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss11/FEATss11stuff.php

March 28, KIWI MAGAZINE

http://www.kiwimagonline.com/bookclub/reviews/spud-and-chloe-at-the-farm-knit-read-book-by-susan-b-anderson/


I have a whole bunch of new projects and exciting, different events coming up for the early fall months as well but I will post about those later when it is closer.
Now, it can't be all business all of the time around here. In my spare and quiet moments I really still simply love to knit. It is hard to believe when knitting is also my career but it is true.

I pulled out my Slinky Ribs by Wendy Bernard in Custom Knits the other day. I finished the body which was in need of a couple of inches and a border. I finished the neckline and button bands. Next, I finished the cap sleeve and am now cruising on the rest of sleeve. I am making a ribbed long sleeve version because I think I will get more wear out of it that way. Plus, I have a lot of the Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool in this oatmeal color so I might as well use it up. I have easily had this yarn for 7 or 8 years at this point.
I love the rib detail. I used some gorgeous wooden buttons I bought at the Sow's Ear in Verona. They have great buttons there by the way.
The yarn is so light and airy, a real treat to work with. I enjoy a rustic natural yarn and I consider the Silky Wool to be in that category.
This is someone else's collection of yarn. TC is her name and baby hat knitting is her game. At least for the moment. I had a few balls of this in my stash and then she collected a couple more. It is Be Sweet Bambino Taffy and is set aside for TC's ongoing charity knitting. It looks like candy and it makes TC really excited about her baby knitting.
Click here to order or check out the information and colors.
Here is one third of my 4 oz. roving from Maine Woods Fiber in the Hyacinths colorway (from the swap package). I am going to try to 3 ply for the first time. Can't wait.
I tried Navajo plying for the first time with the Knit Girllls fiber that I talked about before. It was interesting because I felt like it was way overspun but then after I soaked it and put a light weight on it while hanging to dry it seemed to straighten itself out.


It is cool to keep the colors together with the Navajo plying because then you get stripes when you knit. I am knitting a pair of fingerless mitts on US size 2 dpns.
It's about a dk weight and I got 204 yards out of just a little under 4 oz. It's so pretty.

Okay, that's it for today. Hope you are well and that you all have a relaxing weekend.
best, susie

8 comments:

Kepanie said...

I love that purple and blue yarn! So vibrant like your heart, Susan.
Love the colors TC's using. Is it a striping yarn?

Kepanie said...

Forgot to add; golly gee wowzers! You sure are jam packed w/podcasts and such! I hope you have more in-person appearances lined up :O).

rinebird said...

Susan-I love your "Slinky Ribs" great pattern & silky wool.
Thanks for all the links.
I like Be Sweet's Taffy.Great posting of the colors.By the way, the name of the company is "Be Sweet" not "Sweet Be" funny...

Michelle said...

Nooooo!!! I'm in Ohio and would LOVE to go to your book signing at TNNA! (C-bus is only about a 2 hour drive.) But it's one of my baby cousins' graduation parties. :0( I love her to death, and she'll be going away for college in the fall, so I just have to go and miss out. Bummer. :'0(

North Pines GS said...

I bought silky wool in a denim blue for the slinky ribs just last weekend. I am thinking of making 3/4 sleeves.

John said...

Sleeping is optional I see...

CORY said...

wow....you have been one busy girl ! Love the oatmeal color & it looks soooooooo gorgeous....TC stash is adorable too !!


Please do another KAL soon


CORY

Kara Gott Warner said...

What a great blog Susan! Your Slinky Ribs design is beautiful, and the Bambino Taffy is definitely yummy!

I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour, and it would be so nice to meet you at TNNA in June!