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Monday, February 18, 2008

Mittens Galore and New Books too...SCORE!

Books, Mittens and Love

Why is it that I just can't let a good coupon go to waste? Are you like that too? Michaels, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore all usually have 40% coupon's on a regular basis in the Sunday paper or that you can print from the web. Well, this past Sunday, Michaels and AC Moore had a 50% coupon that could only be used Sunday and Monday.

My husband and I had to run to Sam's Club for some groceries but first we stopped by AC Moore for me to get a book with my 50% coupon. I picked up this nice hardback, "A Treasury of Rowan Knits", it would normally be $39.99 and I would be hard pressed to purchase it, but with a coupon....SCORE!

I then went next door to the Target and purchased mittens. Lot's and lots' of mittens! Sharon in our Knit Nut's knitting group said that she add's a knitted fun fur cuff to these for special gifts at Christmas. So, I purchased these for myself and duplicates for Aura too, after my friend Pam told me she found them for 18 cents a pair! Again...SCORE!

Hopefully Sharon will teach us how!

Then on to Michaels to use my 50% coupon. I found "The Knitter's Bible of Knitted Accessories" there...(photo above) SCORE!

Last but not least I wanted to share a photo of my daughter's Valentine gift to us.
She sent us some yummy goodies and they were packaged so pretty in a red box with a satin pink ribbon tied in a bow!

She had also included a very sweet note.

Thank you Jennifer...we love you too!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Thanks Aura!

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"Friendship doubles your joys, and divides your sorrows."
- Unknown

"Friends are those rare people who ask how you are
and then wait to hear the answer."
- Unknown

"The most beautiful discovery that true friends can make is that
they can grow separately without growing apart."
- Unknown

"A friend is someone who reaches out for your hand...and touches your heart."
- Unknown

"Some people come into our lives,
leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never the same."
- Unknown

~A Nice Valentine's Day~

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February ~ Knit Nuts Fun

Knit Nuts Fun

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We had a great time of knitting and chatting this past Saturday at our Knit Nuts meetup!
First I want to shout out a big "Welcome" to our newest Nut's!

Sharon, Pam and Larissa!

I want to apologize to Sharon for not having snapped any photo's of her. I didn't even think to get out my camera until the meeting was half over and Sharon had already left. I met Sharon this past Christmas when she purchased one of my Santa Scarves from me. She had brought her scarf knitting board and Santa pattern and we got her well on her way to knitting her Santa Scarf. She learned the Lucet cast on and the zig zag wrapping pattern and picked this up very fast. She also needle knits and crochets.

I had invited my friend Pam (whom I have known since the 8th grade) to come and knit with us and she finally had some time that she could come. She works full time and also part time, so it's hard for her to find time for extra activities. She knows how to knit, but it has been a few years since she has, so she just needed a refresher course for knitting and purling. By the end of the meeting she had a pretty nice swatch started and remembered most of what she already knew.

Larissa found us via Ravelry and I believe she already knew Sandy. She lives in the Ballantyne area, so hopefully she will become a regular at our meetup's. She had brought a poncho that she was knitting, that had a very interesting slip stitch pattern, and I am looking forward to seeing the finished results!

Our group is new and we've only met a few times, but I'll call all of us other's that came, the regular "Nuts". Aura, Sheila, Sandy, Rose and me (Connie).

Looking forward to our next knitting get together!

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Edited to add.. We have all decided to knit a baby blanket for charity. I will start it with a 1" border and then 4" in any pattern I choose.
I will then hand it off to the next "Nut" to knit her 4".
The last one to get the blanket will also finish with a 1" border before binding off.
This should give us a nice size baby blanket. Thanks Sandy for coming up with this idea for us. Sandy is also starting one for us, so there will be 2 to hand off at our March meeting!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Provo Craft Interchangeable Crochet Hook Set and Serenity Loom

Provo Craft Knifty Knitter Interchangeable Crochet Hook Set

Is this not the coolest crochet hook set? The ergonomic handles will help with hand fatigue that comes with extended periods of crocheting. I have found that my hands actually hurt worse when I crochet than if I am knitting, go figure. This little kit will really come in handy. It comes with crochet hook sizes F-K and it even includes a KK pick tool! Best yet, is it's affordable price of only $19.99! In our area they sell them at AC Moore and Walmart. I had a 50% off coupon for mine which brought the price down to a steal!

sizes F - K + KK hook tool

provo craft crochet hook set

provo craft interchangeable crochet hook set interchangeable hook set

Provo Craft Serenity S Loom and Long Loom Set

I have every loom and knitting board that there is, however I hadn't ever purchased the long loom set by Provo Craft. I just didn't see the need for them as I had other's that I could use. However, when I purchased Isela's newest book "Learn to Knit Cables on Looms" and saw this beautiful cabled wrap pattern (the one on the front cover) and I had to go out and get them. I was able to get my set at Hobby Lobby and use a 40% off coupon!

The Serenity Loom I had heard of and I really wanted to try it out, so I picked it up at Hobby Lobby also while they were having a sale where all looming items were 50% off! I have also seen them on ebay, however they are cheaper at Hobby Lobby. I am not sure if you can use it as a knitting board for a double knitted item or if you just use it as a loom for flat knitting. I will have to play around with it and see.

Another book that I am going to order is "Learn New Stitches on Circle Looms". One of the ladies in our CP knitting group (Sara) had received this in her Purly Swap package. I looked through it and it has some nice ideas. The author Ann Bipes has a wealth of looming information on her blog, Loom Knitting.

pink figure 8 loom

New things! Have you seen these Loom Clips and this Bow Maker? Just more stuff from Provo Craft to check out!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Charlotte Purls "Purly Valentine Swap"

Yesterday was our Charlotte Purl "Purly Valentine Swap" reveal meetup.
I was able to finally tell Aura that I had her name.
I was hoping that she had not guessed it was me. I had so much fun getting her goodies together and searching and picking out things that she would love!
Here's her purly package wrapped up and waiting for the surprise!

Here is a little video vignette of how much fun we have at our meetings!

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Below is the swap I received from Judy.