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This blog will remain live mostly as an archive of things that I've done, but many posts will be removed.


And she likes to take pictures, too!

One of my weekend projects was to make myself a light tent. I was inspired by Lolly's post a few weeks ago, and I followed the tutorial that she used on Strobist.com. In about 30 minutes and for less than a few bucks, I had this: This is definitely going to help my jewelry making business...I can take some pretty sweet pictures with the macro setting and my light tent!!

Adventures in Knitting

So, I've been knitting. Except it didn't turn out to be what I wanted.

I wanted to knit Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Sweater on Two Needles (also known as the February Baby Sweater) from Knitter's Almanac. I am in the Lucky Lurker Sock Club, and the first month's (September) shipment was in a great colorway so I thought it would be perfect and show off the lace pattern nicely. Not so much. I knit a lot on this and it took me a full day of looking at it to decide it wasn't the best yarn for this sweater. I think the yarn is destined to be a baby surprise jacket instead! I just need to frog and re-wind this yarn...


She rises again...

Thoughts on:
  • Jewelry - The show went o.k. I was a little overpriced for where I was selling (rural Missouri town's local festival) so I didn't sell as much as I hoped, however, I got a TON of compliments on my stuff. Jewelry is an expensive hobby - and I try to only use REAL materials (silver, real swarovski crystals, etc.) so we'll see what happens in the future. I've been scouting at a few craft shows and am going to do another one in December in Des Moines, so we'll see.

  • Etsy - Jewelry leads me to Etsy. My entire family and many of my friends are not near me. But they have friends that want to buy my bracelets...and they have friends that want to buy and so on. I think I'm going to set up an etsy shop to sell online. There are a zillion etsy sellers out there, but I'm cool with that!

  • Knitting - I finished a few things - Grace's Hat and my first sock. LOVE that hat - can't wait to get a proper photo up with baby Grace in it and LOVE the sock. I often wear that lonely sock on my foot around the house. I will not make it's mate. I think I'm going to frame it for my craft room (seriously!) I also just cast on for a new baby sweater (what is it with me and baby stuff??)

  • Craft Room - my friend came over this weekend and helped me re-organize my craft room. I've got before photos, but no after yet...but I'll post them when I get them. I'm putting together a big box of yarn, beads and scrapbooking supplies and giving them to a local art teacher for use with her elementary students.

I think that's it for me. I'm going to also be refreshing the look of this blog. What was I thinking with pink and green? It's so icky now!!!


Where have I been?

Obviously, that's not knitting. That's selling jewelry. Good times. I miss knitting so much. I'm craving it. I'm lurking all over the place on Ravelry getting good ideas. This winter, it's all about the knit.


I'm a sewer!

This is cross posted at the International Notions Bag Exchange Site...

I finished my notions bag this weekend! This is for a very busy knitter! This was my first ever attempt at sewing in a zipper by machine, and first pattern that I followed 100%! The bag is about 6" long - perfect size for sock knitters' notions (and it's filled with things that are helpful when knitting socks!) Oops, maybe I wrote too much! I hope the recipient enjoys it!


Knitting Magazines For Sale/Swap

The following is a list of knitting magazines that I am willing to sell or swap. If you have an interest in any of the items, please e-mail me at blondieknits (AT) yahoo (DOT) com. (Remove spaces and replace the at and dot with appropriate symbols.)

I accept paypal only, no personal checks. Give me your ideas for swap items if that's the way you want to go.
All items are in good to brand spanking new condition unless otherwise noted. Stored in a smoke/pet free home. Let's just say I'm a shopaholic and often buy things that I don't need...


Vogue Knitting Presents knit.1 - The Men's Issue. I think the date is Fall/Winter 2005.

Knitscene - Spring 2007
Vogue Knitting Winter 05/06Knit It! Magazine - 2002
Knit It! Magazine - Fall 2006.