Thursday, January 27, 2011

Magic Queue Ball

I happily participated in the Magic Yarn Ball Swap again on Ravelry. I was paired up with the coolest girl in school, who happens to live in New York.

Here's the ball all wrapped up:

And this is the lovely card that came with it:
(I love Dia de los Muertos!)

As I unwrapped it lots of amazing things came out... including milagros, which totally tickled me. These two little ornaments are already up with my mom's display of calaveras.

And everything all together (including some AMAZING Jade Sapphire Silk Cashmere yarn that I can't wait to use!)

If you're on Ravelry, I highly recommend this swap group. Everyone is great & so creative. I love getting to know all of them and always have a great time shopping for my partner.

Have you participated in any swaps? What are some of your favorite ones?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

From A to Z

A few of my friends are bloggers and I happily follow their lives. I've yet to mention any of them because they are in no way related to crafting or anything I talk about here. A friend-of-a-friend, Angelina, recently started a blog with her boyfriend, Zach. This blog also has nothing to do with mine, but I wanted to mention it anyway because it was actually my best friend and I who came up with the idea!

I think Angelina did a really good job of summing up the reasons Hana & I thought they should share their journey with the world:
He’s White; I’m Black
He’s an Atheist; I’m a Christian
He’s a Democrat; I’m relatively moderate leaning toward conservative
He’s blond haired, blue eyed, and I’m dark haired dark eyed
He’s a pragmatist; I’m a romantic

OH.... and he's moving into her parents' house with her at the end of next month! It's like the makings of an off-beat sitcom. :)

I don't know Zach well but Angelina is an amazing person. She's strong, loving and very smart. I'm excited to see how she and Zach help each other grow over this change in their relationship.

So check out From A to Z if you wanted to join in on the journey!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Yarn Diet

So I had high hopes of reducing my stash in 2011. The plan was to craft only from my stash until it was at least 50% reduced, and then to only purchase yarn with a specific project in mind AND only when I was ready to start said project.

We're 3 weeks into the year and I've already failed miserably.

It started with Knit Picks. How could they release a beautiful long-repeat yarn in January? And one that had a true rainbow? I've been looking for a reasonably priced rainbow long-repeat yarn for over a year! So yes, I bought 2 skeins of KP Chroma in Prism. Oh fine, and 2 more in Lollipop. Ok fine fine... and I added 3 skeins of Andean Treasure in Heathered Fog because it's beautiful. It is now my favorite yarn ever, so that makes it worth it, right?

Then it was the swaps fault. I'm doing the Magic Yarn Ball Swap on Ravelry again. I had to purchase yarn for it so I went to Eat.Sleep.Knit. and maybe a skein of Misti Alpaca Pima Cotton & Silk jumped into the basket too.

Then... ok look. I've been lusting after Pierrot Yarns forever but shipping is too expensive. So when there's a "Lucky Bag" with an AMAZING deal on tons of their best selling yarns and it includes free shipping, how can I NOT buy it? So now I have a huge box (with 62 (!) skeins inside) coming soon.

But now... really really seriously for sure I have to stop buying yarn. Possibly for the rest of the year. I have beautiful yarns that deserve to be used! They will be used!!

Pray for me.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

First Class of 2011

Check out my Classes & Events tab. I'll be teaching at LA Harbor College again this year.

For those who have taken Intro to Crochet... I am working on an intermediate & advanced course. I'm working out the details with LAHC and should have them available next semester!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ugly Christmas Scarf

As promised, here's a picture of the Ugly Christmas Scarf. This baby got a lot of use in the two weeks leading up Christmas through New Year's Eve.

I'm wearing it here on Christmas Day, playing with the Bucky Balls I gave my cousin for Christmas. Well, I insisted I wasn't "playing" with them (because that would make me a nerd like her) but I was obsessed with getting them back into the cube shape they were packed in. It's really hard, but now that I figured it out I always have to "clean them up" if I see anyone put them down.