Thursday, March 28, 2013

Where is Pepper?

I haven't posted to the blog in a while because I've been consumed with a new website project, a site for my etsy shop: www.buttonsandthingsgifts.com ... check it out!

In the meantime, I've gotten lots of knitting done!  I'll report more on that later.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Nice Job, Knit Picks...

Well, everyone is pretty angry with Knit Picks right now over the whole stolen credit card numbers scandal, and I am too, considering my card was among the ones stolen, yet I never received a letter from Knit Picks explaining that to me, instead I simply received a new card from Visa with the explanation than an "undisclosed merchant" reported to them that my card number has been compromised... AND, I'm miffed because I had a sexy black credit card and the one they sent to replace it is super ugly.... but, I digress... here is the real reason why I am angry with Knit Picks today:


Two balls of self-striping yarn, same dye lot, wound in the opposite directions!!  Arg!  I knit the first sock, pulling from the center and tried to get the stripes to line up for the second sock, pulling from the center, only to realize the balls were wound in opposite directions.  I would have had to knit this second sock pulling from the outside of the ball to get the stripes to match up...and I don't like doing that.  So, I just decided to go with it and I'm going to have wonky upside-down mismatched stripes.  It will be cute.  But still....  I'm annoyed with KP for this oversight.

As for the fate of my future as a Knit Picks customer... I'm still on the fence.  (Not because of the wonky yarn, but because of the credit card issue).  The thing is, I like their yarn.  It's high quality, affordable, and they have a nice selection.  And you (obviously) can't buy their yarn anywhere else, so although I'd like to swear that I will never shop there again, the truth is that I probably still will.  But I will do it begrudgingly.  And I'm not giving them my credit card number again, I will be paying via PayPal from now on.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Maybe Monday: Smile for Elmo!

I discovered this week's Maybe on Pinterest a while back.  I want to make this for my friend Christina, a professional photographer who loves to shoot children... lol.


How cute is that?  It's just a super simple little crochet project.  I thought I was going to have to wing it based on looking at the picture (as you often have to do with Pinterest discoveries), but the creator, Alli, was kind enough to leave some notes on how she made it on her blog.

Why I Want to Make It:  Like I said, it would be a sweet gift for a friend, and it wouldn't be a whole lot of work.

Why I Might Not Make It:  I don't have any of the right colors of felt in my stash at the moment, so it's just a matter of me remembering to pick it up the next time I shop at a craft store, which really isn't that often...

Monday, March 4, 2013

Maybe Monday: A Herd of Hedgehogs

I featured a little amigurumi friend last week for Maybe Monday... and I'm doing it again!  Here is a whole herd of hedgehogs that I might create....  Aren't they cute??


Why I Want to Knit a Hedgehog: Duh!  They are cute!

Why I Might Not Knit a Hedgehog: Like I said last week, I think I might need a stuffed animal break.