Knitting speed bumps…and non-fibery things.

I am pretty sure I constantly mispronounce “Celestarium”.

Some helpful links:

Twist, yarns of intrigue (They have a very friendly staff here.)


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This is what I did today.

The moral of the story is, had I not lucked out and found that Malabrigo Sock in the color I was looking for, I would have seriously lost my mind trying to track down one skein. I HAD to have it.

Here is the pattern I’m working on. (I’ve modded it)

This is the restaurant I was talking about.

Here is a link to Twist in Manhattan Beach. The folks there are super nice and didn’t think I was at all crazy for driving there from Burbank for one skein of yarn.

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Just in time for Tour De Fleece…

Imagine my surprise when I woke up (admittedly late) this morning and saw a tweet from redshirtknitting saying that Ravelry was beta testing a new feature for spinners! Hooray! It’s almost too good to be true.

For quite some time I have been adding my hand spun yarn to the database, but like you would add commercial yarn. I would forever have to, if I wasn’t feeling lazy that day, try and enter notes about the characteristics of the yarn. Is it a 2 ply? 3 ply? What was my WPI again? If I didn’t enter all the info at that particular moment, some of the info might be lost to time and my poor memory.

I decided to opt in for the beta testing and try plugging a skein of my new tour de fleece yarn in.


I like that it pretty much covers everything I might possibly need as far fields. Ratio? Twist angle? But I do everything according to “feel”! Crap…I’m going to have to start paying attention to my spinning, aren’t I? I also like that all the hand spun that I had entered “ghetto” style had already populated the hand spun tab. I love it when I have less work to do!

Maybe this means I can start adding my fiber to my actual stash. I had added a couple of braids, but it was kind of a pain, so I stopped.

Thanks to Tour de Fleece and Ravelry, I see not only stash busting, but some serious stash organization, in my near future!

Click here to get Casey’s secret code!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thursday, February 14th, 2013 | Amigurumi, crafts, crochet, FO's, Holiday, Test | No Comments

I am a sucker for that love stuff. The more awkward the better.

But for this Valentine’s Day, I am spending the majority of my time working on some “self love”. Now, before you start going all “Stacy is getting a little too personal on her blog”, let me explain.

I am my own worst critic. I have problems really being in love with the things I create. I have always thought “If this comes easy to me, surely everyone must be able to do it. Why should I try and sell the things I make when everyone else can just as easily make it themselves?” I have struggled with these thoughts since I started crafting…and I still do.

But for the first time…probably ever…I really love what I am doing.

Ya know when you pick up something you made to look at it, and you are so so pleased about how it turned out that you actually squeal? I have done that. A lot. And with every squeal…or “Wook at my cute wittle baby!”…I stop for a moment and think “Maybe someone else might like this too.”

So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I am going to practice “self love” by spending the day working on the things I love. I’ve started shooting off copies of my first (actually typed) pattern to testers. I am ready for feedback…and I hope that people find that they love them as much as I do.

In honor of Valentines Day, I am sending my first completed pattern out for testing. #crochet #amigurumi #design

My first (typed) pattern. There will more to come!

If any of my readers would be interested in testing patterns, please let me know! You can email me at admin AT knithitsthefan DOT com.

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More FO’s fo’ sho’…

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 | Amigurumi, crochet, FO's, other people's projects, Test | No Comments

Hooray! I love it when I can talk about fun stuff I am doing!

Remember those test projects I said I was doing? Well, the other project is now live!

Vanessa Laven over at Mixed Martial Arts and Crafts has released her Lymph Node pattern. This little guy is easy peasy to crochet and super cute! She is also donating part of the proceeds to Stupid Cancer. I cant think of a better reason to buy a pattern.

As for me…I gave my little lymph node to my mom, who is a breast cancer survivor. She had a laugh. “Here mom, I know they took a few of yours…now you can have one back.”

Little lymph node

Little Greenie!

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