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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sale!


It's no secret that I have spring fever. In celebration of the planting seeds, budding trees, and the sunny days to come I thought I would have a Spring Fever Sale! From now until the end of April choose 3 patterns from my Ravelry Pattern Store and only pay for 2!

How it works...


  1. Visit my Ravelry Pattern Store
  2. Add 3 of my patterns to your cart
  3. In the shopping cart window enter this coupon code : 3for2

Detailed instructions on how to enter your coupon code...

Next to the "checkout now" button in your shopping cart window, click on "use a coupon code" and enter "3for2", once you hit "apply" you will immediately see your discount for the additional pattern.  

Happy Shopping!

...Not a Ravelry member yet? What are you waiting for? Join!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

In the Garden...



...well, almost. These little sprouts will soon be in the garden. With the first week of spring already past I just can't wait to start digging!
 
 {beet red beet sprouts!}

{Peaceful Cherry Tomatoes}

{Mesclun Mix}

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fibres West 2011


Fibres West was held last weekend and you know I had to hop on the ferry and go! This was my second year attending and I had the best time!

The highlights for me were...

Meeting up with the lovely ladies from my old Langley Knit Night, I secretly went just to see them :)...

...but they know that. 

I made them yarn ball totes to use for their shopping... 

{...we were the Yarn Ball Gang}

{Candace and her sweet felted crochet bag}

I also had the chance to meet a few blog readers and Ravelers in person. Aja had come all the way from Washington (it was so good to meet you!) and Tracy came from Bowen Island (you've certainly inspired me to try my hand at dying!).

 My favorite vendors this year were...


I love Sweet Georgia Yarns. Last year's event was my first introduction to Felicia's yarn which resulted in my Georgia cardigan. The colour palette she offers is perfection, even her muted colours pack a punch. What makes these colours so rich are the undertones, many of the colours have several layers to them creating these multidimensional colours that are so unique and totally irresistible. 




This company was new to me, they are from Salt Spring Island and I think Fiona's husband (above) mentioned that they had moved from Quebec... I loved all of the muted colours they had on display and their merino was super squishy and soft, I really regret not buying a hank for myself. 




 Being at a fibre festival and being able to touch and feel fibres that I've only ever heard about online like Madelinetosh and Malabrigo is such a treat. I've never worked with either and had to indulge and see what makes them so popular. Valley Yarns had all of the big names including Namaste Bags and an assortment of popular designer patterns.




My favorite part of Trish's booth this year was chatting with Kathy
who was hopping all over the place and helping out everywhere!
(I can't wait to see your Georgia!)

 Now onto the most important topic, the shopping...



{Every one of us made a purchase at Sweet Georgia Yarns}

{Vintage Buttons at the Fibres Plus booth}

{The Fraser Valley Knitting Guild was even winding up peoples purchases! Yeah! ...I apologize for high jacking Holly!}

As for me...

If any of you listen to the Never Not Knitting podcast, I am like Alana when it comes to fibre festivals. I get totally overwhelmed by all of the fibre-y goodness. This sometimes leads to poor choices or even no choices :)

Last year I was on my "buying a sweaters worth of yarn" kick and was also restricted by a very small budget. I drove myself crazy trying to choose the perfect yarn, and in the end, the yarn I decided on had sold out before I got around to buying it!

This year I tried a different approach, I decided that I would sample the yarns that appealed to me by purchasing only one skein each. This really took the pressure off and allowed me to make better choices. Last year my indecision resulted in shipping costs and zero instant gratification. Changing my buying habits means I can try out all of the yarns that inspire me and order only what I need once I have swatched, calculated, and drafted a pattern.

Allowing myself to buy yarns simply because I liked them was such a joy! Maybe you already allow yourself to shop this way but for someone like me who is always calculating what the yarn will become this was like growing wings!

I bet you would like to see what's in my bag...


drumroll please...

by Sweet Georgia Yarns
- saffron -

by Sweet Georgia Yarns
- goldmine -

by Sweet Georgia Yarns
- tumbled stone -

by Madelinetosh
- chambray -

 {Rios}
by Malabrigo
- glazed carrot -

by Madelinetosh
- sequoia -

 All in all, this was an awesome event and I encourage you to go next year!

{...there was even a yarn bomb at the entrance!}




::: What about you? Did you attend? What fibre-y goodness did you go home with???

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

And the Winner is...


So I closed the comments last night at midnight like I said I would. This morning I sat and wrote down the names of everyone who answered correctly (...9!), put these names into a bag, shook them up, and drew our winner...

But you won't believe who's name I drew...

I drew Kitten with a Whiplash, who if you may recall won the massive contest I ran while I was in Hawai'i and walked away with a copy of every pattern I had ever designed.

I could not believe my eyes, and since I printed more than one of these canvas totes I decided to draw again...



Congratulations to both Kitten with a Whiplash and Mama*Thayer!

...and thank you to everyone who played along, it was fun!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

In the Garden...

{The first tree to blossom in our yard}

{One of our apple trees}
...I love the colour of moss : )


 The first sign of the snap peas I planted exactly one month ago. 


Peas left to harden off outdoors, these were planted indoors February 25th.


:::this is one of my favorite times of the year, spring is in the air!


... and don't forget, today is the last day to enter the yarn ball contest so be sure to stop by and leave a comment for a chance to win my yarn ball tote!