For those of you with your heads buried in the sand, the hurricane of the century is about to hit one of the most populated areas in the US. Of course, it is already hovering over my hometown. I’ve lucked out in that we still have power, but there’s not much to do. Classes are canceled, so it’s day two of huddle-inside-around-the-TV weather, and I’ve already watched 2 Resident Evil movies, 2 James Bond movies, almost an entire series of a strange British TV show. I also managed to put in 2.5 miles on the treadmill. That’s a real achievement for me, because I absolutely HATE the treadmill. I’m much happier when walking to a location, with pretty things to look at as I go by. Well, that’s enough rambling. I have a long, long overdue Blog Week(s) in Review, plus an award to share!
First, for the blogs. In the amazing brightly-colored, skillfully knitted, and magnificently huge category, there’s Snapdragon Crafts’ Many Hearts Blanket. Seriously, this thing is amazing. You guys HAVE to see it. Eventually, when I ever get around to making another bed-sized blanket, I will never be able to achieve something half as awesome as this.
Only on a slightly smaller scale, there are the garments. Gynx’s Holla Back Tank is fantastic. I would never have thought to mix a variegated yarn and that pattern, but her’s came out wonderfully. I love the lace on the back- very sexy!
Smoking Hot Needles has busted out another fantastic shawl. It’s not very often that you see something like this pattern. It has cables and a smidge of lace, but the drape makes me think that it is knitted on a lace gauge.
For a real lace experience, check out Remily’s Aeolian Shawl. It’s the epitome of a traditional lace shawl!
Finally, there are the socks. I have three pairs to share with you guys today. First, I love how Bethany inversed the stripes on these socks. It’s something different, plus it helped her even out the stash-busting. Cloudberry’s Zig Zag Socks are just an awesome combination of yarn and pattern. Knit the Hell Out’s Birthday Bell Flower Boogies used a solid yarn to highlight the more intricate pattern, which is a decision I respect immensely. It can be so hard to drop the variegated yarn when it is just so beautiful!
The second part of this post makes me so happy! Almost two weeks ago, Feel Good Knitting did me the honor of nominating me for a Reader Appreciation Award. Thanks so so so so so much. Without further ado, here’s the rules:
FIRST: Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award. (Done – see above!)
SECOND: Answer 10 questions.
- Your favourite colour? Green and Purple. Sometimes together…sometimes not.
- Your favourite animal? PUPPY
- Your favourite non-alcoholic drink? It depends on the weather. When it’s hot out, I love iced coffee. When it’s cold, though, I could guzzle hot coffee and tea all day 🙂
- Facebook or Twitter? Ravelry? Facebook
- Your favourite pattern? I don’t know if I’ll ever have just one. Probably whatever I’m working on, though.
- Getting or giving presents? Definitely giving.
- Your favourite number? I’m not sure I have one. Maybe 3?
- Your favourite day of the week? Thursday, I think.
- Your favourite flower? Not sure I have one…
- What is your passion? Whatever I’m doing at the time!
THIRD: Nominate other bloggers for the award. This was a really hard list to put together. I read A LOT of blogs, but these are some that stuck out to me as particularly enjoyable.
Although it’s a podcast, I love Playful Day. Listening just makes me warm and fuzzy inside!
Audry over at Bear Ears is a great knitter, and I love hearing about the trials of writing a (gasp!) book.
Fern Knits is also a great read. She regularly comes out with awesome patterns, plus I’ve enjoyed hearing about her forays into other hobbies.
Kiwi Yarns is a glimpse of the other side of the world. Hearing about her wooly winter in the middle of my hot summer gave me hope that there would be a time when I could touch my stash without breaking into a sweat.
Knitting to Stay Sane is another one of my knitting/designing idols. I’ve been salivating over her new design, a delightfully cabled cardigan, although I will probably have to wait until after the Holidays to have the excess cash to get the yarn and pattern, much less the time to make them! Also, her url is Crazy Knitting Lady. I mean, what’s better than that?
Another favorite is Ramblings of a Fiber Obsessed Transplant Vermonter. The title says it all!
There are so many things that Redshirt Knitting writes about that I enjoy. Of course, there’s the knitting, but there’s also chickens, puppies, drawings, Sim recaps. A little bit of everything!
Finally, there’s Tami’s Amis. I love popping by her weekly WIP and FO recaps, finding all sorts of new blogs. She’s one of the staples of my knitting community!