Thursday, September 24, 2009

2009 Yarn Giveaway #10 ~ Candy Corn Hat Kit!

Show the world how corny you are!

I am no longer taking entries for this giveaway.
Check recent entries for NEXT month's giveaway.
Entries ended with comment #24~

Kit includes:

~ 1 skein of hand dyed Yellow wool chunky, 60 yd.

~ 1 skein of hand dyed Orange wool chunky, 60 yd.

~ 1 skein of natural Cream wool chunky, 20 yd.

~ 1 printed pattern

Will fit child to adult head approx. 20-21 inches.

Gauge:1 inch= 3 ½ stitches and 6 rows

Needles not included-- recommended needle size:

Size 9 circular needles, 16 in. length & Size 9 double point needles (dpn)


TO ENTER, entertain me!
Simply place a comment in this blog entry with a Corny Joke...get it? Candy Corn? a Corny Joke? (keep it clean...)

OH- and only one entry per person please?

On Monday October 5th I will enter the number of each comment (first comment is number 1, etc.) into a random number generator online.
I will post the winner here in the blog as well as emailing the Material Whirled newsletter list!
To join, click here (link is at the bottom of every page on the site).
Please make sure I can find your email info.
If I post your name here on in the newsletter, contact me and we can work out the fun details!

a $22 dollar value!

(includes free shipping to the continental US)

I plan to do one giveaway per month ...So spread the word!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Knitting Knowledge Itch...

I seem to have this itch.
I have knit for years, mostly with my bulky handspuns, or with yarn that will work well with my handspun.
I have mastered the sock and the sweater and cables and and and...
but this itch for more complicated knitting challenges continues to tickle me.
How are different sweaters constructed? How does a steek work? and on and on and on...
mmmm fair isle!

So.... I just filled my amazon cart with Elizabeth Zimmerman books.
I have this itch to scratch.
Let the lessons begin!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Settling in... finding a rhythm.

Remember my rant a few weeks ago about this next year's title?
It came to me, it is "Finding a Rhythm".

Things are starting to routine out.
This year brings a stepped-up homeschool schedule, which requires mamma to be, well, mamma.
Not business-woman-reenie, but mom and wife. More driving to things, more involvement in the big scheme.

I am needed more in the home now than as a money-earner. This is a constant struggle for me as I have never had to not-work. There is an inherent drive in me to provide, to struggle, to survive financially and not needing to work just does not compute. The brains are still a bit scrambled over it. I constantly feel like there is something I should be doing other than managing the family.

Now I am NOT complaining, this is fantastic. Beyond fantastic really. But a new rhythm for reenie.
More time to knit? To make the house more beautiful? To take time to paint walls and hang curtains and bake pies? Creating my art for art's sake, not for sale? More time to share my meanderings and creations with you?
odd. and lovely.

Now Material Whirled is not going anywhere. It is just taking a lower priority than in years past.
I love it and it will remain a part of my life. My yarns will just get better for it.
I love seeing sale-notifications pop into my inbox after an update. Still need to feed the habit (evil grin).

Future plans... more painting and drawing time. More knitting time.
MAJOR FIBER-PURGE SALE coming soon. major.
I have a fiber-hoarding thing. In case you did not know.

So I am still here, just being more present.
Today? I ate lunch out with mah man, visited a yarn shop in Portland, hit a restaurant supply store (oh my) and then sat and soaked up the sun and knit with Eve and had ice tea.
I am almost finished with my Lion-Neck Cardigan by Wendy Bernard.

No pics just yet, I need to go make dinner. :)

Well, ok... just one-- of my family.

My step dad Sam, Paul, Eve, Ann, Me and my mom.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

September exhaustion and FOURTEEN new yarns!

Hope everyone had a great week!
My parents were visiting from PA, we put them on the plane this morning to return home.
Whew~ I am just exhausted! We ran all over the place, including a two day traipse around Seattle!
I am too tired to do much of anything here at the house.... so I just spent the afternoon updating the site!

14 (fourteen!!) new Reenie skeins, which means they were spun by me. Now I have not been spinning all that the past week, these are the beauties left from all of the summer shows and follies. and they are just fantastic if I may say so....

Here are a few teasers....

True Faith

Psst.... my prices are now at an ALL TIME low.... seriously.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Reenie's BACK!

I'm BACK people!

Miss me?

It's been a wild and weird summer, and that is an understatement.
Well, things are always a bit weird here, but that is what makes us, US.
Sock Summit was a blast- and totally knocked me on my arse. Lotsa prep work and lotsa organizing and unpacking. Still just almost done. seriously. sigh.
Right after Summit I had surgery, then took a few weeks to just sit. and knit. and ponder life.

SO-- this email is to say HEY I AM BACK! and to announce the arrival of my new hat kit!...

Introducing.... The CANDY CORN HAT KIT!
This year it is a hand dyed version! More affordable and easier to produce!
"Show the world how corny you are!"

AND.... Back for the 2009 Season,
Elf Hat Kits!

Both with new lower prices!
They will not last long~

Stay tuned for more handspun updates....
I will be touch soon!