First Snow Fingerless Mitts and Equinox Cowl

I recently finished a batch of my Equinox Cowls and First Snow Fingerless Mitts for PacaNaturals, so this morning I snapped some quick pictures for posterity.

Four colors of Equinox CowlWe had a cute snowstorm last night that sprinkled happy snowflakes on the ground, fitting for taking pictures of the fingerless mittens so aptly named First Snow.

First Snow Fingerless MittsAs I was taking these shots I noticed little snowflakes landing on the darker mittens.

Dark Brown First Snow Fingerless MittsSure, we have all seen pictures of what unique snowflakes look like up close, but I could not help but imagine what snowflakes with their own unique personalities would look like. When I imagine a happy snowflake, it looks something like this:

Up close view of a snowflake

Super stoked to be a snowflake.

PacaNaturals yarn

PacaNaturals Yarn Review

Abbott Farms Alpacas baby

Stacey and a baby Abbott Farm alpaca.

A few weeks ago (I know, behind the times here) Portland held its first-ever Greenfest, a celebration of all things eco. Seeing as how the bearded fellow is an environmental educator for a living, he was hosting a booth and I offered to tag along.

It is a good thing I did, as we arrived to bustling crowds eager with questions. It is also a good thing that I know how to recycle. Otherwise, I would have sat there and knit while folks asked important questions like, ‘So, if I can recycle blue milk bottle caps, does that mean I can also recycle purple milk bottle caps?’ Recycle it all baby. Recycle it all.

Later in the day, I found myself wandering towards the ‘Green Living’ tent. Upon entering, I immediately spotted the alpaca booth, full of luxurious fiber from PacaNaturals. It must have been my lucky day because the owner, Stacey of Abbott Farm Alpacas, offered me two hanks of her fine fiber to take home and test. In exchange, I offered to create new items for her retail shop here in downtown Portland. Here are just two of her many happy alpacas.

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Bumble Berry Cabled Cowl Angle View

Bumble Berry Cabled Cowl

In all of the engagement excitement I forgot to post about my recent finished project! Oh the horror! To make amends, here are some pictures of the cushy Bumble Berry Cabled Cowl, fresh off my needles. Sort of.

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Liebster Award

Acceptance Speech

I’ve been nominated for a what?

That was my general feeling as I read through this recent post over at Lattes and Llamas.

Well, that’s not entirely true. My first reaction was more like, ‘Whaaaat…is a Liebster?’  I then began some quick online searches. Once I knew a bit more about it there was definitely a victory dance involved. Or two. The bearded fellow got a kick out of it.Liebster Award

very-inspiring-award1But wait, there’s more. Since Jac and Megan-Anne were nominated for the Liebster and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, they decided to mash the two into what they call: The Very Inspiring Liebster Blogger Award. Think of these awards as a way to give other blogs a virtual high-five and to welcome new bloggers (like me!) into the community. Let’s take a look at the rules.

The Very Inspiring Liebster Blogger Award Rules

  • Thank and link back to the awesome person who nominated you.
  • List the rules and display the awards.
  • Answer the ten questions given by the nominator.
  • Nominate five other super cool blogs for the awards and notify them.
  • Create ten questions for nominees to answer.

First things first: Jac and Megan-Anne, thank you for reading, enjoying, and nominating my blog! Jac and Megan-Anne do wonderful things with charity knit-alongs, which they call Geek-A-Long. Their current project for a mystery blanket features a treasure trove of geek-themed imagery using spectacular double-knit designs. Even though I am not making the blanket, I drool over every square those two produce. Take a look!

My answers to the ten questions from Jac and Megan-Anne:

What is your go-to caffeinated beverage?
Coffee or tea, depending on my mood. Just so long as it is in one of my favorite mugs.

MugWhat is your favorite cult classic film?
Ooh, tough one. Three minutes have just passed as I have pondered this question. Taking one look at the movies that the bearded fellow and I own, they are all cult classics. And we watch them over, and over, and over again, for different reasons. Conan is perfect background noise for craft days. Stargate and Big Trouble in Little China are infinitely quotable. Dark Crystal and Labyrinth for the puppets. Krull, Masters of the Universe and The Beastmaster are just…they just are. Alien, Metropolis, the list goes on. My ultimate favorite is Bladerunner. I cry every time Roy Batty tells Deckard about the attack ships on fire over the shoulder of Orion. Such a softie.

What yarn related thing have you always wanted to try but haven’t gotten around to it yet? IE spinning, tatting, dying, Tunisian crochet, etc.
Spinning! I have a Maine-made drop spindle that the bearded fellow found at Goodwill for all of three dollars, fleece included, that is holding a few yards of my first-ever hand spun yarn. I take it out every so often to remind myself just how uncoordinated I can be.

What color are you in love with right now?
Colonial blue!

What is your favorite fiber to work with?
Currently, cotton.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
With great power comes great responsibility. You know, I’ve always wondered what it would be like to talk to animals…

What was the last book you read?
Three Hearts and Three Lions, by Poul Anderson.

If you could own any mythical creature as a pet, what would it be?
My first reaction was dragon, but that would be a bit messy. My next choice is a Podling from The Dark Crystal. They look like potatoes and could teach me how not to kill plants.

If your life was turned into a movie, what would it be titled?
Here, There and Everywhere: The Universe is Calling.

What is your favorite season?
Winter. I know, crazy right? My thinking is, you can always put more layers on in winter but you can only take so much off in summer and it is still humid as all get out. Also, you can spend snow days making things like Jabba the Snow Hutt. Why yes, that is a tiny spoon-shaped Leia (complete with slave Leia bikini) in the second picture.

Jabba the Snow Hutt

The bearded fellow keeping warm in his Tardis hat as he crafts the legendary Jabba the Snow Hutt.

My five nominations for The Very Inspiring Liebster Blogger Award:

Note: I picked folks who, from what I could tell, had not received the award before. So many blogs, so little time.

*B*A*M! crafts. She’s fun, she’s funky, she’s all geek all the time.

Green Elephant Crochet & Things. She just started crocheting this year and has a real knack for color combinations, quirky projects and, in her words, things.

Saltwater Hill Knits. Not only is she a native Mainer (whoop), her blog is a smooth blend of daily life and handy knitting tips.

An Irish Knit Odyssey, for her daring quest to find, promote and use Irish-made yarn.

The Brave Little Thread. She’s got an eye for photography and a way with words.

Ten questions for each blogger to answer:

  1. Do you prefer eggs scrambled, fried or sunny side up?
  2. Would you rather sleep in or get up early?
  3. What is your most cherished finished object?
  4. If you could learn any new skill related to fiber arts, what would it be?
  5. What is your favorite color?
  6. Would you rather bake a cake or a pie?
  7. What is your go-to comfort food?
  8. Do you have a favorite constellation?
  9. What book is next on your ‘to read’ list?
  10. If you could travel anywhere, where would you like to go?

I’m off to go notify my top five favorite blogs of their new celebrity status. Thanks again to Lattes and Llamas for the nomination and to everyone here for reading along!