Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Crafty Goodies

Bijou Basin ranch Order!
I'm not sure when the Fourth of July became synonymous with buying a lot of STUFF, but apparently that is a thing now. All last week, I got tons of e-mails for July 4th sales.  Most were deleted, but I couldn't pass up my client's flash sale, which was on the actual holiday only.  I ordered these two skeins of Bijou Bliss to make Ysolda's Hendreary Hat - I would have been crazy to pass up 25% off my entire order! Plus, 10% of all online sales from the beginning of last month til the end of the summer will be donated towards High Park Fire relief efforts.  I'm a sucker for a good sale, and the photos and reports from all of the wild fires burning in Colorado right now are just so awful, I'm glad there is a little something I can do to help.  Bonus: they included a QR Club pin with my order!

I also fell victim to (yet another) irresistible Craftsy deal - this one was for a Westminster Fabrics reusable bag, made from recycled water bottles.  How cool is that?  For $4.50, I snapped up this cute birdie bag... little did I know how awesome it would be.  Check out the interior: it's got a spot for you book or pattern, a few sleeves for a bottle of wine or your beverage of choice, and plenty of space for your project and a snack!

Finally, the recent WEBS catalog that arrived at my house enabled two non-yarn purchases (and gave me a chance to add a few needle tips to my Knitter's Pride Cubics set).  The first is a pom pon maker, which is something I never envisioned myself needing, wanting, or purchasing for that matter.  However, there are some hats in my queue that feature pom pons, and while I used to leave them off because I thought they were goofy, I'm willing to cross over to the dark side and give it a try.  For $7.45, I got this handy little doo-dad that will make the process quick and painless - which is great, because if I had to invest any real effort in making a pom pon DIY-style, I doubt it would ever come to fruition.

The second is the Color Grid by Gail Callahan ($7.95), which is supposed to help me combine colors and plan colorwork projects.  Since I'm totally obsessed with colorwork everything right now, but often shy or, let's face it, completely clueless about what colors to pick for a multicolor project, I thought this would be a good thing to add to my arsenal.  Most of my stash is monochomatic and tending towards the neutral side of things, so hopefully it will also help me expand my color horizons in general.  That's the plan, anyway!

Finally, I've been wanting to pick up a few of these needle tips to add to my Cubics Special Interchangeable set - I've been totally addicted to using it for hat- and cowl-making, but I only have sizes 6-10 in the specially-engineered shorter tips.  Ergo, I added size 4 and 5 Nova tips to my order, and bang zoom! I've got a pretty nice range of sizes to choose from.

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