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July 28, 2008

Summer Knitting or Not

Filed under: Life — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 6:34 am

Summer is always a favorite time of mine.  Although I am not a big fan of excessive heat or sweating, I particularly enjoy my life during the summer.  My girls go to a really cool camp where they take day trips one week and then go away the next week.  When I first sent my older daughter to this travel camp a few years ago I spent a lot of time wondering, “What kind of idiot parent puts their 9 year old kid on a bus for a 3 day trip to Philadelphia or Washington D.C.??”  I was a nervous wreck but the camp is extremely well run and is staffed with experienced Unit Directors and great counselors.  My daughter came home having had a wonderful time and I (of course) had wasted a ton of energy worrying.  This is the second year that both my girls are going to this great travel camp.  My older daughter left at 6:30 this morning for a week long adventure and my younger daughter gets picked up in a little while for 3 days of sun and fun.  Awesome!

So what have I been doing with my abundance of time (besides dyeing, packing and sending yarn to people…)?  Well, I haven’t been doing too much knitting.  I have been working on a pair of socks for my younger brother but they have been relegated to the back burner for now.  Instead, I have been working on these:

Sorry for the lousy pictures, I was having some camera issues.  These are  two crochet blankets that I am working on.  The top one is particularly uninteresting.  It is being crocheted out of Utopia which is an acrylic yarn (I know, you are all shaking with disgust).  I needed something that was washable and indestructible and the Utopia was on super major sale so I thought I would give it a try.  It’s okay to work with but I am not a huge acrylic fan so I am trying to make myself like it.  The second blanket is much more fun.  I saw on a blog that I like to read that a knitter had decided to take her incredibly large stash of sock yarn and crochet it into this awesome blanket/bedspread.  I was so inspired that I decided to do the same with my embarrassingly enormous stash of sock yarn.  I love sock yarn.  (That’s one of the reasons I decided to open an online shop.)  I had amassed quite a collection of various yarns and realized that there would be no humanly possible way to knit them all into socks.   When I saw this blanket on FluffyKnitterDeb’s blog I decided that this is what I must do with all this sock yarn.  It is not going to win any awards for being the most beautiful piece of crochet but it will definitely add some serious color to where ever it ends up once it is finished.  It is a fun, mindless crochet and I am thoroughly enjoying it.

Eventually I will finish my brother’s socks.  It’s too warm to wear wool socks in the summer anyway.  I figure by the time the weather gets cold in Mass. where he lives, I’ll have them done.

So what are you all working on this summer?  I’d love to hear all about it.

July 18, 2008

Drum Roll Please…..

Filed under: News — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 7:32 am

And the winners are:

1.  Betty Ann – for being the first commenter with a link.   You’ve already been emailed and your skein is on the way!!  Hope you enjoy it and let us know what you knit with it.

2.  Maureen – Congrats and please check your email.  I will need you to email me so I can send your your skein.  Hope you love it!!

and last but not least…

3.  Shell – Congrats and please check your email.  I will also need you to email me so I can send you your skein.  Again, I hope you love it!

Thanks to everyone for sending in such great links!  We got links for hand knitting as well as machine knitting.  I will compile a list over the weekend and post it next week!

July 17, 2008

Thanks for Playing!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 1:16 pm

Thanks for all the great links.  You all sure know a lot of sock pattern links!  I will announce the winners of the free yarn tomorrow.  I plan to compile a list of the links and post them here over the weekend.  Thanks for playing.

July 15, 2008

Our First Contest/Give Away!

Filed under: News — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 7:16 am

I thought it would be fun to compile a list of free sock patterns available on the web.  Here’s where you come in.  Leave a comment with some working links to free sock patterns on the web.  I will be giving away three skeins of our hand painted yarn.  The first person who leaves a comment with a link gets the first one.  The next two skeins will be chosen by the random generator.    The deadline for leaving comments with links is Thursday at noon.  The winners will be announced on Friday.  Have fun!

July 8, 2008

Lollipop

Filed under: New Colorways,Store Updates — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 4:08 pm

I’ve just added a limited edition colorway to the site.  Take a look at Lollipop

This brand new beautiful colorway was designed and hand painted by my younger daughter.  She is big into fashion and Project Runway and clothing design so when she asked me if she could paint some yarn for Spinning Yarns I told her she certainly could.  Here is her creation.  I think it is quite nice and would make a young girl a groovy pair of socks!  It will be on the site for a limited time and is available in both sport and fingering weights. 

We are still featuring certain yarns at closeout prices.  There are only a few skeins left and once they are gone, they are gone for good.  Go check out the site and get them while they are still available.

July 2, 2008

Store Update

Filed under: News,Store Updates — by SpinningYarnsOnline @ 7:39 am

A quick update, the colorways that are on clearance are almost out of stock.  I expect to take them off the site by the beginning of next week.  If you are interested in Gecko, Violet Rubies, Holly Berry or Spring Flower they are currently being closed out.  I am making room for our fall colorways.

I currently am working on a new product line for SpinningYarnsOnline.  The colorways are being tested and I expect to be able to unveil our new addition to our products shortly.  I’ll keep you posted on its progress….

 

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