Monday, June 10, 2013

What I Love - June 10, 2013

What I Love - June 10, 2013 - The Blog Edition, Round 1

There are so many blogs that I continually discover and now follow. My previous way to do this was create a link on my blog, and visit my blog, and check them out individually.

Not anymore - I now am on Bloglovin'.

Bloglovin' keeps track of all your favorite blogs, and sends a daily email with all of your blogs most recent posts that you haven't read. What I really like about this over an RSS feed is that the format of the blogs remain how they normally would. No reduced format.

Also, the picklist at the top is awesome. You can sort by category also - so if you really do not want to see gorgeous food pics from smitten kitchen, you can avoid it - if you can....

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Top 2 knitting blogs I love to follow:

1) Miso Crafty

(her photo - like I say below - beautiful!)

What I love: 1) her pics are stunning. 2) her writing style - sense of humor! 3) She's local - on the Island! 4) Her aesthetic!  5) Her super awesome project bags! As a proud owner, I can attest they can stand the "Ashley uses this bag test" (which is a challenge for any bag!)

Also, she updates frequently - at least once-a-week, so it keeps it interesting.

2) Yarn Harlot

(photo courtesy of the internet)

Why I love it - always good for a laugh. She's frank, and states everything that most knitters are thinking re a knitter's crazy mindset. Get her books - she will also have you laughing by yourself in a bed in Africa. Just sayin'. Her posts can get a little long, but check out this one. Freakin' hilarious.

What are your top two knitting blogs?

over and out.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Secret No Longer - Dahlia Sproutlette

Introducing....Baby O's Dahlia Sproutlette!

I have a darling knitting friend, who just had a beautiful baby girl (complete with Spock ears!)

Obviously, she needed a knitted item - mom likes bold colours for babies, none of this pastel or natural baby wear, so, I went to my stash and came up with my Dahlia Madelinetosh Sock yarn purchased at Churchmouse Yarns several years ago.

Now, I just needed to find a baby girl sock yarn pattern, super pretty, super girly - because she has not yet decided she will be a tom-boy, or hate dresses, or not like being called cute.

Luckily, Tanis Fiber Arts Sproutlette Dress fit the bill. Requirements met:

  • sock yarn
  • 1 skein project
  • pretty leaf design
  • easy to follow
  • cute accents like leaves, scalloped edging
  • fun way to add a button

I am super happy with how this turned out. And although this was finished a while ago, I had to wait before posting details, as she is a Ravelry user, blog-checker, and a skilled figure-out-the-gift-ahead-of-time kind of person.

Beautiful Baby O now has a great 6-12 month dress to wear. And she has an extremely proud Aunty A! Now for the hard part - waiting 6 months before she can try it on.
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