Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Crochet / Knitting Pattern Book Contest Giveaway

I just want to let my loyal readers here know that I am giving away a Pattern Book on my blog! You'll need to go over to my BayAreaKnitter blog to enter.


The book is titled "Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders". This is a wonderful book for crocheting and/or knitting up some small indulgences. Lustrous alpaca is one of my favorite fibers to work with and this book has patterns for that! It also includes patterns for using such luxury yarns as organic cotton, bamboo, cashmere, silk, eco-friendly soy, corn, angora, and mohair, to the exquisite qiviut. Now you can knit small treasures using yarns you've been dreaming of. So go ahead and indulge yourself!
Contributors include designers, yarn manufacturers, and well-known knitting and crocheting teachers. There are a few crochet patterns, so I didn't want my Cafe Crochet readers to miss out!
So head on over to BayAreaKnitter and check out all the details! Contest ends Sept. 30th. Good luck!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Malabrigo and my Knitter Profile

Where should I begin? I have a couple of things to share with you tonight. The first one being that I was featured on Jordana Paige's blog today as this month's "Knitter Profile". I had a lot of fun answering all the questions in the interview. So head on over to Jordana's page and get more of an inside peek into my personal life.

Elizabeth, Jordana, Author Julie Turjoman, and myself
As you may already know, I'm working on a knitting book. So when possible I will be sharing bits and pieces about the process. One of the yarns I have chosen to use in several of my pattern designs is Malabrigo Yarn. Talk about a yummy yarn! I also love the fact that they are taking steps to improve sustainability and to reduce their carbon footprint. Liat Gat of Knit Freedom fame just recently fulfilled a dream that seemed almost impossible to her — She visited the Malabrigo Yarn factory in Montevideo, Uruguay. Check out this video of the tour she was granted and share in her dream come true!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Cottage Crafts Boutique

If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, come join me today, Saturday, August 18th at Cottage Crafts Boutique. They're having a Cottage Festival. It's their official kickoff to The Fall Holiday Season. 10am to 5pm with Tea Tastings, Sidewalk Sale, Drawing & fun. I'll be selling a few of my own crafty items outside on the sidewalk! ;) — at Cottage Crafts Boutique.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Crochet on Wheels

I've become mobile and taken my classes on the road! I had a lovely crochet class at Vida's house today! Looks like she's gotten the hang of it! :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

the Stitch Red movement

This blog has been pretty dormant lately, mostly because I've been doing more knitting than crochet, and I'm sure you're here to read about my crochet adventures, right? But I would still love to share with you about my newest project involvement! I do all of my day to day blogging on my BayAreaKnitter blog. So if you are interested in learning more about who I am and what I'm up to, visit me over there.
Today I would like to share with you the Stitch Red cause.

Doug and Laura Zander founded Stitch Red as a national heart disease awareness campaign. It is supported by the Needlearts industry. This campaign is a driving effort to draw attention to heart disease, the #1 killer of women in the United States, help people understand their risk factors for the disease and encourage the adoption of healthier lifestyles to protect their heart health. Did you know that heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined (including breast cancer!)?
I'm proud to announce that I have decided to get involved in this movement by creating a knitted hat pattern specifically designed for this campaign. I'm in the final stages of having the contract signed and releasing my design as an official Stitch Red product. I will be donating a percentage of the gross profits from each sale to this wonderful cause.
Please stay tuned as I will be posting photos of the hat and links to where you can purchase your own copy of the pattern. If you knit, I'd love to have you join me! Let's "stick it to heart disease" together!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Brandon is turning in his Leprechaun Trap during class at kindergarten this morning. They hope to catch one of those clever little fellows today! My job is to come in during recess and move some things around and mess the room up a bit. That should be fun! ;)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Beautiful Blossoms

I'm sitting in my car with my son under this beautiful tree right now. We are waiting in the car for a few minutes before I take him into his kindergarten class. We get here early everyday, because my daughter's class starts at 8:30 and then my son goes in at 9:30. So between times, we play the waiting game. It's a cold and rainy day. But I enjoy knitting while he works on his homework in the car today. And I couldn't resist snapping a shot of the beautiful blossoms on this tree. I just love how these trees turn pink... but they don't stay this way for long. So I have to enjoy them while I can. :)