CreativeBug

I make a concentrated effort to be positive online. But this company has shaken me. I signed up for a free trial membership. And a month before my free trial ended, they charged me.

I tried to take it up with PayPal. No go.

I tried taking it up with CreativeBug. I used their form letter. No answer after a few days. I emailed. And again. And a third time. I Tweeted. And I Facebooked. No answers.

Don’t sign up for CreativeBug. They have some cute classes, but honestly, I never did use one and I, literally, paid for it.

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Knitcrate

Knitcrate is running a special, and I’ll admit I’m intrigued. I’m not generally a “send me a surprise” type of knitter…but for $5, it’s worth a try. And yes, this is totally MLM marketing and I get yarn, too. On the plus side, yarn.

Oh no! No no no.

Over the summer I finished my Campside Shawl. And I loved it. Love the color, loved the eyelets. Loved loved loved.

Unfortunately, the yarn was given to me. And it wasn’t superwash. But I’d repeatedly heard “You need heat and friction to felt something.” And the shawl got soaked and smelled terrible. So I put it in the wash. You see where this is going.

Wahhh!

Need to find new, superwash, dk yarn.

Calle Noguera Ponchette

Guys! My Calle Noguera Ponchette is live on Ravelry! Please go click on it, page views help patterns show up in the “hot right now” list, which helps them get more views, which gets them on the hot right now list, and on and around.

Calle Noguera is a child’s ponchette, basically a short poncho or a shoulder shrug and is knit from the bottom up using a worsted weight yarn in an open texture.

Helix Knitting

Helix knitting is a fancy way to get stripes without having to twist the yarns, without having a jog, all while sounding super fancy and technical.

My new pattern features helix knitting. I’m hoping to launch it mid-October, email me at gmail if you’re curious to pattern test for me. The goal is less than a single skein of the main color sock yarn plus a mini skein, or bit and pieces of leftover projects in the same weight.

In order to do 2-color helix knitting, you use your Main Color (MC), variegated in the pic above, and knit around.

When you’re back at the beginning of the round (BOR) you add your contrast color (CC), the lime, this end will need to be woven in later.

Knit around, stopping 3 stitches before you reach your main color again (there’s no magic to the three, 2 and 4 or 5 are also nice numbers).

Now, you DROP your CC! Right, no twisting, no worrying. Then simply slip those three MC stitches from the left needle to the right needle.

Pick up your MC again and start knitting. Stop when you have 3 stitches of the CC color left. And drop your yarn.

Slip the 3 stitches of the CC color from the left to the right, pick up the working yarn, and knit around.

Keep repeating until you are at the desired length!

Pugs & Patterns

I saw on our local Nextdoor site that someone was giving away what looked like a giant dog playpen, and with camping in our future, I thought it might be a good place to stash the fur kids for a few moments.

Unfortunately, looks can be deceiving. We have three dogs.

Ol’ Georgie Girl chilling in her tent.

Meanwhile, back on the needles, I’m working on a scrap based cowl 🙂 It features a non-cable and a little bit of striping in helix.