Thursday, March 27, 2014

Craftsy Flash Sale

I wanted to let all my readers know that Craftsy is having one of the biggest sales of the year right now. Here is some info for you:


Save Up to 75% on Yarn & 65% on Fabric!
Don't miss out on Craftsy's Gone in a Flash SaleGet up to 65% off fabric and 75% off yarn now. Limited supply, shop before it disappears! Hurry, offer expires Friday, March 28th at 11:59pm MT 2014.

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If you see something you want from Craftsy, consider purchasing it through the links above. This helps support the podcast monetarily which pays for great things for YOU like giveaways! Have a blessed weekend!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Episode 11 - Knitting Frenzy

In this episode I have MANY projects going and have a hard time paying attention!

Thank you for the iTunes reviews!

Clicking Away

  • Mermaid Song Shawl by Susanna IC in the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits, knit in Cascade Alpaca Lace

Countdown to 30

 I am determined not to get depressed about my birthday and have already booked a night with my friends at a paint and sip place. 

Photo courtesy of Studio Vino Paint and Sip

Photographing Your Knits

Today we are going to play a game of pretend. Here are the tips I am going to use when photographing you in your beautiful sweater:

  • I am going to create a visual frame with the nature background, like we talked about last week.
  • I am going to place you at least six feet in front of the background we are using, for example, a gorgeous blooming lilac bush.
  • I also recommend using a low F-stop/aperture (f 4.0-6.0) or the portrait mode on camera to help the camera focus on you and your sweater and blur the background
  • I also will double check to make sure there aren't any hard shadows from tree branches coming across your face or garment

Friday, March 14, 2014

Episode 10 - My Sister Stitches

This episode I have my very first guest, my sister Jenilee! She is a cross stitcher with lots of interesting stories to share with you. Enjoy!

Where to find Jenilee:

(Photo courtesy of Just For Fun Jen)

Jenilee just finished her Beauty and the Beast cross stitch by MCG Textiles based on a painting by Thomas Kinkade.

She did a couple things differently on her piece, such as adding the sparkly thread to Belle's dress and changing the way the rose was stitched.

(Photo courtesy of Just For Fun Jen)

She mentions the product Thread Heaven to help with cross stitching with sparkly thread to keep it from getting tangled. She also mentions Mary Corbett's blog, a great resource for tutorials in embroidery.

She is also excited to do her other 3 cross stitches by the same painter, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Little Mermaid.

I'm working on my 20% Cooler Socks (Collywobbles pattern) in the Rainbow Dash colorway by Cuppy Cake Yarnz. I want to do the same pattern in my Blueberry Butterfly yarn by Oh Loops. I decided to do mine toe up and use the OMG heel.

Jenilee is working on the Once Upon A Time There Was a Princess cross stitch by Bucilla.

I'm working on the Sheep Wagon Shawl by Joanna Johnson in yarn from Aniroonz.

Jenilee is working on a Drawn Threadwork Sampler based on the book Beginner's Guide to Drawn Thread Embroidery (Beginner's Guide to Needlecraft).

Photo courtesy of Just For Fun Jen

We both want to make the Harry Potter sampler by Clouds Factory. I want to make the small one and my ambitious and more nerdy sister wants to make the big one (not been released yet.)

Photo courtesy of Clouds Factory

Jenilee mentions the Hogwarts Crest cross stitch she is also working on.

Photo courtesy of Just For Fun Jen

This week's photo tip is on photographing teeny tiny stitches (like cross stitch or lace) using the macro mode. I also mention the Prairie Girls podcast, LOVE THEM!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Episode 9 - Come See Sheep!

In this episode  get a little over excited about some things, ummmmm.....

Clicking Away:


Countdown to 30:
  • My big kids are on holiday without me. I'm very grateful to have the time away, but I will be very grateful to have them back. I realize now how much my life has changed over the past decade adding one kid at a time.
Photographing Your Knits:
  • This episode I talk about containing and framing your knits, both for works in progress and finished objects. 
In this photo, I contained all the hats in to my famous bowl before photographing. Apparently I deleted the original photo of them all on the floor.

Still learning, but notice here the gutter is not going through my head, nor is the tree on the left. The eye can rest on the sweater (though I needed a different pose, oh well.)