This New Year

I want to start with an apology to anyone who is reading this thinking “Where the hell did that girl go?” Well it has been quite interesting these past few months, but now all seems to be back to normal (whatever normal really is).

I had many life changes starting last fall, and it has taken me until now to get back to the fibery goodness in my life. I broke up my relationship with a very nice guy (he just wasnt mr. Right); moved into my own apartment


Yup It has It’s own Yarn/Craft Closet!!!!

Adapted to the new surroundings and bill pay shuffle; and I still have my day-job (LionBrand/JordianPaige has still yet to call me about my dream job) but I am working on a promotion which means I have been spending more time at work. With all of these things happening all at once I became very stressed and ended up in the hospital for a few days (I’m perfectly fine now thank you).  But for some unknown reason instead of delving deeper into my sanctuary of Fiber, I actually had to back away.

This is the reason I know that i am completely back to being me, because I am obsessed again with all things fiber.

And so I give you the project I am currently working on.


This scarf was actually suppose to be a triangle shawl (a free pattern from Michael’s) Somewhere in the beginning I miss read the pattern, and so instead of Froging it I decided it is my personal way of Rebelling against societies ideals and need for perfection in everything.


This project is actually my First Commission sale. It is a table runner I found on Ravelry. The buyer will remain nameless. I am thoroughly enjoying making this, it is made with Sugar’n Cream Cotton in the Earth Ombre colorway.

This post comes quite conveniently at the same time as this blogs first birthday. Hopefully Many More!

Happy Hooking!


I Love Yarn Day

October 12th 2012, is “I Love Yarn Day”! What are you going to do to celebrate Yarn Day? The Craft Yarn Council has a website dedicated to I♥YD (I Love Yarn Day). Also the editor of Crochet Today mentioned it in her opening letter of the Sept/Oct 2012 issue. There are many ways to celebrate Yarn Day (most of which are posted at the craft council website). Some of the ideas for I♥YD include. . .

I Love Yarn Day Oct. 14, 2011

Create an I Love Day Yarn badge: Patterns for Badges are on CYC (Craft Yarn Council)

Teach someone to knit or crochetWith the popularity of Yarn craft increasing lately will be an easy job to help someone who is just starting out, or to teach a new enthusiast of Yarn how to knit or crochet.

Do something for charity: There are many charities available to anyone who would like to donate their time or a crafted item, Warm Up America is associated with ILY day through the CYC. Also the Linus Project is another great charity making blankets for children. Most churches often have charity groups who make blankets for the homeless, or baby hats and clothes for hospitals. Check out your local area charities to get involved.

Wear a knitted or crocheted item: Anything could be worn if you try hard enough. Low on time? Why not make a quick chain bracelet, ring, or headband to show your love for yarn.

Give a gift of yarn:  Do you have friends or relatives that love yarn too? Why not give them a new yarn, maybe something you know they have been wanting to buy or try out themselves. How about a novelty yarn just for fun, or maybe a lovely luxury yarn for something special. For the Non-Yarnies in your life why not make something special for them just to remind them you care.

Take your yarn to work day: Incorporating Yarn into your working area is easy. If your boss will allow it, decorate your work space with some adorable crochet flowers or Yarn covered office organizers. I love to bring my crochet projects to work, so I can work on them during my lunch hour (I feel productive and relaxed when I get back from my break because of my crafting time).

Pen and Pencil Holders Office Supplies Crochet Set of Two Cans Upcycled Tin Can Unisex

Have a Yarn-A-Bration: Get some friends together and craft, or maybe do a yarn-swap! By bringing your old unwanted yarns together their maybe someone who needs/wants just what you got and you can pick something new for yourself. Don’t for get the snacks, drinks, and good music!

Knit, crochet and craft in public: No matter if your out to lunch, waiting in line, at the doctors office, or at the park; bring your yarn with you! Don’t be shy everyone who is looking at you is thinking just how amazing you are, because you are able to make something great out of a bit of fiber! I bet you will get many people interested in Yarn Crafting too, we are not in a super secret club, anyone can join! Also if you are the brave one to start crafting Out Loud first, then you won’t be alone for long.

Tweet it, Tag it, Like it, Share It, Pin it: This is self explanatory, use your favorite social media sites and post LOTS of stuff about Yarn Day or yarn related things!!

Go to your LYS: Knitmap is a great place to find out about your Local Yarn Shops (LYS). I found that it is much simplier then trying to hassel with google search results. Many LYS in my area include; StitchWorm, The Flying Needles, Tampa UpCycle, Knit N Knibble, Fiber Art Inc, and Uncommon Threads.

Join a Fiber Social Media site: There are many sites to join that are yarn friendly or fiber based such as; Ravelry, Crochet Spot, Crochet Me, or Crochetville. Join one today and “hook-up” with other Yarnies.

Have a Happy Yarn Day!

Happy Hooking!

Bread Crumb Trail

Have you ever been lost in the “in-between”, or as I call it “Yarn Purgatory”? It is the state of mind that come after finishing your current PHD; in which your mind goes completely blank as to what to hook next? (Usually this happens only if you are a Monogamist hooker * later post will describe this in detail*)

While lost in this Purgatory it is in-advisable to watch your normal yarn based pod-casts (especially if you are one to craft during said pod-casts). Doing this causes extreme yarn envy and/or a slight depression upon seeing the pod-caster’s projects and yarn. It is also in advisable to stay up late that night and search for projects and where to order the yarn from. (please note the date and time this blog posted at 2:10am *I am ashamed*)

Other notes about Purgatory; you NEVER have the right yarn, in the right amount on hand for ANY project you wish to start. it is just a fact we have to deal with, it will be okay though. In this situation continue your project search with the specification of your stash yarn (Ravelry has this option under their projects search engine). This will help you get through the evening without buying a sweater’s worth of beautiful hunter green DK weight yarn for that new beginner’s sweater pattern you saw on, or having it sent to you express shipping for the extra $10 *I am ashamed*.

When in Doubt turn off the computer turn on the radio and whip up some washcloths.

Unless you want nice and fancy washcloths then it would not be a good idea to spends hours on Google searching for that “one absolutely perfect washcloth pattern”.

Good luck, if you find a way out… Leave a trail of yarn behind.

P.S. I’ll post picture of this amazing yarn as soon as it gets here!

Count down to the FFI

It is only 3 days from the official start of the 9th annual Florida Fiber In!! Are you as excited as I am? The fun and excitement of meeting friends from Ravelry, and really seeing how many Fiber Artists live in this southern state.

From what I can gather from the 2012 schedule in the Florida Fiber In website, Sat is the Big day to be there. With classes galore, about everything from spinning to pattern design and even photographing your finished projects (this one I am looking forward to).

Of course we cannot forget the vendors who are attending:
Funny Face Farms
Four Purls Yarn Shop
A Fuzzy Farm
Sunshine Knit Designs
Ewephoric Fibers
Uncommon Threads
Yarn It

This years theme is Italy so make sure to bring your Venetian Masks to wear in the Parade (Handmade with yarny stuffs). There will be door prizes after the parade for the best masks. I am still working on mine and probably will be until the last second. I wish you all luck!

As a bonus even if I don’t finish my mask on time I’ll still get to use it for Halloween, “witch” (Pun intended) is just around to corner!

You don’t want to leave to early on Sunday. The Garage sale it still something  to check out! There will be tables set up for attendees to bring unwanted stash items and sell or trade with one another. I have been looking around the area where the event is held and I think a road trip to some of the LYS is in order. Who’s with me?!

Hope to see you all there!

Keep Calm and Crochet on!

P.S. I will be continuously posting to my Twitter account from the FFI with pics and fun things happening. Follow me on Twitter for all the updates @Kari_Foland

It’s Done!!

After a long and hard road  (I now LOATH color changes), the pillow covering is complete. Just as a recap, I have been working on this project for a little over two months now. I have hated it, I have loved it, and once I wanted to turn it into a tea cozy but now it’s finally finished. It has taken me longer than normal to compete this singular project because I cannot always cart heavy and bulky projects wherever I go. As it is now, my day job does not allow me to have my yarn near the food service equipment (damn).

The Original Project Is from Lion Brand. It is called the Zig-Zag Pillow. It is suppose to be made with FIVE different colors (I would have freaking died!). But I chose a beach-like color theme and only used three colors. I still followed the original pattern, but changed the last two color changes to repeat my main two colors. (I used some of my stash yarn, Medium Weight, 4ply, on a J hook) Some of my personal pattern/yarn details are available at Ravelry (JigglyPuffSticher).

It is mostly finished, all there is left to do is weave in the ends, sew up two sides, add the Poly-fill ( which is a filling for stuffed animals or pillows) sew it together, and mail that sucker out of here. Yay!

Any one happen to know what in State shipping for a pillow is?

If the recipient is reading this; it’s done and on the way. I’m sorry it’s late but I hope the thought that I made it for you counts just as much. And I hope you at least like it a little bit, but IF you don’t like it. . . Lie to me!!!(I will probably cry)

Happy Hooking!

P.S. One edge might look a little weird compared to the others, don’t mind that, it was a huge minor mistake in finishing design and I wasn’t using the pattern was up late finishing this gift.

P.P.S I did not block this item because I haven’t the blocking boards or pins or space right now to attempt such. *See this subject in a later post*

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