Hurricane Aftermath and American Red Cross

The DH and I got lucky.  No power outages and damage.  Thank you all for your well wishes! 

Some others on the East Coast we not as lucky.  Would you please consider donating to the American Red Cross?  They are in need of donations for the affected areas.  The DH and I did a small donation.  It doesn’t take much to make a difference.

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Hurricane Sandy

So, Sandy is upon us, and I’m at home with my needles, yarn, and other crafting things.  Oh, darn.

On a more serious note, hurricanes are no laughing matter.  Many places in my area are reporting flooding.  I understand the big part of the storm is to be here later this evening. 

East Coasters, stay safe, stay indoors, and keep your wits about you. 

On a crafty note, I was at AC Moore on Sunday and the yarn section was picked pretty clean.  I guess knitters and crafters go on shopping binges before bad weather so they at least have a few things to do while being cooped up.  I know that’s why I was there, and I had a lovely giftcard from my birthday to enjoy there (Thanks, Chet and Eric!).  I got a lot of stuff, including a British knitting magazine that included free needles and yarn, a mess of cookie cutters for needle felting shapes, roving for felting, a Fair Isle book, and some practice yarn. 

Oh, I did give Fair Isle a shot yesterday.  I had to give myself a crash course in Continental knitting, but more on that later.

Kollabora

Kollabora is a new crafting site that was recently put in my radar.  It’s interesting and a new social site for crafters.  It features jewelry, knitting, and sewing projects.  Being fairly new, Kollabora seems like it’s going to be a great place for crafters to hang out.

I have been playing around with the site, and listed a project there just to see how it works.  I did have some trouble attaching photos, but I eventually was successful. 

This looks like it’s going to be a great place for smaller brands and indie designers.  You can sell things on this site, and there is a growing store.  Features I like?  It’s easy to add details to projects.  The closest site I can relate Kollabora to is Craftsy.

Another thing I like about Kollabora is the how-tos.  Got a question about a technique?  See if someone else either asked the question or posted an answer.  It’s a nice way to reach out to the community.

Will Kollabora be able to compete with the likes of Ravelry and Craftsy?  I think they will, but I would love to see them branch out to more crafting skills.  I’m going to keep my eye on this site, and I suggest that you give them a look, as well.

Knitting Addiction

Last Wednesday while on vacation in the Outer Banks, the DH (yes, he went along) to Knitting Addiction, a yarn store in Kill Devil Hills, NC, right along US 158.  It’s a neat store!

Knitting Addiction has a nice selection and caters both to locals and people visiting the area.  It’s a welcoming place.  They carry some beautiful hand painted yarns, along with some the usual high-end LYS stock.  Good stuff! Knitting Addiction also has a lot of accessories, t-shirts, knitting bags, and books.  Oh, they also have couches for knitters and crocheters to hang out, and cat named Purrl. 

I love the owner’s Bad Dog Wall of Shame.  After telling her the story of Alfred and my yarn, she showed me a photo of the destruction two Shih Tzus did to a scarf.  The aftermath was not pretty.

Let’s see, what did I get. I realized the dangers of taking the DH to a yarn store:  he picked out a project that me to make for him!  It’s a nice, gray polar fleece yarn hat.  I need to get the needles for it, but it should keep his fuzzy head warm in the winter.  I also got some purple and white ruffle yarn that because a scarf for the craft show, a knitting bag that states “Paws off my knitting,” and one of the self-published book of patterns that Knitting Addiction has.  I might get the second one because the first one, the one I have, is wonderful!

I think this photo sums up how a lot of us feel about yarn:

It’s a good addiction, and for knitting and crocheters in the OBX, this place is happy to supply.

Vacation Wrap-up

Well, the DH and I got home on Saturday afternoon and had a very nice vacation.  He even tolerated going to a yarn store with me!  More on that later this week, though. 

Besides visiting this lovely lighthouse, which is Currituck Sound Lighthouse, by the way, we spent time out and about on the beach, shopping, and relaxing.  I even had a good afternoon to fly my beginner stunt kite.  And I took lots of pictures.  Lots.  And I knit a lot, too.

I also realized last week that my two-year knit-aversary passed me by.  Wow!  I’ve come a long way!

Keep an eye out here for more adventures from vacation in the Outer Banks.

Yarn is not a dog toy.

We made it to the Outer Banks!  It’s beautiful here.  We had a good trip down, and are getting ready to settle in for the evening meal. 

This is also my first experience knitting with a dog around.  Alfred is my aunt and uncle’s dog, and is on vacation with us.  He was quite curious when I got some ruffle yarn out to start knitting, and the proceeded to stick his head in my knitting bag and got out the most expensive ball of yarn in the bag, of course.  It’s a ball of Malabrigo Worsted Merino wool yarn.  Gorgeous stuff.  Luckily, I got it away from him before any damage can be done.  Alfred is a golden retriever and has a soft mouth characteristic of bird dogs.  He also has the sweetest personality and disposition.  I am going to have to be careful when knitting around him, or when he’s more comfortable and less curious about what I’m doing.  In the meantime, everything’s going to be sealed plastic bags and in a zipped tote.