Etsy

I started an etsy shop!

For those of you who don’t know, Etsy is a place where people buy and sell handmade goods. I’ve been making stitch markers lately and have been really enjoying them. The big problem is that I don’t need a bijillion stitch markers! So to rationalize my new beading hobby, and to perhaps fund an expansion of my yarn stash, I decided to sell stitch markers online.

These are two I have up right now. Yeah, that makes the store pretty empty, but hopefully I’ll have more time to devote to filling it up after this round of exams and projects coming up.

Anyhow, check it out at http://bdeitrick.etsy.com. Hope you enjoy!

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January 29, 2008. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

New Iron!

A slight divergence for non-knitterly activities.

I received a Rowenta iron for Christmas!

I had never understood why one would pay more than $15 for an iron, but now, I completely do. This was recommended to me by fellow knitter and crafter Lisa. She sews, and therefore irons a lot. While I do not sew, I hope to learn one day. Primarily though, I asked for this for Christmas since I’ll be starting my new job soon (ish) where I have to wear ironed shirts and pants. I really hate ironing. Somehow, I always manage to mess it up. Not with this iron.

First off, it is super hot. No idea exactly how hot it is, but on my white cotton button-up shirt that has not been ironed in literally years, one glide took out all the wrinkles. Not back and forth – just once. The steam is really strong, and I can even force a burst of steam over a particular stubborn area. In fact, when I accidently ironed in a wrinkle on the sleeve, I made it burst some steam, and the wrinkle came right out. Amazing.

Secondly, it heats up super quickly. I plugged it in, and less than 30 seconds later, it was all the way up to the hottest setting. There is even an indicator light that tells you when it’s ready. Sweet.

The water tank is huge. The heat dial is easy to understand. The cord is long and tangle-free. Most models have an auto-shut off feature, but I choose one that doesn’t in case I use it to sew. It even has a vertical steam feature, although I haven’t tested that particular feature yet. I imagine it’ll come in super handy with my knitting some day.

So for those of you who sew, or just who wants a good iron. This one rocks.

January 26, 2008. Tags: , . Tools. Leave a comment.

Seduction Socks

This is my only Christmas gift crafting I did this year. I had to wait to give it away before posting, just in case the recipient sees it.

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Pattern: Seduction Socks (link to PDF)
Yarn: Reclaimed yarn – 43% Rayon, 39% Nylon, 10% Cotton, 8% Angora.
Needles: 32″ US1.5 (2.5mm)

This was knitted almost exclusively as a travel project for about 2 months. I kept it in my purse and worked on it at weekly SnBs and when bored waiting somewhere. I finished pretty quickly, considering. I did work at home on the heel and toe, since those parts are a little more complicated. I even had to wait on the heel because it was simply impossible doing it 2 at a time on one circular. I ended up order a set of sock dpns from Knit Picks just to tackle heel area. I’m really glad I have it now though.

The socks turned out a little snug, but in a good way. It stretches nicely, but I’m not sure of the yarn’s recoverability. Erin tried it on and it seems to fit her better than me, so yay!

January 1, 2008. Tags: , , . Knitting. 1 comment.