Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Nandia, beads and knitting

I didn't expect to hear again from Nandia but Soyola (Nandia's owner) emailed me. She offered to refund the postage for my last purchase or give me a discount for the next one. I told her that all I want is the original of the Heartstring's pattern and a positive feedback on Ebay since I paid promptly. She said that she'll mail me the original and will leave positive feedback. It seems that she's trying to fix things, make them right, etc, etc. I also asked her to be fair to other buyers who paid promptly and waited 5-8 weeks for their packages by retracting her negative feedbacks on them. We'll see. No harm in asking.

On to more enjoyable stuff....

Beaded Ascot, pattern from Truly fun and easy to knit. The yarn is my own handdyed Gems Merino Pearl yarn, one skein.

Pattern from Swallowhill Creations in Canada. Very easy lace pattern with beads. I only added the beads to the bottom of the scarf and not around the neck portion.(..arghh, I can't see the beads. Will get better close-ups). Another handdyed Gems Merino Pearl yarn.

More blogging notes:

I'm glad I found some fellow Sacramento area knitters and bloggers. There's Violet's blog with her recently finished Shoalwater shawl. Very lovely! Love the view too. Where in Roseville do you find such perfect setting?!

And there's Lynette's blog and her adventures in the snow. Beautiful work, ladies!

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Beads and Knitting

A new fiber friend from NYC, Michelle, has sent me these goodies:

Beaded stitchmarkers! I love them and can't get enough of them. Pretty soon, I will teach myself how to make them. She also has a fabulous invention called fiber clips. The one she sent me says "I Love Fiber". She also carded some Romney with silk and Romney with Cashmere and sent me some samples. You can see that I already spun some of them. Thank you so much, Michelle!

More in Beads!

What can I say? Bead or beaded knitting is so addictive. I took a bead knitting class offered by our own Sacramento knitter, Kaedean, and learned so much from it.
I immediately bought some kits from The Knittingzoneand Earthfaire. The 2 beaded amulet bags in the center and on the right are Sivia Harding's designs, highly recommended for a beginner and easy to follow. Like Kaedean's class, Sivia teaches you different ways of adding beads. However, Kaedean's class offered more. I think K was able to include ALL of the techniques available.

In the next few days, I will post more pictures of my adventures in bead knitting.