Unfortunately I am not a Ryan Gosling fan. I’m indifferent. However I do swoon over the “Hey Girl” memes the knitting community has thrown him in and this recent article does make him sort of cool in my book now.
Things have been a little crazy in my world. Lots of knitting stuff going on, which is never a bad thing. Mom is doing much better, which is great. The first Firefly Sock club shipment went out and I think it was very well received. I was so nervous doing a club. I love what I love and I know not everyone loves what I love. The first colorway was really special to me, so I am thrilled people loved it. I am so moved by colors sometimes and I forget that other people can be like me and have these connections.
I am currently working a new pattern with the yarn. For this month’s club knitting challenge, you need to make something with leaves or a leaf in it. The sock I’m working on will have a leaf panel. It’s coming along very nicely. Here are some toes…
Yea… I just started, but they are going to rock. The yarn seems to warm my hands as I am working and the colorway is coming out so wonderful. It is not as dark as the photo, but it does have this odd garden quality to the colorway that I was not expecting. I saw “dusty overalls” while I was dyeing…but now it’s transforming into something else that is amazing…
I have this idea for a pattern book… I think it’s solid…. but shhhhh, it’s still in the works.
I did a presentation at the Blo Knitting Guild recently…. a crash course on Ravelry. The Guild’s Rav group has increased by at least 30 new people, so I consider that an epic success!
So aside from dyeing, clubbing, and designing, I am working on expanding my vending empire. I will be at the Stockinette Zombies Knitpocalypse Knitting Retreat in June. COLOR ME SUPER PUMPED!!!! I need to seriously yarn on for this. If you aren’t familiar with the SZ’s podcast, check them out. They are two awesome chicas from Rochester, Minnesota.
And now for the reason I was planning on blogging….. silly Goose article got me all a’ fluttered this morning.
When you knit your hands get dry. You need to moisturize! As of Christmas I have come to the realization that outside of a LYS, LUSH should be a knitter’s favorite store. I’ve purchased a few kits and received some LUSH gifts and they directly impact my yarning in a positive way! I wanted to share some of the products I am so in love with, in hopes that they will also help you out and find a spot in your knitting bag. *Please note, I am not getting paid or receiving kick backs for this stuff…. I’m just a huge LUSH groupie, and with good reason for how awesome their products are.*
HANDS!!It is so important to keep these nice and moisturized. You don’t want tough hands that could snag delicate yarn and I find the drier my hands are, the easier it is to impale my fingers with my Sig stiletto points.
Tiny Hands: This solid lotion bar is amazing. You can purchase a metal carrying tin for it to slip into your bag.
Rub it between your hands and them massage in. It is not greasy or slick, just perfectly refreshing. I keep this in my room so if I am typing, knitting, reading, or do anything else, it’s within arms reach. It’s great because you don’t need to worry about unscrewing on a lid, then re-screwing it back on while you still have product on your hands.
Lemony Flutter cuticle cream….. it is not just for your cuticles. My right index finger, at the first knuckle, is always dry. Why? It’s where my yarn rests and moves when I knit. It is constantly experiencing friction. This cream is thick and heavenly….bonus, it smells like a scrumptious lemon bar. I carry a small sample sized jar in my knitting bag with me. This is by far my favorite hand product from Lush.
Handy Gurugu: This is HEAVY. When using this, I recommend you really rub your hands together before picking up the needles, because they may slip right out of your hands. If you have serious problems during the winter months with your hands, this is the hand cream for you. Heavy. Duty.
Karma Kream – while mainly known for being a body lotion, this was one of the first Lush products I ever owned. It’s awesome. It is thick, rich, and leaves your skin feeling supple and soft. It comes in a large jar, but you can scoop out little portions and put into sample jars for your knitting bags. Handy!
And a bonus product I just have to mention……
T for Toes: As an avid sock knitter, I know that wool socks + hours of wear can equally smelly feet and shoes. But I still wanna wear my socks!!! T for Toes is fabulous. I bought it upon recommendation from a sales clerk, trying to get my Mary Janes to smell a bit fresher. Sprinkle this on your feet, inside your socks before you put them on, and or sprinkle it into your shoes and it smells amazing!!! It blows my mind how well this worked. Within 4 or 5 days my shoes smelled like zesty limes not…well…. icky stuff. And this is a natural product, so it wont eat away at the fibers in your sock or do any damage to the dye.
There you have it…. essential LUSH products I think every knitter should invest it.
I am off to finish working on the cowl pattern I created for the Guild’s February Stash Busting Classes (There is still room in my class… if you’d like to sign up please contact me)
Here is a sneak peak…… I’m currently working on the medium sample size…. the large may not happen because I don’t have enough scrap yarn….yikes!