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Friday
Aug292014

Newsletter 8/29/14

 

 

Kristin's Florida Retreats

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News, Notes & Pictures from this Week:


There is now an option of a winding service for Bamboo So Fine yarn kits. For an additional $5.00 you can get the 650 yard skein wound into a perfect cake of yarn with a center pull. This is not only a time saver for you (especially if you don't have the swift and winder tools at home) but makes a wonderful gift too! Please check out my Etsy shop for kits, winding service and even international shipping here: Kristin's Etsy Shop


Have you heard?  In order to make room for all of the Bamboo So Fine kits I have organized a huge sample sale in my Etsy shop.  These are beautiful pieces I personally knitted and crocheted for some of my patterns and books.  There are still a few pieces left,  and they are all $29.99 or less; absolutely amazing bargains -  and worldwide shipping is available!  If you haven't checked it out yet, head over now, while there are still a few pieces left! Here's the link: Kristin Omdahl's Etsy Shop   enjoy your shopping trip!

The Wrapture Fragrant Balm is a portable, compact handbag and knitting bag essential that is all natural, alcohol-free and vegan. It contains no preservatives, color or petroleum, and it comes in a durable tint hat won't leak. It isn't greasy, absorbs into the skin quickly and moisturizes dry skin and cuticles beautifully. Scented with the essential oil of night blooming jasmine, it doubles as a subtle, fragrant pick-me-up when used on your pulse points. Here is a recent product review on the Rock + Purl Podcast.


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Bamboo So Fine Yarn by Kristin Omdahl


It's a bamboo, bamboo, bamboo world!  The Bamboo So Fine by Kristin Omdahl craze is catching on, and YOU are invited to join the fun!  What makes it so special?  Bamboo So Fine is spun, milled and hand dyed in the United States of America. It's a lustrous and silky soft yarn that gets even drapier and silkier after hand-washing in your favorite delicate wash. The colors are bright, saturated and amazingly tonal, inspired by tropical flowers and candy. 

Each large skein boasts a whopping 650 yards and gives a whole new meaning to the concept of one skein projects! The $26 retail price also includes an eBook of Kristin’s latest 6 shawl patterns 
to knit or crochet (each are one skein projects!),  a mesh drawstring storage bag and a single-use pod of Kristin's delicate wash, Wrapture.  Purchased separately, these items would cost $34.99 - that's a savings of more than 25% - wow!

International orders are always welcome, and Bamboo So Fine is already a world traveler! Please be aware that additional shipping charges may apply. Check out my international shipping rates in my Etsy Store HERE: Kristin Omdahl's Etsy Store

KITTY CORNER

Bjorn & Becker are wild and crazy this week! They have definitely acclimated into our home and taken over! They fight over my attention and even get jealous if one gets more pets and hugs than the other! Belly rubs are still their favorite way to tell me its time to take a break from knitting and crochet! They even fight over my Ott Light. Each one takes turns laying under the light while I work. I like to call it the Kitty Tanning Bed :)
They are eating more and more, and cry at meal times too. I've added wet food to their diet in the morning and considering adding a second meal at bedtime. I keep dry kitten food out all day for them as well.

 

 

TIP JAR
Weaving in ends is one of the most important parts of good finishing. Make sure your tails are at least 6" long before cutting yarn. I make sure to weave in multiple directions to ensure tails that stay hidden for a long time to come. I like to work in one direction for an inch or so, then turn and weave in the opposite direction for the next inch, and continue alternating until they are well hidden. While there are a few exceptions to the rule, I prefer to weave in loose ends on the wrong side of a fabric. And if you have a seam close by, even better. The bulk of a seam gives you a great place to hide tails.

From Kristin's Kitchen…

I've been on a diet kick lately. Making low calorie veggie soups for meals and in-between snacks. I overloaded on cabbage soup last week and was desperate for a different version this week. Being in a curry mood, I wondered if I could add some ethnic spice to an otherwise simple veggie soup and Voila! Success for me (and hopefully my waistline too!) If you wanted to make this soup more substantial you could add chicken, fish or shrimp, or even a can of beans for a boost of protein.

Ingredients
  • two boxes low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 16oz can tomatoes with chiles (Ro-Tel) but you could also add plain tomatoes if you don't want any heat
  • 2 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 2 TBSP curry powder

In large pot, heat olive oil on medium heat and add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes until soft. Add the cauliflower and curry powder and sauté for 5 more minutes. Add the tomatoes and chicken stock. Bring to a slow boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 40 minutes. I used a potato masher to chop the veggies smaller, but you could also puree the soup for a smoother finish. I like the broth though so keeping it a little chunky was optimal for me. 

Bamboo So Fine by Kristin Omdahl
Wrapture delicate wash and Fragrant Balm
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Friday
Aug222014

Newsletter 8/22/14

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YOU are part of the planning committee!  The planning for Kristin's Florida Fiber Retreats has begun, and we need YOUR feedback!  Please complete this short survey, and let's plan a fiber funfest!  Click here to begin.

News, Notes & Pictures from this Week:

Are you a Fleetwood Mac fan?  Love Stevie Nicks?  Have you seen her new contest?  Stevie wants a new shawl, and she wants her fans to submit designs...she is going to award $2000 to the designer of her favorite shawl, which she will use in a photo shoot, and there will also be a $500 prize awarded to the community favorite.  Voting will take place from September 22 - September 29.  I have designed and submitted a shawl - made from my new Bamboo So Fine of course - do you think it's a winner?
I'll post a link so you can vote at the appropriate time.  If YOU design a shawl for Stevie using Bamboo So Fine be sure to share the pictures with me so I can share them here!

Leisure Arts Publications nominated me for the ALS ice bucket challenge yesterday and I happily accepted and donated money. You can watch my video here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10203135899851671
My paternal grandmother died of this horrible disease and I'm glad I can be part of the campaign to raise awareness and donations. You can donate here: ALS Association website: http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html

 

Have you heard?  In order to make room for all of the Bamboo So Finekits I have organized a huge sample sale in my Etsy shop.  These are beautiful pieces I personally knitted and crocheted for some of my patterns and books.  There are still a few pieces left,  and they are all $29.99 or less; absolutely amazing bargains -  and worldwide shipping is available!  If you haven't checked it out yet, head over now, while there are still a few pieces left! Here's the link: Kristin Omdahl's Etsy Shop   enjoy your shopping trip!

 

 

The Wrapture Fragrant Balm is a portable, compact handbag and knitting bag essential that is all natural, alcohol-free and vegan. It contains no preservatives, color or petroleum, and it comes in a durable tint hat won't leak. It isn't greasy, absorbs into the skin quickly and moisturizes dry skin and cuticles beautifully. Scented with the essential oil of night blooming jasmine, it doubles as a subtle, fragrant pick-me-up when used on your pulse points. Here is a recent product review on the Rock + Purl Podcast.

 

 

Do You Have YOURS yet?

Bamboo So Fine Yarn by Kristin Omdahl

 

It's a bamboo, bamboo, bamboo world!  The Bamboo So Fine by Kristin Omdahl craze is catching on, and YOU are invited to join the fun!  What makes it so special?  Bamboo So Fine is spun, milled and hand dyed in the United States of America. It's a lustrous and silky soft yarn that gets even drapier and silkier after hand-washing in your favorite delicate wash. The colors are bright, saturated and amazingly tonal, inspired by tropical flowers and candy. 

Each large skein boasts a whopping 650 yards and gives a whole new meaning to the concept of one skein projects! The $26 retail price also includes an eBook of Kristin’s latest 6 shawl patterns to knit or crochet (each are one skein projects!),  a mesh drawstring storage bag and a single-use pod of Kristin's delicate wash, Wrapture.  Purchased separately, these items would cost $34.99 - that's a savings of more than 25% - wow!

International orders are always welcome, and Bamboo So Fine is already a world traveler! Please be aware that additional shipping charges may apply. Check out my international shipping rates in my Etsy Store HERE: Kristin Omdahl's Etsy Store

 

 

KITTY CORNER

Bjorn & Becker are the sweetest kittens! But they have two modes: crazy wild maniacs and sweet and cuddling love bugs. They usually like to sleep on top of each other, whether on their favorite pink blanket or on us! And they wrestle each other like its a death match. But as long as no one is crying I leave them alone. They are getting more adventurous about yarn and people food (both off limits in this house) so I invested in a little water bottle for discipline. They both freaked out when I spritzed them the first time and went into hiding. I lured them back out with treats a few hours later. Now I just have to pretend I'm going to spray them and they stop! Climbing up my dress forms and biting swatches off cork boards are off limit, too. Just saying… The last pic was a milestone in our house this week. SharkHunter's foot has finally surpassed my own. Wow. It is only a matter of time before I will have to look up to him. I better cherish the moments I have left of my "little boy".

 

TIP JAR
Remember those gauge swatches we talked about last week?  Before you put them away, do some more with them...first of all, if you are making something that you are going to wear next to your skin, pin that swatch inside your blouse or skirt for a few hours, and make sure it feel nice.  Also, be sure to launder the swatch as you will the actual garment, to test for any issues with the yarn, and see how it will look.

From Kristin's Kitchen...

I love fish, and salmon is one of my favorites!  Super-yummy AND super-healthy, whether you eat it raw for sushi or sashimi or cook it in almost any style, it is always delicious.  Here's a recipe that is both sweet and savory; paired with the cucumber and feta salad (which is salty), your taste buds will be very happy!

Ingredients
  • salmon filets (one per person)
  • 1TBSP ginger garlic sesame seasoning (I buy it at Costco) but you could use the dried spices separately)
  • 1TBSP brown sugar
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 4 oz crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste

Place salmon filets skin side down on baking sheet. Sprinkle with seasoning and sugar. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. The skin will stick to the pan and be perfectly removed from the filets. If you like crispy skin and prefer to eat it, bake the filets skin side up instead.
Chop the cucumbers finely and place in a large bowl. Crumble the feta and add it to the cucumbers along with the greek yogurt and lemon juice. Mix well. Season with salt & pepper to taste. I can't make large enough quantities of this salad to satisfy my son. It is definitely one of our favorites. He's not a tomato fan, but you could definitely add chopped tomatoes and fresh parsley to this salad too.

Bamboo So Fine by Kristin Omdahl
Wrapture delicate wash and Fragrant Balm
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Thursday
Aug072014

Birch Vest Crocheted with Bamboo So Fine Yarn by Kristin Omdahl in Coral

A very sweet friend and student of mine used her first skein of Bamboo So Fine Yarn to make the Birch Vest. It's a beautiful lace vest I originally designed for Interweave Crochet Magazine, and is now available in the InterweaveStore.com as a FREE PDF instand pattern download here: Birch Crochet Vest by Kristin Omdahl.

She made the x-small size and used less than a skein of Bamboo So Fine in colorway coral. The subtle color variation is so gorgeous on this lace vest! I want one so badly!!

Here are the specs on the Vest:

Worked from the top down in an easy raglan style of increases, the yoke is worked in rows of double crochet. The lower half of the vest is worked in a beautiful lace stitch pattern. Reverse double crochet gives a simple, decorative trim.

Finished Size: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50)" bust circumference and 28 (28 1/2, 29, 29 1/2, 30)" in length. Garment shown measures 34", modeled with 0" ease. 
Yarn: Malabrigo Silky Wool [50% silk, 50% baby merino; 150 yd [127 m]/1 3/4 oz [50 g]): #433 acorn, 4 (5, 5, 6, 6) balls.  

To Substitute Bamboo So Fine: 1 (1, 1, 2, 2), meaning you'll need one skein of yarn to make either the x-small, small or medium (34", 38", 42") or two skeins of yarn to make the large and x-large (46" and 50")
Yarn Weight: #2 - Fine
Hook: Size G/6 (4 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.   
Notions: Stitch markers (m); yarn needle; three 3/4" buttons. 
Originally Published: Interweave Crochet Fall 2010 

And if you want to order the one or two skeins of yarn to make your own Birch Crochet Lace Vest, check out my Etsy Shop here:

Kristin Omdahl's Etsy Shop

Enter the code BIRCH to get a $1 off per skein!

Here are my student's gorgeous pictures of her Coral Bamboo So Fine Yarn Birch Crochet Lace Vest: