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Welcome to the online collection of books, DVDs, PDF patterns, luxurious yarn kits and handmade, one of a kind samples by knit and crochet designer Kristin Omdahl.

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Thursday
Dec282006

Tilli Tomas Aspen Yarn at a New Low Price!

442688-504149-thumbnail.jpgTilli Tomas has negotiated better pricing with their mills and wants to extend the savings directly to their customers. They have reduced the price of their Aspen Yarn by more than 20%. The normally priced $28 per 100gm/260 yd skein is only $22 per 100gm/260 yd skein. Please notice the new prices in our yarn collection for Aspen, and also the updated yarn and pattern kits for the Swag Sweater.

At the TNNA convention next month, please stop by the Tilli Tomas booth (#TBD) to view some of the Kristin's designs in person. 

Friday
Dec152006

Lavender-scented Eucalan Available

lavender_sm.jpgMy favorite way to block any knitted garment or swatch is to soak them in a warm, lavender-scented Eucalan bath. I love the lavender scent, it requires no rinsing and its so delicate for my handknits. I use Eucalan for anything that requires hand washing, (i.e. cashmere sweaters, silk sweaters, silk blouses, stuffed animals, etc...)

No Rinsing Required: Eucalan takes out the dirt witht he wash water and leaves no residue. Your natural fibers are clean and conditioned in just one easy step.

Why No Rinsing? Because of its low sudsing properties, it reduces the abrasion a garment goes through, lessens the danger of shrinking, and extends the life.

Good for the Environment: Unlike many other washing solutions, Eucalan contains no bleach or phosphates nad is 100% biodegradable.

I buy the gallon size for myself, and will be selling both the small size (8.4 oz will do up to 90 hand washes!), and the gallon size. Click here for the Lavender-scented Eucalan Shopping Page

 

Wednesday
Dec132006

Time to Stop and Smell the Roses

I'm embarrassed to notice how long its been since I wrote anything here. Its been a whirlwind of activity trying to get lots of sweaters designed, knit, and patterns complete in time for various deadlines - none longer than a few weeks from now.

I joined a kiddie gym for my son yesterday in hopes of having one more hour a week to work, while he is enjoying a healthy, constructive play group with kids his age and awesome teachers. Well, the bench designated for moms to wait was a bit awkward to say the least, and I was crocheting away on a really cool sweater I'm making for a very exciting book due out next year. Could I be any more vague? :-) I struggled in my stitches, and I should know better from experience, that if I am struggling in my stitches, its because my angle/posture/position is way off. Well, I shrugged it off, and when I got home my wrist was throbbing. I iced it for a while, then went to bed without working any more for the evening, in hopes that it would be better today....

Its not. So, I will take today off, too, and hope that all is well by tomorrow. In the meantime, it gave me a little time to make some holiday gifts. I'm making an assortment of lip balms, hand lotions and sugar scrub exfoliants for some people, a delicious caramel popcorn for others, and macadamia nut brittle, too. Today, I started with the lip balms and hand lotions. First of all, I purchased the containers (with no minimums) here: Sunburst Bottle Company

I bought 'chapstick' type tubes, and aluminum tins for lip balm. Some have lemon essential oils, and some have peppermint essential oils. I bought jars for the hand lotions and sugar scrub exfoliant. The hand lotions are scented with lavender essential oils. I haven't made the sugar scrub yet, but it may have the lavender, too.

The caramel popcorn recipe comes from Martha Stewart's website , and its her daughter's recipe from a holiday show last year. I made it for some gifts and received such rave reviews that I thought I would try it again this year. The other idea comes from a holiday cooking show I watched the other night with Nigella Lawson, but I can't find the recipe, so macadamia nut brittle recipe can be found on foodtv.com and its a similar recipe, so that will work! I need to shop for the nuts, still, and find the tins, too. Last year, Meijers (a local discount superstore) had holiday themed tins and tissure that were perfect for the confections and I hope to find them there again this year.

On the needles and hooks:

Crochet sweater
Knit Pullover
Knit Jacket
Knit Hoodie Jacket
Knit Lace Shawl
Knit Lace Sweater
Crochet Mobius
Knit Pullover
Crochet Handbag
Crochet Shawl

There is more going on still, but the list is starting to look ridiculous. I better go and ice my wrist again.....