Thursday, November 29, 2012


That's the new location - come on over and say hi! I'll keep this blog live for reference purposes, but won't be posting anymore (Damn picture limit...)

To make it more enticing to move - I'll be continuing the birthday month giveaways into December - you'll have to keep checking to see what's up for grabs!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

pajama pant winner

Thanks for all the birthday wishes! I had a very low key kind of day, which is exactly what I wanted. I'm not a big birthday person.

I wish I could show you the pictures of the winning draw - I had all the names, then picked at random - the first name picked out was Nancy, but she recused herself, as she just won the knitting sheep project bags. (I'll make it up to her later with something else...)
So I reached in again, and drew out...

Sel & Poivre!

Congratulations Marie! I just need you to send me your choice of fabric, as well as your waist, hip and inseam measurement. Either yours, or your chosen recipient - I know Knit and Purl Mama wanted them for her eldest son, (sorry Robyn - I almost wish I had drawn your name for Sean!) and Nancy may have stepped aside for her daughter. Myself, I would be selfish and keep them for myself, but it's up to you!

There may be a bit of a gap in posting while I set up Curlerchik 2.0. Hopefully I get another seven years out of that one.
I think I will keep up some of the giveaways into December - just to  make it worth your while to follow me to my new home! I've got some more bags to give away, and who knows, there may be more jammies up for grabs as well!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

At a loss

So I'm at a loss as to what to do about the blog. I don't want to pay for storage - if it was reasonable, I probably would, but because of when I started this, it will cost me a minimum of $4.99 PER MONTH. They don't have the $10/year option available for me. $60 per year is not a lot of money, but it's the principle. I just don't want to do it. (that's enough to pay for a couple of skeins of good sock wool!)
But, I do want to continue blogging, and adding pictures to the posts. (it would be pretty boring without them.) So, what I'm thinking is to start a whole new blog - Curlerchik 2.0 so to speak. I'd have a note on this one directing people to the new one, and a note on the new one, directing people back here if they want to check the archives.
What do you think? Would you move to the new place with me?

Friday, November 23, 2012

pajama pant giveaway

okay, since today is actually my birthday, time for a larger than normal giveaway. How about a pair of pajama pants, since everyone knows I love me some hand crafted pajama pants!
And, you can have your choice of fabrics. Note - all fabrics are 100% cotton, prewashed and dried, so there should be minimal shrinkage.
there's wintery birds (with a Angry Birds kind of vibe...) I love this fabric:
Then, if Christmas is your thing, there is this Christmas polka dot fabric - this is flannel, as opposed to plain cotton - definitely snuggly and warm.
The next two fabrics are shown here - unfortunately, not very well. Even with two cameras, this picture didn't come out so good. The fabric on the left is also flannel - a lovely shade of coral. The fabric on the left is for anyone who is not a fan of cotton pants - I know there are people like that out there. It's a satiny, polyester jacquard in a silvery grey.
If you love a maple leaf, or perhaps the Toronto Marlies, this would suit you - royal blue fabric with white maple leaves. (to be honest, this was originally for my nephew, who was playing in the Marlies organization, but then he was drafted by the Peterborough Petes.) again 100% cotton, prewashed.

Leave a comment on this post, telling me which fabric you would like, by Sunday at noon, and I'll draw a name from those comments. Then I'll be in contact with you for sizing info (I'll need, waist, hip and inseam measurements), and in a week or two, I'll mail you off a pair.
This is my way of thanking everyone who reads and comments here - I certainly don't write this for glory or comments, I do it because I like to. Most of my friends and family don't really get the knitting and sewing, so this is my outlet to find people of a like mind.
Plus, I'd rather give stuff away on my birthday - I am not a big fan of being the centre of attention, so today is not among my favourites of the year.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Second giveaway winner!

***Off topic for a bit - I have a problem. According to Blogger, I can no longer post pictures, because I'm out of space. I could buy more space, but I'm not going to do that. I do have pictures on tomorrow's post, because it's already saved. I'm trying to figure out if I go back and delete pictures from ancient posts, will I gain more room...
Anyone have any ideas? I don't want to pay for the blog, but I don't really want to stop blogging either...
Maybe I just start a new one, and link back to here?

But, now to the giveaway. (You' have to take my word on this - there are pictures of the process...)

All the names... (and I checked this time - all the names are there...)
Same silver tin...
and the winner is...


Totally by fluke, and seriously not influenced by the cookies she brought to Knit Night last night. Saves me postage, as I will just bring them to Knit Night next week.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Second bag giveaway

The first giveaway seemed pretty popular, so I have another set of bags to give away. You've seen this fabric before - knitting sheep! I made myself pajamas from it, and these two bags from the leftovers. Same construction as the other bags, but these two are a little smaller. Still good for a small project, and oh so cute! Trimmed with a red ribbon drawstring to pull the red out of the print.
Leave me a comment on this post only before Wednesday midnight to have your name entered in the draw. I'll draw names Thursday morning.
There are still more bags and things to giveaway, so keep reading!

Monday, November 19, 2012

what's keeping me busy these days

With Christmas approaching, and it being our year to host the entire family (14 to 20 people, maybe more), I'm starting to think about decorations. Just think, mind you, my house is still quite decoration free, and will remain so until December.
But that doesn't mean I haven't started gathering ideas and stuff.
To be honest, I started this right after last Christmas! When Fabricland clears out the holiday themed fabrics, I stocked up. The green brocade is tablecloth fabric. I measured out my tables and hemmed it to fit. They look perfect -tailored and festive. Then I bought some co-ordinating printed cotton and spent last weekend hemming napkins. You see, I grew up with a Dad that worked in the home fashions industry, and my brother still does, so I have an inbred aversion to paper napkins. It's cloth or nothing! (Drives my MIL crazy...)
I've also started a new wreath. If you follow Mason Dixon Knitting, you probably recognize it. (Go here to see). It's a beautifully simple design (that I am tweaking), and a good cause, so I bought the pattern. The tweaks are simple - I don't have the recommended yarn, and am not fond of chunky yarns anyways, so I dug into my Briggs and Little stash, and found a lovely rich brown, and assorted reds, creams and greens, in assorted weights of B&L.
So, I started one. I added stitches to either side to ensure it would fit around the wreath form, and it's knitting up pretty quickly - it's a simple cable pattern, so I don't need to refer back to the pattern, so I can pick it up and work any time I have a few minutes.
I love the fact that my house will have touches of knitting and sewing scattered about. Especially since most of my husband's family still thinks all the knitting is a little strange... It will be a good thing for them to see how pretty and useful it is.