Saturday, July 31, 2010

Pattern AND Yarn Giveaway!

I've decided to up the ante of giving away stuff by starting a series of Momogus Knits Pattern AND Yarn Giveaways. Today, here's the first MKPAYG!

What's the perfect late-summer project? Socks, of course! They're small, portable projects and by the time you're finished knitting them, it'll be time to wear them! I never got what all the fuss was about handknit socks....until I knit myself a pair. Oh, the warm yumminess of that lovely yarn enveloping your lucky toes!

I (and many others to judge by the photos I've received) have been knitting the Twisty Toe-Up Tube Socks like crazy.

Here's mine:

Here's Cortez with hers:

Here's Anne's and Lisa's:

I love these socks, if I do say so myself. Starting the toe is fun, the twisted rib pattern is easy and interesting, and not worrying about a heel is awesome!

Now I want everyone to make Twisty Toe-Up Tube Socks!! So two lucky folks will receive a FREE copy of the pattern and TWO SKEINS of lovely 100% merino Koigu sock yarn. You have a choice of summery pinks or autumnal colors. I love using two skeins in a toe-up pattern - you just start each sock at the toe and just keep knitting until your skein runs out. Easy-peasy!

Look at the plummy, mauvey goodness:

OR...look at the gorgeous autumnal quality of these:

Koigu makes the softest, squishiest, yummiest socks ever. And though the directions say to handwash, my Koigu socks go through the washer and dryer with the rest of the laundry without harm. Just my experience.

To be eligible for the free pattern and yarn, leave a comment in the Comments section below and tell me which colorway you'd like (mauvey or autumny) and what your favorite summer treat is. Mine is watermelon - cut up in chunks and chilled in the fridge. Heavenly! I'll pick the winner in some sort of random fashion, perhaps involving a 10-yr-old guest judge.

Friday, July 16, 2010


Do you all know about Etsy? Has it altered your life (and your checking account) like it has mine? I came across this wondrous website a few years ago - now whenever I have a moment I go and check things out. It's all (or mostly) handmade items. It makes you never want to shop at Target ever again. I have to be careful how often I go on because I just want to buy every thing I see.

This month I hit the Etsy jackpot with three new purchases. First this, two gorgeous chili bowls from darshanpottery. These are exactly the kind of thing I love - I love the earth tones, the shape, the capacity of the bowls. Look how beautiful!

And they're from Vermont, my most favorite state in the country!

Next, I had a hankering for a necklace, so I poked around Etsy and found this:

This is from delicacyj. Isn't that the prettiest thing you ever did see?

Finally, after seeing a ton of filmy laceweight shawls at TNNA, I had a hankering for some laceweight yarn. I had none in the stash, so I bought this:

100% tussah silk yarn from dyeforyarn which became this:

"Little Leaves" by Susanna IC. Loved the yarn, loved this pattern. It has little silver-grey beads in it - I lurve knitting with beads!

So that's a little tour through Etsyland for you. And of course, you can always find FABULOUS knitting patterns there as well!

Thursday, July 8, 2010


A mighty Momogus Knits shout-out to the newest members of the family: String Thing Shop in Mountain Top, PA, Tangles Knitting On Main in Waxhaw, NC, Between Friends, LLC in Brainerd, MN, Knitting Up A Storm in North Myrtle Beach, SC, Seaport Yarn in New York, NY, Knit Knack in Maplewood, NJ, A Sheepy Yarn Shoppe in White Bear Lake, MN, The Needle Tree in Greenville, SC, Heavenly Stitches in Lima, OH (television home of "Glee"!), Maggie's Knitting Cottage in Johnstown, NY.

As always, if you're ever in the neighborhood of any of these fine stores, go in and force yourself to buy some beautiful yarn and maybe a Momogus Knits pattern or two (just sayin'....)! We have to support our local yarn stores, folks!! Go here to find one close to you!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


(oops! just found this in the draft folder! It's still cool, just not quite as timely as I hoped!)

Hey, you know what's super-cool?! I just found out that Threadbear Fiber Arts in Lansing, Michigan is featuring the Momogus Knits Easy Shells series as their May Project of the Month! Woo hoo! I just got a call last week from the owner, wonderful Rob, with an order for more patterns because the shells were the featured pattern.


And this!

And this!
Scoopneck Shell!

That is awesome. Go check out their website! It's a good thing I live 645 miles from Lansing or I'd have no money left. If any of you out there are in Michigan, get in your car right now and go visit Threadbear!! Let me live vicariously through you! Mapquest says it's only 10 hours and 45 minutes to drive there....I wonder if they're open on Sundays.....