How To’s Day: How to Know Someone REALLY Reads Your Blog!

     howtosday-icon-thumb       It’s really quite easy actually.

  1. Write a blog.
  2. Get a surprise email  from Major Knitter stating that a package is on it’s way to you.
  3. Receive the package.
  4. Open the package and marvel at the EXTREMELY thoughtful things inside it!

I’ll show you….


As you may recall from one of my recent Wordless Wednesday posts …


Don’t you all just wish you had lovely pinkish/salmon colored kitchen counters?

And lets see… in the package was all this…


See the pretty Lantern Moon project bag.. I love those!! We have to go back two years for this reference… to this post  from 2007 or perhaps this one…

And the emergency chocolate? How did you know I was out? I am quite sure I might have Tweeted about it.. but I can’t find it in my blog.. anyway!


How To’s Day: How to get free knitting books!

howtosday-icon-thumb I don’t think I have paid for a book in a while. I have gotten a few good ones lately and I thought why not share how I did it! It’s really pretty easy! I use Swagbucks. It’s a great little deal!

I downloaded their search bar and rather than searching through my regular search bar on my internet browser I use the Swagbucks one. I am randomly awarded points for this. Once I have collected up 450 points I pop over to the Swagbucks store and buy myself a $5 Amazon gift card.  Quite often you can get used books there for a very low price. I might have to wait a bit till I collect up enough points to get a book and the shipping for free but hey it’s usually worth the wait!

I mention this now because a) I just ordered another $5 Amazon card today so I am on my way to getting a book I have been wanting, and b) There are two great incentives to sign up before Thursday!

Swagbucks is offering a 50 point sign up bonus, so you automatically get 70 points to start you off. AND they are going to be putting out 5 bonus codes on Thursday! So if you sign up and download the search bar a little message alert will go off on it to tell you there is a code and you can get some points fast!! Or you can watch the little widget on my left sidebar, it will also show code alerts!

There are also alot of other things you can get with Swagbucks.. certificates, and music posters etc. You can also use your Swagbucks to enter to win prizes or you can save up for something really big like an iPad!. I don’t know if I have the stamina!

Click here to check it out and sign up! It’s free, and it’s really not annoying like other online programs or I wouldn’t be telling you about it let alone using it!

Note.. apparently there is a special code to enter to get 30 extra points when you sign up. SwagToSchool  is the code, it is case sensitive as all Swagbucks codes are! Let me know if it works!

Enjoy! And let me know what ya get with your points!!

How To’s Day: How to Find a Yarn Shop on Vacation!


It’s been a while since I have done a How To’s Day and so let’s get back into it! In a week and a half I will be going out to Texas to attend my brother’s graduation. We will have a little free time while we are there so I figured that we could do a little yarn crawl.. so I set about searching for what was in the area.

It was slow going till I found a terrific website called Knitmap! It’s like Google maps but specifically for finding yarn and craft related places!


Simply enter in the city and state that you are going to and if you have other specifications.. like if you want stores with wi fi, or spinning supplies etc, and off you go!

It will bring up a map with the locations pinpointed, and when you click on them it will show you a summary of details about the shop! Like this:


You can even access it on your iPhone or iPod Touch if you have one! Just enter and you will be there!

For those of you who are not the electronically inclined.. there is a yarn shop guide printed annually. The Fiber Mania,2009-2010, a Travel Guide for People Who Do Things with String is a guide of shops and guilds all related to the fiber arts across the country! Since it is updated annually so it should have pretty much the most recent info. In a compact size you can throw it in your car, or suitcase and off you go!


With summer vacations coming up planning some yarn shop time while you travel isn’t such a bad idea.. is it. you know in case of emergency and all…

How To’s Day: My Mitered Valentine..

I gave the members of my knitting guild a little Valentine tonight and thought I would share it with you!


A little mitered square heart sachet. A simple one. Some of them decided they were going to use it to make a pin cushion!

Now.. it’s written for knitting on needles. However it can be done on a knitting loom easily. Go and look over my Making mitered squares on a knitting loom tutorial. Then simply use a small gauge, or extra small gauge loom, a mini wonder loom, or adjustable loom works best for this; then follow the pattern!


Here is the link to download the pattern! mitered-square-heart-sachet