Saturday, August 29, 2015

Well, hello.

Yup, still alive and kicking. The summertime is usually a lull for my knitting, I don't know why. I do have air-conditioning, but I think it's mentally/physically my time to take a break and focus on my other crafts for the time being, until I get so close to fall that I start to panic and furiously click away to make-up for lost time. How about you?
 We attended the annual "Mal reunion" last week in Michigan and I made a nice dent in the Abrianna cardigan. Last time you saw this, I was only about a couple inches higher than the ribbing. I have about 2 or so inches left before the back is complete.
I have purchased yarn for a fall cardigan, but I haven't taken any pictures yet. I might save it for a podcast. The skeins are really neat. I can't wait to share my idea with you.
Other than that, I've been focusing on my new 5'10'' Perzina grand piano that I purchased in July. I am excited to be able to work on new compositions and record on such a wonderful beast. :)
Here's me making my first cover on it: Cold by Aqualung (Twilight fans will know this). You can watch the dampers moving as I play. :) It's best to listen to it with headphones. My late-night at-home recordings may not be perfect, but I feel like I am finally starting to doing something that I have been wanting to do, musically, for years. Even as a mom. Many exciting things to come...

I still have to do an interview and play something snazzy for a Perzina Piano promotional video for the store where I purchased the piano.
Jake

Sam
Other than that, we enjoyed visiting with all sorts of family, going to Legoland, Navy Pier, Michigan, and trying out T-ball. Oh, P.S, after 14 months, I finally treated myself to a new "do."

Happy weekend. If you are still reading this, please enjoy a freebie from me: Sand Dune Slouch for something to knit this fall. Please pay it forward with a good deed. The freebie ends at the stroke of midnight Sunday. :)

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Updated Pattern: Office Socks

Hey everyone!
I've been caught up in a whirlwind of family activities so I have been on the down-low around here. I was asked to re-publish the Office Socks, and so I have finally gotten my hiney in gear and done that. Here's a look at the pattern:
Office Socks PDF by Anna Maliszewski
I hope you all enjoyed a great 3-day Memorial Day weekend. Anyone do anything excited? My husband and I hosted a BBQ at our house for some friends (and their kids) and we had some amazing "smoked" ribs. Yum. There also might have been some Watermelon Mojito action going, and a bouncer and glow sticks for the tots.

Cheers,
Anna M.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Feeling Jipped.

I went onto to Knitpicks.com this morning to look for some more #6 interchangeable needles, and stumbled upon this "new" pattern published this Spring:
 If you've been following this blog, or even noticed my author photo, I designed and nearly published my "Punk Rock Tunic" in 2009 on Ravelry. In fact, that pattern page is still up and waiting for the pdf upload on Ravelry. Over the years, I've gotten dozens of requests to finally publish that dang pattern. Honestly, what stopped me from me doing so was getting pregnant with twins immediately after finishing the original, gaining 50 pounds, having infants with a lot of medical issues the first year, raising toddlers and never quiet being happy with my shape all the meanwhile. I intended to slim down before reworking it in a lighter yarn. I felt my own proportions were all lopsided, and the pattern photo would be underwhelming (to at least myself).

 I understand that this "River Walk" pattern is worked in a lighter yarn, and has ribbing instead, but I can't help feeling jipped. I feel frustrated that when I do publish this pattern, it will seem like I ripped off this other designer. And that feels horrible.



Sorry for the vent, but this was one pattern that I was pretty proud of (and still am). Thanks for listening, and for your support.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

KUAS Podcast: Episode 7- the toddler who video-bombed


SHOW NOTES

WIPS
Abrianna by Berroco

SPINNING
“Midnight Tides” sport and worsted weight yarn, approx. 670 yds, 2-ply
WIP- Pink and multicolored yarn, 2-ply

STASH ENHANCEMENTS:
Frabjous Fibers Hand-dyed Blue Faced Leicester “Daffidil” roving, 4 oz.
Opal Sweet2 & Spicy2 yarn Rotkohl, fingering weight; Partie 1000
Eucalan’s No-Rinse Wool Wash samples in “Grapefruit” and “Eucalyptus” for gifts

HOT IN THE MOMENT:
Twinnings Pumpkin Spice Chai
Better Homes & Garden “Vanilla Cedar Glow” candle
WIP: Abrianna


670 yds of "Midnight Tides" 2-ply sport-worsted weight handspun yarn.



New dress at a party smile.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

KUAS Podcast: Episode 6- An Irish Quickie

Note: I have extended the give-away until 12pm (CT) 3/18.


KUAS Podcast Episode 6: "An Irish Quickie" 
Copyright 2015 by Anna Maliszewski 

SHOW NOTES

 WIPS: 
Office Socks by Anna Maliszewski 
Shades of Gray Shawl by Anna Maliszewski 
Abrianna by Berroco 

Spinning: Midnight Tide double-ply yarn (worsted weight) 

 Hot in the Moment: Teavana's "Mahaja Chai Oolong" 

Stash Enhancement: Classic Elite's Montera Yarn, 6 skeins

Bookworming: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

KUAS Podcast: Episode 5- Spring is Here!

PODCAST SHOW NOTES:
FO:
Bohemian Inspired Woven Cowl for Leah
15'' Schacht Cricket Weaving Loom

WIP:
Office Socks by Anna Maliszewski

Spinning:
430 yds of "Midnight Tide" worsted weight yarn, 2-ply, merino wool
49 yds of "Merriment" worsted weight yarn, single ply, merino

Knitter's Review: 
Boye's Yardage Counter: 3 of 5 stars
Pros: easy to use, inexpensive, "mostly" accurate
Cons: needs a better suction, produces an annoying squeaking noise
Bohemian Inspired Cowl for Leah
Shades of Gray Shawl by Anna Maliszewski
Wrap-less Short Row Shaping
"Merriment" single-ply yarn, merino wool, 49 yds
"Midnight Tides" Roving, 8oz.
Two skeins, 430 yards spun so far. Worsted weight (more or less).
I am SMITTEN. Yum, yum, yum. It makes me want to spin more! (Oh, wait, I have to! I still have 73g left to spin up of this, for a total of about 700 yds when everything is said and done.)

If you have enjoyed the podcast and such, please go to Youtube and "like," "share," and/or "comment" to spread the goodness. :) Many thanks!

Oh, and by the way...I just found out that on March 9th, my Thrummed Rainbow Mitts were featured as a favorite on Craftster.org. Sweet!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

KUAS Podcast: Episode 4- Spin Fling


SHOW NOTES: 
FO: Sand Dune Slouch by Anna Maliszewski

WIP: Office Socks by Anna Maliszewski
Drop-Spindle: 
 Green and natural browns Alpaca Roving
Spinning Wheel: 
Blue roving from LittleBarn, 8oz.

Eye candy mentioned in Podcast: "Merriment"
Hot in the Moment:

News:
Interview for piano accompaniment job
twins swimming.
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