2014 Geek-A-Long: Alternate Squares

In the process of making the 2014 Geek-A-Long blanket, Megan-Anne and I often rejected multiple designs for a square before settling on the right one. Sometimes we actually liked a certain design more, but ultimately we had to put it aside when it didn’t fit the overall look of the blanket or when a better idea came alone. The Wonder Woman…

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Fairy Tale Swap

I love swaps. There is something magical about getting a box in the mail specially tailored to my tastes. Last week, I mentioned that Megan-Anne and I are participating in a Sherlock themed swap on Ravelry, which you can read more about here, but I had also joined a Fairy Tale themed one on Nerdy Swaps. And I got my box in the mail today!

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Interview with Cathy Carron


Welcome to Lattes with Dr. Llama, an over-caffeinated podcast about all things knit and crochet. We’re proud to welcome Cathy Carron, author of four bestselling books and the newly released Happy Feet: Unique Knits to Knock Your Socks Off, as a guest onto the show today. Hit the play button below and join us for the interview.

For those of you sneaking this read at work, here are a few highlights!

Cathy Carron is…

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Weekend Report: Knitshame Edition

spring blossoms

tiny bird

bird house

As you might have noticed from the montage, Spring is finally here in Philadelphia. What’s even more exciting, Megan-Anne is finished with the MCATs! I am so excited to have my sister back instead of the drama-llama I told you about a couple weekends ago.

For those of you following her journey to becoming a doctor, she feels positive about the test, but won’t get her results…

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Congratulations!

Thank you to all of the people who entered into our first blog giveaway! You guys did wonderful things for other people. Some donated canned goods to local food banks while others donated gently used clothing. Some knitted/crocheted hats for hospitals and others donated money to Child’s Play Charity. No matter whether you donated monetarily to Child’s Play or preformed Random Acts of Kindness, we tip our hats to you!

And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the announcement of who will win all…

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Tetris Confessions

Hi, my name is Jacquline and I have the majority of a Tetris blanket made from granny squares hidden in a plastic bin underneath an end table in my living room. It’s been there for almost four years.

Back in February, Megan-Anne shared some of her knitshame with you and talked about her emotional attachment to a shawl she started on her honeymoon. You can read more about it here. But, her takeaway message was this:

If you have a WIP…

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2014 Geek-A-Long: Air Nomads

GAL week 13 air nomads

Welcome to week thirteen of the 2014 Geek-A-Long, a mystery blanket knit-along (or crochet-along for you rebels out there)! If you’re new to the GAL craziness, check out the Geek-A-Long FAQ page for more details and information. Then, meet us back here when you’re ready. For the seasoned pros, let’s talk about the MCATs.

You thought I was going to say Air Nomads, didn’t…

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Free Stuff: Cascade Yarn

The end of March is upon us, which means it’s time to reveal another Geek-A-Long prize!

We’ve waited a long time to officially announce Cascade Yarn’s generous donation. Some of us were better at keeping the secret than others. ::Cough::Megan-Anne::Cough:: But, now it’s finally time to share it with you.

At least, I will after this quick reminder:

When you post a picture of your finished Geek-A-Long blanket to the Ravelry GAL group in any of the three sizes…

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It’s a Cross Stitching Shame

It’s been a while since Megan-Anne and I posted a knitshame. Knitshaming is kind of like dog shaming, but for knitters, crocheters, spinners, and generally anything having to do with fiber artistry. That project you’ve had sitting in a bin for three years, knitshame. That scarf you’ve frogged six times, knitshame. But, there is more to it than pointing out deep dark yarn-based secrets. The idea is to confess these things so we can see that there is nothing to be ashamed of since we all do it.

This week’s knitshame comes to you straight from Megan-Anne’s cross stitch…

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Happy Birthday

To me!

Much to the disbelief of my mom, I turned 30 over the weekend. The celebration started with friends and margaritas at my favorite Mexican restaurant followed by Veronica Mars. A few of us went out for a fancy brunch the next morning aaaaaaand then I was kidnapped by my sister.

She made me drive and refused to tell me where we were going. As someone who has to plan every stop — Hey, I need to…

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