Yesterday was our 2nd annual Easterpalooza at our house AKA, the "Howell/Campbell Home for Wayward Easterers". Austin is a city of transplants so there are a lot of us here who don't have family close by. Easterpalooza is open to anyone who wants to come. The adults sip on mimosas and eat snacks while the kids hunt for easter eggs and jump in the huge, Spider-Man bouncy pit. It's good times. This year, it was pretty cold outside but a lot of people still showed up, including sisters in craft maifia-ness and their SFOs: Jennifer, Tina, Karly (who's newly engaged--YAY Matt & Karly!), Hope, Jenny (who I suckered into modeling the Sense & Sensibile-knitty Scarf & Wrap, the patterns of which are available for free with VHC yarn purchase at your LYS), and Susann who brought her sister and 4 kids who are visiting for
Susann's post-elopement party. In case you're keeping track, that's 2 ACMer's engaged, and 2 who've eloped over the past 4 months. Don't drink the water. ;-)
Patterns: Melinda Morrow, Yarn: Vickie Howell Collection's Love
My mom's also in town, which is awesome. We got crafty and made a ridiculous Peeps Wreath for the door. After all, nothing says "Welcome to Our Home" better than hot glue and sugar-saturated marshmallow!
Me and Libbs (aka my mom). Photo by Tanner Howell :-)
"Welcome, my peeps!"
On the Knitty Gritty front, I finally watched the new episodes that have aired so far. The music action is going to take a little getting used to but, I actually like pace of the new, HDTV format. Seems less tedious to me. I don't know, I need to see more before I have a strong opinion. Just out of curiosity though, do any of you watch Uncommon Threads or Craft Lab? They're produced by the same company and edited almost exactly the same way. For those of you who are anti-new format, does that feeling go for all three shows? Inquiring minds wanna know!
I do however agree, the Knittycam is a bit obscured by the large graphics that are on screen at the same time (although I like that they're labeling what's being done--and yes, I did catch the graphics mistake made on the cropped sweater episode). All that to say, I think the guests have totally kicked ass so far and that the topics have been pretty interesting to watch. I'm really glad that we were able to do some more advanced stuff this go around. Congratulation to Jamie (aka Scout) for her great job showing us how to hand-dye yarn on today's episode! She was all worried, but did a fantastic job! Seriously, that was the last show of the season we shot and everybody was really tired. She was a great sport. Thanks, lady!
Ok, I've got a sick kiddo to check on and a quickie, Free Pattern of the Month (are you reading, Dave Lowe?! ;-)) to finish. Hope you all had a happy Easter!