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Life Things: Black Friday Haul & Last Trimester!

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So finally, the 3rd and the LAST trimester is starting.

I'm doing really well! So far, I don't have any leg cramps, no backache, no swelling, no other real symptoms to speak of.. My energy level is a little lower than pre-pregnancy now but I can still do 1-hour ballet class with no problem. 

In the last week or so, my belly finally started growing! I'm still at the same weight since Wk 24~25, and those jeans are still the same J Brand jeans I bought 2 weeks before I found out I was pregnant. Because my belly is growing higher up in the belly button area, I can still comfortably wear my jeans. 

I am feeling very smug about that. And half seriously and half jokingly telling myself that I'm saving money for more sock yarns by not needing to buy maternity clothes :P

Speaking of which, BLACK FRIDAY HAUL.

We just had Thanksgiving a couple of weeks ago in the U.S., and throughout the week, a lot of stores, including small businesses and indie dyers had a lot of good Thanksgiving sale deals.

My first #DestashChallenge reward: Yarn Ink's Sock yarn in "Love in an Elevator" colorway.

My first #DestashChallenge reward: Yarn Ink's Sock yarn in "Love in an Elevator" colorway.

This beauty is from Yarn Ink on Etsy, based in Calgary, Canada. I love all of the colorways Elysia dyes up for her shop. It finally arrived yesterday! I say finally only because I have been waiting since the day I ordered it. It took just 6 business days from Order to Receive. 

New tote bag from the Plucky Knitter!

New tote bag from the Plucky Knitter!

I have a few skeins of yarns from the Plucky Knitter and follow her works.. For Thanksgiving, the blog had some shop updates, but what really grabbed my shopping antenna was this tote with their new logo! 

California just passed the law that bans the use of plastic bags from the grocery markets, so I have been collecting any tote bags for grocery shopping lately. So a lot of spare ones that I used to use as my project bags have gone to the shopping purposes. This one is definitely going to be my favorite project bag! It's quite roomy and I love the lightness of it.

3 sets of Knitter's Pride Dreamz DPNs in Szs 0, 1, and 1.5; and Knitter's Pride Magma Pattern Holder

3 sets of Knitter's Pride Dreamz DPNs in Szs 0, 1, and 1.5; and Knitter's Pride Magma Pattern Holder

 

I have talked about Handsome Fibers several times now on this blog. They also had a Thanksgiving sale, so I stayed up at midnight to order these. I recently discovered the beauty of working with DPNs without breaking them, so I ordered more! 

Then I saw this pattern holder. I never needed one but recently I have been knitting more in public again, and felt like I needed something to carry my charts and patterns. This also kind of hides my knitting from curious lookers so I don't get asked too many questions in public. :P I don't mind knitting in public; I just dislike it when people ask too many questions and comment on my knitting. I just want to be in peace!

The last thing I ordered was from Woolery. Their Black Friday started on Friday midnight, but they are on the Central Time zone, so I didn't have to stay up too late. I needed an extra bobbin for my Ladybug wheel, and as one of the first 100 customers, I also got a free bottle of Fiber Rinse! 

Because of my current #DestashChallenge, I didn't go too crazy with all the irresistible holiday sales but still scored some nice deals on the things I really love. 

Other Obsessions: Sweet Georgia SW Merino and Plying Squoosh Fiberarts SW BLS

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Sweet Georgia Superwash Merino 100% Superwash Merino Spinning Fibre, 100g, in "Spring Garden"

Sweet Georgia Superwash Merino 100% Superwash Merino Spinning Fibre, 100g, in "Spring Garden"

This week, I am spinning on the 100% Superwash Merino wool that the nice people at Sweet Georgia gave me for my spin-to-knit design project. 

Direction: Z, Ratio 14:1.  

Direction: Z, Ratio 14:1.  

I divided the roving into two 50-gram bumps lengthwise, and then further divided them into 8 bumps, all lengthwise. I'll be spinning 4 bumps on one bobbin, and then the remaining 4 on the other bobbin, then ply them into 2-ply light fingering sock yarn, for my next sock design.

Squoosh Fiberarts SW BFL single. Spun in Z direction, at 16:1 ratio.

Squoosh Fiberarts SW BFL single. Spun in Z direction, at 16:1 ratio.

I'm also finished with spinning SW BFL from Squoosh Fiberarts into single. I didn't get any extra bobbins when I ordered my Ladybug from Schacht earlier this year, so I just ordered one extra bobbin from The Woolery during their Black Friday sale. When that arrives, I'll Navajo ply this single! :)

I'm happy that my Ladybug is getting a lot of love these days. Over the summer, I couldn't bring myself to hold the roving for a long time in the 90 degree weather. I've heard that some spinners having a hard time sitting at their spinning wheel for a long time during their pregnancy, but so far I have not had any trouble, fortunately.

I hope I can show you my finished SW BFL next week!

In My Shopping Cart: Black Friday deals from Yarny Vendors

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The Woolery

I bought my first spinning wheel from The Woolery, so obviously I love them and I always try to see what they have in stock. They're having Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on gift certificates and first 100 visitors on Friday are getting a fiber wash!

Craftsy

Craftsy is a great online tool to learn a new craft or pick up new tricks and skills. Once you purchase a class, you can repeat taking the class forever, and they have really famous designers and teachers that you probably have heard of already. They're having sales on classes and craft supplies this Friday!

Knit Picks

Knit Picks is always a great place to stock up on your stash during the holiday season because they always have good sales on books and yarns as well as knitting tools. 

An exciting news is that for just this season, they're bringing back Felici self-striping sock yarn! 

Handsome Fibers

One of my favorite online knitting shops is having a Thanksgiving sale! They haven't revealed the details yet so sign up for their newsletter

Jimmy Beans Wool

Another great online LYS :) JBW has put together 2014 Thanksgiving Feast Gift Box

MarlyBird List

A lot of independent designers and Etsy shop owners are doing Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales, and MarlyBird has put together a guide! Some of my favorite designers are having sales so be sure to check it out. The list is being updated on an ongoing basis until Friday. 

Interweave Sale (My patterns too!)

Everything in the Interweave Store is on 50% sale now! This means my Lost Garden Tee, Beverly Tee, and Austin Tee are all on sale!

Patchwork Santa Ana: November 30, in Downtown Santa Ana. 2nd Street x Sycamore.

This is a popular craft fair, I think just in California. They do shows in Oakland, Long Beach, and Santa Ana twice a year. I don't usually buy a lot from the show but it's a great place to be inspired and get some small gifts for Christmas. :)