Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Okay, so the pictures aren't the greatest, but I didn't have the greatest light either...
This is my handspun yarn, 2-ply. I spun the handpainted fiber (PoppyFlowerFiber) in order to get a striping sock yarn. Since this pattern calls for sock yarn, it was perfect. I love the way the stripes are turning out. I will give more details on the pattern and spinning method at a later date.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Pictures one day soon, I hope!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I am also working on a scarf for my mom. I think the yarn is Nashua?? I am bad about knowing yarns of this nature...it is a superwash wool, one of those I-cord yarns-kind of novelty but at least it's wool. It has the most gorgeous stripes! A hat out of this yarn would be so lovely.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
After I finish the Alpaca, I've got some wonderful Kid Mo/Wool blend I'm going to start. It's a jewel tone yellow/gold with oranges and greens...it's gorgeous! I so wish I could get some pictures but I am still without a camera.
Monday, October 22, 2007
BUT, I have been spinning...lots and lots of spinning with luscious fibers from Crown Mountain.
I attended a little fiber festival in Corydon, IN this Saturday and brought home some goodies. I am spinning some alpaca in shades of brown, tan, and black. I am loving it!!
I also am knitting a scarf for my mom out of a superwash wool who's name escapes me at the moment.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Sorry about the absence. I have moved (yet again) and do not yet have internet, but I will, and hopefully by this weekend.
I have been doing a bit of knitting with some handspun, and just a tad bit of spinning. Although you would think without tv and internet I would have done more knitting, but I haven't.
Although I think I am going (and actually have been) on a yarn diet. While moving into a smaller apartment it has occurred to me that I should really knit and spin some of this yarn and fiber....there is just too much for the space I have available!!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
What does one consider a knitting accessory?? My scale.
2. If you're heading on vacation, do you take knitting with you? If so, how much and what type of project?
Definitely yes! I'll take a couple socks IP and my roll of needles (cause I can't help but visit yarn shops on vaca!).
3. Where have you travelled to that you'd consider your favorite spot?
Um, I haven't really been anywhere that great...give me a few years and I could answer this better!
4. What is your favorite knitting book at the moment? Do you own it?
I don't have a favorite knitting book...I don't really buy knitting books.
5. Do you listen to podcasts? Which is your favorite(s)?
6. If you could only knit with 1 color for the rest of your life, what color would that be?
7. If you were far into a project and then noticed a mistake near the beginning what would you do?
Depends on the mistake....sometimes I would frog, sometimes I would not. I have a sweater where I miscrossed a cable and just left it, no one will know but me.
8. Where is the most unusual spot you've ever knit?
Hmmm....that's a tough one, I've knit in lots of places like under my desk in classes, at dinner, walking....
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Wow! I'm in love with this bag. I just have the straps to finish, or one strap to finish and then this thing is getting felted! But isn't it just so beautiful? I can't believe I used a pattern, I am so proud of myself. It was so hard to stick to the pattern and not make changes, but I did it. There were a whole hell of a lot of ends to weave in, but it wasn't too bad.
Monday, August 6, 2007
1. What is/are your favorite yarn(s) to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
My favorite yarns are wool, multiple or single ply. I DO NOT like working with cottons and acrylics.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I have a Namaste needle binder, some handmade rolls and a little stand-up tote that sits on my coffee table.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate, or advanced?
I have been knitting and spinning for about 4 years. I learned to knit in college when a guy who lived across the street from me wanted to learn to crochet...he taught me to knit, I taught him to crochet. I would consider myself advanced.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wishlist?
5. What's your favorite scent?
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Hmmm.....I LOVE sour patch kids and sour gummy cherry coke bottles!
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I also make jewelry (beads), sew, and dye yarn. I DO spin. I LOVE to spin. I spin A LOT!!
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3's? (If your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I like classic rock, alternative, and punk. Yes, it can play it!
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you can't stand?
My favorite color is green...just about any shade. I also like blues and yellows. I don't necessarily like pinks and purples, but they are okay in SMALL doses!
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I have a five year old female black Labrador.
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens, or ponchos?
Scarves, hats, gloves or fingerless mitts (no mittens, please).
12. What is/are your favorite items to knit?
Sweaters and socks.
13. What are you knitting right now?
A LOT OF THINGS....but seriously, quite a few socks, a sweater or two, a tote bag, and quite a few spinning projects.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Of course, don't you?
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Bamboo. Circular and DPs
16.Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
Hmmm, do abandoned projects count? No? okay, then probably a year.
18. What is your favorite holiday?
19. Is there anything that you collect?
Frogs. Anything frog....cute frog, not ugly frog.
20. Any books, yarns, needles, or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I don't use patterns, or it's VERY rare that I use patterns. I don't have any subscriptions, but I do buy Spin-Off and Interweave Knits regularly.
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Not that I can think of!
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
YES!! I don't know that I know how to measure my foot....I'll have to come back to this one later. (I usually just try them on as I go!)
23. When is your birthday?
24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?
Friday, August 3, 2007
How gorgeous is this? I cannot wait to get it done. Sure, there are a lot of ends to weave in, but it's a lot of fun anyways. It only takes a few moments to knit each little triangle and it is an easy knit. I cannot wait to finish and felt this bag. I haven't had much luck in the past with felting, but I have a newer washer and I hope it will do a better job. If you have any advice about felting, please give it to me, please!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Everyday at work, when I am wearing my fingerless mitts, many many people ask me "Are you cold?"
Yes, I am cold. So cold, I decided to make these extra long mitts. I love them....well THIS one. I only have the one done. But it was so quick I will have the other done before Monday, YAY mitts!!
Friday, July 13, 2007
It's tough trying to get an accurate portrayal of this yarn! Anyways, it's about 12-14 WPI, 250 yards, 2-ply, 4.25 ounces, lovely color. I wasn't sure about the singles (see previous posts), but I really like the way this turned out! I think I will take the other four ounces and spin a thick and thin for my Etsy shop.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
What does that spell? Done, done, done!! That's right, I actually finished a spinning project in a reasonable amount of time! WoooHooo! Hurray for me! Okay, on to the pictures:
This is the 2-ply still on the bobbin. If you didn't get to see the singles, visit Thursday's post here.Here is a shot with the gorgeous yarn on the knitty knotty.Skeined up. I wish the light would have been a little better, but it looks pretty good anyways.And a little close up, because we all love the eye candy!!
On to the details:
2-ply Superwash Merino, Hand-painted by the wonderful Lisa at Poppy Flower Fibers.
Weight: 3.6 ounces
Outcome: EXTREMELY HAPPY!!
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Are those colors just to dye for or what? I can't wait to see them plied up. I am going to get to it! See you on the flip side!
Monday, July 2, 2007
Go to Wikipedia, look up your birthday and list three events, two births, and a holiday. I'm skipping the "tag 5 people" part, though if you want to participate, please do!!
1582-Due to implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain.
1780-The Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000-30,000 in the Caribbean.
1966-Simon and Garfunkel release the album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.
1813-Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer, died 1901.
1955-David Lee Roth, American Singer.
Occasionally (only every few years), Columbus Day is observed.
Sorry about the lack of knitting/spinning content. I started my "career" as I have just graduated college and started my new job. I just haven't had the energy to post. Rest assured that there is at least spinning going on. I am working on finishing up the singles from my last post.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
5:30 arrive at new place to find old tenant still loading a uhaul in the driveway. WTF?!? The garage is packed with old tenant's crap. We ask old tenant, is there anyway we can help speed this up? He's says "no, but I can drag my feet," WT-double-F?!? Landlord arrives (what an idiot). Go inside the empty place (at least old tenant's stuff was only in garage). DID A FOUR YEAR OLD PAINT THIS PLACE?!? Some walls are only half painted, some only have the edges painted. No one even bothered to paint the ceiling, which is a different color than the somewhat painted walls. Some rooms weren't even painted. And paint was everywhere, all over the woodwork, counter tops, etc. Let me point out that old tenant was responsible for painting and carpeting because old tenant raised 15 Pitt-bulls in the garage. The place was a wreck and I believe old tenant was a meth-head, no kidding. So, when old tenant left in his uhaul, he left the garage full of stuff. So, idiot landlord and everyone else including me had to drag all this crap out of the garage. The entire two-car driveway was filled with his stuff. Idiot landlord took two days to get the stuff picked up and taken to a dump. Oh, did I mention there wasn't even a fridge? So, while we were dragging old tenant's stuff out, landlord goes to pick up a fridge. Landlord doesn't tie fridge down in truck, and fridge falls out of truck onto road while landlord is driving. Landlord wants to put this fridge in the kitchen. I don't think so. Convince landlord to take back claiming damaged product. Landlord comes back with undamaged working fridge, thank god. Once all old tenant's trash was out of the garage, we were finally able to start moving in. Around 9 or 10, we finished unloading the truck.
I don't even want to talk about why I didn't have internet for so long, so I won't, I'm going to pretend I did have it and there were no problems ;).
So, I have been able to spin for a total of maybe two hours in the last two weeks. I've been spinning this fiber for a little while now. I've been reluctant to show it until I got a little more on the bobbin. I am really loving this fiber.
This is kid mohair. This is my first experience with kid mohair. I must say, I wish I had bought more of this fiber. I acquired this beautiful roving at The Fiber Event in Greencastle, IN back in mid-April. I also got a lot of other fibers that I will be showing over the next week. Unfortunately, there hasn't been much knitting. But this yarn will become a shawl as I have joined the Spun Stitches KAL.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Unfortunately, I don't know when I will have internet service hooked up, could be Monday, could be Tuesday, but I will be back!!
Friday, June 8, 2007
I was supposed to be moving yesterday. Well, things didn't work out as planned. For the past three days, we had to rearrange everything from utility shutoffs to the truck rental and even had to change our change of addresses because we are now moving (hopefully) on Sunday. I can't even begin to explain my frustrations with this whole situation. We had people taking off work and everything....I can only hope that we actually get moved on Sunday and thank goodness those people still wanted to help!
Update for Samantha:
I frogged five pairs and finished two. I just finished sock #1 pictured above and will caston tonight for sock #2.
The yarn I used for this sock was bought on Etsy. I've tried to go back to the person's shop, but I don't think they are a member anymore. It was MCY, or MysticalCreationsYarns. I never thought it would stripe quite like this and I love it!!
Thursday, June 7, 2007
This is Dream in Color (bottom) in Cloud Jungle. Colinette Tagliatelli merino tape in Charcoal (top).
I was not too happy with the shop I bought this group of yarns from. It was called Stitch by Stitch in Highland, In. It was a large, nice space with practically nothing in it. Anyways, the Alchemy (top) Bamboo in Koi Pond was buy one get one free, so I guess it was worth it. The Trendsetter Tonalita (right) was a gift for my non-knitting friend. I will make her a pair of mitts. I specified non-knitting because the fiber content is 52 Wool/48 Acrylic. And last, but not least, is the Noro Silk Garden in color 245. I just loved the color and I am going to make myself loooong fingerless mitts in preparation for the winter (I know, I know, it's awhile before winter but what the hell, why not?)
While at Sheep's Clothing, my friend and I saw a little bead shop right next door, and of course we had to go in. As soon as I walked in the door, I spotted these. My friend and I used to have necklaces in highschool (matching of course) as a symbol of our friendship. So, I am going to make these into keychains for us.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Saturday, June 2, 2007
I am making great progress on sock #2 and should have it finished by tomorrow.
Friday, June 1, 2007
Monday, a friend of mine and I dyed some sock yarn. It was fun, I should have worn rubber gloves the whole time, but I didn't and it took a few days for my skin to turn back to a somewhat normal color, although my fingernails are another story... You can check out what we did in my etsy shop.
I finished all the crochet squares for my version of the Larger Than Life bag, but that's as far as I've gotten. That probably won't get worked on until after the move. I did break down and buy the magazine in hopes to actually use to the pattern....but pattern, schmattern!
Well, that's it for now, I am going to continue packing. We are moving on Thursday, and I cannot wait to get out of this town!!!
Sunday, May 27, 2007
I have two FO's to show and guess what?? I started them on the same day I finished them. Okay, okay, I was in a crunch. I had searched for the yarn to make these mitts for months. I made them for my cousins. One wanted blues and greens, and the other wanted reds but no maroons. It's not that my LYS didn't have this yarn when I was looking, but I was looking for something....specific. I had used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted for my Aunt's mitts and she loved them. But LYS didn't have the LL in the colors that I wanted, and for some reason I didn't think about special ordering. Anyways, so it was crunch time and I spotted this Karaoke, I thought the colors would be okay, not exactly what I was looking for, but I think it's going to work out okay. I told Aunt that if red-loving-maroon-disliking cousin didn't like the little bit of darker red that could be called maroon, I'd make her another pair. I think I will keep my fingers crossed.
And thank you to my lovely mother, who was in town yesterday, for modeling for me!!