Monday, May 28, 2012
If you want to see the show notes make sure you check out the blog for the podcast!
Monday, May 14, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
I mentioned some spinning yesterday, and there was a lot done while I was off for spring break!
The first thing to dive onto the wheel was some buffalo I pulled out of my Ohio Fiber Stash
I haven't washed these yet, but I am sooo enjoying spinning lately.
Of course with all these finished objects I have a bunch of yarn that has left the stash and some that has joined the stash. As much as I had to fight with photos tonight on blogger I think I'll have to save the new stash for a future post.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
In fact, I've gotten so much accomplished that I'm going to have to divide up last week's progress into two or three posts. We'll see. I wanted to do nothing but knit while in Ohio on Vacation, but that may have been the 40 degree weather they were experiencing. It was much nicer to knit in than the 8-+ degree weather we are having here in SC right now.
I finished 2 projects on Easter day.
The first was a pair of socks that I started at the end of January.
Pattern: Nanner Socks by Wendy Johnson
Yarn: Lime & Violet Sasquatch Super Sock in Just Ripe Nanners
Comments: I bought the yarn for these AGES ago back when I first started wasting all of my free time on Plurk. I'm not even sure when the last time was that Lime & Violet were doing yarn, but I know this has been in my stash for ages. So glad to have them done, kinda sad that I didn't make them just a smidge longer. I have fat feet and always will, so I need to remember to make them just a bit longer so that I can actually wear them! These fit. Pull, tug and cram them onto your feet type of fit. Since yellow really isn't a color of mine (and I found 3 pairs of knit socks when cleaning my bedroom in Ohio) I decided to gift these to my little sister. She has smaller feet than me, so she'll definitely be able to wear them.
After casting off the Nanner socks I immediately picked up the worsted wingspan I was working on and finished that off in less than 2 hours.
Yarn: Bernat Mosaic in Waterfall
Comments: This was a great yarn for the price. I picked it up when it was 40% off at A.C. Moore and had to do some ripping at the beginning when I messed it up. I ripped the beginning out three times and the yarn still looks amazing!
I still love this pattern, especially with gradient and self stripping yarns. This shawl will be going to a friend in the future and I may make more for gifts because it's soooo quick and easy to knit!
Before leaving Ohio my mom picked up some felt for me so that we could give Dot the Monster a mouth.
Dot the Dress Up Box Monster
Comments: Oh how I love handspun yarn. I used a superwash merino for the body (leftovers from another project) and less than 4 grams of a merino/silk blend for the ears and little eye patch. LOVE this monster! I definitely need to work on my seaming skills however.
At the beginning of this month I decided to knit up a pair of socks as part of a Knit-A-Long for the Knitting in Circles podcast. It was a 56 stitch sock so it knit up SUPER FAST and as an added bonus it actually FIT Fiance's feet! He now has a brand new pair of socks in boy colors for him to wear. This I believe is his second pair of socks (the first pair was the Pomatomus Pattern that I knit AGES ago for him.)
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Sport in Ecology
Comments: This was such a fast knit! I cast them off last night (April 14th) so it was less than two weeks with one and a half socks knit in the last week alone! I absolutely love knitting socks out of sport weight. I think I'll be buying some more and knitting a few more pairs for myself. Especially since sport weight socks means I can make socks that fit me with normal patterns!
A lot of finished projects huh?
Since I'm in a typing kinda mood I think I'll keep on going and make this one epic post!
If you remember, at the very end of March I wrote a post that said "I need to knit my March hat for the 12 hats in 2012 thing!" We'll I knit a hat! I stash dove, I mixed and matched up a bunch of old cotton yarn in the stash and knit a hat that I am quite in love with! I knit it up before March ended and yet I never got around to blogging!
For some reason I was on such a knitting/spinning high I never bothered to blog because it took away time from playing with fiber!
Wanna see the hat?
Grace Lace Beret
Yarn: TLC Cotton Scraps
Comments: I knit this up with some blue and green cotton scraps I had in the stash for years now. I used about 70 grams to make up this hat and since I have tons left I will be making a matching scarf to go with it! Note to self: Start the scarf before you forget.
As far as works in progress go, as of this morning I have only ONE project on the needles! Just one! I made quite a bit of progress on that shawl as well while I was on.
I've got a bunch of spinning to show and of course a stash update, but I think I will save those for tomorrow. I hope you all have a great week! Happy knitting!
Monday, April 9, 2012
Remembe that alpaca that I was spinning like crazy? I actually managed to finish it before the end of March! Only problem was I had to wash it four times and it spent almost three days drying. I'm sure it could still be cleaner, but its a lot bette than it was when I got it! In total I got 712 yards from 306 grams. That is the total yardage after washing. I did lose some of the weight during washing... That dirt and dust must have beem heavy!
I'm meeting up with the friend who sent it to me tonight at Starbucks and I can't wait!
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Well, the monster is almost finished! Two ears, two eyes, just in need of a little mouth. I'm currently in Ohio visiting my family for Easter, so until I get home any posts you read will be coming to you from my tablet. Because I suck at typing on this. It means posts will likely be short!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Well I mentioned last night I had something new off the bobbin and it took me ages to ply and wind it into a skein. I was actually surprised at just how long I spent skeining this yarn! The only good thing about it taking so long, is that it must mean I had a ton of yardage right?
Monday, March 26, 2012
Speaking of plying, I've finished up the merino and nylon blend that I was spinning up on the Majacraft. It's so thin I lost count a few times while trying to add up my yardage. I have a ton of work to do yet tonight for my job so I'll be counting that again tomorrow when I get a chance to take photos.
It definitely looks like it will be between a lace and fingering weight so I'm hoping for a ton of yardage. Whether I'll knit it up, or sell the handspun I've yet to decide, but it would make a gorgeous triangle shawl.
Since it's a new quarter at school I am on another goal setting mission in hopes of making the fourth quarter even better than the third. I've also been on a mission to organize life at home in a bit of a spring cleaning effort. Well this has rolled over into my fiber hobbies as well. Although before I've been setting monthly goals, since I'm blogging a few times a week I decided to set a few weekly goals as well. Ready to see what I'm hoping to finish this week?
Goals for the Week:
- Finish the Alpaca
- Knit a Hat
- Complete one repeat of the Shawl
- Finish the Monster!
I love goals. :)
Saturday, March 24, 2012
I have a think for self-striping yarn and I will not deny it! These were fairly cheap, and sooo soo pretty! Plus it allowed me to get free shipping on my order and you can bet I'm a sucker for free.
Of course, seeing as how I have a new best friend who loves to crochet, we decided to meet up on Friday and take a little adventure out to the yarn shop in Summerville, SC. We went. I bought. I figured since I had been buying so much at the big box craft stores and online it was time to show some love to my local yarn shop as well.
It was the first time I had stepped foot in there and I was not disappointed. My ideal store would have excessive amounts of trekking and regia, but that's just my silly little preferences. This store did have some stunning sock yarns and I might have come home with two of them.
I loved the colors in this yarn. It was bright, pretty and will make a fabulous scarf for next fall. It says "sock" but I've never been a huge fan of socks made out of singles. Now, I do love sock weight yarn, and singles make fabulous scarves and shawls, so the yarn definitely has a plan in mind!
I loooved these colors. In real life it's a bit more purply, but of course that doesn't show up the best with my camera, especially since it's been overcast today with a bit of rain.
So yes... 1100 grams of yarn came into my stash on Friday. For those of you keeping track that is almost 2.5 pounds.
Since so much has been coming in, I do have some plans for things to be leaving, but that will be coming more in the future. As some stash leaves, more will come in, and hopefully leave again shortly after. But for this you will have to wait and see. :)
Monday, March 19, 2012
Friday I placed an online order with Knit Picks. There was a kit that I had wanted ages ago and I decided my bad day was reason enough to make the purchase. While waiting for this to arrive, something else showed up at my door.
Into the Whirled Fiber club for the month of March. After seeing the photos of all of the Into the Whirled club shipments I was dying to get my hands on the club fiber. I am so glad that I decided to join because this is absolutely delicious! It's 85% Polwarth, 15% Silk and is sooo soo soft, not to mention stunning. I love the colors she used to dye this!
Then today, I got a text message after work. "Hey, do you want to meet me at AC Moore?" Yes, my yarn friend invited me to meet her at a big box craft store and help her 'pick out yarn.' It all started out so well! And then my friend went to the restroom. While she was gone I managed to find about 9 skeins of yarn that I "needed." Oh well! I do love some retail therapy and I bought yarn to make some gifts for my family back home. With Mothers and Fathers day just around the corner I need to get started now. Right after that will come the holidays and my goal is to knit all my gifts this holiday season. Aside from that, I will be getting married some time in all of this holiday mess so best to start out early!
Ready to see the photos of today's haul?
|Something for Dad|
|Something for Erin|
|A present for Mom|
|Another unknown gift set.|
Oh, and remember last Monday when I said I would be trying to spin 2 oz a week in order to have the raw alpaca finished before I went home for Easter?
Hope everyone is having a great week so far. Since I've been getting so much done lately you may see a few more blog posts out of me in the future. ;)
A lot more in this week!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Now for what you really came for... the yarn!
I finished something. Can you guess what it is?
Yarn: Handspun - Superwash Merino from Crown Mountain Farms
Comments: I had 700 yards of this handspun and only used up approximately 401 yards to make this scarf/shawlette. 138 grams of yarn.
I LOVE this project! I have some plans to make more scarves/shawlettes in handspun yarn because I do enjoy it so much!
Since I had so much yarn left, and Knitabulls is doing a Monster Madness March KAL I decided to cast on for a Dot the Dress Up Box Monster by Rebecca Danger.
May I present to you: A Monster Butt.
Things like this make me wonder if people actually do read my blog. I started this blog with the intention to help store and track my personal information for my own use. I assumed that very few people actually read it; however, while watching The Knitting Game Podcast yesterday I thought to myself: "I love this podcast! I really should remember to join their group!" Not one minute after this thought occurred the lovely podcastor began going down her list of new members and mentioned my name. Oh! I did join! Awesome! Shortly after she began talking about how much she enjoyed my blog. I died of shock. Here I was convinced no one read my blog. ;)
Oh I have a yarn update too:
Monday, March 12, 2012
Oh well, on to yarn talk!
My friend Dori came over on Saturday and we played with yarn.
I'm really enjoying spinning up the stuff we dyed and I'm in LOVE with the new wheel.
I've been plugging away on a few larger projects lately, just trying to make a little dent in them. One of them was the 12 ounces of alpaca fleece a friend sent me to spin up. There is one skein all wound up that weighs about 3.5 ounces and my math tells me that if I can spin approximately 2 ounces each week I should be able to have this done before I go home to visit!
Finishing it before I head home means that I can deliver it back to it's owner in person. Saves me about 6 bucks in shipping, but hey, I'll be spending a few hundred on gas just to get to and from home. Plus I haven't seen this friend in over 2 years so it's a great excuse to meet up with her again.
Also in the past week I've been working my way through the wingspan shawl/scarf thingy.
I LOVE this handspun. I've just started the second ball of handspun right around the start of the 6th triangle. The second skein is a bit thicker than the first, so I think for future projects I'll be making a better effort to check my gauge more often to get a more consistent yarn.
I do love working with handspun!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Yarn: Caron One Pound in Nutmeg, Rose and Lace.
Comments: I LOVE this blanket. I made it twice as wide and used the majority of 6 pounds of acrylic. I wanted a nice big afghan that I could snuggle up in during Ohio Winters. Of course, I've moved to South Carolina and it's proved very useful here as well.
Since I've finished this, I've been spinning away on the Alpaca hoping to finish that as soon as physically possible. I've also been knitting on my scarf and socks as well. Now that this long term project is off the needles I hope to get some work done on my shawl I started back in 2006 as well! I will get this long time UFOs off the needles!
Monday, March 5, 2012
I meant to update on the 1st of March to wrap up February and discuss my knitting goals for March; however, real life got in the way and I put my post off until the weekend. Well, today is Monday so obviously I'm a little behind again!
- Knit my February Hat for 12 Hats in 2012 Done!
- Finish the Afghan started back in 2006 So Close!
- Finish the Stripe Study Shawl Done!
- Make some progress on my Candle Flame Shawl Haven't touched this!
- Buy NO yarn/fiber! Oops!
Since I last updated... I bought a wheel. Yup, bought a wheel. Well, technically I purchased it prior to my last post, but it finally arrived last Wednesday! I put on some of the fiber I dyed with my friend D from work and ended up with approximately 341 yards.
This was Peruvian Wool Roving from KnitPicks. Dyed with McCormick Food Dyes in the Crockpot and spun up on my new Majacraft Suzie Pro. I ended up with 3.5oz of yarn which is approximately 341 yards. It's a fingering weight and will make a lovely scarf or even some hard wearing socks! This is NOT superwash! (I need to put this here or I will never remember!)
Also for March I signed up to participate in the Knitting Blooms March KAL. For their KAL, the podcastor picked a yarn from our stash for us to knit up this month. The majority of my SC yarn stash is handspun, sock yarn, and of course the occasional handspun sock yarn. We'll she picked out approximately 700 yards of Crown Mountain Farms sock weight that has been in my stash for ages now.
After some careful deliberation and a run through my queue and other ravelry pattern searches I settled on Wingspan. So far, I'm in love. I never really appreciated knitting with handspun until recently and I don't know that I'll ever stop knitting with handspun.
I'm so in love with these colors! I apologize for the bad photos. Unfortunately I haven't made it home to get some good photos during daylight hours, so I'm stuck trying to get good photos at night. These photos are very accurate as far as colors are concerned!
- Weave in all those ends!
- Finish Wingspan
- Finish the March Hat
- Make progress on Candle Flame Shawl
- Finish Spinning the Raw Alpaca!
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Yarn: Handspun from DragonFibers in Peachsicle
Comments: Great Pattern, loved being able to use my handspun! I knit the extra slouchy version and it was more of a "slouchy" hat. Probably because my yarn wasn't the worlds most even worsted. The yarn was about 8-9 wpi and is sooo smooshy. It's a 80% Merino/20% Tussah blend and was a dream to spin!
I've been plugging away on the afgahn as well. About 3 full days left in February and I may be able to finish my goals but it will definitely be close! With work (and a now sick cat) I'm not sure the blanket will get finished but I sure am trying!
Monday, February 20, 2012
- Knit my February Hat for 12 Hats in 2012 (Have to start yet!)
- Finish the Afghan started back in 2006 (Working on it!)
- Finish the Stripe Study Shawl (DONE! DONE! DONE!)
- Make some progress on my Candle Flame Shawl (Haven't touched this!)
- Buy NO yarn/fiber! (I fell down... big time.)
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy in Gothic Rose and Deep Seaflower.
Comments: LOVED this pattern! I didn't do a gauge swatch because it was a garter shawl. I figured I would have plenty so I didn't worry about gauge. (I'm a little lazy too.) Well I did run out of yarn after doing 11 of the 12 rows. No worries though because the shawl is plenty big! I'm not sure that I'd make this again, but I'd love to do some other patterns of hers!
I have a stash update for you below, and you'll see I had a big falldown this past week. I placed a knitpicks order last week because I wanted to do some dyeing with the same friend I taught how to spin. The adventures of that are still drying and I hope to be showing those to you this week! Either way, I bought less than I've used so I'm still in the negatives for this year! (Also, 113grams of that Yarn in was gifted! Totally not my fault!)
Monday, February 6, 2012
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Swimming Pool
Comments: This was a great pattern, I used up some washcloth cotton I had in the stash and did an extra repeat of the body to use up more yarn and make it a little bigger. I may make more of these in other colors. It would be great for handspun!
Also I showed you the Llama fiber I had been spinning up. It's done! There is 8oz of handspun, 576 yards total. Of course some of that yardage may disappear during washing, or maybe I'll get lucky and the yarn will grow during washing?
I love the colors of this and Llama is SO soft! It will probably be a shawl or scarf, something that doesn't need to fit and will drape nicely.
The shawls yardage had already been added in since it was bound off for my last update, but the handspun is new! Another 576 yards added to my handspun stash! Lately when looking at my stash it feels as if it is shrinking quickly. Part of me is sad to see the yarn disappearing fast, but another part of me is happy to see these things finally being knit with! I have big plans for when my stash is gone, but you'll have to wait to see what happens. :)
- Knit my February Hat for 12 Hats in 2012
- Finish the Afghan started back in 2006
- Finish the Stripe Study Shawl
- Make some progress on my Candle Flame Shawl
- Buy NO yarn/fiber!
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Last week, I set these goals:
-Finish the Washcloth
-Finish 198 yds. of Heaven
-Use up the rest of the first skein on the Candle Flame Shawl
Finish the washcloth: DONE!
The Cotton Dishcloth (once removed or dressed up)
Yarn: Peaches & Creme in Pink Lemonade. Yes.. I still have more of this left. This cloth only used up 39g and it seems like this will be the skein that never ends!
It is a great pattern though, I loved knitting it and already have plans to cast on some more, especially since it only requires 39 grams of yarn!
Finish the 198 yds. of Heaven Shawlette: DONE!
198 yds. of Heaven
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton
Comments: I added an extra repeat in the main body, and somewhat regret it. It used up a lot more yarn, but it came out bigger than I expected. I did use a size 10.5 US needle since I was using a dishcloth cotton for the shawl. I'm sure once it blocks out I'll like it a little more, and if not I'll wear it inside when it gets cool. This was done for a KAL on Ravelry and I love the pattern. I may make it in another yarn, or even a laceweight yarn at some point in the future.
Finishing up the first skein of the Candle Flame Shawl.... yea, it didn't happen. I had a very busy week between work and life in general, so no other projects happened this weekend, but it's okay. After watching tons of podcasts and listening to everyone talk about socks I decided I needed more socks on my needles. Then while chatting in virtual knit night the other day, someone showed me the nanner socks she was working on by Wendy Johnson. Wait... I have that pattern, and yarn I bought FOR that pattern YEARS ago! But that yarn was living in Ohio... or so I thought. Turns out it was in my boxes upstairs! So guess what I cast on?
Speaking of sock yarn, I also wound this:
Since I have two new FOs, I also have a new stash status update:
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I seem to have lost my motivation at times. I finished the socks and was thrilled to have one of my three major UFOs off of the needles, and encouraged by a Knit-A-Long I cast on a shawlette out of worsted weight yarn. That flew along very quickly, but now that I'm "almost done" it's starting to drag just a bit. Of course since it's a triangle shawlette it gets bigger and bigger with each row which means more stitches!
I am using stash, and it is part of my cotton stash, so I plan on using as much yarn as possible! Yay for stash busting!
This leads me to the point of my post. I like goals. When the year started out I had several goals, and although I am still flying through my goals for 2012, I would like to set myself some mini-weekly or even monthly goals as the year progresses. Why? Because I need to feel like I'm accomplishing something!
Weekly Goals 1/23-1/29: (I plan on my weeks starting Monday mornings.)
-Finish the Washcloth
-Finish 198 yds. of Heaven
-Use up the rest of the first skein on the Candle Flame Shawl
Three goals, three projects, a good beginning.
Want to see what I'm spinning?
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Well I finished up the ribbing this week and cast off. Both socks were made at the same time so no second sock syndrome for me!
Yarn: Knit Picks' Simple Stripes
Comments: It was a great pattern and a great yarn. The only reason it took me so long to finish them was because of a huge knitting hiatus and the fact that they were stockinette. Next time I'm putting a pattern on them! Love the yarn, wish Knit Picks still made it. :(
I'm heading down to the outlet mall to hit another knitting group today. I think I'll take the shawl from 2006 along to work on while I'm there. :)
Yarn Update. :D
So far so good! I haven't bought any yarn, and I'm plowing through some projects and using up stash! I have a new found love in shopping from the stash. :)
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Of course, the giant afgahn isn't the easiest thing to haul around and work on while out and about, so I've had a washcloth living in my purse. Another 4-corners dishcloth was finished today and added to my washcloth collection.
Yarn: Peaches & Creme
Notes: Love it. This is the 4th or 5th time I've made this pattern and it's just such a fun shape. Very easy to remember and I'm likely to make many many more this year as I'm on a mission to use up all this cotton.
New Yarn Totals for 2012!
Wooohooo! One pound gone from the stash in just 15 days!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
In Ravelry for 2012 I decided to take the 12 hats in 2012 challenge and make 12 hats this year. It seemed like an easy challenge for me since I can knit a hat in 1 day if I have absolutely nothing to do. So far, we're doing well for 2012. I cast off late last night, and wove in the ends today. I would have finished earlier last night; however, I ran out of yarn during the last few rows and had to rip and rework it a little. Overall I am very happy with it. This was made as a stash busting effort and will be tossed into the gift box for the upcoming year. At the rate I'm going I may be done with holiday gifts by May. ;)
Yarn: Handspun - 97 grams and approximately 312 yards.
Comments: I couldn't find a gauge for this pattern; however, I just knitted away happily. It was a little on the large side, but it fits nice and it's comfy as well. This was the first handspun I had ever made on my spinning wheel and I did hold it double to get the worsted/aran thickness. I did run out of yarn a little towards the end, but was able to rip the two rows prior to the decreases in order to get the yarn needed to decrease at the top.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
I think I'm surprising myself at how much I'm getting done this year as far as my fiber goals are concerned. In fact I'm so motivated by how much I'm getting accomplished that I'm actually refocusing on my weight loss goals. I am getting married in December of this year so I would like to be able to really drop some pounds before then.
First up. Mom's birthday scarf is done!
Beginners Reversible Scarf
Yarn: Handspun Romney (I think)
Comments: I LOOOOOVE this pattern. I have made the complicated lace, and the intricate colorwork, but for some reason lately I'm all about the basic patterns. Maybe because they're quick and mindless and let me unwind after a hard day. This is the first handspun I ever spun on my wheel so I had some different thicknesses in my yarn. I did have to hold some of the strands together to get the right thickness when I realized my skeins were all a different weight. It worked! Scarf is done and next weekend I will mail it out to my mother.
I still had quite a bit of yarn left so I took the leftovers and cast on for my first hat of 2012! I found TONS of hat patterns on Ravelry that I want to make this year, and I decided to join the 12 Hats in 2012 group to help me with some of my New Year's Goals. Now that my mom's birthday gift is done I decided to get moving on my hats! They make great gifts, and they're quick knits. I plan on making several hats and tossing them in bags until birthdays and holidays come up later on.
Arrow hat makes a great bed, and wouldn't get up so that I could take a proper picture. Never fear! As it progresses I will get more photos. :)
Oh, and to give my hands a break from knitting I decided to get some roving out last night and spin a little. Now this yarn has a bit of a back story. I have never liked "art yarns" because I had no idea what to do with them. Some I saw as functional, but they just were never something I had much of a desire to spin or knit. Well... I was given this in a Secret Pal swap a few years ago.
She told me it was an art yarn batt... I could tell! I tossed it immediately into my stash and was too afraid of it to actually turn it into something. Well with my coming back to knitting and spinning I am on a mission now to use up that stuff I have, especially the stuff that has been lingering in my stash for so long.
The resulting yarn is actually kinda nice. It's a funky green yarn with a lot of pinks and oranges throughout and a bunch of bright green ribbon yarn, and some other novelty yarns throughout.
A total of 115 yards, I should definitely be able to get a basic hat from it. Definitely won't need a fancy pattern since this hat will be all about the yarn.
With the finished objects and the new handspun this updates my yarn stats for the year:
Thursday, January 5, 2012
I started the scarf last night and was able to get that far before turning into bed. I think I'll be able to finish it with plenty of time.
In case you were concerned... I did also finish another dishcloth. ;)
Pattern: Seamless Circular Cloth
Yarn: Peaches & Creme - Pink Lemonade
Comments: Good Pattern. I'm getting sick of the yarn a little. LOL. This is the 4th washcloth I've finished this year so my gift box is picking up some items fast while my stash is beginning to dwindle!
I'm in a few groups on Ravelry, and although I am tracking my stash busting by tracking the grams used, another group of mine is tracking the yards knit. So I thought I would add that to my destash list as well!