Thursday, November 12, 2009
My previous post was about a little Halloween mask that I crocheted very quickly and for some reason, that quick little project seems to have nurtured my crafting mojo. I have 4 completed projects in the past 10 days, and the 5th project is coming right along. All of the projects are super simple, so if you need to make some gifts for the holiday season, I highly recommend these!
First 2 projects I made were the Rubberneck Cowl by Holly Peacock. If you know the knit and purl stitches then you know everything you need to know to make this cowl. The cowl can scrunch down around your neck or the folds will expand to cover whatever is cold on you.The second 2 projects I made were the Crochet Child's Earflap Cap by Candi Jensen. This too, is a very simple project and it will work up very quickly for a last minute gift. After making the first cap, I did make one small change to the pattern for the second one. I changed how I made the ties. Instead of single crocheting back up the chain as the pattern indicates, I slip stitched back up which resulted in a tie that was more firm and symmetrical.Now I am working on a pair of mittens. I just finished the second mitten this morning and saw that it looked must better than the first, so I frogged the first. I am sure it won't take too long to re-knit it now that my mojo is back. Woohoo!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
As a way to thank her for being a wonderfully creative, inspiring, and fantastically interesting person, several of us have decided to donate some or all of our profits to her cause.
This list will probably grow as the days progress, and I will try to keep it current with how long everyone is in for! Please click on the following link to find a full list of ways that you can donate or participate: http://sandandsilk.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/help-miss-violet-escape/ . I hope you will find it in your heart to help. Thank you!
1. Where is your cell phone? I don't have one.
2. Where is your significant other? In bed.
3. Your hair color? Brownish with some white.
4. Your mother? Supportive.
5. Your father? Is missed dearly.
6. Your favorite thing? Yarn
7. Your dream last night? I rarely remember.
8. Your dream/goal? Health.
9. The room you're in? Living room.
10. Your hobby? Knitting, crocheting and spinning yarn.
11. Your fear? Becoming bedridden.
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Healthy!
13. Where were you last night? Home, like every night.
14. What you're not? Thin.
15. One of your wish-list items? A drum carder.
16. Where you grew up? Maine.
17. The last thing you did? Read Lisa's blog.
18. What are you wearing? Shorts and a t-shirt.
19. Your TV? National Geographic channel is on.
20. Your pet? I wish I had one.
21. Your computer? HP Compaq Laptop
22. Your mood? PMSing
23. Missing someone? Dad!
24. Your car? I don't have one.
25. Something you're not wearing? Make up.
26. Favorite store? Knit Picks or The Loopy Ewe.
27. Your summer? Short.
28. Love someone? Yes, Ray.
29. Your favorite color? Green.
30. When is the last time you laughed? Less than 30 minutes ago.
31. Last time you cried? Last night.
Now it is your turn. Copy and paste it to your blog and please let me know that you did so I can come read it!
Monday, September 14, 2009
I purchased both the Tenor and the Soprano spindles to go with the Castle base. The following picture is of the Soprano spindle with some singles that I spun on it.
The next one is the Tenor spindle and it has a few yards of some of my handspun that I plied on it. Neither of these spindles hold as much yarn as any of my other spindles, but it is much more convenient and easy for me to use in my lift chair.For more information about Spindolyns and to purchase one or many go to http://www.knittinganyway.com/products/spindolyn.htm
Friday, September 4, 2009
I received this wonderful TLE bag, with a Romney Ridge (their in Maine!) calendar, and a Lacy Pillars Socks pattern, all for free! They even included some tootsie rolls. This Fiesta Baby Boom yarn in the Coyote colorway was included for free too! It is soft, squooshy and yummy. Then, of course, there was the skein of Wollmeise Twin 80/20 that I had ordered in the Hortensie colorway. This picture doesn't do justice to the incredible saturation of color. Larry is holding my 0.95 oz. DIY Bellwether spindle that I have been using to spin some natural pencil rovings that I got at Bartlett Yarns Mill during my field trip. The Wollmeise is resting on the pencil rovings.
I guess that is it for now. Time to fondle some yarn!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
From TLE (The Loopy Ewe) I got the Lace Rib Raglan sweater pattern in plus sizing. It is a top down pattern, which is my preferred way to make a sweater.Along with the pattern I got their Safe Socks mesh bag. I will be using it not only for my hand knit socks, but also for washing some alpaca fiber that I have, which needs to be cleaned before I can spin it.
Sorry about the fuzzy photo, but this cute little stitch marker was included in my TLE package as a Loopy extra. I love the little surprises that they add to my purchases!
The following purchases are from Knitcellaneous. I just discovered this retailer while searching for inexpensive shawl sticks. Theirs are the least expensive that I could find anywhere, and yet they are a very nice quality! They were only $5.00 USD each. I am very pleased with them. I also got their kitchener stitch dog tag to remind me of how to do it.
Another little package arrived yesterday from TLE, but I haven't taken pics yet. I think I will wait until the package that I just got e-mail notice about arrives and then take pics all at once.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I was unable to go on the mill tour because of all the stairs. My sister kindly offered to take pictures of the mill while she and my mother went on the tour. There are many pictures, so I won't post them all here. If you are interested in looking at the pictures you are welcome to view my Flickr album. For more information about the mill, please check out their website. They do have their products available for purchase on the site.
Speaking of purchasing their products, I did a little of that while I was there. Surprise!!! LOL. While there, I met and decided to "adopt" Larry the Llama. I named him Larry, because that was my father's name and I like alliteration. He will be my blog mascot. Please, make him feel at home!Larry is resting on a few bags of rovings that happened to jump into the shopping bags with him. They are 8 oz. bags of the mills round rovings in the Blue Loch, Light Laurel and Mountain Laurel colorways. I also brought home 4 oz. of undyed pencil rovings that I forgot to photograph. I have been told that the mill plans on making the open house an annual event to take place the first week of August each year, in conjunction with the Maine Fiber Arts Tour. I plan on attending next year and hopefully, I will be better able to move, enabling me to tour the mill.
I want to share with you a craft that I was told about at the mill outlet. They said that there is a lady who comes in and buys 5 or more pounds of varied rovings, then takes them home to braid them. Once they are braided, she then tosses them in the washing machine to felt them. Get this, then she stitches them together into a braided rug!!! They say that it is gorgeous and very easy to do. My sister purchased some rovings with the intent of trying this out. I can't wait to see how it turns out!
Monday, August 31, 2009
I am someone who sees buttons as little jewels, or treasures, so I was very excited to open the package and rummage through them all. Fortunately, the seller wanted to make sure that everything arrived in very good condition, because it took me over 10 minutes to work my way through all the packaging! There to my surprise was this lovely picture frame, slide-top box. It was filled to the brim with lovely buttons and had a picture in the frame of a young woman doing needlework. I haven't decided if I will replace the picture yet, as I find it quite charming. What a wonderful bonus to come with my buttons!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Also, I have started using a bead as a diz for predrafting my roving. I have previously used the holes in a button, but that can create a thinner drafted roving than I desired. I am finding that the large hole in this bead is perfect in size, approx 4 mm, plus it is very smooth, so nothing catches on it.
My other revelation this week has been how to make and use a wrist distaff while spindling. I have seen a few pictures of wrist distaffs, but I didn't quite understand how they worked. Last night I came across this blog showing how to make your own wrist distaff, which looked simple enough. Then I wondered why or if I really need one. I found a video showing how to use one and decided that I would make one and take it out for a spin (lame pun intended).
In the photo collage above you will see how wonderfully it holds my fiber in place. I will never spindle without one again! Below is a better picture of the one I made. I think I will make another one with better yarn and beads, since this was just a quick trial with what I had within reach. Although, I must admit that the trial one works wonderfully!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I wish I had picked it yesterday, but I thought that it needed just one more day of vine ripening. This morning I went out to water the plants and found that the little tomato's skin had started to split. I quickly picked it and brought it into the apartment.
At first, I was disappointed that I wasn't able to capture the "perfect" tomato, but I then wondered, what is perfect? I grabbed my camera and took a very imperfect photo of my little tomato.
Then I thought about how I would like to eat it. I decided on a tomato and cheese sandwich. A simple meal that would allow the tomato flavor to shine. I made the sandwich on 12 grain bread with American cheese, mayo and a little pepper. I finished it off with a granny smith apple and enjoyed a wonderful lunch. The tomato was juicy and very flavorful. Nothing like the bland hothouse tomatoes of the supermarket
I apologize to any of you who came here looking for a yarny fiber post and are disappointed, but this was the highlight of my day and I wanted to share. I have been spindling this morning and I will be knitting later, on my Hey Teach. The next post will be back to my yarny endeavors.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
The first is the Navarro colorway. I separated the 3 colors in the batts, a mint, a strawberry and a dark chocolate (reminded me a little of a variation on Neapolitan ice cream). Then I spun them in sequence.
Finally I Navajo plied it to obtain 407 yards of a fingering weight, 3 ply, self-striping yarn. This is the first time I have ever made a self-striping yarn. I think it turned out quite well.The second colorway for the KAL is called Second Chances. I pulled the batts into thick rovings and then spun from that. I attempted to control the fiber color in the drafting to get long color sequences without separating the colors, then Navajo plied it, resulting in 100 yards of bulky weight 3 ply.On August 9th, I was fortunate to be able to attend the Bartlett Yarn Mills open house in Harmony, ME with my mother and sister. I will try to get pics posted from that trip soon.
Thank you for all your wonderful comments that you have kindly left on my blog and for your patience with my infrequent posting.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I don't know what is up with this sudden lack of interest in much of anything. I have no ambition. I haven't even logged into Ravelry for several days! I am hoping that I will get my mojo back soon. I have tried to spin for short times on my wheel and I have about half a drop spindle full, as well. Also, I have made a couple simple garter stitch dishcloths in medical waiting rooms. But, I must admit that most of my spare time lately, has been on Facebook, playing games. (Farmtown and Bejewelled Blitz are da bomb!)
Since I have been neglecting the blog so badly, I am going to borrow a list of questions from MsKnottyKnits blog to fill out this post. You will learn a little about me.
- Are you currently in a serious relationship? Yes, with a wonderful man.
- What was your dream growing up? To be a singer. (I sound like a frog)
- What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could play the guitar and piano.
- If I bought you a drink what would it be? A virgin frozen strawberry daiquiri.
- Favorite vegetable? Tomatoes, but are they a vegetable? Winter squash.
- What was the last book you read? Knitting Lessons: Tales From the Knitting Path
- What zodiac sign are you? Sagittarius
- Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where. None of either.
- Worst Habit? Just one? Ummm, indecisive?
- If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride? I don't drive anymore.
- What is your favorite sport? To watch, baseball. To participate in, swimming.
- Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude? About others, I am optimistic, but about myself, I am pessimistic. (I am working on changing that)
- What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me? Knit, I always have at least a dishcloth with me to work on.
- Worst thing to ever happen to you? Wow, I am not sure that I can single out one worst thing...sorry.
- Tell me one weird fact about you. As much as I love to knit, crochet and spin, I can't coordinate colors. I usually need someone at the store to help me with it.
- Do you have any pets? No, but I wish I did. *pout*
- What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly? Oh goody, I can't wait!
- What was your first impression of me? I can't remember what I ate for breakfast, let alone.....sorry.
- Do you think clowns are cute or scary? Clowns are weird. I was afraid of them as a kid.
- If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be? I don't care how I look, I would just like to be a healthy weight.
- Would you be my crime partner or my conscience? Conscience.
- What color eyes do you have? Green, but not a really pretty green.
- Ever been arrested? Not in this lifetime.
- Bottle or can soda? Either, but I have stopped drinking carbonated beverages.
- If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it? Pay off my medical debt and save the rest for future medical debt.
- What's your favorite place to hang out? Where ever my family is hanging out.
- Do you believe in ghosts? I believe in the possibility.
- Favorite thing to do in your spare time? Be with my family, knit, crochet, spin yarn or be on the computer.
- Do you swear a lot? Not as much as I used to, but more that I should.
- Biggest pet peeve? When someone doesn't bother to call to let me know that they are not going to show up.
- In one word, how would you describe yourself? Boring
- Do you believe/appreciate romance? I believe in romance, I appreciate romance, but do I get romance...well, I've got a good man. :-)
- Favorite and least favorite food? Favorite? Cheese! Least Favorite? Liver (ewww).
- Do you believe in God? Most days, yes.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
This is the original blog post of the yarn that I spun for the SAL, if you want to check out the pictures.
If you are a spinner, please check out the etsy store, and then come join in the fun of the SAL. Perhaps you will win too!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I must say that this was a little challenging, simply because I had to change the way I knit. This pattern is from the Andean knitting section of the book. They tension the yarn around their neck and then purl from the inside, working in the round. It seemed almost backwards, but as you work along, it becomes a much smoother transition when changing colors in stranded work.
The book is set up in a workbook style and encourages you to learn to work without a line by line pattern. Instead it sets up guidelines and charts, so that you may knit more intuitively. The only thing I would like changed in the book is that it does not have photos, but is illustrated by drawings. Perhaps, having it spiral bound would be helpful too, but I think that of all craft books.
So here is a picture of the drawstring purse, Monedero, made in Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport.This is a picture of the Monedero with my Mom. Thanks for posing, Mom!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Beth Skwarecki's Science & Miscellanea blog will tell you how, with very detailed parts list and instructions. There is even a link to tell you how to use them after you make them. If I had any wood working skills and tools of my own, I would start making these immediately. Especially, since I have wool comb envy in a very bad way. (hint, hint)
I will try to produce something of my own for my next blog post, but no promises.
Monday, June 22, 2009
She has set it up in pdf format and is offering it for free on her blog, Unravelling Argyle. You can find a button at the top of her blog that will direct you to the pdf for the wallet cards or just click this direct link.
Bonus: She has also made up a Knitter's Sock Guide that is able to be folded up to business card size, and is also available in pdf format. You will find it available on that same page. It provides those little reminders for the heel turning, gusset, toe decreases, Kitchener stitch that we sometimes need a little help with.
I hope that you find these tools as helpful as I have. Also, I asked her permission to pass this information on to you, so please make sure to give her proper credit for a fantastic idea and for doing the work for us if you pass it on too.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I am going to spin in the Tour de Fleece! This will be my first year of this challenge and I am very excited. I will be spinning for Team Plurk.
If you want more information about the Tour de Fleece, please check out the blog, Keep On Knitting In The Free World and the Ravelry group, Tour de Fleece.
If you are a spinner, come join in the fun!
Friday, June 19, 2009
My sister saw it as a single in progress and proclaimed that she really liked it. Since then she has hinted that something made from it would be a great birthday present for her. I have sent her pics of the finished yarn and told her to decide what she would like to have made from it.
Here again is a picture of the fiber that started this spinning project.Then the single as it was being spun.
Here it is, Navajo plied, 275 yards of a heavy-fingering/sport weight yarnI am really looking forward to knitting with this yarn. I am learning so much from participating in this SAL. Just seeing how other spinners work with the exact same fiber and come up with such varied and interesting treatments, is expanding the way I see a fibers possibilities when I look at it. I highly recommend that you participate in a SAL, if you have the opportunity to. The one that I am in, CJ Kopec Creations Ravelry group, starts anew each month, so you can join in the fun too!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
The second package is this beautiful and incredibly soft fiber from CJ Kopec Creations for her June SAL. It is BFL! This is so soft that I just wanted to pet it like a new born kitten. I let it caress my face and I started to put a bowl of milk down for it before I came back to my senses and realized that it isn't a pet. I am still trying to decide how I want to spin it.
The third package I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. I had ordered from Knit Picks the Comfy worsted weight in the Peony colorway so that I could knit the Hey Teach! sweater that is in Knitty Summer 2oo8. I love that sweater and the Knitting Purls group on Ravelry is running a Sweater KAL and a Summer Hotties KAL that this will qualify for. Plus, there are a few others in the KAL knitting the same sweater so if I need help they will be there for me and visa versa. I was so excited that I let the yarn jump on my needles as quickly as possible. I actually swatched! Gasp! It only took 2 swatches to get gauge and I am using a size 9 circular for this (the pattern calls for an 8). Here is my start, yesterday morning. This is the first time I have ever used Knit Picks Comfy yarn and I must say that I love it. It has a wonderful hand feel for a cotton blend and is draping wonderfully for me. It is truely a pleasure to knit with. This was my progress as a of 2 am this morning on the back of the sweater. Insomnia can be a knitters best friend.I am off to start the lace work on the bodice back. Wish me luck as I have never successfully made a sweater that required seaming or lace work, but I have my KAL mates to help if I get stuck.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
I started these Moonlight Slipper Socks for Knitting Purls stash busting KAL, but wasn't able to complete them by the end of the KAL because a test knit I was working on had a deadline that couldn't wait. I have finally completed them and I must say that they are incredibly comfy. I don't know what the yarn is because it was just left over from other projects, though I suspect the blue is from a Caron One Pound. (I wish I could post a picture of the test knit, but I forgot to take one before I sent it out to the designer. Silly me.)
I started these Crochet Openwork Handwarmers as a simple project to work on at my surgical weight loss support meetings. They are made with Lion Brand Jiffy and are super warm for when I am on the computer or knitting, as my hands always seem to get cold.
The biggest time consumer for the month of May was spinning 1242 yards of 34-36 wpi lace-weight yarn on my Ashford Traditional SD. It was spun from 4 oz. of a merino and silk blend with a small amount of angelina mixed in. This beautiful blend was from the hands of CJKopec and it is her Envious Eyes colorway for her May SAL. (She runs monthly SALs and I encourage you to join in!) I am trying to decide which shawl pattern will it will be worked up into. I have included 2 pictures because I just can't get the color and sparkle to show properly in my photos. The first is obviously in natural light and the second is indoors. The actual color is a little bit of both.
Another thing that took so long about this spinning project was that I don't own a swift or a ball winder so I had quite a difficult process of winding up all this yardage after spinning and setting the twist. I am trying to save up to purchase those 2 items now that I have been through this project. It took me from 11:00 am on Friday until 2:30 am on Saturday to get this wound up with all the tangling that ensued. My only breaks were for the bathroom and meals! I will own those 2 pieces of equipment before I work on a project like this again.
Upcoming, I am awaiting delivery of the June SAL fiber from CJ Kopec Creations and for a Knit Picks yarn package for a Sweater KAL for Knitting Purls. Check back for details now that I can post pictures.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
From AkamaiKnitter on plurk I received some beautiful Hungry for Handspun rovings in the same colorway that Jen sent to me. This is makes it even more wonderful, because I can now plan a larger project.The next fluffy delivery came from Hattie. She hand painted this colorway she calls Tie Dye. Isn't it beautiful!Then I got a delivery of books from purlypig on Ravelry! I love books and these are by one of my favorite authors, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. I can't wait to start reading them. She also included one of those mini sock blockers (I forgot to take a pic) which I have been wanting.