Archive for October, 2008

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My Very First HandSpun Skeins

October 25, 2008

I must be honest, my first hand spun skein did not impress me at all.  I was very dissatisfied with the results and let the yarn sit on my desk for over a week.  This week, I spun afresh new skein, this time experimenting with different hand holds and drafting techniques.  Again, I was not too impressed with the end result.  

On Thursday, I was chatting away in a spinning forum and someone asked for pictures.  I explained how ugly my skeins were and that pictures would only embarrass me further.  She then asked if I had washed and weighted the skeins.  I replied I had not, I did not think any amount of moisture or weight would make much of a difference in my skeins’ appearance.  She strongly urged me to just go ahead, wash and weigh and that I may be surprised of the results.

Boy, was she right!

Unfortunately, I did not take any before photos.  I did not want to document my ‘failure’, I wanted to make a nice yarn.  I did however just take photos of the finished skeins.  Please let me know what you think :)

 

 

My First Skein, BFL

My First Skein, BFL

 

 

First HandSpun, BFL

First HandSpun, BFL

 

 

My Second Hand Spun, BFL

My Second Hand Spun, BFL

 

 

Second HandSpun, BFL

Second HandSpun, BFL

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Make your Own DPN/WIP Tube!

October 23, 2008

 

As mentioned in this week’s Podcast, here are the photos of my repurposed Crystal Light container:

 

 

 

DIY DPN/WIP Tube

DIY DPN/WIP Tube

 

 

Close up of the working end opening.

Close up of the working end opening.

 

 

WIP and notions inside tube.

WIP and notions inside tube.

 

 

WIP and notions outside of tube.

WIP and notions outside of tube.

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Surround myself with fiber

October 21, 2008

One day, all four of my children will be on their own in the world, leaving me home alone. When that day comes, I hope to own a LYS, a new “baby” to take care of.

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Goal: Ten months out – Buy a Spinning Wheel

October 21, 2008

Today is Oct 21 2008. I have been using a drop spindle for 2 months now and am ready to try a spinning wheel. In the next 6 months I will:
(a) refine my spinning skills and learn different plys with the drop spindle
(b) research the heck out of spinning wheels
(c)save up for said wheel… should have the $ in 6 months – 10 at the latest

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Did you notice?

October 18, 2008

Have you noticed, not only am I posting again but, I have started a Podcast?  I love to read my favorite bloggers (kinda goes without saying, right?) but oftentimes I don’t have the time.  However, my favorite Podcasts are easy to catch up on – plus I can knit while I listen!

Realizing I am not the only one who falls into this and that you may not visit me for the very same reasons, –Gosh, Life just sort of gets in the way sometimes, huh?- I created Destiknit the Podcast.  I am sort of all over the place on it right now.  That is, I am not steadfast on a format nor am I sure if I want to extend the Blog into the Podcast or let them remain their own entities.  I would greatly appreciate your feedback on this, after all, I created this blog for myself but have been pleasantly surprised at how it has been received by you.  ~Thank you.  As usual, I will read all comments before they are published – so if you do not want your name or comment published, let me know.

So, thank you my knitting friends.  I look forward to your feedback.

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Book Review

October 13, 2008

 

 

 

Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard

Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard

Last year, I had gotten wind of a knitting book in the works by Wendy Bernard, the creator of KnitandTonic.

For those of you who do not know of Wendy or her blog, she is a funny and quirky knitter and designer.  Of the many posts I have read on her site, I have LOL many a time – go check her out.

So, I sort of stalked Wendy’s designer’s page on Ravelry – hoping to catch a glimpse of the designs that will be in the book.  I will admit, that as designs were released there was only one design that I was really interested in and one design will not send me running to the bookstore or Amazon.com  to purchase the book.  In fact, our hokey little bookstore would likely not carry the book, I feel like I’m extracting teeth when I ask for a knitting book.  Anyhow, imagine my surprise two weeks ago when I stopped in and saw on the shelf Wendy’s book, Custom Knits.

Surprised that I was, I did not even graze the cover – I had that sneak peek on Ravelry, so I just knew I wasn’t interested.  I left the bookstore empty handed.  Last week, I stopped in again, I am waiting for the Holiday issues of Vogue and Interweave to show up.  Nope, neither of them were there, but Custom Knits was.  I decided to take a gander.

Wow, I hadn’t even opened the book yet and I was surprised at how big this book is.  Now, I don’t mean that it is an oversized book, but it is thick!  What in the name of knitting was between the covers?  Were there more patterns inside that were not spoiled on Ravelry?  I had to find out.  I opened the book and was immediately taken in by the beauty of it.  As I had expected from STC Publishing, it is after all, a beautiful book.  

What I hadn’t anticipated from this book was that it was to be an instructional and reference book more so than a pattern book.  I love reference and instructional anything, almost on any subject, but if it is knitting – I’m buying it!  So, I barely thumbed through Wendy’s book and I quickly walked to the cashier’s counter and purchased the book.  I then went outside of the bookstore, ordered a tea for me and an ice cream for my little guy and I was absorbed in that book.  

Custom Knits is a pattern book but, more importantly, it is a How-To book.  Wendy shows us how to create sweaters mostly from top-down and how to customize them to your own body shape or your own style to ‘Make It Your Own’. She gradually enables the knitter to learn and try new techniques in small ways, such as fair isle and steeks – almost sneaky!  – and encourages us to design our own knitwear.  This book is a great addition to any knitter’s bookshelf, the new knitter who wants to learn to knit from the top-down, and the practiced knitter who wants to design her own sweater but just needs a little nudge to do so.

From now until October 31, Custom Knits is on sale at KnitPicks for $16.50, or every day at Amazon for $18.15.  Go out and yourself a copy, today!

 

 

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Holiday Knitting Updates

October 13, 2008

I have found that by outing myself, that is, by posting my holiday knit list in my Ravelry groups, my KALs and here on the blog, I have found motivation to get my tail in gear.  I’ve finished a cowl for DD and I finally finished that Baby Sweater, now to focus on the other items:

  • Kenobi-DH-15%
  • Mitts-DD-10%
  • Hat-DS1-0%
  • Hat-DS2-0%
  • Booties-DS3-0%
  • Mitts-DH-0%
  • Socks-DS3-10%
  • Slippers-DS2-15%
  • Socks-ME-10%
There are other items that I plan to knit but these are the ‘high priority” items.  The Kenobi is time consuming, simply due to it’s size – it’s a men’s sweater – ’nuff said.  The next three items are daunting for me, as they are all stranded projects and one of them is actually an “off the cuff” design.  I am not so excited  to start any of the stranded projects but I suspect that once I get going, I will enjoy it and it will go quickly – I hope.  In fact, I am praying to the knitting goddesses that will be the case.