Archive for December, 2008

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December 23, 2008

I completely forgot to post pictures here!  So sorry!  I promised pictures of the fabby swap package sent by Fibers and pictures of my plied yarn.  I also have a few FOs to add to the mix.  Warning! Picture heavy post!

Let’s start with the first part of the BMA1AWYL MYB Swap sent by Fibers:

 

BMA1AWYLMYB Swap, before

BMA1AWYLMYB Swap, before

 

BMA1AWYLMYB Swap, After

BMA1AWYLMYB Swap, After

Here is the best pic I could get of the pretty spindle sent!:

 

Pretty Spindle

Pretty Spindle

 

 

 

 

The second part of the swap required that we knit a neck-warmer of sorts with the yarn used in the MYB.  I am still working on FIbers’ neck-warmer but she sent mine back along with some goodies, I received it all today!

 

Sent Back Goodies

Sent Back Goodies

 

Sent Back Scarf

Sent Back Scarf

I love everything you sent Fibers, the scarf and all the extras!  Thank you! ((H))

 

Now I had mentioned the BFL dyed by Amy from Spunky Eclectic.  I had spun not-at-all-perfect-singles and Andean Plied the bobbin on the wheel.  I love the results and plan to make myself something special with this:

 

BFL, AP

BFL, AP

Now, I know the picture is not great, I will try to get a better shot in the light sometime next week.

As for FOs, I finished DH hat and mitts, again, not great shots but I will take new shots with him modeling once he receives his gifts on Christmas.

 

Dashing for DH, modeled by DS1

Dashing for DH, modeled by DS1

Lush Hat for DH, modeled by DD

Lush Hat for DH, modeled by DD

 

I am that much closer to finishing my Holiday knits! The Kenobi will be saved for March, our Anniversary; so I have a pair of mitts and then you can stick a fork in me!

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FOs WIPs and Swag! O My!

December 13, 2008

There are sooo many link in this week’s Podcast Notes – be sure to check them out!

So this week I have finished two hats, one  for DS2 and one forDS3.  DS2 wanted a Transformer hat and I started it but I just know I will not have it finished for Christmas.  So, I decided to whip up a plain ole vanilla hat for now and save the Transformer hat for his birthday, which is after Christmas.

 

DS2 hat

DS2 hat

 

 

DS3, being the newbie in the group and not having any winter hand-me-downs to inherit, was in dire need of a head covering.  I had planned to knit a simple cap with earflap and i-cord to tied under the chin.  Then I spied a design from Drops and decided he MUST have this hat:

 

DS3 Hat

DS3 Hat

 

 

I am pleased to have started and finished both hats this week and am that much closer to being finished with Holiday knitting.  I still must complete the Kenobi, one slipper and one sock.  That’s it!  But we are getting closer to the big day!  I am beginning to think the Kenobi will also be saved for after Christmas, for our Anniversary instead.  So, just in case, I have CO for a pair of Dashing.  Always have a back-up plan! ;)

Now, don’t let this post fool you, I have not had an internet connection for a week now!  I happen to be ‘bumming’ a friend’s internet at the moment.  But, not having the internet at my fingertips has again, led to some other productivity.  I enhanced my Fiber Facts template and created a Fiber Facts Notebook which is available through Lulu.com  It is spiral bound and has lots of space for note taking and a great chart in the back for keeping track of farms and retailers.

I also created a Destiknit CafePress shop, splashing some of my graphics on a few products:

 

Destiknit mino HD

Destiknit mino HD

 

 

 

Destiknit Roomy Tote

Destiknit Roomy Tote

 

 

So, what’s up with all this merchandise stuff?  Well, I am searching for ways to create some revenue to support the Podcast and Blog… we are talking pennies on the dollar here, I am not at all aiming to ‘get rich’.  I had considered, as some have suggested, to add a “Donate” button but I thought better of it.  

Well, aside from all that – I also managed to type out and load up the pattern for Blue Booties!  A direct link to the PDF can be found here or you can Ravel It here.  I have made an effort to present the pattern in a easy-to-read/understand format.  If you have any problems or if there are any mistakes, please email me destiknit AT gmail DOT com.

Hmmm, I feel like I’m forgetting something… 

Oh, spinning!

I did do a bit of spinning this week, mostly plying… I’ll save that for next week!

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First HandSpun Knit!

December 5, 2008

ETA: 13 Dec 2009: Link to Pattern – PDF 

 

As posted last week, I spun carded Corriedale into a 2 ply fingering weight wool and dyed it a brilliant blue. The small skein has been knitted into darling booties for my DS3:

 

Baby Booties

Baby Booties

 

 

The design was an organic manifestation and I am in the process of writing out the pattern, which will be posted here and in Ravelry.

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I’m Down With CSA, Are You?

December 5, 2008

So, what is CSA?  

First, what does CSA stand for?  Answer: Community Supported Agriculture.  

CSA is best described as a partnership between farm and community.  This partnership takes place by either a legal commitment where the community (consumer/customer) purchases shares or coupons for future harvests, by simply promising to make a future purchase or by physically supporting the farm in volunteerism.  

Why would farms need CSA?

Farming is not as prominent as it once was, mostly due to costs.  When supermarkets started mating in the late eighties, the small shops and farms were greatly threatened.  Since then, some farmers have been lucky enough to strike deals with the supermarkets and others can hold their heads above the water by way of Farmers’ Markets.  Still, a farmer’s life is not an easy one.  There are back breaking days, and many variables such as weather and livestock health to deal with.  It seems that being a farmer is akin to rolling dice at the Craps table.

What can I do to help?

Well, for starters, frequent your local Farmers’ Market.  If you are far from ‘home’, such as myself, you can visit sites such as LocalHarvest.org  and purchase items that can be shipped or search for the closest farm to visit.  

How does this tie into knitting?

All this talk of farms and I just realized – I have not mentioned the knitter/spinner/crocheter reason for considering partnership with a CSA farm – wool.  Yes, lots and lots of wool.  Shepherds are also farmers and many offer opportunities to get involved.  So, you don’t want fleece right off the sheep?  That’s ok, some farms offer scoured fleece, roving, top and even spun yarn!  Be sure to inquire details about the product you will receive.  

Where can I find a Shepherd or Wool Farm?

There are so many out there, you might be surprised to learn of one in your area!  First try LocalHarvest.org and use their search engine.  You can also try The New Farm Locator by the Rodale Institute.  

Below are links to a few farms and their specialty breed:

Serenity Farms – Fine Corriedale

Bloomin Acres Farm – Icelandic

Grand View Farm – Romney and Cormo

Martha’s Vineyard Farm – Cormo and  Cotswold Sheep and Angora Goats

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Busy Body

December 1, 2008

 

 

I have been quite the busy body, more so than usual.  In addition to the care and keeping of home and family, I have been knitting, spinning, dyeing, updating my virtual world and podcasting … mostly spinning, but still.  

Of course, America celebrated our Thanksgiving, which, while we are in Italy, we still celebrated.  We each found it quite comforting as we are all eager to leave Italy and are equally homesick.  We lost our ADSL connection and telephone for FOUR DAYS!  On Day One, it seemed like our lives could not exists without the internet but by Day Four we seemed to ‘reconnect’ without being ‘connected’.  Life’s mysteries. 

Here are DD’s finished mitts:

Mitts

Here are the first Three Bobbins:

 

First Three Bobbins

First Three Bobbins

 

 

 

Then Plied:

 

Plied

Plied

 

Merino:

 

Bobbin 4 - Merino

Bobbin 4 - Merino

 

Bobbin 5:

 

Bobbin 5

Bobbin 5

 

Bobbin 5

Bobbin 5

 

 

 

 

Bobbin 6 – Andean Plied:

 

Bobbin 6 - Andean Plied

Bobbin 6 - Andean Plied

 

 

Bobbin 6 Dyed:

 

 

Bobbin 6 - Dyed

Bobbin 6 - Dyed

 

 

 

 

 

Bobbin 6 - caked

Bobbin 6 - caked

Bobbin 6 is being used to knit a pair of booties for DS3, it is so rewarding to knit with yarn you have spun yourself!

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