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Long Overdue…

April 4, 2009

… We’re at three – almost four – weeks now since the last post, right?  All I can say is, life happens. ;)

So let’s rewind and post a few pictures.

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That’s as far as I got last week!  Obviously we are now at the four week mark :/

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There was a whole lotta dyeing going on last month:

Sweet Feet

Sweet Feet, Sherwood

Big Fat Love, Primavera

Merlon

Merlon, Valpolicella

Sport Sock, Lupine Magnifica

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And then my month was sweetened even more with numerous swap packages, two prizes and a RAK:

Pattern Swap, sent by rebeccawip

Spin Swap, sent by volkat

Spin Swap, sent by volkat

Color Swap, sent by toadyjoe

Color Swap, sent by toadyjoe

RAK, sent by Purr

RAK, sent by Purr

Phat Phlag Prize, sent by Aztecmonkey

Phat Phlag Prize, sent by Aztecmonkey

Broomstick Lace CAL, sent by Palomabella

Broomstick Lace CAL Prize, sent by Palomabella

Saucy Sweet Original Sock Swap, sent by TwinsMama

Saucy Sweet Original Sock Swap, sent by TwinsMama

Technique Swap, sent by FairySari

Technique Swap, sent by FairySari

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I started Unst by Nancy Bush, Knitting on the Road.  Sock #1 was knit to near perfection, except for some snuggy-ness at the ankle.  Since I have been receiving a lot of questions in regards to tension, I thought this would be a great opportunity to showcase issues in tension and the all powerful gauge swatch.  Sock #2 was CO and is being knit on the same needles with the same yarn at a much loser tension.  Sock #2 is still on the needles and is nearly finished.  Once I have it BO and blocked, I will do a brief write up and post the pictures for comparison and then, decide which sock I like best and knit a 3rd!

Unst #1, just my size

Unst #1, just my size

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My daughter had been working on a recital for her choir club.  As the recital neared, I learned that her Instructor will be leaving right after the recital to have a schedule Cesarian Section!  With just a few days notice, I decided to whip up a 2nd pair of Saartje’s Bootees.

Musical Bootees

Musical Bootees

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Ah, I have had lots of messages on this one!  In need of  a better organizer for my circular needles and DPNS, I decided to give a neglected CD Binder Case a new purpose.  So far, so good!  I find that the slots are just perfect for the circulars and nearly perfect for the sock sized DPNs.  The longer 8″ DPNs are also in the binder but don’t seem to want to stay in the binder.  I am working on a solution for this last issue and hope to have all my needles in this binder eventually!

CD Case for Needles!

CD Case for Needles!

CD Case for Needles!

CD Case for Needles!

CD Case foe Needles!

CD Case for Needles!

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Periodically throughout last month, I received various fiber purchases… so hard to resist!

I purchased some Polwarth and  Shetland from David of Come in Spinner, now South Cross Fibers.  I just love the colorways of both!

Polwarth, Carins fr South Cross Fiber

Polwarth, Carins fr South Cross Fiber

Shetland, Koala fr South Cross Fiber

Shetland, Koala fr South Cross Fiber

I also burned the credit card on some super soft 80’s Merino and a bump of natural brown Polwarth, which I purchased from someone’s destash.  Both are remarkably soft! … pure love.

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Finally, in this week’s Podcast I mentioned a great cast on for toe-up socks.  I tried my best to describe it for you and then tried to make a video.  After several attempts, I realized a much better way to execute this new cast on and how to modify it for those who prefer to knit using the Magic Loop method.  Enjoy:

<<video coming – – – I hope! — If I find video to be too difficult, I will post photos instead. Stay Tuned!!>>

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Spring for Babies KalCal and Prize Info

February 23, 2009

New details – soooo exciting!  Many wonderful people have donated to the KalCal and so, the ‘rules’ (if there were any) have changed just a bit.  Please click here or over in the side bar, the Spring for Babies link, for the details on participating in this KalCal and the opportunity to win prizes!

Thanks for being patient and understanding ;)

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Spring for Babies KAL/CAL

February 21, 2009

I’ve decided to go ahead and start our first KAL/CAL to benefit Babies. Baby knits are fast and easy and suitable for all experience levels.

Considering the numerous charities throughout the world, I will leave the choice of charity up to you. I am a firm believer in Charity at Home and will accept knits for neighbors, etc to be included in this KAL/CAL.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, letting me know your intent to participate and post your FOs in the new DTP Flickr Group. The Flickr Group is by invitation only, so you will be prompted to request invitation which I will approve ASAP.

So, to get things rolling, here are a few suggested patterns:

Saartje’s Booties

Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap

Pinwheel Baby Blanket

Curly Purly Soakers

Berry Baby Hat

Better than Booties

Blue Booties

Preemie Hats

Hooded Baby Blanket

As for prizes, I have one prize reserved but am seeking donations from vendors and artisans… prize details to follow soon…

ETA: It’s been decided, the KAL/CAL will end and the drawing will be held on May Day – May 1, 2009. I am actively seeking prize donations, so stay tuned for details.

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Early Release This Week…

February 12, 2009

… Why?

Because we’re having a PRIZE DRAWING!!!

Maevie has won the door prize and doesn’t even know! hehehe

You can win the next prize – and it’s easy to enter – all you have to do is go to iTunes and leave a comment about the Podcast!  

But hurry – this is a short contest – I will assign each comment a number and then randomly select a winner at Midnight PST (9am Rome) on Sunday Feb 15th. (click here for a time converter)

So, what’s up for grabs?

Winner’s Choice of one of the following Surprise Theme Packages:

  • Socks
  • Lace
  • Spin
  • Mitts

So you actually read down this far?  GO!  Leave a comment!   ;)

 

ETA – Due to the ‘distance’ issue and my wanting to get prizes out ASAP, I have decided to go through a third party to send the prizes out – will keep the winners posted ;)

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A Day Late…

February 7, 2009

… and a dollar short.  That’s how it goes, right?  Well, this seems to be my mantra this past 10 days.  Yesterday was the weekly podcast, I made note of some Previews and ezine releases and what happens?  Today I see Interweave Knits Spring 2009 Preview.  Wowsa!  I am not falling for all the designs but this issue looks really great.  

Connie Chang Chincio, one of my favorite new designers has two great designs in this issue – and one, Soap Bubble Wrap, will be posted exclusively at KnittingDaily.com from Feb 24,2009 – May 25, 2009!  How sweet is that!?!  The other, Silk Cocoon Cardigan, is a ballet wrap-style cardigan featuring trellis cables at the cuffs and shoulders.  Tres feminine, and that, is Connie’s signature.  

 

Silk Cocoon Cardigan by Connie Chang Chincio

Silk Cocoon Cardigan by Connie Chang Chincio

The Soap Bubble Wrap is a wrap cardigan with the Sun Spot stitch Pattern from Barbara Walker splashed on the right shoulder and the left hip.  I love this unexpected detail and can’t wait for the release of this pattern.

 

 

Soap Bubble Wrap by Connie Chang Chincio

Soap Bubble Wrap by Connie Chang Chincio

While there are several cardigan designs, this is the Spring issue after all, there are also two lace designs as well as a featherweight stole.  Also, just what you might expect in the Spring issue.  But there are so many pleasant little surprises in the issue: A pair of lace stockings, an interestingly textured slip dress, an unconventional halter, a versatile shawl (shown on the model as a skirt) by Norah Gaughan, a unique shoulder bag and my favorite surprise, the Baa Rug by Becca Smith, a rug knit from wool roving and fingering weight yarn.  

 

Baa Rug by Becca Smith

Baa Rug by Becca Smith

So this post is really a two or three in one… so please forgive the lack of photos above as I must catch up.

 

OK, last week I mentioned the CPSIA – I want to let all know that a stay has been granted but, this does not mean it’s all over.  What it does mean is we have 1 year to form together to demand the CPSIA is amended.  This also means if you manufacture safe items, you may continue to do so without fear of fines or imprisonment.  Please take this time to educate yourself, learn the facts and raise your voice.  Great info can be found at Etsy.com or ReformCPSIA.org  

Alrighty!

So I finished the Transformers hat and DS2 just loves it.  So much so I have not been able to weave in the ends or block it as he seems to be wearing it at all times.

 

Transformers Hat

Transformers Hat

Oh!  I won!!! I won, I won, I won!! I am sooo excited about this!  Sydney and Marley, of Knaked Knits and Yarn Thing hosted a Holiday KalCal.  There were so many prizes to be one, making the odds of winning even better – thank you ladies!  Anyhow, I won Get Ziggy (ravel it!) from Anny Purls! Yay!  I also noticed two Ravelry friends won, too!  ToadyJoe won the Vogue Knitting 25th Anniversary Book and FariySari won a pattern PDF of her choice from Twist Collective.  Congrats to all winners!  Thanks again to Sydney and Marley and all the prize contributors.

So what else… well, if you listen to the Podcast, you know already!  So, go listen!!  Please post comments in iTunes, pretty please!

 

I am still working on learning to crochet – going ok but I get sort of confused. :/ IDK – seems easy but …

So, I released a pattern – it is FREE!  I actually just sang that sentence to you :) PrivetKnits and I had a little convo and I suggested combining Fetching with Owls.  She asked me to do it.  I did it. The pattern in is called Owlings (ravel it!) And now I share it with you all, Gratis.  I will say, I think I should have gone into publishing because I love creating aesthetically pleasing PDFs.  But, I realize this is not kind to our printers or pocketbooks so you will find a plainer version, more B&W here.

 

Owlings

Owlings

So, I have had a busy-ish week family wise and hadn’t been over in Ravelry this week.  I just left Ravelry – I won there, too!  OMG!  Aztecmonkey hosted the Phat Phlag KAL in Monthly Adventures, for which I knit DS2 2 hats, the blue one and the Transformer one!  That Aztecmonkey had a tough job choosing a winner – so she chose all!!! Yup! She gave everyone a prize!  UnBeLievAble!  Thank you Maribel!!!! (((H)))

I think I’ll end this here, don’t want to dry your eyes out! ;)  See ya next week!

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Fiber, Fiber, Fiber, Hat, Hook!

January 26, 2009

No, it’s not a silly game.  I have had a fairly productive week in my fiber loves.  

First, I had some yummy Angora spinning fiber arrive. I had been waiting for this fiber so that I can partake in the Spinner’s Study group in Ravelry.  As soon as the fiber arrived I yanked off a handful and tried to fluff it up.  I decided to use my hand cards, this required five passes through the cards to make the rolags nice and fluffy. 

 

Fiber Prep Set Up

Fiber Prep Set Up

 

First Two Angora Rolags

First Two Angora Rolags

 

 

 

 

I started a bobbin with a few pure Angora rolags.   Ulitmiately, I found fiber to be fairly easy to spin but initially we had a few minutes to get to know each other.  Once the rolags were finished spinning, I decided to blend some angora with some dyed Corriedale.  This time I blended on my mini-makeshift-hackle, as I do not own any hand combs – yet.  The Angora did not blend thoroughly and I am sure it would have blend better on the hand cards but – well, the final result was still nice to spin and looked pretty too.

 

Angora in Corriedale

Angora in Corriedale

 

Angora in Corriedale

Angora in Corriedale

 

 

 

Then I decided to blend more Angora with some Merino, again on my mini-makeshift-hackle.  And, again, not very thoroughly blended but still, loved the feel, the spin and the end result.  

 

Angora in Merino

Angora in Merino

 

 

I then carded and spun a little more pure Angora onto the bobbin.  I felt pretty good with the fiber and I feel as though I understand it better now than I did fresh out of the bag.  I decided that my exercise was finished and hoarded the remaining 3 ounces into the stash, to be blending for a future project. ;)

I should note now, that this month’s SAL in Spinner Central in Ravelry was to be a bust for me initially.  I had some Romney I had purchased in Etsy.  Before I placed the order, I asked lots of questions about the fiber such as: is it clean, is it clear (of nepps), etc.  When the fiber arrived, I began spinning and discovered that the 4 ounces were loaded with VM, nepps and even a bug!  I was really disappointed with the fiber and contacted Etsy about it.  They let me know that this seller has a few strikes against them and had voluntarily closed shop.  However, I did manage to pick most of the ick out as I spun and I suppose it turned out alright:

 

Romney Singles

Romney Singles

 

 

I also started some dye pots this past week.  I dyed a bunch of sock yarn, I plan to donate 1 skein to my DD’s shop, to add 1 skein to my stash and possibly to sell the other  2 skeins.  I haven’t taken any photos yet as I’d like to make the skeins first.  I will most likely have pictures by next week’s post.

After that pot was exhausted, I started  a pot of a green-ish color.  Into the pot went a few ounces of BFL and Corriedale, for the kids spindling.  I am pretty surprised at the difference in color between the two, the BFL is noticeably darker than the Corriedale.  I can’t figure out why.  Still, both colors are nice and most importantly, the kids like them.

 

(L) BFL (R) Corriedale

(L) BFL (R) Corriedale

 

 

I went on to dye some more Corriedale, over 4 ounces this time and hand dyed instead.  I chose three colors: a teal, a light blue and a dark blue.  I dotted the colors in sequence throughout the top and then steamed it.  It did not turn out at I had envisioned, but still very pretty:

 

4+ oz Corriedale Hand Dyed

4+oz Corriedale Hand Dyed 30 Jan ETA - I just bought a better scale, it's actually 6.25 oz/177 g!

 

 

 

 

I am not sure yet what I will do with this.  I may use it but I may also consider selling it, too.

As for knitting, I did start the Transformer’s Hat for DS2.  It is a great knit and all the kids love it, even the biggest kid – DH ;)  

 

Transformers Hat - Progress

Transformers Hat - Progress

 

 

I hope to be finished with it by Friday – wish me luck!

The newest and latest happening is Crochet… for those who do not know, I can’t crochet.  Nope, not a bit.  I have always had issues with the fiddlyness of it and besides, knitting seemed far more elegant anyhow.  But, secretly, it eats me up that I can not crochet!  Palomabella to the rescue!  Palomabella created a great crochet tutorial in the Monthly Adventures Group in Ravelry, and this month she started a CAL involving Broomstick Lace.  I agreed to join in the fun but felt hopeless of my success.  After several failed attempts, I finally got it and am learning to love it!

 

 

Broomstick Lace

Broomstick Lace