Posts Tagged ‘Swaps’



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




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:




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!


Swaps are Fun!

March 6, 2008

If you have never known the fun and joy of a Swap, I strongly suggest you find one to participate in – like now.

Admittedly, at times, I feel I am in too many swaps, between Ravelry, MySpace and other online communities. But each swap I participate in really does bring laughter and learning to my life. Take my new, favorite swap, Monthly Adventures. Our group is worldwide and based on Ravelry. We have ladies (no gents that I am aware of) from all walks of life but chat it up, laugh and learn together because of the swap that had knit us together. (sorry, couldn’t resist)

We are just finishing up our latest swap called Tops and Pots, where we knit an item for the head (tops) and send a recipe for a one pot meal (pots). Of course, we can add extras but our dear Moderator, Fibers, places a cap on expenses – we love her:) – so no one goes overboard. I did not expect to receive my swap package for some time as I live overseas and there is customs and the MPS to consider but I recieved it three days ago!!! And the timing was just wonderful.GrF AKA Femke from the Nederlands, was assigned as my swap partner, but of course I did not know that, not until I received this in the mail:

And this was just the Gift Wrapping! My thoughts as I unwrapped the bag went something like this, “OMG! I love this bag! This is my new knitting bag! So long falling-apart-plastic-bag-I’ve-been-using! Wait, this isn’t a hat! Oh well, I don’t care, I love this bag!” Then, I opened the bag and found two recipes a warm and loving note and this:

Pay no attention to my 'morning face' or the laundry in the background :)

The DIY Peasant Cap by Melody Parker Narvaez has been on my TBK list for awhile but, like most items that are for me, it has been placed on hold. GrF granted me two wishes without realizing it! Thank you so very much! I love this hat, my darling Z loves it too:


This of course is only one example of the great giftiness that goes on in a swap. I can’t stress enough, swaps are a lot of fun, you should considering joining one, like now!

But what if you do not have a Ravelry account? Well, first things first, sign up for a Ravelry account. Then head over to your favorite online knitting community. Chances are there is a swap going on that you didn’t even know about. If you belong to a knitting group, this is a great way to inject some fun, write everyone’s name on a piece of paper and draw randomly (and secretly) and you have the beginnings of your swap! You can even make a themed swap, such as in our most recent Monthly Adventures swap. Another group I belong to is currently doing a Regional themed swap. While another is a Favorite Colors swap.

Go on, get swappin!!


Yarn Selection is Just as Important as Gauge

February 26, 2008

Just a few posts ago, I had mentioned my struggles in blocking the Flower Basket Shawl.  The issue definitely was not gauge – this was shawl after all.  The issue was the yarn I had selected.  It contained polyamide, which technically, is a compound structure similar to protein.  Silk is a natural polyamide, while Nylon is a synthetic polyamide.  Can we guess which type of polyamide my yarn selection contained?  Yup, the Nylon.  While I was able to block the shawl, it was not as simple as it should have been.  Lesson learned – don’t use yarn with synthetic polyamide for a shawl.  I won’t make that mistake again. (smug)

Oh but we must learn the hard way before a lesson is truly learned, right?  At least, I must.

This month, my favorite organized swap, Monthly Adventures, featured a theme titled ‘Tops and Pots’.  The idea is to knit a head covering (hat, band, etc) and send a recipe for a one-pot meal to your swap partner.  Easy-peasy, right?  I decided to knit the Calorimetry, as the weather is easing up and my swap partner is not fond of hats.  My first thought, after seeing a picture of my swap partner, was that her hair is so fine and a bulky knit would be too much yarn on top of her head.  I decided that a Calorimetry knit in lace or light fingering weight would be more suitable.  I did the math, OUCH!  I would have to nearly double the cast on stitches and do additional math to obtain the correct results.  Since my soon-to-be-three-year-old was pounding a plastic toy against the tile floor of our highly acoustic house as I attempted the math, I decided it was best to use the suggested yarn.  And, since my stash is well-stocked and I really can not justify to WMH why I should go and purchase more yarn, I decided to make a substitute.

Well, little ole me started feeling ‘o-so-smug as I selected a yarn from my stash that had the same WPI as the suggested yarn.  I knit a swatch, obtaining the same gauge as well.  Feeling extra smug now.  I CO and began the Calorimetry, which is a relatively quick knit.  In a few hours I was nearly finished and inspected my work.  Wow, this thing looked like a feminine pad for an elephant, I am not even kidding.  I would show you pictures but I was so horrified that I frogged the thing immediately.  Trust me, your mental health and suffering has been spared by lack of photos.

What was the dealy-o?  I mean, I did everything right, right?  Why was this happening to me?  Wha, wha, wha (the sounds of violins in the background)

Well, lets examine the yarn itself: 


This is the yarn I used    


and these are two strands of the yarn   

If you consider that the end is curling back in the top strand, then you would realize that the two pieces, which are the same length, are almost exactly the same length when one is stretched and the other relaxed.  There isn’t much ‘give’ to this yarn.  But, how is it that the WPI and the gauge are the same as the suggested yarn?  Well, WPI is WPI… you can’t change that fact.  If I get 8 WPI, then I have 8 WPI, unless I want to squeeze another wrap in there.  Gauge however, well that gauge is a tricky thing.

You can knit a piece that is 4″ x 4″ and it will look, feel, stretch in just the way you expect it to, as in this case.  But, if you knit a piece that is 22″ x 22″, you may get very different results.  Why?  The added stitches will weigh the fabric, particularly if it is a dense fiber, and you may find that you knit differently when you are knitting a larger piece such as a sweater or afghan than when you knit a smaller piece such as mittens or scarves.  In my case, the yarn I chose to substitute, while it was 8 WPI and I did obtain the same gauge of 20 sts x 22 rows in a 4″x4″ swatch, seemed to g-r-o-w as I added the stitches necessary for CO.  The fiber itself is very dense, resulting in very little stretch in a larger piece, making a heavy fabric.

What to do now?

Well, I went with my original idea.  I mean, if I was willing to spend my precious time knitting a piece I was only going to frog later, then I can spend 5 minutes to do some math, even with noisy toddler in the background.  Using lace weight yarn, I figured I would have to CO 210 sts and the results are working out great:


I have one gripe about the pattern, it does come out a bit wide for an average person’s head.   Of course, if I just do a bit more math, the problem is solved.  If I make this again, I will definitely shorten the width.

I am nearly finished, then off to the Post to send out to my swap partner… :) 


Pictures, What Pictures?

September 27, 2007

Yes, a good Blog has Pictures, lots and lots of Pictures.

Where are mine?

In my camera.

Remember the good ol’ days when you had an instant viable excuse, ‘My film has not come back from the printers yet,’?

Soon – I will be Flickr-fied soon and share my unimpressive pictures.

Unimpressive, because until recently (a few months ago), it never occurred to me that I should document my passion. And so, there are few pictures of Finished Projects because once they are finished, they are usually gifted – I get so excited – and out of my nimble little hands.

But no worries, no, not a one. It is the Holiday Season, I have several WIPs and have even finished a few. My stash seems to be maintaining its meager figure (thanks YarnSwaps!) so it might be suitable for viewing.

Now, to deal with that PhotoShop….