Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Ooh. Well, I have quite a few favorite yarns. So I will narrow it down to two categories: sock yarn and non-sock yarn.
For sock yarn: Socks That Rock Lightweight. I have only made socks with it so far, such as the Cedar Creek in my post below. I am so in love with their sock yarn. You can make mistakes, frog it back 10 times, split it, and it still comes back together and knits up beautifully. And I love merino wool, it is so nice to your hands.
For non-sock yarn: Morehouse Farms Merino wools. Again, my love affair with merino. Knitting with theirs is like knitting with cotton candy. Nice and loosely spun but not splitty. Sooo nice. I don't have any pictures of my finished cardigan, but I will try to remember to do that. And their patterns are clearly written.
In the meantime, I want to answer some viewer mail.
The dream swatch is from where? It's really cool the diamond holes in it - do tell me how it's done or where I can get the pattern!
You can see the links in earlier entries, but here it is again: Dream Swatch.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Pattern: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Cedar Creek
Yarn: Socks that Rock Lightweight in "Lucy" Colorway
Hey, that reminds me that Brooks Farm still hasn't written back to me regarding getting more yarn for my Clapotis. That is not cool. If I don't hear from them within a week, I am going to have to start calling.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Now for some fun. Here I am as my M&M character. Not too pretty?
Sorry, there were not any spring backgrounds.
I am almost done with my dream swatch and Cedar Creek socks. Being stuck at home has some benefits. :)
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Meanwhile, I am stuck at home being all "shroomy." That is short for mushroomy. It is a gorgeous weekend in the low 80s, and I am inside watching movies and slathering on facial creams and sunblock. Why? I had to get a skin treatment for my melasma which leaves my skin VERY sensitive to sun exposure. Which will require that I wear tons of sunblock and big floppy hats for two months. I figure I will be well enough in time for Marlyand Sheep and Wool (MSW). I am also trying to figure out how to get started on my vegetable pot garden. I suspect I will be in my garage with the door down prepping all the pots and letting my husband drag them outside for me. Ladies, the lengths we go to in order to be gorgeous. Of course, I would rather be hiking, but DH LOVES LOVES LOVES the fact that I just want to sit around inside and watch movies, his favorite weekend pasttime.
I guess I can finally work on the socks I have been putting off...trying to forget about my clapotis heartbreak. :(
Ooh...an even better idea is to start my dream swatch scarf. I need to look glamorous this summer. :) Under my big floppy hats and sunglasses.
I hope all of my friends are having fun in TN at the "other" Southeastern Fiber Fair.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Now I know you all are jealous of my alpaca yarn. Especially the brown and black.
I went to a really cool little yarn shop right off of the UK campus in Lexington called ReBelle. They carried quite a few sock yarns, and quite a bit of alternative yarns (corn, soy, bamboo, etc..) and many colors of malabrigo. I was so jonesin' for the malabrigo, as they had colors that I cannot get locally. But I held off. I really want to save SOME money to go to Maryland Sheep and Wool. Anyway, I knew I was home when the girl behind the counter sat there, quietly working in frustration on her socks! Thank goodness they had late hours on Wednesday, the day we drove in. Because I did not have any other time on this trip to go yarn shopping. Boohoo! So, ReBelle, you were my salvation! :)
Monday, March 19, 2007
I promise I will post pics of Clapotis progress and my new Alaskan alpaca yarn later!
Monday, March 12, 2007
When I get further along, I can share some ruched flowers and other flowers!
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I love merino wool of any kind. I do not like acrylic, unless it is in a blend with a natural fiber.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? Needle roll, jars/vases.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I have been knitting for four years. I learned mostly from books. I consider myself to be an intermediate level knitter.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yes. But it is not up to date. :P I do have a knitting wishlist on my blog too.
5. What's your favorite scent? Vanilla, Lavender, watermelon.
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Yes, but not horribly. I love chocolate, raspberry flavored things, peanut butter, and hot tamales.
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I quilt, applique and bead. I haven't learned to spin yet but want to.
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I like all kinds of music. I have an ipod and can play MP3s.
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? My favorite color is green. I can't wear yellow, and I am not huge into pink unless it is used with other colors as contrast.
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? No pets, trying to start a family.
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? It is warm here, so I mostly wear scarves, an occasional beanie hat, fingerless mitts.
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Socks, shawls, sweaters.
13. What are you knitting right now? Socks, Clapotis, Lizard Ridge, and a sweater.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Yes.
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Circular, bamboo or high quality metal.
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Yes.
17. How old is your oldest UFO? Umm, 18 months I think.
18. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween. I love seeing the little kids have fun.
19. Is there anything that you collect? Bear stuff, and Felix the Cat stuff (but not actively..don't go broke trying to find Felix the Cat stuff).
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I subscribe to Interweave Knits. I would like to buy some of Cookie's sock patterns this year.
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? I am trying to learn dying and sock and sweater design this year.
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Yes! I wear a size 6 1/2 shoe.
23. When is your birthday? 11-29.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
I love the new binder, to put all of my sock patterns in one place! Perfect! I will put the button on one of my knitting bags. I don't really want to use the bumper sticker on my new car...who knows. And I love the 10% off an order coupon. BMFA makes fun of their old bank on it. I am going to have to save it and prioritize which colors I am going to buy out of the ton that I love.
Monday, March 05, 2007
Here is a picture of my handpainting in progress. You can see that I have already applied tomato and some slate blue. The tomato may appear to get more pink. That is because there was some confusion about what dye color I had picked out. This is an important lesson for anyone who wants to dye. What the dye color looks like before it is processed with heat may look very different from the final color after processing. Everyone was remarking that the tomato was actually pink and that we took from the wrong color jar. So I ended up getting pink to finish up the tomato section. We figured out that we were right all along once we started applying the pink dye because it looked different once it was applied to the yarn. The mistake is fine with me because the two of us who did this blended the pink back into the tomato and it looks quite pretty. I also learned how to better manage the application of the color such that you do not waste color (and see it run down the drain when you wash the skeins after processing).
Here is my finished colorway, after processing and a quickie cooling in an ice bath.
Friday, March 02, 2007
She is soooo talented. I know you are jell-uuss!
Meanwhile, I am still waiting for my Socks That Rock club package to arrive. I am torn between squeeing and heartbreak, as I read that others packages have arrived. I don't have mine yet, but it is just around the corner since I know others on the East Coast have received theirs. Ahhhh, the anxiety!
Also, over a year ago, my MIL said she wanted me to teach her how to knit. I am not sure that she has the patience to sit and really learn to knit since she is so animated. But she used to quilt, so there is some hope there. Anyway, I had advised her to buy a pair of bamboo needles and some worsted weight WOOL yarn. Of course, like all new/wannabe knitters, instead of heeding my advice, she was lured by the siren song of some goofy "fashion" acrylic yarn at some big box retailer. And of course she bought some pattern to do a knitted teddy bear, with shaping way beyond what her ability will be and far removed from her yarn choice. To her credit, she did buy the pattern for future use. (She is already building a stash, and she has not even knitted a stitch! I am alternately proud and horrified...I vaciliate between the two when I really start to think about it.) Since her birthday is today, I went to aforementioned big box retailers and bought her some 100% wool Lion's Brand yarn. I bought it for her in colorways that have her favorite colors, so that she would hopefully be drawn to it enough to continue knitting it even though it does not have silly eyelash or bobbles or whatever. :) I think that will work. Also, I won't have invested a ton of money in the yarn in case she does not like to knit. In addition, I bought a pair of 9" bamboo size 8 needles, in hope that they won't strain her hands too much.
I am also so excited because tomorrow I take a self-striping sock yarn dying class tomorrow at Yarns Forever. Goody goody gumdrops, I get to learn to dye my own sock yarn! Yay! I will try to post more on that after I take the class this weekend. I hope to be able to take some pictures.