In the works

Most of the dyeing from last week.

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The beginning of a pair of mitts for my wonderful sister-in-law who has been so awesome to watch The Kiddo while I'm trying out chiropractor visits.

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A Striped Noro Scarf in Noro Silk Garden and Tahki Sedona.  It's not as colorful as most of them out there on the internets but I like it just fine.  More than that really!

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Blackberry back in Cascade Jewel.  This one might be iffy but it is such quick knitting that I'm just going for it.

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Dyeing Again

IMG_2635I finally got off my butt and warmed up the dyepot again after too long of a break.  I IMG_2638
started with some oatmeal BFL and then did an overdye of some BFL yarn.  Mainly just using up some red.  I have a few more pounds divided up and ready to go, and I can get it going now that the kitchen is clean ;)  The goal is to update my neglected Etsy shop!  Hopefully it won't take me forever.  

Hve a great weekend!  I plan to.

Handspun and Fiber Goodies

Img_1880I’ve been knitting here and there over the past week, but mostly I’ve been spinning.  I’ve been organizing my
fiber stash and spinning up some stuff that has been calling to me to make it into yarn.  I’ve been dyeing up fiber too, 2 pounds this week!  I ordered a Img_1885
bunch of stuff from a few different places, and I got a nice big package from Paradise Fibers yesterday.  There was some pretty cool stuff in there, including bamboo, Targhee, and even mohair locks!  I should have lots of fun getting it dyed up and ready Img_1881
to play with.

So the handspun.  They are all merino thick and thin singles and I’ve even given them names, awww 😉  The stuff up there in the left corner is called Rockit, because that’s the Gorillaz song that was in my head the entire time while spinning it.  The yellow, orange, and brown is called Campfire, which is not picked by me but by Nichole.  The reddish Img_1882
brown is Redwood, how fancy eh?  I have such a hard time naming yarn or fiber, oh Img_1883
well! 

This is the last pound of fiber that I dyed, some Falkland using blue, purple and coal.  I think it turned out quite nicely.  I want to spin some of it up as I’ve never done Falkland before, but it’ll have to wait for what is currently on the wheel.

That’s it for today, have a great fibery weekend!

Good and Bad

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Let’s start with the good.  I told you about the stranded sock I was knitting – well I frogged it because it was too small.  I wasn’t in love with it either.  So I ripped back to the ribbing and started a new sock.  I’m now doing the Baby Cable Rib pattern found in Sensational Knitted Socks.  The yarn is what is good.  It is some self-dyed Knitpicks Bare that I did a while back.  I don’t like the actual knitting of the yarn all that much, but look how pretty the dye job turned out!  I like it a lot 🙂  There is also more good.  Eva gave me a much needed nudge to get off the pot and start spinning again, so I did.  By the way, check out the pretty orange yarn that she made from some roving I sent her!  She did a fabulous job!  Anyway, I did get to spinning and here is where we move on to the bad.

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I dyed this roving using some purple and chartreuse dyes.  I thought it might be pretty funky but still coolImg_1238 when I started in on it.  It soon turned funky, but very uncool.  This turned out to be some crazy weird yarn, don’t you think?  I’m not sure if it is perhaps the fugliest yarn ever, or if it might just be okay knitted up.  It’s okay if you think it is fugly, you can tell me.  I know!  If there was a ‘You Spun What?!’ blog, this would probably be a perfect candidate for a post.  Thankfully what I’m spinning now is much nicer, though it wouldn’t be hard to top this yarn now would it?
   

Just fiber eye candy today

Img_0933I’m still not getting comments through my email, so I really apologize for not getting back to you guys!  I have a help ticket going, so I hope it will get resolved soon.  I swear I’m not ignoring you all!!

I managed to go yet another day without taking pictures of the Logan River Wrap and the EPS, so I have to show you something else.  It’s been all about the fiber here, hardly any knitting getting done.  I know, sad.  I’ve been dyeing away and I now have an almost obscene amount of dyed wool hanging around my house in various places.  I’m soaking 1 1/2 pounds of superwash merino right now to be dyed later on today too!  So I’ll show you some of what I’ve done. 

In the spinning department, I did something really silly.  AImg_0928
while ago on a whim, I picked up an ounce of casmere at Three Wishes.  I decided there was no time like the present last night and just went for it.  I did the most horrible job ever!!  Since the fibers are so short, you apparently have to use the long draw method, and while I’ve done that – it’s been a long time.  Eventually I caught on, but it was still not great.  I did two separate bobbins and came up with about 60 yards of a 2-ply yarn.  What am I going to do with that?!  It was fun anyway, but next time (if there is one for cashmere) I’ll practice a bit more before diving in.

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I also managed to spin up some Ravelry roving that I got from Spunky Eclectic a while ago.  I was going for nice and soft singles, but it didn’t quite turn out how I wanted it to, there are spots where I didn’t have enough fiber or enough twist.  I’m still happy with it, of course, and now I just need to find something suitable to knit with it.  I also started spinning up some Blue Face Leicester that I dyed.  I’m planning a 3-ply sock yarn and I’m thinking that it will turn out pretty nicely.

Last, I think the Fire on the Mountain yarn is pretty much dry, finally!  I have to put it by the heater and make sure, the house was pretty cold when I checked on it this morning and I’m not sure if it was just cold, or damp.  Hopefully I can split it up and get to knitting!!   Have a great day 🙂

Playing Domestic Engineer

Img_0900 Yesterday was a busy day in the kitchen.  Early on I decided to make some bread, and evenImg_0901_2
though I left it in the oven a touch too long it was still very good.  You can’t really go wrong with warm bread and butter though, now can you?!  I love the smell of bread baking – as Rachel Ray would say, Yummo! 

Img_0899I also needed to use up some dates and raisins, and I found this recipe for Sugarless Bars.  They are so
good!  They ended up more like cake and they taste very nice.  I was quite impressed, and it is a super easy recipe too.  That recipe will definitely go in my recipe binder.   

Img_0904No one got left out here yesterday, not even The Puppy.  She got her own special batch of chicken flavored doggie treats.  I didn’t taste them but I assume she likedImg_0902
them as she’s
been sniffing around for more ever since I gave her one. 

I managed to cook up some fiber too.  Only a fiber enthusiast would think that dyed fiber looks good enough to eat I guess 😉  Not bad for a day’s work, at least for me anyway.

Img_0907_2I’ve finally finished what could possibly be the fugliest socks ever knitted.  It’s okay.  I know.  They are Fugly.  The Boyfriend says they aren’t that bad, but yes, yes they are.  The colors looked fine to me in the ball, but man once I started knitting this yarn I couldn’t believe it.  The yarn is Steinbach Woole Aktiv Effekt, and while I hate the colors I really like how the yarn feels.  It is nice and soft and it really was a pleasure to knitwith,  except for the occasional splitting.  I’m sure glad they are done though, and now I can move on with my life!  (And knit something pretty instead!)

That’s all I’ve got – have a great weekend!  Hopefully I’ll get some pictures taken of the cool FOs so I can show them off for you 🙂

Friday night fun

Since I’ve been seeing a few Ribby Pullis done and also in progress on the blogs, Friday night I finally100_4196_2 decided to pull out the yarn (I’m using Janice) I bought for it forever ago and get it dyed up.  I first had to use up some old dye I had sitting around, so I just grabbed what natural Knitpicks sock yarn I had on hand and got to work.  It isn’t exactly the best stuff ever, but it turned out a lot better than I thought it would.  I did 3 skeins of the tweedy stuff and 1 of just plain superwash.  Again, not fantastic, but not horrible either right?

I100_4200 hadn’t planned on dyeing the yarn for the Ribby Pulli on Friday night but I decided that if I100_4201_2 was going to make a mess I should just do it once and not twice, so I just went for it.  I don’t know if it will work out how I was envisioning it, but I think I did an okay job on the dyeing part.  I had 6 skeins of 300 yards each before dyeing, and after dyeing it was around 250 yards each.  I did 2 skeins in the contrast color -sky blue and natural – and the rest was for the main color – sky blue, purple, and coal.  The next morning I hurried the drying of two skeins so that I could start knitting – I couldn’t wait!  It is turning out a little crazy and not what I had planned (I should have done shorter lengths of color) but so far I’m still happy with it so I will keep moving along with it.

100_4192I also got off my duff and plied up the bobbin of singles that has been sitting on my wheel all week.  The fiber is from Snake River Fiberworks in the Under the Sea colorway and if I had to guess this 100_4191_2would be about 3 1/2 ounces of it.  I still have about 4 ounces left that will be made into some bulky-ish yarn, that is the plan right now anyway, things could change!  I think I ended up with about 180 yards or so of an inbetween sock and dk weight yarn.  It is pretty, no?  I like it a lot.  I navajo plied it, which is quickly becoming a favorite method of mine.  My attention span is not what it used to be these days, and thinking about sitting through 3 bobbins of singles is a little more than I can take, so I’m all for the navajo-ply.

Okay, time to get back to knitting!

Random stuff and Backyard Leaves

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First, thanks for all of the comments and input on Mariah!  I think I’ve decided to frog and re-work the top100_1248.  I’m just not that happy, and I know it could be great if I spend some more time on it.  So thanks, again!  If you didn’t weigh in on it, please do, I want to hear what everyone thinks.

We made our first gingerbread house!  The Baby helped a little, but was more interested in eating the candy.  I’m still kind of in sugar shock, we used sooo much candy.  It was really fun though.  I definitely plan on doing an even bigg100_1266er one next year. 

I’m planning a project for The Baby.  I will do my best to abstain from starting it until I finish the blanket, but I cannot make any promises.  The pattern is Darling from The Garter Belt.  I saw it and I just knew that I had to make it for her, isn’t it too adorable?! The fiber is a pound of natural merino.  The dye is Stringybark by Gaywool.  I will dye the merino, attempt to spin the yarn as 2-ply, and knit this coat for The Baby.  She deserves it, and I’m starting to appreciate more how insanely cute baby and toddler knitted items are.  I am of the opinion that I need to knit more of these small items.  Anyway, I think that this project is very ambitious and should be very fulfilling, provided that I can actually f100_1271ollow through with the whole thing.  I’ve started dyeing yesterday, and it is looking good so far!  I also spun up some roving as kind of a practice to get the weight I need.  I didn’t quite get it, I got 5 st./inch instead of 4.  The yarn turned out pretty neat anyway though.  I just kind of put tons of different colors in spots all over the roving and this is how it turned out.  I got about 120 yards out of it, it is really soft and I like it. 

Backyard Leaves scarf is done!  I had to model my new jacket too!  It’s an early Christmas present, it’s this one and I love it!  It is a little stiff, I think I just need to break it in.  The stats on the scarf:100_1230

  • Pattern – Backyard Leaves scarf from Scarf Style
  • Yarn used – Berroco Ultra Alpaca
  • Needles – KP Size 8
  • Took me – 22 days (I took breaks)
  • Comments – I love it!  It was meant to be a gift but I can’t bear to part with it.  The yarn is really yummy too.

I will be making some goals for December.  I feel pulled in all directions and so I think it might help me gain some focus.  So far this is what I’ve got.

  1. Finish the baby blanket.  This means all sewed up, washed, and a fabric back sewn on.
  2. Dye and spin yarn for Darling (see first paragraph).
  3. Re-work Mariah .  I will attempt to do it without the hood, I want to try it with a collar similar to the one on Ariann.
  4. Finish the swatch for the Deep-V Argyle vest, or redo it if I need to.
  5. Finish the second energized sock.
  6. Make a pair of gloves for me and the boyfriend.

I think that’s enough, I don’t really want to get overwhelmed!  If I don’t get distracted, which is far too easy for me, I should be able to do it all, or most of it anyway.

Random stuff

100_1190_1I made 5, yes 5 pies to take to my mom’s for Thanksgiving, whew!  I wanted to take a nice picture as I was so proud of them, but I completey forgot!  It was too funny, we always have way too much pie, almost one per person this year!  But it’s nice, that way people can take some home with them and keep enjoying.  I really liked making the pies completely from scratch, even scraping out and roasting the pumpkins.  Yummy!   Ooooh, I even did my first lattice crust that was oh so perty.  I am so easily pleased.

I finish100_1191_3ed a few things in knitting, another hat for a special baby, which makes all of the hats complete.  I started and finished a melt-your-heart bootie last night after finishing the hat, it is just too precious and I can’t wait to see a tiny foot in it!  They will be for my little sister, but I think I’ll probably have to search through the stash and make more for the older sis.  I also completed the bright and crazy fair isle-ish sock.  I’ve been struggling with Seraphim, frogging lots of rows, but I’ve stayed strong and made it 1/4 of the way through chart 2.  I won’t have much longer until I need to get the rest of the fiber spun up.  I’ll have to do lots of homework the next few days so I unfortunately won’t have lots of knitting time 😦  I’ve started working out again too, which takes an hour away from the fiber time as well.  Sigh.  There is never enough time, is there?

Betcha can’t guess what today’s post is about

100_1162_2 More yarn.  I re-dyed the donegal blend and here’s what I came up with.  I am in love with the blue, you can kind of see there are subtle changes in the shades and parts of it look kind of faded.  It reminds me of denim.  The other one is pretty cool IMO too.  I’m going to take a break witht the yarn dyeing until my other dyes come, I’ve pretty much had it with the Gaywool dyes and painting.  100_1165

I did start knitting the yellowy stuff from yesterday’s post.  The Baby wanted to help take pictures, so we don’t have a good one.  I am not thrilled with the yarn, I didn’t get enough dye on it, and the stripes are not  long enough for my taste.  The general idea was accomplished though, and I look forward to trying it again.  The orange just isn’t orangey enough I guess.  That’s all I’ve got for today, short and sweet as always!