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Bad Day Socks I finished my socks with The Lemonade Shop yarn Bad Day.  It’s  a beautiful yarn 438 yards, 100 gms, 75/20/5 Superwash Merino/Nylon/Stelliana, and I love it.  The pattern was a personal vanilla sock pattern  from a friend from the Fiber Pusher Podcast on Ravelry.  I still need, tho, to either go down another size needle or maybe cast on 60 instead of 64 stitches, I’ll figure it out.

These socks were fun to knit but I took way to long to get them done, my fault – I had to stop to do some Christmas knitting and then finish a blanket for a friend’s son who had asked.  Unfortunately I forgot to get a picture of the blanket.  I just used the Tara Shawl pattern from Lion Brand Yarns, changing the number of cast on from 60 to 90 so that I had a shorter wider end project instead of the longer shawl shape.  It’s a very easy mindless knit that takes 3 skeins of Homespun yarn from Lion Brand Yarns.

I have started a shawl for comfort for my oldest son’s fiancee, who lost her mother recently.  I chose the Heat Advisory Shawl by Maura Heat Advisory ShawlClement  because it looked beautiful and didn’t look like it would take a year to knit :).  This is a paid pattern.  I thought I would use the new yarn that I mentioned in my previous post, but it is a sock weight and the pattern calls for a dk weight, so I went stash diving.  Fortunately a friend from my church was preparing for a move and de-stashed her yarn to me, woot woot, I had beautiful dk weight yarn I could use :).   You can see the yarn in the picture, it is called Ardilla Bouquet and is from Spain.  It is 69% acrilic/21% wool/10% mohair  50 g, 105 m.  I have started the shawl, and it seems very easy and at this point is an enjoyable to knit.  The yarn, like most mohair, sheds and is fuzzy, but I think it will be a beautiful shawl. :)  I have 10 skeins of this yarn and have wound off into balls, 2 skeins to start with, I’m sure it will take about 3 or 4 skeins.  

I’m comfortable at this time with just one project going.  I am not one of those knitters who have tons of projects going at the same time.  I might have 2 or 3 projects at the same time but any more than that is stressful to me.  I intend to do this shawl pattern again after finishing this project, for a gift for my grandson’s teacher for the end of the year.  She has had both him and his sister and has been a wonderful teacher.  I’m sure pleasant surprises after a year of teaching little ones is nice ;).  For my grand daughter’s teacher I’m thinking of  pretty pair fingerless mitts, those are always nice to have in our winter months :).

We have had an absolutely gorgeous Feb this year.  Yesterday we had a record high of 67.  More like our April temps, tho we have had blizzards in April too, lol.  The temps are going back down into the 40′s today and colder than that on Friday and beyond, but I certainly enjoyed the brief warmer weather and it gave me an emotional pick me up from the drudgery of winter :).

 

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Kevin's Scarf

 

I have finally finished all my Christmas gifts now, lol.  This scarf was a request to match a hat I made last year,I won a skein of yarn!  and it actually is darker than the  picture shows.  I was able to dye it to be a very good match for the hat I made him last year.  My picture taking skills seriously lack :P.  There was no pattern, I simply cast on 36 stitches and used a 4 stitch border on each edge in a garter  stitch (so the sides won’t curl) and did a 3×2 ribbing (starting with knit 3 and ending with knit 3) between the garter border.  I used a sport weight yarn and size 6 needles (because I knit a little looser other wise I would suggest a size 7 needle).  I hope it keeps him nice and warm.

I won a skein of yarn from the Never Cast Off podcast (the link to their podcast is youtube) that I watch (their group is on Raverly.)   To participate in their give-a-ways you need to be a part of their group on the Ravelry link ;).    I was very excited to have my name chosen in the drawing.  It’s a sock weight yarn in lovely greens, called Lightning Dust (80% superwash Merino & 20% nylon – 400 yds) from V Yarns.  I have linked to her Etsy shop, she also has a Ravelry group. :)  I have decided on a shawl rather than a pair of socks for this beautiful skein.  The shawl I am leaning toward is called the Geology Shawl .  It is beautiful!  I have a blanket that I am working on , about 2/3′s finished and then that pair of socks that I am almost finished with as well, before I start anything else tho.  :)

I can’t believe it is almost Feb already.  We have had a mild winter this year (and I’m not complaining), tho winter is not over and we can still have some pretty cold weather before the end of March gets here.   But, SPRING is getting CLOSER!!!!

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Fingerless Owl Mitts I did get them done :).  They are actually darker than shown in the picture, more like the previous post on my blog with just one of them done.  My photo abilities are lacking :P.  This was done using a mitten pattern from Ravelry the World’s Simplest Mitten pattern, I made some changes because I wanted finger-less mitts rather than a mitten, and I had to figure out putting the thumb gusset on the other side since I put a pattern down the front and needed a left and right mitten.  Was a fun knit :).

I will now start a scarf, will post a picture of it in a few days :).

 



First Snow winter 2016-17  This was 3 weekends ago.  Yeah I’m a little late getting this in :P.  We got about 3 1/3 inches over the weekend.  We have had snow now every weekend since, about 2 1/2 to 4 inches each weekend.  Tired of snow already, and tonight it is suppose to be -18 F ambient temp and with wind chills about -35.  Is it spring yet?

Hand Dyed polypay yarn

I have not finished the socks I was working on (tho I am at the heel on the second sock) but I have to get started on this other project because it is a Christmas present and time waits for no man (or woman :P).  I don’t think she reads my blogs but just in case I wont go into what it is but I dyed it to match the hat I made her last year.  I will start working on this project tomorrow.

I hope everyone is staying warm and that you are well and happy.  :)

 

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2nd Pair of Socks - beginning Ok, I am officially addicted to knitting socks.  Couldn’t wait to begin this 2nd pair.  The young one that wanted them is excited that I have started them.  This colorway is really nice, the pop of color makes it interesting to knit.  I am using the ChaiGoo 9″ circular, size 1 – 2.25mm.  They are nice to knit with and the points are a little more “pointy” than the Addi, and makes it (for me) a little nicer getting the thinner yarn off the needle (I’m not a thrower, I am a picker) but I do like both needles.  I am using the same sock pattern I got from The Fiber Pusher  but making a change in the needles size and doing a 2×2 rib for 2 inches instead of a 1×1 rib for 1 inch.   This is her personal pattern for teaching sock knitting so I can not share the pattern, but any vanilla pattern would work. This is a cuff down pattern, as I get a handle on knitting socks I may try a toe up :).  This yarn is beautiful, it’s hand dyed by The Lemonade Shop, colorway Bad Day.

 



1st Pair of Socks

sock yarn for my next pair of socks

YEA!!!  My first pair of socks is done.  There were matchy matchy until I got to the toe of the 2nd sock, they were the same length but two of the darker stripes were a bit longer on the second sock so the toes didnt get the dark tip like the other one.  That is ok tho, I’m excited to have them finished :).

A family member put dibs on them  and she was so excited to get them even tho they are to big for her lol.  But they were just my practice pair because I had no one in mind when I made them, just wanted to see what size that needle size would make.  She gave me another skein of sock yarn to make her another pair lol (see picture on the right.)  Going down a needle size this next pair, and will change to a 2×2 rib cuff which I will make 2 inches long instead of one.  This new yarn is dyed by The Lemonade Shop and the color is Bad Day, it’s sparkly and so pretty, I’m really excited to see how the colorway works up :).

My son has purchased 4 alpaca, one grey, one black, one fawn and one mahogany.  They are so pretty, guess I can see a little bit of alpaca fiber in my life to spin this next spring.  I have a light black Polypay fleece I need to skirt and get sent off to the fiber mill (my car has been a bit “me, me, me” lately so the things I  usually do earlier in the year have had to be put off for car repairs, but when I get the brakes fixed I should be able to send it off next month), then the next month I have another alpaca fleece to send off to the fiber mill.  So much fiber, so little time :).

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Spinning rolags for Tour de Fleece 2016 view 1Here is a picture of what I’ve accomplished so far on the first spool of singles.  Spinning this rolag is a little different than spinning from roving, it doesn’t move quite as fluidly as I thought it would, and this combination of fiber did NOT want to be spun thin.  After fighting with it and having the singles break on me a couple of times, I decided to spin it a little heavier and it has been behaving since.  The colors are beautiful and I will be spinning this for a shawl.

We have had some really bad storms here in the last couple of weeks, I’m tired of rain and humidity :P  It is suppose to be in the 90′s this coming week, and I just have to remind myself that I will miss this heat in the winter when it’s 30, 40 and 50 below zero and tons of ice and snow :P.  Tho’ honestly I have been known to miss the piles of snow when it’s 90 outside as well, lol.

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Rolags close upAlpaca Handspun

I did finish the Alpaca!!  222 yards at 14 wpi, which looks like a fingerling weight.  It was very fun to spin and will become a hat for my daughter :).  For the Tour de Fleece tho, I can only count half of this because I already had one spool spun, so just the 2nd spool and the plying went toward this year’s Tour de Fleece.  It’s ok tho,  I’m ready to start my next hand spun which are 4 ozs of these lovely rolags by The Wooly Witch.  I’m excited to see what they spin up to be yarn wise :).

 

 

 

 

 

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Shepard's Market spring 2016I went to my first Shepard’s Market/Fiber Fair this past Saturday.  Lots of nice stuff – think, spinning fibers, yarn, spinning wheels, spindles, weaving looms and various other things with fibery stuff on it :).  Sorry my picture turned out a little blurry :(  I’m not a wonderful photographer like my sister :P.  But you can see the tee shirt I bought (gotta love it this time of the year with elections coming up :P), a really cute red mug and matching bag (the bag was a mother’s day gift from the vendor so I didn’t have to pay for it woot woot), and of course you can not go to a Fiber event and not come home without a skein of yarn!!  I am not where I can get the names of the vendors I bought from at the moment but will come back and edit this in a while and put their names and web page addys on and give more info on the items I bought :).  It was fun, the vendors were wonderful and I am saving up so I can spend more money next year!!

Friday, the day before the market, I was in the mood to spin but not feeling like carrying my big wheel to the park, which I usually do once or twice in the spring.  So I carried it outside to my balcony and finally finished that first bobbin I have been working on for quite a while (laziness and lack of time on my part) and started the next bobbin.  I am going to try to spin on it every day until I have the 2nd bobbin done and then ply them and have that beautiful alpaca yarn done :).  That will become a hat for my daughter, then I will have to decide which of the other beautiful rovings I have that I want to spin, tho the light colored cria I have is calling my name :P.  Someday I want to save up and buy a portable wheel so I can more easily go to the park to spin whenever I want and not worry about damaging my bigger wheel in transport.

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Gradient Shawl mini skeinsGradient ShawlA family member will be graduating this year, so for her graduation gift I am knitting her a shawl for her Senior Prom.  She said her prom dress would be aqua, and I found this beautiful gradient aqua mini skeins at my closest local yarn shop, Stitch Together.  It’s a subtle change from light to dark a little hard to capture on the pictures.  I think you can see it a little better if you click and enlarge the shawl picture to the right.  I just started the 2nd color and am about 1/2 into that color.  There are 5 shades, it will be very lovely.  The shawl is the Mother of All Shawl by Nick Davis.  It’s easy and fun to knit, but yes you do need to keep your mind on what you are doing for the changes that happen every so often in the pattern.  I will add this my Ravelry project page.

Still working on the socks will update a picture after I finish this shawl, I’m on a crunch time line with the shawl :P

Hope you are enjoying this wonderful warmer (tho as normal uneven) Spring weather, it’s SPRING!!!!!!!

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