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Ramblings about knitting, spinning, and sewing

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Additions to the stash and my current project...

Some lovely new additions of yarn to the stash. There was a posting on Knitty about Knit Picks having a sock yarn sale. It seems that Knit Picks is phasing out some of their sock yarn lines and just incorporating them into one sock line (I guess it is mainly for for their different "memories" lines) . So of course, not wanting to miss out on a great deal, I decided to order a couple of the colorways that I like and would be phased out. I chose the colorways Paper Dolls and Grandma. While I was at it I decided to order 5 skeins of shine as well in coral. The Shine will be used to make a Picovoli tee.

My current project is the Cross Cable Pullover which I purchased from Hemp For Knitting. I am using the color Deep Sea. It is a beautiful rich blue. It is very interesting using this yarn. the fiber is very twine-like. So different from anything that I have ever worked with before. Supposedly the fabric made from hemp will soften with use and have a very nice fluid drape. It is also supposed to be very strong since hemp is the longest fiber (I hope I have that right). This is also the first time I will be attempting a sweater with any needle smaller than a size 9. So far I am enjoying myself...hopefully that will continue to be the case.

Lastly, I am working some Blue-faced Leichester on my spinning wheel. I currently have one bobbin filled and am almost done filling the second bobbin. My plan is to ply the two bobbins together. I think the resulting yarn will be somewhere between DK and worsted weight. I am also estimating I will have approximately 400-500 yards when done. My plan is to make a very simple openwork shawl I can use to patter around the house in. I tend to get very cold in the winter (and Das Hubby likes to keep the temp in the house down around 65-68 degrees during the winter to keep heating costs down). A warm shawl/wrap is essential to keep me toasty and warm. Plus, it will be my first big project done with my very own handspun!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Wyvern Socks Complete!!!!


Pattern: Wyvern Socks by Marnie MacLean
Yarn:
Koigu painter's palette (I don't have the skein information anymore, but it is a mixture of purples and fushias.
Needles Used: US 2 addis turbos- magic loop technique
Techniques Learned: 1. Starting from the toe up. 2. Figure 8 cast on 3. Hourglass Heel 4. Invisiable bind off
Changes made from Orginal Pattern:
1. Using a figure 8 cast on instead of a provisional cast on.
2. No ribbing on foot of sock
3. For the leg I decided to do the pattern completely around the leg.


Comments: Overall I really liked this pattern. The charted design was easy to follow and I never got bored with the pattern. This is my first pair of toe up socks, and I must say, I really like this technique. I was able to "try on" the sock throughout, and I could finish when I got bored with it (which is what happened with my first sock...I just wanted to move on to the second one). The pattern is deceptively simple, however, you still need to pay attention to it. I learned this the hard way after deciding that since I memorized the pattern, I could now talk on the phone and watch Grey's Anatomy while working on it. A hard lesson was learned when I was almost about to turn the heel and then realized my mistake. (So I really knitted about 2.5 socks with all the ripping out that was going on). Overall, this was a very enjoyable and well written pattern. I will probably make another pair sometime in the future.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Just joined my first knitalong

Yay! I just joined my first knit along. It is the sunrise jacket knit-a-long hosted by Jackie. I just ordered my yarn today from WEBS. It is their 2/4 Highland Tweed in the Raspberry Colorway. The price was right since $$ is tight right now.

And by the way, I got into Grad school!!! I start this coming autumn.

The only other update is that I finished my Wyvern socks. When I get a chance I will post a picture. I recycled some Koigu that I used for a scarf that I just wasn't using. (It was too long, although very pretty). I figured this beautiful yarn would get more use out of being socks. They turned out beautiful, however, the second sock took me forever to finish. I had to keep ripping out areas I had done due to very stupid mistakes.

Next on the list:
-Finish the Baby Bolero from One Skein (all I have to do is sew it up).
-Make a matching hat for it.

Friday, March 17, 2006

A Finished Object, A New Technique, and A New Friend

Sorry everyone, I know that I have been really absent lately. I have always had a really hard time journaling consistantly. Why should this be any different? (Note to self: try to blog events in a more timely manner)

First of all: A finished object!!!!

Pattern: Embosed Leaves from Winter IK 2005

Yarn: Koigu (solid color- sorry don't remember the name)

Technique Used: This called for using DPN, however, I needed to go down a needle size to a US1 to get gauge and I only had a 40" circ, so I decided to use the magic loop technique intead. It worked really well, the only part that was kind of tricky was making the gussets using this method.

Overall Impression: Great pattern, it kept my interest going (I would have been done sooner, but school and work was getting in the way). I have received numerous compliments on these socks.

And now for a new technique:

Entraloc!!!!

I was inspired by all the beautiful Lady Elenor shawls that have been popping up in various blogs. The yarn used is some of my very own handspun. The fiber is from Crosspatch Creations from the Bellwether.
The colorway is stone soup in pinks and lilacs. I only have 4 oz of this fiber (not enough for a real Lady Elenor. So, my plan is use the fiber to make a scarf instead.

The fiber was spun on my 0.9 oz Golding Tsunami. It is a two ply yarn, and the weight is somewhere between DK and fingering weight.

And lastly, a new friend...

Yup, that is a raccoon...on our back porch. He was really interested about what was going on in the house, while the two kitties wondered who and what the heck he was. (Lily actually tried to attack him through the glass) He stayed on the porch for quite a bit. He left when he figured out that there was no way we were going to open the door (or maybe he just got scared of Lily, or perhaps he just had better raccoon type of things to do).

We named him (we are assuming it is a boy raccoon) Bandito. Between him and the deer we have had in the yard a couple of days ago, we are making lots of friends with the local wild life.