Friday, June 30, 2006
time for a quick one
With finished objects and finished yarn. To my left ladies and gentlemen is the finished Spirng Fling. It was nearly the death of me but I love the finished thing. It wears beautifully and is very comfy. It was made with Smooth DK by King Cole and even though it was acrylic it feels fantastic to the touch and it didn't squeak on the needles at all!
and just because it's pretty the merino silk I was spinning in the finished product stage. I need to do just a little more and I'll have enough to do a mini-clapotis for Mom for X-mas!
Must you wear socks with those?
Edited to add a picture of the completed sock the first. One more to go (man is feet take forever to cover)!
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
spining silk into . . . more silk
Here is one of the hankies after dying and drying.
I wish I'd used less of the purple and more of the green - also that I'd eliminated more of the white but not bad for a first attempt right?
I then followed the excellent instructions from Knitty and had a blast spinning the many hankies that my $2.25 yeilded on my new Kundert Spindle - it is so pretty and simple. Steve was fantastic. He was emailing me about the weight of the finished product, he kept me updated about what was happening and he had the beauty out to me in record time! If I could convince myself that I needed another I wouldn't hesitate to buy another from him!
and the finished product!! I think it looks ok but I'm not totally even yet. I'm also lying when I say that it's done. Right now the skein (which yielded ~ 30 yrds) is drying in my laundry room after a short soak. I'm hoping that the yarn will even out slightly but I'm still very enamoured with it. It's so shiny and all.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
So this is the post with a lot of pictures
Which I really enjoy when I'm looking at blogs so I hope you will too.
These are dad's finished socks after blocking and they fit him like a glove.
The next lot are pictures of my new obsession - about two weeks ago I was at Knit Knackers just looking at sock yarn and I got caught by the pretty corriedale roving and the woman minding the store asked if I knew how to spin. I didn't and she offered to teach me on the drop spindle (for a very reasonable fee). She was super sweet and it seems like such an inoccuous craft as it was relatively inexpensive. My first yarn wasn't so pretty.
Oh so very uneven . . . . . This was some natural colour BFL that was eventually easy to spin but the slubbyness was unholy! Then I got to work on the corriedale. I just alternated the three colours that I had taken home and then plyed them togeather to see what would happen.
See - it's getting better. I used the Andean Ply bracelet and it worked really well. I then gave it a good bath and weighted it as it dried so it's actually balanced. So what to do now that I'm sort of getting better. I go back to the LYS and buy some "relatively expensive" stuff. I picked up 100g of black merino and white shiny silk blend and tried spinning it a different way. I figured out - with the help of a few web sites- how to spin from the fold and it worked really well for this yarn. Here's where I was on Friday night. It's really pretty and soft - so soft. As of today I finished spinning the lot, plyed the whole thing, and hung it to dry after a nice bath. It came out to about 111yrds of a heavyish worsted so if I want to use it for anything I should really pick up another 100g. I think it may become a Xmas gift for Mom (don't judge me for planning early - I don't handle stress well).
I've started work on the Elann Sonata Print tank top and I've started work on my very on Picovoli in Knit Picks Shine Sport. So far so good.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Updates and Finished things (with absolutely no proof)
I've started using the free Fleece Artist yarn and it really is beautiful. I began by trying a baby cable pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks but it just wasn't doing it for me so I switched to a slipped stitch ribbing from the same book. The colour is just amazing and the pattern is really appealing. Enjoy the pretty colours . . . . .
PS - I love using the office camera - the macro feature is so nifty!!
Thursday, June 15, 2006
See - I do other stuff than knit . . . .
There is a debate if I should put his initials on the wine label in caligraphy or fancy script - thankfully I still have a couple months to decide!
In an unprecidented burst of craftiness I also got my old sewing machine up and running to make this. . .
I was inspired and blatently stole the directions from Grumperina (scroll down to "Sore Subject"). It works beautifully but I definately need to work on sewing a straight line!
It was a lot of fun to make this but I broke a few (three) needles trying to sew the small elastic loops to close the thing. I kept hitting the pin even though I'd pinned it correctly. Oh well - last time I buy sewing machine needles from the dollar store!
Friday, June 09, 2006
Beautiful Fleece Artist
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
what's this I see before me
why yes, I do believe that it is the left front of a spring fling (WooHoo). This means that the back is totally done (I am so happy after the frogging disaster). I am past the ribbing and into the lace. I love this pattern - the lace is interesting enough to keep me going but easy enough to do on the bus.
Yesterday I ordered Sensational Knitted Socks from Chapters and I can't wait to have it in my hot little hands. I also ordered the fourth season of News Radio - one of my altime favourite shows. It dosen't actually ship until the 20th but I can wait (I think) .
The first of Dad's socks are done and I've picked up and begun the guesset of the second. I was all panicked because I thought this weekend was Dad's day but now I have a whole second week to finish them - very releaved (now I can spend more time on the Fling)!
Monday, June 05, 2006
now that was a crappy picture
That last picture didn't do the colours justice at all, so I'm hoping that this one is better. The picture was taken covertly at work with a better camera than my own and more sunlight.
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Now that's customer service!!
I wasn't terribly happy about so many splices in only 325m of yarn. I've never seen more than one splice in any other commercially available sock yarns. I sent off a quick email to Fleece Artist just to let them know that there had been a problem and they have offered to send me a new skien free of charge. Being the yarn ho that I am I will absolutely take them up on the offer and what really amazed me was that I emailed them on Saturday night and I had a reply by Sunday morning! While I was originally disappointed with the yarn the customer service has more than made up for it.
And now for a gratuitous picture of socks in progress. Because the yardage is a little short on the Fleece Artist I'm doing the heels and toes in a solid Jawoll superwash. Looks ok right?