Saturday, April 30, 2005

How did that get in my car?


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I am totally unaware how that large item got in my car. I guess I should take it home with me and try it out. O' I should get wool and Opal sock yarn to. OK.

Must go take a test spin

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

What is a sock to do.

Its job is to lounge around waiting for a photo shoot. Accessories provided by Becky.


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This lovely pair of socks is displayed in Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Farm house yarn. A stunning colorway that is just not captured on film very well. The rasphberry, navy, and olive green appeal to my color palette. The cable though hard to see is captured here in a close up.


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Ok enough with the weird lingo.

This is a mix and match sock. I used Twisted Sisters workbook for the picot cast on, twisted rib cuff, and the round toe. I found the cast on a little inelastic so most likely will not use that for a sock again but I do like the twisted rib. The round toe will have to wait until I have had it on longer then five seconds. The Cable is from Teri's braided sock a fun cable that is real simple. The heel is from I am Knitting as Fast as I can and is a Beate's heel (six sock knit along). Very nice and comfy and simple to do. Steph from Wildgeese does this heel and kindly showed me hers.


The socks are a good fit and now I am working on a new pair and deconstructing sweaters for the big project.

I will be away for the weekend at my Grams with my Mum. It was her Birthday last week and we are going to go gamble. I am also going to stop in Carlton and look here. I might come home with a new addition to my collection of fiber goodness.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Spun up some more

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A twisted skien of superwash corriedale fiber. Its quite dramatic in person and a little over spun. The Skien goes bounce when you only hold one side of it. But this is only the first skien I think there is enough fiber for two more skiens. This guy is about 100 yards.

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Clicking the close up shows how fuzzy the yarn is. But in spots its smooth. I like how it has so many colors and the variations change.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Swaps

I signed up for two swaps this weekend one for stitch markers.


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And one for a notion case. Both sound great. I am excited and gathering up things as we speak.


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I finished two things this weekend. Both turned out really well. I can't wait to share them.
So with the finish of a couple small things I am ready to start a big thing. One that is not two by two ribbing. I think that cardi is on permanent hold for the moment. I just can't fathom 10 more inches of two by two ribbing. I need a long car ride forit to progress much.

I am looking at Martha or Jenny in the cardi version in Rowan 37. It will all depend on how my yarn swatches. I am recycling some nice cotton sweaters. The yarn is lovely but the sweaters need help. It also helped they were half price at the local goodwill. I got two Angora wool sweaters one in pink and one in blue, two cotton one beauty queen red the other black, then a chunky blue and white wool sweater. Grand total for five sweaters worth of yarn 12$.

Much is boiling in my mind. But somethings just need to simmer a bit.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

My precious

I attended the Handweavers annual sale and I came out with some very beautiful yarn. The weaving was spectacular. They had the most beautiful scarves, blankets, and baskets. They were all very beautiful and had demonstrations of them all. But all a little out of my budget range. However due to the amount one needs to weave and the amount of yarn one needs for knitting I got some very beautiful hand dyed yarn for some smaller projects. Angora wool and mohair in very rich jewel tones.

Also at the Convention center was the Annual Portland ceramic sale, jewelry, bead, and metal show. We did not have enough time to see them all due to the lighting. There are plans to go back today to see the rest. It is possible I just want more yarn to.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Portland Handweavers Guild Annual Sale

Portland Handweavers Guild Annual Sale "Handwovens Plus"

- April 22, 23, 24 2005The sale, showcasing the work of over 40 regional textile artists, will be held at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland, Oregon. Special events include an Artists Reception and Fashion Show on Friday evening from 7 to 8 P.M., an exhibit of "Weaving in the 21st Century" and daily demonstrations of fiber techniques and childrens' activities. Sale hours are Friday, April 22, 10 A.M. to 9 P.M., Saturday, April 23, 10 A.M. to 7 P.M., and Sunday, April 24, 11 A.M. to 6 P.M. Admission is free. Contact either co-chair, Judy Green 503 649 7884 email or Janet Ronacher, 503 646 2054, email for more information.

I know I am going down but I am not sure on which day yet.

Thanks for all the nice things about my yarn. I have been having fun with it. I am not sure what it will become yet. I am waiting for insperation.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Spun by me

I have not been lacking in knitting I have been progressing in spinning.

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I am very proud of my little bundle of yarn.

I bought the blue face leicester roving from Northwest Wools.

It was colored by Woolgatherings Fibers. It is a multitude of colors yellow, green, blue, purple, aqua, and all that goes in between. I like how it turned out but I don't know if I could knit with it. I might have to just look at it for awhile... a long while

I spun it on my drop spindle and then plied two groups of singles together and got 60 yards of goodness. I still have a little bit of roving left and a bit of single.

This one turned out so well I bought more roving . This one is superwash corriedale in a much different colorway. It is not as sticky as the blueface leicester and not as slippery as the merino I started with. I won't show you a picture of that, it turned out looking like a bunny got run though a dryer than rung out. The corriedale is turning out very thin. I am trying to keep it all about the same but I am new so it comes and goes with the consistency.

Must pet my yarn.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Almost socks


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My multicolored cabled socks. Not the best picture but you can kindda see them just like you can kindda see the cables.

I love the piano in the background.

I accidently erased the good picture. This is a bit of a teaser.




Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Support

So there are several bloggers out there looking for a little support in there charitable causes.

Kristen is looking for support for the Revlon Run Walk for women.

Beth is looking for support for Locks of Love.

I might have a surprise photo later.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

I like it

Thanks for the affirmative on the cables with multi colored yarn. I like them so they are staying.

I knit at work.

I keep my knitting between my keyboard and my elbows, the yarn ball tucked in to a box to contain it. I have a crochet hook in the out box and a darning needle in the roll out drawer under the keyboard. Scissors and a photo copy of a ruler live amongst the normal office clutter. I keep a project in my locker at all times...Sometimes there are more than one.

When helping people I set it down and they have a tendency to look at it , some will ask questions some will grab for it. I hate the grabbers. First off they are reaching over the counter into my space and second I don't know them. Sometimes its ok if we do the I look exchange or I hold it up to them but never is it ok to just reach over. I love when Knitters come in and can tell me what I am knitting. Most the time its pretty easy to tell. Some times they ask about the yarn or pattern. It just makes my day to talk with some one who has actual interest and a little knowledge. Most are visitors to the state and I can tell them about knitting shops or about some of the local fiber artists.

I talked with a knitter today. She was nice. We talked about cables in multi yarn. She likes them in multi yarn. Called it cozy. I agree.

Thanks mystery knitter lady from cally. I hope your cabled scarves go well and your daughter likes LC.

D

Monday, April 11, 2005

Is it ok

I am cabling with multi colored yarn. I know that the cables don't show up they just kind of blend in. But I like to knit them. Is that allowed to just knit a cable because you want to. You can tell it is a cable up close. I think it is ok.

I knit for enjoyment rather then gratification or at times beauty. Not everything I knit comes out pretty or wonderful. Some felted items have been really hideous but the process was enjoyable.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Sometimes you need to laugh

This picture cracks me up.


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Loves you honey!


I have been knitting away on the farm house socks. Two cuffs done.

I have also been spinning my brain out. I am getting much better at joining. I don't have little tuftlets hardly at all now. I do have some fuzzy spots every now and then been for the most part my singles are all about the same. I have almost finished the 4.4 ounces. Then I will have to learn to ply it together.

The dogs think it is cool. They want to stand under it and look at it spin. no one has tried to bit it yet but they are thinking about it.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Let the spin Begin

I got more fiber to spin.

Pretty colors.


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I also went to photo bucket so most pics can now be clicked.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Yarn attack

I went to the yarn swap that Deb hosted. It was a riot of fun. I met some very awesome knitters and swapped great yarn. We even got to knit a little together.

I also got a drop spindle with some merino. Its fun. PK showed me how to use it even and I had fun with it all day. Its very very exciting. I spun a very long skinny thick slubby piece. She even told me about what happens when you just knit singles. I may try just for the interesting effect. Other than the spindle I got some grey cotton, sock yarn in a pretty color way, and a cone of unidentified yarn.

While searching the stash I realized I have a bunch of yarn that I had forgotten I even had. Not great stuff but fun stuff and good teaching yarn. I am hoping the Becky's group of knitters will want some of it for projects.

I also went to queer knit. I have not gone to a meeting in a while and i had forgotten how much fun I have knitting in a group. Steph even stopped by. She had some infectious excitement about her. Nupps and Vikkel braids (PDF)

The knitting is great. I am working on a pair of socks in blue moon fibers, farmhouse color way. I got it from Farm House knits in Beaverton. I also got my secret pal a gifty roo.

Be well

Saturday, April 02, 2005