Monday, April 14, 2014

Hexipuff-a-go-go

The hexipuffs are going very well. I joke with my husband that these are now my spoor; wherever I go, I leave teeny pillows behind me. I've been TA'ing a lot, and they are small enough to work on without being disruptive to the classes. (Lecture classes are hard to TA for. Lots of sitting for information I already know = prime knitting time.)

The amusing side effect is that I don't have as much scrap yarn as I thought I did. I was sure I had a plastic bag jam packed full of sock ends, but damn if I can find it. I do have a few remnants running around, but this means I've started to get creative. I have a skein of 50g of sock yarn that something weird happened to, where it just started to break at random points, so that's all going into the blanket. I had a sock that the washing machine ate a while back and I couldn't bear to throw out...I'm going to try to recycle it into hexipuff form, so I can remember it. I have a couple of pairs of socks that I knit that never quite worked for me. I'm eyeballing those, too. Daven asked why I didn't just buy more yarn (ha ha ha, like I need an excuse), and I think it is because I want this to be mostly a reminder and remainder project.

With that in mind, I need to start working on all of these sock projects I have roaming around. A. I need more socks and B. I need more remnants! Besides, these things are like constantly casting on toe up socks and I feel like I'm stiffing myself on the full sock experience. :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bzz bzz bzz...

I had a little falling down today, over at Ravelry. It involved the Beekeeper's Quilt. I've been looking at all of the lovely "use up your scrap sock yarn" quilt ideas out there, and they all kind of left me, well, flat. With that in mind, going three-dimensional seems like a better answer! I'm sure seaming it all up will be a PITA, but I have a LONG WAY to go before I have to worry about that. The little hexipuffs are super fun to make, quick and easy. There are tons of free pattern ideas if I get the urge to start doing fancy schmancy stuff.

So. Yeah. Little hexipuffs. My future is filled with a lot of them. That's one thing to do with the leftover bits of stuffing from the various quilts I've made. Fluffy blanket, we'll see how long it takes for me to get sick of you.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Yarns I have made.

First, the Tour De Fleece yarns:




 From Right to Left, because, yes, that's how it works:
468 yd purple superwash 2 ply merino blend
148 yd Green/pink weird fail coils
256 yd blue/grey single llama
332 yd Red single mystery wool
292 yd brown/grey Navajo plied mystery wool
112 & 114 yd hanks of pastel Navajo plied mohair (Darn, I guess I could have 2-plied those, after all.)
1722 yds total


And fun art yarn spinning from a class I took on Saturday!

From left to right (what, you wanted consistency?): 
Blue silk "caterpillar" yarn, 
purple/dusk/yellow cable/crepe yarn, 
ostrich feather inclusion yarn, 
wrap and roll (so fun! And finally a use for my drop spindle!), 
pigtail yarn with beads and
 triple pass/loopy boucle yarn.





 

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Touring

Today was the first day of the Tour de Fleece. I got one bobbin filled with a thick/thin yarn that I'm planning on trying to make some beehive yarn with, and I'm working on a purple bamboo/nylon/superwash merino fiber I picked up in Estes. I split it in half, and surprisingly (for me), I'm going to be trying to get a 2 ply out of it. I almost never do 2 ply yarn, as the lack of matching yardage tends to drive me insane. However, I wanted to spin a little thicker today, so navajo plying it would make for quite a thick, short yarn. So, I go outside of my comfort zone.

Also, I started washing the CVM/Romney fleece I picked up. This is going to be the first full fleece I've processed. Starting weight: 2.5 lbs.

I'll try to get some photos...maybe tomorrow, maybe not. For tomorrow is ren faire. Ooh...maybe I can bring a drop spindle along and spin in garb. It isn't like my friends aren't already aware that I'm weird. :)

(Delayed post due to internet weirdness last night.)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I'm spacing out my posts to seem more productive

See, I finished this sweater quite a while ago. I'm thinking...April, sometime. However, it was for someone who wanted to be surprised, so I refrained from sending photos. She has received it, so, picture time!
Shiny buttons!~

I have no idea why it decided to be sideways. It wasn't when I uploaded it. Sigh.
Yes, it is a very short sweater that is very broad. As a matter of fact, it is this sweater. Very different than I'm used to knitting, and it went pretty quickly. I'm really pleased with the buttons.

Current projects that are getting actively poked at are still the Knit, Swirl sweater, the peacock feathers shawl and two different traveling socks. There are, of course, many others, but they aren't getting much attention, so are sitting in knitter time-out for the moment.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Wow, I really thought I'd bragg...er...blogged about this already.

To quote from my FB: 1958 yards, give or take a few. Polworth silk blend plied against thread. (For reference, the giant green yarn is worsted weight.) 4/24/2013
I'm so pleased with this yarn. I've never spun so fine. Thank you, Colleen, for getting me started on this path 5 years ago. :)
Look at the twist in that hank! (Or lack thereof.)

Also, giant tall socks for my mom. GIANT BLACK SOCKS. *twitch* Yes, quilting ruler is included so you see how ridiculous those things are. I had a few (shorter) ladies ask why I was making thigh highs. No no. 6' tall mother.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Yarn makes for fickle loyalties.

Yesterday I went on an adventure to Mitchell, NE to visit the Brown Sheep Co. production facility with the lovely ladies from Your Daily Fiber.

They sell yarn by the pound at a flat rate at the factory store.

Oh. My. Gods. SO MUCH YARN AND FLUFF CAME HOME WITH ME.

Fluff! The brown will be my first goal in the Tour de Fleece.
 
 1 lb cones of sock yarn! (Colours slightly blown out.)

 Lace Weight!

More sock yarn!
 
 Sport weight yarn!

 ZOMG, more sock yarn!

And some worsted weight yarn that really really does not look like this in real life. In person it is a variety of deep shades of berry. And here is where I become fickle; I have cast on a sweater from Knit, Swirl (Thanks, Darcy!) in this berry-coloured yarn, and that is competing with the shawl for attention. (And no, the orange/yellow hank will not be involved in the sweater.) The advantage of the sweater is that it is mostly blind knitting at this point, so I can read and knit at the same time, whereas the shawl is, well. Lace. And, as always, I've got socks on the go that travel with me in my purse. YAAAAAAAAAAARN!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Starting off...

Just putting this here as a note that I cast on this shawl in this yarn last night. This is my "I keep buying yarn for it and being discontent with the results" shawl, so I'm excited to finally fall in love with a yarn enough to start this little undertaking. So, yeah. Day 1 was 5/6.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

One more photo

So, I posted on FB, but forgot to cross post and spam you over here. Here's what the shawl looks like when worn by a giant person:

Pay no attention to the lack of lawn or snow shovel. Didn't the shawl turn out lovely? :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Blocking





It is blocking now, finally. Many thanks to Your Daily Fiber for letting me use one of their rooms to block in (no pets!) and lending me the awesome blocking wires. I love those guys. :)