Monthly Archives: July 2011

Flamboyan Shawl

I finished my shawl for Camp Loopy (well, not the official one since I didn’t purchase the yarn there…) on Friday night after knitting for a couple of hours in the car and finishing up the last few rows at the hotel!

Pattern: Flamboyan by Steven West

Yarn: The base yarn is Sanguine Gryphon’s bugga! base (merino/cashmere/nylon), but I purchased it undyed and sent it to Wool Therapy to be dyed. Didn’t she do an amazing job?!

Modifications: I was going to say none…but then I remembered that the pattern called for fingering weight yarn and size 5 needles. I used size 6 needles and sportweight yarn. But other than that, I followed the pattern exactly and had plenty of yarn leftover. The body of the shawl is knit from 3 balls of yarn, which was really annoying for the first handful of rows. Once the rows became a bit longer and I didn’t have to juggle the yarn quite so frequently, it wasn’t so bad. The yarn was gorgeous to knit with, so the never-ending ruffle was actually enjoyable! The pictures are of the shawl unblocked. I’m not sure I’ll block it much larger, and it looks surprisingly good before blocking!

The shawl can be worn a variety of ways and is large enough to stay put, which I love.

I’m beyond pleased with the finished product! And I think I’ve developed a shawl addiction….now to figure out which shawl to cast on for next!

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S.O.B. 50K and Crater Lake

Friday afternoon Seth and I headed down to Ashland, Oregon so that Seth could run the SOB 50K on Saturday. When we arrived in Ashland, we immediately parked downtown and headed to the local running store, Rogue Valley Runners. Seth picked up his shirt, and then we headed to the hotel to check-in and figure out where to eat. Ashland is  known for not being very dog-friendly, so we asked at the front desk about pasta places (gotta carb load before the race!) that do take out. One of the girls working recommended a small locally-owned place called Wiley’s World. Wow. It was FANTASTIC! They make all their own pasta from scratch, and many of their dishes are organic. They also have many gluten-free and vegan choices. Seth ordered some pasta primavera and strawberry-rhubarb cobbler, and I ordered spaghetti and marinara with meatballs. We waited outside with Sailor for our dinner and in the 20 minutes we were out there the entire place filled up!

Saturday morning I drove Seth up to Mount Ashland Ski Resort for the start of the race. Now, usually I drive to as many aid stations as I can to cheer on Seth, take pictures and bring him supplies. However, for this particular race, the runners weren’t allowed to have a crew. So instead, I headed back to the hotel and went back to sleep for a bit. After a nice nap and some breakfast, I headed back to downtown Ashland to hit up a fabric store and yarn shop. Obviously, no trip would be complete without a crafty stop somewhere! The fabric shop was phenomenal and I ended up buying some really awesome fabrics. The yarn shop was pretty awesome as well, and I picked up some yarn to weave fabric for a bag. More on those in a later post!

Seth had told me that he thought he would finish the race in about 7 hours, so I left the hotel and aimed to be there about an hour early to hopefully catch some other local runners crossing the finish line. When we got back up to the mountain, I parked, grabbed the camera, leashed up the dog and walked to the finish line with my chair and a bowl for Sailor fully expecting to sit and watch for an hour or so. As I was walking, I recognized the voice of one of the other local runners and turned around to say hello. Well, wouldn’t you know it…he was talking to Seth! Seth ended up finishing in 6 hours and 2 minutes! So…needless to say, I don’t have any pictures of him crossing the finish line! But, I do have one of him and Sailor hanging out at the ski resort.

And here’s a view facing the other way, of Mt. Shasta in California:

Look really closely, Mt. Shasta is the snowy one in the middle that is barely visible. 

We hung out for quite a while at Mt. Ashland Ski Area chatting with the other runners. When we got back into town we went to a great pizza place that had outdoor seating that allowed dogs. Delicious AND dog-friendly!

This morning we headed home with a detour through Crater Lake National Park. The East Rim Drive is still closed due to snow, but we drove up the West Rim Drive and took lots of photos and enjoyed the GORGEOUS weather!

View from the Rim Village

Wizard Island and Crater Lake

Amazing, isn’t it?!

I won’t make you suffer through a hundred more pictures of the lake! But how about a sneak peek at the Flamboyan Shawl and a shot of the ridiculous snowbanks at Crater Lake?

Ridiculous, right?!

I’ll do a Flamboyan post tomorrow! Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

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Tour de Fleece: Days 4, 5 and 6

My spinning has slowed down quite a bit…but I do have some progress to show:

Day 4 progress: Plied “Defense Against the Dark Arts” BFL

Day 6 progress: approximately 3 ounces of llama fiber 

I didn’t do any spinning on Day 5….but I did do some sewing, weaving, and knitting!

I added a couple of new things to the shop today and there is still a kindle case and project bag still up:

Kindle/Nook case made with Heather Ross fabrics

Project bag using Valori Well’s Nest Fabrics

Yesterday, I picked out some yarn that has been sitting in my stash for a while with no real plans and warped up the loom and started weaving.

Happiest Girl Dyeworks Matte Yarn in Marianas Trench

My Flamboyan shawl for Camp Loopy has seen some action the last couple of days, and I finally made it to the ruffle. I have about half of the ruffle done, but there are tons of stitches on the needle so each row seems to take FOREVER! I’m hoping it’ll be done by the end of the weekend.

The garter stitch is unbelievably squishy!

We’re headed to southern Oregon this weekend so that Seth can run the SOB 50K, so I’ll be back on Monday with a weekend report…and hopefully a finished shawl 😉

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Tour De Fleece: Day 3

While I didn’t finish a skein of yarn today, I did get quite a bit of spinning done. I picked out another braid of fiber that was designated for the shop, and decided to spin a fairly thin finished yarn.

Two if by Hand BFL in “Defense Against the Dark Arts”

After I finished the first bobbin of singles, I decided to pick up and move outside to enjoy the nice weather.

I put the pre-drafted fiber in a big mixing bowl so it didn’t pick up any dirt from the patio while I was spinning.

Bobbin in motion

Finished bobbins to be plied tomorrow.

Tomorrow the plan is to ply the two bobbins I spun up today, and potentially start a new braid of fiber.

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Tour de Fleece: Day 2

Why, yes. I am a gigantic dork and take part in things like “camping” by knitting, and “cycling” by spinning. The Tour de Fleece is basically a gigantic Spin-a-Long on Ravelry that takes place during the Tour de France. I missed the first day (yesterday) because we were busy dropping Seth’s Mom and Joe at the airport, grocery shopping, cooking, and then hosting a little dinner party out on the patio.

So…we’ll start off Le Tour with Day 2’s spinning:

250-ish yards of Organic Merino in “Life is a Session”, dyed by Two if by Hand 

I spun the entire thing today, which most definitely will not happen every day of the tour. The yarn will probably end up in the shop after it’s washed and dried.

Want to see some my second weaving project? Yes, of course you do!

The second scarf went much faster, despite the fact that it’s quite a bit longer than the first. I used MadelineTosh Tosh DK in Lichen, which is my absolute favorite MadelineTosh colorway. I always love the way the small bits of purple knit up, so I thought they’d look even better woven. And they do!

The edges look a MILLION times better than my first scarf!

I’m officially obsessed!

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