Monthly Archives: January 2012

Wild West Coast Weather!

We’ve had quite a wild weather week since I was last here! We’ve had snow, flooding, and high winds! It rarely snows here (it’s snowed about once a winter since we’ve moved here), and it’s always  kind of exciting when the white stuff starts falling from the sky.

Sailor, of course, loves the snow and gets a little crazy as soon as there’s enough in the yard to run through! (he also got a haircut…doesn’t he look handsome?!)

After the snow we had ridiculous amounts of pouring rain that left western Oregon in a bit of trouble. Thankfully, most people in Corvallis made out alright and only had to deal with the inconvenience of roads being closed. The trails were closed for a few days due to landslides, but the rain slowed down at the end of the week and the rivers have all started to go down.

Unfortunately, I don’t have much crafting to show off on the blog (my biggest excuse for being absent from this space for over a week!). Not that I haven’t been working on things, because I have. My Julissa sweater is coming along nicely, and I have about an inch of ribbing left on the body before I’m ready to bind off and start the sleeves.

Stash just started it’s first Knit-A-Long, so I do have  a little something to show off! The KAL has knitters either working on the Paper Moon Socks or the Hado Slouch hat. I’ve been dying for an excuse to buy some of the new sock yarns at the shop, so I choose the socks. I cast-on last Wednesday at Stitch Night and have made really good progress on the first sock. I have about 8 more rows and I’ll be done with the first sock!

I LOVE them! I’m planning on finishing tonight, so I can cast-on for the second one at Stitch Night (or possibly before) and hopefully I’ll avoid second sock syndrome.

The garter stitch on either side of the cables is a nice touch, I think. 

I promise I’ll be back soon with more exciting craftiness!

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Drawstring Bags for Stash!

The Grey Poodle Designs drawstring bags have been selling like hotcakes at Stash, which I am so grateful for! It’s been really fun to watch people look through the different bags and choose one that suits their personality. There were only a few left after the Christmas rush, so Sonia placed another order which I’ve been busy working on this week. I finished them up today!

There’s a little something for everyone, I think….

Does it get any cuter than knitting sheep?! 

Cupcakes to satisfy someone’s sweet tooth

This is currently in a tie for my favorite with the knitting sheep. 

The colors of Stash are red and aqua, so I couldn’t resist a fabric line called Red and Aqua! And I’m also in love with those little tiny green shoes!

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

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WIP Wednesday

Thought I’d take a quick minute to show you what’s on my needles right now! (truth be told, there are lots of projects on needles in various stages…but these are the ones I’m actively working on)

First up….a sweater for me:

Gorgeous, right?! Cables, and lace, and MCN (merino/cashmere/nylon)…can’t get much better than that! I’m really pleased with the fit so far, and it’s knitting up at a fairly quick pace. You know, considering that it’s a sweater.

Next up is a going to be a sample for the shop that has been on the needles for a couple of months, but I finally bound off the body yesterday!

I still have the sleeves and the ribbed band on the front/neck to do…but it’s getting there, slowly but surely.

I also finished a skein of handspun yarn a few days ago…

Two if by Hand Organic Merino in Bertie Bott’s (yes, as in BB’s Every Flavor Beans from Harry Potter)

I ended up with about 280-ish yards of sport-weight (maybe dk after it’s post bath poof) yarn…I’m thinking it’ll become a hat for me. Or mittens? Or something else entirely!

Well, I think that’s it for now…off to put another few rows on that sweater!

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Handspun Shawl

I’ve recently regained my spinning mojo and have decided I need to actually keep some of my handspun and knit with it (crazy concept, right?!)! A couple of weeks ago, I pulled out an especially luxurious braid of Two if by Hand Merino/Cashmere/Silk in Bombshell. I forgot to snap a picture of the braid of fiber, but it was spun up over the course of a few hours (this stuff is heavenly to spin!) and I had this gorgeous skein of yarn:

I ended up with about 250 yards of a dk-weight yarn and went searching on Ravelry for a small shawl pattern of some sort that would show off the gorgeous colors of the handspun. This yarn was such a joy to knit with that I ended up finishing this project in about 3 days. It was totally addictive to see what colors would pop up next while I was knitting! It didn’t hurt that the yarn was pretty luxurious, either.

Pattern: The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief  by Orange Flower

Yarn: My own handspun – MCS in Bombshell

Modifications: None. I followed the pattern exactly as written. In hindsight, I probably could have squeezed out another row or two but I would have hated to run out of yarn halfway through the bind-off!

I wore it to work today, and it makes a great little cozy shawlette to keep my neck warm! 

In other knitting news, I cast-on for a new sweater a couple of days ago with some gorgeous yarn I bought this summer. I’ll try and remember to get some pictures of that to show you in a few days!

Well, I think that’s it for now….off to go work on that sweater!

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Betiko Shawl for Mom

So…while  I did get many gifts done in time for the holidays (including a pair of cashmere mitts for my sister which I apparently never photographed!), I did not finish (okay, even start) gifts for my parents in time for Christmas. When my Mom was visiting over Thanksgiving, she pointed out a shawl pattern that she really liked while we were at Stash and also pointed out that she really liked the one on the cover of the pattern. I went digging through ravelry and found out that I actually had one skein of the yarn the shawl was made out of in the exact same color. Only problem was that the pattern called for at least 2 skeins. I quickly shot off an e-mail to the lovely Purl Diva to see if she happened to have any of that yarn in that color. And she did! Problem solved.

Pattern: Betiko by Lee Meredith (size large)

Yarn: Malabrigo Twist in Velvet Grapes

Modifications: This shawl pattern is a sort of “choose-your-own-adventure” recipe. I choose the large, worsted-weight size and followed the basic patterns for the garter-edged shawl. I shamelessly copied Lee Meredith’s version and my A=8 (the number of stitches of the top garter ridge) and the bottom edge was 6 stitches. The pattern has a TON of information in it, and definitely requires a read-through before starting. I’ll definitely make another one of these with one of the other edges or possibly even cables!

The finished large shawl is very generously sized and is super duper cozy!

The Malabrigo Twist was, of course, a joy to work with and blocked out beautifully. It’s supremely soft and squishy! I used about 2.5 skeins for the large size…the small can definitely be made with just 2 skeins.

While we were out doing the photos, Seth looked over into the garden and said, “Hey, we have broccoli.” I honestly thought he was kidding…we had a terrible time with our broccoli this summer and never got so much as one head of broccoli. We went over and looked, and lo and behold…a single head of broccoli:

Go figure…only 8 months to grow a tiny head of broccoli. 

Well…on that note, I have a handspun shawl to photograph and a very dirty dog that needs to be taken to the dog wash for a bath! I’ll be back this weekend with pictures of the finished handspun shawl!

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E-Reader Cases!

So, I had planned on putting 4 e-reader cases into the shop (2 large and 2 small), but I’ve hit a little snag with the elastic. I have to partially deconstruct two of the cases and re-do the elastic. Those will probably be done and up in the shop tomorrow! But…for now, here’s the 2 that are for sale in the shop!

The case above is large enough to fit the Kindle Fire, Kindle Keyboard, older Kindle model (with keyboard), as well as an older (first generation, I think) Nook.

The case above is designed to fit the new (keyboard-less) Kindle, the Kindle Touch, and the new Nook.

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New in the Etsy Shop!

Well, boy. It’s been a loooong time since I’ve put anything new up in the etsy shop. I came into my craft room today to sew and realized I had a pile of half finished tote bags sitting on the back of my chair. I thought I’d finish them up and put them up in the shop today! I’ve also been cutting fabric for new kindle cases that will fit the Kindle Fire, the new keyboard-less Kindles, the  Nook as well as the Nook Tablet. Keep an eye on the shop and blog for those in the next few days!

Here’s a peek at the totes up in the shop:

 

Go check ’em out!

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