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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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Let’s Go Camping!

Not real camping, don’t be silly! The Loopy Ewe is hosting “Camp Loopy 2011”, and I’ve decided to “sort of” join. The basic gist is that there will be 3 monthly project challenges (June-July, July-August, and August -September) and you can knit to win prizes. However, in order to win prizes and really participate, you need to buy your yarn from The Loopy Ewe. And since I need more yarn like I need another hole in the head, I’ll be joining some other folks on Ravelry in our own “Camping Trip”. There will be a prize each month, and it’s totally acceptable to use stash yarn. Perfect.

The first challenge, which started on June 15th, is to knit a “two colored project in a shawl, cape, or scarf.” I knew exactly what yarn I wanted to use, but went through about 5 different pattern choices before settling on Flamboyan by Steven West.

It doesn’t look like much yet, but I assure you it’ll be gorgeous. The yarn was dyed by the lovely Melissa of Wool Therapy. I had purchased some Naked Bugga! from The Sanguine Gryphon last summer when I though I might get into dyeing my own yarn and fiber. It’s been sitting unloved since then because I didn’t want to ruin it with my shoddy dyeing. Melissa and I did a trade a few weeks ago where I sent her a Kindle Case I had sewn and she sent me some Organic Merino fiber from her shop. Then I asked her if she could do a custom dyeing job for me with the 2 skeins of Bugga! base. And yes, Bugga! does have an exclamation point after it! I told her I wanted a dark purple and a silvery color to pair together for a shawl. It. Is. Gorgeous. She totally knocked it out of the park.

Let’s have another look, shall we?

Long way to go…but hopefully I’ll be able to finish by the July 15th deadline!

In other fibery news, one of my favorite indie dyers has been doing Harry Potter themed updates! Now, I’m normally a sucker for their hand dyed fiber….but, Harry Potter inspired hand dyed fiber? Unable. To. Resist. Apparently I’m a sucker for a gimmick! That being said, I’ve gotten some really gorgeous braids of fiber in the mail! I won’t bore you with all of them…but I’ll show you a couple of my favorites.

“Obliviate” on Superwash Merino

“Albus” on Rambouillet

“Shrieking Shack” on Shetland

Seriously, I would be perfectly happy only ever buying fiber from Two if by Hand. Ceylan and Maria rock!

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