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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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You might want to put on some sunglasses

I have finished spinning the retina-searing yarn for my dear friend Aimee. I sort of lost spinning steam after the Tour de Fleece, but finally finished this today.

If you have those sunglasses handy, now would be the time to put them on:

The yarn is a whole lot brighter in person. It was playing tricks on my camera and didn’t want to be photographed in all it’s electric yellow glory. I think the light meter in the camera was over compensating for the brightness of the yarn, so the whole picture turned out a bit dark.

360-ish yards of electric yellow craziness

I mentioned in one of my recent posts that I’m going to be selling my project bags (and handspun) at a new yarn shop that’s opening up in town. Well, I’ve also been working on a sample knit for the shop in some yummy Shibui sock yarn.

Any ideas what this odd shaped thing could possibly be? 

It’s a baby sweater! 

I’ll post all the details when it’s finished (which will hopefully be soon!)…but so far it’s a really easy, peasy project.

Of course, there’s been lots of other crafting going on around these parts. Including a little bit of weaving with some Three Irish Girls yarn:

And some yarn wreath making:

In the midst of our heat wave last week, I decided that I needed a fall-inspired project to keep my mind off the fact that I was sweating profusely by just sitting in one spot. I had a few other things I needed to pick up at Jo-Ann’s, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that all their fall decorating supplies were 40% off. Score! So I picked up a few along with some fall colored felt and a straw wreath. I used this tutorial on the three irish girls blog. Though, truth be told, I didn’t actually look at the tutorial this time around since I’ve already made these before!

This wreath is quite a bit larger than the last ones I made, and I ended up using an entire skein of worsted weight yarn to cover it. I’ll be hanging this on our front door once I get some matching ribbon, and I think it’ll look great hanging there throughout the fall!

And of course we’ve also been trying to keep up with the massive amount of green beans our garden is producing as well as the tomatoes and fresno peppers!

We’ve managed to make another 1/2 batch of dilly beans and still have plenty of green beans to spare! The plants are showing no signs of slowing down, either! I’ve hung the fresno peppers up in the kitchen to let them dry so that we can use them this winter:

Why yes, that is a piece of yarn that they are tied to. 😉 Speaking of food…time to go make some dinner (and use up some more of those green beans!).

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Got Jam?

Apparently, we do.

46 jars to be exact. And that’s not counting any of the ones that Seth has already eaten or that we’ve given away. Today we made 2 more batches of jam….strawberry and strawberry/blackberry. If there’s a jam crisis of some sort, we’ll have more than enough to share!

I also did a huge amount of sewing today. There’s a new yarn shop called Stash coming to town, and I’ve very pleased to announce that they’ll be carrying my quilted project bags! I’ll also be making some smaller drawstring bags for single skein projects. I pieced together 6 quilted project bags today:

There are many familiar fabrics, but some new ones too!

I recently picked up a whole bunch of Lizzy House fabrics from both her 1001 Peeps line and Red Letter Day line. I’ve been itching to break into them, so today I used some of them!

I love the genies!! 

the ducks in the middle are from the Red Letter Day line and the outside fabric is something I had in my stash

I’m excited to see all the bags completed!

There’s also been a bit of knitting going on….a ravelry friend just gave birth to her first baby this morning, and I finished up a little baby vest just in time.

Pattern: Milo by Georgie Hallam

Yarn: Handspun yarn from Two if By Hand’s Organic Merino in “Life is a Session”

Modifications: My yarn was a little bit heavier than the pattern called for. I followed the directions for the 3 month size and ended up with something between the 3 and 6 month size. This is why I love baby knits. The baby will grow into it at some point!

The cable doesn’t pop as much as I’d like, but the handspun is so pretty knit up!

Last night I decided to cast on for a hat using the leftovers from my most recent shawl and cowl:

I’m in love with the color combination. Both yarns are Merino/Cashmere/Nylon, so although the weight is slightly different they seem to be working well together. The pattern is really addictive…speaking of which, I’m off to go work on it for a while!

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New Handspun in the Shop!

Just a quick post to say that I put my two newest skeins of handspun up in the shop:

 

BFL/Silk (75/25) – 495 yards, light fingering weight

150 yards of squishy aran weight falkland

Go check ’em out!

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A little bit of Paris

No, unfortunately I didn’t take a weekend long trip to Paris or anything crazy like that! But I did just finish a knitting project with yarn inspired by Paris dyed by Three Irish Girls.

Pattern: Multnomah by Kate Elsa – sort of (see Mods)

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted in Parisienne (variegated) and Eiffel Tower (semi-solid)

Modifications: Many. Let’s see….the pattern calls for fingering weight yarn and I used worsted weight and size 10 needles. I began the pattern just like the directions in Multnomah and knitted the body until I ran out of Parisienne and had 199 stitches. Then I decided I didn’t want to do the feather and fan border, and that I wanted a ribbed border instead. So I did an increase row and kfb (knit front and back) in every third stitch. I knit in 2×2 rib for 2 inches and bound off in pattern. I kept the YO increases down the center through the ribbing. So it’s a Multnomah, but not.

I wanted a small shawlette that I can just wrap around my neck. Anything larger would be too heavy in worsted weight garter stitch, I think. 

The Eiffel Tower grey is gorgeous….I can see a sweater quantity of this in my future.

Since my spinning mojo has apparently returned, I also spun up some really pretty fiber from a new-to-me dyer.

Bee Mice Elf BLF/Silk in Stormy

I ended up with about 500 yards of fingering-weight singles. This will likely be headed for the etsy shop soon.

Apparently it was a crafty sort of day here, as I also finished a woven scarf:

Three Irish Girls Adorn in Driftwood

And now for a couple pictures of everyone’s favorite grey poodle:

Now, Sailor doesn’t typically make a habit of sitting on our bed. He doesn’t sleep with us, but is allowed up if only one of us is in the bed. The other morning he hopped up in bed with me when Seth was getting ready for work. A little while after I got up, I went back in the bedroom to see what he was up to (and to make sure he was staying out of trouble!) since I heard him barking. He was sitting at the head of the bed, resting his chin on the windowsill!

Goofy Dog….he loves looking out the window and keeping tabs on the neighborhood!

Hopefully I’ll have some sweater progress to show next time!

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Breaking out of a spinning rut

I’ve been in a total spinning rut since Tour de Fleece. I think it was a combination not knitting much for the whole month of July and going to Sock Summit and stashing some really beautiful new yarns. I went on a total knitting kick and hadn’t touched my wheel in a couple of weeks. But yesterday, I spun up a whole beautiful braid and I think my spinning mojo is back.

Kreacher on Falkland dyed by Two if by Hand 

It’s about 165 yards of aran weight yarn.

Of course, there’s also been some knitting. A few days ago I swatched and cast on for a new sweater. I don’t have much done, but here’s a peek at the swatch:

Look at those scrumptious cables! The yarn is Shelter in “sweatshirt”, which happens to be the same yarn and color from the pattern. I rarely pick the same yarn as the pattern calls for, but this was just a perfect pairing in the perfect color. 

I’ve also been doing some sewing. Specifically, sewing up a couple of ipad cases. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures before I popped them in the mail to their recipients. There’s been quite a bit of interest in the woven cases, so I’m hoping to come up with an ipad version of that too.

There’s also been a TON of baking going on in this house…which is kind of weird because it’s been so gosh darn hot this week. But, I’ve only been baking in the mornings when the house is nice and cool and there’s a breeze coming through the windows. Let’s see…this week I’ve made Banana Bread, another batch of Blueberry Banana Muffins, Zucchini Bread (from this bread machine cookbook), and Chocolate Zucchini Cake.

Oh, Chocolate Zucchini Cake, how I love you. The recipe I used isn’t the healthiest recipe out there, but out of the ones I’ve tried it tastes the best. Earlier this summer I used up the last of our zucchini crop from last year with a different recipe that was loads healthier and it tasted TERRIBLE. I mean, it was edible. But it tasted like vegetables. And really, who wants their chocolate cake to taste like veggies? Not me. So, I’ll stick with my less healthy version, thank you very much. I sprinkle my cake with a dusting of confectioners sugar instead of frosting it. It honestly doesn’t need much, it’s pretty delicious straight out of the pan.

Since it’s been so hot, we’ve used the grill all week and last night we tried grilled pizza for the first time. Not only was it ridiculously easy and quick…but delicious, too!

Those of you who know me, know that my pizza is the one covered in cheesy goodness without a vegetable in sight. Seth’s, of course, is the one covered in veggies including some of the first tomatoes from our garden! I used the bread machine to make the pizza dough (so easy…just toss in the ingredients and turn it on), and the recipe (also from the bread machine book linked above) makes enough for 2 large pizzas. I put half in the freezer, and split the remaining dough so it would be easier to manage on the grill. The pizza only took a total of about 6-7 minutes on the grill, which is far less time than the 20-25 minutes it takes when I make it in the oven (I use a cast iron skillet). Definitely my new favorite way to make pizza!

I’ll be back in a day or two with some weaving (I’m going to go warp the loom as soon as I hit “publish” on this post!) and probably a sweater knitting update.

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