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Back from hiatus

It’s sure been a while, hasn’t it?! Yikes…I never meant for it to be so long since my last post! There’s certainly been a TON of crafting going on since the last time I was in this space. Part of my lack of blogging has been the lack of decent photographs of my knitting! Well, let’s just jump back in, shall we?

I’ve been working steadily for a few weeks on a new sweater that I’m really excited about!

The pattern is Before Dark and the yarn is Pigeonroof Cassiopeia DK (a merino/cashmere/silk blend) in Espresso. I know it looks a little small in the picture, but I’m confident that my swatch didn’t lie to me and it will grow when I block it!

I also finished a shawl sample for Stash out of some really fun yarn made from recycled blue jeans:

Pattern: Bonnie Jean by Jen Lucas

Yarn: Kollage Yarns Riveting in Night Denim

Mods: None! I had plenty of yarn left over (enough to make a sizable swatch and still have a little yarn nugget left over) and followed the pattern exactly as written.

You can read more about the Bonnie Jean shawl and Riveting Sport yarn over on the Stash blog

There’s been quite a bit of sewing going on around here, but of course I don’t have pictures of any of it! I do, however, have some pictures of some of my recent spinning!

The Ghost Who Walks on MCN, dyed by Two if by Hand

9=WTF on Mixed BFL/Silk, also dyed by Two if by Hand. This was for part of a handspun swap I participated in and the picture was taken by my swap partner!

I also whipped up a little handknit goodie for my swap partner, which she also took a picture of for me:

Roller Rink on MCN, dyed by Two if by Hand…pattern is Camp Out Fingerless Mitts

I have another pair of fingerless mitts and a shawl waiting in the wings to be photographed, so I promise I’ll be back soon with those! Ah…feels good to be back to the blog!

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Tour de Fleece: Days 19-22

Let’s see….On Day 19 of the Tour de Fleece, I finished spinning up some Rambouillet that went up into the shop:

Two if by Hand Rambouillet in colorway “Albus”

On Days 20 & 21 I started spinning some fiber that has a little story behind it. When I was at Rhinebeck last fall, we had checked into the Holiday Inn and I was catching up with my very good friend Aimee. My mom sent me a text from another part of the hotel informing me that someone was giving away merino pencil roving. Now, I’m not one to pass up free fiber, so Aimee and I hightailed it out of our room to go check it out. As I was grabbing up shades of blue, Aimee grabbed up all the electric yellow roving she could find and asked me to spin it for her! I’m finally getting around to spinning it, but my retinas can only take it in small batches!

This yarn is MUCH brighter in real life, if you can believe that!

Today was Day 22 of the Tour, and I managed to spin an entire 4 ounces. I think this might be my favorite skein from the tour, and I can’t WAIT to knit it up!

Two if by Hand MCN (merino/cashmere/nylon) in colorway “Roller Rink”

This stuff spins up like a dream…and the resulting yarn is super soft, squishy, and strong. Let’s have a closer look, shall we?

I’m almost positive that I’ll knit up a pair of Toasts with this…and soon!

There’s also been a little knitting happening around these parts. I finished the first mitten for my Camp Loopy Project #2.

I’ll post more details when they’re completely finished, but I’m really pleased with how the first mitten turned out. I wasn’t sure how the top would look, since I’m using a fingerless mitt pattern as a base. But, the top ended up being perfect…and I love the fit. I hate mittens that are baggy, so I knit these a little smaller than most people probably would.

Tomorrow is the last day of the tour, but I’m not sure how much spinning I’ll be able to get done since Seth’s office is having a pool party! Hmm, maybe I’ll start another braid right now 😉

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Tour de Fleece: Days 16, 17 & 18

Sick of my Tour de Fleece updates yet?! I do at least have some knitting to show you today, too!

But first, the spinning:

On Sunday and Monday, I worked on some Merino dyed by Melissa of Wool Therapy. Melissa has a great eye for color and does amazing gradient dyed braids. For you non-spinners out there, this basically means that the braid is dyed in just a few colors with large blocks of color. There’s a good example here. These braids are great for navajo-plying to make a yarn that will stripe when knit. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of the braid before I started spinning it…but here’s the finished yarn:

This skein will be making it’s way into the etsy shop sometime later this week along with some other handspun and a couple of project bags.

Today I worked on some Rambouillet dyed by Two if by Hand, and spun about half the braid:

I had almost forgotten how much I love spinning Rambouillet. It has such a nice bounce to it and is incredibly soft.

Last night I started my Camp Loopy project number 2, which is a pair of cabled mittens. I’m actually using a fingerless mitt pattern from More Last Minute Knitted Gifts, but I’m going to modify the pattern to turn them into mittens.

The lovely yarn is Wool Candy Biscotti Merino, which is a sport weight yarn with fantastic stitch definition. The color is a tad more blue than in the picture, and I’ve actually separated the thumb and knit a couple more inches since the photo was taken.

I’ll do a post about the upcoming shop update tomorrow (tentatively scheduled for thursday) with details about what will be going up in the shop!

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A wee bit of handspun

I’m sure you’re all on the edge of your seats waiting for finished patio pictures, but you’re going to have to keep waiting just a little bit longer! The patio is done, but I don’t have any pictures of it finished yet. I assure you, it’s gorgeous. And I think we’re going to be spending a ton of time out there this summer. Especially after we get a patio table and chairs!

So in the meantime, I thought I’d share a couple of skeins of handspun that I recently did for a custom order. This particular customer had a skein of handspun from Plied Together and she wanted some fiber spun up to match it. She also wanted another braid of fiber spun up….and if past behavior is any indication of future behavior I’m sure I’ll be spinning for her again soon (I’ve spun well over 2 lbs of fiber for her so far!).

Organic Merino 3-ply yarn spun from Sunshine Yarns fiber in colorway “Edward’s Volvo”

Organic Merino 2-ply spun from Sunshine Yarns fiber in colorway “Cliffdiving” 

I had never spun with anything from Sunshine Yarns before, and I think I’ll have to start stalking their shop updates. Because, I obviously don’t have enough fiber already! But seriously, this stuff was a dream to spin. Looking at the fiber in the braid I was afraid it might be a little tough to spin because it was braided so tightly and it seemed a bit compact. But I unbraided it and pulled it apart and it drafted very easily.

Well, unfortunately that’s all I have for now! I bound off my Scalene shawl/scarf today. It’s humongous! Which I think will be great…but I need to block it to even out the edges before I can tell for sure.

I’ll be spending the weekend prepping the craft room for painting on Tuesday! I need to patch the nail holes, wash the walls, tape and get a coat of primer up on the walls! Hope you all have a fun weekend!



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Photography Class: Day 2

Day 2 of our photography class started at 6am at Sunset Point for Sunrise. Yes. Sunset Point for SunRISE. We didn’t get many colors in the sky during sunrise, but that sure didn’t stop us from clicking away. Thankfully, my Dad had the brilliant idea of buying handwarmers the night before since it was only going to be in the high 20s for sunrise!

The clouds were amazing, and we once again made good use of our graduated density filters. It’s amazing what a difference they make!

After taking photos for a little over an hour, we took a quick break to warm up and then met at the Fairyland Loop trailhead. Now before you click on the link and become all impressed with us hiking a strenuous trail for 8-miles, let me just tell you we only hiked 3-miles total. We hiked for about 1/2 mile before stopping to set up the camera equipment. After we snapped a few pictures, it was suggested that we just carry our cameras on our tripods while we hiked since there were so many photo opportunities. Around every turn there was gorgeous scenery just begging to be photographed.

As you can see, the clouds cleared and we had GORGEOUS weather for hiking.

We hiked about 1.5 miles in, and then followed the same trail back out and were finished by noon. Later in the afternoon, we took my Mom into the park to show her the beautiful scenery. However, the farther up the road we drove, the foggier it became! On our way back down the road toward the park entrance it started snowing….and hailing. We ate dinner at the Lodge inside the park and by the time we were finished with dinner there were a couple of inches of snow on the ground already! We stopped to take a few pictures, but the fog made it difficult to get a good shot.

Hard to believe all these pictures were taken on the same day! I was able to capture some much better photos on our third day of the snow, and I’ll share those in my next post!

And…since no post would be complete without handcrafted goodness….

Pattern: Winslow Market Tote by Kathy Mack – the pattern is free!

Fabric: Nest by Valori Wells

Modifications: Let me just tell you that I am TERRIBLE at following sewing patterns. Give me any knitting pattern and I can probably figure it out. Sewing patterns? Not so much. This is an extremely well-written, very clear and easy sewing pattern. However, I overlooked one small detail. The seam allowance was 1/2″ and not 1/4″ like I’m used to using. Using the wrong seam allowance becomes problematic when you cut all the pieces as instructed and then try and make them all fit together. Oy. I ended up being able to just trim the piece for the bottom as well as the lining, and it all worked out just fine in the end.

I love the size and shape of this bag and will definitely make another one, possibly with interior pockets.

I’m slightly obsessed with this fabric line and desperately want to make this quilt. 

I’m also planning a shop update for Friday with a small selection of handspun yarn. I feel like it’s been far too long since there has been more than a skein or two up in the shop! It will probably be sometime in the morning (pacific time)…but I’ll post the specific time soon.

Here’s a little sneak peek:

Moaning Myrtle on BFL/Alpaca (80/20)

Phew. I think that’s it for now! I started a new sweater, but it doesn’t really look like anything exciting yet…but I’ll be sure to share once it looks a little more impressive!

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Photography Class: Day 1

I think it’s high time I share some of the photos I took during the photography class I took in Utah! For the first day of the class we met in Bryce Canyon National Park at Sunset Point in the early afternoon. We spent the first 45-minutes or so of the class learning about different settings on our cameras and the settings we would be using for the duration of the class. The weather was chilly and snowy, so we ended up hiding out under cover near the restrooms until the weather cleared up a bit. Once we all had our cameras set up (who knew I could do so many things with my camera?!), we headed over to one of the viewpoints and started clicking away.

We took photos for a while and then headed down the Navajo Loop trail to the Queen’s Garden Trail (about 3 miles round trip). We stopped several times, took out the cameras and tripods and snapped more pictures.

Once we started hiking into the canyon and taking photos, we learned how to use the split neutral density filters that were part of our required materials. It was amazing to see how much of a difference they made!

Once we finished the hike, we headed to Inspiration Point to take pictures at sunset. It was quite cloudy, so the sunset wasn’t great…but I think we all ended up with at least a few nice photos from Inspiration Point.

Of course, I have hundreds more pictures…but I thought I’d just share a few of my favorites from each day. I think my grand total was about 750 photos, which I edited down to around 120. Ha. Obviously, I won’t put you through looking at all of them!

I’ve been doing quite a bit of knitting since Seth left for China, but only have a few pictures to share.

On Thursday, I decided that I MUST. IMMEDIATELY. start knitting a pair of socks with handspun yarn. I was so focused on it all day that I managed to knit one whole sock in a day!

Basic sock in Superwash Merino, in colorway “Whiz Bangs” 

I also started spinning up some BFL/Alpaca (80/20) that I had custom dyed by the lovely ladies at Two if by Hand, in colorway “Moaning Myrtle.”

Then, this morning I decided to make some yarn wreaths for my craft room, which I plan on painting soon. I’ve had the materials for a while, and finally got around to making them today. I used the tutorial written by Sharon on the Three Irish Girls blog, and used yarn that I had leftover from a couple of projects. I always seem to have extra yarn leftover, and this is a great way to use it up!

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock in colorway Kate

Yarn: Madelinetosh Sock in colorway Posy…I also used some butterfly buttons that I had leftover from a baby sweater, as well as a bit of Madelinetosh Pashmina in Mansfield Garden Party for the itty bitty ball of yarn on the wreath.

Cute, right? I’m still trying to decide on a paint color for the craft room, but these will match any of the contenders. I also got lost on etsy today looking at wall decals…it’s such a slippery slope!

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Some Custom Spinning

I finished up a fairly large custom spinning order this week, and it was reskeined and shipped off to it’s new home today! The order ended up being about 19 ounces of fiber!

The first batch started off as 3 braids of FLUFF Fibers Rambouillet, but then after the first two skeins were done the customer decided that she wanted a 4th braid spun up as well!

There ended up being 1050 yards of dk-light worsted weight. 

These skeins are unbelievably squishy! 

The 5th skein was also dyed by FLUFF Fibers:

FLUFF Silky Cashmerino (50% Merino/25% Cashmere/25%Silk)

It ended up being quite the pile of handspun yarn!

Like the new tags? My friend Megan, who is a graphic designer, designed the logo for me! 

Want a sneak peek of something I’m working on for the shop?

I ordered some resin cabochons from several etsy shops and some ring bases and earring bases. I’m still waiting on the earring posts to arrive, but I made a couple of rings today!

Cute, eh?

I’ll be putting some up in the shop after I make a bunch!

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