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Wurm Hat…and some aprons!

There’s been tons of sewing and knitting around these parts (and some spinning, too!) lately. I’ve been branching out with my sewing, which has been really fun! I made my very first skirt, which I’ll post pictures of as soon as I get some and made some really fun aprons. I’m hoping to make a dress at some point and even have fabric and a pattern all picked out. Which brings me to the knitting portion of the blog post….our friend Judy offered to help me with the dress in exchange for knitting her a hat! A friend of hers who is a knitter was wearing a hat she liked and she found out the pattern name, picked out some yarn and I knit it up for her.

Pattern: Wurm by Katharina Nopp

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sport in Clematis

Modifications: I cut out one repeat because the hat was getting quite long and I was running out of yarn!

What a fun pattern! I love that the brim of the hat is doubled and doesn’t require a provisional cast-on in order to achieve this feature. The pattern was easily memorized and didn’t require much attention besides counting rows every so often. The yarn, of course, was glorious to work with. I’ve knit with several of the Madelinetosh bases before, but the Tosh Sport was new to me. It has a nice tight twist and has fantastic stitch definition.

Onto the aprons!

Not too long ago Sonia and I were chatting about what we could do to stand out at the shop so that customers could immediately identify who worked there. We tossed some ideas around and not too long afterwards a ravelry friend posted an adorable utility apron she made. She made it for a fiber festival that she was attending as a vendor and I immediately messaged her to find out where she got the pattern! She pointed me towards this tutorial and I immediately sent the link to Sonia. After a lot of fabric browsing, we finally settled on some Michael Miller fabrics (from the Red & Aqua line…they just happen to be the shop colors!).

We decided to go with 2 different designs for the 4 aprons.

I made the ties longer than the pattern calls for so that we could tie them in front.

Little tab for hanging things.

And because other crafters out there will totally relate to this….

Multitasking at it’s finest. Keeping warm with Dancette and trying to get pictures of the aprons and Wurm hat before the sun went down.


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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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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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