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Spring Garden Tee and a TDF Update!

I’ve been knitting and spinning my fingers off lately and I have quite a few things to show off as a result! The Tour de Fleece has been going on, and while I haven’t made too much progress with my spinning I have finished a couple of skeins of yarn!

Left: Nuclear Pie on Falkland, Top Right: Boardwalk on SW Merino, Bottom Right: Heather Violet on Organic Merino – all fiber by Two if by Hand

I’ve also been participating in the Summer KAL at Stash, and recently finished my Spring Garden Tee!

Pattern: Spring Garden Tee by Alana Dakos

Yarn: Be Sweet Bamboo in Light Aqua

Modifications: I made the top several inches shorter than the pattern calls for since I wanted a tee instead of a tunic. However, the 100% bamboo yarn grew quite a bit and I now have a tunic length top! I picked up all the underarm stitches and did edging just as I did for the neck. I had hoped that this would prevent the armholes from stretching out too much. I ended up leaving out a couple of raglan increases in order to make the finished chest measurement slightly smaller to account for the stretch I knew would happen. The last mod I made was to add a lace hem to the bottom of the top (I used the lace pattern from the sleeves).

Lace detail at the hem.

The Be Sweet Bamboo makes a lovely, drapey fabric…though, I don’t think I’d ever use it for an adult garment again. I do think I’ll get a lot of wear out of the top, but it definitely stretched over the course of the day wearing it. That said, it’d be lovely for lighter, summery accessories or baby/toddler/child tops!

Last weekend, our friend Laura was in Portland on a little West Coast adventure. We took her to Cannon Beach, Tillamook Cheese Factory, the Portland Saturday Market, and had a little knitting lesson!

Anyone recognize Haystack rock from the movie The Goonies?! 

I just cast-on for several new projects, so I’ll be back soon with progress pics of those and another TDF update!


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Before Dark Sweater and Black Sheep Roundup!

Before I tell you what a great time we had at the Black Sheep Gathering, I finally have a new sweater to show off! I finished just in time for the cool weather we had this weekend and it was the perfect thing to wear on friday at the fiber fest.

Pattern: Before Dark by Veera Välimäki

Yarn: Pigeonroof Studios Cassiopeia DK in Espresso

Mods: Well…I kept terrible notes about my mods. I think the only real modification I made was picking up some stitches at the underarm. As written, the pattern doesn’t have you pick up any stitches when you start the sleeves. According to the pattern schematic the sleeves were going to be a bit tighter than I would have liked, so I picked up 4 stitches under each arm and decreased them after a few rows.

As soon as I choose the yarn/pattern combination I knew I wanted to use some wooden buttons from Wooly Moss Roots (and omg when I went to grab the link I saw that they mentioned seeing my sweater at Black Sheep!). We carry them at Stash, but we didn’t have enough of any one kind. Sonia kindly special ordered a set of 8 for me and I couldn’t be more pleased with how they look on the finished sweater!

Veera’s patterns are very well written and I really love the effect of the short rows on the upper back. There are several of her designs (and if I’m being honest probably more like 10) that are on my short list of “things to knit.”

sigh The yarn. Oh, the yarn. Cassiopeia DK is a merino/cashmere/silk blend…need I say more? It knits up beautifully and is oh-so-squishy and soft! There’s definitely another Cassiopeia sweater in my future.

gratuitous grey poodle picture 

Now…onto Black Sheep Gathering!

Sonia and I spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene at the Black Sheep Gathering running a booth for Stash!

Stash at Black Sheep! 

We had a great selection of local indie dyers….Baah!, Becoming Art, Pigeonroof Studios, Hazel Knits, Knitted Wit, Imperial, Abstract Fibers…and more!

Oh, look! There are some Grey Poodle Designs bags! 

Local handspun, gorgeous buttons, and more!

 I had a fantastic time working at the festival, seeing all of the wonderful handknits, and shopping, of course!

Some highlights of the show for me (besides representing Stash!) were:

-The Huckleberry Knits booth…we carry their yarn, but I made a few purchases of some things we don’t carry at the shop!

-Purchasing a WooLee Winder for my spinning wheel! It was my first purchase of the weekend and I wasted no time putting it on my wheel Friday night and giving it a spin (ha!).

-Seeing all of the gorgeous handknits people were wearing. Especially the Suki Shawl from The Sock Report. There were two women wearing Suki, one of them being the designer. Both were absolutely gorgeous and made me want to cast-on Right. This. Second.

Miss Purl stitch markers….she had a fantastic selection and I ended up with a couple of sets.

-The Bar-Maids booth…I ended up with a Lo-lo bar, Oh, For Feet’s Sake, and a new serum they just came out with.

Hansen Minispinners. The Stash booth was right across the aisle from the Hansen MiniSpinners booth. It had the potential of being very dangerous for my bank account! I tried one out on Saturday during a little down time and loved it. I managed to resist buying one, but I would love to own one at some point in the future!

Well…I think this post has gone on long enough! I’ll be back soon with some more sweater WIPs!

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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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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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Happy Halloween!

Pattern: Loosely based on the AfterThought Heel Socks by Laura Linneman

Yarn: Blue Ridge Yarns in a Merino/Silk (70/30) blend

Modifications: I knit for 4 inches before placing the scrap yarn for the afterthought heel. After placing the scrap yarn, I decreased 8 stitches (2 on each needle) to make the foot more form fitting. I also did less decreases on the afterthought heel because I found that as written, they were a bit too large.

I knit these in just under a week and finished them just in time to be festive today!

I think I need a pair for every major holiday! In holiday appropriate colors, of course.

I seriously missed my spinning wheel when I was away, and I just finished spinning up a lovely braid of fiber today:

Padfoot on Polwarth dyed by Two if by Hand 

Approximately 275 yards of dk-ish weight yarn

I was hoping to have my Shadow sweater finished by now…but I’ve run into a few problems. First of all, I had some issues with the collar and had to undo and reknit it. THEN, there’s the issue of the really bulky seams. I need to pull out all of the seaming and find some light weight (and stronger) yarn to seam with. Here’s a quick shot of what it looks like right now (in a big pile):

 I really think I’m going to love it…but it is certainly trying my patience!

I have a couple of other things on the needles, but those should be done and blog worthy in a few days!

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!



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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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