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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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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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Made of Awesomeness

I had planned on putting another hat and some fingerless mitts on the blog today, but then my dear friend Aimee let me know she had received her Christmas gift today. I’ve been so excited about this since it was finished that it just can’t wait another second to make it onto the blog.

First, though, a little back story. I had planned on weaving Aimee a scarf for Christmas out of some red (her most favorite color in the whole wide world) awesome yarn. But…Aimee also loves all things multi-colored. The lovely ladies at Two if by Hand (my go-to source for spinning fiber) recently started dyeing yarn. As soon as I saw the preview for a shop update that happened less than a week before we were headed home, my plans of a red scarf went out. the. window. Two if by Hand has a colorway called “Whiz Bangs” and it is all sorts of awesome. I’ve spun it up in fiber form, but the yarn looked amazing and perfect for Aimee. The yarn arrived the day before we left for the east coast and so unfortunately it had to sit here until we were back, and then reality set it and I knew I wouldn’t get to it until after Christmas. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of the yarn before I wove it up…but you can see it here. On Monday, I stayed in my PJs until the scarf was finished and it was all dry and ready to mail on Tuesday!

Yarn: Two if by Hand Superwash Merino Worsted in Whiz Bangs!

I’m happy to report that the yarn is just as fantastic as Two if by Hand’s fiber offerings. The Superwash Merino is quite soft in the skein, but really softens up after a soak in some warm water and wool wash. And of course, the Whiz Bangs looks ridiculously cool woven up!

I love how the edges are all different colors!

It had been a while since I had woven anything, and now that I have a stand for my loom (and don’t have to sit at the dining room table to weave!) I’ll be weaving much more frequently! How about one more photo for good measure?

Awesomeness.

In other knitting/fiber news, I just finished a hat out of some totally luxurious yarn (lambswool, cashmere, angora) and spun up a skein of merino/cashmere/silk yarn the other day! Hopefully it will stop raining long enough to have Seth snap some photos tomorrow! I’ll be back with those and the rest of the Christmas gift knits in a couple of days!


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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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Tour de Fleece Wrap Up

I managed to squeeze in a little bit of spinning during the last day of the Tour. A few months ago (probably more months ago than I’d like to admit!), I ordered some colorwork kits from Two if by Hand. The kits came with 2 ounces of 2 different colors, meant to be spun up separately and then knit together. I’ve been putting off spinning these because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to knit with them. I spun up half of one of the kits on Sunday:

Two if by Hand MCN (merino/cashmere/nylon) in Comfort

I ended up with a bit over 100 yards of worsted weight yarn. I still have to spin up the coordinating color, but I suspect they’ll become something Christmasy.

I finally snapped a photo of the llama fiber I spun up a couple weeks back…it softened up a TON after washing (it had to be washed three times because the wool was so dirty!):

My knitting needles saw quite a bit of action today, mostly prompted by the release of Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People. A few knitting designers that I follow on twitter had tweeted links this morning, and of course I clicked. And then swooned over all the wooly goodness. Wool People is a collection of patterns all designed by different knitting designers and knit with Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter yarn. I’m going to go ahead and assume that Jared Flood (the designer behind Brooklyn Tweed and Shelter Yarn) took all the photographs for the patterns (he’s a photographer as well as a knitting designer). The photographs are gorgeous and the patterns (with maybe one or two exceptions) are all things I can picture on my knitting needles. In particular, there are a couple of sweaters in the collection that I want to knit RIGHT. NOW. However, I promised myself I’d finish the sweater I have on the needles before purchasing yarn for another sweater. Well, that prompted a day filled with knitting and an entire sleeve’s worth of progress! I  think that my first Wool People sweater will be this one.

Anyways…here’s a not so great picture of the sweater-in-progress:

All that’s left is the feather-and-fan collar/front band and blocking! I don’t know why I waited so long to finish this sweater!

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