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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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Shadow Pullover

After a whole lot of knitting, seaming, ripping, and re-seaming…I give you my newest handknit sweater!

Pattern: Shadow by Olga Buraya-Kefelian from the Brooklyn Tweed Wool People Collection

Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Sweatshirt

Modifications: My gauge was a tiny bit off (I know, I know…you’re all shocked and surprised!), but it really wasn’t a big deal. My swatch didn’t grow at all, but I knew that when I wet blocked the sweater it would most certainly grow. So, I didn’t sweat the small gauge difference and blocked the sweater to the measurements I wanted. To make up for the difference in row gauge, I increased 2 rows sooner on each repeat when knitting the sleeves. Then there is the issue of the neck. I followed the pattern, knit the boat neck according to the pattern and had some horrible results. I had decided to attach the neck and shoulders before blocking to make sure the sweater fit. I joined the neck in the round, did the purl row that the pattern required, knit the inside of the neck and whip stitched all of those stitches to the inside of the sweater. Well….I tried it on. And let’s just say, it wasn’t pretty. The neck was wavy and too tall for my short neck. I pulled out all of the whip stitching (which proved to be far more difficult than I had anticipated because the yarn felts onto itself if you look at it funny), and pulled back the neck. The neck is probably 1/2″ shorter than the pattern calls for. In order to make sure the boat neck wasn’t wavy, I changed to a smaller needle when I knit the lining and decreased 8 stitches evenly around. Despite the pattern recommending seaming with a lighter weight yarn, I foolishly seamed with Shelter. The seams were far too bulky and the yarn isn’t nearly strong enough to seam a sweater. I pulled out all of the seaming and used some MCN grey sock yarn to seam it up. It was well worth the extra effort I put into making sure the seaming wasn’t too bulky and will hold up over time.

Let’s talk about the yarn, shall we? Shelter is a very lofty, 2-ply yarn that is a blend of Targhee wool and Columbia wool that gives it a very light, slightly wooly quality. It is certainly a more rustic yarn than many of the luxurious blends I typically knit with. But the loftiness makes it a fantastic sweater yarn. The entire sweater only took about 980 yards and weighs less than a pound. For those sweater knitters out there, you understand that this is kind of a big deal. The finished sweater barely weighs anything, which I think will be helpful in retaining the shape of the sweater. It also means that it doesn’t need to be -20 degrees outside for me to wear a fabulous cabled sweater without getting heat stroke. Cables usually eat up yarn yardage like there’s no tomorrow. Shelter, though? Not so much. I’m not sure I could wear a scarf or something really close to my skin in Shelter…but it softened up a decent amount when washed. I’ve worn the sweater twice already with just a short-sleeved shirt underneath, and the itch factor hasn’t bothered me at all.

Look at those fabulous cables!

Now…about the pattern. The pattern was extremely well-written and easy to follow. My only complaint is that the sweater was knit in pieces, which makes it impossible to try on as you knit. I don’t mind the seaming, really…it’s more that I was a little skeptical that the sweater was actually going to fit once I was done! It does, of course…but you really have to trust your gauge swatch and hope for the best! The sleeves are a little large at the cuff, but they match the a-line shape of the sweater.

All that being said, I’m completely in love with the finished sweater. It’s actually my favorite handknit sweater thus far! How about a few more pictures?

I did finish another knitting project last night, but it’s of the “secret holiday knitting” variety, so it’ll have to wait a while! But…I also finished a woven scarf for a customer that I can show you!

Woven in The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! (merino/cashmere/nylon) in Tulip Tree Beauty

I think that’s all for now! I just picked up a sock-in-progress that I abandoned way back in February, so hopefully I’ll have something to report on that soon!

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New in the etsy shop….

A few handwoven scarves! Initially I made these thinking I would be participating in one of the Holiday Craft Fairs at the hospital, but unfortunately we’ll be traveling during them this year. Sooo…I’ve decided to put them up in the etsy shop today!

The first and third scarves are already listed in the shop…the second one will be listed soon-ish. I just need to retake a couple of photos and then it will be up!

I’ll be back either later today or tomorrow with some WIPs and some spinning-in-progress 🙂

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Atlantis

For July’s Stash Menagerie shipment, I received 2 gorgeous skeins of Atlantis on Roslea Organic Merino:

I knew immediately that I wanted to use them to weave a scarf and I certainly wasn’t disappointed with the result!

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Roslea Organic Merino in Atlantis

Notes: I wasn’t sure if the Roslea Organic was going to be too thick to weave or if it would lose some of it’s softness when woven. It actually ended up being perfect. It’s wonderfully soft in woven form and makes a really warm scarf! Now, if only I could get my hands on some more Roslea Organic!

This is headed to the “holiday craft fair pile” 

In non-fiber arts news, we took a little drive to the coast today with some friends of ours. The main goal was to buy some tuna off a tuna boats for canning! Yes, we’re canning our own tuna (apparently I’ve become the crazy canning lady!)….more on that after we actually do the canning tomorrow! After picking up the tuna, we headed to Seal Rock State Park to eat some lunch and let Sailor run around like a crazy dog. And run like a crazy dog, he did…

Not only was there running around, there was also some not-so-sneaky food stealing! bad dog. 

Sailor wasn’t the only one running on the beach:

E showing off her leaping skills

There’s a good possibility that I made her do this multiple times just so I could snap a photo!

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! I’ll be back with a finished baby sweater and a canning tuna update soon!

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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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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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Handwoven Kindle Cases

The other day I wound up some Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock yarn, warped the loom and started weaving. It became apparent pretty quickly that I was going to run out of yarn and my “scarf” was going to be pretty short. I used up all the yarn and cut the weaving off the loom and realized I was correct. I probably could have used it as a scarf, but it wasn’t long enough to wrap around more than once. So I put the scarf aside and thought that I would sew with it instead. It happened to be the perfect width to make a couple of e-reader cases for the shop!

I love the way these turned out! There are 3 of them up in the shop right now, but make sure to read the title and description. Two of them are padded with quilt batting and the third is not padded. Honestly, that’s only because I forgot to put quilt batting in the first one and realized after it was all sewn up!

Go check ’em out!

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