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Hello, 2013.

Yikes. It’s sure been a while, hasn’t it?! I’ve been wanting to get back to this space for months, but every time I sat down to do a blog post there were so many projects to share I wasn’t sure where to begin. To be honest, I’m still not sure where to begin! Life has been a little crazy for the last month or so. We were back east visiting family at the beginning of December, and Seth took a bad fall rock climbing. To make a very long story short, he’s okay, but has a bad pelvic fracture (along with some other injuries) that has prevented us from returning to Oregon. While it’s really difficult to be away from home (and Sailor…oh, how we miss our Sailor!), we’re so grateful that it happened near family and we’ve been able to have their support through all of this. We’re staying with my parents until we’re able to travel back (hopefully around the first week in February).

All that to say, I’m hoping to start fresh in 2013 with this whole blogging thing! Thought I’d keep this post short, and show you some projects I finished up in late 2012 and early 2013:

PicMonkey Collage


Clockwise Starting at top left: Autumn Bloom in The Fibre Company Road to China Worsted, Either/Or Mittens in Anzula For Better or Worsted, Brooklet in Pigeonroof Studios Siren 2 Sock, Schoodic in The Fibre Company Acadia, and Hendreary in Anzula For Better or Worsted

A few random notes: Anzula yarns rock. They’re a relatively new arrival at Stash, and we’ve all fallen head-over-heels in love with all of their yarns. For Better or Worsted is a Merino/Cashmere/Nylon worsted-weight blend and it is completely scrumptious. Doing a 260+ stitch provisional cast-on (I’m lookin’ at you Brooklet Cowl) and then unpicking it to do a 3-needle bind off is not high on my list of things I’d like to repeat in the near future.

As for the Schoodic Cardigan, the goal is to get pictures tomorrow (my good camera is back in Oregon, but I have a decent point-and-shoot with us that took all day to locate) and dedicate the next blog post to the new sweater!

Hope you all had a lovely holiday season and 2013 is treating you well so far!

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Well, hello there!

It’s sure been a while, hasn’t it?! I’ve been hard at work over on the Stash Blog doing a sweater knitting tutorial series for our upcoming knit-along. We’ve also had family visiting and Seth ran his first 100-mile race a few weekends ago. Of course, I’ve been knitting lots and have several things to show you! I’d like to get back to this space on a more regular basis now that summer is winding down and we’re more or less back in our normal routine.

Pattern: Fine Fella Hat by Irish Girlie Knits

Yarn: Swans Island Worsted

Modifications: None! This was a sample knit for Stash. Fabulous pattern and amazing yarn!

Pattern: Krummholz by Melissa LaBarre

Yarn: The Fibre Co. Road to China

Modifications: I completely forgot to change to a larger needle for the hat, but it worked out just fine since I love the way it fits!

Pattern: Urban by Veera Valimaki

Yarn: Astral Bath Yarns Nebula in Sagittarius (the lovely Ridgely sent this to me in a swap!)

Modifications: I shameless used another knitter’s amazing modifications to change the neckline/top a bit. I also used my own measurements for waist shaping.

Another shot of Urban…fun buttons on the shoulders

 I have a couple of more projects to share, but I thought I’d save them for another post! It’s good to be back to the blog…

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Sev[en] Circle

Last Friday night as I was trying to decide on what to wear to my first day working at Stash, I realized that I didn’t have any handknits that were made from yarn carried at Stash. Not that I don’t have some of those yarns in my personal stash, but they have yet to become anything wearable! So, as a solution…I give you a little cowl/necklace/accessory-thingy:

Pattern: Sev[en] Circle by Kirsten Johnstone

Yarn: Abstract Fiber Super Sock  (100% Superwash Merino) in Pheasant

Modifications: None!

The Super Sock was lovely to work with and it softened up quite a bit after washing. The resulting cowl is very wearable and such a great use for highly variegated yarn. I think it would be great knit up in a worsted weight yarn with a few less circles, too! I see more of these in my future.

For those wondering, here is what the cowl looks like after you’re finished knitting it before you put it around your neck:

kinda weird looking, right?! 

I also have some really big, exciting news. My Shadow sweater is DONE! Well….it’s currently drying and needs the ends woven in once it’s dry. But I redid all the seaming and am MUCH happier with the sweater. Details and pics to come later in the week or this weekend. I finally feel like I can start the next sweater in the queue. I think I’ll swatch tonight!

And because I know we all like to torture our pets will silly costumes, here’s a photo of Sailor from Halloween. He wore the costume for approximately 2 minutes before he managed to squirm his way out of it.

Sailor the lobster-dog.

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Rhinebeck Recap!

Phew! I’ve been away from the blog for far too long! But I certainly had a good reason or two!

I flew out to upstate NY a couple of weeks ago so that I could drive down to the NY Sheep and Wool Festival with my Mom and her friend Teena. We met up with my good friend Aimee on Friday night and spent the night hanging with the other knitters and plotting our shopping plan for Saturday.

To say we shopped ’til we dropped is a severe understatement! Our first stop was the Spirit Trail Fiberworks booth. I ended up picking out a gorgeous skein of merino/cashmere fingering weight yarn and a braid of merino/cashmere/silk spinning fiber:

One of our (I’m pretty sure I can speak for Aimee, my Mom and Teena!) favorite vendors was Miss Babs. I was looking for a sweater quantity of an earthy tone to make the Gnarled Yoke Cardigan from the new Coastal Knits book. My first Miss Babs purchase was 3 skeins of “Yowza! Whatta Skein”

The skeins are actually a bit less red and more burgundy. I’m really excited to start the sweater, although I need to finish my Rhinebeck sweater that didn’t quite get finished in time for Rhinebeck!

We loved the Miss Babs booth so much that we went back later in the afternoon and I ended up purchasing a few more things:

Miss Babs Yummy Shadows Sock & Baby Yarn for a Catkin 

Miss Babs Yummy Hand-Painted Sport and Sock yarn and Yet Lace Weight yarn (merino/silk) for a Blackcurrent Shawl 

Another vendor that I was really impressed with was Into the Whirled. I had a really hard time not picking one of everything off the shelves! After much deliberation, I narrowed it down to 2 braids of fiber…one merino and one falkland:

Aimee and I found some awesome self-striping Halloween sock yarn at Blue Ridge Yarns…the plan is to have matching socks for Rhinebeck next year. I, personally, am thinking I might try and whip up a pair in time for Halloween next week (crazy? yes.).

At lunch time we took a trip out to the car to eat some lunch and leave our morning purchases in the car. Afterwards we headed over to the Knitspot lunchtime meet-up to say hello to my cousin Anne.

Anne Hanson of Knitspot, me, and Aimee (omg. my hair is a DISASTER!)

We made sure to spend a little bit of time strolling through the sheep barns and checking out all the cute sheep.

One of the most popular vendors was The Sanguine Gryphon. We didn’t actually do any shopping at their booth since there was over an hour wait to pay:

This was the line to pay at the SG booth!

After shopping all day we headed back to the hotel, ordered some pizza and browsed patterns on ravelry!

There has been some knitting and now that I’m back home I’m going to be working on some project bags for a big update in the next few weeks! Stay tuned for details!

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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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I Wasted No Time…

breaking into my Sock Summit yarn! I’ve been searching for a while for a non-wool yarn to knit some things to wear in the warmer months. The problem I was having is that most of the non-wool yarn out there is commercially dyed, or contains acrylic. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with commercially dyed yarn. But, I hadn’t been able to find a yarn that felt nice and had colors that I thought I would wear.

A few months ago Three Irish Girls announced that they would be releasing some non-wool bases this summer! I figured that Sharon would bring some of these yarns to Sock Summit, so on Thursday I went to the TIG booth to find myself some summer yarns! Between Thursday and Friday I ended up with 2 different weights of cotton/bamboo yarn (50/50). When I got home this weekend, I wound up a skein of the fingering weight, picked a pattern and knit a swatch. It’s glorious to knit with. I was worried it might be a bit slippery to work with since the yarn is so smooth and has a wonderful sheen to it. But, it knits up quite easily and has amazing drape.

The last two days we’ve been having our windows replaced which gave me a really good excuse to sit on the couch and knit for 2 days straight! I wanted to stay out of the way, but needed to be here so that I could make sure Sailor was behaving himself and didn’t try and escape out the door.

I ended up making quite a bit of progress on my sweater over the last 2 days, and I’m going to try and knit the whole thing by August 15th so I can have 4 weeks to work on the final Camp Loopy project (any kind of project using 800 yards of yarn).

Wanna see the yarn and sweater so far?! Yes, of course you do!

Three Irish Girls Cotton/Bamboo Fingering in “Shale be Coming Around the Mountain” – it’s a bit lighter than in the photo

The pattern only calls for 4 buttons at the top…but I think I’m going to put them the whole way down. 

I’m really pleased with the way it’s knitting up. The sweater is going to be extremely lightweight and perfect for chilly summer nights or days out at the coast!

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Black Sheep Gathering

In my last post I mentioned that I went to the Black Sheep Gathering to buy my loom. I sort of skimmed over most of the booths so that I wouldn’t be too tempted to buy tons of stuff besides the loom. I did end up with a few things, but before buying anything I went and walked through the sheep barn. Most of the sheep are really friendly and come right up to the edge of their pen when you walk by. I forgot my camera, so I used the instagram app on my phone to take some pics of the cute sheep:

This guy was my favorite….he was a Romney Sheep, I think.

There were also adorable alpacas outside:

Now onto the fibery goodies…

All the fiber and yarn I purchased was from the same shop. It was the first booth I walked by outside and they had a ton of stuff that was just screaming to come home with me!

8 ounces of Polwarth Roving from Huckleberry Knits 

BFL/Silk laceweight yarn from Huckleberry Knits

Merino/Silk fingering weight yarn from Huckleberry Knits

And of course there was the loom purchase. I’m going to warp the loom again tomorrow and start another scarf!

Today, though, I did a bunch of sewing for the shop and finished spinning a skein of yarn.

Merino/Yak (50/50) dyed by Two if by Hand in “Over the Top”

The yarn isn’t nearly as bright in real life…it’s much more subtle, but I couldn’t quite capture it with the camera. 

It might end up as a hat for Seth….and maybe some fingerless mitts for me with the leftovers. But who knows!

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