Sweater!

After several false starts I’ve finally made some progress on a sweater! I’m making a baby sweater so I can see how the whole sweater process works and last night I separated the body & the sleeves and it’s LOOKING LIKE A SWEATER!

This is Flax by Tin Can Knits – it’s part of their “Simple Collection” which is a free learn to knit set of patterns. I’m knitting it out of Berroco Vintage in the Cracked Pepper colorway. The pattern is easy to follow, has great schematics and there are links to tutorials and resources at the tricky parts. It’s been great and I’m so excited to finish up the body and do the sleeves!

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Gadgets (aka, All I Want For Christmas)

I’m a bit of a gadget person. If there’s a thing out there that solves an issue in a clever way, I want it.

You know who is GREAT at this? Akerworks.

I have a few of their bobbins – and they’re a dang treat. I also follow them on Instagram so I often see the cool new things they’re working on.

Like the relatively new Lazy Kate (pic shamelessly stolen from their site – clicks through to their site though!):

Or what about their modular drop spindles (Pic also shamelessly stolen)?

This time though, they’ve gone TOO FAR in awesomeness (pic stolen from their site).

This. Is. A. Gauge. Swatch. Tool.

It holds the swatch down. It makes it very clear where the stitches are and how to count them. It is SO COOL I MIGHT SCREAM.

I am LUSTING after this. Like, I may actually do swatches if I have one. Now to subtly hint to my husband that he should get this for me for Christmas…

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Belated FO: Gnome Barf Gloves

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I finished these ages ago but only recently started pulling them out to use at work and in the mornings. There are definitely some things I would have done differently (the stockinette is a bit baggy, for example…that jog there is pretty annoying too) but the gloves are warm and I have received several compliments on the color (Socks that Rock in Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test in case you were wondering).

I had grand plans for Christmas knitting but November really knocked me for a loop. I’m still recovering from the mental stress. So rather than add to it I’m just enjoying whatever I happen to work on.

I did find time to get in the Christmas spirit however:

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My husband has a Star Trek ornament up there…I clearly need some knitting ones.

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Finished Object: Swirly Hat

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Swirly rainbow hat is COMPLETE! It was a perfect opportunity to try out Helen…I should have taken the picture from a different angle, but that’s ok, practice makes better.

I’ve long lusted after this yarn from The Lemonade Shop (Sparkle Stormy Day in the Sparkle DK base) and it more than lived up to my expectations. Soft, sparkly and just plain gorgeous.

It’s a vanilla hat, started on smaller needles for the ribbing and then went up a size to keep the swirl going. I had some…challenges…with figuring out how many stitches to cast on. I am too impatient with my swatches. Next hat I do, I’ll actually do a large enough swatch and swatch in the round vs swatching flat and see if that makes a difference.

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Blog Recommendation: Violently Domestic

Just wanted to post with a quick blog recommendation in case you haven’t seen it before!

If you love yarn, have an interest in learning what goes into self-publishing knitting patterns & books, good writing, and/or amazing pictures – I’d HIGHLY recommend checking out Violently Domestic.

The blog is written by Hunter Hammersen (of Curls, The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet series, among others) and she is a delight!

I first heard of her designs a while ago listening to The Knitmore Girls. I randomly wandered over to her amazon page to see about getting a book and saw that she had a blog.

Hmmm, I said to myself, I’m always looking for new knitting-centric blogs…

And away I went. Over the last week I’ve read through all the back entries and it is a fascinating read. Her first post is when she decided to put a pattern up on a whim and the blog covers her design adventures from then on. Plus, she’s super nice on twitter.

So – go – check it out. Buy some of her books. Pick up a pattern or two. At the very least, look at pretty things!

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Oregon Flock and Fiber – Stash Enhancement

Oregon Flock and Fiber was really great this year! The weather was perfect, it never felt TOO crowded. And there were SO MANY things to look at this year! We did a few laps before I started getting some goodies. My Mother-In-Law offered to buy some stuff as a belated b’day present and I had my budget and I put both to good use.

A lot got accomplished this year. Finally got something at the Abstract Fiber booth which I’ve been meaning to do for years. Picked up a Lo-Lo Bar from the Bar-Maids. Got my mother-in-law to give drop spindling a try. The piece de resistance was the goat obstacle course – it was delightful!

And there were definitely some purchases – see below for the haul!

This year was definitely a year of fiber!

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About 2oz of orange fiber. I failed at getting the business name but am excited to work with it!

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A beautiful braid of fiber that I can’t remember where I got it or what the content is…BUT it was a steal at $10

Braid of fiber from Dicentra Designs (click on the photo for a link) - it's 60% Polwarth & 40% Tussah Silk in the Pelennor colorway

Braid of fiber from Dicentra Designs (click on the photo for a link) – it’s 60% Polwarth & 40% Tussah Silk in the Pelennor colorway

Black Rainbow Batt from Upstream Alpacas (click on photo for link) - 80% black baby alpaca & 20% hand dyed silk

Black Rainbow Batt from Upstream Alpacas (click on photo for link) – 80% black baby alpaca & 20% hand dyed silk

And of course it wouldn’t be a fiber festival without a bit of yarn

Dicentra Designs - Sport Weight yarn in Musk Rose (50% Alpaca/50% Merino)

Dicentra Designs – Sport Weight yarn in Musk Rose (50% Alpaca/50% Merino)

730 yards of Abstract Fiber's Chihuly in Huckleberry (80% American Targhee/20% Silk) - it is to DIE for

730 yards of Abstract Fiber’s Chihuly in Huckleberry (80% American Targhee/20% Silk) – it is to DIE for

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Oregon Flock and Fiber – Animals

My mother-in-law was in town this weekend and despite her not really being a knitter or anything like that I thought she might enjoy going to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival.

I was totally right!

We wandered the grounds for hours taking a look at all the vendors and displays.

Oh, and of course, the animals. There were a few animals to take a look at…

There were some Alpacas

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A couple of goats

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A sheep or two

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Bunnies

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Llamas

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Some animals got up close and personal

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My favorite though is this dapper fellow:

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Tomorrow will be the stash enhancement special!

 

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New addition

I’d like to introduce everyone to a new member of the family.

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This is Helen. She now lives on top of my yarn shelf. Here she is modeling a hat I finished ages ago but never posted about – the Lucky 7 Hat by weezalana. I don’t remember what yarn I used though.

If you’d like your very own Helen, I got her on Amazon (link is an amazon associates link). It’s a glass mannequin head and it is substantial – I don’t see it tipping and the glass is thick enough it doesn’t feel like it will break easily. Expect to see better pictures in the future. I may also have my eyes on some mannequin feet for sock modeling.

I’m very excited about this as it will make documenting hats WAY easier for the blog. There may already be plans in the works to secure a witch hat for Halloween, Santa hat for Christmas and bunny ears for Easter. My husband sneakily put an old pair of glasses on her last night as well. We’re easily amused.

img_09701The rainbow swirl hat is coming along – the plan seems to continue to work – though I am starting to worry about how I’ll keep it up with the decreases…any suggestions welcome!

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