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!
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!
About 2oz of orange fiber. I failed at getting the business name but am excited to work with it!
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
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)
730 yards of Abstract Fiber’s Chihuly in Huckleberry (80% American Targhee/20% Silk) – it is to DIE for
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
A couple of goats
A sheep or two
Some animals got up close and personal
My favorite though is this dapper fellow:
Tomorrow will be the stash enhancement special!
I’d like to introduce everyone to a new member of the family.
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.
The 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!
Going up a needle size seems to have worked…the rainbow is still spiraling!
I have the best news! I’m a woman in love.
With some beautiful yarn.
Just LOOK at it!
This picture is NOT mine – I took it from The Lemonade Shop’s etsy page – click through to their store!
I’ve been following The Lemonade Shop on instagram for a while, their yarn is SO gorgeous and I finally broke down and bought some at the end of June. However, I didn’t cast on until the other day because I wanted to make sure I did right by this yarn. The rainbow colors are so vibrant and the yarn itself is soft and sparkly and I love it. To make sure it gets a ton of use, I’ve decided to knit a hat with it. And I knew I wanted to wing it rather than pattern it. So I swatched and did the math and cast on 144st and knit about half an inch before realizing it was WAY too big. So I ripped and cast on 104st and that’s working MUCH better.
So I started some 2×2 rib…
That rainbow? Spirals oh so orderly around the hat. Every time it lines up correctly I giggle a little and show my husband how awesome it is (he’s a good sport). I zoomed through the ribbing. I tried it on and it’s enough ribbing to cover my ears. I flipped through the stitch dictionaries I have but have basically decided to just stick with stockinette to preserve the spiral I love so much.
Here’s where I hit a snag though…
I don’t know if you can tell but instead of carrying on with the spiral, the rainbow is doubling back and pooling – I think it’ll end up spiraling the opposite direction.
I figure I have a few options…
1) I can just 2×2 rib through the whole hat. I’d rather not do that though as that kind of ribbing can be annoying after a while. I can never get a good rhythm going and it’s so boring to actually knit.
2) I think if I go up a needle size that will let me knit stockinette and maintain the spiral. Based on what I’m seeing, the stockinette is using less yarn than the 2×2 rib…so going up a needle size SHOULD counteract that. I think.
I plan on tinking back and giving it a shot. Wish me luck!
Found some time this weekend (before my knee decided to crap out on me) to dye up some more yarn. This time I decided to try some variegated!
It’s super interesting to see how the different colors came out. It’s nowhere near perfect, there were quite a few muddy spots but I learned a ton from this as well!
I also learned that a $5 roasting pan to do this in was not the best choice. I soaked it to clean it and there were all kinds of weird spots and blotches. Not ideal. So I’ll be investing in a better pan soon.
Next up is an attempt at kettle dyeing!
Oh! After my knee went wonky, the husband and I worked on this all weekend:
I had a blast! I always forget how fun puzzles can be.
Toil & Trouble
Decided to give yarn dyeing a go. Tried Kool-Aid with some roving (it went…ok…I needed more Kool-Aid in there for sure and the roving felted a bit). I decided that it was fun and bought a Craftsy class on the subject – “Professional Yarn Dyeing at Home” with Sarah Eyre. It’s really good, highly recommend checking it out.
I ordered this kit from Jacquard along with some undyed yarn from Knit Picks.
In the one chance I’ve had to try it out since I received the stuff (it’s been a VERY busy summer) I did the following.
I turned this:
I may love it you guys. I’m hoping to try variegated as soon as I get some time!