Friday, July 5, 2013

Day 6

This is 1 oz - I have 3 more ozs to spin and then plying. With 15 days left on the tour, if I spin .25 oz per day, I'll have the singles done in 12 days. Then I'll ply it the last 3 days of the tour.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tour de Fleece progress

Finished the Dreambird fiber on Tour de Fleece Day 3. Tomorrow I can start the RedFish Dyeworks 50% Silk and 50% Superfine Merino

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tour de Fleece 2013

Tour de Fleece started yesterday! My goal was to finish spinning the singles for my dreambird, which I did, but I was also able to ply about half! My goal for today is to finish plying the dreambird fiber.


Saturday, March 3, 2012

Lucky Charms


Name of Project: Lucky Charms
Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Sock-aholic
Yardage: one skein (480 yards), but I have quite a bit left over
Needles: Size US 0 (2.0 mm) Knit Picks circulars
Time to Complete Project: 7 weeks
Pattern Notes: I have 8 stars up the front of the foot and I really like the length these turned out. I'm also completely infatuated with this color and have decided that the next time I buy yarn, it will be in this color for a sweater.

Monster Zebras!
 My monster zebra socks are going along very smoothly and I carry them around quite a bit. I'm working up the leg on the first sock and expect to have it finished in the next few days and will cast on for the second soon.

Travelling sock Knitalong
The idea of this fun project was to have a pair of socks travel around a group of friends so that when you get them back you have a finished pair. Each knitter cast on for the toes and increased to the width that they required and then sent their toes on to the next person. There are 11 knitters in my circle and I personally have knitted on 6 pairs of socks, not counting my own toes. So I'll have 4 more pairs pass through my knitting bag and then I'll have my own back. It has been really fun trying out new stitch patterns on the short little section of sock and also matching yarns to what has already been knit. I've also really enjoyed watching the other pairs take shape.

Above is the current state of my socks, they are ready for the heel turn and are about halfway done. I've got lots of beautiful yarn and bling, I can't wait to get these in my hands.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Great Disguise

My son's class performed Moses before the Thanksgiving break while they were learning about the history of the Hebrews. The play was excellent and I loved the songs performed during the play. My son and two others played two parts, the hebrew slaves and the 3 shepherds. My son told me he needed a beard and his idea was to cut his hair and glue it to his face. I told him not to worry, I would come up with something that wasn't as permanent. I remembered seeing the Instant Beard pattern before Halloween and thinking, if I ever have a costume where I need a beard, I'm making one of these. They only took a couple of hours and turned out absolutely hilarious!

This is son #2 modeling beard #1.

This is son #1 modeling beard #2.
And Shepherd #3. I made his beard a little longer so they didn't all look exactly the same.

Once I made those three, his teacher asked me if I could make one for Moses. I didn't follow the pattern for this, I just cast on a few stitches and increased on each row until I had enough stitches to go around the face. Then I cast off for the mouth and re-cast the stitches on the next row for the mustache.


Here's the whole 3rd/4th grade cast of Moses!
I'm not a big fan of wearing facial hair for costumes but I really liked these beards. They can be taken on and off easily and the pattern cups the chin for a great fit. I've worn a couple of "man" costumes that have involved the use of mustaches and beards and I'm a little uncomfortable in that role. I tend to stick more to the "girly" costumes. But maybe if I had a pink beard...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Working on my Seaside by the seaside

Day One of Thanksgiving break! The boys and I got to go to lunch with a friend and then for a walk on the Carlsbad seawall. They enjoyed watching the Pelicans while pretending they were Pokemons, and I got to work on the border of my Seaside Shawlette. I've only got 3 more rounds to go before binding off and I can't wait to block it. I saw so many different ways of doing it that I'm excited to see what mine wants to do. A wonderful way to start Thanksgiving vacation!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Swatching

Here's swatch #1 for Labyrinth washed and blocked. I'm so glad I decided to proceed with the washing because my gauge was spot on before. Now it's just a little too loose. I'll make another one and go down a needle size. I dont mind swatching when I get to use such a luscious yarn as Malabrigo!