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  • knitting1105 11:23 am on May 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Kindling of a Flame 

    “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
    ― Socrates

    It has been a busy couple of weeks, just finishing up the end of school.  In addition to teaching (one totally new to me class), I took a photoshop class, both to help me with my work, and to help me on my postings here. Our final project was to design a CD cover.  I used photos that I had taken of Dan during my Studio Photography class last year.

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    It was fun, and now I want to apply my new skills here and on my business website.  Just the tip of the iceberg, there are additional computer design programs that I want to/should know.  I have enjoyed taking classes as they fit into my teaching schedule.  Next I am thinking either Advanced Photoshop, IN Design, or another Art class.

    “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
    ― Henry Ford

     
    • Diane 3:42 pm on May 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love the CD design, you have so much artistic talent! So did Dan make a CD?

  • knitting1105 9:19 am on May 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Doozer Knitting 

    I especially like the clank of needles, they must be using metal.

     
    • Diane 11:16 pm on May 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like you found your new theme song!

  • knitting1105 8:06 am on May 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Spinning a Rainbow 

    The past few days have seen a lot of bright spinning using my Zebesis roving.  The roving is 50% Superwash Merino and 50% tussah Silk, and spins like a dream.  I love the feel of this fiber going between my fingers.

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    It is so much fun to watch the colors evolving:

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    One more braid to spin, then I really want to start knitting on this right away.  My thought is that it will be a scarf knit from side to side, most likely some sort of rectangle so that I can keep the colors even in weight.  Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

     
    • Linda 7:22 am on May 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      ooohhhhh….such beautiful colors!! Like spinning jewels. Can’t wait to see what you knit from them.

  • knitting1105 8:15 am on May 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Thistle 

    After sitting for many months on my spinning wheel, most of the winter in fact, these braids finally got finished. The color is Thistle from Fiber Optic.

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    When the plying was done, and I pulled the skeins off the skein winder, this is what they looked like:

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    Notice the green, which was the first spun, twisted the most upon plying.  Not to fear though, a nice hot bath, some snapping and hang in to dry produced a very beautiful yarn.

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    Total yardage: 1,070.  I thought that my spinning was very fine, but this seems to be my usual as of late.  At least the colors were a perfect match from braid to braid, and I had very little left over on 1 bobbin.  My thought is another faroese shawl, or perhaps something long and lean.

     
    • Diane 8:53 pm on May 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Can’t wait to see why you do with the yarn. Very pretty.

  • knitting1105 10:51 am on April 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    YarnCon 2015 

    Life has been busy lately, taking away from my knitting, spinning and blogging times.  I did pull out some time to make the trek into the City on Saturday for YarnCon.  For those of you not from the Windy City (wind from politicians not weather), :

    YarnCon is Chicago’s homegrown yarn-centric exhibition — a place to promote, sell, and celebrate the yarny arts. Started in 2007, YarnCon aims to be the premier market for independent producers of yarn, knitted/crocheted objects, fiber for spinning, tools, gadgets, books, patterns, instructions, and gifts related to spinning, knitting, crochet, and weaving.

    This was my 4th year attending, it started in a beautiful Park District building, which they outgrew, and now is in The Plumbers’s Union Hall, another neat old building. 2 of my fellow SnB knitters were trying booths there for the first time, so it was good to see them.  And, I ran into lots of knitting buddies.  Jayson and I trolled the venue first, then I went back and made only a couple of very discrete purchases.  My first was these buttons, 100 for $9, they will be perfect for baby sweaters.  That is a lot of sweaters!

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    Knitcircus was next on my list.  I had a skein from a couple of years ago at Vogue Knitting, and saw socks that she had made using 2 different gradient yarns, that hooked me.  This was my purchase this year:

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    To pair up with this:

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    And my only other purchase was also sock yarn.  Since these were all Indy dyers, the yarn was mostly sock and shawl weight.  Not that I am in the sweater buying mode anytime soon anyways.  My friend Andi always says that sock yarn doesn’t really count anyways.  This is fromThe Cyborg’s Craft Room, color way is Bangarang, love the sparkles in this.  Reserved for me!

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    And I took great advantage of the beautiful weather over the weekend to spin on the front porch.  This fiber had been on my wheel way too long, it is a gradient from Fiber Optic, Wild Thyme.  Plying it now.

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  • knitting1105 2:18 pm on April 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Easter 

    Some free knitting patterns from Rowan:

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  • knitting1105 2:58 pm on April 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Colored Monkeys 

    My Monkey socks with the beautiful variegated bright yarn are finished.   The heels were knit in a lavender color, which I think helps pull out the brights.  Truth be told, any of the colors that I was looking at would have worked beautifully.  When I was knitting the foot, I was actually loving the underside with the just plain knitting (at one point I contemplated ripping both socks out and starting over!).  That inspired me to knit the toes in the same yarn, and not use a contrasting color.

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    All from this gorgeous yarn:

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    • elaine 8:43 pm on April 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Those are the Coolest Socks Ever! Love the colors :-)

    • Diane 11:50 pm on April 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What fun socks and I know when you wear them you will think of Mom with the purple heels!

  • knitting1105 11:40 am on March 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Rainbow Groove 

    This morning I woke up to several inched of surprise snow on the ground, and only a couple of days after the first day of Spring!  Not happy.  So, this bright post will remind me of what is sure to be around the corner: colors and flowers and sun.  My knitting and spinning has been on a total Rainbow groove, I originally called it a rut, but my friend Andi from SnB said that there is no way that rainbows are a rut.  Is it my desire for spring, or just need for more color in my life?

    First I knit with this amazing yarn, Monkey socks in progress.

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    Which inspired the purchase of this fiber:

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    Which prompted me recently to go to Knitterly Things, and look at her beautiful self-striping yarns, they have been on my radar for a long time.  So, my splurge included this Vesper Sock yarn, I was originally going to get another rainbow, but opted for a more serene color palate:

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    And, while I was there, these mini wee-skeins called to me to be knit up into something hopefully creative…

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    And for a true rainbow, I am making the Dot socks from the Vogue Sock Knitting on the go:

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    Here is my cuff, using JaWoll Sock yarn for this:

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    And to be totally forthright, as I was organizing and cleaning my stash today, I forgot that I had purchased this last fall at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool from River’s Edge Fiber Arts

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    Happy Spring everyone!

     
    • FogKnits 12:40 pm on March 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love each and every one of them! I’m a bit of a rainbow addict too :)

    • Linda 5:07 pm on April 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful socks….love the orchid heel. I have not tried this pattern yet; makes me want to get started.

  • knitting1105 8:00 am on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Colorful monkey socks 

    That amazingly colored rainbow yarn from a couple of weeks ago has become the beginnings of the Monkey socks by CookieA.

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    I love love love the colors, and was uncertain how they would knit up in a patterned sock, so I opted for the Monkey socks as they normally work very well with a highly patterned yarn.

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    It seems to me that even this pattern has not stopped the complementary colors from muddying out a bit.  Not wanting to rip back, I am opting to continue with this.  My thought is that a brightly colored heel will accent the colors of the sock.

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    Here are some choices, all from jaWoll.  My tendencies are towards the blue or purple. Thoughts?

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    • Michelle Diaz-Albo 11:54 am on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I would go with the orangey on the far left or the magenta!

    • leslieagray2015 12:08 pm on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a tough decision! Although I would usually err toward purple, I think the blue might be more vibrant in this case…

    • Yvonne 5:32 pm on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’d go for the yellow first and than the orange assuming these socks are for a female.

    • atangledyarn84 1:59 pm on March 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Blue, but I always favor blue :)

  • knitting1105 10:55 am on March 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Lloyd would love these sheep 

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