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  • knitting1105 6:10 pm on January 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Hunkering Down 

    If the weathermen are to be believed we have one heck of a storm coming towards Chicago the next 2 days, followed by some cold air.   I do often have my doubts about their reliability.  In my next life I want to come back as a weatherman, as they can be wrong most of the time, and still keep their jobs.  In fact, I think that I guess as well as them sometimes.  But this might be different.  Warnings are coming from all sources, and sides.  I went to the grocery store today to make sure that I had enough food for 3-4 days, it was packed, you would have thought that it was the day before a major holiday.  Additional cat food will be purchased on my way to knitting tonight—that would actually be the most painful thing to run out of.  Lloyd would just look at me and go to his bed, but the cats would be non-stop yelling.

    Running out of yarn for knitting or fiber for spinning will not be a problem however.  I have been finishing spinning up the rest of the green and purple Fiber Optics roving, and will ply it together tonight.  That way I will have enough to finish my Herbivore scarf while I sit with knitting, books, animals and movies tomorrow and weather out the storm.   I am supposed to teach tomorrow night and Wednesday morning, but unless something changes, I will be cancelling my classes tomorrow afternoon.

    Here is my progress on Herbivore.   Once you get the set-up rows, it is a very easy knit.

  • knitting1105 6:46 pm on January 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Purple and Green 

    I have spun up 1/2 of the green and purple roving from Fiber Optics.  I originally had purchased these to ply together.  They were so incredibly beautiful as singles that I was starting to question that plan.  Purple and green are my favorite colors, and I normally love them together.

    However, I took the leap, and plied the first group together.  I still was not convinced, but needed to continue with what I started:

    316 yards with 4 ounces of roving.  My best yardage yet.

    Still questioning my judgement, I wound the skein into a center pull ball.

    And, I decided to start knitting this up right away.  I chose the pattern Herbivore.  My friend Mimi has been working on this, and I thought it would be a good size to utilize my handspun yarn.   It is knitting up very soft.  I am liking it more as it progresses.

  • knitting1105 12:31 pm on January 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    All about accessories 

    It’s all about the accessories in pretty much everything isn’t it?  Whether it be the finishing touches on a room, the scarf or jewelry with an outfit, or all the additional items one needs for a sport or hobby.

    When I got my spinning wheel, I quickly realized that I needed a better lazy kate (horizontal and tensioned), a large flyer to ply my newly spun yarn into bigger skeins, a niddy-knoddy—the list goes on and on.  What I did not think would become so important was where I sat while spinning.  Any chair should do, right?  Not so.  If it is not exactly at the right height, I am not comfortable, or not adequate support, my spinning is more labored.   I am sure that being a novice affects this, as the stars need to be aligned for me to have a great spinning session.  So, I have been using this stool for my spinning.

    For those of you who do not recognize it, it is a Thomas Moser 18″ high stool, the seat is modeled after a tractor seat.  Made in Maine of American black cherry with ash legs.  My house is filled with furniture from them, and this was a gift to my husband from me for his guitar playing.  I seem to have co-opted the stool away from him.  I am trying to remember to give it to him at night for his guitar playing.  The more that I use it, the more I realize how perfect it is for this purpose.  I might just have to purchase another one some day.

    I have been spinning up these 2 colors of BFL (Bluefaced Leicester) from Fiber Optics.

    Here are the individual singles.  I had originally planned on plying them together, but I am not sure now.  I will do a test to see how it looks, and knits up.

    I am still mainly spinning.  My thumb is healing slowly.  I have spared everyone the gruesome photos of how it looks.  I can’t wait for it to feel better again so that I can knit like normal.


    • Rae 12:54 am on January 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      That is a gorgeous chair it looks like a perfect match to your wheel. The fiber you spun came out great I love the colors.


    • Mimi 8:04 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I knew you rocked Frances, but T.Moser is hardcore rockin’. Owning one or three of these babies is on my bucket list. Check out the comments on this Apartment Therapy article about them. Pretty funny I thought.


  • knitting1105 5:42 pm on January 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    More Barbie 

    My knitting group recently got a large donation of yarn, books and patterns.  I kept these Barbie Doll pattern pamphlets for myself.  I am probably one of the few people who would get excited about these.  It brings back the memories of my “knitting business” that I has when I was a teenager.

    I already have started on a couple of things for my niece.  She loves what I have knitted for her, and sends the BEST thank you notes.  They are proudly displayed on my refrigerator.

    This thank you was for the dress shown in the adjacent photo.  I think that she does a great job of drawing these (and she is only 5!)
    • Marushka 7:46 pm on January 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      You definitely scored with these pamphlets! I love it when kids send thank you notes — and your niece’s looks like it’s filled with joy.


      • Linda Cannon 9:51 pm on January 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        What an incredible acquisition. I have a new grand daughter who will eventually will want Barbie stuff. I also did the BD thing to make money in High School. It always seemed so easy to me. And a great money maker.


    • Lisa Short 9:09 pm on January 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my! Those are great! I guess I am doing an Internet search for these. BTW my brother in law lives in Tokyo. If your brother needs anything I could hook you up with his info.


    • Melissa Ziggy Cook 6:11 pm on January 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Cute patterns. I think I missed out by not having anyone to knit my barbie cute clothes.
      I enjoyed looking at all your wonderful knitting projects.


  • knitting1105 1:56 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Gypsy Yarn 

    Since I cannot knit, I have been busy spinning away.

    I finished spinning and plying the Gypsy Girl Creations Merino Wool, 8.4 oz; Colorway:  Iris.  There were a lot of nibs in the roving, I am not sure that I would try this brand again.  I do love the colors.  And, if I do say so myself, I am getting better with each skein.  There are a few lumpier areas in this skein, but less so each time.

    I made another collage, showing the process in whole:

    Thanks to everyone for the well wishes for my thumb.  It is taking quite awhile to heal, the infection was deep.  The spinning is very relaxing, and my left thumb has little work to do.  Plus, it is giving me more yarn to knit eventually.  I do miss my needles though.

  • knitting1105 3:26 pm on January 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Knitting Injury? 

    I seem to be having knitting related problems with my thumb.  I went to sleep a few nights ago, and had a sore thumb joint, and during the middle of the night a blister appeared, which proceeded to get bigger as the night progressed.  I think that Dr. Andrew diagnosed it correctly, either pre-arthritis, or a ganglion cyst.  A result of too much movement on a weak joint.  I use this thumb when I knit (part of the secret of my speed).  I have been trying to knit without using it as much.  So, I have moved over to spinning and finishing for a few days to give this a rest.  Also, I will schedule some acupuncture and massage therapy.  This is too serious to mess around with, I could not imagine a life without me knitting.

    I have finished spinning up this yarn:

    And am in the process of plying it:

    This was the Gypsy Girl creations Merino Wool, 8.4 oz; Colorway:  Iris.  I like the color, but the wool had tons of nibs in it.  Way too many to take out.  I wish that I had a drum carder to clean this up a bit.

    • Marushka 9:41 pm on January 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Be gentle with your thumb… Life without knitting is too dire to contemplate! Maybe you can do some extra spinning, you make gorgeous yarn.


    • barbaramary 6:18 am on January 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      That sounds serious. Do take care of your thumb – giving up knitting would be dreadful.


    • Denise 12:14 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      My shoulder and elbow is hurting from knitting. I’ve taken a break and doing spinning and cross stitch for awhile.

      Love your spun yarn. Take care of your thumb.


      • knitting1105 12:41 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks to everyone for the support. It is healing slowly, but quite the bizarre injury.


    • Deawn 3:42 pm on July 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I googled you up after hearing from my orthopaedist. Turns out I’ve developed a ganglion cyst in my shoulder, which has led to tendonosis, and a whole lotta pain. This sucks. I’ve taken a break from knitting (which is damn near killing me) since March, and have replaced it with intermittent spindling. In the interim, I am scheduled to get more cortisone injections, and hopefully a nice new Lendrum wheel…soon as I can carry it!


  • knitting1105 11:49 am on January 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    More fiber 

    It seems like I have not had any time to post lately.  My knitting is progressing slowly, spinning also.  We took Ethan to Michigan last weekend to visit my mother and my brother’s family.  He leaves today for Tokyo to work for 6 months (with a week layover in SF to ski and tour with his sister and Aunt), so we have been doing lots of preparation all week.  I will miss him, but it is a fabulous opportunity.  Also, the internet makes communication so much easier.  I will be trying Skype for the first time.  I remember when I spent my Junior year of college abroad.  Not many people went at that time, and it was 1- 1/2 weeks for a letter to get to or from home.  At times it felt very lonely, but I grew tremendously during that time.  The internet has changed everything, knitting included.

    This is fiber that I received from the Dizzy Sheep spinning weekend sale a couple of weeks ago.  I am trying to sample different things.  The first two are 4 oz hand painted Merino tops from Spinner’s Hill.  Colors are Blue Glass and Olives.  I think you can figure out which each is.  I think that they might be very beautiful plyed together.

    The next is also from Spinners Hill, and they are 4 oz merino batts, hand painted also.  Colors are Butternut Squash and Highland Meadows.  I have not spun yet from a batt, so this will be very interesting.

    And finally this, a sampler pack entitled Mostly Edible fibers which I am very excited about.   This I am definitely saving for a bit until my spinning is better so that I can be more discerning about the different fibers.   It contains 1/2 oz of each of the following fibers:  Bamboo top, Hemp fiber, Bleached Flax Sliver, Corn Fiber, Latte Top – Milk Fiber, SoySilk top, and Tussah Silk Sliver.

    And on the knitting front, I need to make a sweater for a newborn baby boy.   I really liked this pattern from Dale of Norway for a kimono style sweater with accent color in a picot edging.  I made one for my niece last year, and I was able to see her wearing it.  It seems to be a great design for a baby.  I love the chocolate-brown for the body.  The bottom will be the blue that you see here, and the front banding and sleeve edges I am thinking of yellow and green, but that is not set yet.  It might just end up with all blue accents.

    • Marushka 6:56 pm on January 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I love those spinning fibers – what beautiful yarn you will be making! Lucky you, catching them on sale.


  • knitting1105 2:46 pm on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alpaca fiber, Corriedale, ,   

    Big bag of fiber 

    On New Years Day my wonderful husband willingly agreed to drive 60 miles each way with me to a yarn and fiber shop in Marengo, Illinois, The Fold (the only one in the area with a great spinning and fiber selection).  We drove out, and he patiently waited while I chose some new fibers to spin up.  Here is a sample of what I got that day, haven’t started with any of it yet.

    The light blue is Merino with Tencel (2# worth!), the natural (8 oz) and dark blue (4 oz) I cannot remember what the wool was (no tags), the pink with glitter is Bluefaced Leicester & Glitz (8 oz), and the tangerine color is 82% Corriedale wool/18% Alpaca (3 oz).

    I also got this superwash handyed roving from Helen Mathey-Horn, 8 ounces.  That will become a pair of socks for myself.

    We met an interesting woman who was shopping there; she told us of her 12 spinning wheels, tons of fiber, and she has not spun in 6 years.  The information that she shared with us was great, but I didn’t ask why she was there, and purchasing more fiber if she had not been spinning for years.  She explained all the whorl ratios to my husband, and the different spinning and plying methods.  He was greatly interested, and admitted to me how he could see that I might want 2, maybe three wheels with one being a traveling wheel (I said that he was wonderful!), but we couldn’t quite get where she was coming from.

    I am also waiting on some fibers being shipped to me that I got over the weekend when Dizzy Sheep had a spinning extravaganza sale.  I think that I have enough, lest people start questioning me also.

    • Marushka 6:46 pm on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      All I can say is WOW! You lucky woman — so much pretty fiber to spin and a husband who gets the (dare I call it) addiction. Mine has agreed to get me the jumbo flyer for my Kromski wheel for Valentine’s Day. A good romance never fades 🙂


  • knitting1105 12:49 am on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    WIP Wednesday 

    I am posting an old photo as my work in progress for today.  That is because this project sat on the shelves, in a box, in a knitting bag, on the floor, on the table, and out of my mind for 15 months.  When I went back to it, I continued working on the sleeves that I had started, and made good progress.  Then I moved to the body, as I was hoping to make it longer than the pattern called for.  As I was knitting away, I noticed one hole, then two, then three.  I don’t think that it was moths, just weak yarn.  So, I tore it back, and my progress matches this photo from 2009, after a full days work, except that I have one sleeve done in addition to the 2/3 rd’s one shown.  So much for moving along.  But, at least I found the problem prior to finishing it all up.  Thank God for spit splices!

    • lazykaty 3:55 am on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      very lovely, amazing colours, too!


    • Christy 7:50 am on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I like the colorwork. It is very pretty.


    • Leah 8:49 am on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Very pretty 🙂


    • Marushka 10:23 am on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I am in awe of your color work skill, and very glad something so beautiful is no longer hiding in a box!


    • Paula @ KnitandSeek 11:11 am on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Gorgeous. And good for you for digging it out and working on it again. It’s so hard for me to go back once I put something down for a while. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!


  • knitting1105 10:22 am on January 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    1 day Booties 

    I made these booties for my husband’s co-worker.  They just had a new baby boy 6 weeks early, but everything is looking good.  The pattern is Christine’s Stay-on Baby Booties, and it is worth giving the link to this again.

    This is my second pair of these booties.  I think that they are fun to make, and they actually do stay on.  The booties start with a 10 stitch by 36 row garter stitch bottom.  Then you pick up 18 stitches along each side, and 10 sts at the cast-on edge.  From this point on, the booties are knit in the round, with the exception of a few short rows at the top of the shoe to create the front part of the foot.  It is a very easy pattern to follow and quick.

    I chose to make these with multiple colors. The ties are a 4 stitch I-cord to match.

    When looped through the eyelet holes, these cords securely tie the booties onto any kicking babies’ foot.  I gave 8 rows for the brown turn-over top.  As you can see, the change-over shows just a tad at the top.  Next time I think that I will allow 10 rows.

    They are just so darn cute!

    As I said, a very quick knit.  Start to finish was 10 hours, with time off to cook a big dinner, take a bath, and do the other household “stuff”.  I hesitate to tell people how quickly I knit things, as in some eyes it seems to diminish the value of the gift.  My sister gave me the best line when asked how long something would take to knit:

    40 years and 10 hours (Years it took to master your craft + time for the current project).

    Yarn is Dale of Norway Baby Ull.

    • KnitPurlGurl 10:23 am on January 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      So cute!


    • Alyssa 4:12 pm on January 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Very cute! I like the colors, too! Thanks for sharing the pattern! I need some more baby projects to make for my boyfriend’s sister, who is due in March 🙂


    • Rae 12:26 am on January 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Oh those are so cute thanks for sharing the pattern & your sister is smart.


    • Marushka 1:27 pm on January 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Those booties are adorable. Ones that actually stay on are extra appreciated! I love your sister’s quote… We can be honest about the effort for the item and still recognize how long it took to get the skills required.


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