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  • knitting1105 10:15 am on March 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Sock Report   


    This yarn was spun with a specific pattern in mind.  It might be the first time that I have actually done this, and completed the project.  Fiber was by JulieSpins that I purchased from a destash.  She is now one of my favorite indie dyers (more to show soon).  This was a dream to spin, I just wish that I had a bit more of it.




    Sofia chose the pattern Marigold from the book The Sock Report.  I had to reduce the number of repeats at the beginning from 7 to 4 at each side, so it was not as long as planned.  The pattern is really off on yardage also, I kept weighing it after each repeat to maximize the yardage used.  The result is very pleasing, and a wonderful play of yellows, pinks and oranges.



    And Voila!





    Pattern: Marigold
    Pattern Source: The Sock Report
    Yarn: Handspun 2ply from fiber by JulieSpins
    Needles: US 6
    Date Started: 2/15/13
    Date Finished: 3/2/13
    Finished Dimensions: 19” wide x 64″ long





    • Curlypearl 2:19 pm on March 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      From seeing your project of “marigold” I purchased the ” sock report”. Thank you has some very good patterns in it.


      • knitting1105 9:21 am on March 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Glad that I could enable!


    • caffeinegirl 6:15 am on March 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      That is a gorgeous scarf! Fiber looks so different before it’s spun. I don’t know how anyone picks it out!


      • knitting1105 9:21 am on March 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Me neither, I see some spun up that looked totally ugly to me as fiber, and ends up being gorgeous yarn. I am on the early end of the learning curve. This one was easy, because the colors were fairly close together.


    • anastasiamw 6:31 am on March 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Gorgeous! I love the colours!


  • knitting1105 10:33 am on March 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Centrino, , ,   

    And the Winner Is… 


    I made this shawl using some handspun fiber that had been dyed up for the KnitGirllls podcast by Fiber Optic.


    I loved the colors, and did fairly well with the yardage.  Then I went on a Ravelry search for a pattern that I felt would both maximize the use of my yardage, and also show off the colors well.  Centrino was the pattern that won hands down.  When the blocking was all finished and I had final photos I posted it on Ravelry, almost instantly I received a nice note from the designer, Laura Nelkin, complimenting me on the project and asking if I would post it on her forum, they were having a KAL for the first quarter of the year.  Happily I posted, and got dozens of lovely comments.  A few weeks later, another surprise, as Laura gave out a grand prize for the month, and she selected this shawl!!!

    Here is what I won, a complete set of ChiaoGoo interchangeable circular needles.  It was so exciting to win, I usually do not win things.  They will be accompanying me on an upcoming trip, and used to start a new project.




    • Diane 12:50 pm on March 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, the shawl is just beautiful and I can see why you won the grand prize. You continue to amaze me. Congratulations!


    • Carol Hoover 8:15 pm on March 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Your shawl is so beautiful. I love it. Your spinning is amazing.
      I’m so glad to see you having a good time with your spinning and knitting.


    • Janice 8:11 am on April 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What a absolutely beautiful shawl, love the colors. Congratulations on winning, you deserve it!!


  • knitting1105 11:14 am on March 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Spring Cleaning 

    Fiber Optic is having a spring spin-along with whatever of their fibers one has on hand to spin. And I have a lot… My first spin was this pencil roving, 50% superwash Merino and 50% Bamboo. This was my first spinning with a bamboo blend, it took me awhile to get into the groove, but once I figured it out this was a very pleasant and easy spin. I achieved 330 yards of a 2 ply wi 5 ounces, I am sure I would get better yardage next time, will have to keep my eye out for this blend.

    The color for this was Jing Tai, and it was from Kimber’s fiber club a couple of years ago. After finishing this I needed to choose another fiber to spin (this is going until tax day). It was time to really take a counting of all of the Fiber Optic fiber that I have on hand. It is easy to collect when they go into lots of different nooks and crannies. I tend to purchase her gradients that I like when they come up for sale, as some are not repeated often. So that said, here is my stash of just Fiber Optic braids.


    Since this is a spring spin-along, I wanted to choose a bright cheery color.  I choose the Turquoise to Tangerine which also has lots of color changes to keep me interested.




  • knitting1105 10:27 am on March 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Buttons On! 

    A visit to Michigan allowed me to sew the buttons on the Zebra sweater and dress. The zebra decorative buttons resurfaced right before I left.



    And I got to see my adorable niece model it. Fits great, I think that this is the cutest pattern.



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