Sunday, November 20, 2011

Way late posting

Quick update, I've started teaching at The Yarn Garden in Portland, I'm test knitting a cool lace shawl, and I have two patterns for sale online!

A swatch for the test knit.

Pattern one for sale, Portlandia Hat.

Pattern two for sale, Cable Loop Cowl.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sock Summit Recap

It was great!!!

I took a class on knitting and designing fair isle socks with Janel Laidman.
Great class, already designing a sock, here's the swatch.

I volunteered as a TA for Syne Mitchell in an eTextiles class, also very cool, working on putting some lights into my knitting (no swatches yet).

I got to meet Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.

I had VooDoo Donughts.

I finished knitting a pair of stripy socks for me.

And, of course, I shopped!

Hand knit green cowl (made by me, worn at Sock Summit), yellow fluff is a verb for keeping warm BFL roving in the Nugget colorway, blue fluff is Sincere Sheep BFL roving (they are destined to go together in some project or other), and the yellow yarn is Jezebel in colorway 710.

Earrings by Jennie the Potter.

Blue and white merino/bamboo blend sock yarn.

The Jezebel 710 pictured above, this time on it's own on my desk.

Blue Moon Fiber Arts, rare gem colorway in Earth.

Hand dyed alpaca lace weight yarn in the limited edition (oh my) colorway Broadway from my new local yarn shop Yarn Garden.

More alpaca lace wight in Silver.

And yet more in Provence.

And some merino lace weight from the Carolina Homespun booth, this is going to be knit up into a stripy shawl with the Silver alpaca.

I had a great time all weekend, it was like summer camp.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Tour de Fleece Update

I fell off that bandwagon.

My wheel is not yet back together (a few technical issues popped up during our move and have yet to be resolved, or, it's broken) and I hurt my shoulder by spinning too much on my drop spindle. So that was that for my first attempt at the Tour de Fleece.

I just attended Sock Summit 2011 where I bought more roving, so I need to fix my wheel and get back to injury free spinning.

I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Day Twelve

I didn't spin yesterday because my shoulder was unhappy, too much spinning.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Day Ten

More spinning!

Day Nine

Just a little spinning today, same roving, new spindle. Well not new, just new to this project.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Days Seven and Eight

I posted Thursday's spinning very late at night/early in the morning yesterday. I didn't spin at all yesterday, because we went to Mount Saint Helens.

Today I did yesterday's spinning.

And today's spinning.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Day Six

Riveting, I know.
The big chunk of fluff attached to the spindle should be spun up as yarn on the spindle, but I was busy today and did not spin as much as I should have. I will work on it a little more before I go to bed.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Green Monster and some Spinning

The big greenie is done!!! Two shots of it unblocked, proper blocked shots tomorrow.

A closeup, the lumpy bottom edge will look like lovely leafy lace once it's all sorted.

And a bigger shot, you can see we're still unpacking, please excuse the half empty boxes in the background.

And this year I decided to participate in the Tour De Fleece, where you set a challenging spinning goal and spin every day that the Tour De France rides. My goal is simple, to spin every day. I've been neglecting it.

So here goes, day one. A little bit of roving from Lorna's Laces. I forget the name of the colorway.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Green Monster Update

Back to square one, or more accurately, where I was Tuesday night when I finally admitted that it wasn't going to work.

1:30 pm (Thursday)

I now know that I can knit 10,000 stitches in about 30 hours.

And I'm Back

I'm working on a shawl/scarf design. I fell in love with this lace motif, and it hasn't been cooperating. I gave up, started designing the way that it wanted to work, and was well on my way to finishing the sample (and pattern) today.

Tuesday evening.

Then I realized that I had been optimistic with how big the thing would be and that there was no way I'd have enough yarn to finish. My only choice was to rip out the 80"x6" of knitting that was already done. That's 480 square inches of knitting and more than 11,000 stitches (yay math).

So this morning I set up my knitting station, comfy chair, computer loaded up with knitting podcasts (thanks Wonder Mike for getting me through), some water, and my chart.

I put on an inspirational outfit.

And I sat down to knit.

8:30 am (Wednesday)

11:00 am (Wednesday)

4:00 pm (Wednesday)

1:15 am (Thursday)

The yarn is the Pistachio colorway in Atlantis, a really great Silk Seacell and Rayon blend hand dyed by my friend Angela.
The pattern is coming soon, it will be available at Windy Knitty in Chicago.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Pinkerton Shawl

Half plain, half mesh.

The artsy layout.

The basic unedited shot.

Knit up in a nice yarn in shades of blue gray and back.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Opening Day

Josh won tickets to the Cub's first home game. It was cold, grey, and rainy. We had fun anyway.

Monday, March 21, 2011


Today started with Josh shaving most of his beard, leaving a handlebar mustache and soul patch.

Then we went to the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman, OK. There we saw all kinds of stuff native to Oklahoma.

A Wooly Mammoth stepped on Josh.

And we saw some artifacts from the Mediterranean.