Monday, December 1, 2014

Finished Sweater!

I was able to finish my sweater just in time for Thanksgiving! There were some moments when I didn't think it was going to happen, but it did. And of course, the color doesn't want to show up like it really is, but I tried.

Now I want to knit another sweater. Or maybe some socks.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

More fiber

Here are the other three fibers I dyed up at yarn school this year and of course a photo of my haul correction, a photo of goats because I can't find a photo with all of my fiber and yarn at the moment.

The purple fiber was actually an over dye that was originally a pale red, pale blue and tan dye job that had enough white left in it I knew it would be baby colors if spun up. So in to the crock pot with three different purples. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Spinning default

It seems that whenever I sit down and just spin without having a set plan for what I want the finished yarn to be I end up spinning somewhere in the 80+ wraps per inch range for my singles. And the spin I started at yarn school is no exception. This was started on Thursday evening when we arrived and I still had about an ounce left when it was time to pack up and that isn't because I wasn't spinning at all.

I've gotten a bit further than the photo shows, but darn it all, I still have about half an ounce left out of the first four ounces and I'm blissfully ignoring the second four ounces at the moment. Originally I was thinking about spinning the other 4 ounces and making this a two ply, but the colors will end up being completely barber polled so the new plan is to thread ply this with a gold thread. 

As long as this is taking I'm glad the fiber is as wonderful as it is. It is the Effie color way from Two If By Hand on organic merino. I've got some more of their fibers waiting to be spun- Prim on MCN and about half a braid of Maritime left. Oh, and a batt or two.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

I haven't actually made anything for Halloween in a while so when the idea to be a minion popped up, I knew I needed a hat. And not just any hat, but a minion hat.

Today I'll be sporting my hat and my minion shirt all day. And possibly while handing out candy.

Hope everyone has a spooky Halloween!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Yarn School Again!

Yes, I do love yarn school. This year I again stayed for the dye lab and I am really happy with how all of my fibers came out this year. Though I will admit, I did have to overdue one to be happy with it. The most interesting one that I dyed that could have failed horribly is one of my favorites! Instead of just randomly pouring the dye to have splotches, I decided to paint the photo I was using as inspiration onto the fiber with the dyes. The photo is the one on the bottom right of the paper I was holding and what you see is the backside of the fiber after I flipped it to make sure the dye penetrated so it is a mirror image.

Thanks to Adrien of Hello Yarn for taking this photo and letting me use it!
 Below are the two sides of the braided and coiled fiber. I keep thinking that I should lay it back out and see if the image is even somewhat recognizable.

And another two I dyed up

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WIP Sweater

So the sneak peak I posted a while back showed some lovely blue yarn, though it is a bit more teal than it looks in the photo. The project for that skein of yarn along with a few others is a sweater! Because why not?

Still not quite the right color and from a few days ago.

So far I've finished the yoke and am about 3 inches past where the sleeves and body split and I can't even begin to list everything I've learn while working on this.  Mostly being that I should trust the math and not second guess myself.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Small little decoration

Since I moved to my apartment back in...January, I haven't really done anything to decorate. SO the other day while trying to figure out a simple little project that would double as something practical I grabbed a mason jar and some fine crochet thread and whipped this little jar up in under an hour. Not sure exactly how long it took, but it took almost a whole episode of Criminal Minds on Netflix.

I think I'm going to hang it in the bathroom and use it for hair tie and bobby pin storage because anytime those get set on the counter I lose them to the cat. Maybe I'll make a second one and have one jar for each.