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.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sneak Peek

Just a little sneak peek of an up coming project. The yarn on the right is for the project which is going to be on the larger side. On left left is some Malabrigo yarn that I wanted to try. Originally the project was going to be out of that, but for the amount of yarn I needed, going with the Berroco was easier on the wallet.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I have a few, ok, more than a few projects in the works and of course I have many more planned as well. These are a few that I am slowly working on an dope to finish before the new year.

The african flower blue and white blanket will need 106 more hexagons if I want to get it to be a nice lap blanket size. It might be smaller if I get bored or run out of yarn before I get that far, but since I got the giant balls of yarn I'm not too worried about running short.

My third attempt and an OWL for the HPKCHC (you do have to have a Ravelry account to see the fun) and the only one that I haven't finished. The fiber for this is a merino/silk blend that was somewhat compact and had to be redrafted quite a bit to make it spinable, but I still have four ounces to spin and ply before I can cable ply it with this bobbin. Hopefully I can get this done before Yarn School in October because it is taking up my bobbins.

And my last spin that is hogging a bobbin at the moment is red silk hankies that I'm going to chain ply with beads. I finally got the beads so all that is left is plying. There is a bit more to the singles than what is shown in the photo, this was just to show that I did spin with my miniSpinner in the car while on a road trip. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Knitting a lace shawl is...

Not as complicated as it seems. And at the same time more complicated than it seems which got it shoved into the corner a time or two over while I was making it. But it's finished! And I even blocked it.

This pattern is Upstairs from Ravelry and it is a free pattern once you've signed up. And the yarn I used was from Lost City Knits Oak Barn Merino Lace in the Desert Rose color. I love this yarn and still have one skein of this color to use as well as two skeins of the thicket color.

Now I'm crazily contemplating knitting a sweater for next term's OWL because why would I ever pick something sane to do for a second big knitting project? Or maybe a second ripple blanket that's even bigger than the first one...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Seeing rainbows

For a challenge I needed to craft up something that was eye-searingly brightly colored and that would take 6-8 weeks of work. And I figured that along with being ridiculously bright it might as well be a bit over the top as well. And I'm pretty sure that a double rainbow neon color scarf with fringe that is over 9 feet in length fit the bill nicely. I also edged it in black and separated the two sides with black which after sampling I think made the colors pop a lot more.

I'm almost afraid to see this outside in the bright sunlight. But on the bright side (pun intended) if we ever happen to have a snow apocalypse here, I think this would be easy to spot.