This is a shawl I am currently working on. It’s called the Seraphim Shawl and I love it. The link is a Ravelry link and is beautiful. My problem is that I have run out of my yarn. The pattern calls for 800-1000 yards of yarn and my yarn is the proper weight. I am in the middle of the second chart and I have about 50 more rows and two charts left to knit. I was going to use some of my two ply alpaca that I was selling on Etsy to finish but I don’t think that’s enough either. This yarn for the shawl is handspun and I don’t have any fiber left to spin more yarn. The brown alpaca is the same fiber that I spun with the silk alpaca I am using for this shawl. I am seriously considering frogging this shawl and choosing another pattern to use this yarn. I really want a shawl for this yarn and I have really enjoyed knitting it but if I continue with the alpaca and I run I may end up frogging anyway. Does anyone have any other suggestions for me? Any other ideas? Please help me out! I could really use the input!
I have finished spinning Sunshine of Your Love from Crown Mountain Farms. I joined a group on Ravelry called Ply by Night. The purpose of the group is to see how individual spinners can spin and knit up the same fiber. We all ordered the Superwash Merino fiber from Crown Mountain Farms in Sunshine of Your Love colorway. We spin in any manor we want and knit the same pattern. The pattern will be Morning Surf Scarf.
The method of fiber prep I decided on was to split the fiber into three definite color groups. Dark and saturated red, bright orange, and yellow and white. This would provide a well contrasted yarn in the end. I was able to accomplish this for the most part. The darkest color ended up with the least amount of fiber. I had to add some of the yellow and white into this color to make the weight of the other two groups. Even with this adjustment, I ran out of this color on the bobbin during plying. It wasn’t a huge difference so I just plied the remaining two bobbins into a two ply yarn.
The finished yarn is a three ply at 330 yards and16 wraps per inch. I am in love with how this yarn looks. I really enjoyed this technique and only used it one other time. I really enjoyed the outcome of that other yarn as well. Here is a picture of that other colorway where I used this technique.
First, let’s see what happened while I was spinning the 100% alpaca portion of this yarn. This was very frustrating to spin because these little bits of vegetation were everywhere in the sliver. I spun 8 ounces of sliver here and this picture shows just the last little bit. it was probably about 2 ounces or less that I spun in one fell swoop. I wanted to show how really annoying this was to spin.
The irritation also continued, as you might imagine, during the plying.Â I spun up 8 ounces of 80/20 silk and alpaca that I got from Paradise Fibers a couple of years ago.Â The I got this 100% brown alpaca last year in Idaho at a truck stop.Â That’s what you get for buying fiber at a truck stop.Â Let that be a lesson to you!Â Other than the vegetation, it was very easy to spin.Â I never spun such a huge project before and I have probably 2-3 ounces of the pure brown left.Â I will andean ply that later after my baby blanket is done.Â Then I can use it to accent whatever it is that I knit with this brown and white yarn.
I am really very proud of this yarn and super pleased with it’s texture and sheen.Â The silk (which is the white) gives the yarn such a beautiful shine I am thrilled with.Â It makes it all look so rich and luxurious.Â I struggled with the flash to get accurate color in these photos but the warmer brown is the most accurate color for this yarn.Â I can’t wait to knit this up.Â It’s so so so super soft and shiney.Â I am thrilled!
Here are the images of the fiber I used to spin and ply this yarn.
First thing is that I finished my fiddlesticks. Here they are. They are way way too big. I attempted to felt them a little bit but I think I was too shy about it. I didn’t use hot water, I just used a little warm water. I tried to just agitate the crap out of them and I don’t think this yarn felts. Let’s think that’s what it is. So, let me make one thing really clear. The pattern is written absolutely correctly. The sizing problem is not in the pattern but lie solely with the knitter. I don’t have enough sock knitting experience to know how to knit for my own feet. I didn’t trust what the pattern said but the pattern was right and I was wrong. that’s all there is to it. Here is a close up of the mock cable for this pattern.
I also just bought some stuff from Scout’s Swag including these lovely sock blockers. I bought some other sock blockers that were adjustable but they were not nearly wide enough. They adjusted for length only and I think they were made for really narrow feet because everything is too big on them. I ordered the medium size and it’s all still too small for any of my knitted socks.
The main reason I went to Scout’s Swag is because I got an e-mail from her about her shop update. In it there was a product I desperately needed. These kitchener stitch dog tags. Twice this week I wanted to finish my Fiddlesticks but I didn’t have my Knitting Answer book with me to help with my kitchener stitch. I suck at kitchener stitch and I definitely can’t do it without help. These will stay in my knitting bag or purse and I will never be without them. That’s the plan anyway. I am sure I am wrong about this too!
Next, let’s talk about this beautiful and perfect swatch for my Sidewinders. Ok so I’m like one or two switches long but who’s counting. It was perfect perfect perfect before I blocked it and that it went a little over. I’m going with it though because I am a glutton for punishment. Any way you slice it, I’ve casted on at this gauge so that’s it anyway.
And here they are! Well one of them and only like 11 rows. for anyone who isn’t familiar with this pattern, these socks are knit sideways. I just love how they look with a nice variegated yarn. I am hoping against all hope that mine turn out this way. I saw another pair on Ravelry that were with black and white yarn like mine and they look like metal socks. I can’t find that picture but here is another one that is also very awesome. I have started my heel shaping and I am about to start the calf shaping at the same time. I can’t wait to see how this works up. Wish me luck!
I have a post in mind for tomorrow about the crocodile on my Flickr photostream.
We like to affectionately call last year “The Summer of Bleeding Money”. This summer IS going to be different. We will not get stuck in Idaho because we are not going to Idaho. Woohoo! We are going to Portland. But….on the way, we are stopping in Eugene for the Black Sheep Gathering. I have sent in my pre-registration and I hope to attend three workshops; multi-directional scarf, woolen versus worsted spinning, and entry-level entrelac. So the trip will go like this:
1. Drive two days to Eugene and haul our trailer up there.
2. My last workshop is on Saturday at 4:30 and we will leave right after that. David is going to leave in the morning with the trailer and drive to Portland and park our stuff up there. He will drive back down and pick me up after my workshop.
3. Sunday, June 22, David will race at Pats Acres in his chosen genre, Supermoto. He is very excited. We will then go up to Portland and stay for a minimum of 1 week and visit with sisters and cousins. We are taking the Wii to play with cousins and have a great time! I am very excited for all the fun we are going to have.
Here is what will not happen:
1. We will not get stuck in Idaho.
2. We will not spend a fortune. We should save a minimum of $800 for the trip by staying at an RV park with full hookups, water, laundry, and two pools! David is thrilled because this is the shopping capital of Oregon, apparently. He figures we can pack light because there are a million malls right next to where we are staying.
3. I will NOT get sick and get a swollen uvula.
4. Bella will NOT have any asthma episodes.
That’s it! I think this trip is already shaping up to bet better than the summer of bleeding money.
On the knitting and spinning front, I am at the toe of my Fiddlesticks. I should finish them up by the weekend at the very very latest. I think I will try to felt them just a bit to make them fit better. The next pair of socks I am going to knit on the smaller size scale.
I have frogged triangle number 4 of 25 on my Magique Cloak because I totally lost track of the rows and messed them up pretty bad. I have been concentrating (when I am knitting that is) on my socks and therefore haven’t picked up my cloak triangles in a little over two weeks. I forgot to knit in the back loop on all the knits and every other row is decreases. If you forget where you are, you are way messed up. The cast on is only 41 stitches so the frog is no biggy. Perhaps some of you more experienced knitters can give me some advice. During the knitting of this triangle, I have to cast on 41, knit a row, and begin decreasing. I decrease at the beginning of the row, then knit to the center three stitches, decrease two stitches here, then knit to the end and decrease one there. In the center, I am placing stitch markers on either side of the center 3 stitches but I have to move them each time I decrease and then reknit on the next row. I am wondering if there is a better way to keep these stitches marked without having to move the markers. It’s not a big deal but I could knit these triangles much much faster if I didn’t have to do that part. It takes about as much time to move the markers on each triangle as I am spending actually knitting. Does that make sense?
The first image here is the pre-decrease. Next we decrease two stitches from the center. What I do is take the markers from each side and move them out to include three stitches. Any ideas?
Next, I got this new book on photography. It should be a lot of fun because there are exercises in it to make me look at things differently. I’ll keep the pictures coming.
October Tofutsie sock yarn club pattern using Noro Kureyon Sock yarn. This sock fits, but it’s very loose. This proves to me that I totally need to practice knitting socks. So, the next couple of things I knit will be socks. I love this pattern! It’s very easy and it’s very fast. There are some glaring problems with this particular sock, holes, size, missing odd rows. Oh, didn’t I mention that? I forgot all the odd rows. Since there are no knitting police, I continued and didn’t frog. I really love how the colors work up with this. I really wanted to make sure that this didn’t end up an orphan sock. I cast on the second sock immediately and it’s working very quickly. I think I will definitely use the sock yarn again. It was a little rough in the beginning but now it’s softening up and the colors really progress nicely. If you don’t pay attention, you don’t even notice that you are using a different color until you are way into the next shade. It’s very nice and makes for interesting knitting. I am very happy so far, unless of course, you count the stinkin size problem. Is that a problem?
I am not sure because I think I can felt just a bit and all will be fine. Should I try? We’ll see.
I have also picked my next project. Project is definitely the right word here because I think it will take me a year to buy the yarn and a year to complete the project. My project is the beautiful and wonderful Magique Cloak from the Knits from a Painter’s Palette book by Maie Landra at Koigu Wool Designs.Â There is a kit you can buy for all the yarn but the kit is $533 including the pattern.Â I don’t want to drop that kinda cash right now so I am going to buy the yarn one color at a time.Â The project is knit modularly and then seamed together so I think I can just buy the yarn as I need it.Â I can’t wait to start this project and it should be a great take along project as well. Â If anyone has made this project before, please let me know how it went.Â I can’t wait!Â I am going to Purl Soho warehouse today to buy the first color.
My friend, Vic, just came by and brought her poncho for me to analyze for you all and I can now write the pattern for it. I have to dissect it and work backwards from the finished product. This may take some time or I could get all involved with it and get it done in one night. Chances are good for this option as TV is non-stop fire coverage which is starting to depress me. It’s so soft and squishy and I forgot how awesome this yarn is to work with. Look for the pattern to be posted this time tomorrow.
Here is the previous picture of the poncho. I will post a better one when I am through with more detail if I can.
Well today I have a lot to say. Maybe it`s because I got too much sleep. Maybe it`s because I`m a freak and can`t shut up. Maybe I have noone to talk to (not true). Maybe the people I have to talk to don`t listen……interesting…..
First, I have been collecting yarn all week and last week from San Francisco and stuff that came in the mail. Here is a lovely shot I really like that I have edited in Lightroom (my new favorite toy). Now this collection of new sock yarn poses a problem for me because I am in the middle of a pair of socks that may suffer from second sock syndrome. I will pick it back up later, though, because I do love these yarn colors.
This brings me to my second issue having to do with my waving lace socks. Look at this toe! Seriously! What the heck happened here? I know what happened and I`ll explain. I love to knit my socks toe up. However, having come down from the leg on this sock, the toe is finished last. Well when I got to the toe, I have to do a kitchener stitch to finish and I suck at that. Also, when I got to the end I added an extra round of stockinette (which the pattern didn`t call for but I didn`t realize until it was too late). Then the kitchener stitch which is probably my best one to date.
So, now on to my next pair of socks. With all this sock yarn piling up I can`t possibly wait to start them. I will use the pastel Lorna`s Laces yarn and the Firestarter pattern from Yarnissima! I am sooooooo excited to start this sock I can`t even tell you all. Isn`t it beautiful? I think so.
Next is my project bag (which I had to buy two of because Bella wanted one just like it for her “purse”.) I have a big knitting bag which fits all my needles, a couple big skeins of yarn (or 8-10 sock yarns), pockets for all my gadgets and trickets that you need for knitting. However, this bag is far too big to haul around and since I was hauling stuff around all summer, I realized I needed something much smaller. Hence, the project bag pictured here. What I keep in it is my current pattern or book, yarn cutter acceptable for plane travel, stitch markers, reading/knitting glasses, yarn, needles and/or anything else my pattern calls for. It has made my knitting and traveling much much easier to handle.
Next, I got my Ravely Summer Camp Swap package yesterday and I have yet to take the pictures or describe it`s contents. I will do that tomorrow simply because I am sure you are all bored with me at this point.
Ok, watching tennis and signing off!
I`m home! Yeah! So, now I have to frantically knit so I can be finished before my next trip. Going to see my Dad, hooray, in North Carolina. I will see my sister from Portland while I`m there. She left for France, where she has a home with her husband, the day after I left Portland. So, on her way home, she is stopping at my Dad`s and I am meeting them there the next day. I wouldn`t ordinarily take three trips in three months, but my Dad asked us to come this summer. It`s truly a wonderful place to visit during the summer. Fishing, beaching, relaxing, and of course, my Dad! Yipppeeee! Enough of that…….Back to knitting…..
My socks are really coming along. I have finished the horrendously long 8 inch leg portion, turned the heel and finished the gusset. I was able to knit a bunch during our 800 mile drive home from Pocatello, Idaho. Did you all know I was in Pocatello? Let me tell you about it……NOT! I don`t like how the cable turns around the gusset. I have checked other people`s knitting in Ravelry and their knitting isn`t as wonky as mine on the gusset and the cable around the gusset. I checked my work and counted my stitches like 5 times and all seems to be correct so I don`t know what happened. I suppose I will chalk it up to experience and let it go.
So, the yarn and colorway pictured here for these socks is from Hello Yarn where I love to shop. The last order I placed was processed and submitted before I left and shipped while I was gone. I got home and opened it (will blog and display yarn later) and this little sheep guy was in the package. I just thought he was tooooo cute. So here he/she is……Good night all…..Going to sleep now……almost midnight……very sleepy……my own bed…….yeah…