Posts Tagged ‘handspun’

Easter Kitties!

April 20, 2009

Presenting the kitties all decked out for Easter.  Rocco (who I’ve recently nicknamed ‘Tigger’):

And Ranger (new nickname ‘Flopsy’):

They are currently taking turns ambushing each other and being generally cute in a naughty kitty sort of way. 

I’ve been busy knitting and dyeing lately.  This what I submitted for the April Phat Fiber sampler box.

50 mini-skeins of 100% organic merino wool in an earthy colorway to go along with the ‘Green’ theme.  I have more available in my Etsy shop,  Sneaky Pig Yarns.

I’ve also been very busy knitting and am participating in 3 swaps for blankie yarn for the sock yarn blankie.  I have dubbed mine ‘The Never-Ending Blankie’ because I think it might take a while, especially since it’s not of high importance.  I did finally get around to blocking and photographing my Icelandic vest.  I love how it turned out, but will use softer wool next time.

I also made a new running accessory set to house my Nike+ sensor and iPod.  The yarn came from my January Phat Fiber box and the pattern is one I dreamt up all by myself!

I bought a new spinning wheel!  I went to The Spinning Loft in Howell, Michigan for a new spindle to spin laceweight yarn on and came out with a spinning wheel.  It’s a Kromski Prelude and she’s the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen!  I’ve tentatively named her Greta, but we’ll see if it sticks.  I also came home with 8 oz. of top and 1 oz. of silk hankies.  I’ve fallen in love with the hankies!  I dyed them in a Mardi Gras inspired colorway and am actually proud of my first completed project on my new wheel!  The ounce of hankies produced 300 yards of pretty, shiny yarn.

That’s all for this time, thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you soon!

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The Kitchener Curse

February 13, 2009

I’d like to apologize to the knitters straight away.  You’re reading this expecting to hear a tale of my woes with the kitchener stitch when in reality, the story has nothing to do with the stitch or knitting at all.  It’s about a magical place called Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

I like Kitchener, really I do.  It’s just that when I go there, I have a hard time leaving.  The first time I went there, we were scheduled out in the afternoon, so I went exploring and found an amazing yarn store.  I don’t remember the name, but it was right downtown and I was able to purchase some enchanting bamboo/cashmere/bison yarn.  It’s a lace weight yarn and it’s slowly becoming a gorgeous scarf.  This was after a really good (and free) breakfast, so I was feeling pretty good.  We arrived at the airport to be told our inbound airplane was running a little late and had “some sort of mechanical issue”.  This unfortunate “mechanical issue” became an extra 24 hours in Kitchener.  I truly would not have minded if I wasn’t trying to get somewhere else that next day.  I had to delay my trip and the Kitchener Curse began.

A picture for visual interest and to break up the story:

The Curse Part II:  I had 3 days of reserve where I sit at home and wait for them to call me if they need me.  This started Tuesday, and they called me on Tuesday the exact minute I went on duty.  It was a trip to Kitchener that night and we would take the first flight out Wednesday morning.  We started late in the day, so they were able to keep us on duty all night even though we went to the hotel and got sleep.  We got to the airport the next day only to be told that we were delayed because of thick fog at our destination.  This fog eventually started to dissipate just in time for Kitchener to be fogged in.  We waited around for a while, but eventually we were out of duty time, so we headed back to the hotel with the intention of resting most of the day and flying out that evening.  I got a phone call just a few hours into our rest informing me that because of the weather we wouldn’t be leaving until the next morning.  That was this morning.  We were in Kitchener for 32 hours and I had only my uniform and my pajamas.  I think I looked kinda funny out to dinner in my pajama top and uniform pants, but I was sick of the hotel room!  We made it out OK this morning with the exception of the howling winds and a minor delay because the airplane had jumped the chocks and weathervaned into the wind. 

And now some store news:  I’ve been busy getting samples ready for the Phat Fiber sampler box.  Jessi said she loved them and I hope the box recipients feel the same!  I added some of my own handspun to my shop today for the first time.  All the other handspun has been someone else’s handiwork.  A picture of the fruits of my labor:

The red ply is handdyed and almost solid but not quite semi-solid.  It’s really pretty though! 

That’s all for now.  I’m off to London, England tomorrow and I need my beauty sleep.  Bye!

Holiday Knitting Marathon

December 8, 2008

Well, it’s been a while, but I have much to report.  I’ve been adding items to my Etsy store, working on my holiday knitting, and fighting a losing battle to keep the kittens out of the Christmas tree.  I’m slowly adding yarn to my store as well as dyeing up more to keep adding more.  I’m also contemplating what to send to Phat Fiber for them to include in the January sampler box.  Work has brought even more excitement, having to fly around in the winter weather. 

I guess I’ll start with the knitting group I almost made it to.  First Saturdays from Ravelry meets at a different area LYS on the first Saturday of every month, so I got up Saturday morning with the intention of going.  I got to the gas station on the corner and seriously considered not going because the roads were pretty snowy, but decided to press on.  I made it about halfway there and was called into work.  Plan foiled.  I was hoping to go and work on my Autumn Druid mittens by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed, but it was not meant to be.  This project is as of yet unphotographed and progressing very slowly because of more important holiday knitting.  Speaking of which…

I finished my second tea cozy ever!  It’s an original design and it’s going to my grandma for Christmas.  I made it with my own handspun and when all was said and done, I had about 6″ of yarn left over.  Here it is:

Pretty, huh?  I finished this yesterday morning after I got home from work.  Her teapot is a little smaller, it was a little tight on mine, so it should fit well!

My Tea Swap from the Odd Ducks Swap group on Ravelry is finished.  I got a lovely package from NYC and my package went to California.  I managed to erase the pictures of the package I received from my camera before I downloaded them, but here’s a picture of the package I sent out:

It was an uphill battle keeping the adorable kitty toys from disappearing as you can see from this one:

Rocco seems to like to get into those sorts of things.  He also really enjoys curling up in my knitting:

He’s also really enjoying my Hemlock Ring Blanket, which is in progress to be a Christmas present.  I’ve run out of room on my needles, so I’m planning on a trip to the LYS tomorrow to buy a longer one.  I only have about 15 rows left, but about a million stitches on the needles, so it might be a little slow.

That’s all for now, I’m going to be busy with my Christmas knitting, work and car shopping, so I’ll be back soon with lots of pictures and things to talk about!