Hedgerow Socks

Are done! I kind of hate the heels, they seem to poof out weirdly and I think will fit inside a shoe weirdly. That said, they are comfy and warm and will be great around the house on cold nights! As usual, I love the yarn, which is Socks That Rock lightweight, colorway: Ghoulash.
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The Summer of WINNING!

Whoa, I can’t believe it’s almost October! The summer flew by! It was a fantastic summer, however, mostly full of win.

When I say “full of win”, I literally mean winning. My LYS, Natural Stitches, had another round of Summer Bingo this year, and playing paid off big time for me!

Let’s see: I won a straight bingo, which got me a $5 gift card, and then I won a “special bingo” (where you make a particular pattern on  your board), which got me a $10 gift card.

Then, my name was entered in a couple of drawings throughout the summer. The drawings were either just for playing, or for being the first win of a month (for me, it was July’s first bingo).  I won multiple skeins of yarn over the summer:

Madeline Tosh Pashmina Worsted

Done Roving Yarns Gussied Up

and

Spud & Chloe Fine

Finally, I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot, because Natural Stitches is now a carrier of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Yarn! YAY!!! This is my favorite yarn in the world, particularly their Socks That Rock in lightweight and mediumweight. I may have just gone a little crazy using up my gift cards on more yarn. :)

As to knitting projects: I cast on 2 shawls over the summer. Both were knit-a-longs, one for Star Athena’s Interval, and one for Kirsten Kapur’s Germinate.  Germinate is almost done, though I screwed up just about every single phase of the thing, which is not the designer’s fault, I might add. Totally user error on that one.  I’ve decided to table it til next spring, when I’ll actually want to wear its colors (bright green, bright pink, and white!)  Interval would be good for fall and winter, however, so I hope to finish that one soon.

I also cast on my annual fall pair of socks. I’m using Socks That Rock lightweight in Ghoulash.  Here’s my project page for them.

And that’s it for summer updates. It was a great summer, and now I look forward to crisp cool air, falling leaves, Halloween, spooky things, pumpkin EVERYTHING, and lots and lots of wool.  Happy Autumn!

It Has Begun

The 2013 Tour de Fleece is underway!

I finished the Salt Water Taffy v.2 yarn this past week, and last night I skeined it for its bath this morning.  It looks just as fun as the first skein I did, and I might make a hat and mittens out of it for a colorful winter.

Then, I started a bulky yarn with Gnomespun’s Romney in autumnal colors.  I bought this wool at the one and only Rhinebeck I went to a few years ago, and it’s high time I spun it!  Some pics, below.

Salt Water Taffy v.2 — Skeined

Salt Water Taffy v.2 – splish splash! Having a bath!

The wool I hope to spin this Tour – starting with that russety business in the front!

And we’re off!

Long Time, No See!

Sorry I suck at keeping my blog updated.  It hasn’t been for lack of material – I’ve been quite busy creating things.  Indeed, I have a massive case of “startitis”…that condition that causes us to start a million projects and then hopelessly try to keep up.

Knitting-wise, I have suddenly become the kind of knitter who has 3 shawls on the needles. No one is more surprised by this than I am!  First up is Mary-Heather Cogar’s Simple Things Shawlette.  I had some shawl trauma and had forgotten to lifeline, but I think I managed to get all the stitches back on the needles and plan on continuing it later this summer.  Before I finish it, though, I think I will focus my efforts on the 2 mystery KALs I’m working on: Star Athena’s Interval Mystery Shawl, using Blue Moon’s BFL Fingering in Saffron Surprise and Marina, and Kirsten Kapur’s Through The Loops Mystery Shawl, using Berocco Vintage DK in Green, Pink and White (the colors remind me of the popular polo shirt colors from my preppy 80s days, in my favorite color combination.)

Spinning-wise, I’m gearing up for the Tour de Fleece. Those of you who’ve been reading me for awhile know I participate yearly. The concept is simple: spinners spin while riders ride. It’s a beautiful meld of wheels spinning, moving us all forward to meet our goals.  My goals this year are:

  1. Spin every day the riders ride (difficult for someone with pain issues, but not impossible if I pace myself.)
  2. Spin down my wool stash so that the sides of the cubes they’re contained in stop bulging.
  3. Make a bulky yarn with my new bulky plyer assembly on my Ladybug.
  4. Put that bad boy in double-drive and figure that all out. (I’ve been completely chickensh** about double-drive on my Ladybug, I admit. Time to face it head-on. Bet I get it running and realize “That was nothing”, LOL!)

To prep for the Tour, I had to finish up the yarn that was currently on the wheel: a second go at Salt Water Taffy yarn. (pic of the singles, below)  I plied it last night and will update with a photo after it’s been washed and skeined.

Salt Water Taffy Singles v.2

Finally, it was the end of an era about 2 weeks ago: I sold my very first wheel, the Irish Tension Traub (pic below from when I got it), to a very eager and happy new friend. :)  I met her through a long-time friend of mine – she’s been spinning on spindle for awhile, and wanted a wheel.  It all worked out beautifully – I taught her how to spin on a wheel, and she’s off and running and probably better than me by now, LOL!

Goodbye, old friend. You were a beautiful first wheel, and I will always love you. Enjoy your new home!

Traub – My First Wheel