Sweater no# 2

September 28th, 2016 No comments

So I’ve been progressing on Kitra in my skein of Empire. Its a top  down  sweater, and my plan is to  knit to the sleeves, knit both sleeves and then knit the body until I run out of yarn or get to Rhinebeck, most likely the former as there is still a lot of knitting to be done.

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And it may not look it but I am less than 10 rows from the sleeve division. In theory the sleeves themselves will not take too long, we’ll see, we’ll see. That third sweater though may be like the Emperor’s New Clothes, I mean if I fix that sleeve quirk on bayside that totally counts right? I mean I finished it in Jan, it would be a new sweater for Rhinebeck.

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New Look

September 15th, 2016 No comments

I’ve  spent part of yesterday doing the mostly admin parts of running an Etsy shop; ordering things, planning new packaging, making lists, and prep work. The kind of stuff that has to be done but is way less fun than working out a design for new stitch markers.  This did remind me that I haven’t mentioned my  new logo, or put it anywhere but in order forms.

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Look its a shiny new logo for One Geek to Craft Them All.  Its pretty awesome right? The joy of working with a great graphic designer like Abraham. Expect it to start appearing on all sorts of things!  I’ve already ordered; cards, a banner, a stamp.   Now to get back to the Indie Untangled prep!

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Sweater! Hot Off the Needles!

September 12th, 2016 No comments

And Cabeladabra is done! All that is left is weaving in ends and blocking! One sweater down 2 more to attempt. And I’ve also got my  Indie Untangled prep in full swing, new items, old favorites, exclusives, all of it is now in progress.

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In the last week or so I have realized just how soon Rhinebeck is, when you have a day job, a craft job, and want to knit three new sweaters for the weekend, five weeks is no time at all!  So I decided to get cranking, I’m unpacked, I’ve reopened the shop, time for making all the things!

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Working on the sweater, I realized that I didn’t have all that much work left either. it was the work of a couple of episodes of the walking dead, to finish the body and start on the first sleeve. and last night, I decided to finish the second and get the collar done!

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I think it came out pretty well, I believe I have 1 1/2 balls left or  1/2 a ball. I vaguely remember a skein falling into a suitcase in the flurry of unpacking and I don’t remember if I fished it out before putting the case away. Something I will check on later.

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I also had initially gotten the finger weight version of the pattern so I plan to make that as well at some point in the Woolfolk I got before La Casita closed.

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Next up,  Kitra in my Empire skein. I’m planning on extending it to tunic length. Somehow I think I will have enough yarn. I will knit the sleeves before finishing the body to figure out what yardage I have left.  Tunic…Dress, we’ll see what happens.

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Dyeing Fiber: A mixed bag

September 6th, 2016 No comments

I may have fallen down a dyeing rabbit hole.  I pulled out two ounces of Romney and broke it out into a few bumps to try dyeing fiber.

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So the first round didn’t go as well as planned. I set up the fiber, added the dye.  Blue, red, grey, and black.

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So I might have used a bit too much water in the pot for the amount of fiber that I had. Why does that matter?  Well, the more water in the pot the more the dye blends.

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My finished lovely four colors, blended into a nice black with the occasional streak of red or blue undertones.  On the plus side, I did not felt the fiber and do need some black fiber for a project.  So yay, on  the con, that was not what I was aiming for.

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I had one bump left so I decided to try one last time. As you can see, much less water in the pot. Still a little bit too much but better than the first time around.  I added turquoise, yellow, and a splash of grey. I got Turquoise, green, and some yellow.

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So a dyed fiber semi-victory.

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Shop Update: A Return & Halloween

September 5th, 2016 No comments

Happy Labor Day Folks. I hope everyone stateside is having a good unofficial end of summer Monday. The shop is open again. And It is chocked full of Halloween themed markers and earrings.

Halloween Earrings

 

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Halloween Markers 

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Game of Thrones Markers 

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Peter Pan Collection

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Hamilton Collection

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The Walking Dead – Daryl Collection

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Doctor Who Collection

 

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Playing with Yarn Dye

August 29th, 2016 No comments

I’ve wanted to play with dyeing yarn for a while.  And after moving I decided to get myself some new crafty toys to try out.  I have gotten acid dyes and metal stamping tools.  I haven’t started stamping things yet but yesterday I decided to dye up some yarn.

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I had a 2ply skein of Cormo I had gotten at Gauge+Tension, ages ago, in theory as a neutral for another skein.  But it was perfect for this project.  I ordered some Acid dye off Amazon, because Prime is a dangerous thing, it arrived right before my apartment warming on Saturday.  I chose to go with citric acid, mostly because I don’t really like the smell of vinegar.

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So I got my yarn soaked, poured in my dyes  and waited.  The method I used was Space dyeing from a skill share class by @alexcreates on instagram. I had seem his yarn at Vogue Knitting Live and I thought his class would be a good place to start.

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Once the dye bath was mostly exhausted (i’m glad everyone mentioned how much red bleeds, I would have been pretty worried otherwise) I rinsed the yarn in wool wash a few times until the water ran clear.

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I hang it up to dry in the bathroom. And hooray for summer it was already dry when I went to shower this morning.  So I have my first finished skein of hand dyed yarn.  While there are a couple things I would fix, like I think I needed to let the yarn soak longer before I added dye, I really like how my first draft of ‘a kid from Brooklyn’ turned out.

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I have a couple of ounces of un-dyed fiber I will also be  looking into dyeing, but I have to decide on the process for that first, as I’m much more concerned about felting, with  fiber. I tried to not agitate the wool too much. Something to look into but yay dyed yarn!

Side note! The shop is open and there will be an update this Saturday at 10! Zombies, Witches, Founding Fathers, and Time Lords to name a few.

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Flame Con

August 25th, 2016 No comments

Another year another Flame con. I do love a good local reason go go around cosplaying.  This past weekend was FlameCon and for the second year running, friends and I donned our costumes and had a blast at the convention.

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This year FlameCon was two days and I spent Saturday in costume as,  Storm. I got a ton of art, which will be fun decorating the new apartment with.

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There were quite a few of my fellow X-men wandering around including a few Storms.

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It did inspire me to set a few rules, no finishing my costume the night before. I’m sure if you follow me on Instagram you saw the posts Friday night of my construction adventures. The costume still looks pretty good for running out of bias tape, and time if I am honest, but my plan is to rework some bits, and wear it to NYCC, since I am only going that Friday.  Long term, I’m looking forward to working on the V2 of the boots.

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A Yarn Store Grows in Brooklyn

August 24th, 2016 No comments

So many adventures in the last couple weeks, I even had a birthday in there. Let’s start with the one most yarn related. Woolyn has opened its doors. It’s a yarn store in Brooklyn, that has yarn, fiber, and the usual yarn store fun, including tea. Going to the preview night, last Thursday, I got to visit the shop for Friends and Family night.

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It’s a great space and there was plenty of yarn and fiber from a variety of dyers to make any fiber fan giddy. I may have done a mild amount of damage, despite still unpacking yarn and fiber.

 

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I got Frabjous Fibers in “Fist Bump” and two skeins of Invictus Yarn in Kicks and Captain SW.  Oh and a set of dpns for sock knitting, because you can always use more needles.

I’m looking forward to some knit nights at Woolyn in the future.

 

 

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Still Growing

July 28th, 2016 Comments off

My Cabeladabra is growing.  It is almost at the neck line,  and I am still on the second ball of yarn. The next couple of weeks look to be filled with madness, packing and moving. But a new home is always a great thing. The boxes I will have to empty. Well, we’ll see how that goes I guess.  I expect to be surrounded by boxes for a few weeks.

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But along with knitting I have been plotting. I’m looking forward to re-opening the shop come September and having a lot of new things in the shop.

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Another Quarter Another Update

July 8th, 2016 Comments off

Homes are changing, boxes packed, apartments emptied. I packed all the books. I lost count once I surpassed 20 boxes of books, because really, did I need to keep counting? I donated, a few shelves worth, and still the movers were all “so you like reading eh?” Though we did end up having a conversation about comics that was pretty fun.

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Knitting Goals

1. Year of the Sweater- One Sweater every two months *finger crossed*  – Royale started body is about 3″ still.  I’ve also started Cabeladabra and that is growing quickly. It is already about 8 inches. 

 

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2. A pair of socks – A girl can dream – apparently it wasn’t that far fetched. Two pairs of socks done. 

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Spinning Goals

1. Learn supported spindling
2. Get a supported Spindle and bowl 

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3. Spinning down the fiber stash or at least spin more than I take in.   Well I added a little to the stash at VKL but have quite a few spindles in progress so maybe? I haven’t finished anything yet  but have five or six projects going right now.  So that would be staying on track sorta. 

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Sewing Goals 

1. Finish my Dress
2. Sew some new bag styles

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3. Learn some new skills
4. Sew more in general

Shop Goals

1. Continue to grow the inventory (I’d like to add notions and other sized bags to the shop as well)
2. New Logo (More a new take on the current owl than a full revamp) – Have contacted an artist and everything!
3. A couple more craft shows, still looking for the holiday market that fits
4. Better tracking of things to make 2016 taxes easier.

Life Things

1. Organize Stashes (Fabric, Yarn, Fiber, Beads) – they were packed does that count
2. Go through the wardrobe and donate/trash clothes – First round done 
3. Donate some books
4. Pack
5. Move

12 in 2016
1. Captain America Baby Blanket  – Done! Gifted
2.  Another large wrap shawl like Color affection
3.  Luxury Handspun Hat Continued
4. Stonecutter
5. Handspun Mitts – Mixed with Mithril

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6. A chunky cowl
7. A heirloom lace shawl
8. Double my memories blanket
9. A mystery KAL
10.  Handspun Hat (Still at the spinning stage)
11.  Bring back Christmas Gift Knitting
12. Christmas Ornaments – One done  and gifted 

 

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