Tour De Fleece

July 3rd, 2015 No comments

The tour starts tomorrow and I haven’t joined a team or set any plan. Mostly because as I was organizing, I snapped a photo of all  the in progress spinning that I currently have, and that doesn’t account for all the other projects I have going.

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From left to right, is 1) my failed dspakal, most of 4oz left to be spun there 2) the rainbow 20z I have been spinning that I grabbed at lifff, 3) a tidbit from hobbledehoy, 4) a loop bump I think I haven’t been working on since 2013, and 5) another tidbit on my turtle made.  I know of at least 2 other projects in progress, a tribble on on mini turkish, and some mystery black fiber that is to go with some orange that I have already spun up.  Just a couple things really…

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So I think I will have this tour as a finish things one.  where I work on the projects already on the spindle, and try to do something new.  Like the thought I had to ply the rainbow fiber on one of the turkish spindles I own and see how that goes.  If I get a chance to get really into the spinning I may take a chance with one of the fibers I grabbed at MDSW.  They were all small quantities so taking a chance with one near the end of the tour seems safe.  I mean I currently have, 12 -16oz of fiber in progress.

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Not to mention I have a baby shower in 8 days and maybe 30% of a blanket done, and I wanted to make some accessories. But I’m off to the movies and hope I can make a lot of progress on a garter chevron blanket this holiday weekend.

 

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June Update: Spinning

June 20th, 2015 No comments

Regular Stitch Markers – The Hulk, Master of Disguise, Dark Side of the Rainbow and Green Marble

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Earrings –  Drop Spindle Earrings

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Crochet Stitch Markers –  Dark side of the Rainbow and Hulk

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Restocked   River Song Collection, The Verse, Hulk, The Fastest Man Alive,  Riddler, CountEm, Thor Earrings

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I Sew Now Sewing Is Cool

June 17th, 2015 2 comments

At the beginning of May, I started taking sewing classes at Mood Fabrics.  After chatting with a friend who took the class previously, I decided to double up and take the beginning and the intermediate class together.   So I  was working on a tote bag and a dress.

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The classes were six weeks of 1 1/2 hour lessons. I had some issues with the machine in class the last two weeks, but I’ve been doing well with the machine at home except for needle breaking. I never broke a needle in class, yet have broken 3 at home…

 

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The tote bag is three layers of fabric deep, it has the  outer layer, canvas in the middle, and  lining fabric. The finish tote is massive and it makes me happy, since I have been lugging around a tote bag a lot this summer already.

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So I might have to start using this right away. I  am tempted to make another tote bag, but first I have a dress to finish.  I mean I already have a fabric stash. Its small but it exist. This may be the next dangerous hobby.

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FlameCon Wrap Up

June 15th, 2015 2 comments

Saturday was FlameCon which was NYC’s First Queer Comic Con.  It was hosted in Brooklyn at the Grand Prospect Hall whose ad has been running on local tv for years.  For those who don’t know and don’t want to watch the youtube video, its a hall in Brooklyn that normally would be used for weddings,  parties, and the like. So think chandeliers, ballrooms, gardens, etc..

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This was my first time at the first year of a convention.  While I still remember the days of walking to the Javitz Center and getting a ticket to NYCC on Saturday, and not being packed like a Sardine it was well past a new event when I started going. I think it turned out pretty well,  there was a sizable but manageable crowd most of the day.

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So we decided to be members of the X-men. Shadowcat, Asgardian Storm, Punk Storm, and Jubilation Lee. We were walking around with a couple other friends who weren’t X-men,  one of whom I think took all the photos on my Camera that I didn’t.

We had a lot of fun, though the GPH was HOT.  Everyone was melting a bit, but the coolest room was also where there was seating available.  Dressed in all black with a a leather vest and corset I took advantage of the seating a few times during the day.

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At some point lightning may be added to the shot. I didn’t wear the foot and a half mohawk this time as it was wilting and would need to be reformed.  Instead I made a fohawk and sprayed it with white.  How? Hair gel, teasing and bobby pins. My hair put up quite the fight.  If you follow me on instagram you saw a few more shots of the hair, and our entire group.

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No convention would be complete without some swag. I was pretty tame though the Queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race dominated my purchases.  Post cards by Chad Sell  and Christmas Ornaments by James L. Barry. Lastly a pair of Supernatural buttons, where I didn’t get any vendor information at all *sigh*.  So if anyone recognizes the design let me know.

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I didn’t make it to  any panels as there were only two that jumped out at me and when we went upstairs to the first one, the line wrapped around itself and as far as we could tell the panel room was tiny. And if we thought it was hot downstairs, upstairs… I seem to have lost all my warm weather proofing, when I could dress like Storm and be working outdoors for hours. Now I tend to hit a moment of sit down or fall down.  Lots of water was had and escapes to the cool room.

Like NYCC the best part of the show were conversations with people, about geeky things, their thoughts on the convention, movies, and more. I got the usual I am with my tribe sensation and that always feels good.  We didn’t end up at the afterparty where there was burlesque apparently, as we had another event to get to, but I would go again next year.  Just maybe with a fan.

 

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Upcoming Events: WWKIP & Sunday Funday

June 14th, 2015 No comments

The next couple weekends are going to be quite full. This coming Saturday I shall be vending at  The Brooklyn Knit and Crochet Guild’s World Wide Knit in Public Celebration.  It is this Saturday June 20th from 11-2 at the Old Stone House in Park Slope.

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I will have stitch markers, earrings, and some project bags from Sooze in the City.  Come stop by if you are in Brooklyn. It will be the debut of my new Drop Spindle earrings.

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Then on Sunday June 28th, it shall be Sunday Funday on Smith Street. We will be set up outside La Casita Yarn Shop and Cafe.  I will be at the table with Susie from Chiagu  with the usual stock from 11am – 6pm ish. La Casita will be having a dyeing class inside the shop on the same day.

 

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A Plan to Finish

June 8th, 2015 1 comment

If you couldn’t guess I am not even remotely a monogamous knitter. Let’s not even discuss the other crafts. Have I mentioned I added sewing to the list? I’ve added sewing to the list. But, for one week only I’m going to try. My goal, for the rest of the week to work on my Bayside.

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As you can see, I have more than half the body done,  looking at the pattern, I have nine inches to knit before the ribbing then the sleeves. The plan is to knit all this week, and see how I do. It might be easier if I hadn’t also started a new spinning project yesterday.

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The  2oz of cheviot roving from Painting Box Fibers that I grabbed at the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Festival. Though I suppose technically spinning is a totally different craft, so it doesn’t count right? Fingers crossed, I really want to finally finish this sweater. It fits this time, and I would like to start some other sweaters.

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A Finished Rainbow

June 3rd, 2015 No comments

The spinning is done.  This is one of my largest finished skeins in a  long time. The last one being the skein I used to make my hitchhiker.  The finished skein is 682 yards of fingering and light fingering weight.

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Now I have to decide what to do with it.  I’m thinking a really big shawl, maybe something to give my color affection a run for its money during the next polar vortex.  Any ideas?

 

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Spin the Rainbow

May 29th, 2015 No comments

I have been busy with my Loop batt that I grabbed from Maryland.  Maybe it’s because I decided not to ply the yarn. Maybe I have been spinning more than I think, but I am nearly done with the the 5.2oz of  Abracadabra I got at MDSW.

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I have been aiming for a fingering weight single and I seem to be mostly successful.  I have been using my Bosworth mini spindle and winding off into skeins when I think it is too full. That seems to be somewhere between 1.3 and 1.5oz.

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I am working on what will be the last ball  now, greens and yellows mostly, and looking at the yardage I got on the red (~156 yards) I think I will end up with a surprisingly large yardage. Once I have the final count I shall decide what to make with it, but I am still leaning towards a massive winter wrap/shawl, to go with my color affection.

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What would you make with  this yarn?  The final yardage looks like it will be about 500 yards or higher. I will find out in the next couple days hopefully.

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May Update: Skeins, Neon Skeins, and Skeins

May 24th, 2015 No comments

This shop update isn’t just yarn skein earrings, and markers. But it does feel like it is. So lets start with the earrings.  First up the neon set.  Yellow, Green, Pink, and blue.

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These are the variegated sets, of Koigu yarn.

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A couple sets with gold findings. Red and Gold.

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Then we have yarn skein markers in House Sock, Crochet, and standard

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Two new collections: Hogwarts Year one and Two

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Type 40 Tardis

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Year of the Sheep – Currently available in black and white

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Long Island Fleece and Fiber Wrap Up

May 21st, 2015 Comments off

So two weeks after MDSW I was on the bus to the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Festival.  Well the plan to got go to LIFFF had been established in February while MDSW was in April. It totally made sense at the time. Plus LIFFF is a small festival across the street from a vineyard.  I always enjoy going even in some rain.

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I did not get a ton of stuff this year but I did discover a new to me dyer.  Witch Candy were I made my only yarn purchase. One skein of LiteBrite.  A small two ounce bit of cheviot roving from Painting Box Fibers. A bottle of red wine from  Martha Clara vineyards. And a couple yards of fabric, that will be put aside for now, now that I know my sewing machine is decorative.

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A very small take away. It was bound to happen at some point. There was plenty more I could have grabbed, but I did just go to Maryland. And I am still in the middle  of spinning the loop rainbow I grabbed from there.

 

And here is a mini preview for tomorrow’s shop update. It will be around 7pm EST.  There will be skeins everywhere! 

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