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 No comments

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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6KCBW: Day Two: It’s Like Christmas but With More Me!

May 12th, 2015 No comments

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Day Two (Tuesday 12th May): It’s All About You.
Cast your hooks and needles aside!

This year you are challenged with one of those tasks that some bloggers can find quite daunting: but there’s never a better time then when we’re all in it together, so let’s shift the focus and turn the attention from the things we make to the things that make us.

The important thing here is to remember that you don’t have to go into great personal detail and certainly do not have to reveal anything too personal. You can be as candid or as private as you like, but you can also give your readers a feel for those things that you like to do outside of your crafting.

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Well I like to think this blog is all about me anyway. But I suppose, its about my crafty side, be it yarn, fiber, beads, food, fabric, etc.  But I know there are things I haven’t chatted about here often or at all.  Some because they are recent, or so old they haven’t come up.  So here is a random list of facts about me.

  • I’ve know one of my closest friends for 25 years (first grade!)
  • I studied psychology from age 16 as my high school has majors
  • Sewing is the craft I can remember doing the longest, making clothes from fabric scraps that were doll sized
  • I’m born and raised in NYC and can’t imagine moving permanently anywhere else (maybe a few years elsewhere)
  •  I have started taking sewing classes at Mood Fabrics (yes that Mood)
  • I am job hunting :( but it means no more 4 hour a day work commute
  • I have an inordinate amount of love for shellfish (though my birthday party a couple years back may have given it away)
  • I’m a Mac ;)  but I can’t imagine ever waiting in line for a new shiny or having an apple watch.
  • I am terrible at Facebook for my personal account.  It had to go back 8 years to find an on this day post for me…
  • I have a drivers license but haven’t driven in seven years

 

 

 

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6KCBW: If I Were Yarn

May 11th, 2015 No comments

Another Knit and Crochet Blog Week starts today.

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Day One (Monday 11th May): If You Were Yarn.

If you were a type or brand of yarn, which would you be? Are you a classic pure wool? Is there extra tension but a bit of bounce in you because of your high twist? Would you be more like a high-maintainance, strictly hand-wash fluffy angora or a ‘bring it on’ acrylic, bravely heading into the world of possible baby-sick laundering disasters knowing that you will always come out bright and unharmed?

 I pondered for a while what kind of yarn I could be for a while. There are so many options. But then I started thinking about the last couple weeks, and realized I am a fan of being a jack of all trades.

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My brain went to my favorite work horse yarn.  Cascade 220. I have made blankets, sweaters, hats, scarves, shawls. It’s a yarn that can do a little bit of everything, and does it all well.  You can buy a skein or six with just the barest notion of what you are going to make and get something great and long lasting.

My Marvel and DC scarves would still be ideas without it’s full color pallet.  I had the yarn for my Rocky Coast for a few years before I chose and made that sweater.  What kind of yarn is everyone else?

 

 

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MDSW: The Swag

May 4th, 2015 No comments

Going to Maryland Sheep and Wool the first time, I didn’t have much of a plan. I wanted to get something from Knitty and Color and Hobbledehoy. I hadn’t looked to see who all was going to be vending and I’m sure its a surprise to no one to say that my plan wandered off the rails rather quickly.

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The day started at 6 and by 7:15 we were winging our way to  New Jersey to pick up the fourth member of our merry band and head to Maryland.  We got there a little before noon and started our wandering in the Main Barn.  Among other things we found loop. I’m sure everyone knows what happened next…

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I have a fiber problem. I like it. A lot. I barely got any yarn. Just a mini skein pack from Knitty and Color were I also got some Bitty Batties.

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Can I blame a podcaster for enabling me? Well okay, I wanted to stop at Hobbledehoy, and I wanted to check out Marigoldjen. But yarn restraint…a friend did a massive destash in my direction. SO MUCH YARN. That I could not bring myself to buy yarn two days later.

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Over in the booth I saw the Battling Constellation Collaboration with Neighborhood Fiber Co. (who we didn’t get to) and I ended up heading home with the Draco Battlings.  For a person who was only going to buy tools. I seem to have made off with plenty of fiber.

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On the tool front I didn’t get much but I did get some fun bits and bobs. I got this little monster, and somehow didn’t get a card! If someone recognizes the shop please let me know! They had some fantastic cookie jars, and yarn bowls, and were in the main barn as well.  I  also got a LoLo bar finally, in the Plain Jane scent and a sampler in Summer Breeze. I don’t do well with scented items so, I was aiming to try a mild scent and see if I can get in on that.

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And this shop. So much cute, I ended up with a Dalek and Adipose charms. Possibly should have grabbed the dark Sheep Sauron but next time.  I now realize I am on the market for a nice supported spindle. I had thought about getting another Turkish while at the show but we can save that for Rhinebeck.  There will be more spinning  in the coming weeks, and we will see if the loop batt bumps itself up in the queue.

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Great fun going to a festival where I could have been running around in shorts. Next year the full weekend!

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I Love it When a Plan Comes Together

April 29th, 2015 1 comment

And this was one whopper of a plan.  It was all set than it fell apart, than it got stitched back together only to fall apart again. But it finally looks like we are ready to go! What is this plan?

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Did the giant pile of Maryland Crabs (starts humming Miss. Baltimore Crabs) give me away. I’m going to MDSW! A group of friends and I shall be driving down in the Wee hours of Sunday Morning and plan to spend much of the day there. My first trip to Maryland, so  I’m pretty excited.

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Love Your Blog: Gratitude

April 27th, 2015 No comments
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 Gratitude well I have a lot of it for this craft of mine. Oddly knitting is one of the few crafts I picked up and dived headfirst into the social and sharing aspect of it as well. I joined a knitting group very quickly and met people who were also doing this knitting thing. The best kind of people for a slightly nutty fearless beginner. People with patience, experience, and beer. No seriously, my first knitting group was Beer and Knitting, and an epic beer bar.
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We still meet regularly(at a different bar), though nowadays its mostly beer, with occasional, knitting chat. We’re going on 7 or 8 years of  great times and without knitting I would have never met any of them. I have so much  Gratitude for a random post in the New Yorkers LiveJournal community…yeah you read that right.
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 And then there is Raverly. Beyond being Raverly, my other knitting group came of it. More friends, more fun, actually going to festivals. Finding podcasts, sellers, spinning and more. Ravelry was my gateway drug to the greater knitting community. So I think I have all the  gratitude to the world of knitting and the many ways it has enriched my life.

Stitches South – Kinda

April 22nd, 2015 No comments

Alas no I am not at Stitches South right now.  I feel I would be much more bouncy if I was.  I will get to a Stitches eventually The loss of Stitches East just makes it a bit more complicated.  While I shall not be there my stitch markers shall. SewFlo will be participating in the Stitch Marker Swap at  Stitches South and she will have my markers.

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Addictive Knits

April 21st, 2015 No comments

A week or so ago, I started a memory blanket. The plan was to make it a long term blanket made of sock yarn scraps that I would work on from time to time when I had a new pile of fingering scraps from projects.  I don’t know if there is a laugh track high enough and cackling enough for how much that didn’t happen.  I’ve taken to posting the project on instagram with the tag #justonemoresquare.

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I was calmly making a square a night when I got home from work. Then it was a square and a half, then the weekend came. First I reached 10 squares. I set a goal for myself that I would weave in the ends every 10 squares so I wouldn’t have a nightmare of a finished blanket. Friday, I did just that.

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Ten squares, ends all weaved in, not bad for a project I only seem to work on in the wee hours of the evening.  But then came that magical time. The weekend. I went from 10 squares to 12 and it was just Saturday.

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I seem to now have 18 squares. and the start of square 19. I think I am going to run out of mini skeins before I slow down. I am also spinning samples to include in the blanket but none are anywhere near done.  Currently I am knitting around, so the light colored square next to the orange one is my first square and the center of the blanket. Once I choose  a size I may start working only in one direction.  And I’ve been pondering a worsted version.  I’m pretty sure there will be more squares by the time this is posted.

 

Edit: 19 squares…

 

Love Your Blog: Ugly

April 20th, 2015 5 comments

This weeks post theme is Ugly. I saw this and  had quite a bit of pause.  What does one talk about on a blog where they make /photograph everything where does ugly fit in.  Then I thought about other meanings of the word and of all the places my mind went I settled on socks.

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To be clear I do not find socks ugly. Nor do I find making them ugly. What I  do find ugly is my inability to finish off a pair of socks ever. Christmas Stockings yes, mini christmas stockings, yes. But and actual wearable pair of socks? Not yet. I have two pairs on the needles right now. Both have been on the needles for over a year.
My failed socks for dad from Dec. 2013.  The first finished sock was too big  and I went down a size, and never finished the foot on the first sock, and haven’t started the second.
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Then there were my ‘first socks’. I was smart it was a mystery sock, so I completed each clue on both socks every week. That worked out great until I got to my first heel turn, got confused, fell behind on the project, and put it aside. The picture below is from 12/30/12.  I’m pretty sure I started these socks in the spring of 2012….
I really like socks. Generally speaking I own a lot of socks, in lots of colors and styles. Socks are awesome.  I also own A LOT of fingering weight yarn. When I see yarn and think its pretty, but have no plan of what to make 97% of the time it is fingering weight.  And I tell myself something like “I’ll make as shawl”. I have a lot of shawls… And then I wander off and spin fingering weight yarn.
I need to work on that. Operation Sock Drawer is quite beyond me at the moment but operation pair? That is my speed. Hopfully. Maybe.