May Shop Update: What’s Your Sign

May 23rd, 2016 No comments

This month’s update is all about the zodiac. Progress markers and markers. Get your sign while they last. Also in anticipation of my move I’m holding a moving sale. Everything in the shop is 20% off with the code PACKING. Help me pack fewer things!

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This shop update is full of signs. All 12 signs as stitch marker sets and as solo progress markers.  So pick your sign or a few and  enjoy shopping.

I also finally found the perfect Prongs to create the Maraders as stitch markers.

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Also, a Fish and Cat set. One might even call it Catfishing…

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Restocking 

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I’ll be packing most of June so, the June update is a little up in the air. It will be either pretty early in the month, or just early July.

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Project Bag Adventure

May 18th, 2016 No comments

So I’ve wanted to make myself a project bag for a while. For a few reasons; I want more project bags, I keep buying fabric, I want to sew more… See just a few reasons. But I got some very NYC themed fabric and decided to go for it.  The city skyline, and the ceiling of Grand Central Station.

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So I got to cutting, ironing, sewing, and all the steps in between to make a good project  bag. And as tends to be the way with a new project I got some good ideas on what worked, what didn’t and what I need to do in the next round.

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The finished bag was quite roomy it could hold the the sock I was working on in Witch Candy Yarn, a finished sock, one of my notions pouches, a pen, and a bottle of Aleve that also got tossed in there. I felt like I could fit a second skein in there for a two color project. My newest project is also living in the bag.

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Yep another pair of socks!

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Long Island Fleece and Fiber Festival

May 17th, 2016 No comments

This past week was the annual Long Island Fleece and Fiber Festival.  I think this is the fourth year I have gone.  A bus is organized every year, and drives from near  Grand Central to  Hallockville. So this year we headed out, for a day for fiber, wine, and some great info on natural dyeing. *Buys Avocados.

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Its a small festival, but I always seem to discover a new to me dyer, or vendor at the show. And heading across the street for lunch at the vineyard, is a fun tradition. The bus even gives us coupons for a tasting, if we want to hop across the street. Who doesn’t want a glass of wine or four after petting sheep.

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The festival seemed a little smaller this year, but that didn’t really seem to stop me from picking up some yarn, fiber, fabric, and wine…

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Some shepherdess salve from Long Island Livestock, Fiddle knits yarn, and some Groovy Hue Fibers.

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Box of Sox Kal

May 16th, 2016 No comments

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The box of sox kal started on Jan 1 with a goal to knit 12 pairs of socks over the course of the year and while I never  expected to make 12 pairs of socks, and still don’t, I’m quite pleased with finishing my first ever pair of socks.

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Apparently, all i needed was a simple sock pattern and time.  I do have a lot, a lot of yarn left  so that is something to keep in mind but hey a pair of wearable socks. I’m telling myself that I don’t need to cast on another pair of socks yet. But I kinda want to. We’ll see what side wins out. I mean I have a sweater to finish. Among other things…

I suppose its time to get some sock blockers…

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Miracles do Happen!

May 13th, 2016 No comments

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Look at that, knitting right at right field at Yankees Stadium.  Now the miracle wasn’t the game (the Yankees lost) but what I was knitting. That right there was a  sock.  the Favorite Sock pattern by Voolenvine. It is a basic sock pattern, that I chose as I was planning to knit while watching Civil War.

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I have finished the first sock. Other than Christmas stockings and that one failed way too too big, Christmas sock for my dad, I actually haven’t finished a sock ever! Yep, 8 years as a knitter but socks are what are beyond me! I’ve started the second sock and I have the bus ride tomorrow to the LIFFF so I have a few hours of sock knitting to and from the fair.

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So it looks like I will have my first pair of socks! Maybe, We’ll see what happens when Sunday arrives but I am quite hopeful! I may finally conquer socks.

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Adventures Using Stitch Markers

April 29th, 2016 No comments

Stitch Markers. I may be biased towards them since I do make them. But the truth is there are a lot of moments when a stitch marker was a saving grace. How you may ask?  Come into my parlor…

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At first, when I started knitting, I used stitch markers only when the pattern called for it and only how the pattern called for it to be used. There were some additional uses I picked up quickly and some that were magical discoveries in a project much later than it should have been.  So fellow knitters what secrets of stitch markers have you discovered?  Here are a few of mine.

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  • The first time I realized you could use stitch markers for counting when casting on an obscene number of stitches…cast on 43439 stitches you say…
  • Lace – markers have saved me from many a mistake before it would have been ripping back the afore mentioned 43439 stitches
  • End of round marker
  • Progress marker – especially for that period where you knit and knit and the yarn gets smaller but the project doesn’t seem to get any bigger
  • Oh six charts that you alternate  within the same row of the project – matches markers to chart
  • Never forget to do those first/last three stitches on the end of a shawl- every time I think I don’t need those markers – 40 rows later, wait wasn’t there a garter edging?
  • That moment when as a stitch marker maker you are away from home and have no stitch markers. You may just laugh at yourself and use yarn scraps. And that random marker that was in the bottom of the bag.

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Slow Growing Royale

April 27th, 2016 No comments

Slowly knitting my way through Royale. I have started the decreases, and Im seeing the cables take shape. I’m looking forward to this sweater taking shape.

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Alternating every two rows seems to be working in my favor.  The colors are working well together. I’m getting the hang of the cables and the charts, and am starting to believe this sweater will be finished before it falls victim to my wandering project eye. I have attempted to stop myself by starting to pack the yarn.

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I haven’t sealed the box so I don’t know how adequate it will be. But one can hope. And this project is attention grabbing when I actually remember to take it out ;).

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April Shop Update

April 25th, 2016 No comments

A smaller update this month but there are some new notions pouches for your shopping pleasure.  Pac Man, Doctor Banner, Spider Man and Star Trek TOS.

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So if you want to carry some notions in geeky style there are a few more options waiting for you.

In stitch markers we have the four elements. Earth, Air, Fire, and Water in stitch markers.

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And two sets that are tied together. Whose side are you on.  Team Cap or Team Iron Man.

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Quarterly Update

April 8th, 2016 Comments off

Time seems to be flying, and plans are changing, but I’m still as usual mindful of my goals in general and am a bit surprised to see that I have been making progress even if it doesn’t always feel like I am giving enough time to my crafting life.

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But general life is also changing so i’m adding to the goals.  I’m moving this summer, so that’s a big thing that has to be planned and organized.  Especially as a crafter.  There are a lot of things to pack and move. Have I mentioned I have a lot of books? I mean a lot of books.

 

Knitting Goals

1. Year of the Sweater- One Sweater every two months *finger crossed*  – Royale started body is about 3″ right now. 

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2. A pair of socks – A girl can dream –I have joined the box of sox kal in a hope for additional motivation. 

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
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)
2. Go through the wardrobe and donate/trash clothes – First round done 
3. Donate some books
4. Pack
5. Move

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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

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More Sweaters…

March 30th, 2016 Comments off

Well we know I have a sweater plot for the year. I may be falling behind since I have just cast on my first new sweater of the year. Bayside while finished in January has been on the needles a long time. Well this past weekend was the end of Gauge and Tension. I have been able to go to the pop up/weekend yarn store a few times. And there was always something great there.

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I left with six skeins of  Skeinny Dipping  yarn in Un-Teal We Meet Again.  So about 1200 yards to get another sweater made. And a Single skein of the G+T cormo, that I am pondering pairing with a  skein of blue for a Waiting For Rain shawl.  I have to make my way through Royale before casting on another sweater. I say now…

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