Saturday was the 4th annual LI Fleece and Fiber Festival. I grabbed the bus out of NYC hosted by Subway Knits and Sponsored by Vogue Knitting. It was great fun. And I spent a surprising amount of time watching demonstrations.
I even got a short video (youtube) of the sheep being sheered if you want to take a look. But I didn’t stop there. Later I wandered back to a Llama sheering.
The llama was very calm throughout this. And had an attitude of its Tuesday, haircut time.
Sheering in Progress
Post Sheering Giving Kisses
So coming back for the alpaca sheering after a pretty calm llama was quite the change of pace. It took a few minutes to get the alpaca put on the the sheering table because it was putting up a fight.
Nooooooo I don’t wanna
Noooo I was so fluffy
The Indignity of it All
It was great fun watching all these demonstrations, and I will be posting about all the swag I made off with tomorrow. I may have made it to the vineyard across the street as well. Whistle. And got a new toy.
More on that tomorrow.
In completly unrelated geekery go read about a friend and I running into Matt Smith last night over at pinkraygun.com Because Brooklyn
Here we are for May’s Update. This time its, full of superheroes, gods, angels, wizards, and fairytale Characters. As usual everything can be found in the Etsy Shop.
Wonder Woman Stitch Markers
I had a lot of fun making these Wonder Woman stitch markers but quickly wondered why I had not added a star to the markers. The answer becomes clear in the next item created.
Wonder Woman Earrings
Stars are awesome aren’t they? You know who else has stars? Captain America.
Captain America Stitch Markers
These are the new Captain America Stitch markers now with extra star power!
Vincent and The Doctor Stitch Markers
Inspired by the exploding Tardis painting these Stitch Makers are the colors of the lost painting of Vincent Van Gogh.
Spinning straw into gold might be asking a bit much, but yarn. I can do yarn. These earrings were inspired by the old fairytale and the gold beads represent the impossible feat. How about some alpaca?
Rowena Ravenclaw Earrings
These Ravenclaw house earrings are full of house pride. Complete with Eagle Charms.
True Blood Stitch Markers
Tru Blood let the vamps out of the closet, these stitch markers will help keep your knitting in place.
Castiel Stitch Markers
Our favorite angel of the lord is not just in earrings any more.
Poseidon Stitch Markers
I’ll be bringing the mythology back into the shop, starting with the god of the seas, horses, and earthquakes.
It’s that time again, an update, and restocking of a few items that have been gone for too long.
Coming back from the abyss Hulk Stitch Markers which have been out of the shop for a few months. Though they now have silver rings.
New Items include Impala Stitch Markers
River Song Spoilers Earrings
Lantern Corps Stitch Markers
Iron Avengers Stitch Markers
She-Hulk Stitch Markers
That’s all Folks. I’ll see you all in May. The date is pending as I will have a guest right around update time and that means they will be in the craft room. We’ll see.
There was a theme in this update. It happened and I embraced it. Because there are worse things then getting suddenly inspired by the Heroes and Villains of Gotham City. So let’s start from the top.
Batman Stitch Markers
He is the night, and with the gun metal wire, and back and yellow beads, he will watch over your repeats.
Robin Stitch Markers
What’s Batman without Robin. Dick, Jason, Tim, Stephanie, Damien *sniff*. Robin is always ready to do his part to save the day. And with this cast of characters there is a reason the day needs saving.
We have yarn about 205 yards of a worsted weight in brown blue and teal, with sparkle. Because once you go sparkle there is no turning back apparently. Once it was clean plying the brown and the blue was the job of an episode of Top Chef and fighting the cat.
I used all of the brown and hand a couple yards left of the blue that I put aside. Who knows that could be the last eight stitches on the hat to be. The final yarn, Allons-y, came together quite well and its now drying in the craft room.
It should be dry sometime Saturday, or maybe Sunday. So I think it will be used for one of my nerd wars projects.
Now I just have to find a pattern that works well and will keep my attention. Maybe one of the categories will inspire me. And we’ll see if I can hold off casting on until next Friday. Though I still have the Gin and Tonic hat to finish and I want to work on the Podster Gloves which I think I could do the worsted version in a weekend. But this weekend is quite full so we will see.
I am very happy to share with you my first pattern for 2013, and my first Doctor Who inspired work. I’m sure it won’t be the last.
Bowties are Cool
Bowties are cool. So are Stetsons. Fezzes? Fezzes will be shot on sight. Bowties in a tweed red yarn, clearly these gloves are for 11. He just doesn’t know it yet. Spoilers Sweetie.
These mitts are knit, in the round with a worked in thumb gusset. The bowties are a quite easy to create and these gloves can easily be whipped up rather quickly.
Size 5 (3.5 mm) dpns or circular needles
Fingering Weight – Roman Hills -Dr. Who #3 – I’m a Sagittarius. Probably.
~120- 140 yards
5 stitches and 8 rows per inch
I’m nearly done with the shawl collar/button band four more rows so I should finish on the train home tonight if I stop getting distracted by my Kindle. Then those DPNs will be put to use on the sleeves.
There are button holes and a weird shading thing as I started working with the smaller of the two balls of this giant skein and apparently the color is lighter on the outside of the skein. I’m thinking about attempting to over dye the sweater if I feel its a problem once the sleeves are done and I’m wearing it. But the collar seems to be tying it together well, and the shoulders are the same shade as the bottom, we’ll see. Perhaps it shall be an artistic take on shades…
Also you may notice in the corner of the first picture some red tweed yarn. Those are the ‘Bow-ties are Cool gloves. My test knitters are nearly done and after some revisions maybe we can have a pre-Christmas special release. Here’s a peek at a Bow-tie.
I’m a bit in love with these gloves and looking forward to sharing them with you all.
Look it’s Vivian, with me about two rows into a seed stitch collar when I noticed something. Cables. Sleeve cables.
It turns out my “memorizing” of the pattern had forgotten one thing, the cables every 4 regular repeats cross out into 2 sets of cables before crossing back into a single center cable. On the body I missed one near the top. I could live without fixing it. The Sleeves though, the sleeves.
That long stretch of center cable should be broken up by two cable crosses like the ones below.
As you can see from the back of the sweater, both the crosses and right where I stopped doing them as I focused on all the other steps in the pattern and “in pattern” wasn’t quite what it should be. The back is missing one cross as well. And like the front I could live with it but the sleeves keep getting me.
The problem is that all the decreases and changes that were happening to the sleeve for the shoulder saddle mean I will have to rip back that section. It took a couple hours to do so I could make up the time. The question then becomes do I rip back the entire shoulder saddle? Not too bad, or do I rip back to fix all the cables? And can I get this done by Saturday? Yep. Or really Friday when we pile into the car and head to Rhinebeck?
At this point I am really deciding how much frogging and knitting I will be doing while watching the debate tonight. I can always block the sweater on Sunday right? And who needs a zipper, its been unseasonably warm…right? Opinions?
Tune in next time for As the Cable Turns
Until then I leave you with ”River Song” taking care of “Eleven’s” fez at the Doctor Who photo shoot at NYCC.
So this weekend I went on a fandom hopping Etsy restocking/creating spree. I made quite a few LotR items.
Baggins Stitch Markers, the silver beads remind me of the Mithril vest both Bilbo and Frodo make use of, and the spike is a tiny Sting of course with the blue beads representing the color Sting turns when orcs are near.
Dwarven Gold Stitch Markers, and Gimili stitch markers with green interspersed with the gold as he is not your average dwarf, but has a great friendship with one Greenleaf (Legolas to some). And of course an Ax dangle.
And I wandered back to the Avengers with Dr. Banner earrings, Nick Fury earrings, and we know what happens when we combine Dr. Banner and fury. Hulk Smash Earrings. I will be wearing my own pair of Fury earrings as I rock out my Rule 63 (gender switched) Nick(ki) Fury at NYCC this weekend.
Don’t Blink stitch markers, acrylic painted small wooden blocks, made of crumbled bits of Weeping Angel, I mean nothing can go wrong there right? Well if you want to be safer there are the Cross My Hearts 11th doctor earrings.
Consulting Detective stitch markers and earrings. In the colors of our modern BBC take of our detective. And a violin charm.
And finally Thestral earrings from Harry Potter.
beads, craft, Etsy
It’s my Birthday, so that means presents. So let’s have a Giveaway. What shall I be giving away? Time and Relative Dimension in Space. Tardis Earrings.
On the earrings: Standing at a little under 1/2″ in size with silver-tone hooks (Nickel free), these are perfect for someone who still hopes to hear that noise in the night, and disappear across space and time in a blue box.
I’ll choose a winner for each Tardis earring so mention which one you prefer of both. Tardis blue or Vanishing Tardis.
Reply to this post to win. I’ll draw a winner on Next Friday the 17th. Make sure the post has a way to contact you. Mention this on twitter/Like the Facebook page for extra entries. Just link back to your post/tweet here. Also I will ship internationally!