Saturday, May 9, 2009

Shop Sale This Weekend

Its a secret sale for my blog friends!

Buy any yarn and take 10% off!
Buy any two yarns, take 10% off,FREE SHIPPING, and get 25 free custom gift tags too!!! WOW!

Visit my etsy shop to see currently available yarns. Offer does not apply to custom orders or prior orders. Sale runs Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10. Sale discount will be refunded through paypal. Yes, free international shipping too :)

Have a great mothers day weekend everyone!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Is it seriously May?

Ok, if anyone can tell me what happened to the last 4 months, that would be great? Have I really not blogged since January 1? Wow, I suck.

Honestly, what have I been up to? Spinning? Check. Traveling? Check. Knitting? Check. Want some pictures? Ok!

Let's talk about my Lush and Lacy Cardigan! I knit this out of MadelineTosh Pastoral, a super squishy 50% merino 50% silk blend that is hands down my favorite base ever. BTW - I heart Madtosh, but that's another story.


How about spinning?


I seriously love all these yarns. A few are still available in my etsy shop too... and shhhhhh but there just might be a sale this weekend!!!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year

Happy New Year Everyone!

I've been mentally plotting this post for a while, because I think that in the realm of the fiber world, I have expanded so greatly in the past year that it needs to be recapped :

I learned : to knit lace. cable without a needle. tubular cast on. to read charts. magic loop.
I tried : sundara. wollmeise. 100% silk. 100% cashmere. YAK!
I conquered : My very own spinning wheel. Learned to spin. Opened an etsy shop. Spun and sold over 200 (omg!) skeins of yarn since April. OMG.

Of course - I'm most greatful for all of you, my fiberlicious friends, who helped in some way, to make all those things possible. Sometimes in encouragement, in knowledge, in kindness, in cookies. I'm looking forward to what 2009 will bring us as we grow and learn together.

Happy, healthy, New Year, to all!


PS - a hint of whats to come :

Friday, December 19, 2008

Look what we got...



SNOW!!!

And that means... fire and knitting. :)

Keep your eyes peeled. More to come this weekend... live, from the igloo.

Monday, October 27, 2008

WIPs

I'd like to preface this post by saying its very unlike me to have so many works in progress going at once on the knitting front... but I've been casting on like a maniac and cannot help myself.

Two you know about... Seeded Cables Cardigan from Sensual Knits, and Silken Scabbard from StitchDiva.

Now, another : Cabled Cowl, from Blue Sky Alpacas



This is a KAL with my twin in knitting crime, YarnSnob. We've been apart for most of the knitting due to our hectic schedules, but I think our knitting keeps us closer :) Yarn is Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Black Forest. The black brown color is incredible and so wearable. We're both knitting the same color... I shared an extra skein with her, only to find it was the same dyelot!! Fate? We think so. :)

And I decided that during my recent flight to Florida, the cowl was not appropriate plane knitting, so I cast on with my Madeline Tosh Black Madeira Fig ...

Any guesses???

Thursday, October 16, 2008

For the love of handspun

One thing I don't often do is knit with my own handspun. I fear that if I did, I would just keep everything I spun, and that would be bad. Sometimes I think that I will knit it and instead I just keep it, and love it. And then, I scored this fiber in a destash and thought... I bet this will be for me.



This is the fiber, prespinning. After a quick spin into a lovely 2 ply, you get...


Sheknitigans Home Sweet Home
It matches the color palette of my home perfectly. I decided to post the picture of the fiber unspun because as a new spinner, I often found it difficult to visualize what I would get in the end. Even now I am occasionally surprised! These kinds of comparisons are good for special orders too, I've found.

I had just under 300 yards, but I wanted to make something squishy and fun. Have you seen the book Knitting New Scarves? What a fabulous foray into out of the ordinary knitting techiques! By applying simple adjustments to your standard knitting, you can achieve really unique shapes and 3 dimensional products! Its really cool, I highly recommend it! Aria is a scarf from just that book. By utilizing short rows, I was able to take the classic garter stitch and dress it up into something just a wee bit more exciting...



These are some in progress shots. I love how handspun does a natural striping action!

And the final product... a happy Coley, and a happy Aria!



By the way, I'm super excited because this matches my brown winter eskimo coat perfectly! yay!! This just makes me love spinning even more :)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Let's Talk about Knitting

So in the rest of a weary spinner, I bring you... knitting!

I do want to say however, that I am having a sale over at my shop to make room for me to spin again. Just saying. Sheknitigans Sale! Good time to start thinking about gift knits, and what better than some instant gratification knitting that just MIGHT look awesome in handspun?

Ok, shameless plug over.

My love of the moment... Sundara. I might get over this one too, someday. But the depth of her colors and the quality of the bases... and well, you always want what you can't have. But i'm a sucker. And not only did I get one Seasons subscription, I got two. Looooooove the deadly nightshade!



By the end of all the renegade trading, I should have 3-4 skeins. I'm thinking, a sweater? A cardigan?

Without a doubt though, my favorite base is the ASM. (Aran Silky Merino). And thanks to the kind heart of a sweet Raveler that I can now also call my friend, I was the recipient of a wonderful trade of Chocolate Chip Mint ASM. Which I quickly wound up and knit... a fitted shrug, for me.





This is the two-tone shrug from Fitted Knits, which I decided is far better in uni-tone that two-tone. Wearing this is like pure heaven. Soft, comfortable, warm but not hot... one of the few knits I made that I wear often.

There was even a bit left over from the two skeins... which became the Darkside Cowl!


This was such a fast and fun pattern. Mine's not very cowl-y, but I love it anyway. Droopy things bug me.

I figured out how to get better at this blogging thing, btw. Have something else far more unappealing looming over your head waiting to get done. Like expense reports. Talking about knitting can't be worse than doing that. ;)