Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lace and Cables

This is a test knit I am doing . . .

First up is the yarn that I dyed for it, it is a 75% superwash Merino and 25% Nylon fingering weight base that I dyed with different strengths of Magenta! I wanted a variegated look.
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A close-up.
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Some detail of the cabling. You can see my blunt needle for weaving in ends, I am using it as a cable needle!
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The front, you can see the inside cable for the back, as it will end up having bands knitting on the front of the cardigan.
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The back.  I had to dye up two skeins to have enough yarn, so I am alternating skeins every other row to make it evenly uneven!
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I am enjoying this knit and might make it again in the future, it has just enough detail to keep you thinking, but not too much as I have memorized the pattern rows now.

Yarn: Eternal Arts and Crafts
Color: Bubble Gum Twist (Variegated Pink)
Content: 75% superwash Merino and 25% Nylon
Care: Machine Wash and Dry
Needles: US 3
Pattern: Test Knit
Size: Children's 6 - I am knitting this size and will probably give it to my niece Vera for her birthday next year.
Modifications: None

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wookie Wednesday

What, don't you prefer to attack sharks on a yoga mat?
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I know you think I am cute!
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I always sleep in a pile of pillows and try to lay on at least one of the remotes . . . it give me a sense of power over my humans!
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Now that Mommy is back home from her trip, I am sticking to her like glue . . . cannot trust her to just fly away to somewhere again!
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This is Mommy's headrest thing she bought for the plane ride . . . I have decided to to my anger of her leaving out on it! I will kill it!
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This is my cousin Daisy, she lives in Washington State and is a Great Dane!
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Okay, time for another nap...
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See everyone next week!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Elsa inspired Princess Dresses!

Well, I forgot to get some detailed pictures of the dresses before I gave them to the girls. But I do have pictures of while in work and on the girls.

These are Elsa inspired dresses, from the Disney movie Frozen. Made for my nieces, Vera and Eleanor. Even though, they are different ages, they are similar in size and I wanted the dresses to fit them for more than five seconds, so they are a little big on them. They are both made in a size 6.  Although, now that I have made these, they have actual Disney patterns for these dresses!

Here was when I was hand-stitching the collars.
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Here is one of the tops almost finished, in the background you can see the second dress.
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Here are the girls together, Eleanor on the right asked for her dress to be hemmed higher so she wouldn't walk on it.
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Here they are posing right after they got them.
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I made a few princess dresses for my niece, Justice, when she was little . . . more than six years ago, and remembered that they were a lot of work, but had forgot quite how much work. They weren't quite as nice as I had hoped, but there will be more in the future! :_)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Water Fight!

So for the last few years, we have a war of sorts when I go home. Last year it was condiments and the year before it was mud... we decided a little calmer this year and stick with water. Water balloons and water guns!

My niece Vera getting ready to start the war!
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When one fights, you must have a "war face"!
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My littlest sister, Echo, getting attacked! At one point people(adults) started getting tossed into the pool!
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After we started tossing people into the pool, the little kids, Eleanor, Liam, and Vera all went up on the deck to be spectators instead! Here is Eleanor and Liam watching from safety.
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All of the lovely water fight pictures were either taken by my sister, Rhoni, or her husband as they went in and out of the fight.

It was lots of fun and the least messy fight yet! Who knows what next year will bring! :)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Flower Hat

Yikes, so I disappeared for a few days. Our internet was down for a couple days last week so I couldn't do a Wookie Wednesday. They have been doing all kinds of construction in our neighborhood and I'm sure someone hit a line somewhere. Then I just got busy and spaced off blogging for a few days. I leave early Friday morning for Washington State to visit my family. I have been working on finishing up a couple princess dresses that I'll be showing here in a couple of days. I will also be starting a new job when I return from my vacation, so I had to get specific clothes and go to orientation. Lots of busy, lots of fun.

In the last few days I did this test-knit for Erica of DesigKnit tentatively called Flower Hat.

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I made a magic ball with approximately 12 yards of each color, the ball originally included a yellow also, but I didn't need as much yarn as the pattern had estimated, this is probably due to my gauge, but I still love it even without the yellow and not all the orange. I thought about doing specific stripes, but for the sake of the test-knit I wanted to know my yardage.

I used acrylic because worsted weight is really the only weight were I have little to no wool, it's all acrylic or cotton.

I loved knitting the hat, from start to finish it only took me a few days . . . about 10 hours.

Yarn: Red Heart with Love Solids
Color: Black, Evergreen, True Blue, Aubergine, Holly Berry, Mango
Content: 100% Acrylic
Care: Machine Wash and Dry
Needle: US 5
Pattern: Test-knit Flower Hat

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

TDF Fall Fiber

Spinning up the 75% BFL/25% Tussah Silk that I got from the Tour De Fleece winnings.

Here are some progress pics. I am loving doing the Plying-on-the-Fly method.
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The fiber spins just lovely and I am enjoying the Fall colors. I'm trying to spin it all up before the end of August.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mark's Socks

All finished with Mark's socks. I was hoping there would be enough to make matching socks for his son, my nephew, Liam, but the skein wasn't big enough.

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I do not like how difficult it is to photograph this color though, it's hard to get it clear.  I did like knitting with this yarn though.

: Knit Picks Hawthorne
Color: Forest Park
Content: 80% Superwash Fine Highland Wool, 20% Polyamide (Nylon)
Care: Machine Wash and Dry
Needles: US 1
Size: US Mens 11
Pattern: None, just my own toe-up sock. Did use my new toe though. I am still refining it, but I really like how this one worked out.