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.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Recipe Inspirations:

Sazon Chicken Tenders - - sounds good!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Follow the Butterflies

My very first and last Into the Whirled Classic Club is very pretty, it the "Follow the Butterflies" colorway.

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I say last because even though it's pretty, I cannot justify the cost right now.  Plus getting it just made me want to dye up my own fiber.   I already prepped it for spinning and I'm sure it will be lovely.  I love the peachy color in it.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dyer's Notebook Podcast Group Swap

This was my last attempt to do a swap, I have been burned too many times on these and this was my last ditch effort. Luckily it turned out wonderful!

Here is what I sent out:

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The yarn is fingering weight 75% Superwash Merino and 25% Nylon. It's self-striping, 4 rows pink, 6-8 rows variegated pink, white, purple, and black, 4 rows purple, and then 6-8 rows variegated pink, white, purple, and black.
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The fiber is just some small bundles of random wool, they were dyed in some of the remainder of the dye from the yarn.
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Here is what I received:

Halloween inspired yarn, 75% Superwash Merino and 25% Nylon
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Orange bit was sent as a coordinating color.
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She sent a second skein of Rainbow inspired yarn, 70% Superwash BFL, 20% Silk, and 10% Cashmere.  I'm thinking a hat or part of a shawl.
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She also sent this needle keeper which is interesting.
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Here is what I am making with the Halloween color:

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I am making some Lazy Cable Fingerless Mitts for one of my niece's for Christmas.  Not using a pattern, just figuring it out as I go.  Had to do some ripping back a couple times, but overall I think it is going well.  Knit on US 1.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wookie Wednesday

Even if Mommy is lazy in her blogging, I make sure she posts about me . . .

I tried to chase some Canadian Geese, but those things are huge!
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We went down by the lake and it was super windy.
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You can tell, both me and Daddy were just so enthused to get our picture taken.
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Don't forget to do your daily people watching, they are so interesting.
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If you truly enjoy a smell, you have to furiously roll in it.
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Warm clean laundry means snuggle in and take a nap.
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Every good day ends with some nice exercise or more specific Pilates/Belly Dancing Fusion.
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