Lately

23 Mar

Lately I’m all about spinning. I haven’t knit anything in a while because I’m obsessed with mastering the drop spindle. I first attempted to spin several many years ago – I’m guessing some time in 2007. I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as I had hoped. I kept dropping the spindle and breaking my fibers. What I expected to be fun and relaxing turned out to have lots of frustration and swearing! I tried it again a couple years later and had the same experience.
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Spin, spin, spin!
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And now, in 2010, after obsessing with handspun yarn (again) I decided to give the ol’ college try… again.
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Spinning
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I am HAPPY to report that I’ve had the best experience with spinning the third time around! I’m making a more consistent yarn (with a few super thin parts here and there) and have figured out this whole “drafting” thing. I’m so happy with my results that I have purchased more fiber and two more drop spindles because I’m in love with the process! I sit at my desk at work and all I can think about is coming home to my drop spindle (oh and my husband and my cat, too… heh).
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Fibers
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I just started spinning this, which I purchased from Spinning the Web and I’m in love all over again… sitting at my desk, watching the clock.

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Hi, internets!

12 Feb

Full O' Sheep
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So… I may have gone a little crazy by purchasing way too much of Debbie Stoller’s new yarn! I just love the colors that are available and couldn’t pass it up! Now I can’t decide what to do with it! Do I want to make one thing with all of it or several little projects??? HALP. Suggestions are welcomed.
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Also, I’m so excited about the Winter Olympics!

Finally

17 Nov

VICTORY!!!
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I can’t believe that I finally finished my sister’s Christmas 2008/Birthday 2009 scarf!!! I remember sitting on the sofa, looking at the tiny ball of yarn that I had left to finish the scarf, still in disbelief that I was finally going to bind off. I thought this scarf would never end. I even took my time to properly block the scarf, using these instructions I found at TECHknitting (love this blog, so resourceful!).  Don’t I look so cozy in it?
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Blocking
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There is my patient little cat, Apple, making sure I’m pinning things properly. She’s such a good supervisor.
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It doesn’t usually take me 18 months to finish a scarf, but while all those cables look beautiful, there were a pain and a bore after a few rows. And once I showed my sister what she was eventually getting for Christmas or her birthday, I felt obligated to stick to the pattern and finish it out. But let me tell you, NEVER AGAIN will I make this scarf!!! This is also the first wool scarf I’ve made for her. I gave her a HUGE lecture on why she should never put this in a washer or dryer. If this thing ever turns up felted, I will be very angry and may have to start interviewing for a new sister.
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I’m just saying… this was a lot of work!

Greetings.

4 Aug

I haven’t done much in terms of knitting, which is why it’s been quiet around here. I blame the summer. I hate summer, although I must say, this has been one of the most pleasant summers I’ve experienced in my adult life, so maybe I shouldn’t complain so much. Not to mention a friend and fellow hater of summer just returned from a trip to Texas and he tells me it was hot & humid the whole time he was there. EW! We both agreed that us Southern Californians are really spoiled and should not complain. So what was I talking about???
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Oh yeah, knitting.
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I haven’t done much knitting. I think the only summer knit I’ve done was a baby sweater for a co-worker who is expecting a baby boy later this month.
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Sebastian's Sweater
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I love knitting for babies. Mainly because I’m an instant gratification kinda girl, so it’s always nice to have a finished item before I get bored with a project like I did with my sister’s annual Christmas scarf, which I started this time last year…. and I’m still working on it!
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Christmas scarf.
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Boy was I proud of myself when I started this in August of 2008. I figured starting in August would give me ample time to finish by Christmas, but I was WRONG! I blame school for this one, deadlines, deadlines, deadlines! Then my sister’s annual Christmas scarf turned into a birthday scarf (her b-day is in February) and that came and went. And here I am one year later, still working on the scarf. Poor lady has already bragged about it to her friends… but I’m happy to report that I’m got my knitting mojo back and hope to finish it by the end of this month. The pattern is Here and There Cables from Scarf Style, which is a really nice reversible cable pattern – it’s just so many cables! But seriously, it will be done before the summer ends! PINKY PROMISE!

Oh, hai.

27 Apr

Apple
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We has a kitteh!
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Apple
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Apple is her name, isn’t she adorable?
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And we moved! Knitting shall resume shortly…

Procrastination = crochet?

3 Mar

Granny squares
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My preferred craft when it comes to yarn play is obviously knitting. Recently, I’ve noticed that when it comes to putting off deadlines, like let’s say, the papers that are due at the end of this quarter (ahem, NEXT WEEK!), my procrastination seems to manifest itself in a desire to crochet! I learned to crochet as a kid, way before knitting needles entered my life. As a result of double jointed fingers, I’ve always had a bit of difficulty with crocheting and when I learned to knit, it quickly became my preferred craft over crochet (Sorry, mom).
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Last week, while waiting for The Salvation Army to pick-up our old TV, I sat on the couch and crocheted, once again, using my free time to NOT study. But why crochet? If I’m going to procrastinate shouldn’t I be at least knitting? Perhaps finishing my sister’s overdue birthday scarf? Nope. I wanted to crochet.
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Headbands
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A few quarters ago, it was crochet headbands.
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I can’t quite figure out why I do this, but the thought of it makes me laugh to no end. I even crochet in class, during the breaks! Last week, during the class break I finished making this a flowered headband using the pattern from Creative Yarn:
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Flower Headband
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Crochet is only the beginning of my “I need to do that, instead of this,” procrastination. I also find myself cleaning out the fridge, organizing my craft thing, or cleaning our bedroom – all things which generally don’t bother me if they are a little messy, but suddenly they must be cleaned – NOW!
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Ok, this week for sure I will start writing some papers… maybe.

Christmas was when?

24 Feb

Buttons...
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I wish I remembered to take a before picture of the neckwarmer I made for my friend Mal, before I blocked it.
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You see, rarely do I block a knit item. I’ve read about blocking and all its magicalness, but I’m usually satisfied enough with the end product that I don’t think that it needs to be blocked. Or maybe that’s just something I tell myself to get out of doing a little extra work.  The last thing I knit AND blocked was the sweater I made for my niece, which was forevers ago in knitting time.
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So blocking – not really and integral part of anything I knit. It never crosses my head to do so. That is, until Christmas when I decided to make a neckwarmer for Mal. I saw the red buttons at the store and thought they were perfect for Mal so I picked them up not knowing what I’d do with them. Then I saw this stitch at Lion Brand’s website and thought it would be great for a neckwarmer using the red buttons and some aqua colored yarn I had in my stash (her favorite color combo = aqua/red). I got to work, loving every minute of this stitch, but then I noticed something… it started to curl!!! Now, I’m not some newbie knitter and am well aware that stockinette curls, but I figured the purls thrown in would prevent curling. I was so wrong.
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Upset, I entertained my options: Frog and start something different? But there is no time to start over!!! Do I… do I just buy her something for Christmas (GASP!). Then I remembered – BLOCKING! I must at least try to block this before I give up. I worried that it wouldn’t work because the yarn is an acrylic/wool blend, but blocking worked like a charm in getting the curl out!
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Scarfie
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So yes, I am now a believer blocking. It surely saved me with this Christmas gift.
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Scarfie
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And like with any gift I make for a friend – I totally wanted to keep it!!!