Thursday, March 26, 2015

More Project Clutches

I've updated the shop with another set of project clutches.

Project clutches

I created a new listing for a made-to-order matching stitch marker pouch that you can add on to the purchase of any knitting bag for $5. These little pouches are so cute. I made a couple for myself and I can finally keep my different types of stitch markers organized.

Project clutches

It's been years but I think I finally am getting close to needing to order more zippers. My stock of longer zippers is getting low, but I still have an abundance of shorter ones. I've been thinking about making another add-on available for a notions pouch that is like the project clutches but smaller.

Project clutches

For now, I am already hard at work on a different type of bag for the shop. I'm hoping to make those available next week.

Project clutches

Find these bags and more in the shop

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

all 'bout that sock action, boss

My 6th pair of the year: the color block socks.

Colorblock Socks

Pattern: my own, toe-up with rounded toe, 64 sts, did a s1, k1, at color changes, FLK heel with integrated heel stitch, ~9" leg inc to 68 sts, 1x1 rib cuff, bind-off with Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off. worked one at a time using magic loop.
Yarn: Fibernymph Dye Works Bounce Sock in Colors of Happiness
Needles: 32" #0 (2.0mm) addi sock rockets
Started: Feb 25, Finished: Mar 11
Notes: This 2ply 80/20 merino/nylon sock yarn is super popular with indie dyers, but I don't love it. For some reason, the nylon content feels plastic-y and makes my hands clammy when I knit with it. I originally tried to use Karbonz to knit these socks and had to stop because the sweaty hands feeling was creeping me out. I thought at first it was the needles but I've since used them on other socks and they don't bother me. I think I have a few more skeins of this base in my stash from various dyers but I will need to be more picky from here on out to avoid it.

These socks are very loud. Spicy asked me tongue in cheek if I would make a pair for him and I told him he wasn't ready for it.

Got thru the heel. This pair is going so slow #operationsockdrawer #knitstagram

I did start my March personal sock club pair for Spicy, but I've stalled out. #00s are literally painful to use and so slow. I'm sure I will finish these eventually but I had to take a break.

Had to try out my new divided sock bag so I cast on a new pair with Patons kroy #sockknitting

I wanted a mindless project to work on so I cast-on another pair of socks in Patons Kroy. I'm using the Karbonz for these and am knitting 2 at a time to make use of the new divided sock bag I made. Honestly I'm getting a little burned out on socks right now so these 2 projects will probably take me awhile to finish.

BTW, a blog programming note: #stylinghandmade is on hiatus until Spring. I don't know if you've ever been to Western New York in March, but it is an ugly place to be. There are no pretty locations this time of year as everything is covered with dirty disgusting half-melted snow-slush. Also, I'm super tired of wearing the same winter outfits but I probably won't be able to put away my winter coat until it starts warming up in mid-to-late April.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spinning Catch-up

My spinning has picked up again this month and I'm a little behind on updates.

Duos: Go Green Duos: Red Holidays

I've added a fun new item to the yarn shop: Duos Mini-skein sets. Each skein is 100 yards and is perfect for blankets and other small projects. These are all 2 plies of various wools and wool blends dyed by Nest Fiber Studios. I even knit up a couple of the leftovers into my own sock yarn blanket. After I finish my current spinning project I will definitely do more of these sets. It was so much fun to spin small bits of fiber for a change.

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nausicaa

Sticking with the Nest theme, this is Nausicaa in superwash merino. 220yds/120g of chunky weight singles that were fulled to finish. This skein is not in the shop because I'm not really happy with it. I think it needs to marinate in the stash for awhile until I figure out what to do with it.

Sushi Bar handspun

I have no such qualms about this yarn. it's my favorite so far this month. Sushi Bar 2ply, 155yds/112g aran weight superwash merino dyed by Blue Moon Fiber Arts. I got this fiber at Rhinebeck and I have another 4 oz left. I really love how the colors blended in this skein.

Check out the new goodies in my shop.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sewing Novelty

I've slowly been working my way back into sewing. I've made a few project bags--some for me and some for friends. I decided that it's time to refresh the shop with new goodies.

Project Clutches

I added 4 new zippered clutches that will each hold up to a 2-skein knit or crochet project. They are all made from high quality quilting fabrics and have a double-layer of interfacing that makes them nice and sturdy. If you don't knit or crochet, they're also ideal for hand-sewing projects, spindle spinning, holding makeup, or small children's toys. I have a seemingly unlimited number of cute fabrics in the stash and I've already picked out combos for the next 4 clutches that I'm planning to sew this week.

To tidy things up a bit, I've also put my remaining older bags on sale so there are some decent bargains available. I'm hoping to clear out my older stock and from now on I will carry a more consistent line of project bags. If all goes well I will be sewing a handful of these each week.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

along for the ride

I was both honored and frightened to be asked to participate in Jacey's traveling quilt bee, Fantastic Quilt Voyage. There are a lot of very talented modern quilters in the group whose credentials would put me to shame. plus there's that whole I haven't really felt like quilting in months thing.

In the end I decided I shouldn't turn down the opportunity to stretch my skills and I'm glad I did. I'm already more excited about getting back into quilting again. For the first round, I received Ara Jane's quilt in the mail. First, when I opened her box I became a little embarrassed that I basically threw my starter blocks and some fabric in a bag and sent it off. Ara Jane had thoughtfully provided separate labeled bags for blocks, fabric, and scraps, plus a journal that had a swatch of all the fabric she sent and sketches of her design plan. Note to self: try to be more organized not super lame next time.

#fantasticquiltvoyage

Ara Jane had asked for an urban theme with improv piecing, so my block represents an overhead view of a city crossroads. when piecing improv I pretty much just go for it without a plan, but this time I did make a preliminary sketch in Illustrator and asked for approval because I didn't want to be way out there and have it be a huge disappointment. I had just one issue, which is that sometimes I don't think (see going for it: improv) and I made my center block too large which led to the entire thing being absolutely ginormous. Whoops. it also took forever to piece all of those tiny little scraps so I was slightly late mailing it out as well. I just hope that it doesn't overwhelm the rest of the quilt. maybe she can put it on the back or something if it stands out too much.

I would really love to do something similar to the outer edge blocks (the "buildings") for myself in the future. I have a ton of light colored neutral scraps leftover from other quilts (sashing and such) that I never know what to do with. I think I could use them for the background with tiny brightly colored scraps from my bins. and maybe mine would throw in some charcoal/black/navy scraps as well to make a very contrasty fun piece. you know, when i have time to work on such a thing in 2025 or so.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hello, hello yarn

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After being on the waiting list for nearly 2 years, I finally got into the hello yarn fiber club. My first shipment was February 2015, a merino/silk blend where the silk had been pre-dyed black. This fiber is so lovely and soft. I showed it to Spicy and he likes the colors so I think this braid will be spun into yarn for him.

I did finish a spinning project over the weekend but I haven't had time yet to reskein and take pictures. Hopefully I can get it done this next weekend because it was a fun one and I can't wait to share.

destash March 2015

In other news, yarn is literally falling off my shelves so it's time to destash. I have several yarns and a few fibers in my trade/sell page on Rav. All prices include US shipping. Feel free to make me an offer. Contact me via Ravelry PM or send me an email.

Friday, March 06, 2015

#stylinghandmade 03.06.15

This week I've brought out an oldie but goodie. I finished the tangled yoke cardigan back in 2009 and I still wear it pretty often during the winter. I knit it out of some alpaca yarn I bought at Rhinebeck and it has held up amazingly well.

#stylinghandmade 03.06.15

I panic-bought some shearling mittens because the temps were hovering around 0 for awhile. One night I took Daisy for her night walk and by the time I had gotten around the block my hands were so cold that I literally couldn't feel them anymore. These are thick and warm but quite bulky so they aren't the most practical mittens. They'll be nice for those super cold days though, as long as Penny doesn't destroy them first.

#stylinghandmade 03.06.15

Tangled Yoke Cardigan | Pattern
Tee | Old Navy
Necklace | Gift from JCrew
Mittens | Overland Sheepskin Co.
Levi's Petite Leggings | Zappos
Fitzwell Boots | similar

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