Friday, June 26, 2015

Show Notes for knottygnome crafts podcast Episode 3: The Big Head Thing



Ravelry Group
Stitch Addiction Podcast
90% Knitting Podcast
Junkyarn Podcast Episode 15 with knottygnome crafts bag review and giveaway

Works in Progress
Spinning
Quilting
Cross-stitch
Guilty Pleasures
Noteworthy

Friday, June 19, 2015

Show Notes for knottygnome crafts podcast Episode 2: Deer in Headlights


Ravelry Group
Finished Objects Works in Progress Spinning Quilting
  • Charm square QAYG project
Guilty Pleasures Noteworthy Shop Talk

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Shop Update Today @ 2PM EDT

patchwork 2-skein project clutches

Just a quick reminder that there's a knitting bag shop update today at 2:00 PM Eastern time. Previews are up now. Visit http://knottygnome.storenvy.com

Edit: Update is live and lots of bags are still available!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Show notes for knottygnome crafts podcast Episode 1: Pilot

So I started a podcast! I realize that I'm kind of terrible at this but hopefully it'll get better eventually.






Finished Objects:

Works in Progress:

Spinning:

X-stitch

Guilty Pleasures

Shop Talk
  • Knitting bag shop update on Tuesday, June 16 at 2:00 PM EDT. Previews will be up the day before.
  • Confetti Cake Shawl pattern release. Get $2 off on Ravelry with the code confetti4. This offer is good through Monday, June 15 at midnight EDT.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

#fantasticquiltvoyage and my first finished quilt of 2015

#fantasticquiltvoyage for @mybricole

For this round of Fantastic Quilt Voyage I had mybricole's quilt. She sent all these neutral fabrics and it was really outside my comfort zone. She had lots of inspiration pins to choose from but this one in particular grabbed me. I tried to translate it to fabric and then I used some leftovers to whip up a quick little log cabin. I'm having a lot of fun participating in this bee and I kind of wish I had been more creative/put more thought into my own quilt design.

I felt like making a quilt today so I did. First one finished all year.

I'm a little ashamed to admit that this is my first finished quilt of the year. I haven't really been quilting much at all but last Saturday I decided that I wanted to make a quilt start-to-finish so I did. This is a simple charm square baby quilt. I alternated lights and darks and pulled from my scrap stash. The back is a red/white polka dot flannel which makes the quilt so soft. It's very minimally straight-line quilted so the texture is squooshy. I think it would be perfect for a fall/winter baby. This quilt will be available in the next shop update in mid-June.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May's Spinning Report and Summer of Stash

Cormo Cross

I only finished one yarn this month. It's my cormo cross skein, 620yds / 124g, 3ply light fingering weight. Singles spun longdraw on the Rose, plied on the minispinner, lightly fulled to finish.

It took longer than it should have to finish this yarn. I'm just not as inspired to spin undyed fiber. The pin-drafted roving was lovely and is probably my favorite type of prep but I got bored spinning the same light grey singles. One noteworthy tidbit: while spinning the singles I didn't notice any lanolin, but while plying the singles were definitely a bit tacky. I used very hot water to finish the yarn and there was some grease left in the water. I like plenty of plying twist, but this skein is pretty overplied and is kinky in spots. I didn't do the greatest job but it should work fine for my vest project.

May's Spinning Totals: 5950 total yards in 2015, 77oz (4.8 lbs).

For Summer of Stash, I didn't buy any yarn. Hooray! This month I used 2228 yds which leaves 7772 yards to reach 10,000. For fiber, I did break my pledge and purchased a preorder from Nest for 8 oz. She put up more listings for the Mega SAL, and I had been unable to get any of the fiber from her previous update. These are limited edition colorways that I didn't want to miss out on. So boo on me for that one, but hopefully it'll be my last slip-up. I need to spin 28 oz to hit my goal of 2 lbs for this summer. This month I also received my expected delivery of Hello Yarn Mega SAL fibers. These are both Targhee. I'm planning to spin them together soon.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Flying South, blanket progress, and taking a break

It was not my intention to take such a long blogging break. Spicy was out of town for a few days so I was on my own (which, btw, being a single mom is hard, yo) and then blackkitty got sick. She's hanging in there for now but she has chronic kidney problems so we're looking at a sad slow decline. Besides that, I'm taking Fridays off work this summer so I've been working on lots of crafty things, including bag sewing, quilting, and some new knit and crochet designs. Plus we took the canoe out over the weekend which was pretty fun.

Flying South Socks

I know this pattern is called Flying North but the arrows point down, so in my directionally challenged mind it makes more sense to me as "flying south." I used the stitch pattern from these socks and improvised the rest. I tried out the padded sweet tomato heel for the first time and sadly it doesn't fit me well. The heels are quite shallow and the socks are very tight across the ankle which usually doesn't happen to me even with short-row or afterthought heels. I don't own the book and just followed the youtube video so I'm not sure if there are more detailed fitting tips in the book that I was missing out on. The fit is so poor though that I don't think I'll knit this heel again.

I used Wollmeise Twin in the Stella Polaris colorway and #0 addi sock rockets, toe-up, TAAT using magic loop. I knit one pair of socks with Wollmeise 100% and I got holes very quickly so I'm hoping that Twin holds up better.

This is my 10th finished pair of the year. Technically they were my April Personal Sock Club bag but I didn't start them until May. I'm kind of burned out on socks right now so I'm taking a break. I won't meet my goal of 26 pairs in 2015, but 26 pairs is an insane goal. If it took me over 10 years to knit 100 pairs, what am I thinking trying to get a quarter of the way to my next 100 in just one year? From here on out I will try to finish one pair a month but I might take another month off, or at least until thinking about knitting socks sounds appealing again.

Sock Yarn Blanket

I've slowed down on my sock yarn blanket but I finished another row and column. I'm up to 80 squares now. I've really enjoyed adding blanket squares with the leftovers from my finished projects and I've swapped minis with so many people that there are tons of new yarns to love.

Working on my hexie blanket #crochet #scrapyarnblanket

I don't enjoy my crochet granny hexagon nearly as much so it doesn't get a lot of attention. I don't dislike it but I think the fact that the motifs are smaller with twice as many ends slows me down. Right now I'm thinking I'd like to finish my mitered square blanket this year and once it's done I'll concentrate more on the crocheted one. I'm content at the moment to add a hexie or two as time allows.

I have more yarnie projects in the works but this post is long enough for now.

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