August was my second month for do. good stitches. I had our members make scrappy string blocks. It took me forever to tear off the paper (Note to self: Have bee members tear off the paper next time). I loved the assortment of colorful blocks I received, but when I put them up on my design wall, the riot of color was pretty overwhelming. I tried several arrangements but it was still too much, so I used black 1 inch essex yarn-dyed linen sashing to calm the blocks down. I really like how the sashing gives a windowpane sort of look and helps to contain all that color. It's a nice lap-sized quilt and I'm excited to get it finished.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
A few months ago I bought Knit. Sock. Love. Overwhelmed by all of the lovely sock patterns I couldn't make a decision on what to make first. Then I bought some awesome sparkly speckled sock yarn from spunrightround. I wanted to knit a pattern but I didn't want anything that would be obscured by the speckled yarn. So even though I've knit this pattern before, I stuck to simplicity and knit another pair of monkeys.
It took me less than a week to finish. I absolutely love how the speckled yarn knit up and I even like the metallic bits. I didn't follow the monkey pattern at all except for the chart. I knit my socks toe-up with the fish lips kiss heel.
I have so many patterns in my queue that I think I'm done with monkeys now. My sock drawer is slowly dwindling as some older pairs are drifting off to Sock Heaven, so I'm hoping to knit a few more this fall and winter to fill it back up again.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I finished these back in July, but I've been lazy about photos again.
Pattern: Mystik Spiral Socks (rav)
Yarn: Vesper Sock Yarn in In the Wildwood
Needles: #0 40-in Addi Sock Rockets
Started: June 24, Finished: July 4
Although I like the general idea of the design and I love Daria, there were a lot of things technique-wise that I wasn't too into about this pattern, so I made a lot of changes. For starters, a 68 stitch sock on #1 needles would've been too large for me, so I went down a needle size. I also used wrapped short rows instead of the method outlined in the pattern. I changed the toe to a regular wedge toe with kfb increases and knit a gusset heel. I should have made the cuffs a little taller, but I forgot so they are only 6 inches or so.
I just finished a second pair of these socks last night. it's an easy and quick pattern for self-striping yarn that isn't just plain stockinette. I'm sure I'll revisit it again.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
I've been hard at work on a couple of patterns I'm hoping to release soon.
This is Nicke's Hat. It's knit in a squishy madelinetosh DK superwash merino yarn and the pattern comes in 2 sizes. The pattern is being tech-edited now and it should be ready for testing soon.
This is Cross Stitch Sparkle and it'll be my first self-published quilt pattern. It comes in six sizes from Wall-hanging to King. I made the crib size for the sample and it was a lot of fun to put together. The pattern is currently being edited and tested and it's been awesome seeing all of the different versions pop up in instagram under #xstitchsparkle.
I'm hoping both of these patterns will be available by the end of the month.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
I got lazy for Spicy's 3rd quarter FAL socks and did plain-ish socks using some of my indigo dyed Faun Sport. They're toe-up 3x3 rib on the cuff with the fish lips kiss heel (rav).
This was my first try with this heel and I've used it 2 more times since so I must like it. Honestly I prefer reinforced gusset heels, but these are fairly mindless to work and get the job done.
The 8 ply yarn is very squishy and makes cozy thick socks, perfect for winter. I'll probably make a few more pairs for Spicy with this yarn. Another FAL goal crossed off the list.
Thursday, September 04, 2014
August was a productive month for me, handspinning-wise. I joined a couple of fiber clubs and I'm really hoping to keep up each month so that the fiber doesn't pile up in the stash. I've gotten into a habit now of spinning the singles on my majacraft rose and plying on the minispinner. so far it's working out pretty well.
This skein is the first shipment of the Three Waters Farm top of the month club. I love the vibrant colors in this skein. it reminds me of all the flavors of Kool-aid, so I called it Oh Yeah! This skein is a worsted weight chain-ply.
This one is my favorite. It's fatcatknits BFL/silk spun as a fingering weight chain-ply. I divided the braid by color and spun as a gradient so the skein flows in rainbow order from pink to purple. I'm probably dating myself here, but the 80s colors made me think of Lisa Frank, so I called this one Unicorns and Dolphins. This skein would make a gorgeous gradient shawl and I am more than half tempted to keep it for myself.
Right now all 3 skeins are in the shop. Grab 'em up before I change my mind.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Spicy and Daisy won the New Leash on Life 5K run this past weekend. See the guy in the red shirt on the right leaving everyone in the dust? That's them.
Here's Daisy right after crossing the finish line. I had grand plans to get a photo of them crossing, but they were faster than I thought they'd be and I was late. I had to run the last few yards with them b/c I was worried that Daisy would see me and stop running, but it all worked out.
Two years ago, Daisy was so scared of Spicy that she wouldn't let him walk her. She would glance back at him with a fearful look in her eyes and she was always on high alert whenever he was near. and now this past weekend they won a race together. pardon me if i'm a bit misty-eyed.