Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Socktober

This time of year I always get bit by the sock knitting bug. I do not need more socks. My husband does not need more socks. and yet I keep knitting them.

First, I finished my September socks out of Hedgehog Fibres. This is the Frasier Fir pattern.

Next, I cast-on for October socks out of my coveted Rhinebeck Rainbow colorway from White Birch Fiber Arts. I wanted to play with short-rows so I chose the free Tipsy Toe Socks 2.0 pattern. I've finished the first sock and just cast-on for the second. This one is my lunch break project so it mostly stays in my office at work.

Finally, I needed a sock to work on when I'm at home as well so I pulled out a long-hoarded skein of Cake Pop Opal yarn with sparkle. For these I'm using my 10" addi circs and knitting a plain vanilla sock. I even continued the heel flap without breaking the yarn so my pattern is broken up across the front of the leg. It makes me die a little inside, I admit it, but I was feeling lazy and didn't want the extra ends to weave in that would have resulted by using contrasting heel yarn or pulling from the other end of the skein. I think it looks fine and I'm trying not to be overly dramatic about it.

One of these days I will get my act together and finish my Magnolia Cardigan so that I can cast-on for another larger project but for now I'm content with all the socks.

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

September wrap-up and goals

Another month gone by! 2019 has both flown and crawled at a miserable pace.

Stash Check

  • Yarn Used: 763 yds / 232 g
    Yarn Added: 0 yds / 0 g
    Difference: +763 yds / 232 g
  • Fiber Used: 8 oz
    Fiber Added: 0 oz
    Difference: +8oz
  • Fabric Used: 0 yds
    Fabric Added: 0 yds
    Difference: -

FOs

Wound Up Fiber Arts MCN handspun

FAR brioche circle scarf

Hello Yarn BFL

WIPs

  • Sock Yarn Blanket
  • Magnolia Cardigan
  • September socks

Goals

2019 goals

  1. Keep yarn/fiber/fabric additions to a minimum: No stash bought this month.
  2. Knit from previously purchased pattern: I didn't use a pattern for the brioche scarf so nope
  3. Make what I feel like: pretty much. i've been on a sock kick lately even though the last thing i need is more socks.
  4. Spin 15 minutes a day: Yes!
  5. Knit more handspun: nope.
  6. Shop less: i bought new winter boots (which i needed) but nothing else.
  7. Brush lettering/doodling: nah.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

foil all the things

I've really enjoyed printing my own kits because I can edit them to print only the stickers I actually use making fewer leftovers. Recently I've also discovered that I can create my own foil-ready kits by creating an overlay file that fits directly on top of the regular kit. This enables me to eliminate using clear sticker paper (which is pretty expensive) because I can print the foil overlays onto the kits themselves.

The kit in the photo is from Paper Crown Planner and the overlays are from Print Petticoat Bandit. I really love using foil and this way I can add a little shine to any kit that I want.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

on a handspun roll

I'm not sure why but I've been on a roll with spinning in September. I've actually finished a third skein after this one and started a fourth. But anyway this post is about the Wound Up Fiber Arts MCN that I bought in 2017. I think that the finished yarn is pretty but these are very much not my colors, so I'm left scratching my head wondering why I bought this fiber in the first place. At any rate it eliminates the temptation of my wanting to keep it for myself. I'm calling the finished skein Poseidon. It's in the shop.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

trying something new

Let's face it, I'm never going to stop tinkering with my planning system. I had caught a sale awhile back and bought a kit from The Planner Society. I had so much fun using the kit to decorate my hobonichi mega weeks for September. I decided at the time that I was happy with the Weeks and my Chic Sparrow cover. I do love the compact size and how easy it is to carry around with me. So I bought another mega weeks for 2020 from jetpens.

Then I watched way too many planner videos on TN and rings setups and decided that I wanted even more decoration than the Weeks afforded. I had bought an A6 TN from The Planner Society just to try out the size. I decided to make a bunch of inserts and to carry it for one week to see if I liked it. I didn't buy anything special for this setup other than the TN itself. I used papers and printed digitals that I made or had on hand, and designed all of my own inserts.

I've only carried it for a few days but I'm loving it so far. It's just as light as the Weeks and fits in my small purses even easier. What I really like about this TN setup is the ability to use regular kit stickers and write at my normal size, as I designed all of my inserts with 1.5" columns. I always feel a little cramped in the Weeks, because I have to write smaller than feels natural.

I'm not ready to abandon the Weeks entirely. Because of my boredom I figure it's actually good to have multiple planning systems because I know I will want to switch every now and then. When I feel like going all out with the decoration I can use an A6 and when I have less time and want things to be more structured in advance I can go with the Weeks. I actually just purchased an Aura Estelle A6 rings hybrid planner that is just gorgeous. I'm hoping to get it set up for November in a Harry Potter theme.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Big Pacific

Fiber Optic Merino/Silk Gradient

This merino/silk from Fiber Optic was purchased at Rhinebeck in 2014. I don't really know why I waited so long to spin it, though I will say that I tend to get bored spinning gradients because you work with the same color for a very long period of time. I was looking to empty my stash of very old braids and this is one of the oldest.

I wanted a thin yarn that preserved the gradient so I spun the entire thing short-forward draw end to end without splitting and chain-plied it. I ended up with about 460yds/118g of a fingering weight. The colors which progress from teal through emerald to a deep black just glow due to the silk content. I actually had a hard time letting this one go but I need to continue to thin out my stash rather than hoarding everything. So this one is listed in the shop, unless I change my mind.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

August Wrap-up and Goals

Stash Check

  • Yarn Used: 281 yds / 66 g
    Yarn Added: 0 yds / 0 g
    Difference: +281 yds / 66 g
  • Fiber Used: 4 oz
    Fiber Added: 0 oz
    Difference: +4oz
  • Fabric Used: 0 yds
    Fabric Added: 0 yds
    Difference: -

FOs

Fiber Optics merino/silk handspun

Superhero Cross Stitch! (2014-2019)

WIPs

  • Sock Yarn Blanket
  • Magnolia Cardigan
  • Wound Up Fiber Arts MCN handspun

Goals

2019 goals

  1. Keep yarn/fiber/fabric additions to a minimum: No stash bought this month.
  2. Knit from previously purchased pattern: I knit my Magnolia Cardigan all month but haven't finished it yet, so no.
  3. Make what I feel like: I've enjoyed my knitting but I did get a little tired of spinning the Fiber Optic braid by the end. it took me 2 months.
  4. Spin 15 minutes a day: So, so close. I took the last day of the month off, but otherwise I stuck to it.
  5. Knit more handspun: nope.
  6. Finish Superhero Sampler: Five years after I started, I did it!
  7. Shop less: I bought a couple of new items but nothing crazy.
  8. Brush lettering/doodling: nah.

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