04/30/07: Guess My Yarn Yardage Contest!So Ms. CrankyMonkeyButt made her way over to this neck of the woods for a work filled weekend. Most importantly she was my yarn inventory specialist. In preparation for Maryland I needed to know in miles why I should be restrained in my purchasing next weekend. Let me tell you this fiber fest shall be more about the socializing than the purchasing, which for me is very difficult I gotta say. Anywho in light of the monumental yardage we uncovered, I am going to have a little contest.
Leave me a comment or send me an email of how many yards of yarn you think I have in my stash including the wall of yarn and some baskets of afghan yarn. Closest one to the truth wins some of my handspun!
Current photo of the wall of yarn above.
Below are some little hints to help you make your guess.
1. Each cube is about one foot cubed of space.
2. There are a total of 43 cubes that contain yarn. The others are notions and fluff and do not add to the yardage.
3. Outside the wall I have almost 15000 yards of afghan and in progress yarn which is part of my total stash yardage.
4. There are scores of miles of yarn in the wall.
5. I tend to like thinner yarn, DK weight to laceweight, which makes for more yards per skein.
6. It is more yardage than Monica has, yikes!
Here is a pic of most of the cubes with yarn (greens ones were added later so you have to guess how full those are).
Ok so that is it. Please send in your guesses by Thursday, May 3rd, 5pm EST. I will announce the winner on Friday. Then it is off to Maryland!
04/22/07: Cocktails Anyone?
Yarn cocktails that is. So I have definitely been adding to the stash, and without buying a thing! I still have some more yarn in the works with hopes that I finish it before the wheel moves on later this week, but if not I will get it done on a tv night visit later.
First we have some 3-ply sock yarn I made to knit socks for the hubby. I used the Down in Flames Spunky sock spinning kit. And man it seems to have a lot of yardage! So perhaps I will get matching footies out of it too. But this was fun because I spun the yellow/orange, red, and black fluff separatly and triple plied it so it is mostly the same throughout but with little changes in the yellow orange strand and the red strand changes to pinkish sometimes, but the black is steady. Should be interesting to see how it knits up. The little skein is the nylon plied with what was left to knit the heels and toes.
Next up is the Finn. This is Spunky's November selection called "Pie in the Sky" I really love this colorway and it is a pretty wooly yarn. Not sure yet what I will use it for but it will be something warm.
I just did a 2-ply for this one.
And below is some of Spunky's Berry Pickin' BFL. Navajo Plied. This came out super soft and airy, a fun pair of gloves perhaps? I think it might be more of a DK weight yarn.
Then I spun up the March Spunky Club fiber, Dandelion, superwash merino. This I did 2-ply and am thinking some sort of cheery shawl may come out of it.
Ok that is it for now. I guess it is a good the the wheel will be going, now I might actually knit some of this up :)
P.S. Can you tell how much I love Spunky's fiber? Maybe it is cause she is an Amy too!
04/19/07: Ripple Socks...sort of
I am using the Ripple Socks pattern from Socks Socks Socks, but skipped the reverse stocking rows cause they were a little too much. These are gift socks and going along nicely so far. I usually knit on size 1 needles so being on 2's these seem like they are zipping by.
Since I got the short row thing down in garter stitch from the garden scarf and because Beth suggested it I tried the Lucy Neatby garter stitch heel too. Love it!! It really does fit well and I didn't have a gap or hole issue, woot! Glad she mentioned it and that I finally tried it out.
04/18/07: No Pictures...yet...So I have been spinning lots lately but have not uploaded any pics yet. Laziness is the main culprit there. Anywho as I said, I have been spinning lots and it is because the sister is moving out next week! Why does that make a gal spin you ask? Well because technically it is her wheel and she will be taking it with her, shameful. So soon I shall be wheel-less!!! and the spinning will have to be done manually, he he, with a drop spindle. That shall slow me down quite a bit I must say, so sad. But I have a good reason to go visiting I suppose :) Anywho in honor of her move she has also moved her blog once again, this time to wordpress so it is easier, now she better keep it up! But she did post a purty necklace there so go check it out...and I will have spinning pics here soonish.
04/15/07: Tapestry Garden Scarf PatternJust in case you want to try knitting your own wavy garter stitch short row scarf, here is my made up pattern. I called it Garden Scarf simply because of the colors I used.
Yarn: Rowan Tapestry: 2 balls, Rowan Kid Silk Haze: 1 ball (optional)
Needles: US 7's
Gauge: Not all that important since it is a scarf.
This scarf is knit holding both yarns together throughout.
Cast on 20 stitches.
Knit 6 rows.
Row 1: Knit 17 sts, Slip 1 purlwise, Wrap Yarn (bring yarn in front), Turn
Row 2: Slip 1 purlwise, Knit to end of row
Row 3: Knit 16 sts, Sl1 purlwise, WY, Turn
Row 4: Sl 1 purlwise, K to end of row
Row 5: Knit 15 sts, Sl1 purlwise, WY, Turn
Row 6: Sl 1 purlwise, K to end of row
Row 7: Knit 14 sts, Sl1 purlwise, WY, Turn
Row 8: Sl 1 purlwise, K to end of row
Row 9: Knit 13 sts, Sl1 purlwise, WY, Turn
Row 10: Sl 1 purlwise, K to end of row
Row 11: Knit 12 sts, Sl1 purlwise, WY, Turn
Row 12: Sl 1 purlwise, K to end of row
Row 13: Knit 11 sts, Sl1 purlwise, WY, Turn
Row 14: Sl 1 purlwise, K to end of row
Row 15: Knit 10 sts, Sl1 purlwise, WY, Turn
Row 16: Sl 1 purlwise, K to end of row
Row 17: Knit 9 sts, Sl1 purlwise, WY, Turn
Row 18: Sl 1 purlwise, K to end of row
Row 19: Knit 8 sts, Sl1 purlwise, WY, Turn
Row 20: Sl 1 purlwise, K to end of row
Closing Short Rows:
Row 21: Knit 9 sts, S1 purlwise, WY, Turn
Row 22: Sl 1 purlwise, K to end of row
Row 23: Knit 10 sts, S1 purlwise, WY, Turn
Row 24: Sl 1 purlwise, K to end of row
Row 25: Knit 11 sts, S1 purlwise, WY, Turn
Row 26: Sl 1 purlwise, K to end of row
Row 27: Knit 12 sts, S1 purlwise, WY, Turn
Row 28: Sl 1 purlwise, K to end of row
Row 29: Knit 13 sts, S1 purlwise, WY, Turn
Row 30: Sl 1 purlwise, K to end of row
Row 31: Knit 14 sts, S1 purlwise, WY, Turn
Row 32: Sl 1 purlwise, K to end of row
Row 33: Knit 15 sts, S1 purlwise, WY, Turn
Row 34: Sl 1 purlwise, K to end of row
Row 35: Knit 16 sts, S1 purlwise, WY, Turn
Row 36: Sl 1 purlwise, K to end of row
Row 37: Knit 17 sts, S1 purlwise, WY, Turn
Row 38: Sl 1 purlwise, K to end of row
Row 39: Knit
Rows 40-45: Knit
Repeat Rows 1-45 until desired length is achieved.
Bind Off all stitches.
04/12/07: Yet Another ScarfGot some loverly Rowan "Tapestry" yarn the other day and decided to figure out a short row scarf of sorts. Oddly I can't do a real short row in a sock but in this garter stitch scarf it seems to be working out ok. Very odd. Anywho I got the idea from a few places on the web (of course I have no idea where those places are now) that I saw versions of a wavy scarf so I fiddled around to try and make one for meself. I also held a strand of mint green Kid Silk haze with the wool yarn, which is making it extra soft and loverly on the skin. Good thing Spring seems like a cruel joke at the moment so I am still knittin' on the cold weather items.
04/08/07: Completed Capecho!
At last all the ends are woven in! And although it seemed like it was going to be on the large size, I think it ended up pretty close to how I wanted it. The most important thing was detaching the collar. The pattern called for a 1:1 ratio of neck band stitches to the body, but that made it very drapey and not easy to keep on. So I ripped that out and then sewed on the collar picking up 1 stich of the body to 1 stich of collar and then 2 stiches of body to 1 stich of collar. This did the trick. Now it is all closer to my shoulders and doesn't fall all over the place. Woo hoo! Still it is a little looser than the pattern photo so beware, but I feel it is wearable so phew, no wasted knitting time for me.
04/06/07: Happy Easter!This sock just looks right for the occassion.
Every time I work on it I think it is just too ugly to bother. But then well, as Sandi says, "It is SPECTACULARLY UGLY!" Which means it is just so ugly that you can't help but like it. So now I will think of it as the easter sock cause well that is what the colors seem to go with today. Hope everyone has a loverly day!
(I accidentally typed in "Hop" the first time around, such a festive typo.)
04/01/07: Dough PooI guess this is my April Fools for this year.
It was time to get rid of some old gingerbread dough saved to bake cookies but I just never had the time. I caught someone else in the house making little poo sculptures with it, aren't they fabulous? I mean nasty! That is some sweet smellin' poo.
Oh, and the image on the left is actually a clump of clay I made in a ceramics class for some texture assignment, my mother has always liked it. Which is something I could never understand since it has a clear resemblance of something not so pleasant.
This is one classy post isn't it? Eh well, happy April Fools!