Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Episode 9 - Stitching and Stash!

Hi Everyone!

We're back from steamy and wet Florida and came back to even hotter South Carolina.  Hope you enjoy episode nine!


FOs
None

Knitting WIPs
Must Stash Vanilla Toe-up Socks
Must Stash Perfect Sock in "Pippi" - Size 2.25 Nova Platina 32" circular needles

Stitching WIPs
Plum Street Samplers - Summer in Nantucket
35 ct. Confederate Grey by Weeks Dye Works - Various hand-dyed cotton threads (1 over 2)
Barbara Ana - All Creatures Great and Small
40 ct. Vintage Country Mocha by Zweigart, Anchor threads (1 over 2)
With Thy Needle & Thread - Sampler Hill

Hands on Design - Chalk Squared
35 ct. Gunmetal Linen by Weeks Dye Works, Gentle Art Sampler Threads (1 over 2)
Stash

Lots of wonderful stash from The Stitch and Frame Shop in Rock Hill, SC.  

Bloggers Mentioned

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

Episode 7 - More Stitching than Knitting (again)!


FOs


36 ct. Vintage Pearled Barley by Lakeside Linens, Weeks Dye Works (1 over 2)

Shepherd's Bush "My Home Fob" from the Shepherd's Fold 2014 series

32 ct. hand-dyed linen, various hand-dyed cotton and silk threads (1 over 2)

WIPs

The Scarlett House "Sarah Redfearn 1826"

40 ct. Examplar by Lakeside Linens, Belle Soie and Dinky Dyes silks (1 over 2)
Blackbird Designs "1861 - Antique Sampler" from the "In Friendship's Way" booklet. 

Toe-up Vanilla Sock using Must Stash Perfect Sock in the "Pippi" Colorway

Stash

Blackbird Designs and With Thy Needle & Thread Charts from 123stitch.com

I forgot to mention that I received a sock yarn mini exchange package from Karin (Gehirnlos22 on Ravelry).  It was so sweet - Thank you Karin!


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Episode 6 - Lots of Stitching!

 
FOs
  • No Finished Objects this week.
Knitting WIPs
  • Pure Joy by Joji Locatelli using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. 
Stitching WIPs
Stash
  • Must Stash Perfect Sock in Pippi.
  • 40 ct. Vintage Country Mocha Linen by Zweigart and Anchor threads for All Creatures Great and Small. 
 
 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Episode 5



FOs
  • Fine and Dandy Socks by The Sweater Co. using One Twisted Tree Prime Sock and Knit Picks Stroll.  These are for the #fineanddandykal being run by Jaclyn of the Brooklyn Knitfolk podcast and the #boxosoxkal being run by Kristin of the Yarngasm Podcast. Probably not going to make the KAL deadline for the Knitfolk Podcast. 


WIPs
  • Pure Joy by Joji Locatelli using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light.
  • 3 Color Cashmere Shawl by Joji Locatelli using Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles and Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light.  I found the perfect pink!
Current Stitching
  • Things Unseen by Lizzie Kate using 36 ct. Vintage Pearled Barley by Lakeside linens and Weeks Dye Works. 
Future Projects
Stash
  • Minis in an exchange from Dianne (knitsublime on Ravelry) in Cananda.
  • I visited my no-so-local yarn shop (Prena Knits) in Georgetown, SC.  I got two skeins of Juniper Moon Farm Sabine, one skein of KFI Indulgence Cashmere and one skein of Malabrigo Sock. 
Handspun Yarn Winner is Annie! She was the first person to comment on my previous post!  Congrats Annie!





Thursday, April 21, 2016

Episode Four - Handspun Give Away!



Leave a comment below to enter handspun giveaway!

WIPs


Spinning
  • Malabrigo Nube - 100% Merino "Piedras."  Singles spun 15:1 and plied 12:1 (two ply).  I got approximately 566 yards and it seems to be a light fingering/fingering weight.  I have also decided to give this skein away!  Leave a comment below and I will announce the winner on the next podcast!

Stash
  • Two Skeins Malabrigo 100% Merino Lace "Polar Morn" from Eat.Sleep.Knit


  • One skein of Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles "Jelly" from Warm 'n Fuzzy
  • Nest Fiber Club for April "Constellation."  85% polwarth and 15% silk. 
Podcasts I've been enjoying recently!

Friday, April 08, 2016

Episode 3 - Knitting and a Little Stitching Too!

Hey Everyone!  Well, I'm back again.  Something about doing this podcast has really energized me with my crafting!  I love thinking about my projects and yarn I'd like share.  Some of you left comments about missing my stitching, so I decided to pull it out and put a few stitches in some of my more recent wips.  Thank you so much for watching and the support!


FOs 
Matthew's Rainbow Socks - 56 stitches
Manic Pixie Dream Yarn - Zoey Base "Cloudy with a Chance of Rainbows." 




Wildes Meer Shawl by Kristin Lehrer of Voolenvine Yarns
Nice & Knit - 100% Superwash Merino Fingering yarn "High Tide" 
Teal Beads 



WIPs
Waiting for Rain Shawl by Sylvia Bo Bilvia
Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light "Composition Book Gray"

Spinning
Malabrigo Nube - 100% Merino "Piedras" colorway (Spinning 15:1)



Previously Finished Spinning
100% Natural BFL - 350 yards (2 Ply - spun and plied 6:1)
Nest Fiber Club for February - Love Apple 100% Superwash Merino (3 ply - Spun 15:1, plied 12:1)



Cross Stitch
Blackbird Designs - 1861 Antique Sampler - From the booklet "In Friendship's Way" (Started 8/22/15)
CC and GAST on 36 ct. Legacy Picture This Plus



Northwest Sampler Guild - Charlote Clayton
40 ct. Vintage Sand Dune, NPI silks

Future Projects
Fine and Dandy Socks using One Twisted Tree Prime Sock in "Stop & Smell the Peonies!"

Stash from Warm and Fuzzy in Cary, NC
Life in the Long Grass "Garden Party" and "Splash"
Quince & Co. Chickadee "Caspian" to make "Lucy Mitts" by Dawn Catanzaro
Ordered online after I got home:
Life in the Long Grass "Winter City"
Phydeaux Yarn "Calypso" 



Thursday, March 31, 2016

Episode Two!

Hi Everyone!  I had so much fun doing the podcast last week that I decided to do another one!  Thank you all for your very sweet comments and encouragement!



Show Notes: 
What I'm Wearing
Large Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart using Madelinetosh Prairie in "Medieval."



FOs
 ‌- Opal Sweet & Spicy 2 socks in "Red Cabbage" or Color #8615.  They are the 3rd pair of socks for the boxosox KAL that Kristin with the Yarngasam Podcast is hosting.  I did a toe-up sock and afterthought heel.  I used Kirby Wirby's tutorial for the heel.  I also did a Turkish cast on and Jeny's Suprisingly Stretchy bind off.



- My other two pairs that I finished this year are Patons Kroy "Brown Rose Marl" and Voolenvine Yarns Blitzed in "Pandora".
April socks might be West Yorkshire Spinners in "Kingfisher" from Wool Warehouse.

WIPs
- Wildes Meer Shawl by Kristen Lehrer of Voolenvine Yarns using Nice & Knit in "High Tide." 100% Superwash Merino, which can be found at Niceandknit.com. The beads are from Earth Treasures Gems.
- Cozy Memories Blanket using Kemper's recipe of the Junkyarn Podcast and Junkyarn.com.  Let me know if anyone out there has any interest in doing a mini skein swap!
- Matthew's rainbow socks using Manic Pixie Dream Yarn Zooey in "Cloudy with a chance of Rainbows."

Spinning
Malabrigo Nube in "Piedras." (Piedras means stones or rocks in spanish).  I'm spinning it thin and I plan to do a 2 ply.  I'm using the middle whorl on my Lendrum Fast Flyer, which is a 15:1 ratio.  



Stash
-‌ A Good Yarn in Sarasota, FL - Fiber by Happy Fuzzy Yarn - 100% Falkland in "Amazonite and Sunset."  A Good Yarn was having a Brooklyn Tweed Trunk show.  I got three skeins of Loft in "Fossil" and "Smokestack."  I also got a free pattern with purchase.  I picked out Kelpie.



The Knitting Patch in Altamonte Springs, FL - one skein of Hedgehog Fibres Sock in "Film Noir."


Future Projects
‌Mama Ruffles Shawl by Christina Wall
My favorite Mama Ruffles by Audrey Antoinette - http://www.ravelry.com/projects/audreyantoinette/mama-ruffles
Sands Cove Shawl by Beatrice Perron Dahlen (in the Autumn Beach collection)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Podcast?

I decided to go for it yesterday.  I decided to try a podcast of my own.  I was so nervous doing it that I say "um," clear my throat and bump the table a thousand times.  I also had a hard time finding a spot to do this at.  I'm a working mom with three boys and lets face it, my house is a mess. I found a spot in my bedroom with good lighting and then realized after recording that the cord from the smoke detector we took out (and have yet to replace - I'm going to get on my husband for that today) was hanging down. But that's real life, right?  Well, here it is.  It's not perfect, there are some editing mistakes and like I said, a lot of "ums."  I also uploaded an unfinished video earlier, so now here's the whole thing!  Unfortunately, there is also a section missing in the middle (not sure what happened there), so if you feel like you're missing something, you are. I'll do better next time! :)




Show Notes



Oreo and Ginger (we have actually had Oreo for almost four years now)

What I'm Wearing
Pioneer Woman Shawl by Susan B. Anderson
It was a limited edition kit with Little Skein in the Big Wool

Podcasts Mentioned

Stitched in Sweden (Maria Montzka)
Yarngasm
Snappy Stitches
Wool and Spinning
Suburban Stitcher

Works in Progress

Wheaten Wrap by Anne Hanson
Hourglass Throw by Anne Hanson
Nordic Wind Shawl by cabinfour
Opal Toe Up Socks
Vildes Meer Shawl by Voolenvine

Finished Objects

Toe Up Sparkle Socks (the segment I filmed for these accidentally got left out - I'll show them next time!)
Toe Up Handspun Socks

Spinning

Throughly Thwacked "Pastry Bandit"

Future Projects

Manic Pixie Cloudy with a Chance of Rainbows socks for Matthew
Lighthouse Pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Kirby Wirby Afterthought Heel with No Waste Yarn

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who helped me destash a little!  I lowered some of the prices later today.  I was asked by Laura (Maude and Mozart) if I was giving up stitching, and that is a big No!  I could never give up my stitching.  I really want to get back to Charlotte Clayton and get it finished up soon (I'm sounding like a broken record)!  I just needed to purge a little.

Now that I'm working full time, it's definitely harder to pick up the stitching.  Knitting and crochet has been easy.  It's especially great to take it to work.  I keep it in the file drawer in my desk and I can throw it down quickly if I need to answer the phone or help someone out.  There are periods when it's super busy and then there are times when it's very slow and my needlework keeps me from getting too bored and keeps me sane. :) I'm really lucky I found the job I did.  My co-workers very quickly became my friends and I have met some really great people.  There are many days they have my laughing until I'm crying!  Anyway, It's been great!

So, I haven't stitched in awhile, but I have been knitting.  Currently, I'm working on the Pendulum Shawl by Amy Miller.  I copied the first shawl in the picture on the project page by DragonInk.  I'm using the same yarn she used, which is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the same colors she used - Goddess, which looks black, but is actually a very dark purple and Calligraphy.

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I'm fairly happy with how it's turning out.  My short row turns are a little wonky, but I'm hoping it won't show as much once it's washed and blocked.  I am also getting a little tired of garter stitch.  I just finished a garter stitch shawl recently.  The Yowza Weigh It Shawl #1 by Susan B. Anderson.  I love this shawl.  It's so warm and squishy.  I can't wait to wear it this fall/winter.

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This yarn is Miss Babs Yowza in the Perfectly Wreckless colorway.  

I also finished two pairs of socks.  I have discovered that I now love toe up socks and magic loop.  Two things I thought I'd never do!

Funky socks are finished! #knitting #sockknitting #toeupsock #fishlipskissheel

I knit these socks in five days! They were a blast. I love how funky they turned out.  They're so soft and warm too.  I did the Fish Lips Kiss Heel for this pair.  I like this heel, but I may need a little more practice.

The second pair are my Kool-Aid socks.  I decided I was going to dye some bare yarn I've had in my stash for years.  I used grape, pink lemonade and cherry.  I have dyed yarn before and I don't remember it being so difficult.  I lost about 100 yards in the process.  It got so tangled that I just tossed it.  I still had enough to make a decent size pair of socks.  These socks took even less time - four days!  Love that magic loop!

Kook-Aid socks

I have tons of projects that I'm thinking about.  I have really been obsessed with knitting lately.  I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I started watching knitting podcasts.  Oh wow, where have I been??  I recently binge watched all of Dianne's Suburban Stitcher podcasts.  I have really enjoyed them.  She is the one that made me give toe up and magic loop another try.  I have even thought of doing my own podcast, but I don't think I'm ready for that. I have tried recording myself and just feel so awkward and self-conscience.  Maybe one day.... 

I do hope to keep up with the blog though.  It feels good to be writing again!