Wednesday, September 19, 2007

New Item at my house

The last think I need is another piece of equipment - but I could not pass up the opportunity to have this Baby Wolf Loom come live at my house.

Pics to come.

I am looking forward to putting a warp on her when I get back from Portland.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Warning - family members do not read

Yes, that means you, too, Bonnie.

My sister and I just sat down and figured out the Christmas list and I'm going to be very very busy between now and the end of the year.

Yikes - I have at least 11 felted bags to make and only 95 days to do it in. That's just about one a week.

Luckily, Juanita will do all the finishing - make the linings and attach the handles.

I am going to use the one that is already felted as one gift - only 10 to go!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Felted Bag

The bag from the last post was so much fun that I am doing another one right away. I acquired 6 skeins of Plymouth Boku yesterday from TYF along with some interlacements Tiny Toes. The Tiny Toes looks very similar to the base yarn used for Koigu - I'll let you know how it knits up.

Anyway - back to the bag. Last night at the store, I was asked for the pattern. So, I thought that while I am knitting this bag, I will write the pattern and then post it here for those interested.

More to come.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

My first felted bag

I was captured by a Patons SWS colorway one day and knit a little bag using two skeins. It was nice, but not spectacular and I never did get around to felting it.

One day on Ravelry, I spied 3 skeins of a different colorway offered for sale or trade and soon it was mine too.

In August, my LYS had a weekend retreat and the technique that I wanted to learn was Entrelac.

I unraveled the first bag and used some of that yarn to knit the bottom of this bag, I then used 2 skeins of the new yarn to knit the first 4 rows of entrelac, the next two rows of entrelac was from the first yarn again and then the bag was finished off with the remaining skein of the new colorway. An I cord bind off and I cord tie and then into the washer.

I was a little concerned exactly how to do the felting in my front loader. I can't adjust the spin or rinse cycles and decided to check on the bag after just 3 minutes in the washer. Good thing as it was already as felted as I wanted it to be. I have a box in it right now and it's drying out on the back patio. I'll post pics as soon as it's dry and assembled.

These pictures don't really do justice to the vibrancy of the colors in this.

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Finished Portland Koigu Socks

I love these socks... I purchased the Koigu KPPPM from KnitPurl in Portland when I was up there for the PDX Knit Bloggers meet up.

They are knit in my usual toe up fashion, however I used the patch toe from Duffy for the first time and the sherman heel that Mel explains so well.

The stitch pattern is from the 365 patterns a year calendar - it's called Crocus Buds. It's very simple, but gives a great texture. Very effective for handpainted yarns.

The richness of the yarn and stitch pattern is not fully visible in these pictures. The socks have to be seen to really get the impact.

I have to have more Koigu KPPPM - I can see more in my future - no matter where I have to go to get it.
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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival

Yes, another trip to Portland this year! Yippee - this makes the third one so far. The 21st of September I am flying into Portland and then Melissa and I will go to the festival on Saturday. I will probably also be there on Sunday, depending on the workshop I take Saturday.

Melissa has to work on Friday, so I am looking forward to a little running around Portland, perhaps getting together with a couple of friends, purchasing sock yarn (the Koigu KPPPM at Knit Purl better watch out) and in general loving being in Portland.

So, any of my Portland friends, drop me a comment if you want to get together on Friday.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Re-organizing day

I finally started setting up the back bedroom to be my fiber prep room. I put up the two new tables, got out the drum carder and started sorting thru the 35+ bins to sort the yarn, ready to spin fiber, and fiber to be prepped.

I have moved the fiber to be prepped into the back room and will start going thru the yarn and ready to spin fiber this afternoon. I'm hoping to take some pics of my handspun yarns and put them into Ravelry.

I have been itching to work with my drum carder lately and been discouraged at the thought of having to put it away every time someone wants to use the dining room table. Being able to leave it set up and in the middle of a project really makes it more productive.

I am thinking that I want to card up some sweater size (16-20 ounce) batches for sale. That take time and space that I did not really have up until now.

More later with photos.