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Vlog!

15 May

Here it is! Enjoy!

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FO: Billie!! At last!!!!

11 May

But first, let me introduce you to Lindsay David:

He is a Worrible and I got him for my birthday. He’s the most squishable, cuddly, anti-anxiety guy out there, and he’s my new best friend. I thought you should know.

Anyways, Billie is finally done! I’m wearing it right now and it is warm and cosy (except for the cuffs that are still slightly damp, but poo on those). I took oodles of pictures for your entertainment and amusement:

Billie is A Lot Of Sweater, especially in the bright orange I picked. I am quite okay with this, I just expect to get a lot of Looks when I wear it out and about. Also you can hardly see the bit of wrong orange on the one shoulder, which is excellent. All’s well that ends well! Plus I learned from my LYS how to sew seams together the Right Way, which is pretty exciting.

Pattern: Billie by Kim Hargreaves
Time Span: 16 May 2011 to 10 May 2012.
Materials: 25~ skeins of Valley Yarns Sugarloaf and a little bit of Fibranatura Sensational
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annanlove19/billie

Other stuff’s been going on too! I got the last of the Dawn I’ll need for my Rumble, so now I just need to decide on the second color and slowly stock up on that, too. It only takes four skeins, which isn’t too bad, but they’re still $20 each.

I also got a skein of Cascade 220 Superwash to make worsted weight socks because, y’know, worsted weight socks. It’s a lovely marigold that doesn’t really show up here:

A few days ago I did a Bad Thing and cast on Anisette with my Ella Rae Latte. It’s super soft and silky and shiny and wonderful, and the pattern is a good amount of interesting-but-not-too-boring-and-not-too-complicated. Here’s a really shitty picture of my progress so far (please note the donut stitch markers):

And that, my friends, is it! I know it’s Friday and this isn’t a vlog, but this post lended itself better to being written out. Expect a vlog update sometime this weekend.

Yarnspiration

26 Apr

So, sometimes my knitting mojo escapes me. It just wanders off, leaving me with a lot of half-done projects and no inspiration to finish, or even work on, anything. It strikes the worst when I have too many big projects, like afghans and sweaters, and I’m not close to finishing any of them. Then it just feels like nothing is ever going to get done ever, and there’s no point in working on anything.

So.

So today I went yarn shopping.

And now everything is better! I’m going to make fingerless gloves because I used to have a ton of pairs but somehow they all disappeared. Making fingerless gloves was at least 90% of why I learned to knit in the first place, and it kills me that I only have a few pairs left that I know where they are. And at least one of them is in duress; I should be able to fix it, if only the yarn I knit it with wanders back to me.

Anyways, this is what I got:

Sublime Luxurious Woolly Merino

Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted

Queensland Collection Haze

I am really, really excited for these. Expect an FO post in the near future 😀

Outside Times.

20 Apr

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts this week; I’ve been going through a really rough time and it just didn’t lend itself well to blogging. I was going to do Vlog Day early yesterday, only yesterday was the worst of all the bad days, so that didn’t happen. But things are looking up, it’s beautiful outside, and I’m actually posting! Hooray!

Also, I noticed while rewatching this video that I keep rubbing my nose a lot. Happy allergy season, friends! The perils of doing a vlog outside.

 

By the way, I remembered my other warm weather yarn from that grab bag! I got some Classic Elite Premiere, which is 50% cotton and 50% tencel, in a fabulous chartreuse color I can’t wait to show off. I’ve also got some Sublime Organic Cotton from a previous grab bag that I’ll hopefully get to use sometime this summer. It wants to be a Lauriel, but there are a lot of other things higher up on my queue, so I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get to it. And there you have it, just in case you were wondering about the innermost details of my stash and couldn’t sleep until I remembered absolutely everything 😛

Dyeing Class

1 Apr

On Saturday I took a class in yarn dyeing! It was so much fun, the most fun I’ve had in a long time, and I came out of it with beautiful yarn (and crappy garage pictures)!

First we did some test dyeing on little skeins of Pastaza, 220, Mind’s Eye’s sock yarn and silk hankies:

This was the test skein for my big guy. I learned important things, like the need to wash hands in between handling the blue dye and the yellow dye if you don't want to leave handprints all over everything.

Apparently I got a little carried away with the blues and purples...>.>

As much as I love blue and orange together, I am not a fan of the gross muddy brown in between the two. Ah well.

The silk hankie was really fun!! I just splotched all over it with oranges and yellow, but then it all blended together, plus someone didn't wrap their blues enough and it bled onto it. Still super pretty though!!

This is my big guy! He's a 250 gram skein of Berkshire from Valley Yarns (i.e. Webs) and he's a rainbow!! He ended up a little tangled, but I think he's fine.

This is his other, very poorly lit side. It's beautiful, but I guess you'll just have to trust me until he's done drying and gets properly hanked up again.

I’d really like to get into dyeing more long-term, but the chemicals are just So. Toxic. and we have things like cats who don’t understand “You need to put on a breathing mask if you want to be in the kitchen”. So I think for now it’s going to be a one-time occurrence, but I’ll definitely keep an eye out for ways/times to do this in the future 🙂

Vacationing at Webs

19 Mar

 

Due to a rather long and complicated story, my dad and I took a vacation at Webs today (and the mall tomorrow)! I got a lot of yummies that I need to show off to y’all (plus some cute pictures of my kitties at the end, because cute kitties are cute).

Juniper Moon Farm Sabine

Actually, I guess we’ll start with cute pictures of kitties! That’s Susie, hanging out with my Juniper Moon Farm Sabine. It’s going to be a ShilShole, also known as my first colorwork sweater! Very exciting. I’m not exactly sure when I’ll have time to cast on, but since it’s in a nice, summer-y yarn, hopefully pretty soon.

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK Single-ply

This is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK Single-ply in the wonderfully named Betty Draper’s Blue’s, and it’s gonna be a Frankie. Robin knit one a while ago that turned out just so incredibly cute, and I’ve been jealous ever since. She wears hers all the time, so I’m sure mine will be a big hit. Here’s a picture of her wearing hers (not taken by me or modeled by me or having anything to do with me other than me stealing it from her Ravelry):

See? So cute. Must have.

Noro Kogarashi

This is some sale Noro I picked up to make a Buttony Sweater, hopefully by Friday. I know that sounds a little delusional, but it’s only 500 yards, and I’m a pretty fast knitter when I set my mind to it. Cross your fingers for me, ‘kay?

Cascade Soft Spun

Cascade on sale is always a good thing, no? This is going to be a Weasley Sweater, and will be cast on as soon as I’m done with Buttony Sweater, and maybe one other, if I’m feeling productive. I’ve wanted one for ages, and this yarn was right on gauge and really cheap and came in ALL THE COLORS so I could pick the perfect Nicole colors–bright orange and bright blue. I am very, very excited.

I also got an undyed skein of Valley Yarns Berkshire for a dyeing class I’m taking later this month. Photos on that to be posted post-dye!

And here are the promised pictures of my kitties:

Walnut

Susie

These are from the first day it was warm enough to have the windows open. The kitties were very happy 🙂

Yarn Crawl Ahoy!

16 Mar

This weekend there’s the North Shore Yarn Crawl, and Robin and I did it up right. Yesterday I stopped by a few shops and picked up a few things, but today the two of us hit almost all of them and we have oodles of spoils to show for it!

This is Robin and her pile of goodies:

She got some yarn to make a baby sweater (the purple Cherub), yarn to make Adrift (Blue Heron Yarns Bamboo Lace in Daylily), and a skein of Ella Rae Bamboo Silk that was on sale for a couple of bucks. Plus, she found a 50% off copy of No Sheep For You, the perfect book for someone with wool allergies.

Here she is dancing with her yarn:

I also got spoils! Here’s a pile of them:

The books are Scarlet by Kim Hargreaves and a copy of the winter 2011 Knitscene. They’re both super exciting, and I can tell you that Hunter, which apparently isn’t on Ravelry but is a beautiful cable-y goodness pattern from Scarlet, and Nevis Cardigan will both be on my needles soon. I’m gonna do Hunter in the green Lana Grande that had been for owls, and the fact that it’s called Hunter is perfect for such a hunter-y shade of green.

This is some Queensland Collection Kathmandu Aran in a wonderful strawberry ice cream, grandmother-y pink that I’ll be knitting a Miette out of. I’ve already made one for Robin for two birthdays and a Christmas (I was being bad and needed to make up for it), and I’m super excited to have my own.

Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in the aptly named colorway Neon Rose. You can’t see you fluorescent it is from this picture (hi, clouds who are obscuring my natural light!), but let me assure you, it lives up to its name. It’ll become socks, probably sooner rather than later.

And this is some gorgeous roving (that has purple on the bottom, really it does, and a bright, strong red that isn’t orange-y at all, plus its very own fluorescent pink) from Mad Color. I am *really* excited to spin this up, but right now I only have one drop spindle, and it’s busy. This will be getting rectified on my birthday, but until then, I think this guy’ll have to wait in the wings.

All in all, a good time! A bit of an exhausting time (it may or may not be nap time now), but a good time all around.