Saturday, July 5, 2014

A marathon not a sprint

Tour de Fleece begins today, which I didn't realize until last night when someone in my FB group asked who all was partaking this year. Luckily I was pre-gaming all week because I was morning the loss of one of our dogs. AJ, my Japanese Chin passed away quietly at home with me on Monday. So it has been a sad week and knitting, spinning, and housework were mostly what I could manage.
Spencer in his sweater snuggled with his buddy, AJ

We really miss the little dude and all his quirky little ways. The other dogs have been notably bummed out and I hope Dan will come around to adopting another dog in the near future. Our area shelters are in extreme advertising mode since they are getting more intakes than they have room for, so every time I go on social media I am assaulted by cute pics of homeless pets. Heartbreaking!

Enough sad news, today I went to the Phoenixville Farmers market to attend a canning demo/talk. Most of which I knew, but there were door prizes and I have a huge stack of Ball canning coupons to hand out to my other friend who can. Bought the book as well, Preserving by the Pint by Marisa McCullen. Here is a link to her web page, Food in Jars.
And finally on to the fibery stuff. I dyed this fiber last summer or fall, started spinning it and stopped for a while. I just didn't feel like spinning, but last weekend I demonstrated spinning with some ladies from the lancaster guild at Canal Days in Monte Claire. It was a nice relaxing day talking about something I love. Kids and adults showed an equal amount of interest, although one man called a wheel and loom and another woman called it a sewing machine *face palm* I think my goal for this tour is gonna be lighter than other years, I'm gonna try and get this finished and plyed by the end of the tour. I have roughly a pound left to spin and hours of plying ahead of me. To everyone else participating in the tour, happy spinning!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

3rd times the charm

Miramare Castel
Just back from Italy again. It was a great trip. Way slower pace than I am used to when traveling abroad and relatively little site seeing done. Mostly it was a trip to visit Dan's family in Trieste, but we did do an overnight in Venice, which was kind of a bust. The place is all tourists and the best description I can think of is Medieval Disney Land. We did a couple other day trips and spent some time on the beach as well. Bought some yarn, of course. So here are a few of the highlights.

Postonia Caves in Slovenia

Predijama Castel

Beach Day

The view from our B&B 

And 2 sweaters worth of yarn.

Friday, May 9, 2014

2014 Comfy Collection

It's been such a busy week that I'm just getting to post about my new pattern. It was released via Knit Picks as part of the 2014 Comfy Collection, Striped Tunic is a really versatile garment and I can't wait to see the color combinations everyone comes up with.

I've also bee trucking along on baby knitting for the rush of pregnancy that has occurred all over the place, this is what happens when there are so many snow days and power outages in one winter. 
Twin baby sweaters and the never ending button dilemma. See all those cute, perfectly matching buttons, they all work, but not enough of any of them for the sweaters. Had to go and buy more today. And because I was finishing designing something and just wanted to make something relatively mindless, so a really large baby blanket came out of that desire. We are heading off to Italy the week after next, I have a pattern and graphic design work to get finished before then and still have to put together my travel knitting. Next week is going to fly by so I better get on it.
Curlicue Blanket


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Back almost a month...

...and it has taken me this long to catch up and get back to the blog.

Japan was lovely, so very unlike any place I've ever been. The appreciation for all things great and small that permeates the very being of Japan's people is evident everywhere. It was a once in a lifetime experience. Here are a few photos. I'll actually have some knitting to show you by the weekend. Finally finished up a pattern commission since I've been back and another one is going live early next month. Stay tuned.
Cat, perfectly posing at the Inari Shrine

Even the tools craftsmen us everyday are beautiful.

Ancient Buddist Temple with modern day Kyoto in the background.

People still get dressed up, even if they are just going for a walk.

The Shogunate's palace.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Not much knitting going on

Been ultra busy with work lately, so my knitting has slowed to a snail like pace, especially since all I really am able to focus on when I do have time to knit is really simple things. I finished a Gap-tastic cowl a few weeks ago, no pictures yet, a pair of knotty gloves, also picture-less, and 2 pairs of plain toe up socks. These are my on-the-go socks and are much needed since many pairs sprouted holes this very cold winter. I will repair some of them, but right now it is faster to knit new ones.

 The reason I've been working like a crazy person and picking up tons of hours is I am off to Japan next Friday. I'm looking forward to the trip...the flying not so much. So in about 2 weeks there will be lots of pictures. In the mean time I still have to extricate my luggage from the storage room in the basement, pack, call credit card companies, bank, cell phone company, and a whole slue of other small errands that need to get wrapped up in the next 5 days.

I also just found out last Tuesday that we will be going to Italy to visit Dan's family at the end of May for 10 days. Tickets were bought today and I have to figure out who is going to house sit for the fur kids while we're gone. Its way easier than boarding everyone or shipping everyone off to different houses; we have too many pets for one person to take everyone. I will be calling on a few friends and hopefully that will all work itself out. One of my dogs gets separation anxiety when I'm gone overnight, so both of us being gone for 10 days will be rough on her.
I'm off to finish my laundry and relax for the rest of the night. Maybe I'll work on another sock.

Friday, December 27, 2013

New Patterns!

I was only planning to get one new pattern up today... I ended up getting 3 done. Yeah! Best part is all of these are designed with my handspun yarn, so you can either start by designing your own yarn or skip to a commercial substitute.
First up, Morgan. This was a really fun photo shoot, we found this decaying train on the way home from Rhinebeck and had to stop and explore it. More photos are up on Ravelry.

 Next Vite Scialle. Waves Shawl in English, this piece is light, delicate and perfect for everyday wear or a special occasion.

 And Baroque. These
 socks are made to pamper your feet in squishy merino handspun.
Thank you, Nicole, for being my long suffering model.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Post Christmas Wrap Up

I've been busy wrapping up the semester and wrapping up all my holiday knitting, as I'm sure many of you have also been doing. Now that things are unwrapped I can show you some of what I've been working on. 
First up, I found a lovely 2ply cashmere sweater at the Thrift store last month. It unwound into 2 enormous skeins of heathery blue gray laceweight.The color wasn't really doing it for me though, so I overdyed it this lovely teal.

While I had the dyepots out I decided to hit up some merino I had laying around and some silk. Here is the one I photographed and then promptly spun and plyed in one day.

245 yds of 3ply on the bottom and 60 yds of 2 ply at the top, you can really see the difference in the color intensity depending on the level of optical blending the number of plys provides.

Next up is Dan's purple socks, he has officially requested a ball pit full of purple socks (I shit you not, his exact words), so now for every holiday and occasion he gets purple socks...he has at least 10 pairs at the moment. I think I'll be releasing this particular pair as a free pattern withing the next week.

Dan's Thermals
And the crowing jewel of the holiday knitting was the In The Pink Stole I made for my mom out of the Shoppel Wool Lace Ball I bought in Vienna last year. I just love how lace goes from this...
To this...

 Turned out very nice, if I do say so myself. The knitting itself was very simple, the piecing together had me stumped for a minute, but ravelry came to the rescue.
Spencer is doing well, if not a might bit sleepy.

On my Christmas list this year where a lot of blank yarn and dye, so expect to see some interesting things up in my etsy store soon as well as a whole new slue of patterns that I've decided to self publish in the next 2 weeks that I have off from school...and am stuck in my house due to the partners car unceremoniously dieing 2 days before xmas. Luckily I don't have anywhere I need to go except one day of work till the 16th. So there will be lots of knitting and dying and publishing to talk about soon. Stay tuned!