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3 March 14

Handspun Forest Ridge Shawl

loop pastel palette

Spun in to yarn
Pastel Palette

handspun forest ridge off the needles

handspun forest ridge blocking

handspun forest ridge blocked

handspun forest ridge closeup

I changed the border from the pattern to a simple scalloped edging. I also added 315 crystal silver-lined beads to the edging.

24 February 14

More Socks, Another Shawl

Yarn: Fibernymph Bounce
Color: Ice Palace
Pattern: Wendy’s Fingering Weight Toe-Up Socks
Needles: 2.00mm, 2 circulars

I love knitting with this sock yarn base. I downloaded the Fish Lips Kiss Heel pattern (annoying name!) that I might try on this pair. Everyone says nice things about how the heel fits.

ice palace socks

I wanted to cast on with my handspun Loop! right away. I decided to make the Forest Ridge Shawl because I haven’t knit this shawl shape before, and it is easy to make bigger to use all of my yarn.

pastel forest ridge

15 February 14

Just a bit of yarn

I’m sad that Knitpicks is discontinuing their Felici sock yarn. It’s one of my favorites. I love it because it’s soft, wears well, and STRIPES!

I couldn’t not buy some before it’s gone.

Felici and Gloss

From left to right: Splash, Maple Leaves, Foxglove, Sweetheart, and Jellybean. Oh, and 2 skeins of Gloss Lace in Lilac and 2 in Marina just because.

Tags: yarn
14 February 14

Only 10 days for this pair!

I do still like knitting socks, I guess.

Yarn: Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts
Color: Calico Cat
Pattern: Wendy’s Fingering Weight Toe-Up Socks with Gusset Heel. This is my standard sock pattern. I love her gusset heel.

Calico Cat Socks

Kisa isn’t sure why I threw my socks on the floor. She ran away as soon as I took the picture.
Kisa and the socks

12 February 14

Reminds me of Easter eggs

Fiber: Loop! Pastel Palette with Sparkle. 5 ounces.
loop pastel palette

I originally planned to chain ply this, but I decided to leave it as a single. It was a little over twisted, so I fulled it very lightly by soaking it in hot and then cold water a couple of times. I also thwacked it several times to even out the twist. It does have some kinks in it, but they won’t be noticeable once it’s knit.

Pastel Palette

Pastel Palette

Pastel Palette

It’s 910 yards of lace weight.

7 February 14

1st Projects of 2014

I started the Willow Cowl in December and finished it in January. The yarn is Tosh Merino Light in the Spectrum colorway. This is the 3rd project I’ve made with this color. I’m still in love with it.

Willow Cowl

It’s a fun project to knit. I love the picot hem on the top and bottom. When you wear it, the stockinette and lace sections fold down into rings that fit nicely around your neck.
Willow Cowl

I have also finished a pair of socks that I started in November 2011! The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Solemate. It’s supposed to have some sort of temperature regulating properties. I don’t know. I didn’t really like knitting with it.
Solemate Socks

I used to knit socks all the time, but this is the 1st pair I’ve finished in 2 years. I might be back in the sock zone, since I immediately cast on another pair.

This is yarn I bought in Austin. It’s Ancient Fibre Arts Superwash BFL - Calico Cat.
Calico Cat Socks
I’m just going to embrace whatever sort of pooling the yarn does.

6 February 14

Last 2 projects from 2013

I knitted a 3rd Honey Cowl. This one was a Christmas present for my sister. The yarn is Knitpicks Stroll, and I used 2 strands held together to knit it. The Honey Cowl is one of my most favorite projects to make.

honey cowl #3

And I knitted a hat for myself. The pattern is called Poppy, and the yarn is Madelinetosh DK in the Spectrum colorway. The hat is knitted in short row wedges and then stitches are picked up around the sides to knit the ribbing. I feel like the hat is a little bit too big, so I might rip out the ribbing to take out 1 of the wedges. Or I might just be lazy and wear it like it is.

Poppy Hat

Tags: knitting hat cowl
24 December 13

Christmas ornaments

I made a few things for our tree this year. This knitted star has been in my favorites on Ravelry since 2010. I’m glad I finally got around to making it.

Pattern: Stjarna
I liked it so much that I made two of them. I want to make more some time.


And I made this adorable Yarn Basket Ornament.

I glued seed beads to the ends of toothpicks to make the knitting needles. Later, I also made a tiny drop spindle, but I forgot to take a picture of that. I really love the little hank of yarn!
yarn basket ornament

Here’s Kisa under the tree. I think she was about to go chew on the branches.


7 December 13

Stuff I need to knit

I might need a Madelinetosh intervention because:

Tosh Merino Light - Composition Book Gray
composition book gray

Tosh Merino Light - Stargazing

Tosh Merino Light - Nebula

Tosh Merino Light - Spectrum

Tosh Prairie Lace - 1st skein is Iris, 2nd skein is Baltic
prairie lace

Tosh DK - Spectrum
spectrum dk

Ok, sometimes I buy yarn other than Madelinetosh:

Collinette Jitterbug - Paint Box
jitterbug paintbox

Ancient Fibre Arts Superwash BFL - Calico Cat
Kisa cat yarn

I had to buy this one because it matches Kisa.
kisa loves blankets

Tags: yarn
6 December 13

Stuff I need to spin

My 1st time spinning alpaca/silk. I bought it from JulieSpins. The color is called Tealicious. It really called out to me! I love the hints of teal and purple. I spun it as a 2 ply and got 250 yards.

julie spins alpaca silk

The colors are subtle since most of the fiber is black, but it’s much prettier in person.

I need to do a bunch of spinning soon, because I’ve bought quite a bit of fiber lately.

Loop! Spinning Bump - Pastel Palette with Sparkle.
loop pastel palette

Fiber Optic - 2 braids of Turquoise to Vivid Violet. Impossible to capture these colors accurately. I am in love with this fiber!

turquoise to vivid violoet

Assorted batts from Two If By Hand. I haven’t spun fiber like this before, so I’m not sure what I’m gonna do with them.

two if by hand batts

5 December 13

I certainly don’t need anymore scarves

This one is for Jimmy!
I forgot to take a picture of the yarn before knitting the scarf.

Yarn: 2 skeins of Madelinetosh Vintage. 1 skein of Citrus and 1 of Stephen Loves Tosh

Pattern: Jared Flood’s Noro Striped Scarf

Pumpkin Spice Scarf

I used up practically every inch of the yarn. This is a great pattern. I especially love the way you slip stitches to make a neat edging.

jimmy's scarf

Tags: knitting scarf
4 December 13

Catching up

As soon as I woke up today, I started taking pictures all of the stuff I needed to post on Ravelry and on here.

My latest spinning project has been turned into a Honey Cowl. The fiber is Two If By Hand Merino/Cashmere/Nylon that was spun as a single. Since the yarn turned out thinner than I wanted, I held it double to knit the cowl.

whiz bangs mcn

whiz bangs singles

handspun honey cowl

So soft and cozy! I knitted this pattern last winter and it was probably my most worn item during the winter. I’m going to wear this one a lot as well.

6 September 13

Finished more stuff

My Jaali shawl is done. It was much faster and easier to knit the 2nd time.

jaali blocking



And I finished spinning the Two If By Hand Merino/Cashmere/Nylon that I started on June 1st.

The fiber before spinning:
whiz bangs mcn

And after:
whiz bangs singles

871 yards of singles out of 8 oz of fiber.

I tried spinning a low twist fluffy single. It turned out pretty nice, but not as thick as I wanted. It is super soft, though.

26 August 13

3 Years Today

So how about a finished project? Here is my handspun Citron shawl. I started spinning the fiber on March 1st and started knitting the shawl on April 17th. I didn’t do any knitting for a couple of months. It really shouldn’t have taken this long.

handspun citron

handspun citron

And I’ve started a new Jaali shawl. I’m using Madelinetosh Prairie in the color Blackcurrant.

jaali again

2 June 13

Let’s go back to March please

On March 1st I started spinning this fiber. It’s Merino/Silk from Fiber Optics. The color is called Jet to Lavender.

jet to lavender

I split one braid down the middle and spun each strip from light to dark. The other braid I left whole and also spun from light to dark. It took 1 1/2 months, but I finally finished all the spinning and plying. I ended up with a total of 931 yards.

jet to lavender 1st braid

jet to lavender both braids

jet to lavender. ready to knit.

Then on April 17th, I started knitting a Citron shawl. I made one of these a long time ago but it turned out really tiny.
citron shawl

At this point each row has over 600 stitches, so it is very time consuming.
citron halfway

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh