Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Comments on Looking Glass Top

First of all, I'd like to welcome all of my new readers! My Bloglines subscription is up to 20 people! I really enjoy putting my knitting out there on the internets, and really enjoy the collaboration with other knitters, sharing information, techniques. Even though Blogger is a meanie and doesn't give me email addresses with the comments, I read and enjoy every one of them.

In response to Karma's comment yesterday, I did enjoy using Knit Picks Shine Worsted. When I started out with the bigger gauge for the VK sweater, I didn't, but when I went to a tighter gauge, it ended up being a really lovely yarn to work with. Super fast to knit up too! I finished that sweater in what felt like 2.5 weeks! (It helps that my mom is as thin as a beanpole too!) :)

Monday, January 29, 2007

Success!!

Look what I've finished with 2 weeks to spare!!

Specs:

Pattern: Looking Glass Top
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Coral

Found out today that my Mom won't even be able to wear it to work! She has to wear uniforms! :-(

New books acquired:




Finally, some gorgeous Blue Sky Alpaca and Silk in Ruby for the Vintage Pink Cardigan. It's going to be AWESOME and HOT! :)

I'm dyeing up a storm tonight, so look for some new stuff in the shop soon! I'll post an update soon.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Etsy Question

Here's a quick question for you all, what do you think of selling handspun that was commercially dyed on Etsy? Or do you think I need to dye my own roving and sell it spun up? What are the ethics involved with this?

Input is appreciated.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Changes...

I'm sure you've noticed the change in the look of the blog sidebar. I'm pleased with how things are arranged now. The only thing that's missing is progress bars on my WIPs.

Isn't that a looooong list? I've listed EVERYTHING. Hopefully it will encourage me to work on some of them. :)

I've slyly put a new WIP up there without mentioning it. It's because it's a surprise for my Mom. Not sure if she's keeping up with the blog since the move, but I want to share my progress.

Do you remember the sweater I was working on for her? It was going to be a shawl collared cabled cardigan. From Vogue Knitting Fall 2006, Design number 19. I had gotten the back, a sleeve, and half of the second sleeve done. I had been having nagging thoughts about my yarn choice (Knitpicks Shine worsted) thinking it would cause the sweater to sag and droop, especially since I needed to use US9 needles to get gauge. The back looked so droopy, and it wasn't even a sweater yet! So I decided to change directions.

Since my Mom is in Florida now, I needed to come up with something I thought she might want to wear to a job. She's looking into prospects now, all office jobs. (I don't know if you know this about Seattle, but the dress code is MUCH looser, not like on the East Coast).

So, I looked through all of my books and magazines for good, classy sweaters that fit KP's Shine worsted gauge. Enter this lovely:


Interweave Knits Looking Glass Top from last summer. Except I'm leaving out the silly hole in the front. Would you believe I've got the back and both sleeves done already?! :) I'm up to the waist shaping on the front! I did have worries with the VK sweater that I was going to be short on yarn. No worries on that now. I'll have another bag of KP's Shine to figure out what to do with!

I'm hoping to have this done in time for my trip to Florida next month. I leave on the 14th. Anyone have good suggestions for Florida yarn stores? I'll be in the Tampa/Clearwater area.

Friday, January 19, 2007

New Goodies!

Only a week late showing you, but here's the beautiful gift I got myself for Christmas:



A Patrick Green Deluxe Drum Carder!

I've been using it to take this, my washed merino fleece



Isn't it gorgeous!!


To make this, puffy cloudlike batts:


I have yet to begin spinning this fiber, as I'm waiting for my birthday present to myself to arrive:


Yup, I'm getting myself a Schacht Matchless. And as a late Christmas/early birthday present, my Mom is going to get me a WooLee winder for it! My Lendrum will be living at Abi's house for awhile. Guess I better get spinning on all the half filled bobbins! :)

In other news, check out what I've set up!! Click on my banner to check out my etsy shop!

Eye Candy Thursday


Crystal chandeliers in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.

I miss Paris. :)

Friday, January 12, 2007

Bit of Fiber


DSC06388, originally uploaded by eksrn2002.

Here's a bit of fiber eye candy to get me through the next day of work. This is a picture of my homework from the Spinning II class. I'm handcarding the fiber in preparation to spin.

This weekend I'll show you my Christmas present to myself! And tell you what I'm getting myself for my birthday in March!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

I hate ice.

I usually go for light ice or no ice in drinks...

I have no ice cubes in my freezer right now, and that's ok.

On my way to work tonight? I totally spun out on the road next to my apartment going down hill to get onto I-5. Was thisclose to hitting another car. All I remember is saying a bunch of 4 letter words... Winston's ok, thankfully.

While I was waiting for the light to change, the car behind me slid on the ice and was thisclose to hitting me! Ack!

I hate ice! Why won't it melt!

I bet it will be worse in the am with our forcasted 20 degree low tonight. :-(

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Almost done

It's been an exciting week around here in Knitting RN land! First, I got approved for a vacation next month so I can see my Mom (good), went on a date (good), had migranes (bad--I've never had one before), and watched my college football team win (REALLY good!). Bet you're wondering what's almost done...

Just the Equestrain Jacket...

All main pieces are knit and seamed, button installed, just waiting on me to get off my lazy butt and do the edgings on the collar and lower hem. She'll also need some aggressive blocking of the collar for it to lie properly.

What's been taking my attention? The lovely Nantucket Jacket. I'm all about the jackets this winter. :)

It's being knit in the yarn called for, Berrocco Pure Merino. Other than it being a bit splitty, I'm LOVING working with this yarn. I'm also thinking about stashing a bunch I love it so much. :) I'm working on the bust increases now.

And Eunny finishing the Venezia Pullover in 5 days? Dude. I've worked on the pullover for a good part of two days, and all I have to show for it is the body hem, and 4 rows of colorwork. The Venezia Pullover will is going to be a long term project.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Sunday, January 07, 2007

GO GATORS!!



Good luck to my boys on Monday!

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