Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Random updates.

Well.. I need to post more often! I'm on the stinkin computer every day, so I really have no excuse!

I signed up for the Newbie Craft Swap on Craftster. I'm so excited! My parter seems awesome and I've already started on my first craft for her. :) But no previews! I won't post or give away anything I've made until she's recieved her package. :)

I have been doing some more spinning although not much.. I did a couple of practice mini skeins and another navajo ply.. I'll get pics soon.
Hmm.. what else? I STILL havent' picked up my Sahara t continue on it yet.. and I've been playing with Sugar n Cream cotton yarn lately trying to make dishcloths.. why? I have no idea!

Eep. I have to rescue the fluffy kitty from a box now.. lol Don't ask how he got stuck in there, I dont even know!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Things that happen when I get bored...

I make hats for the cat. Oh yes. Well.. A hat technically...

Actually, there's a crochet challenge on craftster for animal themed hats. You can either make a hat with an animal on it, in the shape of an animal, or for an animal. I had nothing to do today so I made one for Kilala.

She's thrilled, really she is.. lol

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Ramblings and spinning practice


I tired and I really should get to work on some projects. Actually what I want to do is spin some more.. but I really need to get to work on a baby blanket I'm crocheting for my aunt. It's actually for her to give to a friend as a gift.. She doens't know how to knit or crochet and asked me to do it.. so I said yes. I wasn't going to say no.. that would have been rude. Anyways, it's just a giant granny square (or will be once I finish it!) in alternating stripes of pastel green and pale yellow. I think I'm using some kind of Bernat's Baby yarn.. and I knwo it's being crocheted with a G hook.. other than that, I'm kind of lacking in the specifics area. And no pics yet. It's not really big enough to validate picture taking yet. Or maybe I'm just too lazy and the lighting's really bad right now.

I also really REALLY need to get back to knitting my Sahara .. I still haven't touched it and I really want to finish it. I keep getting distraced by other things. But I'd like to be able to say that I finally finished a sweater. And perhaps I can finish it before it's too warm to wear sweaters anymore? What I should have done was start it in the summer so it would be completed by winter and I'd actually be able to wear it. lol This is assuming that it'll be wearable by the time I'm done. XD

So what have I actually accomplished since my last post? Not that much to be honest. lol I played with some of the lovely mohair I got off of ebay and spun appx 40 yds of laceweight yarn. And I also spun up a small bit of the Brown Sheep mill ends I also got from ebay . Only got about 13 yds of a single from that. I just wanted to see how they would spin up. I used my new Louet spindle for both of them. I really really need to look into getting a wheel....
mohair (colors are off.. bad lighting and all..)

mill ends (still more bad lighting.. *sigh*)

Friday, February 09, 2007

First Navajo Ply!


I'm tired. I should actually be in bed.. especially seeing as I have work tomorrow morning.. but what am I doing instead? Watching "Good Eats" of Food Network and posting a blog. If you hadn't noticed, I'm not all that bright sometimes... lol I know the second my head hits that pillow, I'm going to be wide awake anyways.. oh well.

So I managed to spin my first navajo plied skein yesterday! It's only about 30 yds, but I'm just so darn excited. Roving came from mainewoodsyarn. I really love her rovings. :D I used the pretty blue one and I am absolutely thrilled at how the colors spun up. It's just so pretty!

I can't wait to spin more of this so I have enough finished yarn for a project. :D

And I can't wait for my tax return! Cause I really REALLY want to buy a wheel.. just have to decide what my budget is going to be and what I'm going to want. And where I'm going to be able to put it.. lol Hopefully the cats won't chew it either. One seems to be utterly fascinated with my spindles.. when they're sitting on the desk. And the other is having a grand time chewing and drooling on my balls of pre drafted roving when I set them aside. I swear, I can't turn my back on them for a second! lol

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Two more finished Calorimetries.. and more spinning.

One of the girls at my work really liked the Calo I had knit for myself and asked if I could make her one since she doens't know how to knit, only crochet. She's awesome, so of course I said ok.. but I ended up making two for her instead of one, cause I couldn't decide on which yarn I wanted to use!

Both of them together:

Calo #1
Knit from Filatura di Crosa 127 Print yarn.
Alterations: 88 sts co instead of 120, 11 short row repeats instead of 15.

Calo #2
Knit from JoAnn Sensations Casual Elegance Collection Celebration yarn,
Alterations: 92 sts co instead of 120, 7 short row repeats instead of 15.

I've also finished my mohair and plied it. I love the way it feels. And it's super fuzzy. Unfortunatly I wasn't bright enough to write down the yardage I got and I can't remember. It was either 27 or 37.. lol I'm a dumbass sometimes. I wanted to do more, but my tiny spindle just wasn't having any of it. So I didn what I could and I still have slightly less than half of the fiber I originally started out with. And I won more from the same ebay seller so that'll be coming in the mail soon.. I can't wait to play with it. :D

I also got my silk hankies in the mail the other day and dove right into those. They're a little difficult for me to work with, but they're fun! And I loooove the colors. The only thing that really drives me nuts is that they stick to my hands like crazy! I spun about half of the pink ones I got and I'll probably do the rest later this week. I managed to get appx 13 yds. I couldn't believe how soft it turned out to be! Now if I could only get the drafting right....

Friday, February 02, 2007

Knit from your Stash 2007

I found this nifty site... and it's like it says.. knit from your stash for 2007.

I'm totally in for this since I obviously uh.. have a *coughs* spending habit... or something...

I fI can stick to this, I'll be ok! lol And I'll be able to ge thtough my 6+ bins of yarn. Oy.

The rules on the site are:

Knit From Your Stash 2007:
1. The Knit-From-Your-Stash-a-Thon will start January 1, 2007 and run through September 30, 2007 -- a period of nine months.
2. We will not buy any yarn during that period, with the following exceptions:
2.a. Sock yarn does not count. What? You think we are made of stone?
2.b. If someone asks for a specific knitted gift that we really and truly do not have the yarn for, we may buy yarn to knit that gift.
2.c. If we are knitting something and run out of yarn, we may purchase enough to complete the project.
2.d. We each get one "Get Out of Jail Free" card -- we are each allowed to fall off the wagon one time.
3. We are allowed to receive gifts of yarn.
4. Trading stash is allowed.
5. Spinning fiber of any sort is exempt.

The only thing I'll change is the date.. so I'll start mine feb 1 and go til oct 31.. O_o What a challenge!