A blog about my life, knitting, and other stuff.

March 5, 2015

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

I don't know what's crazier, that these were for sale on Etsy or that someone bought them?




March 2, 2015

February 26, 2015

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

We're having an unusually mild winter here in Seattle but I know that's not the case for the rest of the country. You may be yearning for springtime, color, flowers. Let's just not get too carried away though.





February 25, 2015

Busting the Fiber Stash Too

My obsession for using up all my little bits has extended to my spinning fiber. I used up the final bits of superfine merino and plied it with some corriedale cross that I bought about a decade ago. I spun the singles softly and  on the thicker side and then slightly over-plied them. The spinning went so fast!

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I've also been clearing out any bits left on bobbins. Just grabbing two or three and plying them together. These skeinlets are only 15-20 yards each. Most of the singles have been on bobbins for so long I don't even know what they are.

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This is a 2-ply light fingering weight from left over singles from my first fleece. I used most of the singles to make a 3-ply and knit Linney last year. There's about 225 yards.

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I still have a tiny bit of this corriedale on a bobbin but other than that all my storage bobbins are empty! Now I need to decide what to spin next. And what to make with all this yarn. 

February 22, 2015

One Hour Crazy Cowl

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Pattern: Very loosely based on this Drop Stitch Cowl
Yarn: Leftover bits of superfine merino from various spinning classes spun thick/thin, approximately 70 yards
Needles: US13 Addi Turbos
Notes: This took less than an hour to knit. I cast on 30 stitches, knit two garter ridges then around of drop stitches with a single wrap, one garter ridge then round of drop stitches with a double wrap, two garter ridges then round of drop stitches with a single wrap, two garter ridges then bound off.

February 19, 2015

Tried spinning super bulky thick/thin last night with leftover bits of merino. It was pretty fun. #handspun #rosekimknits



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Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?



What the hell is this?

  1. A couple of  mice in love.
  2. Two 'possums sniffing each other.
  3. A pair of canoodling deer.
  4. Marty Feldman reincarnated as a fox.

February 17, 2015

Blue Bell Hill Scarf





Pattern: Blue Bell Hill Scarf by Jocelyn Tunney
Yarn: Manos Wool Clasica
Needle: US9 Addi Long-Tip Lace Clicks
Notes: I changed the pattern to 51 stitches since this yarn is pretty bulky and the original makes an incredibly wide scarf. I knit the pattern and then ad libbed until I ran out of yarn. It's pretty short. I might sew the ends together and make it a huge cowl but it's workable as a scarf too. This pattern is really easy and a great way to use odds and ends. 

February 16, 2015

Intarsia in the Round

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On Friday morning at Madrona I took Anne Berk's Intarsia in the round class. It was just three hours and we got started on what was supposed to be a bag. I used four shades of Cascade 220 (it's really loose because I was using size 8 needles).
The technique is actually pretty simple...until it's not. I could knit along happily until I a mistake would pop up and then it took lots of concentration and muttering to myself to correct the error. And being me, instead of a bag I made a hat. I think the swirly decreases look really fun.
This is a toddler-sized hat. It's 64 stitches and only 32 grams of yarn.

ETA: I forgot to mention that there is a Craftsy class from Anne that covers this technique as well as basic intarsia.