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Ya, so obviously I’ve been a bit of a blog slacker for the last, oh, 6 months *blush* sorry bout that.

We’ve gained a condo, lost a dog, remodeled, took up extra projects, and are finally coming back around on the other side.  Mostly.  My free time is usually spent like this…

I'm not sure why she likes to stack toys on me.

I’m not sure why she likes to stack toys on me.

I swear this just happens when Little and I “play.”  Of corse she also likes to “help” when I’m attempting to knit as well.

Sly face!

Sly face!

So as you can probably tell, things are slow going.  I’m hoping to get the dye pots out of boxes in the next week.  In the mean time, here’s my first batches of hand spun that have come off my new wheel!

On our sunny new balcony!

On our sunny new balcony!

Dyed, spun, and chain plied by me!!!

Dyed, spun, and chain plied by me!!!

So much pretty <3

So much pretty ❤

New Blanks!

My shipment of new blanks showed up! It’s a bulky washable merino wool, and it’s made in the USA! I’m super excited!

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The new company I’m ordering from is also supplying the wool/yarn for the 2014 USA Winter Olympic team!  How cool is that?!

There’s also a sampling of some merino wool which I will hopefully be adding to my Etsy shop as well.  I’m going to start dying it up ASAP (with dye made in the USA as well!), as I will probably make a few quick Christmas gifts with it.

I’m also finally on Instagram!  Follow LazerSheepYarns for lots of yarny goodness!

What’s on your last-minute holiday knitting list this year?

Oh boy,

I’ve got a long morning ahead of me. This is 4 hanks worth of an experiment in gradient dying. While it did work, it was more involved than I’d planned, and now I have 872 yards to un tangle. Wish me luck!

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So much being done,

And yet so little to show for it so far.

I haven’t mentioned it yet, but I’m going to be participating in the Vista Fiber Arts Fiesta Oct 12-13!  I’m super excited since this will be my first fiber oriented fair!  I’ve been dying up yarn as fast as I can manage, and then, a weird thing happened.  I had a rush on the stock I had in my Etsy store!  I’ve nearly sold out!  While this is great, it means MORE DYING!  All this dying has meant less knitting and a lot less blogging.  I’m currently waiting on another shipment of blank yarn, so it’s time to catch up on the other stuff!

I started my Summer Blooms Shawl not to long ago.  It’s plugging along at about 2 rows a day.  This isn’t so bad considering each row is 417 stitches.

SAM_1151I’m a little over half way through the lace portion and have started decreases.  I’m loving this pattern so bad!  It’s the first time I’ve worked with beads in my knitting, and it’s way easier that you would think.  The best part is that I get to use that sweet little antique crochet hook.  It belonged to my husband’s great-grandmother!  It’s the tiniest hook I’ve ever seen, and I can’t believe she could actually crochet with it!  I’ve seen some of the lace she made with them (I have several of her old hooks) and someday I’ll have to post pictures of them.

There’s also been some Christmas knitting going on (102 days left!).  I started a nice chevron blanket.

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Still not sure exactly who will receive it come the holiday season, but at least I’m making progress on some gifts.  I’ve stash busted some Caron Simply Soft for it, but knitting to much is somehow rubbing my fingers a little raw.  Anyone else have that problem with acrylic?  It’s never bothered me before.

I’ve also started a scarf for my aunt.

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I’m not sure if I like it though.  I had wanted to do this pattern out of something with mohair in it, but I didn’t have any in white, and my aunt keeps saying how hard it is to find a white scarf.  This is some more acrylic from the stash.  It has a sort of pearled strand running through it, and the yarn itself is kind of bumpy.  Any of you have a better pattern you’d suggest?

It looks like my blanks have arrived!  So back to the kitchen with me.  I’ll have more fun shop updates soon 😉

 

Up Past My Bedtime

But it was worth it!  I finally finished my hand spun hat last night!

It’s had itself a bath…

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And spent today in a sunny spot to dry out, safe out of the reach of the cats.

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With any luck, even with the icky humidity lately, I will have a hat to wear tomorrow 😀  (Never mind the fact that it’s been at least in the 90’s here lately, and this hat is 100% wool.)

What projects of yours are so good they keep you up at night?

What a Slacker!

Ya, that whole thing about posting more… so much for that I guess.  I did however just have my 1 year blogaversary!  So yay to that!  Now if only I could get this baby schedule thing down so that I have time to not only post, but have the time to knit something TO blog about!

So, while I wait for that fantasy “sometime” to show up, here’s a picture I never posted of Josh’s finished hat and scarf!

He looks so happy :P

He looks so happy 😛

Sadly the scarf continues to roll up a bit on the sides, despite more than one blocking and ironing >:/

The hat, as you may recall, had the issue of being a tad too short.  Hence the funny cast off edge.  But, the boy wanted as plain a hat as I could make, so that’s what he got.  The set went with him on the last two cold weather trips of the gig, and I’m assuming *causeinevergotapicture* that they were worn.  Oh well, at least I think I knit him a useful gift.

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In shop news, Etsy did a funny thing and deleted all but one of my colorways…  Not sure what that was about, but “Stuck-in-Gum Sheep” (more hanks to come!) seems to be the favorite any way, and is still up and running.  Wonder what it is about the lovely pink that’s so appealing?  While I will get my original colorways back up ASAP, I also have some super fun NEW colorways coming, including some self striping!  And as always, I’m open to custom requests and suggestions 😀  Here’s hoping this will all happen in a timely manner.  😉

Sweet Freedom!

After an extremely long week, and an even longer wedding day, full of rain and thunder and flooding (by Southern California standards), I am finally free of wedding responsibilities!!!  Woot!  Through all the chaos, we did have a good time and my sister is now happily on her honeymoon.  Did I get pictures of the center pieces I worked so hard on, no.  Did I catch someone in the act of underage debauchery?  Oh yes I did!

Don't worry, it was empty, and she didn't have it but for a second

Don’t worry, it was empty, and she didn’t have it but for a second

So, to reward myself for all the hard work, I started a shawlette!  In “Baaad Sheep” no less!  😀

 

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I’m making it up a little as I go.  It will be crescent shaped, and fairly simple.  I’m going to play with the pattern and some graph paper and I’ll hopefully have a pattern up soon.

Loving the subtle color changes of "Baaad Sheep!"

Loving the subtle color changes of “Baaad Sheep!”

Eventually I’ll stop ignoring all my left over Christmas projects, but for now I’m enjoying the nice, bouncy shawl 🙂

Anyone have any projects that they’re extra pleased with these days?

 

Temptation

Now that I’ve aired all my unfinished objects out in the open… I’d really like to skip most of them.  At least until I’ve knit myself a pair of these.  I’ve become obsessed with knitting a pair of baby booties for Little Sheep.  One that she can really wear.  I did knit her a pair, exactly one year ago today.  I had just found out I was pregnant, but my husband was out-of-town for the weekend.  I had to keep that to myself for 5 DAYS!!!  To keep myself from spilling the beans to passers-by, I knit these.

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I used a multi colored, wool sock yarn I picked up on the fly from Michael’s, and this easy Magic Slippers pattern from Ravelry.

When my husband finally made it home, I presented them to him, to tell him we were pregnant 🙂  Still gives me the warm and fuzzies just thinking about it.

Anyway, Little Sheep never really wore those.  I wanted to keep them in good shape, for a scrap-book or something.  Plus they only really would have fit her in October, which is never a terribly cold month in Southern California.  Of corse now we’re colder than some places back East!  50’s during the day, 30’s at night!  Unheard of!  The Californians are freezing out here!  Little Sheep’s baby socks aren’t cutting it any more, so I think I’ll give into temptation and knit the new booties.  For my daughter’s well-being of corse.

Also, I’ve dyed up some wonderfully pink stuff for my Etsy shop, and I can’t very well sell it when I haven’t tried it out myself now can I?  So the decision is made!  Baby Booties!  Colorway “Stuck-in-Gum Sheep”!

"Stuck-in-Gum Sheep"

“Stuck-in-Gum Sheep”

Consider this a sneak peek into the Lazer Sheep hand dyed collection that will be available later this month.  I’m super excited about it!  Every colorway has its own sheep, with its own little personality 😀  Hopefully I’ll be adding buttons with the individual sheep on them at a later date.  For the time being I just need to finish up a few tiny things on the shop before it’s opened.  Anyone have suggestions for colorways they’d like to see in the future?

 

 

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Coming Soon!

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Super excited that my Etsy store will be opening this month!!! Now I just need a working keyboard so I can put up real posts…

Still Plugging Along…

It’s been a busy week.  Preparing for a baby and a major move takes a lot of time and effort.  Thankfully I have an amazing husband who’s doing most of the packing and heavy lifting for me 😉

In and amongst all the packing and finishing up of the baby registry, we have found a little time to spend doing fun stuff.  We’ve been trying to go out on date nights, and spend evenings with friends while our schedule is still our own.  We also managed one last trip over to Disneyland with my grandparents 😀

Grandma, Grandpa, Josh, and I with the “Storytellers” statue at DCA.

It was a perfect day, despite the heat.  Maybe not so much the heat as the humidity :P.  I have never sweat so much in my life (cute hu?)!  Most likely more a side effect of being super pregnant, and less about the actual weather, but there you go.  And can I just say, my grandparents can hang!  They’re still going on the likes of the Matterhorn and Radiator Springs Racers.  I can only hope to be like them when we are their age.  I myself sat out of those rides as obviously I am going to pop at any given moment.

Speaking of popping, just today I finally broke down and got my wedding ring CUT off, because my fingers have gotten too fat to take it off any reasonable way.  It broke my heart a little, but obviously, it was necessary.

Ouch!

Yes, I do always have short stubby fingers… it’s just gotten worse lately.  Pregnancy during summer = take your rings off early!

The stubby fingers may also be another reason I’m such a slow knitter.  I do however have progress on the blanket to show!

Can’t decide which picture is better (worse?).  The first picture has the more true color, but the second one is just a better set up, and it includes my awesome wrist brace.  Obviously I am still figuring out my new camera and all its fancyness.

I’m hoping to make the blanket 6X7 heart repeats.  So far I’m at 6X5.  That’s some really fast knitting for me, especially since I did have to dye up two more hanks of the yarn after underestimating myself the first time around.  Being off of work for now has provided me with a good chunk of time each day to work on it though, which I’m thankful for, and very much enjoying.  Hopefully the little girl will hold off at least a few more days while I finish up.