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Eww!

Went for some scrap yarn in the older section of the stash the other day. Suddenly, MOTHS!!!

I was horrified! They were all over one skein in particular. Some alpaca silk from a local ranch. (To be fair, it did look dirty when I pulled it off the clearance shelf, and I probably should have washed it as soon as I got it home.) I pulled it out and shook all the disgusting little bugs off outside. I checked the rest of the stash, and except for one ball of novelty acrylic, all seemed well.

I washed the alpaca, letting it soak over night. Once it was dry I wound it up so I could survey the damage. A few breaks, but not nearly as bad as expected. If I can get over the ick factor, I can totally knit with it.

Over a year or two I gathered about 1000 yards of matching yarn from the ranch, including some roving that I hand spun to match it. Now I’m just wondering what I should knit with it.

Living in Southern California, I really don’t need super warm shawls or sweaters. The yarn is really to delicate for a blanket though. Anyone have suggestions?

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What I’m Not Knitting

The chevron baby blanket plugs along (as blankets usually do), and I’m starting to day dream about other projects I’d like to start.  My sister is expecting a little boy in early November, so there is another blanket waiting in the wings, not to mention a few unfinished objects that got tossed aside during the move.  We’re going to pretend those aren’t there right now.

What I really want is something in linen!

Living in Southern California, and having the total lack of winter we had last year, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to knit with things other than 100% wool sometimes.  As much as I love my wool, and all things wolly, there just aren’t enough cold days in our year to add more wool accessories to the mix.  (I know those of you in colder climates are just crying for me.)

I’ve had my eye on the Summer Scarf ever since spying it at Two Sisters and Ewe during the San Diego yarn crawl last year.

Summer Scarf by Janet Avila

Summer Scarf by Janet Avila

I’m also contemplating my first knit top, and the Silken Straw Summer Sweater looks perfectly summery, and not at all deceptive!  I’m just sure I’ll look perfectly fit and flattered in it.  (Just let me hang onto my delusions until I’ve knit it.)

Silken Straw Summer Sweater by Purl Soho

Silken Straw Summer Sweater by Purl Soho

For now, it’s all the chevron I can handle.  ON TO THE BLANKET!!!

 

 

It was a Fiesta!

Wow, sorry I’ve been kind of MIA lately.  Turns out preparing for my first fiber event (not to mention entertaining a busy 1-year-old) is exhausting!

I’m happy to report that for my first event, it was great!  I met a lot of awesome people, and some of them even liked and bought my yarn! 😀  Big shout out to Candy Skien and Oink Pigments, who were not only lovely neighbors, but really awesome ladies with lots of tips for this newbie!

I had another bout of camnesia, and only snagged a few pictures all weekend… regrettably all of my own booth haha.

The booth, day one!

The booth, day one!

Those awesome stuffed Lazer Sheep are courtesy of my mom’s awesome sewing skills!

And here’s a little sneak peak of what will be coming to the Etsy shop, as soon as I get a chance to properly photograph them…

Buttons!!!

Buttons!!!

New colorways plus BUTTONS!!!  Each skein of yarn will now be coming with a button of their colorway namesake!  I’m super excited about them, and I’ve loved drawing them all up, so I hope you all enjoy them too 😀

Now, I’m having a little break, knitting on my Aloha Sheep hat (using my new knitting bag from Slipped Stitch Studios), and ordering more blank yarn so I can fill some custom orders.  Hope you all had a nice weekend.  What have you been working on?

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A Very Full Weekend

We are all moved into my sister’s place, if not at all unpacked.  And, lucky me, I have a hubby who let me run off to a yarn crawl that spanned the whole weekend and then some!

The SD Yarn Crawl went Thursday through Sunday and covered nearly all of San Diego!   I missed Thursday since that was the day we moved the bulk of our stuff.  Friday, after another full day of moving I managed to grab my husband, Little, and my grandparents to go check out A Simpler Time Alpacas & Mill, which was conveniently close to my grandparents’ house!  Did I remember to bring my camera, yes.  Did I remember to get it out and take any pictures once I was there, no 😦

Either way, it was really interesting, and probably my favorite stop of the crawl!  They showed us all the machines they use to clean and process the fiber, and, we got to pet and feed some super cute alpacas!!!  I never knew they made the cutest little noises!  I don’t even know what to compare it to haha, but it was a lot of fun, and I got a pretty little hank of alpaca yarn.

Saturday morning (still with camnesia), while Little napped, my sister came with me to Two Sisters and Ewe and Yarn and Thread Expressions.  They are my closest yarn shops, and I always really like their selections.  Super nice ladies that work at both.

It was supposed to be hot that afternoon, so I convinced Josh to go to a few more locations on the crawl with me before heading to the old apartment to grab some of the left over stuff.  We hit up Yarns at Border Leather, The Grove, and The Needlecraft Cottage.

Border Leather had floor to ceiling yarn in one room, and bolts of leather in another!  Lots of pretty things, and very good prices.  One lady, sadly two steps ahead of me, found a whole package of angora yarn on clearance for $5!  $5!!!!!

The Grove was also a super cute book store in a neighborhood called South Park.  It’s a great part of town, and it even had an ice cream shop next door.

The Needlecraft Cottage is in Pacific Beach, a great little beach neighborhood with lots of restaurants and bars.  They had all kinds of needle crafts (no kidding!) including cross stitch and embroidery.  I ended up with a super cute pair of sheep earrings from them.  In their parking lot was The Yarnover Truck too!

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I fell on my credit card a little bit and splurged on a pretty hank of Indigo Dragonfly Merino Single Lace in Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock.  I LOVE IT!  Can’t wait to find a pattern for it 😀

Sunday Little, my sister, and our grandparents met up again to cover the last shops on our list, and I even managed to take a few pictures this time!

First stop of the day, La Dolce Vida Alpacas.

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A nice little ranch way out in the middle of nothing and dirt roads.  If you venture there, check their websites directions first!   It became well-known that GPS lies when trying to get there.  Their alpacas were a little flighty, but we did get to pet some BIG pups (I think they are great pyrenees, but I didn’t actually ask).

Yarning for You had some beautiful shawls and scarfs all over their shop, showing off their yarn selection.  They even had a whole section of baby knits that were to die for!

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We maybe had a little too much fun there 😉

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We kind of rushed through the last two shops, to get home in time for Little to have dinner.  Common Threads and The Black Sheep I could have stayed in for DAYS!  There was so much yarn!!!  They just had bookshelves of yarn that kept going and going!  I can’t wait to have some extra fiber funds to go back there.

SAM_1266It was a great weekend, and my first ever crawl!  I hope I get a chance to do more!

How was your weekend?

 

Wow…

Okay, so nearly a month with no post.  I guess things have been a little nuts around here.  Lots of traveling for the hubby means not a lot of blogging time for me.  I swear Little is the busiest kid I’ve ever met!  Even at only 7 months, she pretty much requires constant entertaining/corralling.  Not sure if that’s going to get worse or better.

On that note, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there!  I hope you all had great ones!  In honor of that, I’m going to share the gift that I gave to the mamas in my life, and how to make them yourself!  (Cue terrarium how-to I was supposed to post months ago…)

 

You can see my big terrarium in the background.

You can see my big terrarium in the background.


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Okay, they aren’t terrariums in the traditional sense (covered), but you can use this method for those too!

Step 1:  Find yourself a suitable container.  It can be pretty much anything, pot, vase, maison jar, old candy dish, anything that strikes your fancy.  (Tip:  If you have cats, or any other critters that like to eat your plants, I’d go with something that has high sides, like a wide mouth flower vase.  That way you can put the plants deep in the container where said critters can’t reach them.)

Step 2:  Put in a good handful of gravel.  Succulents (and most other plants for that matter) are going to need good drainage.  This will give the excess water someplace to go if your container doesn’t have its own drainage.

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Step 3:  Add dirt.  Easy enough.  Just a thin layer to start.

The ever helpful Leah, and the "garden" in the background.

The ever helpful Leah, and the “garden” in the background.

Step 4:  Add plants!  Succulents work best, in my experience (black thumb, right here!), but you can get pretty creative.  Just make sure they are plants that will do well in the environment you want to keep them in.  I arranged my plants in the dish, then filled in  around them with extra dirt to keep them secure.  (Tip:  If you’re getting your plants from a nursery or big box store, double-check how many plants are actually in each pot.  You usually end up with multiple stems that should be separated for the health of the plants, and hey, bonus plants!!!)

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Step…: Water your plants, and place them in an appropriately sunny area.  You can stop here, or move on to the bonus round 😀

BOUNUS ROUND!!!  If you’re feeling creative, once the dirt has dried a little, brush off any extra dirt from the plants leaves.  I like to use an old paint brush for this.  Then, gather up some colored sand, pretty rocks, moss, or anything else you think would be fun and let the decorating begin!

I LOVED the glass chunks I found at Pigment!

I LOVED the glass chunks I found at Pigment!

I’m lucky in San Diego to have a really cute shop at my disposal with TONS of terrarium supplies.  You can order most of their stuff on-line too!  www.shoppigment.com  I got most of my plants, all the sand, moss, and decorative glass bits from there.  They also carry air plants, which I’m slowly getting obsessed over.  Those will definitely make an appearance in my next terrarium!

So, make one, give one, cover your house with them!  Just have fun!!!

What kind of do it yo-self gifts made the rounds in your family this Mother’s Day?

 

 

Not Done

Ya, big surprise there!  It didn’t help any that I didn’t realize that Saturday is TOMORROW!  Especially seeing as how the only way I’ve been getting knitting done the last few days has been like this…

Sorry for the bad cell picture, camera wasn't handy :/

Sorry for the bad cell picture, camera wasn’t handy :/

I swear she’s going to learn to knit before she can talk.

I did the math, and it looks like I’ve got about 50 looooong rows to go.  Which seriously sounds like too many.  Then again, I don’t math very well.  I’m also not totally sure I have enough yarn to make it there, and I know that it’s not going to get anywhere near done by morning.  It will probably be 85 and sunny tomorrow any how.

I am probably the slowest knitter in history though, especially considering how long I’ve actually been knitting.  The bum wrist doesn’t help that any either.  With the ever growing Little Sheep to carry around, I’ve been wearing my oh so sexy wrist brace almost 24/7 these days.  I had once found a list of wrist and finger stretches for knitters.  Apparently I need to start those up again.  For now, I’ll just continue on at my snail’s pace.

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On a shop note, I’m about to order some more blank yarn to dye up.  I’m trying to decide to get more of the same merino wool/nylon blend sock yarn (which I do love!, but wool during a San Diego summer, not so much), or, to branch out into some more warm weather yarns like silk or linen.  Any suggestions or favorites?

And Then…. Distraction!

I’ve found myself distracted from my distraction.  My sister is getting married in March and, considering how much of it we’re doing ourselves, it’s crunch time!  I’ve been playing the bad guy to get my sister to make some tough decisions about dresses and decorations (I love her, but she’s having a hard time with the decision-making).  I may have also just hijacked the center pieces…

The center piece hijacking is really our brother’s fault.  He got me a terrarium for Christmas.  Then last week we went to the cute little shop where he got it, so I could pick out my plants.  The shop is called Pigment (the website lists furniture and stuff, but the shop is smaller than that).  It’s super cute and had a ton of terrarium supplies!  I managed to put this together for myself…

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(Please ignore my barren back yard.  It doesn’t get much sun, and it’s really only used for the pups to poop in.  We’re trying to change that.)

My sister saw my it and thought it would make a cute center piece, so I ran with it.  She already had a bunch of mason jars, so we’re going to use them to make mini terrariums!  We got a bunch of cute succulents from Pigment, and a handful from Home Depot 😡 to fill in.

I love the variety!

I love the variety!

My sister's favorites

My sister’s favorites

The set of 3 cacti are called "Red Headed Irishmen," ha!

The set of 3 cacti are called “Red Headed Irishmen,” ha!

I might have a slight obsession, which I’m happily passing on to my sister!  😀  Of corse, because of this new obsession, the little booties for the Little Sheep, look like this *blush*

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