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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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Oops

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?

Deadline Swiftly Approaching!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween last night!  I’ve been neglecting the blog again to play with yarn (but who could blame me really?).

There’s a baby coming!  That means there’s a blanket in the works.  The shower for said baby is next weekend.  The parents-to-be don’t live super far from us, but it’s far enough that I want to make sure they have their blanket for when he arrives, so I’m knitting my little heart out every chance I get.  The only reason I have a minute to blog now is because I left my knitting at my parents’ house after all the Halloween festivities last night.  I am not a fast knitter, and I need to be working on this blanket every spare minute I have, so a retrieval mission is set for this afternoon.

I’m using the OpArt blanket pattern, which I’m LOVING so far.  I had a few others in mind, but when my husband saw OpArt he said it looked just like a tattoo that the daddy-to-be had, and that it was the one!  I think that’s as good a reason as any 🙂

I’ve also been playing with NEW yarn!  I want to expand my line of hand dyed yarns to include some different weights.  This is my heap of trial yarn to see what I like.  And bonus, all of it is made in the USA!!!

So much wooly goodness!

So much wooly goodness!

I’ve been in love with hand dyed single ply yarn lately, and in this heap there’s a very nice one in a lace weight.  There’s also a squishy soft superwash Marino bulky that I can’t wait to knit something up with!

What is your favorite type of yarn to knit with?

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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Eeee!!!

I have brought her to the woolly side! This, is my sister’s first knitting! I couldn’t even wait until I had decent light to post it!

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She has already said that knitters should be selling their stuff for way more because of all the work and love put in, and when her husband went to bed, she said, “Just one more row.”  !!!  One of us!  One of us!  Haha I couldn’t be more proud!

Tomorrow night we have another date to sit and knit, and then she wants to go to a yarn shop to pick out her own yarn for a project (this was something I had sitting in the stash).

Please send her luck, and lots of good knitting juju 🙂

 

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?

 

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 😉

 

Stash Busted!

I was trying to explain the concept of stash busting to my husband this morning, while we were discussing the fact that I should be working on Christmas gifts by now.  I was telling him that I needed a few, new, specific yarns for some of the projects.  He said I should be using what I have, which is true.  I have a lot.  Trouble is, that it’s mostly acrylic from when I first started knitting again.  This is were the fact that I am now a yarn snob really does me a disservice.

I said to him that I would try and stash bust as much as I could this year.  He joked, “Good, or I’ll have to stash bust you!”  He then explained that by “stash bust” he meant that he had found my stash and was going to mess with it.

So, if your significant other happens to find your stash (and apparently disapproves) you are “Stash Busted!”

This is my stash.  It is not large, it is not organized.

This is my stash. It is not large, it is not organized.

I am officially stash busted, and I’ve shown you mine, now it’s your turn to show me yours!  What does your stash look like?  Will you be diving into it this holiday season?  (I know, why would I scare you into thinking about the holidays right now?  It’s because we only have 114 knitting days left people!)