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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 😉

 

So, this happened…

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I happened to mention that I would like a yarn baller for my birthday this year.  This guy is a result of that conversation with my husband.

 

That is all.

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!)

Little by little

Big things are happening!  Just very slowly.

I’ve got so many balls (of yarn!) in the air right now, that I’m having a hard time keeping track of it all.

Another project from my trip has been completed, the Tardis infinity scarf!  Of corse in my excitement I gave it to my friend without taking any finished pictures of it :/  (Pattern to come, I swear!)

I started knitting my Summer Blooms Shawl from Interweave Knits, using my alpaca paint from the trip!  I had to frog it twice and have only a newly cast on edge to show for all my work.  (Cast on edge is 417 stitches!!!)

The Christmas list has been started, because THIS will be the year all my knitted gifts are finished…  just like last year.

There are some super fun things coming to the shop!  New dyeing is all planned out, I just need to find time to work on it.

I (might) be doing a small fiber festival locally in October!  (Currently I’m first on the wait list and debating over how much prep I should actually do.)

On top of all of that, we are having to move the beginning of October.  The plan was to buy a place, but due to some personal things we will be free loading it at my sister’s for a bit as we have to leave our current apartment (they discovered how many pets we have, oops.)

A long to do list might help me break down how to accomplish all these things in a timely manner.  I can’t think of any other way.  How do you all stay organized?

Since I don't have any wooly pictures, here's one from our trip taken at Cape Flattery, the furthest North West point in the continental US!

Since I don’t have any wooly pictures, here’s one from our trip taken at Cape Flattery, the furthest North West point in the continental US!

The LOOT!

Ooooo, ahhhhh

Ooooo, ahhhhh

This trip made my stash grow significantly.  I managed to get my family to allow me to stop at SEVEN different yarn/fiber shops over the corse of our three-week track!  😀  I was so excited!  I only have 2 local yarn shops, and I don’t make it out to them as often as I’d like (probably good for the pocket-book though).

The first shop was The Naked Sheep in Portland, OR where I picked up some much sought after Alpaca Lace Paint for a shawl, and some pretty Ultra Prima Quatro Cotton for a sweater for Little.

Wrong time of day for a pic :/

Wrong time of day for a pic :/

Super cute little shop, and conveniently for me, located just 2 blocks from a bottle shop that kept my brother and dad busy while my mom and I squished some yarn.  😉

Next up, I continued to feed my lace addiction with a little hank of Baby Silkpaca at Yellow House Yarns in Puyallup, WA.  Other locations in Washington held wonderful locally dyed wool, which I happily snatched up.  Diva Yarn in Port Townsend,
WA offered up that lovely little bat of blue green alpaca/mohair, locally hand dyed by Eaglemount Fiber (sadly no web site).

In Port Angelus, WA I turned a corner to see this…

Pretty yarn flowers!

Pretty yarn flowers!

Then this…

Yarn covered statue!

Yarn covered statue!

Then this…

Random yarn shop!  Score!

Random yarn shop! Score!

This was the only yarn shop that found me before I tried to look it up on my phone!  haha

Cabled Fiber Studio was full of beautiful yarns and fibers, lovely people, and a very sweet rescued greyhound (I’m sad to say I can’t recall her name)!  I picked up a lovely braid of 80% merino 20% silk that was dyed locally by Rain City Fiber Arts.  It was so soft and pretty, that, as you can see, I didn’t even wait to get home before I started spinning it up.  I don’t know what I’m going to make with it, but whatever it will be will definitely be soft and snuggly!

Spinning!

Rain City Fiber Arts, Eaglemount Fiber, and The Village Spinning and Weaving Shop

The North Coast Knittery in Eureka, CA was full of luxury yarn!  I’ve never seen so many pretty things!  They had a kit to knit a teddy bear, that came with 100% angora, and 100% cashmere yarns!  Sadly most of the prettyness was out of my price range, so I picked up a sweet little ball of Kidsilk Haze.

Monterey Bay was where I found my last custom yarn.  My family went to park the car, and ended up right in front of The Twisted Stitch (which I was going to try to bribe them to go to later any how haha)!  Dawn, the owner, was just as nice as she could be, and told me that while sadly nothing was made locally (You hear that people in Monterey!  Get on it!) that HPKY hand dyed colors just for her shop.  Each color was unique, and soooo pretty.  I decided to try to bust out of my ongoing “blue” theme and picked up that lovely hank of orange/purple sock yarn (1 hank is enough for a whole pair of socks!).

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L-R top row first: Ultra Prima Quatro, HPKY sock, Kidsilk Haze, Alpaca Lace Paint, Baby Silkpaca,

 

The last stop I got to make was in Solvang, CA at The Village Spinning and Weaving Shop.  Some of you may recall that is where my hand spun hat started out, as just a little ball of wool.

Ahh, full circle.

Ahh, full circle.

In honor of that, I picked up some undyed BFL top, to turn into something beautiful.

It was a long and wonderful trip, and we did get to see a lot more than yarn shops (there were breweries too!), but I’ll save some of those pictures for another time.  Has anyone else gone on any adventures this summer?

 

 

Finally!

I have a few hat pictures for you!

It took a lot of driving, but I found some places with weather (sort of) cool enough for me to bust out my hand spun hat and wear it in public!

Yesterday it took its maiden voyage to the Ninkasi brewery in Eugene, Oregon. (Sadly not my taste in beer, but my brother loved their bitter beer selection.)

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Then, today in Portland, we made a stop by The Naked Sheep and picked up a few pretties for some future projects.

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It was too dark for pictures of the new yarn when we got back to camp, but hopefully I can post some tomorrow. It was a great little shop, and the lady at the counter was extremely friendly, which got me thinking… Does anyone have any Seattle yarn shops that they would suggest? I do love them so, and can’t wait to check out more on this trip!

Preparation

I’m trying to organise my knitting (and thoughts in general) for our upcoming road trip.  I have my Sea Bands to hopefully ward off any potential motion sickness, and several patterns.

I’ve decided that hats would be something fairly easy to work on while in the car.  I also decided to knit said hats for Knots of Love (we don’t really go through a ton of hats around here).  Per their required yarn list, I will be stash busting A TON of Carron Simply Soft that I came across while trying to organize all my craftiness.

For these hats I’m taking along two patterns:

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Then, just to shake things up a bit I’m going to use the Tardis chart from Bigger on the Inside by Kate Atherley to make a nice scarf for a friend 🙂

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(I love that as soon as I had printed up the pattern and put it with my stuff to be packed, my friend actually requested this as a Christmas gift haha!)

I may yet also pack up a pair of socks as I’m trying to teach myself to knit them two at a time with the magic loop.  That sounds like a lot of knitting haha.  (…oooo maybe I’ll bring the spindle too…)  What are your go to travel knitting patterns?

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?

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Well Rats…

20130706-222142.jpgTonight was supposed to be so much easier than this!  I had just gotten my new interchangeable circulars in the mail, but they are the wrong size!!!

As you can see, I am attempting to cope with the cards I have been delt.  Of corse, it is all my fault.  I didn’t double check the size of the dpns I had been using when I ordered my new circulars.  Now, I must keep plodding along on my hat (made of my new hand spun!!!) on dpns that can barley keep all the stitches on.  *sigh*  Guess I’ll be finishing this hat before I head off on our road trip.

On a good note, I’m loving my hand spun!  I got 110 yards out of 1/2 a pound of random wool (can’t remember what it is for the life of me), and I still have another 1/2 pound of hand dyed fluff to spin up.  Unless someone steals this hat from me, that other 1/2 pound may end up in my Etsy shop 😀

What projects are keeping you up tonight?

A Puzzle

In a few weeks I’m heading on a road trip with my family!  Little will be coming with me, sadly Josh will be busy with work.  We’re joining my parents, brother, grandparents, and aunt and uncle.  We’ll be heading from San Diego all the way to Seattle and back in 3 RVs over about 3 weeks.  I have high hopes for all the knitting I could potentially get done (if I  can keep the car sickness at bay…).

In planning what knitting to bring, I came across some hanks of yarn that I just can’t decide on the right project for.  This hank of beautiful natural alpaca, straight from a ranch here in East San Diego, I’m having an especially hard time deciding on.

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It took a lot of effort to make this not look like poo… but it still kind of does :/

It’s 320 yards of fingering weight yarn.  It’s yummy and soft, with a bit of a scraggly halo.  I’m thinking hat, but I just can’t seem to find the right pattern.  If it was yours, what would you be knitting with it?

This next one is more of a puzzle.  In my cleaning up the last few days I came across a bag of my mother-in-law’s old crafting stuff, including the very beginning of what looks to be her first knitting.  Sadly she passed away after a long battle with breast cancer in 2010, so I really want to keep the little bit she knit intact, little mistakes and all 🙂

Diane's first knitting <3

Diane’s first knitting ❤

The only wrench in this, is that I don’t really want to knit a garder stitch scarf.  The yarn seems to be cotton of some sort, no label so I don’t know how much yardage.  I really don’t want to frog what she knit, so I’m potentially knitting something with a garder border I guess.  So any suggestions on this would be greatly appreciated too.

Anyone have any fun summer trips coming up?  What will you be knitting during your free time this summer (and I hope you all have some at least!)?