A good friend of mine is getting married December of 2011. Being a knitter, the first thing I thought about was, “OH. I can make her a shawl or something.” Well, she picked out Gail (aka Nightsongs), a beautiful, yet free pattern that she happened to pick out. Though I love lace, I do have a hard time connecting to knitting charts which most lace knitting patterns are written as. As luck would have it somebody actually created something called an “UNchart” which is sort of a part written and part charted pattern. It was love at first sight!
So, the yarn that Paula pick out is Sterling Silk and Silver by Kraemer Yarns in Tuxedo colorway (black). 63% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk, 15% Nylon, 2% Silver ~3.5 oz./ 100 Grams, approximately 420 Yards. This stuff is lovely. Real sterling silver threads run all through this stuff. Recently, Kraemer’s was forced to give up getting real silver threading because it’s getting harder and harder to get, so now they have some other fake material substituting for the silver…. SO, I am making this shawl, with one of the last skeins available with the sterling silver inside. Nice gift, eh!
I had completed the majority of the shawl when it got really hot this summer. Of course, I totally abandoned the project knowing I had plenty of time. About a week ago, I picked it back up and as of tonight, I’m up to the last 19 knitted rows for the edging. My eyes were giving me some problems at about 11pm, so I stopped for tonight and will resume tomorrow… I can’t wait to get this thing done, but I’m loving it and watching the leaves develop and I’m really looking forward to blocking this baby using my relatively new blocking wires. This will be the first project I’m using them for and excited…. Well, as excited as you can get, considering.
Yeah, I was pretty boring tonight, but I did want to document this shawl in some way and have been meaning to do it…. PLUS this will be the first post on my knitting blog in a LONG time, so it really was begging to be done.
Now for something really important. I have a wedding to go to at the end of March 2012 and I’m considering asking Paula if I could borrow her shawl… hee hee. We’ll see…. I have no idea what I’m wearing for that yet, but I do know that I don’t have any elegant piece like this to speak of in my wardrobe. After completing this one, I’ve got some serious Christmas knitting to start, so I can’t even whip out another shawl right now.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. ~1 Corinthians 13:2
Oh well, searching for this quote has pushed me past 12 midnight and so I’ve lost the post a day challenge. That’s okay, though, because I have love.
Just an update from yesterday’s post, A Little Wet Wool, Anyone? I’ve decided that the pattern for my freshly spun yarn will be the Chastain Park Shawl, published in L. Mariana Designs, which is a site online. Ravelers go here. I’ve chosen this one because the yardage given falls within my criteria and also the pattern is plain enough to show off the yarn. Ravelry has just installed a new pattern search that is the BOMB. Very cool. Anyone not at Ravelry should go there… NOW.
Not going to start it right away because, 1: I have two shawl/wrap projects going right now. 2: Want to wait until it’s cooler.
Okay, carry on…..
I’ll just say it once. “It’s been a while”. I’d like to say that without any apologies, but I do feel that I’ve let down whatever readership I had. Key word: h-a-d. I’m in a hard place right now and a lot of things are overwhelming my brain. Not that I was disciplined by any means, but I just can’t seem to get out of this haze I’m in most of the time. I do have my moments of clarity, but they are few and far between. I’ll be writing more about this particular aspect of my life in our parent blog, Dragonmommie’s World; but for right now, I want to show you all some of the things I’ve been doing in Yarnworld.
The most latest is this blackish/purpily/robin’s-egg bluish stuff that is hanging over my kitchen sink. I think I’ll name it… NO, I’ve already named it “Dragon Jewels”. The blue part was spun on a drop spindle and the rest on a spinning wheel my friend, Lisa, let me borrow. I am really loving the wheel and hope she doesn’t ask for it back any time soon…. hint… hint. I’m hoping to get my own wheel sometime in the future, but I’m not holding my breath. I can’t, really. Not for months, maybe years, so I’ll just keep it on the back burner of my To Do List.
Isn’t it beautiful? I can already feel the bounce coming back into it. I think that I’ll be able to take it down tomorrow as it seems to be pretty dry. Now, what the project to be done with this yarn… MY yarn… very exciting.
This was Navajo plyed and there is 295+ yards here. There is a “+” for the fact that when you wind yarn, you must get extra inches with every wrap because the niddy noddy was measured right on top of the surface of it, 67″ per wrap. Now, when you wrap the yarn around, the layer gets thicker and thicker and the length between wraps gets longer, not by much, but it’s something. I’m pretty sure that I’m doing something wrong here because I never heard of anyone having to take those extra inches into consideration.
This is kind of thin-to-thick stuff and I had wanted to showcase it in a shawl. So, while not really enough yardage for a shawl, might be perfect for a shawlette. I specificily plyed this stuff to go from one color to the next, so I’m going to start off with the thinnest part, the blues, into the purples, into the gray/black stuff. Funny, when it was fluff, it was definitely black, but when spun, it turned into grays and very dark grays and very little actual black. Ravelry Pattern Search, here I come!
Getting back to my Home Depot niddy noddy. There is a great post here that gave enough instructions for me to go out and make my own. However, I had my pvc cut at the store, which was pretty darn convenient….Thanks Home Depot Guy! I can even go back to have the rest of my pvc pipe to make a different size. Next will be the two yard size. The one touch I didn’t think of was getting those caps to close off the ends… oh, and I did not use pvc glue, which I really should. Still, it was pretty functional without that stuff, and I was able to disassemble the thing to make it really portable as is.
Bottom line is that I love this spinning thing and can see myself giving up the knitting and crocheting to do more of it… well, not altogether, of course.
“Somebody’s” got to knit up the stuff.
What better title for a blog which hasn’t had a new post since December 2008? This post is also about Ravelypmics 2o10, an event on Ravelry, taking place right now, will finish this coming Sunday night. For those of you who have not heard of Ravelry.com it’s a community of, what I shall call, “Fiber People”. These are those who are infatuated with all things fiber. We are knitters, crocheters, spinners, dyers, weavers, anything that anyone can do with fiber, fiber people. Yet, we are Ravelry. Resistance is futile.
The Phoenix Seraphina is the result of a disastrous attempt to make the Flutter Cardigan from Creative Knittting, March 2010 magazine. (Sorry, if you’re not on ravelry, you won’t be able to see that link.) There was a discrepancy with the weight of the yarn. The magazine said it was a worsted weight yarn and the two substitutions for yarn listed are worsted also… AND discontinued. I wrote a note to the editor on the pattern on ravelry, but have not heard from them, nor do I see my note on the pattern.. OR where they would have made a correction. Still, with Wool of the Andes yarn (light worsted) and a US I hook, I got the gauge required.
I had entered this cardi into the Ravelympics this year. I took a guess at the yarn, measured my chest, even met gauge, but still the ruffle was horribly MUCH too long. Don’t know what happened. It can’t be that I was off on my foundation row by 200+ stitches! I even put stitch markers every 50 stitches on the foundation SC row…. I did not start with a chain, rather started with a SC foundation. I persevered for the full ruffle, to be tragically defeated when I realized that it wrapped around my stomach much too much. What to do? I had to let it go…. for now.
In steps Seraphina! For non-ravelry people, you can find the pattern here. I love this pattern. I think this is the fourth one I made, so I’m pretty comfortable with the pattern, though, written out it’s pretty wordy. There’s a streamlined, corrected version over on Crochetville if you’re interested. Again, you probably need to be a member of Crochetville to access it. Anyway, I had a FO that did not come out right and I was intending on frogging anyway, so I entered that into the Aerial Unwind event. Then I used that yarn, Jojoland Rhythm, to make The Phoenix Seraphina, which I had planned to make for a charity auction at my son’s preschool this coming May 2010. I must say that I’m in love with the Pheonix…. AND that I have enough of the same yarn to make another one, which I certainly will, either for myself or to put up for sale in my Etsy shop.
UPDATE: 2/28/2010: The Phoenix Seraphina Just received her GOLD MEDAL (see badge under picture) ….. the crowd goes wild!
These are my entries and medals won for my events…. minus the Flutter Cardi and socks which I had entered in the WIP’s Dancing event, but have since misplaced them, so another fiasco there. Please note that The Phoenix Seraphina has not been officially declared a winner which is why she is not here. Once that happens, I’ll display her medal. Whew…. so glad I got this posted!
DUM DA DUM DA DUM DUM DUM… DUM…. DUM DUM DA DUM DUM DUM DUM DA DUM DUM DUM!
Yep, the hoopla is all over. We now switch you back to your regularly scheduled program. As of August 24th, 2008~ 11:59 pm, the Ravelympics is no more for another four years. Sigh… I’ll miss it. I must confess that I didn’t think that I’d have so much fun. I mean, of course I had fun working on my projects; but the folks at the Rav really made it so much fun the participants. What was a great, really, really great idea was that they created an “Almost” thread in the Ravelympics 2008 group, so that all the folks that could not finish, could still experience the thrill of posting their pics of their uncompleted projects and I just thought that was SO COOL! Admit it. You get a rush from posting pics of your projects, don’t you? DON’T YOU? I know I do, and I’m proud of it. LOL… even if it means posting my flab in those pics.
Of course, I’m thinking of my Sweet Stuff Sweater. It’s not completed here, but it came out pretty decent. I’ll never forget my excitement of creating an actual garment for myself, size 3X… or I’ll just say “Debbie Size-It”. I have learned so much since I joined Ravelry. It’s recognition and popularity in the fiber community is phenomenal…. unbelievable. I am so hoping to meet Jess and Casey sometime, but for now, it’s a pipe dream because I hardly ever get to go anywhere and a couple of times I got close, but no cigar.
Oh man! Almost forgot! A Stitch and Pitch is coming up in September at Shea Stadium in Queens. Mets vs. Chicago Cubs. Here is a link to the Stitch and Pitch Fan Newsletter, Summer 2008. (LINK UPDATED 9/16/08) A couple of friends are going. It looks as if it’s likely that I’ll have to sit by myself, but I don’t care, if I can actually get there. We’ll have the commute there and back as time for commiserating. The one thing I’m not looking forward to is the size of the seats there…. circa 1964. You can bet that they did not plan for the size of my butt! Especially since if they made the seats bigger, they’d have fewer seats in the whole stadium. What does that mean? Less $$$ for the owners’ pockets. You know, those million dollar salaries must be paid with the sweat and blood of my tush! Once I wedge myself in, I’m stuck there for the duration… oh well, but I’ll BE there. I really can’t wait to get there. The Drake is cool with me going and we planned that he will pick up the little guy from school to give me extra time to get there in time. The Drake is so cool, don’t you think? Check out some Shea Stadium Wiki.
Hey, check out what the mailman brought me today:
So totally cool and I’m wearing this outfit right now. The pin in the middle is the Official Ravelympics pin with the year “2008”, with Bobicus Maximus. The other two pins are Bob’s head (mortal Bob) and the Ravelry ball of yarn logo. Oh yeah, those are MY boobs. Like em? LOL… That’s as raunchy as I’m likely to get…. but even though I’m an old coot, it’s still in the blood. Yep, the very same blood that is leaking out all over the seat at Shea. See what I mean? Wasted lusty blood.
Okay, I really need to put in some filler in here so I can get to the next picture. I hope you don’t mind if I start rambling for a the space it will take. Oh shit, I have nothing to say so I’ll just move forward with my thoughts. As of this moment, I am writing off line without any way to check my last posts, but what I want to do here is show you my Ravelympics projects and a couple of patterns that I’m looking into.
First up, is my “RH Sweet Sweater (turned Cardi)” that I entered for the Sweater Sprint I’m pretty sure that I showed that, but I’ll try to get a pic with me actually wearing it, as long as I look good in it, of course! I didn’t write too much about this one because I’m pretty sure that I posted already and will provide the link.
Next I had entered, I think, three projects for the Cowl Jump. Herringbone Neck warmer I used Moda Dea’s Tweedle Dee. The problem was that the herringbone stitch required was way too tight and the yarn got lost in it, and it lost it’s softness… so I gave up on it and was out of the race almost before it started.
Another project that I attempted was my “Fuzzy Red Cowl”, made with Caron Bliss in Ruby Red. I wish I had a pic of it, but that will have to wait until I finish it. I still have that on the needles as a matter of fact. I am so looking forward to this being finished. The yarn is so, so fuzzy and soft… AND it’s my favorite color… (giggle) or one of them, RED.
Then I found that I had two very complimentary yarns, and I just HAD to do something with them together. Feathers, in Peacock and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, in Blue Bonnet. These two blues would be virtually indistinguishable, if not for Feathers having more colors in it and all that feathery stuff. So, I got out my size US-15 circs and got to work. I wanted to make it fast, so I just made a rectangle, using a plain, and loose stockinette stitch. Of course it curled at the ends, so I decided to crochet a scalloped border with just the Knit Picks yarn. Worked out perfect… except that it took two balls of the Feathers and there is a REAL difference in the amount of feathers between the two which produced a really feathery side and the other side scarcely has any feathers at all, even after I brushed the surface to pull out some from the fabric and other side of the fabric. Hey, do I get extra credit for modeling this warm and cuddly thing around my neck in August hot, humid weather? See the gleam of oil running down my face!
Well, I forgot to make button holes in this thing, but I realized that after I completely finished the object, so I decided to just use a pin. Things never work out as we want them to, no matter HOW much we strive for it. Yeah, I’m a knitter alright. I’m the kind of knitter that forgets to make button holes. I could not even make loops on the edge for the buttons because the neck warmer came out too wide with the crocheted edge. How’s that for planning! My solution was a good one, though. I will need to fold it in half to wrap around my neck, then use a shawl pin, that I’ll make out of polymer clay for the clasp. Should be a piece of cake and I get a really nice idea today for making an outline of a shape, then either make the pin out of the same stuff, or just use a hair stick. I think I’ll need to make the pin because my hair sticks are simply too long and too thick for this project.
So right now, I’m in my local Starbucks waiting for my gals to get here. Sorry, no guys, though we would welcome them should they show up! Nothing like co-ed humor lighting up the table! Another great thing that came from Ravelry for me. For two years I was searching for a local group of people to get together with at least on a weekly or even monthly basis. I was so desperate! When on Ravelry, I found the Jersey Represent Group and a thread started for Union County Knitters and our real-time weekly group sprang up from there because, as you know, us knitters love to get together with you in the flesh. To be honest, I’m not really into virtual knitting circles or chat groups. I’d rather get together in person and see and FEEL the projects I read about on Ravelry.
Going to sign off for now… I want to clear out this table and make way for implements of knitting and crochet.
I love the Olympics coming along to spice up our lives very four years. Unfortunately, we do not have a television with cable access, or any access, since you pretty much need a cable connection to get any kind of connection at all with the exception of a couple of Spanish channels. ah… so I knit, crochet, spin, to the sounds of music and podcasts. Not so bad. Now THIS year…..
I have the opportunity to actually participate in Ravelympics. I will be the star (in my own mind) of two events, the Sweater Sprint and the Cowl Jump. I entered a long sleeved Sweet Sweater for Team Red Heart and a few different cowl projects in the Cowl Jump for Team Jersey.
Right now, I’ve got to get myself going, so I’ll make this short, but I’ll try to give daily updates. Hubby’s vacation time is going to cut into my knitting this coming week, but the upside of that is that tomorrow is when my monthly crochet group is meeting… I’ll be at it for most of the day…. weeeeeee!
ell, thought I should at least list some of my FO’s since I last posted. I’ve finished many, but I’ll try to just remember some from memory, and post some pics. What I am the more proud of than the actual objects is the fact that I’ve learned something new that was required for each one. That is what I believe this craft is all about; and that is growth. Maybe I’m not growing in a conventional way, but I am expanding my knowledge of technique and fiber. I love how each little thing overlaps onto the next new project that comes along.
Okay, the most recent FO is what I call my Cinnamon Bag. This is the Fantasy Naturale Market Bag, by JoAnne Turcott. I used Sugar ‘n Cream Confectionery Colors in Cinnamon. I just LOVE this color, and all of the Confectionery Colors. I purchased, just for this project, Knit Picks nickel plated circular needles in US 13 and US 15. I simple adore this pattern… I am looking at it as the precursor for starting lace work. I set it on my kitchen scale when completed and it weighs in at 6 oz. It turns out I can actually make another one from this same ball of cotton… which I’m so happy about because I had decided to give this one away to my sister-in-law, JoMarie… don’t tell her! I don’t know if it was the tension of my knitting or if this is just the size of the bag, but man, this is some kind of gigantic bag!
More often than not, I’ll get my patterns from leads I get from Ravelry. AmAzing place. If you ever have the inclination to open yourself up to all there is to offer for the fiber community on the internet, you’ve GOT to sign up for ravelry. At last check, there are well over 150,000 members… and that is in just about a years’ time. There is nothing that I can add to what’s already been said about the place, but I can tell you that I love it over there. I just ordered a couple of pins and a teal blue T-shirt from their mini store and I should be receiving it in a couple of days… I’ll post a pic. Really. I’m surprised that I even got to order one as merchandise flies in and out of their store in a matter of no time at all.
Wow… I’ve been away for quite a while and so many changes to WordPress… way to GO!
Well, thought I’d pop back in to try and make this more of a knitting ugh…. no, crochet errr, FIBER blog or journal. Though I’ve not been writing about it, I’ve been pretty busy with knitting, crochet, and now spinning fiber into yarn. Just to prove it, here is a pic of my new top whorl drop spindle:
Oh, and here you can see my very first spun yarn!
Forgot to mention where I got my spindle. I spied this baby [and she IS my baby] in Spinsanity’s Etsy shop. She has such beautiful stuff there. This is a Purple Stained Flower Top Whorl Drop Spindle. It weighs just one ounce… wow. I particularly like this one because I do want to learn how to spin light-weight or lace-weight yarn, and lighter spindles are just right for that kind of spinning. I think her daughter, Em, dyes roving… but not sure about actual yarns. You can browse her shop here. Go check it out!
The fiber was given to me by Karen, a buddy from Ravelry and who comes to my local knitting/crochet/spinning Tuesday night group. Yeah, I’ll have to make some major updates to this blog… but at least I have a lot to write about now. Karen heard that I was interested in spinning, and she promptly supplied me with some beautiful purple-ish, olive green, with a dab of gold fiber. Of course my first attempt is grossly uneven, running the gambit from very fine lace weight, right up to fuzzy and bulky. Not pretty, but I am endeared to it. They say that you simply MUST take your first spun and DO something with it for yourself, so I’ve decided to make an amigurumi turtle and make the shell out of this, if not the whole thing. This way, I can ensure that I use this for, at least, the shell part. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out!
My dear readers… whoever happens to stumble upon this blog, I thank you for reading. I wish that I could commit to more regular writing, but the truth is that right now I just don’t have the time…. but what I will promise is that I’ll try to at least post updates on my finished projects.
Hi everybody. Well, it’s finally starting to look like fall. Sorry, about not posting all summer, but I needed a break. I’ve not even gone back yet to my other blog, Dragon’s Yen. This is my first time back. I’m really happy about fall, my favorite time of year. Summer is nice, but if I’m not at the beach, it reeks. Oh, I do love to garden and I do love summer activities. What kills me is the heat and/or humidity. Ah, I can finally put that behind me and start thinking about reinstalling my hot chocolate recipe of the week. I’ve already had some this year and introduced my little one it. Now all he wants is hot chocolate… that’s my boy!
I have been busy and will be forthcoming on what I’ve been doing this summer, knitwise, and will be posting some of my WIP’s and FO’s. See, I’ve learned new language while I was away. WIP: “Work In Progress” and FO: “Finished Object”. I do most of my learning at Ravelry. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve added their button to the blogroll and sidebar, though the sidebar one links to my flickr site. At present, I’m trying to figure out how to have the button, itself, link to Ravelry; but so far it’s a no go. If you click on it, you will be transported to my flickr page. In the mean time, have you gotten your invitation yet? I know that I said that I was not going to talk about it, but it’s been going on too long now. Jess and Casey have been doing really great work over there getting the site working. It’s totally amazing, but again, I refrain from the details for the benefit of those who are still waiting to get on. Of course, if you wish that I would expand on the site, I certainly will… but you’ve got to let me know; and the easiest way to do that is to leave a comment.
My brother’s wife gave birth to a daughter September 19, 2007. Katelyn Theresa, 5 lbs. 7 oz. WOW! Isn’t she the cutiest baby ever!!!
Ever since I found out about the pregnancy, I was furiously crocheting a blanket for her. Then I found out they have a froggie theme and had plenty of time to modify the blanket to include a knitted center square with a froggie on it. The center panel was DK’d to get a front side on both sides to compliment the crocheted squares. I am so happy that I chose this green, too. It’s more froggie than baby green, ya know? I am also very happy that I finished it time for the shower. I can really get into granny square blankets. My grandmother used to make them and I have one blanket from her that was made with scrap yarn. My uncle is going to give me a blue one she made years ago, and I even remember her making it. I remember the loving way she laid the squares out on the bed, arranging them in just the way.
We visited Katelyn about a month ago and I rushed to complete a crocheted jacket, hat, and bootie set, made with left over yarn from the blanket. I even made the buttons, myself. I don’t have a picture yet of her wearing it. I love Caron Simply Soft yarn, so soft! Erin, my SIL , loved the outfit, so that made all the work and “rush, rush” of it, all worth it.
Well, I’ve got to get going, so will leave you with these few glimpses of what I’ve been doing.
Hope ya’ll come back now, hear?
Whooo Hoo! Here are my stitch markers. I am so proud of them that I can bust! I want to thank David Reidy at the Sticks and String podcast for demonstrating how easy they are to make. I didn’t make mine the same way as his because I found these 20mm toggle clasps…. but also because I am not fluent in “binary”. I used the ring part for my markers. There is nothing there to catch on yarn, except for maybe any shoddiness in my own work. For my first try, I think I did pretty good. As you can see, these are sitting on US 11 needles with room to spare. The 11’s are the largest ones I have right now. If you look close, you can see that on one of them I cut off too much wire and had to remove one of the beads on top… no biggie… but I KNOW!
I used Regal Beading Guild’s Peridot Flower Lampwork Glass Beads, #62866. The size is not noted on the package, sorry. I don’t know the name of the wire piece, but it had a little doo-dad at the bottom to stop the bead and was a little decorative. The company is called “Bead It”, but I would not recommend it because quite a few pieces in the package were not properly made and as a result, the whole linear effect is off. I could have made more, but because the other wire pieces were so crappy, I had to stop. Well, I got my .99 cents worth. The other beads are just misc. glass beads. Finding the 20mm toggle clasp part was really a lucky break for me as I had no idea what I was looking at. I used a 50% off coupon at A.C. Moore for my beading tools, a set of 3 pliers, pretty basic, but just enough for what I needed. A $12.00 set of three cost me 6 bucks… a really great deal considering I saw tools that ran at least $12-14 for a single tool.
Ah, I am so relieved now. I basically got started on this because I want to start my very first summer top and the pattern says I need stitch markers. My mouth is watering for me to make a real garment for myself. I mean, the scarves, mittens, and even the poncho is real enough, but a S-w-e-a-t-e-r ! Now, that would really be an accomplishment. I’ll let you guys know is going on with that, but I’ve got to get going because I still need to fix some rows on the poncho. I find that I am missing some crochet stitches at the end of my rows. I looked at it and there is a definite decrease going on there…. I have no idea why. Do I need to make two crochets in the last stitch of each row? That is what it’s looking like to me, so I’ve got to go back and fix it all.