Friday, January 30, 2009

Freaky Friday

Ok. Today's Freaky Friday is not freaky in the scary way, but freaky in the how cool is that way. It is a knit heart. It was the Knitty surprise this issue. How cool is that? You could even put little cocktail swords in it and make an immaculate heart!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hump day

I'm sorry that I spaced on last Freaky Friday. I've got some stuff saved for the upcoming one. However, today is Hump day. Here is today's yarn porn.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

So today I did something amazing-- I knit from a pattern!

I did, in fact, make these gloves! Those of you who know me know that I'm pretty good at looking at a finished product and figuring out how it's made, but am absolute crap at following patterns.

These gloves turned out really really well-- I knit them using one and a half balls of this gorgeous merino/microfiber/cashmere blend. I also learned how to cable; yay me! It's something I've been meaning to learn to do for a while. The pattern was mostly clear on how to cable; I think it's more my lack of knowledge of knitting pattern terminology than their lack of clarity.

The gloves took all afternoon and evening to finish-- I started them around 4:30 and finished them around 2 a.m. (they're a good project for working on while re-watching a T.V. show), with dinner happening somewhere during that time.

In OTHER EXCITING NEWS, one of our Local Yarn Stores, The Golden Fleece is going to participate in a Sheep-to-Sweater competition at some point soon, and I've volunteered to be one of the spinners. It should be really interesting, because there's no time to wash the fleece, and carders are not allowed, which is really bizarre. At any rate, it'll be lots of fun!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Hump Day

The craft day went well. We managed to craft for 12 hours straight! Anyways, on to our first Hump Day. This etsy store is by Tipofilato. The vast majority of what he sells is hand dyed sock yarn. Besides the gorgeous colors, is that all of the colors are named after Harry Potter! Check it out, it is awesome!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Craft party

We are having a craft party tomorrow, Monday the 19th from 11 am through the evening. There will be snacks but people can bring movies and snacks as they feel like it. If you need directions, please call or message me and I'll send you them. Come and craft with us!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Freaky Friday

So we are started to try to do at least two updates a week: Freaky Friday, when we post strange knitting things and Hump Day, when we post yarn porn. Our first Freaky Friday is courtesy of one of my housemates.  A psychiatrist knit an anatomically correct brain.  How cool is that?

On a non-related note, one of our friends offered to make us business cards! Thank you Laurel!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Well, Sarah and I had a productive day this week.  We went out to San Jose because Commuknitty was going out of business.  It is a shame, it seemed like a really nice knitting store.  However, everything was 50% off.  I got some really nice linen, something I've wanted to work with for ages.  It is hand-painted and fun to pet.  It has a very different feel than wool.  Then among other errands and fooding, we got stuff to make business cards.  Very fancy.  Well, right now they are a stamp and a nice colored pen, but Hedgerose's brother might make us a stamp or my partner might computerize them.  Woo hoo!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Now that all the christmas knitting is done, I've been focusing on spinning. Well, there was a brief foray back into Knitting County for a hat for me out of necessity and one glove for my partner.  However, that one glove took three attempts that were fully pulled out and two more ripped back part-way.  He has bizarre alien hands.  While I recover enough to finish the other glove, I spin.

So far I have spun two bobbins of the merino wool that Hedgerose and I like and am now just starting on the fiber I bought from the sheep shearing.  It is Romney wool. I like it so far.  It is spinning up fairly easily and thinly. It is a little rougher than merino, but then there isn't much that isn't.  And it has the added benefit of being bought directly from the people who owned and sheared the sheep.