Monday, February 28, 2005

Soho Sling


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I finished the soho sling, a bag from "Bags: a Knitters Dozen". Basically, it is a square bag with a zipper inserted at a 909 degree angle to make the shape unique. I like it. It is hard to get a picture that is worthwhile since it just sort of slobs over in person.

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Here is the soho sling hanging. The shape is cool. I think it needs some stuff in it though.

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Yeah, its a black hunk of knitting. It is the bottom of the capri cable shell, and the pattern is a k3 p1 rib which looks very cool. But as you can see, to most people it looks like a black hunk of knitting.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Spinning fool

I've spent much of the weekend spinning, making more of the yarn below but the yarn is starting to look a bit more, ah, consistent. Yay. I've decided to make a bucket bag....probably not felted, just so I can enjoy the yarn and the memories of spinning it, and will design my own pattern using bits and pieces from other patterns. Of course, gauge will be an issue, but I'll treat it like one of my favorite yarns, Berroco hip hop. and see what happens.

I finished my soho sling bag and have to put in the zipper and knit the strap, then I'll post a picture. I've also started a sleeveless shell from Simple Chic--the Capri Cable. It is cotton with an interesting rib pattern (k3,p1) and then cables around the armholes. It is going pretty fast, I'm about 1/3 of the way done with the back. Most important about this: no sleeves.

Friday, February 25, 2005

My precious!


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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here is the first 'good' yarn I spun myself. It is a mix of a grey single and a black single. Hence the 'bungee cord' styling that I achieved. I like it.

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Here's a closer look. Notice I avoid the 'put a coin in the picture to see how thinly I spin' effect. Hmm. Wonder why?

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

I LOVE this scarf!


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I finished the Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk scarf last night...of course today it is 60 degrees out and not exactly scarf whether, but I wanted to show you the picture anyway. The scarf is on top of our coffee table and my shoes are on the floor (in case you are perceiving some weird perspective in this photo).

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I wrote about Dyelots, and wanted to post some pictures of my treasures. Here is one of the two packages of roving that I purchased....the other one is predominantly blues.

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I bought two skeins of this hand dyed soy silk...probably for a triangular summer scarf or shawl (maybe..drop stitch?).

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Not much new!

The scarf is about 3/4 of the way done...I love Debbie Bliss alpaca silk and could knit with it all day, and the scarf just grows before my eyes. Pretty cool. I've done a bit of work on the other projects and have spent some time spinning, which is also going well. There just isn't anything of interest to show!

On Saturday, I went to a new yarn store in Eugene, it is called Dye Lots and it is quite amazing. It's open two days a week, it is run by someone named Janis, and it is like a jewelery store of yarn. The shop takes up two small rooms of an old house, and everything in it...almost...has been magically touched by Janis. There is hand-dyed (by janis) harrisville yarn, soy silk yarn, and harrisville roving. There are buckets of fleece...some of it hand dyed and some of it just au natural. There are lots of dyes (I can tell I'm going to go down that road soon) and lots of other tools. And great samples of some of Janis' amazing work: she's made scarves out of roving that she laid out on sheets and felted (I'm going to try this over spring break so I'll post pictures). Anyway...it was fun to try something new. I bought two colorways of roving and some hand dyed soy silk for a spring scarf. I'll have to put up some pics soon.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Old and New


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The Meadow Flowers shawl is slowly progressing: the first picture I posted showed it only one one piece of white paper and now it needs two to hold it. I like this shawl a lot, and for something that is completely garter stitch it is a slow and meditative pattern which I am truly coming to love.

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When I walked into Soft Horizons last Wednesday for my spinning class, a scarf in progress was perched on the work table. Instant love (and honestly, this really doesn't happen to me very often). The yarn is Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk and the paattern is a Barbara Selesnick Cables Scarf. It is on 13 needles and eight rows equals about 2.5 inches, so it is going to go very fast. Which is good, because I simply can't wait to wear this scarf.

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It doesn't look like much, but this is the start of the 'Soho Sling' bag from "Bags, A Knitters Dozen". I just cast on last night and did some rows while hanging out with Tim. The yarn is from an eBay vendor, Katsara yarns, and it is pretty and will work well for this bag.

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Last, but certainly not least, is bobbin #3 on the wheel. I think I'm finally getting a yarn that is thin enough to ply, and is not incredibly over twisted. Key words: I think. We are supposed to ply on Wednesday so that will tell.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Mystery Photo


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What is this?

A bird's nest? A crown for a muddy princess? Something one of the cats horked up?

It is my first skein of yarn! I spun two colors of fleece, brown and tan, and that is what it looks like! I then niddy-noddied it.

My second hank is much more appealling. Believe me. Or wait til I niddy noddy it. Then you'll see. Honest.

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Afghan Square 2. I love this one. I love the pattern, I love that I only made one boo boo, and I love the fact that I did it in less than 2 weeks. The afghan may be finished this year.

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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I haven't blocked the feather and fan scarf but I think it looks pretty cool. Or warm. Whatever the case may be.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Wheel Love

I think Van Morrison should rewrite his beautiful song, "Warm Love", for me and my Kiwi.

"And it's everpresent everywhere.
And it's everpresent everywhere.
It's Wheel love."

I love, love, love spinning on the wheel. I feel like I have a little bit of control, and I feel like I have some idea of what I'm doing. Such power. I'll post some pics of my first skein tomorrow, which is a single and looks like, um, real yarn, but still thick for a single.

Boy, I could just go to EBay and bid on every hunk of roving they're offering. But I wont. Instead, more lyrics to "Wheel Love":

I dig it when you help me spin up some lace,
I dig it when the wheel picks up the pace.
This inspiration’s got to me wanting more fleece,
This wheel does the job to give me some peace.

And its wheel love.
And it's everpresent everywhere.. (and on and on).

I dreamt about the wheel last night. I'm really hooked. I might need a 12 step program!

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Like before, only more

I thought about posting some more photos of the work, but basically, it is the work seen in the pictures below, only longer. So imagine it if you will. The meadow flowers shawl is about, oh, 9" long at its widest point. The second afghan square has maybe ten rows to go (alright!) and then I'll start another. The feather and fan scarf is also almost done (well, maybe I'm 2/3 of the way through the second side...so 5/6 done in total), so I'll have two projects finished by this weekend. So two new projects to start! One will be an afghan square, of course. The second will be, hmmm. It needs to be a semi-mindless knitting project, so maybe a bag from Bags Knitters Dozen. OK done.

Spinning class tonight, I've been busy rolag-ing so I have enough to get started. I'm feeling a big insecure about my spining skills because I just don't have enough time to focus on spinning. Hopefully, after this term, I'll have more time.

I'll be glad when this term is over in 3.5 weeks. I'm having some attendance and cheating problems in my big class (today, someone did a QUIZ for another student, and I didn't figure it out until I put things in alphabetical order so I can't figure out who did the cheating). (Oh, how did I know you ask? She only put her FIRST name on the quiz. How stupid is that. A senior in college in a lecture class of 100+ people: I refuse to believe she didn't know enough to put her last name on the quiz). Anyway...have a couple strategies in place to address this scourge, so hopefully things will straighten out. I'm pretty pissed off about it, actually, but more and more if you give students an inch they'll take a mile and then whap you on the head with it.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Is the photo blurry, or is it the yarn?


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The picture of the meadow flowers shawl is making my head ache. I can't tell if the camera didn't focus on the shawl part, or if the fuzziness of the yarn is making it all look blurry. Oh well. I started this shawl over the weekend, and I've done about 40 or so rows (out of a total of, what, 185?). I'm enjoying doing this shawl, even though it is a pretty simple lace pattern. The delicacy of the yarn (Lorna's laces heaven) keeps me knitting pretty slowly and deliberately, and so far it is going well. I was a bit concerned about the yarn, but so far so good.

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The second of the afghan squares is about 3/4th done. This one is going much better for me...I think because the 'hard' stitches on the 'sides' are on the opposite rows of the cable stitches in the center panel. Anyway...doing this is increasing my confidence. Hopefully that won't be smashed to bits when I start the third square.

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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
The second of the afghan squares is about 3/4th done. This one is going much better for me...I think because the 'hard' stitches on the 'sides' are on the opposite rows of the cable stitches in the center panel. Anyway...doing this is increasing my confidence. Hopefully that won't be smashed to bits when I start the third square.


Friday, February 11, 2005

Take a Spin with Me!

My second spinning class was as fun as the first. It felt very 'shop on blossom street-y' with all of my fellow spinsters eager to chat about our spinning activities while Mona (our goddess) tried to get us to focus. Anyway, I found out all the things that I'd been doing wrong (not charging the card enough, spinning too tightly) and was able to spin a much narrower yarn. That was pleasing to me (the spinning part). I still don't like the carding. Oh well. That is why the knitting goddess made roving, right?

We'll start on the wheel next week, and I am loaded and ready to spin, baby!

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My new toy is my Ashford Kiwi. This is the entry level Ashford wheel, which is a good idea for me since I'm not sure if the spining will 'take' or not. I purchased this wheel used from Woodland Woolworks and they were terrific to work with. I haven't attempted spinning on it yet but maybe I'll give it a go this weekend.

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The feather and fan scarf is slowly growing. It will be beautiful when it is done, if I do say so myself.

Son of Spinning Class

I never wrote about my second spinning class but will do that this afternoon when I get home. Suffice it to say the highlight was when my instructor Mona said to me "look! You're not making rope anymore!"

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Must....finish......sleeves.....

I need need need to just finish the dang sleeves for the rosey cabled sweater. I have about six inches to go on both. My plan is to try to finish two inches a day, so they'll be done by the weekend. Thus, I'll either have to knit through the University Senate meeting today to achieve my goal (which I think I can) or else stay up late late late tonight, as I have spinning class this evening.

So, fans, no pics for a while, since all my time is now spent in the sleeve vortex.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel!

I bought a wheel!

A used Ashford Kiwi. The most basic of the basics. The simplest of the simple.

It is cute and adorable, and I must think of a name. Any suggestions?

Monday, February 07, 2005

Super (Spinning and Knitting) Bowl


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I spent almost six hours (whoopee!) knitting and spinning yesterday, and I feel like I really accomplished something! First, take a look at the beauty that is my first skein of yarn. I really like spinning...not so much the carding part...but the spinning, yes. I know the yarn is ridiculous looking, but i still love it.

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I began on the second square of the Afghan...it won't lay flat but you might be able to see how it is looking. This is the first time I've done popcorn stitch and it is quite fun. I feel much more comfortable with cables on this one, and it is going much faster...I've completed twenty rows of this in one day which for square one would take, um, five days??

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I like how the feather and fan scarf is turning out...the colors are beautiful and the alpaca/cashmere blend is soooo soft.

I'm also moving thorugh the sleeve vortex...well, to some degree. The sleeves of the rosey sweater are maybe half way done. Oh well. They'll be done sooner or later. We might be taking a long drive to the coast this weekend, and if so, sleeves will be knit upon.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

1st Knitting Anniversary!

One year ago today...SuperBowl Sunday...I started knitting! It has been a terrific year: I've learned so much and have so much more to learn!

I've been a good Spinning student: I've spun every day and have finally figured out some of the intricacies of carding.

I started the second afghan square and I'll post pics soon.

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Feather and Fan Fan


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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I've always wanted to do a feather and fan shawl or scarf...so I started one. It wasnt the plan: I was going to do the Meadow Flowers shawl from knitters stash but the yarn I had is just too thick, so I did another yarn splurge and ordered Lorna's Laces heaven, in the exact color (gold hill) that they have in the book. So I'll wait on that for a bit. I have some peruvian baby cashmere from elan in la stash, so I am using two strands to do this feather and fan scarf. I started with two strands of blue, and now am using a strand of blue and a strand of cream, then I'll go to all cream, etc, changing every few inches. I am also going to knit half of it, put the live stitches on a holder, knit the other half, and then graft the stitches together so the ends will look the same. I hate it when ends don't look the same.

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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Afghan Square #1 in all of its non-blocked glory. If you closely you can see the booboo but I'm pretty pleased with how this came out overall.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

I'm a Spinster!


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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
My spinning class (at Soft Horizons Fiber in Eugene) started last night. We started with teasing the fleece (shown in this picture) into 'fluffy clouds' that we then carded, rolled into rolags, and spun. This entire process took over two hours, and I am not good at it at all. However, I'm going to practice this diligently (ha HA) to improve before next class. I have a feeling the other gals in my class are destined to be super spinsters (go Diane, Arlene, and Frances!).

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I've spun maybe a yard of yarn, none of it usable, all of it loved.

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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I'm almost done with this first square of the afghan. If you look closely, toward the top, you can see my boo boo. I'll deal with it. I feel much more confident doing cables (and when you do them every other row, you better feel confident pretty fast!).

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Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I've read a lot of complaints about recycled sari silk from the himalayas, but I'm not one of the complainers. This is the second thing I've made: I made a purse from knitty last summer, and I just finished this drop stitch scarf. One of my colleagues was wearing a garter stitch scarf and it was very soft, so I knit this up and then washed it. Washing it definitely makes it softer. I love how the colors blend. The pattern consisted of random drop stitch rows (wrapped once, twice, three times, four times, randomly selected) separated by garter stitch rows. I also did fringe on this (obviously) and I'm not a big fringe person, but this fringe is just plain fun.

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I am still in the sleeve vortex. These sleeves are maybe one-fourth of the way completed.