Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Photo Shoot

I just got the pictures back from a photoshoot I did with a friend back in early September. Enjoy!







Those are Saroyan, my homespun shawl and Corona, in that order. Many thanks to Philipp for being awesome with a camera.

Flying

When I got to VT, my neighbor's house looked like this:


Just a few days later, it changed to this:


I got to watch as it was slowly, but visibly, lifted up in the air. So cool! Spring flooding was pretty intense last year, and lots of the older summer houses were below flood level- this is the solution.

Since this is supposed to be a knitting blog: hat! This is the result of not remembering to bring a hat with me to the great white north, which of course means I should just knit myself a new one. Which I did.

Yes, that's 7 size 1 dpns. I had to get really creative to get this hat done, given that most of my supplies are several hundred miles away and yarn stores close for entire days here. Finishing it involved magic loop with a 16" circular and a single dpn. I am super ninja.

Blocking:


Pattern is the Rustling Leaves Beret, from Coastal Knits. So much fun to make and the charts were super easy to memorize. I got most of the knitting done during Thanksgiving festivities. If I were the sort to make multiples of things this pattern would definitely be one of them.

Happy holiday season to everyone! Have you entered crazy knitting season yet? I'm off to struggle with SSS- Second Sleeve Syndrome. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Indoors

Still in VT and still loving it, although my descriptors have changed from 'crisp' to 'f'in cold', 'where the hell is my fireplace' and 'I-need-more-cats cold.' My plan to go for a walk everyday got shot down pretty quickly in the face of all this cold. I have decided to make myself a hat. I'll take pictures tomorrow when there's more than a ball of yarn. Instead, I give you indoor shots:

Xmas cards in progress

My breakfast view

Sometime in the future: what my neighbors do when I'm not looking. (Your mind, out of the gutter, now. :-P)

Friday, November 18, 2011

An Experiment

I just got this idea, and I'm super excited about it. Ready?

Needle swap.

Confused? That's ok. Work with me here.

I've inherited/been given/acquired through illicit and uneducated means a reasonably large stash of knitting needles. Problem is, they're all either metal or plastic, and I am very decidedly not a fan. I work almost exclusively with wooden (mostly bamboo) needles, the only exception being very small ones (size 1 US and under) which become completely unstable in wood form.

Now, I happen to know that there are plenty of people out there who have the same feelings towards metal or plastic needles who might have wooden ones that they hate. This idea is for you guys.

I would like to transform my stash of 'unusable' needles into totally usable ones, with your help. I propose a 1-1 exchange with the following things being '1':

  • One set of 2 straight needles
  • One circular needle
  • One set of 4 or 5 dpns

In a perfect world of exchanges, I could give away all these straights and get circulars or dpns in the same size, but getting straights back will be ok in a pinch.

So, is anyone interested? Please comment here or pm me on Ravelry (Riven921). I'll get started making a list of everything I have, to be posted in the future, assuming interest.

P.S.- If you're in the Burlington/Middlebury VT area in the next week and a half we could meet up to exchange needles instead of mailing them!
 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Vermont in November

What follows is a selection of pictures that I took on my walk yesterday. Everything is quiet and cold, grey with last fall leaves not yet fallen. The air is crisp and so refreshing. I love everything about it.




Friday, November 11, 2011

Photo bites from Rhinebeck and Beyond




This goat's got it figured.

I have no memory of this.

Heh.

Mexican by the train station turned out to be super yummy.

Results of our (mine and Jude's) soap felting class.
First snow in NYC

Clothes-furring culprit caught in the act.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Stitch Marker Sale!

Super quick update: I just wanted to let you know that I'm having a sale in my Etsy shop- 10% off all stitch markers until August 20th.

Happy shopping!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Tour de Fleece, Day 1

It's here! It'shereitshereit'shere!!!!!!! Today is the first day of the Tour de Fleece, which, if there are still people out there who haven't heard me blathering about it for months, is a big huge worldwide (fiber) spin-a-long with the Tour de France bike racing thingy. I don't really follow biking. At all. But I do like spinning, and I do like massive social incentives to make me spin more.

So yeah! It's here! It starts today, July 2nd, and goes until July 24th with 2 rest days where we don't have to do anything if we don't want to. The main Ravelry group is here if you're interested.

Picture! Today, as I'm in you've-never-heard-of-it Montana (which is quite lovely, btw) I've been working with my drop spindle to keep up with the Tour.




It's about 2 oz of BFL/Silk noil in 'Cool' from The 100th Sheep, acquired through Jessa at the Estes Park Wool Market this year. This stuff is pretty awesome to work with. I think i'll be plying it back on its nubbly self and then...??? profit! heh.

This bit of spinning is relevant to my teams Hopelessly Overcommitted, Spindlers and Peloton. More on teams next time.

Are you doing any Tour de Fleecing?

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Study of Neglected Projects in their Natural Habitats

 

This past week has been trying for my poor knitting projects. My wrists have been complaining bitterly, so I’ve had to take some time off. Apparently, only pain will get me to stop knitting (and even then, not really) and give you a blog post.

The following pictures have not been modified in any way, including moving projects to better lighting, giving you a series of snapshots into my life and habits as a (completely disorganized) knitter.

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Damson, by Ysolda in Rowan Purelife DK, chillin’ with my niddy-noddy by the window.

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Citron, by Hilary Smith Callis with Malabrigo Lace, on top of the yarn bin by the bed.

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Corona by Canary Knits, with Dream In Color Classy. Less than 6” left to go on the hood, it lives in my bag and comes with me almost everywhere in hopes of getting finished.

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Finished projects awaiting finishing touches, hanging out on the board game shelf (top to bottom)- First half of the merino roving that I got from Mind’s Eye Yarn in Boston, waiting for the other half to be finished. Op Art baby blanket, blocked, waiting for ends to be woven in and gifted. Pi Shawl, blocked, waiting for ends to be woven in.

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Bits and pieces of fleece waiting to be washed, separated or carded.

My mother is coming to visit for a few days, and she’ll be bringing a whole alpaca fleece with her, so I have to get my a$$ in gear to make room for it.

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Good thing my wheel’s empty, huh?

:-)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Good news, everyone!

My Etsy store is officially open for business!

That's right- you can now get yourself those fancy glow-in-the-dark stitch markers you've always wanted.



Sneak Peak!
With lovelies such as these to dress up your knitting, why would you ever use plain ones again? Especially when they glow in the dark, so you can knit anywhere.

Most of the sets I make will be one of a kind, so if you like them, grab 'em!

I'll be updating the shop with new sets every week or so. Questions and comments gladly accepted.

Happy shopping! 
:-)

Friday, May 6, 2011

CT Sheep and Wool

This past weekend I went to the CT Sheep & Wool Festival. As you all probably know, sheep and wool fests are very dangerous- to the bodily warmth of sheep, to your wallet, to your collection of pets, and to your stash (in the positive sense). To make it a little bit safer, I have a couple rules for myself:
1. Cash only. If it's in my wallet or pockets and it's cash, it's fair game. Sometimes I leave my cards at home, just in case.
2. No yarn. There are about 15 awesome yarn stores within 8 miles of me, plus the internet. Spinning material (besides the internet) is much more difficult to come by.

Once those 'safety nets' are in place, the rest of it is pure fun and sheepy goodness. Now, for the pictures:

There were alpacas:

Sad alpacas:
Fuzzywuzzywittlebunnykins(it took a ton of strength not to stuff one in my pocket and run):
Partially naked sheep:
Miniature sheep (old english babydoll southdowns, they live here):
kewtwiddlesoftprettybaby goats:
At lunch time I spread all my stuff out under this awesome tree for a photo shoot:
My shawl won first place in the fiber arts contest (unexpected, pretty snazzy):
There were sheepdog trials:
I bought a fleece (Coopworth/Jacob/Karakul cross). It's lovely and multi-toned, mostly in greys with a little bit of black. I found 3 distinct shades of grey in it. It weighs 4.5 lbs (raw) which I thought would be a manageable amount for me to hand process, compared to most of the other fleeces (which were around 10 lbs each).

My total haul for the day was about 7 lbs of wool (4.5lbs fleece, 1lb babydoll roving, 1lb alpaca roving, 1/2lb alpaca/silk/romney purple roving), and a broom. It's a very nice broom. I'll get you a picture of it.

While I was in CT, I decided to start a garden. Just a little one, with plants that don't need any attention because I'm only going to be there every couple of weeks, and great-gramps doesn't want to take care of it (just eat everything that comes out of it). So far I've planted thyme, leaf lettuce and broccoli. Isn't it cute?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Traveling Fiber

So, this one time, I went to Vermont.

There was snow.

Every morning at 8am I woke up with a cat on my face.

There was chili. Really really good chili.

Burlington bay was frozen, so I took a walk out to the breakwater at sunset.



It was really pretty.

I went shopping at the Northeast Fiber Arts Center. Lovely people there.
.5 oz Silk Hankies

1 oz Silk Hankies

4 oz BFL in #12 Redwood Forest
Jude also came up for a couple days, and we went snowshoeing, made sugar on snow, and oooh'd and aaaah'd over a friends new puppy:

Isn't he cute? His name is Fritz, and he's a miniature Schnauzer puppy. Have another look at his face: 

Cutest. Puppy. Ever.
All in all, it was a lovely trip, but it is nice being able to feel my toes again.