It’s been awhile…

I know it’s not the new year, but I am going to make a resolution to post to my blog more often! :)

Since my last updates lots of stuff has happened, so I’m going to go through be topic.  :)

Beekeeper’s Quilt

I had posted a lot about the hexipuffs I was making, but I don’t think I ever shared the final result, so here you go:

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As you can see, I ended up making a hexipuff headboard! :D

Handspun Cold Mountain Shawl

I had posted about this when I had just started the knitting, but I never updated with the final result, which is squishy, warm, and beautiful.  Here is the result:

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Nooch Fiber

I am continuing to dye yarn for my etsy store, Nooch Fiber and it’s a ton of fun!  Here are some of my latest creations:

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Dyeing for our shop has been an extremely gratifying experience – it’s great to see people enjoying the yarn you’ve dyed and making beautiful finished objects!  If you want to see some of the great FOs people have made with my yarn, check out the Nooch Fiber ravelry group! :)

Other Crafting (knitting, weaving, spinning…)

And, since it’s been around a year since I’ve made any post with real substance, here are some of my favorite crafted things I’ve made recently with links to ravelry patterns when applicable:

Knitting:

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Handspun socks (no pattern).

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Stripe study shawl.

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Constantine hat.

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Zig zag baby blanket.

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Bridgewater shawl (excuse the blocking pic, haven’t had a chance to do this one justice with a nice photoshoot yet).

Weaving:

One of my more recent acquisitions is a 16″ Ashford rigid heddle loom.  Weaving is really fun, super quick, and has some really interesting results.  Here are some of my favorite FOs I’ve made (keep in mind, I’m only a beginner… :D)

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Handspun:

Last but not least, lots of handspun yarn, all from my Schacht Ladybug! (this is just a very small sample; I’ve done way too much to post here, haha)

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Okay, now I’m going to set a google calendar reminder to update my blog more often! :)

Spinning lace for large shawls

The latest bug to bite me is spinning single-ply lace for large shawls… I don’t know why I got this crazy idea in my head, but suddenly I don’t want to knit with anything but my own handspun lace. It wouldn’t be that big of a deal if I wasn’t doing 1000+ yard projects. Oops.

My first attempt was:

This yarn, turned into:

This shawl!

Pretty sweet, right? I have been using it a TON in the super-air-conditioned office in the summer. :)

My more current project started off like this:

Became this:

(About 1700 yards, undyed)

(And dyed!)

And is currently in this state:

I am really digging it! :D

iPad 3 Sock Pattern

About this pattern: One of the most exciting things about getting new electronics is thinking up a way to wrap them in delicious, squishy knitting. This very simple iPad 3 “sock” is snug, squishy, and soft – and easily knit in a couple days! This is a great small project that lets you play with color, since it’s all knit with sock yarn scraps.

Difficulty: Advanced beginner. Pattern requires: knitting, purling, joining in the round, Russian join and Kitchener stitch.

Needles: Size 6 (or size needed to obtain gauge)

Yarn: Sock yarn scraps or mini skeins. Don’t have any? Try asking your friends who are sock knitters or try joining a group on ravelry.com that hosts mini skein swaps! Another option is to search for mini skeins on etsy.com! I used just under 60g of various sock yarns, including (but not limited to) Socks That Rock Lightweight, Nooch Fiber Superwash Sock, Koigu KPPPM, and my own handspun. The idea is to have fun with different color combinations. Note: It does NOT matter if you have different amounts of each scrap!

Gauge: HOLDING YARN DOUBLE, 1”= 4 stitches across, 8 stitches down in stockinette stitch in the round. The gauge across is more important than the gauge down. I realize that the scraps you’re using might be slightly different weights – don’t worry if you don’t get the gauge quite right – there will be a check to make sure that the sock fits before you put too much time into it.

Pattern:

Note: The entire pattern is worked holding the yarn double.

Holding yarn from your first two scraps double, cast on 54 stitches.

Join in the round, making sure not to twist stitches. I used magic loop, but you can use whichever circular knitting method you prefer.

Row 1: *k2, p1* x18

Repeat this row until the work measures 1”.

VERY IMPORTANT STEP: Before you go any further, try slipping your work onto the iPad. The cast on edge should be tight and should look very small, but should still be able to be slipped on. If you don’t have an iPad, make a cardboard cut out to ensure that it will fit – the iPad is about 7.25” wide. If it doesn’t work, you need to start over with a larger needle. Always use the smallest possible needle to obtain gauge, as you want the sock to be as snug as possible.

Continue working in the ribbed pattern. Whenever one scrap of yarn ends, use the Russian join method to connect it to the next scrap (http://www.knittinganyway.com/freethings/russianjoin.htm). If you do not like this method, you can tie a small knot between the two yarns and weave in the ends when you complete the project.

Continue knitting until the work measures 11”. This is longer than the iPad, but the sock will become shorter when it is stretched over the iPad. Use Kitchener stitch (http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer04/FEATtheresasum04.html) to bind off all stitches – this bind off should join both sides of the “sock” and create its base.

Weave in any ends.

Enjoy!

Happy Sunday!

It’s great to spend time in our new apartment on the weekends… We finally have enough space to just hang out! Woo!

I’ve been very busy with my new ladybug spinning wheel. Check out all the spinning I’ve done in the past week or so:


2-ply fingering


Single-ply fingering


2-ply worsted


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Pretty cool, huh? It’s a LOT faster than spinning on a spindle… I’m pretty sure I’m going to start selling mini skeins of fingering handspun on Nooch Fiber! :D Speaking of Nooch Fiber, I just added two new sets of mini skeins (with many MANY more to come, promise!):

There are LOTS more drying right now, to be posted tomorrow or the day after. :) I’m also planning another fun giveaway here on the blog and some special coupons…………. So keep an eye out for that post! :D

Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend! :D

Join Nerd Wars!

I’ve written about Nerd Wars before – it’s a really fun crafting tournament on ravelry, where people join different nerdy teams and craft for specific challenges! It’s a great way to get (and stay) motivated, especially since small parts of modular projects are allowed (hexipuffs!). Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that sign ups are now open for the next tournament, which begins on February 1st! Here is a link to the Nerd Wars group on ravelry. I’m hoping to get into Team 1-Up (for videogame nerds)! :D