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! :)

Bad blogger!

Hmmm, I have been a very bad blogger! :3

Things that have happened since my last post:

Finished my PhD Coursework!
I honestly couldn’t wait and now it feels so good! I was so tired of taking classes and, honestly, many of them were not really applicable to where I want to go with my career. I guess it’s not worth complaining about now and you never know what might be useful! (Doesn’t mean I’m not super STOKED to not have to spend a considerable chunk of my name on that stuff…….)

Went to Rio (where I’m from) for vacation with my family
So that is a pretty horrible cell phone picture, but it was a blast! :) I love spending time with my brother, sister, and parents! Also, my father’s wife is pregnant!! You know what that means – BABY KNITTING! FUCK YES, I FINALLY HAVE AN EXCUSE TO MAKE ADORABLE THINGS THAT WILL ACTUALLY BE USEFUL! >:D
I also spent both Christmas and New Years over there, which was great, since my Mom has an apartment on Copacabana beach and we got to watch the fireworks there without too much trouble:

Got a sweet haircut while in Rio
Also a crappy cell phone picture, but this is Helio, who is a genius and has been cutting my hair since age 2 (!) when I first got my hair cut. Love him!

Hexipuffs!
Nope, I can’t write a blog post without mentioning those damn addictive puffs! I’m up to 220 now!
I’m starting to think that the quilt is looking just a TAD cool and dark, but that might just be because I have a lot of warm and light colors waiting to be knit up? I’m going to wait a little before making any more, ahem, compulsive yarn purchases.

Schacht Ladybug!
Nick got my an AWESOME spinning wheel for Christmas and I picked up spinning on it in less than 15 minutes. It has been so fun and so much quicker than the spindle!
I was able to spin these 3 ounces of plied yarn in about 3 hours!

Apartment Move!
Nick and I got this amazing apartment in a co-op building and we’re moving this Thursday (the 12th). Yes, my life is a mess, and yes, I am insane for scheduling a move just a few days after I arrive from a 3 week out-of-country vacation. :D It does seem like things are working out fairly well, and, believe it or not, we’re almost completely packed as of right now! Now I just have to distract myself so I can live with this mess of boxes until Thursday morning…

Things that will happen soon!
– I am doing a bunch of swaps on rav for miniskeins and I’ve mostly sent out all my yarns, but I need to make sure I stay on top of those!
– I need to get back to dyeing for Nooch Fiber! :( Haven’t been able to since I got back on Saturday morning because of all this move insanity!

Happy New Year everyone!

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Puffy Insanity, Harry Potter

Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Holy crap! We sold, so, much, stuff. We were literally knocked back to something like 10 items in Nooch Fiber. :o It was AWESOME. Check out the view stats:

Monday was our busiest day ever! Just for reference: the little blip all the way on the left is when I did the mini skein giveaway on this blog. Crazy, right? It was super exciting. I recently got the etsy app on my iphone and I just remember sitting in my stats class and seeing all the orders coming in! :D

Thank you so much to everyone who purchased something on that day! <3 You're all rockstars. I hope you enjoy crafting with our yarn and fiber as much as we enjoyed dyeing it!

Puffy Insanity

My obsession with the hexpuff quilt has continued. I’m up to about 130 puffs now!! Here are my most recent puffs:

And a picture of all the puffs as of a couple days ago:

I feel like I’m still missing some more neutrals… I know there aren’t that many blue puffs, but it just feels too navy to me at the moment. Hard to justify buying more yarn for this project though………. :3 Especially considering the money I’ve spent on Christmas gifts!

Harry Potter

That’s what Nick and I decided would be our next collection at Nooch Fiber! Woohoo! It’s going to be our largest to date – 26 one of a kind colors inspired by all of my favorite characters in the books (that’s right, MY favorites, so no Ginny Weasley, she’s annoying). So far, I’ve dyed five rovings: Minerva Mcgonagall, Nearly Headless Nick, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Rubeus Hagrid. My favorite is Lupin:

It’s so soft and fluffy! ^.^

We’ve also ordered a whole cone of tight twist sock yarn, which will be mini skeined up as soon as it gets here! (please please please let it be before I leave for Brazil on the 14th!!!!) :D

More Yarn?!

I know, it’s bad. But I’m just so into this hexpuff quilt and it’s such a perfect excuse to get more yarn… :3

The three favorites:

The one on the left is from the handspun I posted about yesterday! (so beautiful and speckly!!)

These are my most recent puffs since my last post! I’ve also been busy spinning the two yarns on top to make even more puffs! Here are close ups of the yarns:


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(this one is from the batt I posted about yesterday!)

Finally, here are several yarns I got last week:

The colors are very fall… Speaking of fall, I’m going to Long Island tomorrow for thanksgiving with Nick’s family. Should be fun and delicious!! :) I’m just hoping that we get our blank yarn order on Friday or Saturday, so we can have an epic Cyber Monday sale at Nooch Fiber. I will likely be posting about the coupon codes later today, but expect up to 40% off of everything! :D

So, many, puffs!

This week has been the week from hell. But now it’s over, so that’s good! I stayed late almost every day this week, so I got to take the day off today to catch up on schoolwork, Nooch Fiber stuff, and just general sanity. So far so good! I still need to go to the postoffice today… Anyway, like many of my posts, this will be about puffs and dyeing!! :D

First off, dyeing:
Whoa! I just realized that I haven’t posted here since that first mini skein update! I’ve been, REALLY, busy. I like dyeing the mini skeins because they really let you be adventurous and try out things that might look horrible without worrying about “wasting” a whole big skein of yarn. It’s silly that I even think that way, since I’ve never made a mini skein that I didn’t like… Go figure. :P There are TONS of them up at Nooch Fiber – I won’t post them all here. Here’s just a little taste:

Very pleased with these! And SO temped to just keep them all for my own quilt… :D

Speaking of my quilt, I’m up to 84 hexes!!!! And I’ve not even been working on this for a month. So awesome and it’s going a lot quicker than I thought, which is great. Here are my most recent poofs:

And the full-poof picture:

It’s really shaping up nicely! I really like the colors. :) And my three faves from this batch:

These are the yarns I’m using:

I was thinking of going to my two local yarn stores today to get more, but I’m not sure if I’ll need it… Decisions, decisions. ;) Maybe after I go to the post office to drop off the mini skeins from the giveaway! :)

Oh, and random:
Nick and I have found the most AMAZING apartment and there is a good chance that we’re going to get it. I really hope it happens!! Right now I’m just keeping my fingers crossed. :)

Huge post of hugeness!!

This is going to be a huge post because I’ve been slacking! Two main areas: puffs and dyeing! (warning – image heavy)

So first up: PUFFS!

I’m up to 61 puffs!! Woohoo, 15% done! :)

Here are my three faves:

The middle and right one are from my own handspun – spinning for my hexpuffs is my new thing!! So much fun. I also bought some new yarns especially for puffs. In the picture below, you can see two of my single-ply handspuns on the left, a cute little white mohair yarn (kidsilk), and some noro silk garden sock on the right:

I can’t wait until I have a little more cash, I’ll definitely be buying some more roving to spin up for my puffs.

Second up: dyeing!!

First of all, there is a pretty big update over at Nooch Fiber – all mini-skeins. I put some of them up in 4 sets, some up in 2 sets (for stocking stuffers, etc.). Here is a picture of all the minis together: (MAKE SURE TO CLICK ON THE PANORAMIC ONE!)

Okay, so that might have been a little bit of a picture overload, but I’m really into these colors so I had to make sure that they were all nicely visible! :) I plan on dyeing this much again today. Can’t wait to have the shop totally full!!

I also dyed a couple things for me from the scraps that didn’t quite make it to 45yds:

Annnndddd bonus pictures of Nooch laying on my puffs:

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Nooch Fiber: Breaking Bad

We’re Breaking Bad over at Nooch Fiber!

Nick and I chose Breaking Bad as our inspiration for our latest collection because (1) it’s an awesome show, (2) it’s visual striking, and (3) the latest season just ended, so it’s time appropriate! For those of you who don’t know about it, it’s a show on AMC that follows a high school chemistry teacher (Walter White) who is diagnosed with lung cancer and decides to start cooking/selling meth because he wants to leave money behind for his family and has nothing left to lose. It’s very gritty, depressing, and violent, so definitely not a good watch if kids are in the room! The cinematography is totally AMAZING and I have a personal love for it because it takes place in New Mexico and I really enjoy the southwest US scenery. If you have netflix, the first few seasons are available to stream. :)

Here is the collection:

The characters represented from left to right are:
Skyler, Jesse, Gustavo, Hank, Saul, Walt, Walt Jr., Marie, and Mike

In other news, I’ve decided to move some of my clothes around to make a full drawer in my dresser just for hexpuffs and hexpuff yarns! Unhealthy? Maybe. Amazing? Definitely:

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Hope you have a splendid day!