New Nooch Fiber Swap!

A couple months ago, I was approached by a friend on ravelry wanting to set up a mini skein swap that reflects the original 1960s box of 64 crayola crayons. I’ve been super busy working on creating these colors and am very pleased with them!

Lovely, right?

If you’re on ravelry, you can check out the swap here!

Also, lots of new spinning fiber has been added to Nooch Fiber

Delicious polwarth! It’s my favorite spinning fiber! :) We’re also offering a 15% off coupon for Tour de Fleece – check out our facebook page and don’t forget to like us!! :)

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!

Mini Skein Give-Away Results!

In case you forgot, I’m giving away each one of these to 4 different people to celebrate 100 sales at Nooch Fiber:

Drum roll please!

Congratulations to:
#29 – Sharon: Wow, such beautiful colors! I’m on a yarn budget, but that doesn’t include free yarn. ;)
#40 – knitalatte1: 100, Woo Hoo! Congratulations…
I’m in love with your bright colored yarns, and that you carry Mini’s in your easy store.
Just Lovely….
#88 – Word Lily: Congrats on 100 sales! I just finished reading The Hunger Games (all three books), so I loved seeing that you have colorways named after characters!
#114 – Jincey: Congratulations on reaching 100! Makes you sound old, doesn’t it? ;-) I love the Merino Super Wash. Thanks for offering the give-away.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the give-away!! :) You’re all awesome. I will be e-mailing the people who won shortly. Much love!!

ETA: Couldn’t find all of your e-mails, so I commented back to your comments on the original post!

100TH SALE GIVEAWAY!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS ALL DONE! CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS! :)

We made it to 100 sales at Nooch Fiber! Go us! I’m so so happy – it’s almost our 6 month anniversary and I feel like 100 sales is not too shabby. :)

To celebrate we’re doing a super awesome giveaway of these four beautiful mini skeins (45yds / superwash merino / hand dyed):

Last time we did a giveaway there were lots and lots of comments, so this time we’ve decided to give each mini skein away to one person, meaning that four people get to win! Yay!

In order to be in the running, please visit Nooch Fiber and take a look at our stock first! (We really appreciate it!) Then come back here and comment on this post! It’s that easy. The four winners will be selected on February 5th, 2012 through a random number generator. :D

But that’s not all! As a thanks to everyone who has supported us we are offering a brand new coupon until February 5th: NOOCH100 will give you 20% off your entire purchase!

Thanks everyone and hope to see your comments soon! Much love! <3

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


2-ply worsted


2-ply fingering


2-ply worsted

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