Friday, December 20, 2013

Socks?

I have decided to attempt socks! I'm making Plain Old Ragg Socks. I'm hopeful that turning the heel will not be a huge deal, but I suppose we will see!



Winter had been around lately; lots of snow! I don't mind, as I really enjoy it. I've had a reason to hang a wreath my BF gave me, and lights my sister gave me. I don't like to decorate the house if there isn't snow, it just looks weird! Lots of firsts for me and my home!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

New Projects

I'm super excited about a couple new projects that I have in the works.  Sadly, I don't have any finished projects to show off.  I'm STILL working on my yellow Featherweight.  I'm on the sleeves now, so it's just a matter of time before I can show that baby off!

Now onto the new projects!  One of my besties just had her third baby, yay!!!  For some reason I didn't think about what to knit for this baby until the very day that she was born...I am a total slacker.  Now that she's born, I've decided on the adorable baby sweater, Sweet Pea.



I'm thinking of knitting it in either Cascade 220 or my usual default baby yarn, Plymouth Encore.

Next up, I'm starting a tatting project!  I can't say too much about this, since it's going to be a surprise, but here is the pattern picture...

The pattern is called Fairy-Tale Doily and is from the book Traditional Tatting Patterns Edited by Rita Weiss.  Based on my educated guess, I'll be done in about 5 bagillion years.



Monday, August 12, 2013

I'm Loving...One Sheepish Girl Blog

Have you stumbled upon the blog, One Sheepish Girl?  If not, I highly recommend it!  Seriously, check out this icord knit ampersand!  Life doesn't get any better than that :)



She has a bunch of super cute yarn-y tutorials (all of which I want to do ASAP) and lots of fiber eye candy!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Tour de Fleece - almost done!

I have been spinning almost every day during this year's Tour de Fleece. Here's what I've done so far:

I'm not 100% sure what fiber that finished skein is made of....Mary believes it's merino. Whatever it was, it's a combination of a few different color scraps. It was a very fun, and quick spin.

Finn dorset is on my spindle now. I personally dyed this fiber. The camera made the color a bit more blue than it is... It's really a light gray with dark violet tones. It's been easy to spin, as well. I should be finished with this fairly soon. After that, well, I'll have to see what fiber my sister has laying around.

I'm wondering what I can do to improve my spinning technique. A lot of what I spin is overspun, and I tend to spin on the bulky side. I'd like to learn how to not overspin. I suppose practice makes perfect, right? Maybe I need to work on my drafting technique. I'm still a park-n-spin spinner while I predraft all my fiber. I guess I better start doing more research.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tour de Fleece 2013

Lately, I have been in a complete spinning funk...I've lost my spinning mojo.  Since December (oh god, has it really been THAT long) my spinning wheels have been gathering dust, languishing in the corner.  That's not to say that I haven't done any spinning whatsoever.  I finished plying some singles (since they were a Christmas present) and spent an hour or so "practicing" before I went to my first spinning guild meeting!  God forbid I would go to the meeting rusty on my spinning techniques...I'm sure people would gawk and stare at my lack of long draw ability.  Other than those two times, I haven't done any spinning, nothing, nada, zilch.  So this year's Tour de Fleece probably couldn't have come at a better time.  I really need to get back into my spinning grove, after all, what's better than spinning and hoarding gobs and gobs of yarn?

For this year's Tour, I've decided I needed a new challenge.  I am re-learning how to spindle spin and am going to spin 6 ounces of Falkland wool, trying to keep the single a consistent thickness.

Without further ado, my progress:










You may be saying to yourself "Dear God, Mary, what in the world HAVE you been doing if you haven't spun since December?"  See below.







Monday, June 24, 2013

My lack of knitting...

For the past couple months I've been severely lacking in the crafting department. Sure I've done little things here and there, like crocheting little ferret toys or gathering my stash for the upcoming Tour de Fleece, but it's not enough to say I've accomplished anything. The reason for this is this little girl, Nora:


Now that she is back to her normal, healthy self, I've been working to put the past months behind me. For a good month and a half neither myself nor the Vet knew what was wrong with her. Vomiting, lethargy, and weight loss are all bad signs in a ferret. Eventually, at the end of the second month, the Vet and I decided that exploratory surgery was the last thing we could do to determine what was making her ill. That's when the pieces of "something" were found.

I can't figure out what these pieces are, as I own nothing rubber like that she has access to, so it will forever remain a mystery.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Paint it Black...Errr, White

I have taken "somewhat" of a knitting/spinning/sewing hiatus.  I say "somewhat" because I'm still doing all of those things, just not at my normal speed.  Why, you say?  Well, another one of my obsessions has struck!  WHITE PAINT!  Yes, paint!  I'm totally obsessed with painting EVERYTHING white!  Anything I can get my hands on its turning white.  I am so obsessed with painting that the Rolling Stones song "Paint it Black" has been my theme song for the past few weeks.

I see a red(natural) door(baseboard) and I want it painted black(white).
No colors anymore I want them to turn black (white).

Ugly baseboards...


BAM!  WHITE!

(Please excuse the mess and fuzzy picture)

Hideous uneven fake wood shelves...

Don't get me started on the lamp!

Now waaaaay more tolerable

Also, more evidence of baseboard painting.  Oh, and the forced air vent too...it used to be brown.

Last, but not least, our new patio set.


Nick and I found this table and four matching chairs for sale on the side of the road for a steal!  I wire brushed it to get the rust and loose paint off and am now painting it none other, but white!  

On the spinning front...I'm joining a local spinning guild!  It's called Common Threads and I'm soooooooo excited!



Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Elsa Jacket

Andi Satterlund has just released a new crochet sweater pattern that is absolutely adorable, the Elsa Jacket.



Super cute, right?  Well, guess what?  I got to test crochet it!!! Crazy cool, huh?!  I ended up using the recommended yarn, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport.  Personally, I thought the yarn was ITCHY!  I won't ever buy it again.  You live, you learn, right? But as for the sweater pattern...it was great!  When I say great, I mean a-maz-zing!


The sweater is a zip up with buttons at the sleeve cuffs, bottom band and neck band.  Obviously, I haven't put those on yet...but you get the idea.



I highly recommend this sweater for anyone..even beginners who have never made a sweater.  It was straightforward and good for mindless crocheting while watching TV or at a friends house.  The textured stripes keep the crocheting interesting so you don't get bored!

I think I'm going to make another one, this time in Knit Picks Shine Sport.  The yarn is cotton and modal, so it definitely won't be itchy on my super sensitive skin!


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Turquoise Renfrew

I sewed up my second Renfrew shirt.  This time I used some turquoise jersey I had in my stash.


I didn't have enough to cut the front and back on the fold, like the instructions say, so I just cut them in two pieces each (plus a seam allowance) and sewed the pieces together.  This gave me seams down the front and back, but whatevs...Yay for stash busting!


To hide the seam down the front, I used some lace (also from my stash!) and sewed it right along the seam.




Quick, easy, painless!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Beer Bottle Cozy!

I don't know why, but I love knitting these beer cozies. I've made a few, but never one for myself!  So, I decided to rectify that.



I don't drink beer (I prefer whiskey), but occasionally I'll have a Woodchuck cider. Needless to say, the cozy works great!

On a side note, the Tour de Fleece ravelry group is beginning to get organized for this year. I am looking forward to participating!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Carpooling

Recently, my husband got a new job which is right around the corner from mine and with the same hours!  It only made financial and eco-friendly sense to carpool.  Of course, an added benefit of carpooling is more knitting time!!  I started the Motte Shawl on April 15th before I went to bed one night.


Since then, I've only been working on it while we carpool to and from work.


It's only been about a half a month since I started and I'm already this far.


 I feel like I've created a 25th hour in each day!!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Pink Amvets Sweater Refashion

I've done my first sweater to cardigan refashion!  I picked up this cute little number at my local Amvets thrift store for $6.


It's a cute 3/4 sleeve cotton lace sweater that hits me right above my hips.


I cut it down the middle front then hemmed it to create a "button band."  (Button band is in quotes since there are no actual buttons)


 I plan on attaching a hook and eye closure.  I was running late for a party so had to settle for a safety pin in these pictures!  I'm also toying with the idea of shortening the sleeves a bit to hit me right above my elbow.  What do you think?


Other than my lop sided safety pin placement, this sweater was easy peasy!  It's a perfect addition to my wardrobe just in time for Me Made May!




 Are you participating in Me Made May 2013?  If so, what is your challenge?



Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I'm Loving...Andi Satterlund Sweaters

Have you seen any of Andi Satterlund's sweater designs?  They are seriously too cute!





One of each....yes PLEASE!  I think my next project needs to be the Marion sweater!

Oh, one last thing... Andi Satterlund also has a super cool blog, Untangling Knots, but be careful, you could lose a few hours time perusing it!

Monday, April 22, 2013

A Beignet and a Renfrew

The title of this post sounds like the beginning of a really corny horrible joke...A beignet and a renfrew walk into a bar.  The beignet says to the renfrew... Hahah!

Anyways, I finally have pics of my grey wool Beignet skirt and my first Renfrew shirt.  The Beignet skirt is made from a thrifted wool skirt which I deconstructed and used for it's fabric, and the Renfrew is made using interlock knit.

Check it out, the skirt even has pockets!!!


I think I really need to work on my pocket construction.  When I sit down, they stick out so much that I think if I had anything in them it would spill out.

 Seriously, what is this pose??!

Other than the pockets, the skirt fits really well.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I still need to add the belt loops, however, I'm having issues with making them big enough.  I think I may end up just adding a thread belt loop and calling it a day.

As for the Renfrew, I would love to know what I was thinking when making this.  I measured myself to be a 12, traced my pattern for a size 14, then cut the actual fabric waaaay larger than a 16.  Hmmm. I then sewed the shirt up, tried it on, and surprise surprise...it was way too big.  In order to selvage it, I created a seam down the middle of the back and took it in about 2 inches.  I found that taking it in along the middle back not only eliminated the gaping in the neck but also narrowed the shoulders and got rid of the excess fabric in the mid section. 


After I made those changes, I'd say it turned out pretty good...if I do say so myself :)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Colorworks!

I decided to take the plunge and try working in different colors...The pattern is Invading your Earspace.



I modified it a little bit so there isn't a brim that folds up, and I'm only doing 3 images instead of the full two rows. For a beginner working with color, this was about as easy as I could have hoped.

My tension needs some work, but I'm just happy that the invaders turned out the way they should look! Now that I have the basic concept down, I'll work on the procedure a bit more.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Black Miette Skirt

Over the weekend I sewed up one of my very own Miette skirts!  Have you seen the pattern by Tilly and the Buttons?  It is seriously THE CUTEST!


Ugh, black is so hard to photograph...

I made my skirt out of some medium weight cotton blend (I think?) that I got from the clearance section at Joann's.  I had just enough fabric in my stash to squeeze this skirt out.




It's so hard to tell from these pictures, but the skirt is a wrap skirt with a bow tie front closure and pockets!!!! You can kinda see the tie and pockets in this crappy phone picture.


I loved the pattern, it was so easy to sew...especially with Tilly's step by step instructions.  I will definitely make another one of these, maybe a denim Miette next!