Monthly Archives: December 2011

Post Xmas???

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     Even though it’s almost a week after Xmas, I am not done with my gifts. I was able to finish the cowl for my sister. The original plan was to mail it, but I guess my mom wants to head up there for the new year. About half way done with it I realized that the cowl my sister saw me in when I told her I was going to make her one, was not the same fiber I had already started her’s with. Oh well! Silk/mohair blends are better than cotton, right? (Picture to come soon.)

     Even though I have a hat to finish for another friend for Xmas, which will be really late, I have started on my sheep. It had been awhile since I had done any of Marie’s patterns, so I forgot how quick they knitted up. I finished one sheep within a few hours. Right now I have two knitted up and ready to felt. The one thing that will be new to me will be the legs for the sheep. It requires me to knit an I-cord, hand felt those, and sewing the legs onto the sheep while inserting wire so that they stand. Finally, I’ll need to needle felt the locks to make the sheep look curly.

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I think that I’ll have enough locks to do a few sheep so for right now, I have one purple and one light grey knitted up. I think I want to make another in each color. I’ll try to get three done, and if I’m short I have more locks in other colors that will go with the grey I’m using. Once I have the four knitted up, I’ll be felting them. I think maybe they’ll be ready next week. I’d like to say this weekend, but I’ll be out of town. (My aunt doesn’t have a top loading washer, and I use quarter fed washers that I can’t stop and restart the cycle.) That’s OK. It’ll leave me time to work on that hat I need to finish. That is if my aunt’s cat will allow me to knit any while I’m there.

     The problem I’m having right now is that I’m thinking about what colors of scrap 220 I do have so that I can make more sheep. That’s bad, right? I can’t keep a flock of sheep and not everyone I know like sheep. I guess a flock of multicolored sheep would be awesome to have. They would keep me company!

     Anyways…that’s all for me right now. I hope everyone had a good Xmas! Just think 2012 is right around the corner! Crazy how time flies!

Winter projects

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     So I’ve been busy just like everyone trying to get certain things completed before the holidays. A couple include cowl projects. I’ve become addicted to making and wearing cowls. I think more so with the first. I’m still trying to get used to the idea of putting one on before I step outside my apartment door. I’ve currently made myself three. One I wear the most often, while the other two are waiting for me to sew in the ends. It’s so easy, but such a pain in the butt! These are two that I’ve recently finished for two gfs of mine. It’s a free pattern on Ravelry called Looped & Laced Cowl. What I like about the pattern/design is that it almost looks like cables a little but it’s not. These are made from Universal verigated wool. I altered the original pattern by increasing the total stitches to 162, I think. I knitted up about two thirds of the blue one, and found out it was too tight around my next. So, I had to rip and start over again. I was afraid that the verigated yarn wouldn’t work since color trumps pattern, but I’m happy with how they turned out.

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     I’ve already gotten myself into more trouble or work but telling my sister that I could also make her a cowl. She saw one that I had (the one I’ve completely finished). I just had to open my mouth and offer to make her one. I guess I’m sweet like that. Lol I’m not sure if she’d use those exact words, but one can dream, right? The one I had shown her was made up of Noro Yuzen, so it’ll come out a little different. These are the skeins wound up. I’ve got about a third of it completed. I’m hoping to get it done either tonight or tomorrow so that my aunt can take it with her to give to my sister. (She can’t make it due to working Sat and Mon. Coming down from Denver for one day just isn’t worth it.)

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     One new item of mine is my yarn bowl. I’ve been seeing them recently in the knitting magazines, but I’ve been surprised with how expensive they are. I’ve been seeing prices that range from $40-60, but that is totally outside my price range of affordability. The local yarn store in Pueblo, Colorado Fiber Arts (CFA) started to sell some for a reasonable price. They’re made by a local pottery shop called Cup and Bowl. I paid about $28, and it’s totally my color, so I’m happy!

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     On top of knitting more cowls for my mom and aunt (thanks to the sale Karen’s having at CFA), I’m really excited to knit and felt a purple sheep. Yes, purple. Marie Mayhew is so clever when it comes to felted knitting patterns. I got to meet her last month and got really inspired to try more of her patterns. I have knitted and felted bunnies for Easter, but that’s the extent of working with her patterns. During a class with her she showed us how to “dress up” the patterns/projects. This is what she had done to her sheep pattern.

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After knitting and felting, she needle felted merino locks! How freakin awesome, right!?! So I tried to think of any locks I had. I have magenta and teal Teeswater, not quite royal purple Wenslydale locks, a handful of bright magenta, green, and turqoiuse merino, and a large handful of smokey lavender merino locks. So, many to choose from! I know some would say “go bold or go home”, but I think I’ll play it safe first. Once I get the first one done I’ll decide how to approach the next ones. With that said I went with the smokey lavendar locks. I was even able to find a skein of Cascade 220 that goes perfectly with the locks I already had in my stash. Yay for being able to use my stash!

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     Another project that I’m in the middle of is The Beekeeper’s Quilt. It’s a project where you knit up a lot (and I do mean a lot) of two dimensional hexigonal “puffs.” You can either stuff them or use them as is. I have decided to stuff mine.

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I currently have about 17, but I’ve calculated that for my queen size bed I’ll need about 1,040 or so. Yes, it’ll be a long term project, but it doesn’t take that long to get one done. Plus they’re also small and easy to carry with you in a purse or what not. I’ve recently gotten a couple of mini skeins from another shop, and have those ready to go once I have my other Xmas projects completed.

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Then I ordered 3 skeins from Three Irish Girls. They have amazing colors that they dye themselves. I loved getting a card with a fabric that matched the colors. Plus it was signed by another Erin! A lot of the skeins colors have Irish names. The green/blue in the middle is named “Erin” which is my name. They now have another with my last name, which I think I need to get.

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     So it looks like I have a lot of knitting to do. This doesn’t even include the spinning projects I have. Well I hope everyone has a good holiday season!