Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Back On Track

Hey look, some socks!

Yarn: Knit Picks Bare dyed by my Secret Pal just for me - it turned out gorgeous
Started: 1/17/11
Finished: 3/28/11

I've been quiet this month because I've been busy not knitting. I had a couple of surgeries and have been spending most of my time like this:

But less furry and more human, of course.

I thought I'd get tons of knitting done, but it turned out I was a lot more tired and a bit more sore than I expected, so progress has been slow. Now I'm feeling much better, but still not quite ready to go back to work so I think the next couple of weeks will show some of the knitting progress I imagined.

Either way, I think the kitties are happy to have me around to sleep next to all day.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

A Crafty Addition

Meet my new-to-me floor loom!

What, you didn't know that I wove? I'm shocked! ;) I did a bit of weaving here on a borrowed table loom, and I made a little woven "coaster" at Madrona last year on a floor loom which never made it to the blog... I fell in love. (Yes, I probably need to take a class. But I have a book!)

At Madrona in 2010, I was very tempted to buy a Schact Baby Wolf that was for sale used, but I just couldn't take the plunge.

Well, this year at Madrona I was going around unabashedly staring at all the weavers and wishing I too could have a floor loom. I was jealous. I was curious. And, strangely, it paid off. I was chatting with someone who had just bought a flip loom, and after a bit of weaving talk I learned that she had a floor loom that needed a new home.

She actually lives quite close to me, and after a bit of talking and some planning to find a vehicle large enough (the loom needed a new home due to space issues, it is pretty large!) it was all arranged and this afternoon I brought home my loom. Pre-warped, so I can even weave a bit without having to do the hardest part... at least right away.

I am so excited to really learn how to weave! I did use an inkle loom quite a bit in a middle school art class, and there was the little attempt with the table loom a few years back, but it seems like I might actually get my sock yarn leftover scarf done sometime soon after all!


Sock Yarn

    A quest to use sock yarns:

    Yarns I've had:
    * means I really liked it

    4-ply Soft
    A Piece of Vermont*
    Artyarns Supermerino*
    Austermann Step
    BMFA Sock Candy*
    Black Bunny Fibers*
    Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport
    Chinese Mystery sock yarn
    Claudia's Handpaints
    Conjoined Creations Flat Feet
    Crystal Palace Maizy
    CTH Supersock
    Dicentra Designs
    Dorchester Farms
    Fearless Fibers
    Gloss (KP)
    Interlacements Beibi Seda
    Interlacements Tiny Toes
    Interlacements Toasty Toes
    Jarbo Raggi
    Jojoland Melody
    Kona Superwash
    KP Essential
    KP Merino
    KP Palette
    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock*
    Macek Designs
    Magic Stripes
    Mega Boots Stretch
    Nature's Palette
    Noro Kureyon Sock
    Panda Cotton
    Paton's Kroy*
    Peru DK
    Peruvian Quechua
    Regia Bamboo*
    Regia Cotton
    Regia Strato*
    Ruby Sapphire
    Socks That Rock*
    Star (Classic Elite)
    Stitch Jones
    Sunshine Yarns*
    Three Fates Cauldron Sock*
    Wool Ease
    Yarn Pirate*

    In Progress:

    Perchance to Knit
    Yarns in the stash:

    All Things Heather
    Ancient Threads
    Apple Laine
    Araucania Ranco
    Artyarns Ultramerino
    Autumn House Farm
    Baby Ull
    Ball and Skein
    Baywood Yarns
    Bearfoot (Mountain Colors)
    Briar Rose Fibers
    Brooklyn Handspun
    Cavyshops Handpaint
    C*eye*ber Fiber
    Cervinia Calzetteria
    CTH Superglitz
    Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks
    Chewy Spaghetti
    Classic Elite Alpaca Sox
    Colinette Cadenza
    Colinette Jitterbug
    Country Classic Yarn for Sox
    Crash Into Ewe
    Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop
    Curious Yarns
    Done Roving
    Dream in Color
    Duet (A Swell Yarn Shop)
    Dye Dreams
    Ellen's Half Pint Farm
    End of the World Farm
    Fashion Trend Sportivo
    The Fiber Denn
    Fleece Artist
    The Flock Bransonas
    French Hill Farm
    Froehlich Blauband
    Gjestal Silja
    Great Adirondack Soxie
    Greenwood Fiberworks
    Jaeger Matchmaker
    Jarbo Mini Raggi
    Jawoll Cotton
    Just Our Yarn
    Knit Purl Natural Collection
    Kona Superwash
    KP Dancing
    KP Essential Tweed
    Lime & Violet
    Lisa Souza
    Louet Gems Pearl
    Mama Llama
    Merlin the Cat
    Meilenweit Cotton
    Meilenweit Trend
    Mind's Eye Merino/Tencel
    Mirasol Hacho
    Misty Mountain Farm
    The Natural Dye Studio
    Neighborhood Fiber Company
    Over the Rainbow Twinkletoes
    Pigeon Roof Studios
    Pine Woods
    Posh Yarn Lucia
    Prism Saki
    Pucker Brush Farm
    Regia Surf
    Reynolds Swizzle
    Reynolds Soft Sea Wool
    Rio De La Plata
    Royale Hare
    Roz Houseknecht
    Schaefer Anne
    Scout's Swag
    Sheep Shop Wensleydale
    Shelridge Farm
    Sockenwolle Unipo
    Spirit Trail Fiberworks
    Spunky Eclectic
    Steinbach Wolle Sockenwolle
    Sundara Yarn
    Tess Designer Yarns
    The Unique Sheep
    Universal Ditto
    Valley Yarns Franklin
    vanCalcar Acres
    White Oak Studio tvyarn
    Wisdom Yarns Marathon
    Wool in the Woods
    The Woolen Rabbit
    Yarn Botanika Radiance
    Ysolda Yarn
    Zen Yarn Garden

    To check out:

    Sophie's Toes
    The Spinning Bunny Yarns BFL

WIPs and FOs