Saturday, July 07, 2012

My new obsession... shawlettes

The Doubleknit Finish, Frog, or Slog Along has been motivating me to get some of my WIPs back in action and into the FO pile. This lead to my Hitchhiker being finished a few days shy of its 1 year WIP birthday.


Pattern: Hitchhiker
Yarn: Rainy Days & Wooly Dogs (aka Gothsocks) Belladonna in Tainted Love
Started: 7/7/11
Finished: 7/4/12

I've been on a big shawlette kick lately, so when I heard about the Abstract Fiber Arts club at Madrona and saw that the first pattern was a beautiful shawl / shawlette, I was tempted. It's a 1 or 2 skein club, so there are larger or smaller options for the patterns. But I have a problem with yarn clubs where I don't know exactly what yarn base I'll be receiving. I don't use silk, and it seems like lately it's been in more and more yarns, a few percent here and there - especially with lace yarns, but that's enough to stop me.

So I asked Karen if it would be possible to do the club, but not get any yarns with silk. It's a weird request, and I totally wasn't expecting her to say yes. That means that she has to dye a different skein of yarn than everyone else's every time there's silk (and there's a lot of silk!)

But after talking with her for a few minutes about how the yarn isn't necessarily going to look exactly the same (different fiber contents will affect the color) and how they wouldn't always be able to get an exact gauge / yardage match for the patterns, she agreed. I'm a pretty experienced knitter, so I can adjust the patterns to fit the yarn they send, or at least realize what potential problems there might be.

Abstract Club Yarn

So here's the yarn I've gotten so far: Temptation (for O'Keefe), Matisse (for Lima), and Calder (for Rothko). So far I've yet to get the same yarn as the rest of the group, but that's ok! Once I get the book socks done, I'm looking forward to knitting some of the club patterns. So far it's two shawls and a mitt & scarf combo.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Just a quick introduction

I'll post more soon, but I just wanted to introduce you to the newest member of my fiber arts family.

On Monday I got a heavy box full of irregular shapes wrapped in bubble wrap.

Yay, my CSM is here!!

I started opening it, and realized pretty quickly that this was going to be complicated.

This might be complicated...

I feel so steampunk, except these gears are actually useful!

After an interlude of knitting with the Purlygirls, I came back and put the Circular Sock Machine together!

I made knitting!

And I made knitting!!! The next step was to attempt a heel - this is one of the trickier parts. I tried last night, but even though I was using some fork weights, the stitches were still riding up the needles and popping off.

But today I managed to come up with inspiration* on what to use for weights and turn my first heel on the CSM. (You can't see it here, but it went OK. Probably not wearable quite yet as I had some tension issues, but it's getting there.)

*The inspiration came when I recalled that one time when I was moving in Boston. A friend was in the bathroom helping to pack up some of the last bits when I heard a confused voice:

Her: "Ummm... Why is there a can of vegetable soup under your bathroom sink?"

Me: "My mom bought it when she was here and left it, but it has beef broth so I can't eat it. So I'm using it to weight my handspun."

Her: "How did I know this had something to do with knitting?"

Luckily this came back to me today, and a couple cans of coconut milk later... A sock heel!

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