This year I made Mike a pair of socks out of the elusive Lollipop Yarn. I stalked the website only once and managed to get both skeins I was after. This one called Moondance was intended for him as soon as I saw the preview.
I used the stitch pattern from Harris Tweed and knit them toe-up with an afterthought heel (instructions from Loop). I really like how they turned out and Mike says they’re comfortable to wear. I started them back in October and was hoping to have them done by Halloween but they fell of my radar when I messed up the first few inches of the second sock in a bar a few nights before Halloween, so they got put in time out for awhile. I finished them up in time for Christmas and gave them to Mike that day. I’ve still got another ball stashed away for myself for later. As for the yarn itself, it knit up lovely and the colors are so vibrant. I don’t know if I’ll be stalking the site again for it but we’ll see.
After spending about two hours on Christmas Eve, most of us were sent home because of the lack of well… work. It happens around the holidays and even more so with my new position. Mike and I took full advantage of the time I was home before he had to go to work and ran out to Costco for some last minute shopping and a quick stop at Starbucks before I had to drop him off. Unfortunately both of us are scheduled to work on Christmas and we have very different schedules so it’s going to be difficult but it’s only one year and we’re going to make the best of it. I work early this morning so we did Christmas extra early so we wouldn’t need to rush
Mike’s mother handmade the cutest ornaments for our tree and shipped them to us from Canada. A couple of them broke but we took the rest and strung them with ribbon and hung them from the tree a few nights ago. They really helped fill out our bare tree and are just beautiful. After the disaster of last year’s painful and messy tree we decided to go with a fake tree from Target. When we have kids we’ll let them experience a real tree but for now this works for us and it’s a beautiful tree and it’s supposed to be an Alberta Spruce (for Mike).
I managed to get a bit of knitting done for Christmas but nowhere near what I had originally planned. More photos of those later since none have been given quite yet. I did manage to squeak out a stocking for Mike that needs blocking but is going up anyway. This Christmas seemed to sneak up on us and with both our work/school schedules, it just made it even more crazy. A lot of other stuff has been happening that really killed the Christmas spirit for us and now I’m trying desperately to salvage what I can.
Next year we’re planning a big family Christmas, which I think both of us need. It’s been just us for the past three years and as wonderful as it is it would be nice to see our families and all be together. This commercial has just made me miss it so much.
Happy Thanksgiving! I’m so thankful this year for my family and friends. I’m thankful for having a good job (and for Mike having one!). I’m thankful for having a roof over my head and my yarn stash to keep me going when inspiration strikes late at night.
I managed to finish all three months of Camp Loopy this year. Wow. It was tight at the end with classes starting but I got it done and bound off just under the wire. Next year, I’m going with smaller projects! This picture is a rough look at my unblocked February Lady Sweater. A couple of long ends are showing that will be trimmed once it gets blocked.
Now for classes and fall excitement. I’ve got a couple of things I’m working on in between school and work (which is going to be insanely busy in the next few months). I took a yarn dyeing class last weekend at A Tangled Yarn in Nicholasville. It was so much fun and I want to reskein the yarn before I take photos of it. I did quite a bit of fiber and five skeins of yarn and probably would have done more fiber if it wasn’t for the 90 degree weather. Next time!
I’m finally off on Saturdays and Mike and I have been trying to enjoy them as much as possible, since we haven’t had a day off together in months. We saw The Butler on Saturday. I think it’s the first non-action movie we’ve seen in a long long time. It was a wonderful movie and invoked a lot of emotions. It’s well worth it if you’re looking for something to see.
Have a great short week!
I’ve been breezing along on my February Lady Sweater. Going down the body now and hopefully I can start the sleeves by the end of the week. Check out these great buttons from The Loopy Ewe.
When I haven’t been working on my sweater, I’ve been doing some spinning!
This came off the wheel last week. I started spinning it for Tour de Fleece but didn’t ply it until a few weeks after. It’s from SpunRightRound and it came out to about 200 yards of DK. I don’t have any plans for it yet, so into the stash it goes. Maybe some colorful mittens?
I decided the wash the fleece I bought at the Kentucky Fiber Fest. This was my first time washing a fleece and I really didn’t want to ruin it. I gave it four 30-minute soaks in Unicorn Fiber wash per instructions from the Joy of Handspinning’s site. It’s been drying since Saturday night and now comes the fun part – carding!
Lastly, I’ve been promising Mike I would make him some gloves for quite awhile. A few months ago I came across the Masse Mitts by Ann Budd and knew he would love a pair of these. I decided last week that I’d put it off long enough and he’s going to keep them once the weather gets colder since he has a good bit of walking in his commute. I couldn’t find a yarn I liked for them so I’ve decided to spin it myself. I found some gorgeous Romneydale/CVM on Etsy in a chocolate brown that matches his jacket and I’m going to start on it as soon as my sweater is off the needles. I got 8ozs so I can make him a matching hat too. Next will be a scarf out of pure alpaca.
Happy August! The summer has just flown by. My summer semester final was this morning and now I have nearly a month until the fall semester starts. I’m going to cram as much knitting and spinning in as I can between work. I’m going to need to with the project I decided to do for August.
The requirement is at least 800 yards and since I didn’t want to do another lace project for this month, I chose the February Lady Sweater. I’m using Cascade 220 in Lilac Heather. I was all set to do Girl Friday, however the idea of a one piece sweater instead of seaming pieces really appealed to me since time is going to be a factor. I cast on this morning after my final and I haven’t gotten too far yet but I’m really liking it so far. I haven’t gotten a picture of it yet so above is my Candy shawl from earlier this week. Happy Knitting!
Well, I finished this project on Friday and blocked it over the weekend. I could not resist wearing it to work on Monday. I love it so much. I whined throughout the whole process of knitting the edging but wow, it really was well worth it. I carried it around for a few days before I found the perfect place to take pictures of it in downtown Frankfort earlier this afternoon. I’m so in love with this shawl and got so many compliments on it at work Monday.
Yarn: Madtosh Prairie
Pattern: Rock Island by Jared Flood
Cast On: July 1, 2013
Bind Off: July 27, 2013
I’ll talk about my next project for the final month of Camp Loopy tomorrow. I’ve got my yarn and needles ready but I’ve now changed my mind on the pattern.
Hello! I ended up finishing up my Camp Loopy June project right on time, however I’m not thrilled with how it came out. I ran out of yarn to do the edging so I bound off early. What my plan is, is to take the leftover from my Camp Loopy July project since it’s out of the same yarn and use it as a contrasting border. I’m going to start work on that once my July project is over which is…. Rock Island! I’ve said for awhile I’ve wanted to do this pattern and I cast on July 1st and I’m still on the edging. Now that I have the hang of it, it’s progressing better but my attention has been focused on school of course and my first Tour De Fleece!
I started by plying up some lace weight (most likely) shetland that I’ve had in my stash forever and moved quickly along to my Fiber Optics gradient. It’s wool and silk which is one of my favorite combinations and I’ve got both bobbins spun up, it’s time to ply them! I’ve already got my eye on my next goal – some beautiful Skein Queen BFL and then my Sock to Shoe kit from Blue Moon Fiber Arts. So much to spin, so little time.
Lastly, we welcomed a new family member this past Independence day. My sister in law had a little girl named Bailey so I’m hard at work at an adorable sock yarn bunny and a pair of booties to send her. They didn’t find out she was going to be a girl until she was born, so I held off on any handknits and if they didn’t live in Canada, we would bring the gifts to girl ourselves. Hopefully we’ll get to meet her in the near future!
Of course where I’d like to be right now is in France instead of spinning with the Tour De Fleece. Hopefully we’ll go again sometime soon!
I’m sailing right along on my Camp Loopy project. I have the first half done and the second part is coming along nicely. I’m expecting to graft the halves together tomorrow so I can get started on the edging. I would be further along if not for some gift knitting and a few commission projects that needed to be finished up. More on one of those gifts a bit further down. I’m looking ahead to Camp Loopy July already and my yarn and project have been chosen and I’m thrilled with what I’ve picked out.
I spent this past week in Delaware visiting my Dad. It was a solo trip and it was really nice to see my Dad and Myra even if only for a few days. My last day there, there were a couple of gigantic storms that drove us inside and made me a bit nervous since his house is surrounded by huge trees. It ended up being a lot of rain and thunder but other parts of Delaware weren’t so lucky. I wish I had gotten to spend more than three days with them but maybe later in the year I’ll be able to go back up.
I finished a pair of socks for my Dad while I was there. He has been a bit difficult to make socks for over the years and I think this was his fourth pair and they were a winner! I got a lot done on these socks while in waiting rooms the past few weeks with Mike who got hurt on his job. He’s in pain but getting better. He starts physical therapy this week so I’m going to guess it’ll be more waiting room knitting! You can see one of the first pair of socks I made for him in the background there.
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss Fingering in black. I liked knitting with the yarn but I don’t know if it was the color or yarn but every single piece of cat hair seemed to get attached to this. I’m not sure I would use it for a gift again. Of course I know I already have some set aside for more socks in my stash.
Needles: US 1.5 done with magic loop.
Pattern: Harris Tweed adapted for toe-up with a short row heel. This has become my go-to men’s sock pattern for the past couple of years. Always a crowd pleaser!
We had lost most of the light by the afternoon on my last day and my camera battery and iPhone had both died so these pictures aren’t that great but I had to photograph the occasion of how much my Dad enjoyed these socks. Before I left we also picked out the next project I’m going to make for him and picked out the yarn which should be arriving this afternoon. I asked him because I had seen the pattern and thought of him but I wanted to make sure it was something he was going to like. If all goes as planned I should be swatching this evening!
This year I decided to join Camp Loopy. I’m not sure why I didn’t participate the past two years but this year when Sheri announced it, the wheels in my head started turning. The first challenge is to knit a one skein project using at least 375 yards of fingering or lace weight in a base you’ve never used before. I spent a good hour going back and forth between shawl projects and drove poor Mike crazy in the process.
I finally settled on this yarn – Madelinetosh Prairie in Corsage and I’m going to turn it into…
The Print o’ the Wave shawl!
I got my yarn about two weeks ago and cast on early June 1st and with only two really straight of knitting I’ve finished 10 repeats which is a good ways into the body.
I have a couple of other knitting commitments to work on this week before I go out of town on Tuesday and since they’ll (hopefully) be done by then, I’ll be able to take my shawl and another pair of socks I’ve been working on for Mike with me. It’s only for a few days but of course with travel time, car time there and evenings I’m going to have a lot of time to knit.