March 30th, 2012
Here are the 5 rovings I made for the store Wooly Belle, in Vinton, VA.
I’m kinda jealous, and as always, I want to keep them all for myself, but they’re headed to the post office tomorrow morning. From left to right we have Vixen, Toxic Mayhem, Rose Garden, Moss, and Tiger Lilly. Each is Superwash Merino wool and nylon. I think Moss is my favorite one. Feel free to leave a comment and tell me which is YOUR favorite. I sure hope the fiber lovers in Vinton like them too!
March 26th, 2012
Howdy everyone! Wanna see something soooo cool? Remember this?
This was the third roving I dyed. It’s a Merino and Silk mix and it was named Age of Aquarium, (a great name suggestion by Breida with a B). Well, one of the knitting/spinning geniuses I knit with on Sunday night, Deb, bought it from me and spun it into gorgeous yarn.
Isn’t that COOL!!?? I’m in love with it!
You too could spin yarn as lovely as this! Just go to my shop and buy some and spin it! See? Isn’t that easy? (Ok, maybe right at the moment is not the right time to be pushing roving sales, as I only have one left in the shop right now as I type this, but there are more coming soon. I promise! And the one that IS there is super fun.)
March 24th, 2012
I decided on a name for the blue and green roving from the last post. I decided on Toxic Mayhem…it just seemed to fit better than anything else.
Today is Saturday, and we have no plans other than going out to buy a birthday present for a little cousin turning 3. Other than that, it’s going to be a rare day filled with no obligations. My excitement is hard to contain, as yesterday I received my order of bare roving, and it’s all waiting to be dyed. It’s going to be a productive day! I look forward to showing you the fruits of my labor next week!
In knitting news, I’ve started yet another pair of socks. No, I haven’t finished the Lace and Cable socks yet. And no, I haven’t gotten very far on my shawl. And starting another pair of socks doesn’t really make any sense right now….but I have my knitting group to blame. We’ve decided to start a sock KAL, and our aim is to knit one pair every month, and we’re going to start with the first pair in Cookie A.’s Sock Innovation, Glynis. Then we’re going to move through the book and knit every single pair of socks in there. Now this all sounds good in theory, and I MIGHT be able to keep up if I had nothing else to knit, but that’s not the case. I have so many other projects I also want to work on, and if I did nothing but the socks, well, that would be it. It easily takes me a month for a pair of socks, and I don’t think I’ll be able to keep up with these knitting ninjas I hang out with. Even if I could keep up, I wouldn’t be able to work on anything else…so I didn’t commit myself, but I gave an honest, “I’ll try.” And so I already cast on and finished the cuff of the first sock, hoping to get a head start.
Have I mentioned that our fearless leader, Vicki, is also working on a sweater on SIZE 0 NEEDLES??? Look at this crazy thing:
I’m very lucky to have found such a talented group of knitters to play with. Now I just have to try to keep up!
March 22nd, 2012
I have some good news! A shop in Vinton VA asked if I would be interested in selling my roving there! The shop is named Wooly Belle and they’re on FB if you want to see more pictures of their shop. I only had two undyed rovings at home when they asked, so I quickly ordered more and dyed the two I have. Wanna see them?
Above is my favorite one so far, and of course, I’m brainstorming for a name for it. It reminds me of Spring…and fruity alcoholic drinks. Hmmmm……so I’m opening up the suggestion box to see what my readers can come up with. I’d love to hear from everyone, either in the comments or on my FB page.
Here it is lounging (drying) out in the backyard, soaking up the unusually warm Spring weather. It took my seat.
The one below I call Rose Garden.
Now I have to wait for the rest of my order to arrive before I can make more. As soon as it comes, I’m going to be a crazy roving dyer for a while. They said they’d sell some of my yarn too!
Also, I donated a skein to a podcast! The podcaster will be having a contest with prizes and my yarn (Lucky Charms) will be one of the prizes. Interested in a chance at winning some Mustard Seed Yarn Lab yarn? Listen for your chance tomorrow. Tune in to Fiber and Fabric for details.
It’s going to be an exciting Spring. The daffodils are ready… and so is Emmet.
March 16th, 2012
I’ve been itching to knit another shawl for awhile now, but other projects kept getting in the way. (Projects I was actually getting paid to make, so those totally take priority… and happily.) Have I ever mentioned how much I love knitting shawls? You know,… I don’t wear them. I wish I was one of those fashionable girls who can throw a cute outfit together and wrap a lovely shawl around it all and make it come together. I am not one of those girls. I wear jeans everyday (which I can do because I work from home.) If I’m going somewhere nice, I throw a nice shirt on with my jeans, instead of my usual plain V neck T-shirt. I just can’t be bothered, really. Skirts are too cold in the winter (which lasts about 9 months in the Northeast) and in the summer, I opt for capris instead of skirts (just more practical, and I’m not fond of my stubby legs in shorts). I go to clothing stores and leave with nothing, complaining about how everything in there is so ugly. And when I do see something nice, it usually fits me all wrong or looks too girly or whatever.
But I love knitting shawls. I’ve only made 4 so far, but each was so much fun, I just couldn’t stop once I started. I gifted 3 of them, and kept one for myself. I wore it once to a wedding, but now it sits at the bottom of a huge Tupperware bin, where no harm can come to it. I’ve been told I should display it somewhere at least, and I’d like to, but it would get dusty or dirty, and eventually need a washing. A washing would mean blocking it all over again and I am NOT going to do that twice.
So, although I have no real reason to keep making shawls, I just can’t help myself. Last night I started the Juneberry Triangle by Jared Flood. I’ve been wanting to make this one for over a year. My sister gave me all the yarn to make it with for Christmas.
This is what it should look like when it’s done:
If mine comes out looking anywhere near this good, I just might have to buy an outfit to go with it.
My Lace and Cable sock is coming along. I guess I’m in a red kind of mood.