Thursday, May 25, 2017

Gordian Knots and More

I've been busy actually finishing project but then again that means I will start a bunch of new ones.  On my plate right now is untangling yarn.  Alice of Backyard Fiberworks sent me 14 pounds of knotted yarn to untangle.  It's about 47 skeins of yarn.  Some small and some big.  Here are some pictures.

This is an IKEA bag full of tangled yarn.

Here are the ones I've untangled.  I have about 3 more to add.

Pictured below are projects that I've actually finished.

Here are the ones that I've started:

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rinse and Repeat!

More samples for Backyard Fiber Works.  When I have samples to knit, I don't get much time for other knitting or spinning.

This is the Dot Shawl sample.  I ran out of the grey but just made the border bigger.  The pattern is here:  I plan to make the larger size with the yarn below.

This Spokes Baby Blanket should get to Alice today.  The pattern is here:  Funny it was suppose to take the same amount of yarn of each color.  I had like 6 yards left of the white and like 1/2 a skein of the blue/green.  It takes according to the pattern 440 yards of worsted weight of 2 different colors.

Currently on the needles is an Everyday Shawl sample in a teal gradient.  Here is the pattern:  I had to makes some modifications to the pattern.  I did kfb & pfb instead of YO.  I slipped 1 stitch before the marker instead of 2.  Can't wait to get to the other colors!

Meanwhile I did finish spinning my 8 oz of Woolgather.  Here is a resting shot.  I need to start plying it.

I have one more sample to do after the Everyday Shawl and then hopefully is back to finishing WIP and not starting more of them. LOL!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sample, Sample!

I seem to be working full time on samples for Backyard Fiberworks.  Here is the finished Spotlight.  Luckily, Alice likes to block and weave in ends.  Which is a good thing because I can wait over a year to do that. LOL!
Backyard Fiberworks Sock in Silver Spring and Shell

I'm currently trying to finish up another 2 samples.
Backyard Fiberworks Sock in Stormcloud and what I call After The Stormcloud (don't know if Alice will name it that).
Backyard Fiberworks Orchard in Arbol

I will be working on: and

Meanwhile I did finish this hat and started on a shawl.  I've made 4 of these hats.  I should know the pattern by now but manage to mess up with each one!

I've had the yarn wound up for this shawl for a long time.  JulieSpins Vera Fingering in Pansies and Ruby.  I haven't gotten tot he Ruby part yet.

After 2 years, I'm finally getting somewhere with this shrug.  I've been watching Netflix at night and needed something simple to knit on in the dark and watching.  I had rows and rows of just knitting and purling.  Now I need to pick up stitches and knit the body.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

FO and Another Sample Knit!

I got my test knit done.  It just needs to be washed and blocked.  It's the part I like least along with weaving in the ends.

I finally got my  Baa-ble Hat washed and blocked.  It's ready for my trip to Rhinebeck in the fall.

My  Drachenfels turned out HUGE but that is what you get when your "fingering" weight yarn isn't quite fingering weight.  I love it though and it will go in the county and state fair this year.

I got my Woolgathering off the wheel.  I can't wait to see how it plies up.

This is my latest sample knit.  It's Spotlight and it will be at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival at the Backyard Fiberworks booth!!  If you remember just around Christmas, I won $100 gift certificate to Backyard Fiberworks.  I got some lovely yarn and just decided to ask Alice if she needed samples knitted.  She said yes!  She has some other shawls I will be knitting too.  This is Backyard Fiberworks Sock in Shell.  I soon will be adding Silver Springs.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Same Old Song

Trying to finish some projects, trying not to start new projects, trying to stop signing up for test knits and trying to get some spinning in.

I did managed to finish my Rhinebeck Hat.

It still needs to be washed and blocked.

I started another test knit.  I wanted to use some of the lovely yarn I won from Backyard Fiberworks.

I see another test knit that I want to do for AMBAH and I have the perfect yarn for it.

I joined another KAL.  I got yarn for this shawl for Christmas.

I've managed to finish a pair of socks but not from the same pair.  I got one of each done. LOL!

I got yarn.  It was my birthday this month so of course that involves getting yarn.

My latest handspun and what is on the wheel right now.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Chicken Boots USA

This is going to be a fan girl post.  Instagram is a bad place to get introduced to new yarn, new dyers and new companies to buy stuff from.  My friend Angela has this great Neo Atsume bag that she posts in a lot of pictures.  She often gets asked where she got her project bag and her answer is Chicken Boots USA.  Now the sad part was that her bag was part of a limited run and not available any more.  The happy part was when Chicken Boots decided to do something called Egg Crates.  You had 3 choices:  chick, teen and Head Hen.  The chick was just the wallet, teen was just the tote and Head Hen was both with some bonus items.  The January Egg Crate is sold out and the next one will be in March.

This is a picture of my collection of Chicken Boots.

Here is a picture of the head hen with all the goodies.  There are different versions of the pin and pad.

Go to this page to find out the future egg crates coming.

This is the wallet (inside and outside).  This will become my travel wallet.  My every day wallet is huge with lots of cards and items.  I love that the pocket for the bills is large so it would work for those foreigner bills that are different sizes then the USA dollar.

Look how much the tote will hold!  That is 3 skeins of yarn and a fairly big shawl.

I lovely pocket in the front.  Perfect for my pattern card.

I didn't even notice there was a pocket in the back!

This is a charm keeper.  This wasn't a part of the Egg crates but extras people could get with the egg crate or separately.  I wasn't going to get this bag but I'm SO glad that I did.  I love the tote but the cute cat fabric is on the inside.

Look how much this bag can hold!!  That's why I'm glad that I got it.  I have plenty of smaller project bags that can pretty much only hold one skein of fingering weight and a sock project.

Cute fabric inside too.  You can get other fabric charm keeper here:

This was my first Chicken Boots purchase.  It was in the sale section and I got it for the yarn washi tape that came with purchase.  I have a thing for cats if you haven't noticed.  Love that its so HUGE and that it has a zipper pocket for my pattern card and tape measure.

There isn't anything there right now but don't forget to check out sale items too!