My Weekend In Photos

This past week we were in Nevada County, CA enjoying the ranch life. I do enjoy getting out of the city and seeing the great outdoors.  There is something so serene about nature.

    
    
 We got to visit with a new piggie and the horse… 

  And of course there was some crafting involved. The wooded areas around the ranch were perfect to find pine branches, holly leaves, and acorns. I created a wreath and an Advent centerpiece.

    
  I hope you had a lovely weekend!

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Sweater Nails?!? This is supposedly winter’s newest nail art trend. I really like the cabling pattern, yet I won’t be DIYing these nails. This looks like a job for the professionals. ūüôā

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I ‚̧ԳŹ The Purl Bee

Oh  The Purl Bee how I love thee. Let me count the ways…

  • I love your gorgeous fiber choices. Your  designers do an amazing job using great fibers (think alpaca and  merino wool) in amazing colors.
  • I love your simple yet classic looks. There is nothing more appealing to me that a clean line with interesting design aspects.
  • I love your free patterns not only for the designs, but for their diversity. 
  • I love your tutorials, as I am not keen on videos. Your format of pictures and written descriptions is perfect for me.

So why this profession of love? Well I have a big vacation time coming up, and I have decided to make one of Purl Bee’s fabulous designs (if all goes according to plan). Now is the time I need to start planning out my yarn choices so I can order the yarn. Which project would you choose?

*Thank you to Elizabeth Barrett Browning for inspiring this post and for writing one of my favorite sonnets (How Do I Love Thee? Sonnet 43) 

Workin’ the Wool

So I finally finished all of my custom orders. My customer ordered a simple stockinette beanie. Easy enough right? Well not really. She saw the hat below and wanted her hat to be the same colors. Problem is I had no idea where I bought this yarn nor did I remember the brand. Ugh.

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Inspiration Colors

I searched yarn.com  and I finally found Plymouth Yarn Boku in Color #10  (wool/silk blend). It was stated to be a self-striping yarn with gradual color shifts and this dye lot featured blues, teals, and greens. Yay!

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I have to say I ordered the yarn purely for the colors. I had never used this brand before and the content blend was not my favorite. I find that this type of wool can be scratchy while wearing it. However, the colors were perfect so I took the risk.

The plus of this yarn is the¬†gradual color changes throughout the hat. Visually it looks so pretty. Kind of like sunset in the mountains. Yet, there were two major negatives that I could not get past. #1 the coarseness of the fiber and #2 the fragility of the yarn. Let’s ¬†first talk about the frailness of the yarn. I am a tight knitter and this yarn made me very conscious of that. Three times I pulled too tightly and the yarn broke! Talk about extra ends to weave in *sigh.*

To tackle the roughness factor I knew I could soften up my hat in the blocking process. A little internet research affirmed my thinking and I made sure to give this hat an extra long bath.¬†I soaked the finished hat in¬†a cold water and shampoo bath for about 5 hours. Thankfully, when I checked out the dried hat today, it was much softer. Yay! I had my fiance try it on and he was not bothered by the wool texture. Let’s hope my customer’s son won’t be either.

So would I use this yarn again? Probably not. However, if you enjoy yarns like Noro then this would be a solid substitution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blissfilled Hat

Hey hey hey!

Here is the latest FO (finished object) off my needles. This hat was made to fulfill a custom order for one of my fiance’s students. He wanted a Yankees colored hat that was simple and striped.

IMG_6650[1]¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† I bought the yarn at my LYS here in San Francisco (Imagiknit). I like this store as it has affordable yarn all the way up to luxury yarns. So there is a little something for everyone and every mood. This hat is made of a Debbie Bliss brand yarn that I haven’t seen before. The yarn is 100% superwash wool. Usually I don’t like pure wool as it can be scratchy. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the softness. After a wash it got even softer. I love when new yarn surprises me!IMG_6651[1]Hopefully the recipient will be as pleased as I am with the finished product. ūüôā

This is 30…

  Yesterday was my 30th birthday. I went through some mixed emotions about turning another decade older. It felt a little sad to be leaving my 20’s behind. However, by the end of the day I was feeling great. Just because I got older doesn’t mean anything had to change. Quite frankly it is just a marker to set new goals to accomplish. 30 is going to be one of my best years yet. I will get to marry my love, travel to new places, and learn a new hobby. What hobby you ask? 

 Yep I am taking up the drop spindle! Someone paid attention to all of those *subtle* emails and got me a great b-day present. In addition to the spindle, I also received lessons. Yay! My first lesson is next week so check back to see the result. 

Here is to a year of new adventures!ūüćĺ