I love knitting, but I occasionally fancy other fiber-based crafts. This week, I began spinning some of the roving I bought last weekend. Spinning has become more enjoyable now that I have practiced a bunch. With that being said, I am still not spectacular. I am having trouble with keeping the spin in the fiber consistent. Some parts are tight and uniform and others are fat and fluffy😟.
I am off to a not so shabby start, but there is certainly room for improvement.
I also began a crochet blanket to try and use up some of my old acrylic yarn. I am on a quest to be rid of 50% of my undesired yarn by July. It is just taking up too much space for no reason.
Hopefully, I can reach my goal. Here is to finding my old yarn a new home.
Well this weekend was Stitches West and it was fiber-filled fun! I made sure to stick to my rules from last year. I had my bag, a friend, and some good walking shoes. On my want- it list was some hot pink sock yarn and some fun rainbow roving. I was also looking for a giant cone like I got last year. Much to my dismay WEBS did not have any this year.
I wore my One- Way Tee, which got several compliments. ☺️ I have to say it again, but this is one of my best knitted items ever.
Here is what I did purchase:
Twisted Owl’s “Birds of a Feather” Sock Yarn. This color scheme reminds me of Popsicle on a hot summer day.
I also got this 4 pack of roving for $17 from Western Sky Knits! I have already started prepping my wool for my drop spindle.
Stitches West is always a great time. It is a great way to hang with fellow fiber lovers. The one thing I would have liked to see is some more fiber demonstrations. Something like spinning, dying, or unique ways to use fiber. I always love to see others crafting. It is so inspirational and motivating.
Until Next Time,
Like promised I have pictures of my On the Beach sweater by Isabell Kraemer. I am 95% pleased with it. I love the colors and the cut, but the bottom of the sweater was driving me nuts. Essentially, you bind off from stockinette stitch, which naturally wants to roll upward. Ugh!
I tried to decrease the curling a little during the blocking process, but the wool was not having it. I work with small children and bend over frequently, therefore, I like my tops to be secure on the bottom. If I kept this curling edge I would be rockin’ a crop top by the end of the day. 😳
Soooo I frogged the bottom back a row and ended up making a 1×1 rib at the bottom. Result: A Satisfied Knitter.
I highly suggest this pattern as it is easy to follow, FREE, and the result has a flattering fit. Check out this top-down knit on Ravelry when you get a chance.
I hope all of my US readers had a lovely Valentine’s Day. In our household, we are not into the commercial side of Valentine’s Day. We usually exchange small gifts and then plan a fun activity to enjoy together. This year I made my fiancé the Antler Hat by Tin Can Knits. This hat is from their Pacific Knits Collection.
This was a great knit. The pattern is free and it comes in sizing from kids to adults. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Charcol Grey. I did not make as many cables as the pattern called for ( I only made 7 before decreasing) as my fiancé doesn’t like the brim folded up. I got a “Wow!” with an overjoyed look. I think I did well 😉. This hat is well timed as he is headed on a week- long ski trip tomorrow.
Later in the day, we went on a 7 mile hike in Marin County, California. We started at Stinson Beach and headed up the mountain on Matt Davis Trail. I appreciated the switchbacks on the trail as we accented 2153 ft above sea level. Switchbacks make hiking soooo much easier. The views of the Pacific Ocean were great.
We then headed down the mountain on Steep Ravine Trail and later cut over to Dipsea Trail to take us back to the beach. Steep Ravine Trail was the best section of the hike. Imagine being in a wooded wonderland covered in ferns, Redwoods, and huge boulders surrounding you on all sides. It was beautiful.
At the end of the trek, we headed to the beach for a few minutes. It was super crowded so we didn’t stay long. Who knew Valentine’s Day was also unofficial go to the beach day?
Hiking, beach time, and amazing company are some of the best ingredients for a day of love!
The latest off my US size 8s is…
I used the remaining Cascade 220 Sport from my On the Beach sweater ( I swear there will be some photos of it soon). I casted on 80 stitches and made a 2×2 rib. After that, I then just made up the pattern. Basically it is a single stitch alternating color pattern. The sizing came out a little small so this is defiantly a kid/ teen hat.
As I finished the above, I casted on the Antler Hat by Tin Can Knits. Someone in my house is expecting a handmade gift for Valentine’s Day ❤️.
This week is all about Finished Objects. My blocking pile has been getting taller by the day. I don’t know what it is, but I will rush to finish a project and then leave it for weeks to be blocked/washed. 😕
I used the last bits of my Miss Babs Rainbow yarn to make this cute little infant set:
I am not sure about the sizing of these socks. They look really wide for what I was guessing would fit 0-3 months. I guess bigger is better? I love making baby stuff (it is quick and super cute), but I need to get better at sizing. I just eyeball it. Yet, I am rarely around infants so I don’t really know if my eyeballs are calibrated correctly hahah. I guess this needs to be one of my crafting goals for 2016.
Super Bowl 50 is upon us! 🏈 Living in the Bay Area, I have been bombarded with Super Bowl these last few weeks. There are concerts, statues, memorabilia, and tourists all over the city. I am not a huge football fan, but I do love the Super Bowl. It is such a great way to get friends together. Here are my essentials to having a great time during the Super Bowl.
- Get your knitting project together. Thought I would leave out crafting? No way! Pick a portable project that is repetitive. You are going to be talking, eating , and watching half time performances. Therefore, pick something you can knit without thinking. I am knitting Anastasia Socks. They look tricky, but the pattern is pretty easy to follow. Want something football themed? Check out my Football Coasters.
- Get your snacks together. I love Super Bowl snacks! I try to have a good balance of “junk food” (wings, nachos, pulled pork) and healthier options ( veggies and hummus). This year I am also adding caramel Rice Krispie treats to the snack line up.
- Seating. Make sure you have spots for everyone. Whether it is the couch or cute pillows on the ground everyone needs a spot to watch the game.
- Have some fun decor! Hey it is a party right? Decor can be as minimal as football played or as elaborate as this: (photo from Princess Pinky Girl)
- Libations. Have a variety of adult beverages as well as kiddy ones.
- Good company! Super Bowl parties are a great way to gather all sorts of friends you know. Come together and have a good time!
Our local team, the 49ers, are not in the big game so I will be rooting for the Carolina Panthers. I ❤️ Cam Newton!
What are your Super Bowl essentials?
Last week, someone gifted me two 100 g skeins of this:
This yarn is Reginella Rueca made in Chile. It is a 100% wool that is super soft and quite fluffy. The yarn does has varying thickness throughout the skein (see below). Normally, I would not buy yarn like this on my own. I like my finished project’s tension to look very even throughout the garment. Never the less, the yarn was free and a quick Ravelry search (granted it was one vote) gave it 5 stars.
I pulled out my size US 19 needles (aka the biggest ones that I have) and cast on 16 stitches. I intended on making a cowl as I had only 200 g of yarn to work with. I didn’t want to use just basic stockinette so I racked my brain for a simple and slightly textured pattern. I immediately thought of the broken rib stitch used in the Graham beanie and got to work.
Man using big needles and bulky yarn was a challenge of fine motor skills. Throughout this project I felt very clumsy. It was like I was just learning to knit haha. The needle size was also a huge contrast from the needle to yarn ratio I have been using lately (think US Size 2 needles and fingering weight yarn). By the half way point, I had gotten the hang of it and the rest of the project went a bit more smoothly.
The cowl came out nice. It is thick and cozy with a pop of color. I don’t think I will be wearing it as it is too warm here (think low 60’s). However, it will go into my gifting bin with the hope it will eventually find a nice home.
So would I use this yarn again? Probably not. I am not a bulky yarn fan and the finished look is too wobbly for me. Despite this, It was a fun knitting adventure 🙂