knitting

Current WIPs —

Gehry Wrap: 50% done

Frosty Acorn: 85% done

RCYC MCAL – 65% done

Polwarth/Silk Spinning: 30% done

Crosspatch Spinning 50% done

Burton Vestigan: 50% done, need to get more yarn

Mayu – 85% done, need to finish sleeves

Jonathan sweater attempt #4: Just started

Playground shawl: A grudgingly 10% done, might frog this. The material is too good for a basic shawl! XD


Stuff That I Want to Make over the next 6 months —

Basic Brioche Beanie – Learn brioche!

Best Friend Shawl – Have the materials, need to do it

Lady Olivia – Need new hand warmers for this fall

Lingon – Use my handspun

Regina – ‘cuz more hats

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Out and about this Easter Sunday I happened upon a neighborhood cat in the Alphabet District. Little guy was not interested in people, but rather on munching the green-way greens.

I got a few shots of him partaking of his daily green. I’m pretty sure he knew what he was doing. The area is not exactly pet friendly in that there is a lot of car traffic along NW 23rd. Cat seemed pretty content to saunter up to the patches of grass and take himself a few mouth-fulls.

Knitting progress…? Ok so it’s coming down to the wire here. March is almost done so I have to hurry up on the crown decreases of my Beeswax hat so I can start April’s KAL project. Additionally I need to get crackin’ on a hat for my cousin’s wife. ALSO I need to finish up my Campside shawl for my other cousin’s wedding next next weekend which I will be presenting to her and my other FO I need to make as well as give my Poe shawl to my mother’s cousin. Eek!

Here’s an update as well on how the hair is holding up!

Looking pretty awesome to me. The perm is still there so it’s slightly wavy. I still haven’t gotten used to the fact that my hair is this awesome color. XD I got a lot of compliments over the weekend though! Every time I look in the mirror, a window reflection, etc…surprise!!! PURPLE HAIR!!!

It’s been a pretty epic week and a half here. Definitely the longest I’ve ever celebrated anything. Thanks for the love everyone! <3

 

 

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You’re almost a third of the way through and I haven’t talked to you at all!

I finally managed an FO! I spent a few hours fiddling with the super bulky pink yarn I had spun and plied earlier this year and finally made myself a beanie.

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Tips for next time: 2-ply bulky and don’t fret if it’s not entirely bulky!

I used up every last bit of the super bulky and almost didn’t have enough for the beanie. Thankfully I do have size US15 needles! You can barely make out the quarter underneath four strands of the yarn. Since I let it sit for nearly a month it has not only revealed to me it’s ultimate sproinginess, as merino is, it has also grown on me. The pictures here don’t really show the color well. It isn’t orange. It is PINK. PIIINK.

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MMmhmmm some tasty handspun this is!

The pattern is basic 2×2 variation on Norichanknits Hipstamatic. My changes include casting on 44 instead of 52, working 3 rows on size US11 needles, switching to size US15 needles for the rest of the beanie. The four ply nature of the yarn meant that some spots were not as fluffy as others which gives it a nice subtle thick and thin effect without being so dramatic. I’m pleased with the results and need someone to take me hiking in the mountains! (hint hint).

Speaking of adventures, here’s a sneak peak at my goodies from the Rose City Yarn Crawl!

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A part of learning the craft of drop spinning is upping the game with advanced tools as well as advanced techniques. This little beauty is barely 1oz in weight and doesn’t have a notch! It makes up for that by having a sharper curve at the top of the hook to keep the thread in place. This one is made by Twist and Turnings right here in Portland! It is a 26g/.95oz with an African Paduak whorl and a solid Maple shaft. It’s an itty bitty spindle that I was able to try out at the store. I pretty much tried all of the spindles at Pearl Fiber Arts and this one called my name moreso than the others. There was another dark walnut whorl too, I think it was a 31g weight…yes I am still thinking about it but I’m pretty sure someone’s bought it already. Must exercise self-craft-control…lol

Since this spindle is lighter than my Kundert spindle, I’m hoping to get some consistent lace weight out of it. This spindle is also shorter than my Kundert, so for portability it does get higher marks. I wonder if I can take it with me on an airplane.

Anyways, my master plan is to take knitting with me on my trip to California in April to test out theories about taking circular knitting needles in carry-on luggage on a much trans-continental flight later this year. I’ll bring a set of fixed chiaogoos with me and a pre-stamped envelope just in case the TSA officers are a bunch of hooligans.

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Well hello there Monday morning email!! What do you have in store for me today?

Today I got an email from the Black Sheep Society. (See my post here about their first launch.) It was apparently a huge flop, which they humbly admit to. Myself, I’m not entirely surprised though I probably wasn’t their target audience.

Johnny and the gang are at it again with a sweet brand new site and a sweet brand new pricing scheme…wait…

Ok for real: as far as website development and ux goes, they have things down. Johnny definitely knows what he is doing to draw a crowd. Now getting that crowd to cough up their credit card numbers and click the submit button is a whole different ballgame.

The product has changed to a monthly based subscription, similar to a yarn club. They are offering tiered monthly pricing at a much easier to swallow price point ($40…not really that enticing). Additionally the three craft-a-longs are now a monthly craft-a-long: choose knitting, crochet, or sewing, as before. The top menu, as of today, only partially works. How It Works will take you to a basic explanation page, but doesn’t allow you to actually pick a kit. To get to the kit page you need to use the Pick A Craft-A-Long drop menu at the top.

Now this page I have a lot of beef with. There is no useful information about the kit. Even the image is misleading as there is a tiny notice below the big Join the Society button that mentions the items are not even what you get and the knitting needles are not included. So what do I get if I spend $40?  WHAT DO I GET? I don’t have $40 burning a hole in my pocket. If I did I would blow it at my LYS for a luxury skein of fingering weight yarn from a local dyer. And local as in this indie dyer lives within 100 mile radius of me, not local to my entire country. =/

This is the basic gist of the entire business hook taken straight from the pick kit/price page.:

“The Black Sheep Society is a monthly craft-a-long box for yarn and fabric lovers, delivering EXCLUSIVE, simple, on-trend projects from indie designers, paired with beautiful products, perfect for crafting your handmade wardrobe.”

Who is the indie designer? What products are these projects paired with? Are these products also sourced with in the United States? And are those manufacturers in the United States as well? I mean come on. Go big or go home. Charge me an extra $30 and get me some really good things. This in-between pricing makes me think that I’m getting something overpriced and of poor quality.

Johnny, dude. Why did you send out a mass email to your subscribers if your website doesn’t even have the most important information available? Why would I refer my friends here if what you’re offering is not at value with other sources? I feel like I’m not your target audience. I feel like your target audience is for millennial house wives and fashionistas.

Millennials have grown up with the internet and we all know how to use it and how to find our niche in fashion, home decor, news, entertainment, and other media to our greatest advantage. In the mean time, I await reports and possibly another email explaining yourself and round 3. I don’t blame you for trying this new business model and subsequently making dramatic changes.

Honestly, I look forward to where this takes you and your team. And also, where are my New Stitch A Day emails? I miss those.

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In the bag. This is the last work day of the month!

I guess it flew by, but this week has definitely dragged on. So lets talk about happy things, like ME and my projects! =)

First off I have to mention that my hair is finally long again. Long enough to pull back into a little pony tail. I forget how this makes my face look much narrower, how much I look like my mom, and how Korean it makes me appear as well. Heh. I am what I am, and I no longer have poof going on at the shoulders. Mid-April I believe will be the 1 year mark since I cut it really short before our Costa Rica adventure and I do feel like my hair growth has slowed somewhat. It may just be due to the perm though. By this coming May I’m sure it’ll be a nice mid shoulder length with plenty of styleability.

Ok now for projects:

  1. I’ve started plying my master project. I grossly miscalculated how much yardage each ply was going to be. I may end up in the 300 yard range by the time I’m done. I haven’t even gotten half way through and my spindle is almost at capacity!

  2. Christmas spinning results are in and it looks like my Mountain Sapphires will be a little neck warmer. Nice and thick! I’m doing a basic garter stitch scarf, but to spice things up a bit I’m going to drop sections and reloop them using a crochet hook to make big stitches. I’m pretty stoked for this even though the scarf isn’t going to be that long. Will be making a button border at the end.
  3. Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery Knit Along: That’s a mouthful. It’s started! Clue 1 came out this week Wednesday, and the next three clues will be coming out once a week for the next three weeks. I’m pretty excited and thankful I had the foresight to ask Cindy for help picking colors! I did keep to the plan and I’m excited how the cowl is going to turn out!
  4. Master Plan Spinning Project 2 is manifesting itself. Noriko released a bulky weight hat last year that I want to spin yarn to make. Yeah bulky, yeah spinning for an actual project, yeah yeah!!

 

 

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Officially starting on another sweater. Now I know for sure that I have some weird hangup in which I get really antsy if I’m not working on a sweater.

The pattern I’ve chosen is called Kyra Boatneck Pullover. It’s a basic lace and cable pattern from the bottom up, drop sleeves, and minimal shaping/finishing. Unfortunately the pattern is written flat and with 6′ of positive ease. I’ll have to do some calculations once I get my gauge swatch done.

In all likelihood I’m thinking of doing it with reduced ease, possibly 4″ instead of 6″, and making it in the round and then splitting at the top for arm holes and finishing. I’ve done this before with the PurlBee Lattice Top, so I’m fairly confident it will be alright. The difference here is that I will be doing sleeves or some type of sleeve, which will negate the need to decrease stitches for roundness at the shoulder.

Another major concern of the pattern is that it does not have charts. The lace/cable is written and there is a basic measurement schematic for the body and sleeves. Alas, no chart. Based on the completed projects this doesn’t seem to be a problem and many people are able to get through it without a problem.

The yarn I’ve chosen is Shepard’s Wool Worsted Super Wash in the Lilac colorway. My LYS only had three skeins in stock, but I should have enough for a decent length in the body with shortened sleeves, as I had planned on doing anyways.

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Also since I’m reducing 2 inches on the body width that will give me more yarn for length. Each skein is 250 yards, so the master plan here is to do two skeins on the body in the round, third skein will be neckline finishing. Leftovers will be allocated to the sleeves.

I’m also concerned about where the hem of the sweater will cut off at my waist and will probably do maybe 4″ of ribbing instead of what appears to only be about 2″. This modification is still up in the air though.

Besides these adjustments, I’m pretty excited to have another layer I can have over my dresses this coming winter…three days away…haha

So far my anti-pants mission has been going well. =)

Also I need to start planning for items to knit to wear in Ireland! Yep, we are definitely going next year! XD

 

 

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One down, two to go!

Christmas is just around the corner and I couldn’t be happier. It’s been a long time since I was truely excited to give gifts. Mostly because this year I feel like I can afford to give some well thought and meaningful items.

But anyways, onto some selfish stuff:

I did manage to get wrangled into going to Jonathan’s company holiday party. Partly due to the purchase of this little beauty:

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Aww yeah, gigantic teddy sweater! It was remarkably soft and cozy despite obviously being used. May have found the best vintage store in Portland too.  A little secret spot in Hollywood called Babylon Vintage. Products are good and the prices are even better! I’m not super sure about the contents as the tag was gone, but I’m guessing there’s a bit of wool in addition to acrylic. I’m hoping to figure out a way to tailor it though. It’s a XL with odd wing shaping on the sleeves. But otherwise, super awesome teddy sweater!!

Around the block we happen upon a bazaar at the local church. At one of the booths was hand made, hard wood, Christmas ornaments!

 

IMG_1934 The maker, Vincent and his partner, don’t have a facebook page or etsy shop set up yet, so I’ve linked his facebook profile in-which he accepts messages for orders. He’s been busy shipping out and making new items. Check him out!

 

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I’ve also come to the point of obsession over this app: Neko Atsume

Cats

Play things

Fish currency

It’s basically a super easy, non-sadface version of a Tamogatchi =)

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Christmas for myself came a smidge early. A long the lines of learning new things I’ve picked up a drop spindle from KundertSpindles. These are also hand made and super light! I’ve already broken into my merino/bamboo from Thoroughly Thwacked. And picked up some undyed BFL at my LYS and Masham dyed by DragynKnits. Excited! Need to get the almost 1.5oz I’ve already spun up safely off my spindle though so I can try these other fibers.

Not bad for a newbie

Not bad for a newbie

Seems to be working so far. Only dropped it twice...hehe

Seems to be working so far. Only dropped it twice…hehe

For a little while there I was really confused about the importance of the weight of the spindle. Heavier spindle = thicker yarns? Yup. The weight of the spindle gives the whorl more mass in which to stay in motion. More force is needed to keep the spindle twisting the fibers. If there are more fibers, you need more force and so more weight. So anyways. I apparently bought a super duper light spindle, despite it’s size. Hopefully as I get better this means I can do both thick and thin threads!

But do you see those colors?!!!?!?!?!?!!

le sigh…

 

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This may have been one of the most productive weekends I’ve had in a while.

To start things off:

FRIDAY: GOT MY HAIR DID!

Old hair

Old hair

Curled up!

Curled up!

Chems

Chems

RINSE!

RINSE!

YAY!

YAY!

 

SATURDAY: Portland Retro Gaming Expo, AND got started on the Consummate V’s Hat for Noriko’s Birthday KAL.

Ikaruga This is a man.

A man and his Ikaruga.

A man and his Ikaruga that he’s been searching for.

Searching for longer than we have been dating and married.

He finally found it.

(I apologize for the potato quality photo. I was trying to catch him in the act.)

 

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All of this minus the Silver Gamecube we scored at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. And yes, yes that is a little sewn project bag. Yes, it will be used for knitting. And yes, she had other sizes that could easily accommodate as a dice bag or otherwise gift bag for said expo purchases. But YES! Finally I have my own copy of Tales of Symphonia!

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These fine gentle-people were all playing Starwars Battlefront for the original X-Box. That’s right. All of them, playing one game, together. There were approximately 25 systems up in this section of the arcade. Insane!!

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And this setup was all Atari. ALL.

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And this! This was the setup for the Tetris World Championship Stage! For serious.


SUNDAY: laundry and cleaning and omg LOOK. A wild cat on her couch!

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Also, I finished the Consummate V’s Hat and blocked Jonathan’s scarf. Finally done with that scarf!!

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Consummate V’s!

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Hatfield #2

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Bohemian Cowl

 

 

 

 

 

The Bohemian Cowl was also completed this week. That means I have two complete entries into the KAL giveaway. I’m really gunning for that skein of yarn.

Guh! So tired today, back at the grindstone.

Coffee GO!

Coffee GO!

 

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