It's the time of year to be busy knitting gifts, but I got caught up doing a little selfish knitting. The sweater is "Hermine" by Astrid Schramm, the hat is "Sockhead Hat" by Kelly McClure.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Are you ready for a pre-holiday sale? Through Nov 18th, spend $30 or more take 10% off with coupon code "TAKE10", spend $60 or more take 20% off with code "TAKE20", spend $100 or more take 30% off with code "TAKE30". Happy Holiday Knitting everyone!
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Are you having fun at Kid n Ewe this year? I certainly am. There are almost too many lovely goodies to choose from! Okay , who'm I kidding... You can never have too much yarn and fiber. Sock yarn doesn't count as stash right?
Friday, November 8, 2013
10 rows / 2 inches in stockinette
K - knit
BO - bind off
pm - place marker
Random Method: Using a random number generator, pick a number beteween 0 and 9, and work round 3 that many times.
Monday, October 28, 2013
I started with two samples of Spoonflower's custom printed wallpaper, each sample was just a bit larger than the back of the wheel, so there was plenty extra space to play with getting the perfect placement of the print.
I began by trimming the wallpaper sheet, cutting it down to about 1/2 inch wider on all sides than the wheel, and then carefully trimming a few holes in the back where there are metal bits that poke out from the back (to make sure that the wallpaper would lay flat when applied, and keep it from sticking to those moving parts.) I cut the holes just large enough to fit around the metal bits, and trimmed them to their final size later, so that I would have a bit of wiggle room in the application. Then I took a bit of painter's tape and covered all the metal bits and moving parts to protect them from the wallpaper glue. Following the directions I wet and applied the wallpaper, and let it dry for a full 24 hours. I also applied wallpaper to the front of the wheel similarly, pre-cuttung the inner circle for the wheel to the desired size and cutting it just a bit wider than the accelerator wheel (this application was a bit trickier than the back to be able to slide it in between the two wheels without making a mess. I also added a few randomly sized circles on the front side.
When it was fully dry, using a very sharp razor blade, I trimmed off all the extra paper. Then put on about 4 thin layers of semi-gloss(since the wheel finish already had a bit of a semi-gloss finish to it) modge podge , letting each layer dry 12 hours before adding the next. Then removed the painter's tape after everything had fully dried.
The spoonflower wallpaper is supposed to be easily removable, so I figured that the modge podge would help keep it from peeling off spontaneously, and should also prevent any scuff marks or discolorations. (whenever I stick the wheel in a bag for travel)
I'm pretty happy with the results, and so far I haven't had any issues with it wearing or causing any problems with spinning.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Monday, July 1, 2013
So are you spinning for tour de fleece this year? I decided that my goal this year to to push myself to perfect my n-plying and to work on spinning thin (as my typical yarn is a 2 ply dk to worsted weight) I recently got a new wheel... well two new wheels... a Spinolution Mach III and a Spinolution Queen Bee, the Bee is perfect for travel and for laceweight singles since it has ratioes up to 1:36, the Mach III is great for at home use (though it stays in my studio mostly as it is a little heavy to move) and has a standard bobbin that will fit up to about 8 oz of yarn!
So far during the tour this year, I've spun a loop! Bulleseye bump (437 yds of not quite perfect n-plied) some merino bamboo singles, and a 3ply sport/heavy fingering polwarth silk... Not a bad start!