Sunday, September 28, 2014

DenKnits 2.19 - I feel like I'm rushing but...

Super quick ep today!  So many secret FOs and WIPs make for a short podcast I guess :-)

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FO - Iris Goddess of the Rainbow Shawl out of Sheep Dreamery yarn

WIPs - Bender hat design out of Encore worsted
         - Socks out of Highland Handmades Sugar Maple Sock in Haven Colorway

Designing - DGY designs include a cape/cowl out of the felted ball wool, a top out of reclaimed sari silk ribbon and suede and a child's hat out of Yickity yak.

I also worked on some fingerless mitts that are a secret gift not seen by the recipient yet so those will be shown another time.

Spinning - Finally got back to the TreLiz merino in shades of purple that was originally spun on my Cattail Knits turkish spindle.  That was taking too long so I spun the rest on my wheel.  I've got around half done now!  Plan to 3-ply by the chain or Navajo-ply technique.

I received a birthday skein of yarn that I think I forgot to show on the podcast.  It's an indie dyed skein from Twin Mommy Creations purchased at Four Purls in FL.  She does also have an Etsy shop, but I can't find this Peruvian Highlands wool in it, what weight yarn do you think it is???

Since there wasn't much to show I talked a bit about upcoming events, including Stitches East and Knittin in the Mitten.  I'll be at both, will you?  Make sure you find me and say 'Hi!'

Sunday, September 14, 2014

DenKnits 2.18 Design Feature!

Welcome to DenKnits, where I finally remember to share all the places I am virtually!

Here to talk about the first Finished Object with me is my son, Ethan, for whom is was created...  This is the Easy Crochet Soccer Ball that I crocheted in Red and White for the Man U fan.  The crochet part was easy, piecing together was not, until I found this project with a schematic photo!  I used some leftover Hobby Lobby yarn and G & H hooks.

I also Finished one other item, the KISSy the sheep pattern from Kari, coggietm, of the High Fiber Diet.  I knit mine up in Jojoland Tonic so I had to adjust gauge and needle size down to a US4.  This will be my first finished entry into the KitM KAL using a pattern from an attendee designer!  

The Iris Goddess of Rainbow Shawl is still a Work in Progress.  I am knitting on Clue 3 with my Sheep Dreamery yarn and know I will love my shawl when finished, just wish it were already finished!  This will be a KitM KAL entry as well since the yarn was purchased there last year.

I've also put some Work into the Bender inspired hat that has been ordered from me.  It just looks like a regular hat now but soon will take shape into the Futurama character!

Needing something simple to take with me, I cast on some socks again!  These are my usual sock formula, usual sock needle and Highland Handmades Sugar Maple Sock yarn.  It is a colorway called Haven which was created for the KitM retreat last year, so it's another entry into the KAL :-)

In BIG designing news... I will be attending, however briefly, STITCHES EAST!  The ladies at Darn Good Yarn were invited to come with a fashion show item and they extended that to me :-)  I am excited to not only have a MODEL wear an item I knit, on a runway, in front of lots of people... I also get to FINALLY meet Nicole and Maggie in person!  Having worked with them virtually for over a year I am looking forward to spending a bit of time with them.

However... sadly I realized that Stitches coincides with Spinzilla.  As a member of the Happy Fuzzy Yarn team I not only got a discount for the fiber I purchased at Michigan Fiber Fest, I also get to use the discount until Spinzilla... so I ordered a few more braids :-)  I plan to spin up one braid on my wheel, hopefully finishing at least singles over Mon and Tues.  Then I'll have to work out some spinning time on the road using my Turkish and work up at least one more braid.  You can still join in the fun on this or any other team with openings until Sept 22 or go as a Rogue spinner until Oct 3.

Since it's a new month and I've noticed an increase in the number of shared projects, I think you like this prize drawing method!  Everyone who shares a finished object gets their name put in the draw and if you have more than 5 items shared you'll get another entry!  This month's winner is sehepworth!  Congrats Sarah, love seeing all the socks you've been making :-)