Friday, April 16, 2010

Yep, I'm crazy...

I was talking with SamuariKnitter on Twitter yesterday about the baby jacket she was getting ready to knit, as she was finding a replacement pattern for the BSJ. She found something that I had been wanting to knit for a while, and since I have a co-worker who is pregnant and due in the next few weeks, I asked if she was up for a KAL.
Instead of a KAL, she countered a knitting challenge, to see who is done first.

Pattern: b18-25 Jacket in "Fabel" from Drops (what creative names the Drops people have)
Yarn: Knit Picks Imagination in Mermaid Lagoon. I have 2 skeins, and I hope that I will have enough left over to knit a pair of booties.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Rolags of Fibe

Don't get excited. Just need to share with spunky club, and fastest way to get off my blackberry was to email to blog.
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Handspun sweater to be.

I decided that one of my goals this year, to help make me a better spinner, was to try to spin yarn for an entire sweater. While I had goals of buying the yarn for this at fiber fest, and making it a goal for later in the year, two things happened that pushed this goal up to the top of the queue.
The wheel that I bought with my overtime check came with one lb of fiber to spend. Sure it wasn't the pretty pre-dyed stuff that I'm used to, but I put in a call to help to SamuraiKnitter (who has written dye your own tutorials for Knitty), and stocked up on Wiltons food dye and vinegar and made a plan.
This last weekend I dyed the pound of fiber that came with my new wheel (yes, I will get photos of the new wheel up soon). I forgot how much fun it is to dye in the kitchen, and dying fiber is not much different than dying yarn.

Last night was spent predrafting the fiber and rolling it into rolags for spinning, and I might have spun a little of the fiber. I think I have my first hand spun sweater started.

I fell inlove with Amy King's Tappan Zee pattern in the Spring Knitty, and decided to take the plunge. While I would love to have splurged on some of Amy's hand dyed Merino/Bamboo, I have to make due with what I have.

I'm hoping for a longer post tomorrow or Saturday.