Friday, August 22, 2014

Yarn, Yarn, Lovely Fishknits Yarn!

I received my latest order from Fishknits Yarn today which was actually three orders combined. I had put in a special order for two skeins of Pink Sock Gradient for another Slouchy Hat and Cupido Cowl combo. Then I saw 4 skeins of yarn in the shop and ordered those. And before Jo Dee had time to ship any of that I found 3 more skeins in the shop that I wanted. And all of that loveliness arrived today!

 
 
 
 Pink Sock Gradient, Bootstrap Base, 80% BFL Wool,
20% Nylon, 400 yds/100 gms
 

                                                 Doug, Self-Striping, Strong Heart Base,
                               80% Superwash Merino Wool/20% Nylon, 400 yds/100 gms


                                                Aquas, Self-Striping, Strong Heart Base,
                                      80% Superwash Wool/20% Nylon, 400 yds/100 gms
        


Early Bloom, Kettle Dyed, Warm Heart Base,
100% Superwash Merino Wool, 400 yds/100 gms
 

                                             Lucas Kelly, Kettle Dyed, Warm Heart Base,
                                        100% Superwash Merino Wool, 400 yds/ 100 gms
 

                                          Morning Glories, Kettle Dyed, Warm Heart Base,
                                         100% Superwash Merino Wool, 400 yds/100 gms


                                   Mint Chocolate, Intentional Flash, Strong Heart Base,
                              80% Superwash Merino Wool/20% Nylon, 400 yds/100gms

 
                                                  Cacao, Full Gradient, Serenity Base, 
                                          70% Merino Wool/30% Silk, 440 yds/ 100 gms



 
 
 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Test Knitting

I am finished with the design for the slouch hat that I mentioned in my last post and the test knitters will be getting started soon. It is exciting to think of other knitters making something by my own pattern. I guess this means I had better get around to writing down some of the other things I have designed over the years so someone else can knit them as well. So far it is all in notes and running around in my head. Time to get to work! As the testing goes on I will share photos of the projects.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fishknits!

It has been much too long since I posted anything on my blog and I will attempt to get back to blogging on a regular basis.

The main reason for this post is to promote Fishknits Yarn. Someone recommended the yarn to me last fall and I found the group on Ravelry, Fishknits Yarns Knitterly Friends, and saw Jo Dee Fish's wonderful yarns and all the projects that the members were working on. I ordered my first two skeins of self-striping yarn to make socks and I was hooked!

 



Fishknits Yarns also offers a sock gradient which I used to knit a cowl and design a slouch hat pattern.



 
 

 
Jo Dee's hand dyed yarns are the best I have found. There are several yarn bases to choose from including Strongheart, Warmheart & Bootsrap which are not just for socks; Serenity, Tranquility & Isabella which are wool/silk blends and Opulence MCN & Devine which are wool/cashmere blends.

You will find choices of self-striping, full or sock gradients, solids, semi-solids, intentional flash and kettle-dyed yarns. Jo regularly updates what is available in her shop and does a booming business in special orders.
 



 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Spinning for a woven scarf

I had 4 ounces of BFL top that I bought some time ago and decided it would look nice spun up for a woven scarf. Now I am spinning some Merino/Silk to ply with it for fingering weight yarn.


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Ravellenics 2014

Many of you are familiar with Ravelry and have even participated in the Ravellenics in the past where members join teams and challenge themselves to knit/crochet/spin/whatever a particular project/projects during the Olympics. This will be the first year I have participated and I have joined Team Kromski 2014. (You will need to log onto Ravelry to get to the Kromski Group page)

I knit pretty much all the time so I decided to do some spinning for my challenge...trying to decide just exactly how much of what I will spin and whether I will knit or weave a finished project with the yarn I spin. I have less than a month to decide so I had better get with it!

If you are stuck indoors due to winter weather or just want to do something different from your standard knitting/spinning/crocheting projects come on over to Ravelry and sign up, if you haven't done so already, or join a team if you are already a member! It doesn't cost a thing...


eta: I was a bit overwhelmed with setting up my page for the challenge and decided not to participate after all. Maybe next time!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Neat Gift!

My brother and sister-in-law sent me a gorgeous ceramic coffee mug for Christmas and it perfectly fits in the cup holder I ordered for my Sonata spinning wheel.


I am now ready to roll....er....spin!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

On Another Note

I had an interesting experience lately while playing one of my favorite games on Pogo.com: Someone in the Everyone Wins Bingo game room I was in had checked out my blog from my profile and announced to the room that I was a hate monger.....for posting links to Pro-Life sites. Yup! That's right! I am a hate monger because I don't believe in murdering unborn children.....go figure!

Trilobite Socks

I have several skeins of the Araucania Ranco yarn that I used for the Cat at the Seashore Pi Shawl and decided to knit up some socks. The first pair are Trilobite Socks from Wendy Johnson's "Socks From the Toe Up". I still have my double pointed needles but I really like using the circular needles to knit socks now because I can try them on while they are on the needles.

And to think.....I used to have such trim ankles. No one told me that getting older could mean puffy ankles as you near age 60!