Saturday, August 30, 2014

New Inkle Loom

I recently purchased an inkle loom that I will use for tablet weaving. I found it on Etsy at The Weiner Dog Ranch.. It is very well made, lovely wood grain, and I look forward to warping it up for weaving soon. I am thinking about ordering some of the wooden tablets from the same company and maybe a shuttle as well.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Interpolate

I am nearly finished with a shawl I started last month, Interpolate, by WPKnits. Cindy, aka WPKnits on Ravelry, has designed several lovely shawls that are available individually or as part of an e-book format. This is my first time to knit one of her patterns and I have a couple more in my knitting queue. Interpolate looks intimidating but it is very easy both to read and to knit. Anyone who loves shawls would enjoy this pattern. I am nearly ready to start the border of the shawl and hope to be finished tomorrow. This photo was taken as I started the last half repeat of the main pattern just before the border section.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sport Weight Ripply Slouch

I just finished a version of Ripply Slouch in Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport in six colors and I am very pleased with the result. It needs to be wet finished, but I couldn't wait to take a photo.


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.