Friday, December 5, 2014

DenKnits 2.23 Where I cough animal sounds

I have a lingering cough from the cold I had last time so I did some creative editing :-)

In order to try and get through quickly I mixed the FOs and WIPs together...

I have a little bit of spinning I'm working on...  Two braids from a Got Fiber? Friday sale on Facebook by Phoenix Fiber Co. spun together using a tip from Debcquilts

GIVEAWAYS!!!  It's that time of year for gifts, right?  There are three possibilities for you to win! 
  1. Lake Effect set, wrap pattern by KaRi Wymer and hat/mitts set pattern by myself
  2. Lake Ave Cowl, pattern by KaRiWymer
  3. Noro Spring/Summer 2013 magazine and RainloverKnits snagless stitchmarker set (Sarah also hosts the Raindrop Knits podcast)
Just post in the thread which one (or numerically your most wanted) you like and why for a chance to win!  

Monday, November 17, 2014

DenKnits 2.22 KitM and lots of stuff!

I'm still working through this cold so I'm putting together some quick notes.  If you have any questions, comments, etc. feel free to contact me on Ravelry.  You can comment on the blog but sometimes I miss those for a week :-(

Finished Objects

Works in Progress
  • Two batts carded at KitM from Fiber Addiction undyed Falkland/Silk fiber and banana fiber
  • One batt carded at KitM from Uniquely Yours SW BFL braid and banana fiber
  • One batt purchased at Michigan Fiber Fest from Beyond the Fleece called Untamed Batt
Knittin' in the Mitten! (begins at 27.6min)
I decided to go with a full review of the event as I experienced it.  Lots of Rav names, conversation summaries and enabling!

Monday, November 3, 2014

DenKnits 2.21 - The grandma I'm kidded I am

Finished Objects:

Works in Progress:
Spinzilla follow up
Designing for DGY:
  • Best Sweater Ever now available!
  • Men friendly scarf and Mom & Me cloche style hat in the works!
Shared Projects Drawing!

Friday, October 17, 2014

DenKnits 2.20 STITCHES! but I digress...

I don't know if I've ever digressed so much :-D  This is a long one guys, but the last video was short, making up for it preemptively!

Finished Objects - I finished a Yoda hat for my cousin's toddler, it's a combination of this earflap hat and this Yoda hat.  The fingerless mitts have been received, they're my creation with a touch of a MelTran pattern.  I also got the Bender hat in the mail.  This was all my design and I hope to write up a pattern because there weren't any knit choices on Ravelry already!  The recipient of the Bender  hat (who has also gotten other hats from me) happened to be by the Jagger Spun factory for work and thought to stop in and pick up a skein for me!  Yay!!!

Works in Progress - The Easy Ripple Afghan is being crocheted for my son's teacher who is expecting a baby boy next month.  I'm also still plugging away on my Highland Handmades socks, just my usual vanilla sock.  My cousin's toddler is also getting a Mickey Mouse hat, I just need to figure out the ears!  I'm also working on a test knit for CoggieTM, KaRi from The High Fiber Diet.

Spinning - Finished the merino from TreLiz, my favorite Greek fiber artist :-)  The fiber spun on the wheel turned out deliciously but not the same weight as the spindle spun fiber.

Spinzilla - Go Team HappyFuzzyYarn!!!  I finished two 4oz braids on the wheel, one was 242yd (presoak)(968yd submittable) and the other 282yd (presoak)(1128yd submittable).  I also spindle spun on the road trip and managed to get through 3oz of another 4oz braid!  I was able to 2-ply 178yd (presoak) and had 68yd of singles (presoak) (for a total of 602yds submittable).  My total Spinzilla contribution was 2,698yds!!!

Stitches East - There was so much... I don't know what really needs to be notated here!  Well, it was amazing to finally meet Darn Good Yarn and just soak it all in.  I'm anxiously waiting for Stitches to post Fashion Show pics so we can all get a better look at our item as well as all the other gorgeous knitwear.  I saw Wendy from Knit1Heart2, I chatted with A Riot of Color and got a sock blank & a button, I picked up a few minis from White Birch Fiber Arts and some fiber from Highland Handmades along with a button for being a podcast fan!

DGY Designing - A sweater I designed is being released soon from DGY, along with a felt ball CaPOWl (it's a cape/cowl type thing) and I have two items in progress and one more to get started!  Expect lots from me through Darn Good Yarn over the next year or so :-)

What am I wearing?

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 :-)

Check out DenKnits - My favorite things and tell me what you think!

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 :-)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

DenKnits 2.17 I loved it so much I needed to cast on

Two of my most recent spinning projects quickly turned into knitting projects this time around!

Works in Progress - WIPs

Finished Objects - FOs
Spinning DVDs - DriveBy Review
Bergere de France - Yarn sample book
  • Get your own free catalouge that includes
    • Images of their patterns
    • Tools and notions
    • Images of their yarns and some pages have real yarn samples!
  • If you like to be inspired or see what's hot next check this great freebie out!
  • A better late than never birthday box from Karen aka stashless aka havfaith
    • Dryer balls with lavender scented sachet - 7 balls keep my super full loads of laundry static free and smelling faintly of lavender (so I can enjoy but the boys won't complain!)
    • Hand sewn bag perfect for a one skein or small skein(s) project as well as sock knitting with cute two colored pull strings
    • Cast on Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor this book is great!  There are images of every cast-on and bind-off from different angles so you can pick one that looks just how you want, either to match or for a design element... And if you think you know all the cast-on or bind-offs you need, it's still useful because of the images!
  • Cable Print bag ordered from SilviSherr of My Pink Boots
    • Larger bag, can hold 3-4 worsted skeins easily and I fit a half sweater in too!  It has a draw string and toggle to keep it closed and excellent craftsmanship.
  • More crochet 'squares' that aren't really square at all from yarnballkiki7, Akhila.  Love them all as usual but one is more intriguing to the novice crocheter in me :-)
Designing - Darn Good Yarn
  • New design on the needles may be a big one!  Out of reclaimed sari silk ribbon, this garment is working up fairly quickly on size 15 needles but I can't share too much yet :-)  
  • I also received several skeins of other yarns that will become designs for Darn Good Yarn very soon!
Thanks for watching and joining me on the Ravelry group and/or subscribing on YouTube!  While I usually try to make the podcast shorter (30 mins or less) I've noticed that my longer eps are being watched by just as many.  So I did not overly edit this one in the hopes that it is enjoyable as it is, even though it's over 30 mins.  I get too much done in two weeks time to consistently be under 30 I guess :-)