Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Doggy Bandana

Herbie the Bunny inspired me to make a doggy bandana. After working with it for some time (designing as I went... trial and error!), I finally got the dog bone design I wanted. I love the way it turned out. Knitted up in Peaches & Cream Desert Sand. The bone would probably show up better if done in a solid, but I really wanted to use this yarn. I really like the striping and think the bone is visible enough. I didn't make it with anyone in mind. I was thinking of Gideon, but I think his color will blend too much. So, it will probably go to the least-brown dog it would fit, which is Aigo. I'll be making more, as it was fun to make and is super-cute!

Pics showing the detail and the lovely Hippo showing it off. I am working on designing a fire hydrant. I'm also coming up with something for Rowan, the house cat (the only one with the honor of living indoors... we're dog people). I think a mouse would be fitting. Or maybe a crown, since, being a cat, he thinks he rules the roost.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Herbie the Bunny

Here is my newest FO. I got the pattern off a yahoo group. I think it turned out quite well.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Projects and a Yarn Store

Moma and I are going to start an online yarn shop. We are very excited about it. It's still in the planning stage, but it's coming along! If we are able to do well, we will be opening an actual store. We will be offering a good selection of yarns... from companies and handspun. We will not be carrying yarn available at Wal-Mart, etc... you can just go there to get it. We want to make available some of the nicer yarns and things you would have to look for to get.

I have been working on my scarf and it's coming along very nicely! I will get pictures of it once it is finished. I also got some cotton yarn this weekend... Peaches & Cream Desert Sand and also Ecru. One-pound cones of each. Moma had some, can't remember the name of the color (ecru with colored specks throughout), that I knitted up into a dishcloth this weekend. No pattern with me, so I made it up as I went. It came out great and is a chicken. I'll try to get her to send pictures.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The best fiance ever...

Shawn just got me my Christmas presents! I had asked him for fiber and I wanted it a little early (I know, I'm bad). So, tonight we got on etsy and the search began. I ended up finding what I wanted... cotton roving! I've only ever worked with animal fibers, so am very excited to be working with plant fiber. I also found some linen roving, from the same seller. So, I have 8 ounces of cotton (natural white with colored specks throughout) and 4 ounces of linen (natural creamy-white color) ordered. Shawn is the best.

I can't wait to spin it up and knit with it! The cotton is going to be turned into washcloths. I'm on a Yahoo group, MonthlyDishcloths, and am dying to knit up some of the really cute patterns. I think first will be the rooster for my mom (chicken-themed kitchen). Still no idea what to do with the linen...

Pics to come once the roving gets here!

Old Shale Scarf

Here is the start of my new scarf. I used the Old Shale pattern found here, but modified it a bit. I spun the angora up in a DK (light worsted) weight, so I'm using size 6 needles instead of the size 11 the pattern calls for. Because of that, I had to add stitches when casting on to make the scarf wide enough. I added 10 stitches. Here's the pattern I'm doing:

Cast on 34.
Knit 1 row.
*K2tog 3 times, {YO, K1} 6 times, K2tog 5 times, {K1,YO} 6 times, K2tog 3 times
Knit next row to last 2 stitches, K2tog
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row*

Repeat between * until desired length, then bind off and block. On the first knit row of each 'group', alternate between K2tog on the last 2 stitches and the first 2 stitches. So, you would do as above, then
K2tog 3 times, {YO, K1} 6 times, K2tog 5 times, {K1, YO} 6 times, K2tog 3 times
K2tog, knit to end of row
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
then go back to doing it as you did the first time. This keeps the pattern more even and balanced.

Now, I know you aren't really supposed to wind angora in a ball, but I just can't work with it from a skein/hank. It's turning out very nice and the halo is amazing. SO SOFT!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Sable Angora Skein

Here it is! Sable is a natural rabbit color and it is just as yummy off the bunny as it is on! It's a nice creamy color with a little bit of darker brown throughout. This picture was taken immediately after plying, before washing/drying. I still have at least another skein's worth to ply. A nice halo is already starting to form. I have a total of about 4 ounces.

This is my first time really working with angora. When I worked with it before it was just for short periods of time, to kind of get used to it, as a part of a 'fiber sampler'. It is more difficult than other fibers, as it is so fluffy! But I love it and can't wait to start spinning up the black and turquoise bumps I have (2 ounces of each color).

I have two small balls of Corriedale I spun up just waiting to be knitted up into something. Any ideas? I was dying for something olive green, finally found the shade I wanted, but now don't know what to do with it! I was thinking of incorporating it into a bag I plan on making (eventually). I have about 4 ounces.

First Post

Well, here I go. I have another blog already, about the rabbitry and kennel. This one is going to be for my next love, after animals... fiber arts.

I am a spinner and so far have worked only with animal fibers. Angora and alpaca are my favorites, though wool is nice for some projects. Kid mohair is a dream.

After spinning, I need something to do with all the lovely yarn I make! So, knitting. I'm relatively new to knitting, but am doing quite well and manage to finish projects with no mistakes.

Current projects:

-I will be plying some sable angora (natural color) today that I've been spinning up. As soon as it is plied, washed, and dried, I will be making a nice scarf for myself. Finally! Something for ME. I have yet to keep something I've made...

-An afghan for my fiance, Shawn, and me (I have a LOT of time to finish this one, as it will be for our bed when we're finally married). This isn't something I've spun up (way too expensive if I did that), but is from Wal-Mart.

-Working on a gift basket of bath stuff for Shawn's sisters. I will be felting over soap, knitting up washcloths, and also knitting up make-up bags for them. These will be Christmas gifts.

Will get pics of the angora once it's finished up. My next spinning venture is more angora. This time in dyed black and turquoise.