Friday, January 27, 2012

1st Sweater of 2012

We're finally caught up after the BIG snow closed down Seattle last week. Good knitting time and a little spinning.  I cast on Lillian Fay by Ellen Mason a week ago with the personal challenge of getting it done in time to wear at Madrona Winter Retreat. Using stash yarn, Jamieson's Shetland Heather and am tracking progress here: Ravelry - Lillian Fay . So far, so good. A little more than 4 leaf motif repeats completed so far. I like it and it's fairly quick knitting, when I have the time.

My "reward" for finishing the sweater is to knit socks from this:

Perry the Platypus in 2 different bases from Nalani Yarns.  Top is 80/20 merino/nylon blend, bottom is 100% superwash wool.  Can't wait to see the stripes in these!  Thinking of doing Tectonic by Lorraine Ehrlinger

Oh, if you live in the Seattle area, Weaving Works is having a 25% off any yarn or fiber that contains wool ends tomorrow 1/28/12.

Happy knitting!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Distaff Day Done

Last Saturday I attended St. Distaff Day Spin-in with fiber friend & enabler, Johnna. The event was sponsored by the Northwest Regional Spinners Association in Lake Stevens, WA. Well over 100 spinners set up in the hall and spinning was all you could see. The event made the news on our local KING5.

About a dozen vendors provided plenty of eye candy and I fell for some lovely 50/50 Merino/Bombyx Silk in a copper brown & shiny golden yellow; 85/15 Pollworth/Tussah Silk in green patina/bronze; some incredibly soft baby huacaya alpaca in a chocolate brown from Crown Mountain Farms and a couple ounces of shiny silver gray mohair locks from Taylored Fibers in Quilcene,WA who offer processing services. The silk blends were from Barbara J Seeler in Monroe,WA who gave me some great tips for spinning silk since this would be my very first.  A warm and generous woman, she will give a spinning silk class on Whidbey Island at the Whidbey Weavers Guild Spin-in 3/31 & 4/1. $15 donation for 2 days, $10 or $15 for optional fiber packets.

One of the highlights happened just as we were leaving.  I had the great fortune to meet Ilga Jansons, spinner and dyer extraordinaire and all around delightful person. I found her etsy shop, Edgewood Gardens Studios and purchased several braids in stunning colors just before the holidays.  We have communicated on etsy and that's how I found out about the event - the rest is history! Check out her shop, you won't be disappointed! Edgewood Gardens Studio

And for something totally off topic... if you have 10 and 6 year old rough and tumble boys in your life, a good round of nerf gun action is a sure way to gain their respect and admiration!

'Til next time.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


I just discovered Chocolate Cobbler and it was devoured by my family.  Thanks to Tasty Kitchen!  So simple.

Divinity is...

I don't often gush but when someone does super special things for you, it's hard not to share the love.  My husband of 22 years has been the Divine one behind my crazy fiber obsession for over a decade now.  He puts up with random skeins and fiber invading precious counterspace, floorspace and every storage receptacle we have, drying fiber hung in the bath, dyeing days, knit nights, fiber retreats and my general never-ending prattle about yarn, wool, knitting, spinning, etc.  He obligingly shipped yarn overseas and back again and waits patiently while I search for car projects for the 5 minute ride to the grocery store.  And he does all of this with a smile.

For the holidays, he joined Ravelry so he could stealthily look at my queue and purchase a pattern for me.  He joined Etsy to find me an art batt and then supported my search and purchase of a new wheel.

This year, he gave me the best present ever and became my friend on Ravelry.  Find me, "tinkerer" then see if you can find and friend him.  Go on, share the love.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Endless Possibilities

A new year has begun with a late wakeup and some knitting progress on a lizard ridge blanket destined for my 11 year old for his freshman year at college. That's a good 7 years to get this one done, which is about the pace I'm on with this project. I have a problem completing things started as pleasure pursuits when they start to feel like deadlines, so seven years is a good time frame to work on this between my current projects.

The start of a new year is just like the start of a new project...unspoiled & full of potential. The trick is picking the projects, especially if you have 10 or more on the needles that really should get completed! Having a queue on Ravelry with over 200 projects is also daunting. How do you to choose your projects?

Happy New Year & Happy Knitting!