Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wasted time..

After having lost a day of valuable knitting or spinning time due to phone apps such as Words with Friends and Hanging with Friends, I've decided to tackle a little project to get me back in the groove.  Unfortunately, this teensy project is kicking my butt.  I just can't seem to wrap my head around it!  For some reason, my needles get all fiddly and I lose my spot or direction.. arrg!  Luckily, I have a few hours today to figure it out.  I've got YouTube videos up and ready and my knitting help books surrounding me.  I'm equipped with the necessary tools.  I've no distractions.  Here I go.....!

Friday, October 14, 2011

September for ME!

Yeah, yeah.  I'm behind.  Whatev...

I made the Zen and the Art of Stash Diving scarf from Robyn Chachula in Berroco Vintage.  This was the first time I crocheted with a DK weight yarn.  It was light and fluffy the whole way through.  I just did the row repeats until I could wear it the way I like to wear scarves. 

Oh and I'm still spinning up some fiber from Spinner's Hill Top:

I still have a bunch of fiber left to spin.  Now I can see how much yardage some people can get out of 4 ounces.  Wow!  I'm prolly going to two-ply this to have as much yardage as possible.  I'm not yet confident in my singles to leave them alone.  Again, this is a wool-merino blend.  I find that as I'm spinning, I've been dropping the spindle more than I have in the beginning.   I'm not sure if my spindle is getting too heavy because I'm getting good and don't need such a heavy spindle (it's the Ashford students spindle) or if it's because wool and merino tend to break more?  I dunno but either way I'm in a groove now and there's less dropping going on.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Top 10

Why I love the Yarn Cupboard ever so much:

1.  The owner.  She's awesome!!!
2.  The location.  10 minutes away from home!
3.  mmmm....fiber....
5.  Knit night...which I plan on going to one of these days!
6.  The people I've met during spin night
7.  The selection of local yarns
8.  I get to try out spinning wheels
9.  Once I make the final selection for a wheel, I get continued support.
10.  Did I mention I just love Susan, the owner?

Here's what I picked up the other day with a gift certificate from my darling sister:

Another Ashford spindle

Some sock yarn minis to join in the hexipuff craze!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Some progress

Yeah!  I finished the drop stitch scarf last night while on a mini 'Roseanne' marathon.  So, now, watch out u-neck vest.  You're next!  I also started my next 12 for Me! project and it's not too bad.  Robyn's pattern is easy to read however, my project doesn't seem to matching her photos...  gah!

Learned knitting thing of the month:  decreasing stitches  or was it increasing?  Either way, I can do both!