Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Very Monster Christmas

Baldwin the Bathroom Monster

Lurleen the Laundry Monster

Irving the Icebox Monster

Charlie the Ceiling Monster

Monster love!
The monsters were a hit with the kiddos.  Ahh, relief.  I had a moment of panic that they wouldn't be loved but how could you deny little faces like these?  I still have a few gifts to make give and will post pictures of those in the coming days!  Hope everyone had a great holiday!  What yarny gifts did you get for Christmas?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Finished fibers of September, October, and November 2012

Rocky's Little Brother
 This Corriedale fiber from Salt City Fiber Works was spun up for the month of November and I was able to get 150 yards in a fingering weight at a single ply.  I spun most of the fiber while trying out a Kromski Sonata and then finished up the last half an ounce on my spindle.  I am very pleased with how it turned out and spinning on the Sonata was awesome!  I kept squealing and stopping to see how it looked on the bobbin and ohh-ing and ahh-ing while at spin night.  As soon as I get a little extra cash, the Sonata will be coming home with me!  Much love and thanks to Angela for helping me put it together and getting started!
 The next few skeins came from Pear Tree Farms and I'm sure that in the bag there was definitely more than four ounces kicking around in there and I came up with the above and below skeins.  Above was mostly orange with a few strands of yellow clocking in at 20 yards in a fingering weight.

October Fiber
 This skein's information is as follows:  88 yards - worsted weight - 2 ply.  I didn't realize I was representin' the 'Cuse with this color combination but I am pleased with it all the same.
September Fiber

88 yards - blue/yellow - dk - 2 ply

32 yards - orange/yellow - dk - 2 ply

And speaking of fiber, I have 4 more ounces to spin up before the end of the year and then I will have completed my goal of spinning 4 ounces a month!  Woot, woot!  This is what I'm thinking will be my December fiber:


I'm still chugging away on my Christmas crafting.  I finished the last of my monsters and have three more gifts to go!  All gifts will be revealed once they've been opened by their owners!   I hope all of you are making progress and enjoying the holiday season too!

Friday, December 7, 2012


Last night, I was sitting down to post on this little ol' blog about all the fiber I have finished since August and as I uploaded my first picture a screen popped up saying that I had no more space!  Grr!  So, for the time being you will all have to do without photos.  I'm debating whether or not it's worth the upgrade compared to how often I do post...

In other news, Christmas is quickly approaching and those of you who are taking inventory of my accomplishments:
  • I have finished all the star ornaments I wanted to make for family, friends, and co-workers
  •  I have finished three knitted monster from Rebecca Danger's Knitted Monsters book and have one more to go!  Whoohoo! 
That leaves me with about three more projects to go that I can allow a little more work time on, considering I probably won't see my close peeps until New Year's Eve anyhow.  I keep changing my mind about what I want to make all of them but I'm planning on using some hand spun (not mine) to make a couple of the gifts.

I was also thinking in the car today about what my yarn crafting goals should be for 2013.  I have stuck to my spinning goal pretty well.  I have one month left or 4 ounces to go!  I still have to pick the fiber I want to spin and I'll probably get going on that once Christmas break starts...  But back to my 2013 goals.  I have lots of ideas swimming around like using just the pattern books I own on my shelf rather than all the freebies I find on Ravelry, making one item for everyone in my little family which could be really doable - they all want need hats.  I was listening to my fave podcast yesterday and thought the idea of brown bagging it may be a fun idea.  You put all the materials you need for the projects you want to do in a brown bag so you can't peek and then pick a bag at random.  I have all these projects I want to make but it takes me forever to decide what to start first.  If I pick yarn and pattern and stick it in a bag and just pick randomly from the bags, the decision has already been made for me and I can move forward and make better use of my time.

Are you thinking of setting any goals for yourself in the coming new year?  If so, let me know, you may inspire me to follow in your footsteps!