Monday, October 28, 2013

Sunday afternoon....

I want to knit, mama!

How about crochet, Haze?

I'm making you a sweater, and a hat, and some mittens.
Gotta start them young!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Bits and Pieces

Amigurumi - guess who?

Christmas crafting is underway!

Got this fiber last year for my birthday - Still love it!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Birthday Fiber!

Awesome mail day yesterday!
The year I turned 25, I stopped keeping track of how old I am.  It wasn't a vanity thing but I saw it more as, eh, who cares?  For those who are keeping track, I am 32 today!  The day has been very nice so far, I had a meeting with my new principal about a lesson of mine she observed.  My favorite part of the meeting?  'We are so happy to have you with us, Nicole."  Whoohoo!

In other birthday news, my lovely friend, Jen, sent me a birthday gift straight from Rhinebeck.  She picked out some Into The Whirled merino silk fiber.  She opted for the fiber so that I have more hours of crafty enjoyment.  Dang, she knows me!  I am so jazzed about spinning this up, I can hardly contain myself! 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I craft so I don't kill people

Wanted so badly to conquer this corner

Puffed for some stress relief

5 puffs!
 The last few weeks, I've been so busy with my new job that my yarn crafting has fallen to the wayside.  Since I boosted up my work hours from being .5 to .8, the work load has followed suit.  I have also been pretty pooped because I feel like my life has been go go go!  But that's usually the case for teachers in September and October.  Hopefully, life will slow a tad come November and I am more on a routine.  Even with next to no time to craft, I managed to squeak out five hexipuffs after finishing my last project.

Crafty citrouille

Babeh color crafting
Toddler Halloween crafting
Crafting came in many forms the last few days so I suppose there was some crafting going on after all!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Little York Fiber Festival

 During Columbus Day weekend, I went to the second annual Little York Fiber Festival sponsored by the Cortland Repertory Theatre in Preble, New York.  It's a two day festival held in the Little York Pavilion right on Little York lake.  It was a perfect fall day that made wearing hand knits essential, especially with the chill in the air.  I chose to wear my Color Affection :-).

 I went on a Sunday, which probably wasn't the best idea since some booths were definitely picked over.  I did manage to find a couple of things that hit my eye though.  I got some fiber from Windsong Originals Farm and Spun Right Round.  From Windsong, I got Cotswold, a fiber I have not yet spun.  I really liked the muted colors and the feel of the fiber so, I'm excited to give this a whorl (get it? hahaha!).  The SRR fiber is in the colorway Vacation and is all BFL.  I have yet to spin the last braid I purchased from her but I'll get my buns in gear to spin it soon!

 The last two balls of fluff came from my friend, Gretchen, which I will use to practice spinning on the Ashford Traditional that Angela let me borrow.  The top came from Maggie's Farm and the bottom is a pinkish red mystery.  I do know that both are BFL, one of my favorite types of fiber to spin because of it's staple length.

Gretchen and I ended our trip to the festival with some knitting at Coffee Mania - they make a mean Iced Chai.  As you can see, I'm making some serious progress on my Terribly Simple Shawl. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Purple haze

One sleeve is TWO rows shorter than the other.  Gah!

My slow progress on Hitchhiker

God bless Ebay and Just One More Row podcast
It's been crazy busy over here and I've barely had time to craft.  It's starting to get to me.  I was all twitchy yesterday but I managed to make a few puffs and the crazies subsided.  I did finish up Hazel's sweater and found the perfect buttons.  Just gotta purchase them at the best yarn shop around when I get a moment.  

I'm loving how my Hitchhiker is turning out and I scored a ton of circular knitting needles on a tip from the gals over at Just One More Row podcast.  Yep, 11 circular needles for less than $10.  Dana says they are awesome and are similar to Chiagoos.  I haven't used them and I have to inventory them in on Ravelry.  Since they come from China the needle sizes are not the same as here in the U.S.  I will give my opinion on them once I get a free (ha!) moment!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Batter up!

You Won't See Me

Yer Blues

These cute little hanks came from Burt's Peaceful Valley Farms in Tully, New York.  They were originally mini batts weighing in at 1.25 ounces.  I spun each one on my Ashford student spindle.  I felt I need a little more weight when spinning these because they were not as easy to draft as I was expecting but once I got the hang of it, I enjoyed the pops of color and sparkle that each one had to offer.  All were single spun into fingering weights varying in yardage.  The yardage ranged anywhere from 68 to 88 yards.  I think they would look nice in a striped hat or mitts pattern that need a little extra something.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Lecture on Nature

Colorway : Mother Nature's Son
Say hello to this lovely 106 yard skein of worsted weight goodness!  I got this fiber on a whim at this  years Yarn Cupboard Retreat from Twisted Wool.  I was pondering what to get as I was looking at all their wares.  I was thinking of getting something a little brighter but then this caught my eye.  I spun this on my Ashford spindle and two plied it on the same spindle.  I am really pleased with how this turn out.  It's soft, bouncy and I really enjoy the color changes.  It does seem mostly green, but there are blues, pinks, and yellows in there too.  As usual, I'm not sure what I'll be making with this but it will be something I'll want close to my face - I love the hint of sheep it has!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Proud Peacock!

And here come the glamor shots!  I finished this cowl called Infinity Scarf Passion by Eclectic Gipsyland.  I used a skein of sock yarn I got at my first trip to Rhinebeck back in '09!    The yarn was from The March Hare in the colorway of Spanish Peacock.  The pattern called for about 437 yards and I had 455 yards to work with but for some reason (probably me not checking gauge), I wasn't able to complete one of the repeats and border.   Pas de problème!  I love it all the same!  The puff stitches definitely eat up a lot of yarn but they turn out so light and fluffy.  I'm looking forward to wearing this to work or out and about.  I highly recommend this pattern and you'll have a leg up if you know some French because the pattern is for the Francophone or Francophile.  I do have a rough translation of it in English and if you've got google skills and a good French dictionary you can make your own beautiful adornment for your neck!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Last lap

I am so close to being done with this sweater.  I have ONE more sleeve to go.  Why do sleeves take forever?  I plan on powering through the last sleeve since all my necessary grading is done for the day.  Once I am done, Cast-on-apalooza 2013 is done for me! 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

This week

Frogged and I feel so free!!!

My hand dyed skein of FlockSock from Holiday Yarns

Starting Hitchhiker!  OMG.  LOVE!

My husband loves seeing this in the bathroom from time to time

Is there anything fiber than a full bobbin?
How did your week go?