March 20 2011

Elf Hat Complete!

I just love how it turned out. Took me two tries – the first one I knit I ripped out because it was coming out too big and bulky, the second, just right!

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http://www.etsy.com/shop/yarnrescue

Go get em now!

my esty shop

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This is the beginnings of a new elf hat for a customer. She requested red, black, and white/silver. I found a gorgeous variegated red yarn that I combined with a dark charcoal wool and a shiny silver-grey. I love the way the colors are working! It is made to be a loose fit so that it doesn’t flatten your hair every time you wear it. Easier to pull on and off too without all the static. (well, at least not as much!)

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This package has been lost in the mail since December. -and then we unexpectedly picked up and moved from Arkansas to Maryland in the meantime. Lots and lots of drama in between trying to first, find the package, then second, get it to the correct address. But it is here! Finally! Now I can start carding up fun batts again for the shop.

Max, my 2-year-old, knew exactly what to do with the buttery-soft merino wool without my saying a word. He rubbed his face in it. Classic!

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I know I’ve talked about this before, but now here I go again.

www.yarnrescue.com

Here are some of the new yarns that I will be posting in the shop in the next few days. I spun these from art batts that I blended up on my drum carder. Lots and lots of variation, color shifts, and textures. But the best part? The weight. I love, love, love how light and fluffy of a yarn you get when you corespin. It is nothing like the usual handspun yarn from a carded batt, which can sometimes be a bit heavy.

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What is corespinning? It is a technique where instead of the fiber being twisted on itself to make the yarn, the fiber is wrapped around a center core yarn – in this case, a wool blend yarn. You get an entirely different look, and like I said, a different feel. It takes a lot longer to spin, but is soooo worth it. *love*

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I think I just found my next “real” knitting project. It is the Blissful Blue Top by Lion Brand.

I call it “real” simply because it is knitting in difficult stitch patterns, and having to follow a pattern. Both of these are something I usually avoid, as I like to make up my patterns and let my handspun yarn do all the work as far as visual interest. Not that either is any better than the other – just a different style of knitting. I have not tried to follow a pattern in awhile, so this should be fun!

Isn’t it just wonderful! And from Lion Brand – which doesn’t always have patterns to my taste. (too much fun fur and novelty yarn) So now I have to figure what yarn I want to use, or if I’m daring enough to try to spin up enough yarn for the project.

Stay tuned!

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January 05 2011

A Case of the Curlies

I’ve been playing around with spinning handspun curly doll hair yarn out of hand-dyed Leicester wool locks. But I hadn’t really thought about how it would work with knitting. So I set out to try it out.

I used up some scrap wool locks that, due to all the excess vegetable matter trapped in the locks, were pretty much worthless for anything. I also had some roughly carded Romney wool that also needed to be taken out to the garden due to all the junk in the wool, so I thought these two wools would be perfect for my test swatch.

I alternated the curly with the carded wool, then threw in a few lines of merino wool top for contrast. I spun exactly the way I would for the doll hair – a bit overtwisted, nice and messy.

Here is my skein.

Pretty!

I chose to knit a basic swatch using 3 stitches of garter around the edges to keep the swatch flat. Size 11 needles, at approximately 3 stitches per inch.

I love how it came out! Especially if the curly parts were alternated with more of a smooth top. Much to my surprise, however, much of the personality of the curly yarn was lost in the stockinette stitch, but not too much to bother me. The backside seemed to absorb all the craziness, which is typical.

10 pounds of raw Leicester wool locks are awaiting!

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September 29 2010

Monsters in the House!

I finally, finally, finally got to making some more Monster Knitting Needles. It has only been like, FOREVER, since I last updated. I had forgotten just how darn cute they were! I was on a roll until I found that my glaze had separated into water, making itself completely unusable. So it is taking a few days longer to get everything in order.

Update soon!

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I have found that the urge to go out to eat on my lunch break becomes null and void as long as I have an exciting knitting project with me. Knit AND save money? Cha-ching! That TV dinner that I brought to work with me suddenly seems A-OK.

I actually snapped this photo a few days ago, of the beginnings of the Fast Track Handbag by the lovely Nikol Lohr. I’m knitting with my corespun yarn from a few post back. I still have to handles to do and it is complete. Will post pics soon.

Next!

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QUICK! SOMEBODY PUT SOME PANTS ON THAT POOR BOY! is what the caption should say. ha ha. Yes folks, this is a real vintage knitting pattern. Always entertaining!  (the sweater and vest are really cute though!)

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