Saturday, March 27, 2010

Meet Leroni


Leroni is my spinning wheel. I got her in January with the combination of money I had saved and Christmas money. I had been thinking Odette or Odile for the name, but she didn't like either of those. She did like Leroni though. Suitable, as she is magic! Why is she magic?
Because she can take this
and turn it into this
Merino Multi

So far, she's also plied this Teddy Bear and this purple lace weight 2

And, she just finished this fire singles. Well, technically, that is a bobbin of singles. The finished yarn is a 2 ply.

This firey yarn was a bit odd. I was winding the yarn off the bobbin into a center pull ball (courtesy of the ball winder). I was about halfway done, and the ball flew off of the ball winder. And no, the cat wasn't helping! Also, I had 1 very full bobbin of singles, but once plied, it took up way more then 1 bobbin.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Dangerous Website

Through threads from the Cross Stitch group on Ravelry, I have discovered a new and very dangerous website, Heaven and Earth Designs.

Why is this dangerous you ask? Wellllll, it is dangerous b/c there are far too many patterns on it that I want.

And this is just the stuff that really really spoke. I'm sure, given time, I could find lots more.

Friday, March 12, 2010

I have decided

that 2010 is the year of the sock. Those of you who know me, and I'm presuming that most of you reading my forlorn little blog do, know that I knit socks.

Yes, I know you can purchase socks at insert store name here. And, I do have some storebought socks. I have a pair with red and green snowflakes that I really like. I have numerous pairs of trouser socks. I also have multiple pairs of no show socks to wear in the summer. But, I prefer hand knit socks.

So far, I have finished the Concrete Socks, and another plain vanilla pair out of yarn from Creatively Dyed, the November 2009 socks, and the Wonderland socks that were my 2010 Olympic project.

I am currently working on Cascadia (ravelry), sock 1 from January 2010. This year, the Rockin Sock Club is getting 2 patterns and 1 yarn. I have a blue rare gem for Flabella (ravelry), sock 2, and it's in my queue, but I'm not sure I'm going to do them. They have bobbles. They have lots of purling. I don't really like them for me. And, last, but not least, the Fishy sock kit came.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Olympic Project

For the Ravelympics this year, I made the Wonderland Socks (ravelry). The socks are striped, illusion knit. I decided to make mine knee socks.

I used Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock in medium weight. 1 skein Ravenscroft and 1 skein Branwen.

I was supposed to start the illusion knitting on the foot. I decided not to, since very few people would see that part. I started the illusion knitting after I turned the heel.
Olympic socks, 2-16-10

I also added a cat on the back of the sock as well as the front. Progress was made, I was actually doing pretty well, even though I took an entire Sunday to make a pair of fingerless mitts.
Steph's mitts, 2

I did the socks at the same time. I would do 10 stripe sets on sock 1, then the same number on the second sock. I was almost done, 1 sock was done and I had just the cuff ribbing on the second. It snowed. Normally, this would result in more knitting time, but I ended up having to work an weather activation. Still, the socks got done! I finished them with about 2 days to spare.
Olympic socks 2

I like.