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Yarn Along – 12/14/16

December 14, 2016

Yarn Along - 12/14/16

Hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season. We are finally getting some snow as I am writing this. I like a light dusting for atmosphere!

Before I get to the knitting, there is one more day to enter the giveaway I am running for one of my Eiffel Tower project bags. Leave a comment on THIS POST for your chance to win. Winner announced Thursday, December 15! Open to all countries.

I am In the middle of a pair of handspun socks for my husband. The goal is to have then done and blocked and in his Christmas stocking. We shall see if I make it!

The yarn is a delicious Black Coffee colorway from Fiber Optic Yarns. Rich black, browns and grays. The pattern is my own toe-up recipe with the waffle pattern from the Blueberry Waffle Socks. The texture is pretty dreamy!

I am slowing working through a new book that I got as a prize for the summer reading program at the Cincinnati Public Library. You’ve got to love competitive reading for adults! (Well, competitive with yourself.)

I chose Abounding Grace, edited by M. Scott Peck. It is a collection of quotes on wisdom. Wisdom is a topic that keeps coming up for me. It may be my “One Little Word” for 2017! Anyway, I am enjoying this book a lot. It is great for a little daily meditation time.

Back to my knitting. Gotta get those socks done! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway today!

Joining Ginny and friends in the Yarn Along.

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New Denim Throw on ETSY

December 12, 2016

I have been working away to add some new, fresh items to my shop, but this is a new old favorite.

Upcycled Denim Quilt on Etsy

I love making these quilts from upcycled denim jeans. It requires sourcing enough shades of denim to make the quilt interesting. And I get to choose a fun backing each time. My favorites have been the black and white patterns, and I scored on a stunning botanical for the back of  this throw-size one.

Upcycled Denim Quilt on Etsy

Upcycled Denim Quilt on Etsy

I also went with a new micro-geometric for the binding that is so perfect. It is going to be hard to let this one go. I might have to make another for myself if I can still source the backing fabric.

Upcycled Denim Quilt on Etsy

Here’s a link to the listing in my Etsy shop. These quilts are so comfy! They seem nice and light in the summer but super cozy in the winter. I think it is the combo of the cotton batting with the weight of the denim. Hope it finds the perfect home!

Upcycled Denim Quilt on Etsy

PS – Don’t forget – only three days left to enter my giveaway for a zipper pouch!

 

Zipper Pouch Giveaway

December 7, 2016

Contest has ended. Random number generator chose Melissa Jayne from New Zealand! Congrats and I will be in touch about your shipping info!

Eiffel Tower Zipper Pouches

Feeling pretty festive around here and I thought in the spirit of the season I would have a little December giveaway.

Medium Zipper Pouch

I will give away one of my medium size Eiffel Tower Zipper Pouches to a blog commenter next week! Just leave a comment below and tell about one of your favorite holiday traditions – Christmas, Hanukkah, or any winter holiday you enjoy celebrating.

DETAILS:
Make sure you share your email in the email box as you comment (it will not be public) so I can contact you if you are the winner.

One entry per person, please. Contest ends Wednesday, December 14. I will draw a name next Thursday, December 15. Open to all countries! How fun is that?!

Yarn Along – 11/30/16

November 30, 2016

Fiber Optic Yarns - Black Coffee

It’s been some lovely fiber times around here. I spun up some sock yarn from Fiber Optic Yarns. It is a blend of 55% superwash merino, 20% Alpaca, 20% Nylon, 5% Tussah Silk. I got a heavy fingering 3-ply.

Fiber Optic Yarns - Black Coffee

I immediately cast on some more socks for my husband. He is extremely knit-worthy and appreciative and doesn’t have nearly enough handmade socks.

Fiber Optic Yarns - Black Coffee

I am using my usual toe-up sock recipe with an afterthought heel. The texture is the waffle weave from the Blueberry Waffle Sock pattern.

As for reading, I am partway into a new audio book: The Chemistry of Tears, by Peter Carey.

I am not sure how I feel about it. The readers are excellent, and the story is compelling: After a tragic loss,  museum curator, Catherine, becomes enthralled with the story of a museum piece she is restoring. But the characters and not entirely likable, which generally gives me a problem. I am REALLY hoping they redeem themselves or I fear this will be a terrible waste of a good story. Holding out hope!

It’s British, so I am plunging forward! Wishing you happy reading and knitting!

So happy to be back joining Ginny in the Yarn Along!

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Black Friday Sale – 2016

November 24, 2016

Just popping in to let you know there is a SALE AT MY ETSY STORE this weekend on the wedge zipper pouches!

Both the Eiffel Tower and Cherry Blossom bags are $5 off any size. No coupon needed! Happy holiday shopping!

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Void Shawl

November 22, 2016

This is a very exciting finish. This is the first project I have knit from my handspun after getting my spinning wheel!

The pattern is Void by Melanie Berg. The yarn is worsted weight handspun from Fiber Optic Yarns. It is a dreamy merino/silk blend that spun up in a wonderful heathered gray.

The lattice pattern is fairly complex. The use of stitch markers was critical for me. But with all complicated patterns, It got easier the more repeats I knit. I reduced the length of the shawl – it is designed extremely long and I am fairly short so I knew the proportions would be off if I made if full size.

I did add extra rows of garter edging to made the shawl deeper. I wanted full coverage across the back.

Very happy with this one. The yarn is very squishy and super warm.

I am inspired to do a sweater spin, but I will need to wait until the budget allows that kind of investment. For now I will be knitting a couple of sock yarn projects I have begun spinning for.

Much more affordable to spin for socks!

Men’s Socks

November 15, 2016

I got some long-coveted sock blockers so I no longer have to wait for sock models to do my photographs! Hooray!

This pair is a basic, toe-up pattern I have developed that fits my husband well. I use a 4-Knit, 2-Purl rib over 60 stitches with an afterthought heel. I will be added 2 x 2 ribbing in the future at the top to prevent sock-sag.

Yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in 25386 Thunderhead. Great, affordable sock yarn. And the leftovers are perfect in my sock yarn blanket so it is a win for everyone!

I have a number of other finishes to share! Gotta get some photos taken and then I can share!

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