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November, 2011

  1. Fiber Festival 2011

    November 15, 2011 by enid

    Of the Yarny kind. I had the best time this weekend let me tell ya. I went to Kid ‘n Ewe and Llamas too in Boerne, Tx. It was so nice. It had been a while for me. I think one year I missed it because I was preggers and the drive was too long for me. The other time I was just post op from having my gallbladder removed. And then last year, I had been planning to go with a really dear friend of mine but she had a life changing medical emergency and I don’t remember much of that year.

    It was a great year for going, because well it just was. I have great friends and my dear friend was able to go with me this time. I couldn’t be any happier. All my favorite things wrapped up in a yarny ribbon, could it get any better than that.

    It’s a three day event but I went Saturday and Sunday. Saturday I went with my one of my best mates Mary. With good intentions to leave at 9am but the it seemed that we both suffered from a little snoozebutton-itis. It’s all good it’s Saturday after all. I peeled myself out of bed, dressed myself, slurped my coffee, packed a little lunch, kissed my kiddos adios, and off to pick up Mary. We arrived and out came out our cameras to take pictures of all the beautiful colors, to bad the pictures can’t really capture the full experience. Well minus the llama and cashmere goats in the show barn smells. But some of the fiber combinations create some of the softest yarns. Like an alpaca, wool, silk blend, or bison, silk and alpaca blend. Lots and lots of hand painted yarns, the color combinations that my camera just don’t capture as well. Let me share with you some highlights of this weekends pics and tomorrow I’m going to chat a little more about it.


  2. Yarn & Pattern Pairing

    November 8, 2011 by enid

    Is there a method to that madness or do you just throw caution to the wind and let the needles fly?

    I say it’s a little bit of both. I mean you aren’t going to knit a lacy pattern using chunky weight yarn are ya? I mean you could if one were wild and rebellious and a little loco. Where am I going with this. I totally had some great thoughts when I sat here to write this but now I’ve drawn a blank.

    But I will share with you my latest tragedy, or not. I think I’d like to quote the awesome Beyonce and call this project my “beautiful nightmare.”

    I bought some Plain and Fancy yarn
    Plain & Fancy Plum/Magenta2 a while back. I can’t even tell ya how long it’s been but I think it’s more than 4 years old. I took that variegated  one (right) and casted on for a scarf the name of the patter is Holding Hands,Feeding ducks. The pattern can also be found here.  I liked it. I loved it. It was beautiful. Everyone I showed it to or happen to see it while I was working on it liked it too.  But then something happened. Other projects called to me, and this poor little scarf sat and waited for me patiently at the bottom of a dark, and cold project bag.

    Then this weekend, not wanting to begin a new project and a little ashamed that maybe I should finish another project before I cast on for another project. I took out this pretty little scarf, and began to work on it. But the more I looked at it the more not happy I was with it. I thought of a way to repair the problems I had with it both in my head and on the piece itself, but I just couldn’t. My OCD rears it’s ugly head and sometimes I just can’t get over of the personal design features I have created. 🙂 I tried. I really did. And in one final moment, I looked at that scarf already about a foot and a half long, and said “it’s not you, it’s me.”

    I did it I frogged it. The whole thing rewound into a nice little center pull cake. Most of us would be so disgusted at this point, we might just even toss that cake back into the stash pile and find another project. But I had dreams for this pretty yarn, and I casted on for Easy Drop Stitch Scarf. THE BEST darn choice I’ve ever made. I LOVE it! It looks super complicated and that you spent lots of time on it but, it knits up super fast. I already have the same length plus more of this scarf knit up than I did of the one I frogged and took me months to get to.

    Good ole rebound pattern. I really like the HHFD pattern, the yarn worked well with it, no funny pooling of colors. But I had not consistently treated the end stitches the same, sometimes I passed them sometimes I knit them and longer the scarf got the more noticeable it was. The fabric was dense, very thick, it’s great for 10 below weather and we don’t have those here where I live.

    EDSS, gives me a light drapey fabric, and the colors are still perfect.

    It’s all about taste. Pictures I bet you would like to see both, and you decide.

    It wasn't you it was me.

    Scarf 1.0

    Scarf

    Scarf 2.0

     

     


  3. Yarnage Wallpaper Calendar

    November 4, 2011 by enid

    November 2011 1400x900
    Here is a small token of my appreciation for coming by and reading my blog posts. I hope you return for more reading and maybe just maybe I will have some cooler desktop wallpaper of the yarnage kind, perhaps even some for you ipads, and iphones. I’m a little rusty but I’m working at it.

    The yarn features in this wallpaper is Ella Rae Lace Merino 100% Merino wool, Color Way 122. It was a gift from some really awesome friends of mine. I love them dearly. This beautiful yarn is on the needles as we speak, I will post pictures soon.

     


  4. Another knit finished object. FO

    November 1, 2011 by enid

    Hey what’s an FO?? One of our many knitting abbreviations for finished object.

    I will discuss knitting abbreviations at a later date, but today I will show you what’s been keeping me busy. Well besides Halloween, and my kiddos. I’ve been knitting and hanging out with the family. All day today I’ve been trying to get to you. And it sounded something like this.

    Okay, I’m going to sit down and write a little something. OH LOOK! knitting let me whip up a few rows. (I get distracted by my one of my kids or the phone, laundry etc)

    and the loop repeats itself.

    Okay I’m going to sit down and write a little something. OH LOOK! knitting……..you know the rest. 😀

    Until I finished. I finished!

    Illusion knit Moon and StarIllusion Knit Moon and Star

    There you go. An illusion knit washcloth that I could not keep my hands off of. Why is it called an illusion knit. If you can see in these pictures. One it taken head on from above.  The other is about a 45 degree angle. I didn’t take a protractor to my camera and the project but lets just say it was an angle.

    If you can knit and purl than you can make this. If you can read a chart, knit and purl you can make this. If you can count, read a chart, knit and purl this my readers is not going to be a problem for you. Using contrasting colors you knit and purl your way through a wonderfully clear chart like the ones that I found by Dawn Huddlestone on Ravelry.

    I wanted to make something cute and playful for my girlfriend that is expecting baby number five. Any minute they will be making their debut and I had nothing. But I had some Sugar n Cream cotton, and a curiosity of illusion knitting or also known as shadow knitting. I really wanted to create a bib, but it’s a little big for that, so I dubbed it a burp cloth or wash cloth for the baby. 😀 I just whip up something a wee smaller. I have plenty left over so I will make something matchy matchy.

    I have to say the chart I found really helped a lot. a lot of the illusion/shadow knit patterns are written out. I am not all about the written pattern, just looking at them gave me headaches. Where they beautiful designs? Yes mostly definitely but I’ve been knitting with charts for so long that I’ve kind of depended on them. When I see something written out like that my mind just goes “TLDR!!” (Too long didn’t read)

    Which reminds me in an upcoming post I will do my take on knitting abbreviations and maybe if you have some questions about them I can collect them now before my next post.