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  1. I made the pledge have you?

    December 7, 2011 by enid

    I made the pledge to that this Christmas at least half of the gifts I give will be handmade. Either made from me or purchased from an artisan.

    I swore I wouldn’t do any Christmas knits this year but I caved. Although one of the knits isn’t really a Christmas gift, but it is December so the lines have blurred and now my brain has determined that I must finish this one right away.

    The Hand Made Gift Guide is the place to go. Check it out maybe you can do some of your shopping there.


  2. December Calendar from Yarnage to you

    December 6, 2011 by enid

    Wallpaper December 2011

    1440x900

    Warm Holiday Greetings from the Yarnage house to yours. I hope you all enjoy this wallpaper as much as I enjoyed making it. The background pattern is yarn. A happy little accident that reminded me of a Christmas tree pine all that was missing was the snow. If you are curious about the yarn I used it was Brooks Farm test yarn. EXP Mohair YRL (100%YRL Mohair). 4 oz/275 yards.

    100 % YRL MOHAIR

    It has some beautiful colors in it, reds, rusts, & greens. I had to get it even though I didn’t have a plan for it. After my Christmas knitting is all done I think this will be next in my queue.

    Merry Christmas Y’all! and Happy Holidays!


  3. 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.


  4. 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

     

     


  5. 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.