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Lunar Progression…

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 | blocking, FO's, knitting, tools | No Comments
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Blocking. It’s necessary.

Wow, this is my first post for May. My, my….I have let things slip.

I felt like I was stuck in a never ending cycle of lace knitting. It wasn’t even a hard lace pattern…I mean, I had the 2 row repeat memorized. It’s pretty much the only thing that all the grey matter in my skull is good for these days. Hey, it’s something!

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It felt like it went on for forever.

After knitting 63″ of lace at a snail’s pace, I finally made it to the other end of my Lunar Progression. Then the blocking happened…and it grew…much like lace does. Then I worried, because, well…it’s not the Doctor Who scarf or anything. I wasn’t sure it was supposed to be so long, so wide, so huge. I freaked out until it was completely dry. Then I put it on just like how it was done in the picture from the pattern and my eyes got all glassy and huge. It’s perfect!!

Having the designer comment on my Ravelry project page was an added bonus.

Now to figure out where we are in the lunar cycle so I can set this thing correctly.

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Whew! Done!

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L.A. Yarn Crawl 2014?

Not really…

I had said previously here on the blog that I wasn’t intending to take part in this years Yarn Crawl. I had a whole lot of reasons for this, not at least was that I really need to spin down my fiber stash.

Of course, Courtney was holding out some major hope that I would change my mind at the last minute and give in to the yarn fumes. I compromised a little. Due to a series of fortunate events, star aligning and the like, I was able to get out of work an hour early on Friday. I knew this was going to happen early enough to tip off Courtney, so during the time we would usually be converging on one of our usual places for our regular Friday Night Stitch and Bitch, we were sitting in my van in traffic chatting about Pokemon and heading toward Long Beach.

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They had a Candy Land type theme this year….so this is our lollypop selfie!

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I love their candy wreath.

We met up with Angelique at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company and pretty much stayed until they closed. It is one of my favorite stores and I really love the ladies that work there. They are so friendly and eager to help people out. They have a great yarn selection and have some really lovely looking pattern samples. If you can’t get something there, they will help you figure out where to get what you are looking for…

I had more reasons than that to have this be the store I hit. We had met this lovely lady named Pat Spencer at Stitches West this year, and I ended up buying one of her shawl pins. At the time we had met her, she had told us that she really didn’t have an online presence yet, but that she sold her pins at this cute little yarn store that she was sure we probably hadn’t heard of. When she mentioned that it was Alamitos Bay, we squealed with delight and told her how much we love the place. We knew they would have pins available at yarn crawl, and Courtney and I were hunting for some.

I was also pleasantly surprised to see Laura of Dizzy Blonde Studios there too! Of course, each one of us left with a skein of her Salt Water Taffy yarn!

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My yarn and pins and patterns…

But that isn’t where the madness ends.

There was a woman there with this beautiful carpet bag…the only one in the store…and I happened to fall in love with it. Now, the weird thing, I was just on the website for this particular brand of bag earlier in the week finding links for an artist I know on Twitter who was looking for bags with good pockets. I had told her she should look into knitting bags. Heck, I have a ton of knitting bags, but I use them mostly as purses because the pockets are so plentiful. I had sent her links to two other sites (Namaste and Jordana Paige) because of their purse-like styles. I hadn’t given a second thought to Off Hand Designs, because I have never owned one, and never seen the newer bags in person.

Oh wow. I had never thought I would have to fight the urge to knock down a perfectly innocent, nice lady and take her bag from her. Of course it was the only one in the store. Of course I wanted it.

Later on, Courtney had pulled up the Off Hand Designs website and we found what we thought was the bag. Had I just looked at the picture online, I probably wouldn’t have thought twice about getting it, but now that I had seen what it looked like in person, I just had to have it. I called Alamitos Bay Yarn Company first thing on Saturday morning to ask about that lovely lady who bought the bag (turns out her name is June) and confirm what type of bag it was. I ended up ordering it. It’s a limited edition of 16.

So the moral of the story? I can just as easily blow what might be my entire budget for yarn crawl in less than 24 hours by going to just one yarn store. This might be an all new personal best for me. My husband jokes that he is so thankful I don’t have expensive taste.

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Just in time for Tour De Fleece…

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Imagine my surprise when I woke up (admittedly late) this morning and saw a tweet from redshirtknitting saying that Ravelry was beta testing a new feature for spinners! Hooray! It’s almost too good to be true.

For quite some time I have been adding my hand spun yarn to the database, but like you would add commercial yarn. I would forever have to, if I wasn’t feeling lazy that day, try and enter notes about the characteristics of the yarn. Is it a 2 ply? 3 ply? What was my WPI again? If I didn’t enter all the info at that particular moment, some of the info might be lost to time and my poor memory.

I decided to opt in for the beta testing and try plugging a skein of my new tour de fleece yarn in.

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I like that it pretty much covers everything I might possibly need as far fields. Ratio? Twist angle? But I do everything according to “feel”! Crap…I’m going to have to start paying attention to my spinning, aren’t I? I also like that all the hand spun that I had entered “ghetto” style had already populated the hand spun tab. I love it when I have less work to do!

Maybe this means I can start adding my fiber to my actual stash. I had added a couple of braids, but it was kind of a pain, so I stopped.

Thanks to Tour de Fleece and Ravelry, I see not only stash busting, but some serious stash organization, in my near future!

Click here to get Casey’s secret code!

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I’m most definitely sleep deprived.

You really wouldn’t believe how much I cut out of this video.

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Stitches West 2013, The Haul

I almost forgot to post a picture of the haul from Stitches this year! This picture represents *most* of what we purchased during our weekend.

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The Haul.

And a few other pics of our weekend, just because.

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Dr. Gemma interviewing folks for her podcast.

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The wheels at the Carolina Homespun Booth.

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I showed restraint. I am no longer allowed to bring dirty fleece into the house after that last incident. But…look! It has my name!

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Court and I…with some cheese.

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Friday Night Knitting gets DIY

I have a lot of really creative friends at knitting. We are always discussing various projects both inside and outside the knitting realm.

Imagine my excitement when one our ladies, Lisa , and her total engineering type brain, came in with one of these.

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Lisa made this for me!

That, my friends, is a yarn ball holder! A ziploc container with a grommet! How clever!!!

So if you decide to make one of these…give cegirl69 the credit…’cause she is awesome!

Presents!

Monday, May 2nd, 2011 | At the office, tools | No Comments

Some people are ever so nice and do things like surprise me with gifties!

One of the lovely ladies from my charity knitting/crochet group brought me this for my collection of tools!

Presents from one of the ladies in my charity knit/crochet group!

Ooooh!

Hand carders and a drop spindle! My tool collection welcomes you with open arms! Thank you!!

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