The kids heading back to school means I better get my butt back to getting stuff done!
Baah Yarns website is here.
You can check out the California Poppy pattern here.
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.
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!
I just released my newest pattern. Sammy the Three Toed Sloth is now available in my Ravelry store! Check it out!
One of the patterns I test knit recently just went live on Ravelry. I can actually talk about it. Yesssss!
This is the Lutine Cap by Alex Tinsley. It is a cute little cap that is super easy to knit up. Of course, I love Alex’s patterns, so when she put the call out for test knitters, I jumped at the chance.
The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn held doubled. I used some Koigu KPPPM that was lying around in my stash.
Of course, trying to take pictures of your own head while not looking at the camera is super easy, right? I always seem to get some interesting gems while attempting to take photos of myself. This is just the latest one…
I’m calling this “My Blue Period”, which is appropriate since I had my hairdresser pop some blue into my hair yesterday.
Patience has never been something that comes easy for me. Imagine how painful it is for me to go onto Ravelry and check out The Unique Sheep’s Mystery KAL forums. Oh my goodness, I check my email multiple times a day just to see if they’ve emailed to say it’s been dyed and on it’s way. The anticipation is killing me.
Yesterday, there was a post with colorways for the upcoming KAL. I started drooling when I saw this…
The color I chose on the base I chose! I wonder what the beads will look like?
This is not the greatest video. The audio is pretty bad…but I do get called a nerd by Shannon Okey and she high-fives me later. So I think it is pretty awesome. I am really only posting it though because I had mentioned it to my friend Kata.
I will bust myself for excessive use of “woohoo”. For the record I had been drinking a little (ya know, so I could find the nerve to go introduce myself to Ysolda Teague).
…that I forgot to mention something really special that happened.
Towards the end of the night, I saw some ladies off to the side eyeing my Valsez dans l’abime. I didn’t think anything of it as I am pretty proud of that silly sweater that caused me so much distress. It really turned out gorgeous and has gotten a lot of compliments.
A little while later, Suzanne came by with a woman to who wanted to chat with me. It happened to be the girl who started the whole ball rolling on my Pas De Valse obsession.
I had met her in line at Stitch N’ Pitch 2010 while I waited to get a Dodger Dog. She was wearing this beautiful sweater and I just HAD to ask her what the pattern was.
So here she was, Suzanne brought her over to chat. She was admiring my sweater earlier and complimented me on it. Suzanne started to tell her how she wishes she could find the woman who inspired her to knit one of her favorite shawls so she can thank her for prompting her to knit it. Suzanne is very much a woman who likes things to come full circle.
I was thrilled to see her again! I think it is really important to let people know when they are the source of inspiration for you.
So thank you, Jooleeyet! I really am glad I got the opportunity to see you again!
Last night was the Unwind/Ravelry event. It was so much fun! It was great seeing Jess and Casey and all the awesome people that came out to either sell their stuff, or just visit!
The above awesomeness is:
- My friend Emily with her little monster posing with The Knitmore Girls and Dr. Gemma.
- Suzanne modeling an orange shrug and looking awesome, as always.
- Dr. Gemma and MeiLan discussing shawls.
- The shop starts to fill up!
- Stephanie makes announcements and introductions.
- Shannon Okey’s birthday! Bring out the cake!
- I actually won something! A pattern…
- …and some Classic Elite Yarn!
OK…then for the serious highlights of my night. In this next photo I would totally be hyperventilating had Suzanne not given me two glasses of wine first. I believe we talked about how lovely her sweater is. She knit it in Lorna’s Laces “Ysolda Red”… then I pulled out my Amy Pond inspired scarf, which is knit in Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace…also in the “Ysolda Red” color. She even helped me with some color choices for yarn that are way far out of my comfort zone!
Then I got to spend some time totally nerding out with Shannon Okey. She is fabulous! We talked knitting, Doctor Who, Buffy…she’s so much fun!
And if that wasn’t awesome enough…Shannon was there selling her latest book and I had her sign my copy. I didn’t even look to see what she had wrote because we were busy talking about nerd crushes! I was so excited to arrive home, open the book, and see this…
Someones been busy…
Ravelry folks are in town? It’s the anniversary of Unwind’s opening? Sounds like the perfect reason to have a party!!
The cool thing is that there was a VIP party beforehand that we got to attend. It was great fun. We got a sneak peek at all the fun stuff before everyone else. Manos, Namaste bags… all sorts of stuff! I had a plan going in, and anyone who knows me well knows I can stick to a plan.
See, I know sometimes these things can be overwhelming, so I knew what I was going for and kept my blinders on to everything else. It was kind of like my Stitches approach. Go with a list, do not deviate from said list…it was the only way I could keep within my budget. Of course I did see plenty of eye candy that made me all wide-eyed and crazy looking, but I was a good girl. I only really looked at the Manos color cards. I picked my color and I did two laps around the shop before I went up to the register to order and pay for it. 14 skeins in Bing Cherry. I also found a full punch card when I opened my wallet. That means $30 off my order that was *already* sale priced. I had a *moment*. I believe I actually started jumping up and down and giggling loudly.
I bought enough Manos del Uruguay to make this:
I can’t wait until it comes in. I have it slated as my next project.
So, I said it was pretty overwhelming, right? Hopefully Penny doesn’t kill me for this one, but sometimes she is so cute that I just can’t help myself…
Little did I know at the time, but I was coming down with something. That and the crowd inside would explain why I felt like I was burning up. I ended up keeping Emily company at the front door and working on my sweater. It was chilly outside, but it was nice to sit and get some knitting done.
I enjoyed playing “bouncer” with Emily. Don’t mess with us ladies…..we carry pointy sticks!
The funny thing about this whole night…and I am not quite sure what I was thinking (for now I will blame the fever that came the next day) but I didn’t even think to go introduce myself to the Ravelry folks. I saw Mary-Heather a few times…and I think saw Jess and Casey once, but I didn’t get any photos of them. Blogger FAIL!
I did have fun though. And it’s getting me primed for Stitches West in February.