Things that make me Happy Monday

23 02 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve had one of these, so here’s what makes me happy today:

Finding some Orla Kiely goodies at my local Target

Orla Kiely goodies

I bought one mug, one placemat and one towel set. The mug has already been put to good use and the placemat and towels will be used for some sewing project or other.

A new pair of socks

Finished Rococo socks

These socks have taken me 11 months to complete, so I’m really glad they’re finally ready to be worn. I used the Rococo Sock pattern by Knitspot and 2 skeins of O-Wool Classic 2-ply in Robin’s Egg.

New yarn

Sock Hop Rasta Rasta Man

I’ve finally got my hands on some Sock Hop in the Rasta Rasta Man colorway. I got lucky getting some from someone’s Ravelry Destash. There was no hesitation whatsoever!

Cute bag

Cute Owl bag

I found this bag at the Peabody Essex Museum’s shop a few weeks ago. I feel in love with the owls. It’ll make a great bag to take on vacation.

What makes you happy this Monday?


Just for fun

19 02 2009

Not so WIP anymore – part 3

15 02 2009

My latest FO is made of 23 parts and has been a long time coming. At the beginning of January I started a batch of box bags and they’re finally done!

Leaning tower of box bags

What you see there is my leaning tower of box bags. 20 of these bags are from this batch, 3 from the last batch. There are 3 that are not on the picture because they’re gone to their new homes already.

There are 11 large bags and 12 smaller bags.

11 large box bags

the large bags

and some of the smaller bags

6 small box bags

I have taken individual pictures of some of them already, but the others will come later. These bags are for now available for purchase through the blog but will be made available at yarn4socks after that. If something strikes your eye in the mean time, let me know!

Not so WIP anymore – Part 2

12 02 2009

At my last Monday night’s weaving class, I finished my class sampler. I tried out many weaves like tabby, standard twill, basket, broken crow and broken twill, return twill and rose path. I also got to try out different yarns; slubby, tweedy, extra thick and extra thin to see how they behave in the different weaves.

Here you can see one half of the sampler:

Weaving sampler

And one bit of the other side:

Weaving sampler

Here are some of my favorite sections:

Weaving sampler

Broken twill

Weaving sampler

Return twill on the sides with Rose path in the middle

Weaving sampler

More broken twill

At the next class we’ll get to work on our own project. I’m planning to make a scarf out of my stash sock yarn. I just have to figure out how much I need and then I’ll be able to figure out how many skeins of sock yarn I need. If there are any weavers reading this, how many skeins of fingering weight yarn would you need for a 10″ x 60″ scarf at about 400yds a skein? I’ll make sure to show you when I decide!

Not so WIP anymore – part 1

10 02 2009

I’ve been a busy girl lately and have finished quite a few of my WIPs.

Over the weekend I finished my Calvert. I love it and have worn it a few times already.

Finished Calvert

I used a bit more than 10 balls of Sublime extra fine merino dk in the Colonel Mustard colorway. I wasn’t sure how about my choice of yellow but I’m very happy with it now. It’s nice to have something different than blue, black or grey. It looks great with grey and “grellow” just happens to be one of my current favorite color combination.

I modified the pattern a bit like so: I knit the 2 fronts and the lower back in one piece and I knit the sleeves in the round. Instead of binding off the lower back I put it on a holder until I was ready to seam the pieces together. In the pattern, the lower back is bound off, then gathered (it is wider than the back yoke) and then seamed together to the back yoke. Instead, when I was ready to seam I put the lower back back on a needle and decreased evenly so as to have about the same amount of stitches as the back yoke. I then bound off and seamed it together. I really wanted to do pleats but couldn’t figure out how to do it so instead did it that way. It took me 2 tries to get it how I wanted it but it was well worth it. My last change was to make button holes in one of the front bands so as to be able to button it that way instead of buttoning it through the lacework in the front panel as written.

Finished Calvert

Another modification I made was to add 2 inches to the length of the body. I’m very pleased I did this, although I wish it was even a bit longer. I haven’t wet blocked the cardigan yet though, and I might be able to get an inch more if I did that.

I ended up using the antler buttons that I bought at Stitches East, even though I tried many other options, it was still the best combination.

Last year I knit the Hourglass sweater, and although it fits well enough, I haven’t worn it much. I find that this cardigan works much better for me and will get a lot more wear. I enjoyed knitting with the Sublime extra fine merino dk, even though the woven in ends keep sneaking back out. I don’t know yet how it will wear but have high hopes for it. I definitely would work with this yarn again.

Now I’m thinking of my next sweater… but first I have to finish a bunch of socks!

Monday night weaving

2 02 2009

My Monday nights are now occupied by a weaving class. I’ve been wanting to try out weaving for a while, as an extension of my love for all things “fibery”. Conveniently, I found out that a weaving class would begin in January only a few minutes from my house. I’ve had 2 classes so far with 8 more to go including tonight’s class.

In this class are a few advanced weavers and 2 novices including myself. There are a bunch of floor looms as well, from pretty big to much smaller like the one I’m using.


During the first class we were told to pick two weaving yarns and were shown how to create the warp on the warping pegs and then we were shown how to attach the warp to the loom. Then started the back-breaking work of threading each strand through the heddles on 4 harnesses. This part was completed at the beginning of the second class. Then started the fun part, the actual weaving part.

Getting ready for the weaving part

The teacher has us do a sampler, with the the weave changing every few inch so that we can become familiar with some of the main weaves. The fact that the warp changes gives a different look to the same weave.


In the picture above you can see that the first third of the warp (the vertical strands)  is green, the second third is red and the third is one green strand and one red strand alternating. The weft are the horizontal strands. I’m alternating working with the red and the green, changing every couple inches.  Each weave looks different depending on the warp and the weft as you can better see below:

2 color sampler

I’m quite enjoying my class, even if it is back-breaking. I’m hoping that we can work on something of our own before the class is over as I would love to make a scarf out of some of my yarn. I would love to be able to have my own loom at home, but after having to sell my spinning wheel I can’t rationalize the purchase of one. I guess I’ll have to be happy with the class!

Some weave I don't remember the name of

If you’re more interested in weaving, here’s a link to a wikipedia entry on weaving.