First things first:
Yup, yours truly was the Etsy shop of the day yesterday at Lime and Violet's The Daily Chum. How cool is that! Yes, I'm thrilled.
Ok, so I feel like I owe a knitting post after that long hiatus. As I had mentioned, I have been doing some gift knitting, but have decided to not post those pictures until after everyone has opened them so that I keep the surprise.
What I can show is all the hats I've been cranking out. Serious hat mania going on over here.
Yarn: "Steel", alpaca and superwash merino from my own batts
Yarn: "Crabapple" BFL spun from Hello Yarn
What can I say, when I find a good pattern, I stick with it. The pattern is written from the top down so that you can try it on. Or quit when you run out of yarn. They also worked up really fast, taking just a day each. I think my handspun looks great in these too.
I figured I need a little something with interest for the next hat, so I started on a Koolhaas. Who isn't doing one of these? I chose Knit Picks Andean Silk after finding a couple balls yesterday hiding in my stash.
Perhaps I need to go through the yarn more often, since I forget I own things. Yes, "most" of the stash is cataloged on Ravelry, but that consists of the sock yarn and sweaters. Those odd balls of only a few, the lace, Shetland and gross amount of yarn purchased for stranded work remain packed away.
Well, that's all I'll get into today. Trust me there's more. Good stuff too!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
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Monday, December 10, 2007
Just a quick post to let everyone know that I've been busy updating the shop over the weekend. This will be my last update before I move in January and probably until early March. Please stop on by and I hope you find something you like! I promise a real post soon; there's so much to talk about!
Posted by Erica at 4:12 PM
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Posted by Erica at 10:00 PM
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Hurrah! We're on our last week of this never ending deployment. Up until last week the reality of the close end hadn't fully hit me. In a way, it hasn't completely yet either. I suppose that it'll take awhile even after he gets home. However excitement has begun to spread like wildfire around these parts. Some groups have already come home and a bunch will this weekend. The entire community has been covered with yellow ribbons, flags and welcome home signs. I'll be very happy once the entire Brigade has arrived safely and life begins to take on a bit of normalcy.
Thanks so much Dave! They have been tucked into the bulging box that contains the other pretties and are now making friends.
I suppose that since it is Socktober, it only seems fitting that I knit some socks. In reality, I had kinda forgotten about it and just needed a mindless project to work on. Although I have lots on the needles right now, anything with patterning just doesn't appeal to me.
Pattern: Plain vanilla socks on 64 stitches with a band heel
Yarn: "Ripples" Minestrone from Yarn Chef
This was nice yarn to knit with. Katy has some great color combinations that are right up my alley. I've marked a few as favorites and hope to get some more in the future. While I have knit a band heel before, none of them were for myself. I wasn't really sure I was going to like it, but wanted to try something other than a short row heel to keep the stripes in line. When I first put them on it felt weird, but after wearing them about I found they accommodate my heel just fine.
Naturally since the hubby is going to be home soon, I probably won't be posting for a bit. On the other hand, he now takes control of my car everyday so I'm going to be stuck at home once again... Well, I'll see everyone once things settle down here!
Psst! Lots of new stuff in the shop this week! :)
Posted by Erica at 12:28 PM
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Wow, you all sure know how to make a girl blush! Thanks for everyone's super nice comments regarding my latest sweater.
Pattern: Fingerless mitts, a on the fly design
Yarn: my handspun Targhee from Susan's Spinning Bunny
I really like how these turned out and it was pure luck that the striping matched up. I have enough left over to do a little neck gaiter, but have yet to do some measurements and swatching. Perhaps tomorrow since I'm refusing to leave the house.
I know that I promised a post on spinning, but I realized that the last three skeins are still uncounted and I just haven't felt like doing that.
Yeah, pretty boring post. Basically I just wanted to let you know I'm still alive. Plus, I discovered that the longer between posts, the harder it is to get back into it. So, it's an attempt to keep up.
One more thing! Don't forget that I'm having a sale at my shop. Sale ends tomorrow night, so hurry on over! I'll leave you with a taste of the new stuff that just went up.
Posted by Erica at 3:00 PM
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I certainly did not plan on stepping away from the blog for so long! Since I last posted Reilly has started school and that really threw my schedule out of whack. I didn't expect it to, but the adjustment was hard than I thought. We're now into the third week and we've all gotten settled but it's still pretty hectic. The redeployment countdown keeps getting smaller and I keep finding more things I'd like to get done before then. On top of that his parents will be here a week before he gets home. Unfortunately they will miss each other, but their presence will keep me busy and from going out of my mind with anticipation.
Yarn: Bouton d'Or Ksar
These were a nice quick knit and will become a faithful companion on those early morning walks to school until it gets really cold. Guess I better start a pair of mittens soon because it's getting cold already!
Pattern: Wheat-Ear Cable Raglan, Interweave Knits, Summer '07
Yarn: Tahki Torino, color 124
When I first saw this sweater I knew I had to have it. Right after I got my copy Webs was having their anniversary sale and happened upon an awesome price for the exact wool used. Heck, I even used the same color because I thought it was a gorgeous color and it's one that not too frequently shows up in my wardrobe. I'm glad I went for it. The yarn is super soft and I really like how the color looks on me.
I did however have some issues when I knitted it up. First, my gauge was slightly off. Knowing this, I went ahead and figured I'd leave a row or two out every few inches. Well, when I finally bound off for the neck and tried it on was I in for a surprise. It was a turtleneck that was at least three or four inches too wide . Boy did that look funny. Yeah, I had to rip and reknit the entire yoke with faster decreases and a smaller needle. I think the end result is better, not great, but I'm happy with it. It's still a big on the big size and I should have made the smallest size with short rows in the bust. There's some flaring at the underarms, the sleeves are a bit bigger than I'd like and it sits kinda funny on my waist and hips so that it gives me "handlebars". Ok, so maybe I do have them, but they're nowhere near that big! :)
All in all, I'm happy and have learned some things along the way. First, I need to remeasure my entire top side, not just that one number in order to make things fit better. Since the last time I've made a sweater there's alot less of me and I have a hard time figuring out what size the new me wears. Hopefully my next sweater will come out much better. Especially since I've already casted on!
I know that Autumn doesn't start until next week, but it's already here in Germany. The leaves are changing and the air has started to take on that wonderful crispness. It's my favorite time of the year and I'm feeling the urge to bake. Yum! Since I'm in a very good mood, I'm throwing a sale in my Etsy shop until the end of the month. Be sure to hop on over and I hope you find something you like. I suspect that with everything going on I won't be updating there much for the next month or so.
Well, there's spinning to talk about as well, but I'll leave that for another time. Happy knitting!
Posted by Erica at 12:38 PM
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wow, the past two weeks just flew by! It was a flurry of back to school madness that isn't quite over yet as Reilly doesn't even go until Tuesday. Today we had our home visit with his teacher and that just about pushed me over the edge. I started cleaning last week and continued all week for a visit that lasted all of twenty minutes. Trust me the house really needed it, so it was the kick I needed.
Posted by Erica at 6:27 PM
Monday, August 20, 2007
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Friday, August 10, 2007
Gosh, I have no idea as where to start this post. I had stepped away from blogging for a couple weeks and now I've got a ton to share. Diving right in sounds good!
Posted by Erica at 1:28 PM
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Ok. I'm lazy. Sure I could go count, but that would be too hard. I'm also way too lazy to go take a bunch of pictures of what I've been up to, so today it's just the spinning.
Posted by Erica at 6:36 PM
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
It's all about the spinning right now. Yet as much as I'd like to all day long, other little people have other things that they'd like to do. Since the sun has finally decided to visit Germany this summer, the playground and parks beckon. I needed some nice mindless project that would be easy to tote around as I wander behind them. Socks are out right now since I'm having a bit of boredom with them.
Posted by Erica at 7:19 PM
Friday, July 13, 2007
In my wanderings across blogland, I noticed that some people that are spinning along in Le Tour de Fleece had set some pretty big goals and challenges. Me, not so much. Here are mine:
Posted by Erica at 9:02 AM
Thursday, July 05, 2007
For the last three weeks, it has rained pretty much every day. This means alot of inside playing and lots of downtime for me. I'm running out of interesting activities that are appealing and have begun to resort to new Leapfrog cartridges and marathon movie sessions. I picked up where I had left off in pre-move activities when the extension was announced and have been cleaning like a madwoman. (not that you'd really be able to tell, since the boys tend to follow me around and undo everything) When I can't clean anymore, I turn to the fiber. This week, more so than ever. I've gotten ALOT done.
Posted by Erica at 5:35 PM
Friday, June 29, 2007
Hello out there! I am still alive, the universe hasn't exploded and I'm doing quite well. Thank you for all of the very nice comments that were left for me earlier this week. I've been avoiding my inbox since it seems to be breeding. Heck, I'm still working on last week's emails! I suppose if I would just sit down and do it, instead of playing with fiber... Nah.
Posted by Erica at 6:05 PM