Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Cover Those Ears

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.

Steel Karlchen III

Pattern: Karlchen
Yarn: "Steel", alpaca and superwash merino from my own batts

Crabapple Karlchen II

Pattern: Karlchen
Yarn: "Crabapple" BFL spun from Hello Yarn

Crabapple Karlchen I

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.

Koolhaas Started

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!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Update Time

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!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Hello There!

Despite what many may have thought, I haven't dropped off the face of the Earth. I guess I just needed a bit of a break from the blog. My husband came home in October (yay!) and it's been quite an adjustment. After being the only parent for fifteen months, having another one in the house is both a blessing and a challenge. My personal life was turned upside down and I needed some time to let things settle in.

I've been keeping busy with planning a move back to the States and lots of family time. In the spare moments I've been knitting on Christmas presents, dyeing a bunch and spinning a bit. Most of the gifts are in their last stages and will be given a proper photo shoot once all the ends have been tucked in. You see what I've dyeing in my Etsy shop, with more on it's way.

I finally got myself together yesterday and spend quite a few hours rewinding skeins and counting yardages on all the yarns I've spun in the past few months. For whatever the reason, I'd gotten out of the habit of doing it immediately after they were dry from their bath. Perhaps I've learned my lesson...

Spinning Backlog

You can see detailed info in my spinning Flickr set (click the picture to get there). Happy knitting and spinning everyone!