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Round round, baby, round round….

I’m totally hooked on spinning. So much so that I hardly did any knitting this weekend. So much so that I hardly did any packing as well, and considering we’re moving on Saturday, it’s not that good!

I think I said before, I got a spindle and some fiber from Socktopus. The fiber I got is Spindlefrog‘s Merino in a colourway called Mango Fandango and renamed Pumpkin Autum by myself. I split the plait in 2, then each one in 3. Before I was halfway through the second one, the spindle was getting heavy, and following Diane’s instructions and some of my imagination, I transferred the spun  yarn to another stick. A chopstick in this particular case….

From left to right – first chopstick and second chopstick that make 2oz of fiber. Then the third pic shows what’s on the spindle right now, you can click on it and see how much better I got from the first attempts to here!

On Saturday, Diane, Mel and myself took a little road trip up to P&M Woolcraft, where we met Sarah and drooled over spinning wheels and several tons of fiber. Pauline and Martin are so nice and knowleadgeable, I was a bit scared about trying the wheels as I haven’t tried one in my life, but they gave us a bit of fiber and off you go – we tried the Pioneer, the Little Gem and the Joy (double treadle). Mel and I fell in love with the Little Gem. I am going to try and save up a little here and there to be able to buy it in the new year. The treadling is SO easy, the wheel didn’t turn the wrong way even once, it’s smooth spinning all the way. The shade of the wood is very classy and being so small makes it perfect for my new house, as I can take it upstairs or downstairs easily depending on where I want to work.

I also managed to bag a copy of the new Holiday Knits and Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning, from where I took many tips. Before this trip, I was drafting and parking – after it, I’m not parking anymore and I’m managing to get even drafting, even where I need to splice and join new fiber. It’s a good thing I got better, as I got 150g of grey merino and 100g of alpaca silk. I left the fiber bag besides the sofa – last night I kept dipping my  hand in it, I love how soft that mix is.

Sunday was spent packing, although we did have to go out to buy Bobble’s birthday card. Can’t believe he’s 1 tomorrow. Sobs. Now the living room looks like a set off some war movie, there’s suitcases and boxes everywhere… but we’re getting there! Signing the contract today!!

Hopefully sometime later this week I can do a little review of the Holiday Knits issue.

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Wonder if anyone would notice

Half my colleagues are away somewhere. I’m in the office because I had meetings and I couldn’t stay home. All my meetings took place in the morning. I’m bored. I’ve done everything I had to. I have tried to think of a way for me to keep my knitting in my lap and look really intensely at some paperwork, thinking maybe that way I’d look concentrated enough and manage to get the cuff of 9-to-5 finished. Alas, no can do.

Last night I got my spindle from Socktopus and some nice Spindlefrog fleece, in Mango Fandango. Which I think looks like a pumpkin, very in season. I’m feeling quite inspired – I managed to jot down some notes on a concept that was circling my mind but I didn’t quite know how to bring to life.

Still trying, however, to construct the impossible without going mental. I wanted to pop up to York again to get some bargains (James C Brett Merino DK for the impossible project and some sewing books I saw at the stores) but now that we’re moving houses that may be put on hold.

Good news though, I finally received the missing package from the Light Dusting Lace Club that No Two Snowflakes ran from the summer. I received the July package fine. September fine. October fine. August? Well, August apparently circled the world 3 times before making it back to Nicole in October. She sent it back to me recently and surprise of surprises, I got it today – lovely dark chocolate laceweight merino. I thought I would make Obstacles with the pumpkin shade, but now I’m not so sure. And as a little bonus, a little skein in lemon and lime shades!

This, however, doesn’t count as stash enhancement, as it was paid for and expected to be there before my cut off date. I have decided to print all my stash from ravelry and allocate projects to everything without buying more yarn. I have far more lace than I should for my sanity. I’ve allocated a couple of skeins here and there (a blue laceweight for a lovely beaded scarf from Knitscene, a pink silk/merino for a Flower Basket Shawl), but I think I’m doing better at allocating the sock yarn than the rest of them.

If you check this out and have a suggestion on how to use any of them – do let me know. Especially the Araucania Ranco Multi. I’ve seen a cardi I could do, but the colour changes are quite drastic, so I’m still wondering if a Clapotis will really bore me to death.

And the wild coloured HazelKnits. Spring Forward was an initial idea but I think it’ll look better on a solid shade…

I know the best way to check it out would be to ball it and knit some to see if it would work on something other than a shawl/scarf, but if I ball of my yarn, where would I get my kicks from???

Dear errata… (& Socktopus opening!)

Don’t you just love it when your pattern has something wrong and you only realise when you are about to finish?

This happened to me on Sunday morning, just as I finished my newest pair of mittens. On the first mitten, I’d just followed the pattern without questioning it, and as I wasn’t knitting from the magazine, I didn’t compare the picture to the FO. As I was gearing up to finish the second mitten, this time with my copy of Vogue, I look at the picture and look at my first mitten. Over and over.

Crappers. The pattern called for knitting every round, including the front of the mitten, when the front is all knit in reverse st st. I didn’t have my computer on and I was on a rush, so I decided to make my own rules. Lo and behold, the pattern is wrong and my version is so much better.

I had to undo the tip of the first mitten (only because Brian kind of bullied me to) and knit it back in a hurry because we had to be off to the Socktopus opening party!

Socktopus is a bit of a walk away from West Brompton station, but it’s in a nice neighbourhood, so that makes it better. When we arrived there were tons of people already there, so many that if I tried to link them it’d be my afternoon all gone – suffice to say everybody I’ve met so far was there and it was a blast to catch up with them. At first I was going to be good and only bought one skein of Indieknits sock yarn (shade name is Frost and it’s gorgeous!) and one of Hazelknits for a pair of socks for Brian, in shade Laguna, a very nice mix of teals and celeste shades.

But then he produced a bunch of cash and said “come on, buy yourself 2 more”. yay!! 2 more Hazelknits (I’m addicted to the stuff!!), in Red Carpet and Terrytwinkle.

So hopefully I can make Entangled Stitches out of Red Carpet, I’ve been looking for the perfect colour to make them.

OTN right now it’s Catriona, right about to separate the neckline, and Nine to Five, a sock pattern with lovely stretchy cables all throughout that is giving me a run for my money as I’ve had to tink back 3 rows due to my cruisecontrol knitting.

Will probably take pictures of yarn, socks and mittens tonight and update this post.

Socks picture!

9 to 5

In other news – we’re officially homeless (almost). We handed our notice to crooky landlord and before the end of December we must be off. Not really sure where we’re heading, but it looks like West Sussex has got more points than any. Must wait and see what happens about work – if the thing I’m hoping to come through does come through there’ll be other “what if’s” to consider, but if it doesn’t come through, we move wherever we move, then I quit work and look for something else.

Here she goes again

I showed a friend of mine one of my future projects, Francis Revisited, and fearless newbie as she is, she wants us to look at yarn when we finish work to make her own. Until there it’s all good, huh?

To get a headstart, considering there’s not a lot of people in the office, I took a look around, thinking “I’ll help her“. Alas, the minute I see a bargain on Cash Iroha I can barely restrain myself. I keep looking at my stash on Ravelry (needs updating, I used some of that yarn. some.). I keep looking at the last blog post. Back and forth.

I can’t possibly NEED any more yarn. Can’t. But Cash Iroha in bright red… yum.

I think I will rip apart the bolero I was making off a Phildar catalogue to make Francis. But … Cash Iroha. The bolero is made with Jaeger EFM Aran, so it’s not like I need more yum yarn. Talk me out of the madness, I beg you!

On other news, last night I got to meet Sarah (Yoshimi) IRL. Met up with Diane, Nora, Ali and Caryl at the Camellia Tea Room in Kingly Court. It was fun, short and sweet.

I finished my first Express Lane sock last night, with Pagewood Farm Yukon, lovely soft yarn, very nice colourway. Actually the sock is not *finished* because the needle I need to use for the bind off is being used, so I just held the stitches, cut off some yarn to finish it and started the next one.

Packed weekends ahead, 2 open houses in the next 2 weekends and then Socktopus opens!

Just thinking now – I could use the Jaeger EFM to make Corona AND buy the Cash Iroha for Francis.

A picture is worth…

A thousand words.

That’s my double bed, by the way…. Details about the yarn madness are on my Ravelry Stash.

Stores I visited:

  • So Much Yarn in Seattle, where I got some Classic Elite Alpaca Sox and Pagewood Farm Yukon
  • Stitches in Seattle, where I got Cascade Eco+ and Cascade Heritage
  • Churchmouse Yarns and Teas in Bainbridge Island, where I got Araucania Ranco Multi for a Clapotis, and where the lovely ladies at the store inflated my ego to no end by praising my Tangled Yoke and Druid Mittens. Mel told me I couldn’t pass the opportunity of visiting this store and she was right. Friendly, small, packed with gorgeous yarns and in the cutest little town.
  • Weaving Works in Seattle, where I got some Rio de La Plata Lana del Artista and Dream in Color Smooshy
  • Homecraft Importers in Vancouver where I got a full bag of Estelle Watercolors
  • Maiwa Handprints in Granville Island Market, where I got a 7 skeins (2 colours x 3 skeins, 1 single skein) of Briggs Little Sport
  • A Touch of Wool in Vancouver where I got 6 skeins of SandnessGarn Tove, in a gorgeous watery green shade.
  • And the discovery of the century… while strolling past Granville Island Market checking souvenirs, I got close to a store that was displaying a very artsy coat, called the Silk Weaving Studio (location link) and (shop link). What a surprise when I saw the wall behind the coat was covered in skeins dyed in the most gorgeous colourful shades. I got 3 skeins of Tussah Silk Fleck, approx 750m each. One of them, the gold one, is already allocated for the Gossamer Stars Scarf from Interweave.

Who says holiday is just for sightseeing?

I know I’ve been the laziest thing not blogging in over a year, so I promise to try and be more consistent from now on.

IK fall 07

Oh gosh. Via Gaby’s blog I found out the preview of the new IK Fall 07.

2 dresses I want to make. Both of them. Snuggly gorgeous dresses. Boyfriend is getting the mag for me… but I can’t wait until he comes to see me to start shopping for wool!! Red silky dress. RED! Yay. Woohoo.

<edit>Ahem ahem… I caved in. I got a Rowan International Membership. It’s not that expensive and it feeds the habit. 🙂 </edit>

Mr Postman (updated)

I really like the postmen at my workplace.

They are funny, they are always nice, and they always give me my post on hand, never leaving it in the post room forever.

I enjoy that. Except when it’s yarn. I ordered the yarn for Alice yesterday morning. 0930 I paid for it. 1015 I got the shipping confirmation by email. 0900 this morning, a tight little package arrived for me. GetKnitted are FAST, man!

It’s burning my eyes, my hands, my heart and soul. I want to open it SO badly!!!!

Alice is a lacy cardigan from Rown 35. The pattern is shown in blue, with a yellow trim. I am doing it in a beige-ish shade, with a terracotta trim. I thought about knitting it with Rowan 4ply as suggested by the pattern, but with the amount of relatives’ birthdays coming up, I need to save up a bit. Patons 100% Cotton 4ply is just as good, and good value for money, as the balls are twice the length, same price!

And it’s sitting on top of my drawer chest here at work. It’s looking at me. I asked my manager if I could go home and knit. She answered, “as long as it’s good for the company”… does that mean that I can go?

UPDATE: OMG. The package. It had a GetKnitted pen. AND LOVE HEARTS. They sure know how to keep me buying wool there. Sweets!