A New Pet?!

Why, who is this little guy, just perching on my knee?

Hello There

Hello There

 

A new pet, perhaps. Look how cute he is!

Strike a Pose!

Strike a Pose!

Unfortunately for him, he has a different fate in life. He will be chewed, licked, nibbled, tossed about, and covered in kitty slobber. He was SO much fun to make and a very easy little project. It took me less than 2 hours to make him. Our cats love the smell of sheep, so I know they are going to have a blast with this guy. All that remains for me to do is finish the stuffing, add some catnip, sew him up, and then watch the fun explode!

If you are interested in making one of these cuties for your kitty, you can find the pattern HERE. I certainly will be making more!

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My First Lace!

I am so excited to have finished this project. It took less than a month, and was a wonderful pattern to work with. This is my very first lace project and I am SO happy with how it came out. I love it, and even found an excuse to wear it already! It was a bit chilly on my walk to class today, so it worked nicely wrapped around my neck to keep me warm.

The pattern is the Shetland Triangle by Evelyn A. Clark. I did add in two extra body repeats and I am happy that I did, because it needed that bit of extra size. I also added beads to the border chart and it was a great addition. It just adds that certain something, brings out the colors, and adds some sparkle. I do love me a bit of sparkle! 🙂

I used Jojoland Melody Superwash and it took approximately 550 yards to finish this beauty.  I will make this project again, and I will also use this yarn again. The yarn was wonderful to work with, and yielded a soft, drapey, warm lace project.

Here are the photos (click for bigger pretties):

 

In the Early Stages

In the Early Stages

Going into a bath.

Going into a bath.

Finished and glowing in the sunshine!

Finished and glowing in the sunshine!

Beading Detail

Beading Detail

Being Modeled

Being Modeled

Tour de Fleece ~ Day 9

I am still here and still plugging along. The update for today is of the roving I am spinning up on my Brandywine Woodworking spindle. It is superwash merino in the Night Sky colorway from Actual Size Creations. I really like spinning this stuff too. It is like spinning buttah! I also have an updated photo of my beautiful Garden of Alla shawl that I have been working on. It is really coming along.

 

Spinning Progress

Spinning Progress

Close Up

Close Up

Pretty Alla in the Sun :)

Pretty Alla in the Sun

Tour de Fleece

So, as Tina over at Rows Red said, we knitters can be a strange bunch. For those non-fibery people, the Tour de Fleece is where you spin every day that the Tour de France runs. Each person sets their own goals, and if you accomplish them by the end of the Tour, you get a badge for your blog. It is much more than that though, it is an opportunity to accomplish something, and to challenge yourself. My goal is quite simple, but perfect for me. My goal is to spin for a minimum of 10 minutes per day.

Now, that might not sound like much to most people. However, just a few weekends ago, I injured my shoulder from spinning for too long. It was not intentional. I just got caught up in the moment, and forgot to put the spindle down. Spinning for a period of time every day, will help build the muscle memory I need to spin for longer spans of time. It will also help to improve my spinning skills. It will get me in the habit of spinning on a daily basis too, so that I am doing more than knitting. After all, it is kinda hard to knit when you have no yarn to knit with. While I can always buy from a store, there is something magical about making my own yarn, and then making something beautiful out of that. It feels like such an amazing thing, a true accomplishment that leaves me with something tangible and useful.

In other news, speaking of accomplishments, I knit my 100th row on the shawl I am currently knitting. It is my first lace project and it is coming along beautifully. I will try to get a photos of that up, and my spinning progress soon.

Goodies!

Over the last couple weeks I have ordered things here and there. Of course, they all seem to have come in at about the same time! I have some lovely new roving, and a new and beautiful spindle. I also finished my scarf over the weekend. I blocked it to get a bit more length out of it, and it came out great. I love it!

Here are the photos:

Tada! Here is my finished scarf!

Full Length View of Finished Scarf

Full Length View of Finished Scarf

 

Another View of FO

Another View of FO

 

Below is 4oz of Romney, that I got for $4.60. Purchased at the sheep and wool gathering in Altamont this weekend. 

Roving from Maranatha Acres

Roving from Maranatha Acres

 

Next we have roving from Actual Size Creations. It was difficult to capture the color of both of these. They are rich in color and so lovely in person. They are both superwash merino.

Cloudless Sky

Cloudless Sky

Night Sky

Night Sky

 

Last, but certainly not least, is my beautiful new spindle. I love the one that Tina let me borrow, but I loved drop spinning so much, I wanted to get one of my own. This thing spins like a dream, and is less than an ounce which makes it good for spinning lace. I cannot say enough good about this. It comes from Butterfly Girl Designs and I *highly* recommend her!!

My New Spindle - Italian Resin

My New Spindle - Italian Resin

 

That is all for now. I will have my new goodies with me at knitting tomorrow night so that everyone may see and feel them up. 🙂

Project Time!

Things have been going well in this knitters little corner of the world. 🙂

I had so much fun at with Harriet at her knitting group Friday night. When I got there, she handed me a printout for a pattern for my first project — a scarf! She then told me to go shop. Wow! I felt like a little kid in a candy store. It was my very first time in a yarn shop and there were pretty and soft things everywhere I looked. I roamed around the store almost overwhelmed at all the choices. I thought I had something, and then was told it was the wrong type of fiber (cotton, not wool — oops…missed that one on the instructions). So I put it back and kept looking. Finally, as I was about to give up, my eyes landed on some very luscious yarn. I picked it up and loved the feel and look of it, it was the right weight, and….it was wool! I loved, loved, loved the colors. The yarn I picked for my first project was a lovely Noro.

My Lovely Noro, Colorway 185

My Lovely Noro, Colorway 185

I started to work on it right away and made good progress. I was so excited, that I missed another step in the instructions. I came home that night and started fresh. I had fun at the store sitting there knitting and talking. It was another great group of people and I will be going back again this Friday.

Saturday saw my husband and I at our friend Tina’s birthday party. It was at a beautiful park in her hometown of Catskill. We all sat in the lovely weather and did our thing. We gabbed, and knit, and crocheted, and spun. It was a blast! Tina got some awesome birthday presents, and it was fun watching her excitement as she opened them. Later on, we went to dinner with her and her husband as well as a few other people. After dinner, we went back to their place for a movie. Tina kindly lent me a beautiful drop spindle because I want to learn how to use one. I cannot wait to have the chance to learn with that! I have some shetland roving on the way thanks to Etsy!

My Progress After Saturday

My Progress After Saturday

Lovely Detail

Lovely Detail

I got a lot of work done on my scarf over the weekend and put in quite a few hours today. It is really coming along nicely and is currently measuring at about 15 inches!! I really love the yarn I am using and how well it is knitting up. It feels good in the hands and the colors are just stunning. I am truly enjoying my very first project and am so excited to be making something. I keep looking at it in awe. I am just amazed that this is coming from me. It is so beautiful and I will be so proud to wear it when I am done.

My Progress After Today

My Progress After Today -- About 15"

Tomorrow night is knitting in Hudson and I can’t wait! I purchased my first official knitting bag from Jess of Stitched by JessaLu, and she will be brining it with her to hand deliver. I am excited to have something really, really pretty to put my knitting in. Plastic zipper bags are just not as nice. 🙂

I am really having an amazing time meeting all these great people. I never imagined I would love knitting this much! It has quickly become something I love to do and feel like I have done my whole life.

Welcome!

Welcome to my new blog!

I thought it only appropriate that for my first post, I would blog about my adventures as a newly minted knitter. Now, when I say newly, I mean it. I am very much minty fresh. I learned how to knit on Sunday, May 24th. That’s right…only 4 days ago! I love it so much and it feels so natural that I can’t believe it has not even been a week yet.

My adventures started out on Sunday at my friend Harriet’s house. She graciously offered to teach me how to knit. It was a great experience for us both. She is a great teacher, and I am a good learner. 🙂 She showed me how to do a long-tail caston, and how to do the knit stitch. Our husbands talked what geeks talk about, while the two of us knit and gabbed ourselves. It was so much fun, and I was really enjoying the feel of the yarn moving through my hands, and seeing something start to form out of it. I left exhausted that night, but excited about my new skill. She kindly sent me home with some yarn to practice with, and we made plans for us to carpool together to her Tuesday night knitting group.

I practiced my little heart (and fingers) out on Monday and Tuesday. I knit, and knit, and knit some more. I even discovered that I had my very own personal knitting assistants. All 3 of our cats thought that knitting was just a blast too, and attempted to help me practice every chance they had!

My Knit Stitch Practice

My Knit Stitch Practice

My Boys "Helping"

My Boys "Helping"

Nom, Nom, Nom

Nom, Nom, Nom

Come Here My Pretty

Come Here My Pretty

Whatcha Doin?

Whatcha Doin?

I was a bit nervous about the knitting group, but more excited than anything else. It would mean the chance to spend more time with Harriet, and getting to see a friend I hadn’t seen in years. Add to that, meeting what I knew would be a great group of woman who were eager to help me become a great knitter — well, I just couldn’t wait. Before knitting we went out to dinner and it was delicious! I was a bit quiet but was enjoying the conversation, and just taking everything in. Then, we made our way to the cafe where the group would meet. It was so awesome to just sit around with other woman and watch them ply their craft. Some were knitting, some were spinning, and everyone was having fun! I learned to purl, how to fix a dropped stitch, and played with the stockinette stitch too. I LOVE how simple that looks and how soft the yarn feels in that stitch. I had so much fun, that I can’t wait to go back next week!!!!

My most recent adventure happened last night. I played around with doing five rows of knit stitch, followed by five rows of purl. I like the effect this had. At a certain point I decided to learn how to bind off. I taught myself how to do a ribbed bind off using The Knitting Answer Book. What a great book this is, special thanks to Tina for suggesting it!

5 Knit, 5 Purl = Pretty :)

5 Knit, 5 Purl = Pretty 🙂

Lovely Detail

Lovely Detail

My First Ribbed Bind Off

My First Ribbed Bind Off

 

Tonight will see me at one of the local yarn shops with Harriet, who is going to assign me my first project. We decided on a scarf. I am beyond excited to start working on something that will have an endpoint, and that is designed to be something. I will be sure to blog all about it once I get going!

There you have it. My first adventures as a new knitter. It can only get better from here! Thank you to everyone who has helped me get started, and to everyone at the knitting group for being so welcoming!

Stay tuned for more minty fresh adventures! 😀

Warmly yours,

Maeghan