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ugh, i have been horrible about updating!  and its not like i havent’ been getting stuff done, i just haven’t been posting!

so, what have i been working on?

i finished my Meret and a pair of Fetching mitts out of the Marisol yarn my friend brought me back as a thank you for taking care of her kitty.  They both came out cute (if slightly obscured by the fuzziness of the yarn) and i just need it to get a bit cooler before I can wear them.  but its fall in the northeast, so that should be any day now.

here are pictures of the FOs

My Meret

My Meret

and

Fetching, aren't they?

Fetching, aren't they?

the original plan for a rhinebeck sweater has been put on hold.  As much as i lovelovelove the yarn, an entire cardigan in DK weight yarn was just killing me, so on hiatus it went.

but i know i need SOMETHING for rhinebeck, and when looking for inspiration, discovered the Heather Hoodie Vest which is knit in bulky weight yarn.  perfect!  and my LYS even had the yarn in a color i’m in love with.  i’m on track to finishing it (just barely) in time for Rhinebeck.  Now I just need mother nature to play nice and not make it wet, freezing cold, or blazing hot.  i’m putting in a request for 61F (16C) now, you hear me!  please?  pretty please?  with a cherry on top?

here’s a picture of the back of the vest.  still finding that i get the best shots at my desk here at work.

1/2 of a Hoodie vest

1/2 of a Hoodie vest

and i just started a new pattern for another set of fingerless mitts.  these were designed by my friend Abbie and they are just lovely!  they are her October Leaves Fingerless Mitts and i jumped on them as soon as the pattern was up.  i decided to do them in one of the sock yarns purchased at Sock Summit- my Wool Candy BFL in Ice Cream.  i really love it and as soon as i finish the vest (hopefully this weekend), i will speed knit through the rest of the mitts.  they are really nice for knitting up quickly, which helps with the knitting ennui i’ve been feeling on and off.

WIP

WIP

There have also been further attempts made with the spinning wheel.  I was so happy with my first skein (sadly, i can’t find the picture i took), that i immediately pulled out a recent purchase of Pollworth/Silk blend roving that i got at Sock Summit from Ms. Gusset.  she is still getting her site up, but her stuff was delicious and i brought back TONS (ok, maybe not tons, but a lot) of it when i came back from Portland. the pollworth/silk blend was a dream to spin up and i got about 100yrds of a thick/thin yarn in approximately a DK weight.  i’m going to dye it and knit it into probably some sort of hat thing.

Plied, on Bobbin

Plied, on Bobbin

and

Plied on Niddynoddy

Plied on Niddynoddy

sadly, while plying the yarn, the brake band broke (say that 3 times fast) and put my spinning wheel out of commission for a week.  I’ve made the necessary repairs and will hopefully be able to jump back on this weekend.  in the meantime, i’ve been using the drop spindle to spin up some baby camel/silk.  its coming out really even, but its pretty much cobweb weight, so it will need to be plied or i will lose my mind if i try and knit it.  sadly, i don’t have any pictures of that, but trust me, its cute.

fingers crossed that i will be able to get my vest done in time for Rhinebeck!

and hopefully, another post this weekend with an (almost) FO!

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TGIF

because re-entry has not been easy and I need a weekend to sit on my ass and be a vegetable.  also, reorganize the stash.  thanks to SS09, the stash has grown to levels that have induced massive guilt (yet guilty pleasure as well).   ok, and maybe some sewing, since i need to stock the etsy store.

so this weekend, i think i’m off to IKEA at some point (maybe i’ll be totally lame and go tonight?) to get more organizers.  ok, just realized, maybe not tonight since i have to measure some stuff.  also, i need to get rid of some old stash that i bought efore i became a yarn snob.  nothing wrong with it, but i know i won’t use it, but i don’t want to throw it out, so donated it will be.  and hey, that frees up more room in the yarn closet.  did you ever see the last time i fixed the yarn closet? click the shots below to make them bigger.

can you guess what it looks like right now?  i think one of the things i need to better organize is the growing stash of spinning fiber, because that is starting to cause a problem.

but i just need to make it through today.  i’m truly exhausted and verging on grouchy.  being surrounded by advertising types rather than knitting friends is just not fun.

7 hours… i can make it.

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seriously, this whole “work” think is really taking time away from the yarnz.  waking up was not fun (totally surprised that i have a bit of jetlag) the subway was hideous (no seat!  i had to knit standing up!) and now i’m at work and no one is knitting and they expect me to think and oh, its just too awful!!!  also, i’m on the conference call from hell and the only thing that makes it bearable is the fact that i now have a headset, so i’m not torturing my neck while listening to enough drivel to make my brain leak out of my ears.

now SOMEONE (otherwise known as Martha) wanted a full accounting of the yarn purchases that were made at sock summit. I preface the rest of this post with the following explanations:

1) I knew going in that i was never going to see most of the yarns ever again, so i vowed to purchase only yarns that I couldn’t get at my LYS.  and for the most part, i succeeded.  there was that one skein of Dream in Color, but it was the last day and I plead exhaustion

2) I did not have a set spending limit, based on number one

3) the yarn fumes, the exhaustion, the excitement and “you can do it!” attitude all ganged up to make me think that i could reasonably knit all of the yarn in no time at all

4) I feel down and hit my head on something hard.  and when i woke up, i had 4 patterns, enough yarn to knit socks for the US Army,  2 shawls,  a sweater, and lots of other stuff.  and fiber.  and a few drop spindles.  and some tee-shirts and swag.  oh, and a set of Signature DPNs which are INCREDIBLE

please don’t judge me (too much).  also, please take my card away from me when i head up to Rhinebeck.

(click to make bigger- if you dare)

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