Saturday, November 30, 2013

*Insert Evil Laugh Here*

Stealth gift knitting, my favorite kind especially when I find the perfect fiber and colorway in a yarn to use!

Fosse appreciates the excellent yarn:

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When I did a search for "Loro Barranquero" last night, this is the info that popped up. (Totally work safe.) Huh. Who knew, right? The person I'm knitting this for will appreciate the info!

Unfortunately I've yet to get in a light that truly shows off the colors properly. The colors are deep and more earthy colors. The light I've taken the photos in make them almost day-glo, but they're not bright at all.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

More Cozy

I finally found a friend that could model the fingerless mitts I knit last week. My hands are just too honking big to model the mitts without stretching them out.

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These are going with the hat I knit up for my massage therapist. She's done a world of good for my poor aches and pains!

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US 8 - 5.0 mm

Malabrigo Yarn Rios

How much?
105 yards, 50 grams 0.5 skeins = 105.0 yards (96.0m)


Monday, November 25, 2013

Ah, Much Better

Bathsheba models the hat as it's meant to be worn by someone with a regular sized noggin:

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Bathsheba models the newest scarf for a friend (yes, I named the styrofoam mannequin head, do you even know me?):

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US 10½ - 6.5 mm

Classic Elite Yarns Toboggan

How much?
174 yards, 200 grams 2 skeins = 174.0 yards (159.1m)

Purchased at
Knit & Knot in Bettendorf, Iowa

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Busy Day

It's not all baked goods and fiber around here. Wait. Yes, it is...

Finished the hat for a friend:

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Baking Like A Boss Saturday - With Fiber

Saturdays - I'm back to baking now that I'm in the new digs. Most of today's result will be dessert for Sunday dinner.

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In the middle of this baking fun, a knock at the door and it was my favorite mail person. No, really, I like him as he's always polite, in a good mood, and always attempts to deliver any packages that may be for me. Anyway, today there was a very lovely package from a dear friend.

New fiber for spinning!

This is Midnight Winter:

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And this is Sugar Plum Fairy:

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Friday, November 15, 2013


*Not even close to the Boss. Although, I did listen to "Tunnel of Love" and "Wrecking Ball" albums quite a bit while knitting it. Since I was fondling it so much while spinning the fiber, I thought I should give it a name. Bruce seemed appropriate.

I finished reknitting my yak yarn. And I'm very please with how it turned out. And so very warm for the next drop in temps we'll have some time in the near future.

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Fiber: depigmented yak from Huacaya Farms
Amount: 300 yards
Needle: size 8 and size 10.5

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I'm working on a hat for a friend. I adore this Malabrigo Rios yarn in "carrot" colorway, and I'm not much of an orange fan.

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Sunday, November 03, 2013

Out And About

After receiving Titania (yak/silk fiber), I was moved to pull Bruce out and begin reknitting it.

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I had frogged it a few years ago when I wasn't happy with the texture/pattern of the knit. I have a few, better, ideas now.

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This also means I dug out Bruce the Younger (100% yak fiber) to begin spinning again:

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However, it has been a few years due to various circumstances since I spun anything:

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I'm going to start on merino, which has more heft to its draw than the tender yak fibers. Then I'll go to my other merino, custom dyed colorway.

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Then on to Bruce the Younger. Then Titania.

Saturday, November 02, 2013


*Dead On Finishing

I love the Dead Fish Hats. This is the third one that I've knit for someone. It was a belated gift for my "adopted" daughter, Jenny (the Child O'Mine's BF).

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Even Tank loves a good Dead Fish Hat:

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The only change with this one was sewing on the eyes instead of using fabric glue:

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Jenny was quite happy with it:

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US 7 - 4.5 mm

Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash

How much?
33 yards, 15 grams 0.15 skeins = 33.0 yards (30.2m)

lime green
Purchased at
Knit & Knot in Bettendorf, Iowa

Viking of Norway Odin

How much?
246 yards, 150 grams 1.5 skeins = 246.0 yards (224.9m)

853 "Popsicle"

Purchased at
Knit & Knot in Bettendorf, Iowa