Selfish Sunday Knitters

Don't apologize ~ KNIT FOR YOURSELF! Join us in Selfish Sunday Knitting and join this blog to share your projects, cheers, tears, tips and tricks. I'm Leah, and I'm your hostess, sitting on the couch each and every Sunday with my cuppa joe and knitting for ME!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Selfish Sunday Knitting is alive and well...

For me anyway :) I've been buried under knitting for money projects. It's nice to get paid but it's never quite enough and it's a drag after awhile. I have a huge sweater that I need to finish (just the sleeves) for one of my bosses at work (no pressure there, eh?) and I finished and mailed out a huge shawl for a lady. I have to knit a shrug for my best friend out of her handspun, 2 purses for ladies at work, and a hat/scarf set out of wool/angora yarn that I still have to dye. But I did take a break after the shawl to knit some stuff for me :)


I don't know why I took a photo of this with spinning on it ~ it has nothing to do with the sweater!

This is the Berkshire pullover from the book Weekend Knits. When I first got this book, I didn't like it much but now I'm strangely attracted to a lot of projects in it. Anyway, I wish I'd been on Ravelry (I'm Yarn Or a Tale there) because I could have dealt with a couple of issues with this sweater. First, in yarn this bulky (it's knit on size 13 needles), the rolled bottom is NOT attractive in the least. It looks pretty bad on me, especially in the back. I have finished it except for weaving in ends, but I'm going to attempt to pick up and knit a hem. I want it a bit longer anyway, because there's a story with this yarn. I got it at Zeilingers, where I work. I know it doesn't felt because I had it for sale in my shop at one time and test felted it. It's a pretty stiff wool, but when you try to felt it, it softens up a lot and gets kinda fuzzy so when I started this, I planned to toss it in the washing machine for that effect and knit it pretty loose and big.

It's intended to be an Outdoor Chores sweater and something I can toss on and not worry about, it was a super fast knit and an experiment of sorts so I'm not overly obsessing over it. But, particularly with the washing thing, I want it a bit longer.

The neck is a tad smaller than I like and that's a recurring issue in the Ravelry projects too, so I would do that differently next time. And, I woud pick up less stitches for the sleeves and/or adjust the decrease ratio as well. It worked out OK but next time....

Droplet Hat In Progress

This was a spur-of-the-moment knit that just worked out so beautifully. One of those REALLY rare times where the yarn I had in stash was perfect, the pattern was perfect, the gauge was perfect on the first try.... It's the Droplet Hat from Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan, whom I worship :) The yarn is a handspun jacob (spun and dyed by someone else ~ just check out that woman's perfectly handspun yarn ~ wow!) The yarn is very similar in color to the yarn in the book too ~ a very subtle type of shaded thing. Awesome!

It's finished completely, washed and everything, but I need to take photos of finished stuff still so that will come later. It's funny, because I am a confirmed hater of bobbles in knitting. Not doing them because I've never tried before, but I hate how they look! I still do on sweaters and things like that but they seemed really perfect for this little hat and Norah came up with a way of knitting bobbles that requires no annoying turning of the work, etc. Very easy, but a tad time consuming. Nevertheless, I knit this in a day pretty much. Started late at night on Saturday while Robert was out of town for drill, and finished Sunday morning during my SSK session. And it fits! I have a really hard time knitting hats that aren't huge for some reason but this one was perfect. Some folks think it's a smallish hat, but I have a pinhead so it's great for me :)

Onto some SSS (Selfish Sunday Spinning!)

Kid Wool Silk Roving

This is some really delicious roving spun up that I have for sale on my site. It's Kid Mohair, Merino & Tussah Silk and it's awesome :) I saved 12 oz for myself and will spin it as fine as possible for a little shell with detachable cowl that I want to knit, that's also in Weekend Knits. I'm not sure I can get the yarn fine enough but I can try :) This was spun on my wheel.

Tickle Hot Sample

This is a sample I spun on my spindle for some other roving I have for sale, and it's a lot of fun. There's 80 yards there but I'll probably snatch some more and spin up enough for a smallish project of some sort. It's wool with a hint of angora bunny. Not super soft the way you might think but there's some nice buttery halo in there so it's next to the skin for the most part.

chinatown roving in process

I was spindle spinning a pound of this for my Mom for Christmas and had some left over for myself. I do NOT give away or sell my spindle spun yarn but I do for Mom and I wanted something special. This was pretty expensive ~ $48 a pound! It's 60% alpaca with the rest being mohair and wool with some angelina in there. But I was kind of unhappy about it. When I pay that much for fiber, I expect it to be pretty much free of VM, which it was not, and I expect the dyework to be top-notch and not bleed through 7 or 8 rinses when I'm done.
Mom loved it though and that's what counts :)

Alpaca, mohair wool blend

Here's what I have spun up for myself. I snagged some of the green, which is the same blend, from the mill out of the trashcan. It was the end of the run or what they cleaned off the carder and this had a lot of VM since it was pretty much the trash but I knew it would go with the red ~ it was from the same woman. The two colors go together really well and there's a couple hundred yards there, about a sportweight, so it's gonna be something someday!

That's it for me today! I've been working on cataloging my yarn stash so I can put it into a database (yes, I have THAT MUCH yarn!) There's no other way for me to be able to find something for projects I want to knit ~ this way, I can sort it by fiber type, amount, wpi, etc. and go straight to the box it's in and get my ass knitting! A lot of my problem was I'd find something to knit, know I had enough of something in the right weight SOMEwhere but not do it because it was too overwhelming to get in my room and dig for it.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Well so much for me promising to be around more often, huh! lol I've been having difficulties keeping up with the blog load and decided to just spend my time quietly knitting. (snort...ok, not quietly.) So since it's been awhile I'm gonna hog a whole bunch of space and upload a bunch of pics too. lol
First up is my finished Jaywalker. I completed the pair in January and will definitely knit another pair. I had so many problems with knitting the first one all due to my own lack of concentration. Next time I knit it I'll knit a smaller size though. Even with all my false starts, I still managed to knit one size too large. VBG. I still wear them though as the fabric the yarn made feels soo good.
Next up is my Sofie bag. I knit this out of some of the first yarn I spun. It didn't shrink as much as I thought it would, but I'm happy with the size. I'm planning on lining it and trimming it out. It will probably become my new project bag.
Right after I finished Sophie, my pup ate my wool fingerless gloves. (Not totally, but they're basically garbage now.) I wear these things to drive anytime it's cold outside as I'm developing arthritis in a couple of fingers. At Christmas I was gifted some roving and after I spun it up I decided to try my hand (excuse the pun please) at knitting some gloves. So I give you my first ever knitted gloves. I needed extra length on some of the fingers so I just kept knitting until they fit the way I wanted. I've gotten a lot of use out of these already and will make more for next year.
Last up is my Ugly Socks. The pattern is Yukon Leaves by Lela Conrad and is absolutely wonderful! The "Ugly" is referring to the colors I chose to dye this Knit Picks Bare yarn in a sock dyeing class last year. I was in a hurry to get out of the way and didn't chose my colors wisely enough. Now I wish I had and I certainly will do so in the future. Ironically the socks fit perfectly the first time, no errors and look....even the strips matched up. Oh yeah, and the second one has the best toe grafting on it that I've ever done. I was thinking of giving them a new home, but I think I'll keep them as a reminder to myself of a few things. ;)
Next on the needles is a new pair of slippers for the hubster as he's worn is completely through. Oh and a pair of socks for a friend of mine. And of course I have to cast on something in lace as it's a new skill I'm learning and I'm utterly obsessed by it. I'm sure there will be something for me again in this bunch!
I hope all is well with everyone and that the needles are clicking for you all!

Friday, January 18, 2008

I made these two soda tab purses recently. I hate to say it but they are not knitted, they are crocheted. This is actually the only stitch I can crochet. I love knitting so much more. I did have a fun time making the purses and it pretty much costs nothing, you just have to save the tabs. I did put a lining in them, because there can be some sharp edges. I used Red Heart Black yarn on one and Red Heart Grey on the other. I like the grey better and the bag is also larger. I ended up using 1190 tabs on the grey one.


Monday, November 26, 2007

Hi everyone! It feels good to get back to blogging ~ the summer was really terribly, horribly busy for me (long story ~ but closing my brick and mortar shop nearly killed me!).
Things have slowed down some but are still pretty busy and probably will stay that way for awhile. Good news is, I have LOTS of SSK projects on the needles lurking around as UFO's and I started a sweater for myself earlier this month too. I vow to knit at least one sweater a year for ME :)
I don't have any photos I took myself at the moment but this is the Interweave Knits Summertime Tunic I started early this summer and am almost finished with...I just have to thread the ribbon through and tie on the beads :) I'll get a photo of it asap. I wish that were ME in that photo but alas, my tunic is quite a bit bigger than that one ;> Anyway, it's a FREE PATTERN and really fun to knit if you don't mind acres of stockinette stitch on size 6 needles :)
I'm happy to see that some of you have continued to post in my absence and that's comforting to me. I hope we all get some SSK done this year and continue to post.
The UFO SSK projects I have on the needles are a very plain sweater from Weekend Knits, a Bonnet/Scarf thingee from Knit 2 Together, the Yukon Sox (yes, STILL!), Lacey Riverine Scarf in Jaggerspun Zephyr, The Sheep Shawl Epic Ordeal, and a vest that shall remain unposted at this time. I think that's it but that's not so bad, eh? THEY'RE ALL MINE!!!!!!!!
Back soon...meanwhile, post away Selfish Knitters :)


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Hey there all! It's been awhile since I cast on for a project for myself, but I couldn't wait any longer. Last Sunday I cast on a Jaywalker sock and had to restart it on Monday due to my usual issues. lol. Monday I managed to get the 1" cuff done before bed and last night started the actual patterning. I tell ya, this is one addicting pattern. I've been going back to it all day today! I'm going to try it on at the heel stage though because I have concerns on weather this is actually going to fit. ( yes I measured....heck I even did a three swatches for gauge! but I can never tell for sure.) I've got a whole line up of projects...just for I should be popping in here on a regular basis from now on.
PS I'm finally setting up my Ravelry pages. Any one else on there yet? My ID is Ariadneo on there.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Me, looking like a freak in my new Sunday Market Shawl (the photo was taken at like three a.m. on a sleep-deprived night of watching my boy toy play video games ;) -- you won't hold my freakish photo against me, will you?). I haven't blocked it or anything, but I'm counting it as done, because it's wearable. ;D

Yayyy! I finished another thing for me! And I keep having this urge to make a small purse thing for myself, too. I just haven't decided precisely what I want...


Thursday, June 21, 2007

Well, it's been ages since I've blogged, in part because I hadn't done a stitch of knitting in months. But I'm back in the saddle (on the needles??) again, and here's a cute little something I turned out for myself using Leah's handpainted 50% wool/50% hemp yarn: a bath puffy, using the One Skein pattern. I admit, I cheated somewhat and instead of slogging my way through two feet of tubular knitting by hand, I did it on my antique circular sock machine. What a rush! It took mere moments to have all that stockinette knitted up. I think it actually took more time for me to do the finishing than it did to do the knitting itself. I like the way this turned out so much I'm thinking of making bath sets for all the female family members for Christmas.... Guess I'll be touching base soon for more yarn, Leah! :)