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February 27, 2009

Pretty Yarn Friday!

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I think I have a description on my Flickr page that says:

"Sometimes plain vanilla is nice too"

Again, INDEED!

This is my handspun - Romney wool.

Posted by beth at 12:53 PM | Comments (2)

February 24, 2009

Who is the best knitter in the whole wide world?

Come on, tell me you don't feel that way when you actually overcome an obstacle.

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Nupps.


I came, I knit, I kicked their butts.

Now if I could only remember to do a yarn over when I am supposed to.

Posted by beth at 12:44 PM | Comments (9)

February 19, 2009

Pretty Yarn Thursday!

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because I won't be here tomorrow! I am taking the day off to hang out with the son! Coraline, the mall, bad mall food.....

Oh! This is 100% Alpaca handspun by me and hand dyed by me. Yeah I know, I did this a long time ago and you have already seen it. But I took a nice pretty picture of it seeing as how this is my blog.

Have a nice weekend!

Posted by beth at 04:44 PM | Comments (3)

February 16, 2009

Groan....

My child is still mittenless....

I started a project for MY SELF and still haven't finished his other mitten. I am thinking karma is causing the problems with this project

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what is that quivering mass of yarn?

I started the Swallowtail Shawl (Interweave Knits - Fall 2006) I am really cruising along on this. It's easy I laugh gleefully.

Until.....

The damn NUPPS! Yeah, it sound easy when you read it. But have you ever tried to purl 5 together?

Thankfully I put in a life line before I started this new chart. Also I have found that Minty Fresh has made some excellent mod's to the pattern! Which makes me very happy. Although I haven't tried them yet.......

Wish me luck.

Posted by beth at 11:59 AM | Comments (9)

February 13, 2009

It's Friday!

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You know what that means don't you?

PRETTY YARN FRIDAY!

Specs:
Fiber is from Cosmic Fibers. I am lucky she lives near by and I see her frequently. Carrie's stuff is awesome!

I spun it as a single ply on my Ashford Kiwi then plyed it from a center pull yarn cake to make it 2 ply. It is between a worsted and a chunky weight yarn. I think it's around 150 yards too.

This is Blue Faced Leicester wool top and it is dyed in the "Owl" colorway. It came out so soft and chunky. I keep threatening to make a cowl but I really think this is begging to be one.

Posted by beth at 03:19 PM | Comments (6)

February 11, 2009

I have actually finished something!

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Can you believe it?

What the heck is it? And why is it so plain? And why did it take so long to make? Who is that guy?

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Pattern: Turn a Square Hat - Jarod Flood (I think it's a free Ravelry pattern....)
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino in dark grey
Needles: US 7 Circulars and dpn's
Mods: I made it a bit longer before I decreased. I think 6" total.
The husband has a biggish head. It took so long because I was being lazy.

The "guy" is the husband

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He wanted it plain. He likes plain. Which works for me.

Now all I have to do is finish up the son's mittens. Which I will report one mitten is complete and fits! So it won't be spring before I keep my family warm.

Then I can start something new for me!!!!! YAY!!!!

Posted by beth at 12:38 PM | Comments (7)

February 06, 2009

Friday's will be pretty yarn day!

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remember those batts I did last week?


Indeed.

Posted by beth at 03:13 PM | Comments (3)

February 04, 2009

What would MacGyver do?

I joined a fun Ravelry group called Spindle Crafters. How inspiring! There were so many neat ideas floating around that I just had to make my own spindle.

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I got most of the materials at Michael's Arts and Crafts! I bought 2 "doughnut" beads and a package of dowls. I already had a small hook screw thingy which I got at Lowe's. So I put the 2 doughnut things on the dowl, wrapped 2 rubber bands on either side and screwed in the hook.

Tada!

And it makes yarn too!

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It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but I am going to pretty it up with some black rubber grommets and I will paint the dowl.

It cost about 8 bucks. The doughnut beads were the most expensive part. But still. How cool is that?

One of the ideas on the forum was using a knob from an outdoor water spigit (did I spell that right?) Now that would look awesome....

Posted by beth at 02:18 PM | Comments (8)