Thursday, January 31, 2008

A new hat for Hunter

Your hair's on fireFlame Hat
Yarn: My handspun
Needles: 8

Pardon the weird shadowy picture, it was snapped before going off to school this morning. We're supposed to get several inches of snow today, so I gave the hat to Hunter (despite it having been promised to Mike). I've got enough yarn left to make a seconds hat -- a matched set! The yarn is still pretty rustic, a bit more thick-and-thin than I would really like, but I just need to practice more. A lot more.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Setting up Shop

Hey kids, guess what I did? I've opened up an Etsy shop to sell my hand-dyed yarns. Right now I am specializing in just sock yarns, but there will probably be worsteds in the future. If you have a favorite color combination that you'd like to see me try my hand at, drop me a line!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Toe Up Socks

Just the toeStarting a new pair of socks... these toe-up, I usually go the other direction. It's another one of Dream in Color's lovely colorways, called Gothic Rose.
Kitty in a bagDon't you hate it when the cats get into your stuff?

Seven Quarters

It was pretty cold just watching the Packers gameA quickie hat, so named because it was keeping my hands busy for seven quarters of football yesterday while I watched the Packers romp over the Seahawks and then the Jaguars try to hang with the Patriots. It's an improvised pattern similar to the Mostly Knit Round hat , but knit with bulky yarn -- my own handspun, still a bit uneven, but my spinning skills are slowly improving.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Horseshoe Lace Socks

Lucky horseshoesYarn: Dream in Color Smooshy in November Muse (purchased from The Loopy Ewe)
Needles: 2
Pattern: Improvised

I think they turned out nice! I did a picot hem at the tops, and did a sort of hybrid three-needle bindoff at the toes (since I hate hate hate kitchener stitch.)

The nifty sock blockers were purchased from The Loopy Ewe as well!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Great Balls o' Fire

Goodness graciousTwo batches of flame-colored roving, each dyed a little differently:

1. Half yellow, half red, rainbow dyed in the crockpot.
2. I mixed the red & yellow & dyed in the crock... it came out a very intense orangey red, but I apparently didn't have enough water in there because all the dye pooled at the bottom. made an interesting mottled effect.

Mike wants a hat of this stuff when it gets spun up.