First sock fatalities

July 31, 2008 @ 9:39 am
posted by kris
Filed under: socks


To the trash can…

It was going to happen sometime. My husband *really* wears his socks, so I”m actually surprised these lasted as long as they did (1.5 years). I gotta start cranking out more socks for him or he’ll have to wear regular tube socks *gasp*.

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…and speaking of stashing…

@ 9:28 am
posted by kris
Filed under: misc


Here is the fiber in it’s protective cover

Here they are in their boxes

In the last post, someone asked how I store my fiber, so I thought I’d show you. With my yarn, I just kind of threw them in these bins and that’s that. But with my fiber, I did the same thing until one night I had a nightmare that moths attacked and ate all my fiber. I woke up and IMMEDIATELY took steps to protect myself. And now I do this with all my fiber, yarn as well. I haven’t had any moth infestations so far (knocks on wood).

When I get my fiber, I first oooh and ahhh over it, then take pictures of it on my windowsill studio.

I put all fiber in ziploc bags (22x31cms), if they don’t already come in one. I found some bags on ebay and it’s much cheaper to buy 300 at a time. I think I paid less than 20eur (including shipping). It is probably way cheaper in the states. Best investment ever.

Then I pop it into these storage boxes from IKEA. I really should get the kind that’s airtight (where they snap shut), but just haven’t gotten around to it.

I am up to 3 bins now. After CMF had a sale, I think I will be up to 4. The good news is, is that I’m feeling “fiber full”. :)

That’s all there is to it. With this system, it doesn’t take up much of a footprint, but it’s also not out to admire and pet. I personally would rather have it put away and protected! But everytime I go to start something new, that’s when I take things out and admire! :)

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Fiber Stash Queen

July 30, 2008 @ 2:28 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: misc

I just want to let you know that I have found the Fiber Stash Queen. I bow down to her! If you think what I had was a lot, check this out! (be sure to click on all FOUR pictures because she couldn’t fit it in one shot)

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Failed handspun hat

July 26, 2008 @ 7:31 pm
posted by kris


Wish it wsa softer!!

I have a couple of baby knits to do (and soon!) so I decided to make a handspun baby hat out of my N-ply yarn, but it is just not going to do. I spun it so tightly that it is very rough. I don’t think it will soften with the wash either. But look at the colors/striping!!! It couldn’t be more perfect. I think this just convinced me to do N-ply again soon. Back to the stash I go to choose another handspun.

This will be frogged and made into a bag or something that isn’t going to be next to skin. Really, I spun it THAT tight!!!

Yarn is handspun Lovesticks sw merino in Patina, fingering weight Navajo plied

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I can’t frickin’ believe it!

July 25, 2008 @ 10:13 pm
posted by kris


Mmmmm…tasty!

You won’t either! I have TWO, count ‘em TWO finished objects!!! I am done with my BunkyBoBos merino in Cotton Candy (ok, it is only 2.2 oz’s but still, it counts) AND

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I am FINALLY DONE WITH MY TORTURE SCARF!!! It’s blocking right now so I will post pictures later, hopefully while on the recipient. I was so happy when that was done!

But what did I just do? Pull out another roving and split it. Mmmmhmm…and then I balled up some handspun to knit a baby hat. Yeah, ADD indeed.

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Spinning ADD

July 24, 2008 @ 1:42 am
posted by kris
Filed under: spinning


BunkyBoBos cotton candy!!!

Please, be done already, torture knitting!

Flashin’ my fiber/roving stash

I have a serious case of spinning ADD. If I did not have only 6 bobbins, I believe I would spin up a little bit of every fiber I own. I want it all spun up at the same time. I spun up a little bit of my seawool roving, because I just HAD to try it out. I spun up 1.5oz of my BunkyBoBos merino. And most recently, I spun up 2oz of my HelloYarn Falkland because again, I just wanted to know what it’s like to spin up. I can’t start anything new because then I won’t have enough bobbins to ply. Or maybe I’ll just get a few more bobbins. Heh.

So, I’ll start with the BunkyBoBos. Sandy sent me this fiber awhile back and much like a lot of things around here, I spun up a little bit right away and then it sat in a corner for a little while. This merino is very bouncy! And I mean BOUNCY. I don’t think I have ever spun merino like this. I spin superwash all the time and this is different. This merino has lots of crimp so it’s easy to spin but it’s still oh so very soft so it makes it kinda spongey. Very hard to explain. In any case, it took me a little while to get used to it, but I finally got a consistent single. I’m working on the 2nd half of the roving right now. I can’t wait to see it plied up – I think it will bloom nicely with a good wash/whack.

I am also working on the HelloYarn falkland fiber from the April 08 fiber club – Hive – (sorry no pic yet) that was given to me by my HHHH pal, SourCherries. I have never spun up Falkland before, so I was really itching to try it out. It is more along the lines of corriedale, but more hairy. I’ll reserve judgement when it’s done and plied. It’s not a fiber for me (still prefer merino), but I love the buttery yellow/orange colors and it’s easy to spin. I’m spinning this one thicker, maybe sportweight.

And the seacell wool (no pic either!) – it’s a lot like tencel, maybe not quite as slick. That’s why I put that one aside for now. And also it’s 8oz. With my spinning ADD, I don’t know if I can spin 8oz’s anymore! It’s very nice though.

And now, the torture knitting. I am 2/3’s done. Please make it stop! It is taking me away from the wheel!

And just to let you know how hooked I am, take a look at my fiber and handspun stash. I started spinning 3 months ago. I am a sick, sick individual.

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Done with my HHHH spinning

July 22, 2008 @ 9:54 am
posted by kris
Filed under: spinning


For my HHHH pal

I am finally done with my HHHH skein (click on picture for fiber details). It took me forever. Mostly because I was forcing myself to knit a scarf for a friend whose birthday has come and gone. And I’m still not done, but I’m almost there. Isn’t that sad – *forcing* my self to knit??? It would’ve been much more pleasurable if I was knitting in handspun, but she is not a handspun-full-of-color kind of person, so I am knitting it out of marisilk, which is one of my most favorite yarns and it *still* pains me to be away from the wheel. I am a very sick person. ;) I finally couldn’t stand not having a complete skein and just started spinning in limited amounts every day until it was done.

The final skein came out less hairy than I thought it would be, maybe the action of plying helped calm things down. I am very happy with it, although I made a skeinlet of navajo ply out of the leftovers and I think I like the N-ply better. Oh well. I hope my pal likes it!

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Wanna win a quilt?

@ 9:38 am
posted by kris
Filed under: misc

Then enter here at the Old Red Barn Co. I cannot believe they are giving it away, it really is pretty! But you need to hurry, the contest ends today!

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Destashing even more

July 14, 2008 @ 11:23 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: misc,yarn

I finally got my act together and took pictures of my destash yarns and put them up on Ravelry. Again, it’s probably not all that great to people in the US due to shipping.

http://www.ravelry.com/people/BockstarkKnits/stash/trade

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Open letter to my HHHH pal

July 13, 2008 @ 12:00 am
posted by kris
Filed under: HHHH

Dear HHHH pal,

Thank you so much for being my pal. You are a superstar spinner! Since you are in the states and all, would it be at all possible for you to slip some Kikkoman “stir fry” seasoning mix in with my handspun? I bought some the last time I was in the states and I love them. I’m trying to eat healthier you see, and stir fry is healthier than say …oh I don’t know… pizza or McDonalds. Or as an alternative, if you are a cook or your local grocer doesn’t stock it, a good (and easy) stir fry recipe will do too.

Thanks so much! :)

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