Rock Star Husband speaks

September 16, 2008 @ 9:05 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: misc

There was a questionnaire going around for SO’s of knitters. I changed it a bit to include spinning. Here goes:

1) What is your favorite thing about my spinning/knitting?
I like how deep your knowledge goes, how you can talk about any aspect I bring up.

2) What is your least favorite thing about my spinning/knitting?
How upset you get when you make a mistake, or get the idea someone won’t like what you are making! Oh, and the knitting till 4 am thing, I’m not a big fan when you are a big zombie the next day! :D

3) What is something I have knitted, that you recall is good?
All my socks are wonderful, especially a brilliant blue one. And the sweater you made last May, I can’t wait for cold weather to wear it! The boys socks are great. Actually my favorite thing at the moment is my mountain hat…it served beautifully in the mountains this summer, it is the best hat I ever had.

4) Do you think knitters have an expensive hobby?
No, not compared to sailboating, golfing or recreational racing.

5) Do you have a stash of any kind?
If you mean things to use that haven’t yet been used, no, but I have a basement full of climbing gear in various states of repair.

6) Have I ever embarrassed you, knitting in public?
No, I like when you do that.

7) Do you know my favorite kind of yarn or fiber?
Wollmeise yarn. Merino fiber. I used to know more but I haven’t hung around your knitting friends lately!

8) Can you name another knitting or spinning blog?
SSK. And I know Ravelry, the heart of the knitting empire today.

9) Do you mind my wanting to stop at knit shops wherever we go?
No, but I find it hilarious how woefully unprepared the shop owners are for you.

10) Do you understand the importance of a swatch?
Hmm…to get the feel of the yarn?

11) Do you know the difference between tops and batts?
Thank goodness no.

12) Do you read my blog?
Sometimes, if I think there will be something about me or the boys or something. Otherwise it is “your world” and I want you to fly free.

13) If I didn’t knit, what would be different?
You would spend a lot more on camera gear.
And my socks would be standard issue, made in China, Wal-mart specials.
And I would cry.

14) Anything you would like to add?
You are using knitting as a lens to learn about so many things. I just want you to realize you are damn awesome at it and don’t sell yourself short. You do amazing stuff, dar!

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I am all about the 3plys

September 14, 2008 @ 11:24 am
posted by kris
Filed under: spinning

Holy moly, I just realized that I haven’t blogged about my recent FO’s. So I think I will just have a jumbo post full with pics! I am done with the Twilight series books and I’m embarrassed to admit that they were so freaking addictive. GAH, just sucked up my time. So for about a week I didn’t do any spinning or knitting. At all. Really. But now that it’s done, I can resume my spinning! :)

First off, I have my handspun socks that I finished from my All Spun Up 3ply. And after it being worn only once, it accidentally got thrown into the wash and felted. Argh. (click on pic for details)
From fiber to sock: All Spun Up merino/silk in Haleiwa (SAL fiber)
Handspun socks big and small

Next I have another 3ply merino/silk from All Spun Up in “Kunia”:
Form fiber to yarn:  All Spun Up merino/silk in Kunia

Next I have one of my own handdyed rovings, “As You wish”, 3ply merino (click on pic for details):
Handspun Bockstark merino in "As You Wish"

Then I have a 2ply Pigeonroof Studios BFL in Corrossion. This one brought BFL back into my good graces. I guess now that I am a little more experienced, BFL is not as problematic as it used to be! (click on pic for details)
From fiber to yarn:  Pigeonroof Studios BFL in Corrosion

Then, I took a little merino/alpaca blend from All Spun Up and practiced the 2 step Navajo ply and it worked like a charm. It became the most perfect N-ply yarn I have ever done!!! I highly, highly recommend Bowerbird Knits’ 2 step method for those of you who are Navajo-ply challenged. (click on pic for details)
All Spun Up navajo ply sample

And lastly, I just finished spinning up a preview roving from Sunshine Yarns. Dani, who recently got into spinning, is starting to dye roving now! YAY! She is celebrating her 3 year shop anniversary and every order will come with a free gift on the 16th and 17th, so be sure to check it out! The debut of the roving will be in 11 colorways!!! I can’t wait to see what other colors she comes up with!

The roving was easy to spin and it fluffed up beautifully! I am such a sucker for brown!! :) I have another braid of roving that I’m spinning now that will be Navajo plied (using the above mentioned 2 step method!). (click on pic for details)
From Fiber to Yarn:  Sunshine Yarns sw merino in Toffee

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I’m not spinning or knitting, I’m …

September 7, 2008 @ 12:33 am
posted by kris
Filed under: misc

… READING! Yes, I am not joking! How did this happen you may ask? Well, I originally got a recommendation from Jennie to read the Twilight series a few weeks ago and it’s been on my mind, but not as much as spinning.

I am normally not a reader, but when I do read, that is where my focus is. There are not many books that capture my attention enough for me to not spin or knit though. The Harry Potter books have been the only series which I have read countless times and now I can see the same thing happening with the Twilight series. Seriously. It is so teenyboppery and Buffyesque and yet I cannot put this down. Thank god 4 books have been already written because if I picked this up when only one or two were written, it would drive me nuts.

It has been only 3 or 4 days and I am already a quarter through the 3rd book. Dear lord. I think because it takes place in Washington in towns that I have been to, it makes it all that more alluring.

Spinning will resume shortly. I have the 4th book on order… ;)

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HHHH swap goodies

September 6, 2008 @ 1:19 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: HHHH,Uncategorized

OK, I am a few weeks late reporting this, but better late than never! I can always seem to upload Flickr pics but then I lose steam when it comes to actually posting a blog post, or it goes in waves. Anyways, I wanted to get back into the groove by telling you all about my HHHH swap pal.

You all know her (ok, maybe not all of you but most spinners do) and love her spinning. She has a stash that is super drool worthy. Her pictures and her spinning are just the most incredible things.

If you remember, I had already received some fiber from her, which I spun up and even made socks out of one of them:

From fiber to yarn - Hello Yarn Falkland in Hive
From fiber to sock - All Spun Up sw merino in Chocqua

And then she goes and spoils me even more with all kinds of goodies, some stir fry packets (she tried really hard to find the Kikkoman brand stir fry, but they didn’t have the one I wanted – these are just as good, I’m sure!), a little sampler of some local merino/alpaca blend, crochetted(?) potholders, lots of beautiful buttons (YES!), mini chocolates and some japanese candies (gone in seconds), mini soaks, burt’s bees lip balm, a little knick-knack bag, and best of all, 440 yards of the most unbelievably soft OPTIM

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HHHH Swap goodies from SourCherries
Optim handspun in Artemisia

I am lucky indeed. Thank you so much Ami!!!

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What does bockstark mean (pronounced bok-shtark)? My crazy German friend, Matthias, made that word up to mean "really cool" and says that it is catching on in Garmisch. So I am helping him popularize the word! I thought if I ever opened a yarn store, I would call it "Bockstark Yarns". This blog is all about my projects, yarns and crazy ideas related to knitting and other crafts. Contact me at bockstark.knits(at)gmail(dot)com.