I think I am going to explode from all this!!!
Little did I know that writing “I am out of multicolored roving” sends out an emergency alarm that only fiber enthusiasts can hear! My fiber angels Linnea and Fabienne sent me an “Emergency Fiber Re-Supply”, and OMG, they sent me some really amazing stuff with various content. I tend to stick to merino, so this was a really welcome surprise. I got some Bamboo which you would swear is silk, some merino/tencel (can’t wait to try!!!), some BFL (haven’t spun any yet), some mixed yarn – merino/llama, corriedale/alpaca, all of which I haven’t tried. Argh, the torture of choosing which one to spin up!!! They did an excellent job of re-supplying me with fiber – thank you SO much! Linnea also threw in some American goodies – pop tarts, shark bites and of course squishy wonderbread, which arrived in absolute perfect condition!
In addition to that, I got some birthday gifts – stitch markers from the husband (as well as the much bigger gift that isn’t coming for another 3 weeks – argh, the torture!), blue roving/beautiful red lace yarn/chocolate/coffee from tini, and a gift I got awhile back but was holding out until today to post – an amazing rich blue skein of madeline tosh sock yarn and Annie Modesit’s “Romantic Hand Knits” book, from the one and only Yarnissima!!! The patterns/models/photography in that book is very inspirational and indeed – romantic! You guys are the best and thank you again!
Tini’s roving arrived yesterday and I was extremely frustrated with spinning corriedale. I know they said that this is a good beginner wool, but dang, I found it freaking hard to keep a consistent single. I gave up and broke out her gift. I spent all day/night spinning and it came out great. The fiber is Eiderwolle, a domestic roving and was dyed by her. The fiber was a little bit sticky and hard to draft, but once you get going, it was soooo easy to spin thin and even. The finished product isn’t as soft as merino, but it feels really strong, almost like it has some linen in it. It’s also not as fuzzy as I thought it would be, and it has a nice smooth finish. I thought it came out great!
In addition to that, I also got a surprise gift from Roslyn. I was able to procure some Wollmeise laceweight for her at the Sauerlach market (which was a serious chumfest, btw) so she sent me some Eucalan, a cheery skein of Claudia Hand Painted yarn and a stitch marker. Thanks, Roslyn!
So now I will hole myself up with all this yarn/fiber. I feel like the Rumpelstiltskin lady. But without the evil gnome or whatever Rumpelstitskin was.
||December 4, 2007 @ 11:39 am|
I am a hat knitting machine!
Rowan with the new chullo cap
So the last couple of weeks has been full of knitting hats. 6 are done and I’m working on a 7th! I made 1 Amanda Hat and after it was done, I thought it would be too colorful for the german teachers. So then I made 4 Coronet hats out of different colors of shaded solid malabrigo. Man, do I love malabrigo! It’s cheap (even in Germany!), soft and sooooo pretty! Then Elijah lost his hat (my favorite hat) – it was a simple black hat that was made out of a recycled cashmere sweater. It was a square shape and it had little bells in the corners. The most simple but adorable hat ever! I didn’t make it myself, I bought it from a now defunct store called “Woolywooly” and I bought it before they were born.
So of course I had to make him a new one! I chose to make the “chulla cap” from Mission Falls Just Kidding book. I love Mags Kandis, she has a really great design style. It took about 1.5 days to knit and 1.5 days to do the finishing touches. Thank god our SnB group met while I was making this and a new girl, Kim, taught me how to do the crochet parts for the little shisha mirrors. I loved doing that part, way more than I thought I would. I also learned how to do French knots!!! I am a super terrible seamer though, the seam is the most ugliest part of the hat. And then I found out that I knitted the whole thing in 1 needle size too small (oops!).
I was so excited to show him his new hat and have him proudly wear it, only to get shut down. He didn’t want anything to do with it! So luckily my other son is not as afraid of new things as Elijah is, so he wore the new hat and Elijah wore Rowan’s. :( This morning I bribed Elijah to wear his new hat with some gummi bears. That worked. So hopefully now he will wear it regularly. I just love the shape and colors of the hat, it is so unusual and cute. Even though I hate multi colors and weaving in the ends, the end product was so pleasing that I’m looking forward to doing another one.
So now I’m knitting a hat for Michael, who has begged me for one. He wants one with ear flaps so I chose Swell from Knitty.com. I am done with the pattern part, and I’m on the decreases, so I should be done today. I think I will also add some edging because it looks so unfinished without it.
So now is the final stretch, to get everything we need to get done for our trip to the states. I am so excited to go to Texas because I will have one day to go on a yarn shopping extravaganza!!! Watch out! I’m also hoping to meet up with some other knitters, especially in Hawaii!
I also still need to take pictures of my stuff from Heli, my SP11. The light has been really bad lately, and I’m too lazy to pull out the lights. And the chocolate is all gone! :) But that is one of my goals for this week to get done. Sorry, Heli!!! I promise I will do it!
||September 26, 2007 @ 1:24 am|
OK, I am so terrible! I received a package from Loopy Lou last week and I didn’t blog about it because I was busy with school starting and with the Benediktbeuern weekend. I would’ve taken a picture of what she sent, but, well, I tore into the chocolate and ripped open a tape measure already. And I was waiting to blog about it because I wanted to take a picture and it’s been too long now so I just said screw it – it’s better to blog with no picture than to not blog at all. She was so sweet – if you remember, she won my last contest and sent me some Green and Blacks almond chocolate (my absolute favorite) as well as another big bar of Galaxy chocolate and 2 tape measures with inches. I am supposed to share this with Elem and Cashyie, so I will give Cashyie a tape measure and Elem the chocolate, or vice versa. But the G&B is MINE and it’s already gone with the help of the husband. Yum, yum, yum! Thanks so much Lou and sorry I didn’t post earlier with pictures!
||April 30, 2007 @ 12:52 am|
My first Monkeys!
I realized that I knit this one so quick that I didn’t even post a WIP picture. This weekend
I finished my first Monkey socks! This is going to a friend that I grew up with. Her birthday is on the 30th (ack!) and I finished these exactly on her birthday so they will be in the mail soon. I love, love, love the brightness of these socks and I’m hoping that it will help her get through the rainy days in Seattle. I made them a little short because I don’t think she’s a person to wear very high socks. We both have “ample” (ahem!) calves so things just don’t stay up very well. I like them so much that I think I may knit another pair (even shorter) for myself with the leftover yarn. I think I will change the heel to be a slipped stitch heel since I don’t like the way the stockinette heel looks so plain. Pattern: Monkey by CookieA (knitty.com) Yarn: Wollmeise sock yarn Sonne colorway Started: April 24, 2007 Completed: April 30, 2007 Size/Needles: One size (64 sts), US2 Pattern notes: I did 4 pattern repeats for the cuff, instead of the 6. This is for a friend’s birthday. I really, really love the extremely bright colors. It is so bright that my camera can’t quite capture it!
OK, since I’ve been pretty bad about blogging, here is what’s on the needles:
1. Gothic Spire socks for my SP10 – one side done, still have one to go. This is going to sit for awhile so that I can recharge with some quick knits
2. Thuja socks for Michael – these are probably going to be done today.
3. Felted Mittens for Michael – cast on the orange ones last night and just got the lanolin yarn today.
Now on to better things! I participated in Domesticat’s Knitterly Letter Swap and I received my 1st letter on the same day that I sent mine out! It’s from Carin in New York. I must say, it was nice to get something unexpected in the mail, especially since our mailbox is almost always empty!!! It’s great also to get introduced to blogs that you might not have found! Carin is an amazing knitter and she has done so many different and beautiful projects. She also has some really cool shots from her recent trips to China. Thanks for the letter Carin, you’ll be hearing from me shortly!
I was assigned to write to Jenn in Arkansas and I procrastinated so much because I thought I needed REALLY COOL stationery. But when I looked around, all I saw was colored paper (I’m sure I wasn’t at the right store) and figured I can just knit a wee sock and attach it to some fancy brown paper I have. So that’s what I did. I knitted this tiny sock at 3am in order to get it done. I also thought I would have a hard time writing something to say but once I got started, I just wrote and wrote. I hope it doesn’t bore her too much… And then when I went to the post office, the envelope was 5mm too big (I would’ve had to pay 4 euros) but then the guy just folded it back and I paid my 1,70. Isn’t that weird??? Good to know though.
Surprise from BÃ¤rbel
Also, out of the blue, BÃ¤rbel sent me an Easter package (I’m assuming it’s for the boys). I have never met her, but she is on the same German yahoo sock list and visited my website. She wanted my Knit Picks yarn that I didn’t like, so I sent it off and she reimbursed me for the shipping. I thought that was the end of the transaction, but today, I got a nice surprise in the mail. She was so sweet and sent me 2 bunny rabits, some candy (already gone), and a ceramic cat! Geez, she is so sweet and it was so unexpected! Thanks BÃ¤rbel!!!