Episode 7: All the exciting things!

Hey everyone! Here’s this week’s episode!

Knitting

Dying

  • I have some new test colorways — let me know if you guys like these colors and would like to see these in my shop… eventually!

Books I’m reading / listening to

 

Thats it for this week! Thanks so much for stopping by and watching my next episode!

Have a marvelous weekend!! <3

The satisfactions of blocking

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Theres something incredibly satisfying about blocking out a shawl. Especially one that you’ve had all smushed up on your needles for goodness knows how long.

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By the time you get it cast off and you’ve posted a celebratory picture on Instagram, you become very aware of how big it actually is! You might not have known how big it was… or how much bigger it could get.

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This was the case with my Buccaneer shawl, haha. I didn’t realize how massively huge it is… until I cast it off. But then when I blocked it, it grew. Of course, I realize thats what happens when you block shawls, thats the point. But it grew SO MUCH. That being said, I also enjoy stretching shawls so the lace opens up completely and I know I’m guaranteed a blanket, haha.

Thanks to the wonders of Madelinetosh Merino Light, it now drapes so beautifully and is so deliciously soft.

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But thats okay, I love massive shawls. I’m currently all wrapped up in it, with my cup of coffee next to me enjoying the beginnings of our Texas fall weather. I just put a new wall plug scent in, so the living room smells like cinnamon and an apple orchard. Things are good.

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And I have Pokemon socks, which you can never go wrong with those, haha.

Actual FO pictures are coming soon!

Episode 6: My first hand dyed yarn!

Hey everyone! Here’s this week’s episode! Hope you enjoy!!

Knitting

Spinning

  • fiber from Three Water’s Farm in the Summer Jubilee colorway (which was their Tour de Fleece 2016 colorway!) It doesn’t look like Summer Jubilee is being sold anymore, but all the other colors are absolutely amazing!!

Dying (!!!!)

  • Two colorways that have been a result of experimentation! Nebula will be one of the names and the other one is still undecided!
  • Dyed on Knit Picks Bare on Bulky, Worsted, DK, and Fingering

Thats it for this week! Hope you guys enjoyed the episode! I’ll be back next week… hopefully with some more knitting content, haha! <3

 


 

Dyed yarn and an announcement

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I’m so proud of these little guys right now…

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Which might be slightly confusing… As theres no real connection with anything, they’re just a bunch of mini skeins in different sizes sitting on my couch.

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What makes them special… is that I DYED them MYSELF. And this was my second try (first try wasn’t anything big at all, all one color) and I’m SO excited with how it turned out. 14423673_10157426539620237_239290728_o

and I had a lot of fun doing it… Oh my goodness, so much fun. All the color possibilities, the various ways to do it…

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The name ideas were all over the place in my head, but my fiancé said that it reminded him a lot like something in space! Which made me think of Nebula or Milky Way or even Guardians of the Galaxy (he suggested that ;P)

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So, as I made a slight reference to in my last podcast episode and my big announcement…  I’m going to start dying and eventually selling it (hopefully)! I’ve still got a lot of learning and experimenting to do, but if this is my second try… I’m really looking forward to the results of other color ideas!!

These are just little tester skeins of Knit Picks Bare I ordered and wound off into mini skeins. But I’ll be ordering the actual big, sellable skeins of yarn soon! I’m in the process of working on labels and getting the website up and running and all that jazz. So many things! I’m going to keep the name and the logo a secret still… but I’ll tell you its super cute… If I do say so myself, haha.

I’ll do another post soon with pictures of where I dye and what it all looks like because thats always fun to see.

Cool enough to wear hats…

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I can’t wait till the weather cools down enough to wear hats.

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I know its coming, but knowing Texas, it’ll take it’s sweet time getting here, haha.

In the meantime, I’ll just live vicariously in the cold through pictures on Instagram of people who are already getting to bundle up in knitwear ;)

Episode 5: I have guests!

Here’s this week episode! I have a couple of guests with me ;)

We have FO’s!!!!

Works in Progress

  • Mine – Ennui (see above) also out of Malabrigo Silky Merino (see above)
  • My mom – The Wanderer Cowl by Sheryl Means (pattern from Yarntopia) out of Savvy Skeins in the Jekyll and Hyde colorway
  • Also my mom – Thessaly Cardigan by Hanna Maciejewska from PomPom Quarterly: Autumn 2016 out of Madelinetosh DK in the Cardinal colorway

Things we want to knit…

  • Katie wants to knit chunky cowls! Very instant gratification, and if you don’t finish them in a timely matter, its not like you’ve failed!
  • The new Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2016 Collection *heart eyes*
  • Tamarack by Jared Flood (this would be for my fiancé) // Mohar by Norah Gaughan // Auster by Michele Wang (my mom wants to knit this but isn’t sure about the turtleneck!) // Spearheads by Jared Flood (ahhh, that colorwork!!)
  • My mom – has questions about the pleats about Tavia by Ann Budd from Quince and Co. ! What do you guys think? Do you have any opinions about the pleats and how they would knit up?

What were we all here celebrating??

  • Aggie Ring Day!! Its a big tradition here at A&M as are our A&M Class rings. You can read about it here! And then read about the celebration afterwards (its called a Ring Dunk!) that is done many different ways, but this is the traditional way.

Also the sweater Katie is talking about…

 

Thank you guys so much for watching this week’s episode! I had a lot of fun having my mom and sister with me!

Sorry this is so late in uploading! I had major uploading issues this week… but I think I’ve smoothed it out and it should be fine next week!! <3 <3

Puzzles of Color

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Its been another one of those weeks that started off really slowly, then once Tuesday was over, its just flown by. I have gotten a fair amount of knitting done, but its been on a secret test knit.

But, after knitting around 7″ on it yesterday, I decided I could knit some on my Buccaneer shawl.

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I have less than 10 repeats till the end!! I’m going to try and get it done today. Thats the goal, haha.

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I love how these colors have knit up so much. Seeing how stuff like this can turn out (even if its just haphazardly adding colors) makes me want to do all the colorwork projects, haha. Which colors go best? What colors would be unexpected choices but really make it all pop? Its like a big puzzle of color… and I love it so much ^_^

Also! Be on the lookout for this week’s podcast episode! There’ll be a fun surprise this week!