Tour de Fleece Prep and Practice (plus finished yarn!!)

Tour de Fleece is coming up, you guys! Its getting closer every day! (I’m a wee bit excited, if you couldn’t tell. I’ve mentioned it quite a bit recently, heehee)

You might be a bit confused as to what Tour de Fleece is. Sounds kinda weird. I’m probably not helping by obsessing about it, haha. Its not in English… for the most part (hint: its French!) But! If you’re familiar with the Tour de France, its basically the same thing! Just minus being in France and actually riding bikes, haha.

Spinners (and knitters… All the crafters!) dedicate the time of the Tour de France (which is July 5th to July 27th this year) to spin every day that the bikers are trekking along the French countryside. In greater detail, we even follow the days: Time trial days, we see how much we can do within a set time. Climbing days, we see how many yards we can do in a day. Challenge day (which is when they climb their biggest mountain), we spin something challenging. And last, but not least, the rest days, we rest (Which is July 15th and July 21st)

Then, if we want to, we can wear yellow on the last day to be victorious. Because… by the end, you’re feeling mighty fine about all the work you’ve done, how much better your spinning is, and now you have all this marvelous handspun to either knit with or give away!

I think I’ve said this before, but this is definitely one of my favorite knitting/fiber events. It means all the spinning, getting to look at gorgeous fiber (end up getting some of said gorgeous fiber, probably too much, but we won’t go there. I know I have a problem, so its all okay. #noshame)

The planning. Oh, the planning. Its so much fun! I have lots of plans. Lots of fun fiber. I’ll make a post soon with lots of links and pictures and happiness.

I don’t have everything I’m doing documented quite yet, but I’ll give you a sample picture of all my options for possible spinning…


Yes, yes. I already admitted to having a problem, okay? No need to dwell on things. #noshame #nojudging

In the meantime, until the Tour starts, its time to start the prep and begin practicing! Believe it or not, people have actually injured themselves by jumping in on the first day and spinning for hours and hours. I speak the truth. It has happened. Not to me, but I’ve heard stories. (the non-knitters/spinners probably laughed at that. You did, didn’t you? Don’t deny it. I saw that smile. Its okay, haha. I laughed too… and still do :-P)

So, some of my practice is this!


This is 845 glorious yards of a 2-ply from 8oz of fiber (colorway: Baby, Its Cold Outside) that I got from Dawn of Daybreak Dyeworks! (She’s currently getting ready for a big wool market, so her shop don’t have anything in it. But keep checking back! Its all gorgeous and SO amazing! Plus, Dawn is one of the sweetest people ever!)

This is going towards my Stash Dash 2014 numbers, which will boost it quite a bit. I’m also now knitting something with it (which means I can double whatever I use for the thing I’m knitting! Whoop!) the WIP with this yarn is quite awesome, so I’ll save that for another blog post.

And! Theres more!


This is 254yds of a 2-ply from Three Waters Farm (colorway: Summer Rooftops). I brought this with me to work yesterday (around 10:00, and had it all spun and plied around 2:00! The perks of working/interning at a yarn store d^_^b more on that later!!) More Stash Dash yardage! This isn’t including the knit items that need to be blocked and photographed. And the other skein of handspun that I finished recently.

So many things to show you guys! Not enough time! Oh well. It’ll all show up eventually :-)

Also! Thanks for the feedback on the technical post, and what would be interesting to you guys! It gave me lots of great ideas, and I’m beginning to collect stuff and pictures for helpfulness and all that jazz d^_^b


Picking yarn for a sweater…

So, since I don’t believe its possible for me to only be working on one project at a time (I’ve tried. It doesn’t work, haha!) I’ll just continue to show you guys bits of what I’m working on!


This doesn’t look like much right now, but hopefully it’ll soon become more obvious as to what it is, haha! It is going to be a Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig from the Knitbot blog.

I made one many many many moons ago. Very close to the beginning of my knitting career in Houston. My skills were not quite ready for that, haha. In other words, it turned out terribly and I’m not sure where it is. But! I learned a lot from it… mainly about how yarn choice is really important when it comes to the type of sweater you want. Gauge is important in that regard as well. I didn’t know that (or I probably thought I knew what I was doing… I really didn’t, haha!)

Now… probably around 6 or 7 years later (crazy, right? I’ve been knitting for 8 years.) I am giving it another go, with a lot more knowledge about drape, density, durability (all the Ds, haha!) and how its important to really know your yarn… To know how the fiber content will affect your garment. It can either make or break it!

This time around, I’m using Quince and Co.’s Chickadee in the colorways “Kumlien’s Gull” (the grey) and “Egret” (the cream). The pattern originally called for Quince and Co.’s Tern base, which is extremely similar to their Chickadee base. Tern is 50% Wool and 50% Silk, while the Chickadee base is 100% Wool. And yes, Tern is technically a fingering weight while Chickadee is listed as a sport/DK weight… nothing that a little change of needle size can’t fix!

Both would be amazing options for this sweater. But heres why I went with Chickadee, instead of Tern, the called for yarn…

1) I wanted a sweater that could definitely be a sweater that would last a long time, with lots of hard use. Because of the nature of Chickadee, without the silk, I can see it lasting a little longer than Tern. Both will hold their own for a long time, I’m sure. But for what I’m looking for, Chickadee was better.

2) True, its supposed to be kind of a drapey cardigan. But I’m planning on doing some different things, so it wouldn’t have been as drapey anyway. The shawl collar won’t be as flowy and it’ll be a bit longer. Maybe the sleeve length will be longer, I’m not sure yet. Who knows!

3) I’ve had more experience with Chickadee, and knew how it knitted up, how it blocks, how much does it stretch, if at all… all that jazz. I have a specific look I’m going for with this sweater, so I needed something I knew would work.

4) Annnd… they had more color options for Chickadee d^_^b The colors for Tern were beautiful, don’t get me wrong! But for the stripes I was wanting, there were better options with Chickadee.

When it comes to sweaters, I go through a pretty long process of figuring out the perfect yarn… and this is kind of what I do! If I’m going to make myself a sweater that I’m going to love and wear all the time and be super sad when it finally gives out… that yarn has to be the perfect yarn for that particular sweater! Its all part of the fun!

I was actually talking with my mom about this the other day… Process knitting vs Product knitting. We both agreed that we’re a little both… we love the process, we love the product. But we also love the part of getting to pick out the pattern and the yarn and gather the needles, pattern, project bag… all that stuff! Its part of the fun of knitting. Probably one of my favorite parts, I think! But I love all of it… so I don’t know if that counts ;-)

Hope you found this interesting! If you like posts like this, more technical stuff, let me know and I’ll come up with ideas. Or if theres something in particular you’d like me to write about in regards to knitting leave me a comment below or you can contact me via Twitter or Instagram or Ravelry!

What a week at Lone Star…


It’s been a crazy week. If you’ve seen any kind of news anywhere, you’ll know that there was a stabbing at Lone Star, Cy-Fair college on Tuesday. That’s where I go to school, actually. It was a really intense day. There were so many factors that God put in my brother’s, my mom’s, and my way that protected us from being in the mix of all the insanity.

My accounting teacher wasn’t feeling well on Tuesday, so she let us go an hour early. If she hadn’t, we would have been walking across the hallway to our lab – right around the same time the guy was running through our building, attacking. Then we were able to leave the campus right before the lockdown. As we were driving away, we saw the guy being patted down by the police. That’s definitely an image I won’t forget.

Going back to school on Wednesday was really creepy and hard. It was cloudy, which didn’t help, haha. Everyone was on edge and really wary of everyone else. Lots of shifty eyes.

This kind of feeling, I had no idea what it would be like. I mean, you hear about these kind of tragedies all the time, and it’s so horribly sad that we live in a world where this happens on a regular basis. But, I didn’t know how terrifying it actually was. Hearing about something is one thing… actually experiencing it is another.

So, that kind of engulfed my whole week. Ever since Tuesday, there’s been this morbid and gloomy haze over the campus. I’m always really glad to get home. God was so merciful to protect my mom, my brother, and myself. There are still so many people who were even more affected than I was – I can’t even imagine. Please pray for those who are healing from their wounds, and for peace and comfort for everyone else. God has His plan, and He will use these circumstances for good things. “God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing. All you need is faith” ~ Joel 2:25

Sorry for the speech, but that kind of stuff needs to be talked about :-)

Knitting wise!

I pulled out my Audrey in Unst again… It was nice to have knitting to come home to and be able to just kinda go into zen mode.


I’m *this* close to being done with it. If I just dedicate maybe a week… a week and a half, I’ll get it done. I’m so close!


I love the combination of my yarn and the pattern. I’m glad I saved this yarn for that special sweater. I got this yarn at Patricia Roberts in London. I love the green… besides my Acer Cardigan, I don’t have any other green sweaters. I think that the Audrey will be a really nice staple piece that I’ll be able to pull on over shorts or jeans to a little sun dress.


I cannot wait to finish this so I can wear it, and love it to bits ^_^ Any ideas for buttons? I’m thinking either wood or black…

It’s been a weird week, I’m glad its over. Its been kind of up and down, good moments and really really bad moments. But I’m ready to rest over the weekend, and greet next week with a smile of determination on my face. Only 3 more weeks. Only 3 more weeks.

Midterms = No knitting mojo


Bertie and I are quite sad that I haven’t posted in like a week and a half. Thats crazy, I’ve never done that before… and I hope I don’t do that again, haha.

What was I doing? School got extremely crazy, midterms right and left.. non-midterms that had to be done.. Homework and tests were coming out my ears. Plus, I wasn’t really feeling that amazing, so that didn’t help. Oh, the joys of college.

So because of all hectic school and being tired all the time, my knitting mojo went waaaaay down.

“Wat, Grace, how can your knitting mojo have gone down? You’re always knitting!” you may be thinking.

This is true, but I wasn’t like bouncing off the walls about what I was knitting, and wasn’t really motivated to talk about it. (This is not to say that I’m not knitting awesome things, I am. I’m so excited about all the things on the needles. Just at the time, I was so tired I didn’t even feel like knitting. It was a bummer, haha!)

During one of my study breaks, my mom and I watched Diane of the Knitabulls podcast, episode #102 from March 14th entitled “Knitting What Makes Me Happy”.

Diane is so adorable and sweet, if you enjoy knitting podcasts, I definitely recommend hers… check it out! But in this episode, she talked about how this year she was only going to knit on things that made her happy! She wasn’t going to be pressured to finish things she cast on, if they had become a little tedious or boring to work on.

I love that. I don’t consider knitting (and all crafting) as something that I have to do in order to get a sweater or a hat the end… because I need a sweater or a hat. I do it because I *love* to knit. The things I knit are fun, and I’m excited about how they’ll turn out.

That kind of got lost amongst all my school, and knitting wasn’t quite as excited as it had been without the school. I didn’t want to knit on something half-heartedly then throw up a blog post without the passion behind the project, if that makes sense.

So here I am again! Because I took Diane’s idea to heart, and cast something new on because I could and because it’d make me feel good, haha! Despite the fact that I have several sweaters going, a couple shawls going and a wall full of yarn.

Over spring break, my family and I made a crazy fast road trip in one day… Houston to College Station to Austin, then home. In one day. But it was AWESOME. In Austin we stopped by the Hill Country Weavers (Oh my goodness. One of the best yarn stores I’ve ever been in. If you have a chance to go there, GO THERE. NOW.)

and we saw their shelf of Brooklyn Tweed… both Loft and Shelter. My mom and I squee-ed a bit, haha :-P

We came prepared though! A couple days earlier I had found a Pomme de Pin cardigan by Amy Christoffers that had been done in Loft! It was absolutely gorgeous…(you can check it out here!) and that sold both my mom and I on making one. Before we had been kinda like “ehhh, it’s so cute. But I don’t know about what yarn”. Loft is the yarn.

So we came home with several skeins of Loft, in addition to many other things (eh heh. It’s nearly impossible to go in there and not want to buy everything. I challenge you to go in there with something in mind, and not come out with at least one thing extra, hahaha!)



This is my color… and it’s so beautiful. I love the little flecks of black that show up. So yes, I cast on on… Sunday. Then today after my last class, I was almost done with the first lace repeat. Holy banana, it’s so gorgeous! And squishy! And it smells good!!

My mom got the Almanac colorway, which is that bright blue… but yet subtle enough so it’s still really classy. It’ll be adorable.

What else did we get? Well, I ended up getting a couple skeins of various MadTosh…


The ones closest to the bottom are Merino Lite, the other three are DK. I’m not quite sure what I’ll be doing with them… but I know that whatever I do… it’ll be EPIC.



Bertie approves too ^_^

So, I’m back, knitting upon things that make me happy. I do apologize for my absence – I missed blogging!

Lots of Yarn Acquisitions

I got a box from Knit Picks yesterday. It was quite a happy day ^_^ (also because I had a blast at work, taught a beginning knitting class, and ended up coming home with three skeins of Malabrigo lace in some of the most amazing colors EVER. more on that to come, haha.)

Anyways, back to the Knit Picks shipment… I had birthday money. So, technically, that makes all this yarn.. part of my birthday happiness/celebrations. Woot!

So what did I get?

For the longest time, I’ve wanted to make the woodsy association mitts by Tiny Owl Knits. Which you can get through Knit Picks, and it uses their Palatte in wonderfully neutral and delicious colors…


Basically, you have the list of colors you need for all of them, and just get one ball of each… and you’ll have enough to make all of them! And have a fair amount left over, I should imagine, haha.


I seriously cannot wait to get started on them… they are SO ADORABLE! Plus, the little charm that hangs off the side… too cute. I don’t know if I’d attach them to the mitts themselves, but I’d totally make a pair of antlers and turn them into earrings or something. Or a keychain for my backpack. Totally!

More yarn acquisitions, heehee :-)


This is going to be a gift for a friend, so no names. But this is my second Selbu hat (my first one, you can see over in this direction ^_^) and I’m really excited about this one. I love how the white and the maroon look together. Once it gets given to the recipient, more information about it will be released ^_^

But wait, there’s more! (Every time I get the opportunity to use that phrase, I’m always amused. Hahaha :-P)


This is their Wool of the Andes yarn in the Onyx Heather colorway. With it, I have plans to make “Quay” by Veera Valimaki. I think it’s so adorable, I can’t wait to cast it on. Though, I do plan on shortening the sleeves to 3/4 length. Other than that, it’ll be perfect I think ^_^

I did get more yarn that was not Knit Picks yesterday. But that’ll be for another post ^_^

Three Year Blogging Anniversary ^_^

Might have noticed something different? Layout change! WOOT!!

I’ve been planning this for a really long time, and I’m so excited that I can show you guys what I’ve been dreaming/thinking/working on for the past couple of months :-) The About page has been updated, and there’s now a Contact Me page, with all that snazzy information. I’ll slowly be adding more things to the brand new look ^_^

And there’s actually an occasion that goes along with this makeover.

I’ve been blogging on The Ramblings of a Knitting Goddess for three years now.

Thanks to everyone’s wonderful and utterly *amazing* support, I’ve been inspired and excited about blogging – always wanting to come up with the very best. Without you guys, I definitely wouldn’t be the blogger I am now.

Which is totally mind-blowing. Three years ago, I would have laughed at the idea of having a blog that people would actually want to read, let alone have a big readership.

Other very important people who have been extremely supportive of my blogging career is my family, especially my parents. My mom taught me how to write well, how to put my ideas together. My dad helps me out when I see a blogging ecourse that looks absolutely amazing. Both of them are extremely encouraging, and I love them.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all your support, comments, suggestions, and kind words, it really means a lot and makes me strive to be a better blogger. I love getting to write about things I’m passionate about, it’s such a cool experience.

You guys are amazing.

It’s the small victories…

So, a little more than a year ago (it was a year in May) I cut my hair so it was a little bit above shoulder length. Bit of change, it was awesome. But I’m now in the process of wishing it would grow faster, because I miss having long hair, haha.

But, it’s getting there. I realized that I can do french braids, and it actually works.. and nothing falls out.

It’s like “Yesssssssss”. Which sounds silly… nothing I can really do about the length of my hair, haha.

(yeah, I can never get an even part. But who cares, haha. And they look a little funky from the back… BUT. the point is is that I can do them. And it’s awesomeness ^_^)

I don’t normally do posts like this, but it’s a small victory. And I wanted to share with the world. That my hair is longer. It makes me happy ^_^