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20 June 2014 @ 12:30 pm

So I will be vending at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn on Sunday from 11:30 – 2:30.  I’ll have earrings and  stitch markers. The usual Etsy shop things. My table mate will be selling project bags, and I will attempt to refrain from buying one.  You can find me by my sign which is awesome. It’s great to have helpful friends because long gone are my Photoshop days of custom brushes, effects, and memorizing  codes to do what I want.


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There will be a raffle, of a variety of things including a set of my stitch markers made especially for this. I  hope to see you there!  Full details at The Old Stone House site.


 




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Blue Gold
18 June 2014 @ 12:45 pm

So I was really expecting to show off finished lace, and working my way up through the ST section of the body. I was moving ahead of the 9 rows a day schedule. But the skein kept looking dangerously light. When I got home last night I decided to check it out.


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Six grams of yarn left. Even with the planned adjustment of doubling up the decreases I would have had to somehow knit 38 rows with six grams of yarn…uh no. Then I took the shawl off the needles and it all made sense.


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It was about twice as long as I was expecting about 40″ when not folded in half. I tend to knit shawls on short needles, so I hadn’t noticed just how much it was scrunched up. It looked so nice before  I started frogging too.


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Now I have frogged, and cast back on. I have this time cast on 201 stitches as oppose to 273. I have made it to row 11 so far. In theory I am working  89 rows and I’m thinking of possibly stopping at 25 rows of lace but we will see how that looks. I may aim for closer to 40.  With all the adjustments I actually would need to work 9.75 rows daily. Not counting the ten already completed.


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There is still a chance. And tomorrow night is knit night so that is always extra knitting time.




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Blue Gold
16 June 2014 @ 07:22 am

This past Friday I finished spinning the Zauberzeug fiber. I still need to ply it, but it is ready to be chain plyed.  A nice rainbow ball that I wound off the drop spindle. I am planning to finish this soon but it has been put aside for a surprise project.


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I’m making a shawl I have to finish by next Thursday. So far so good. I am using a new to me yarn Sylph by Jade Sapphire.  It is a Cashmere, Linen blend and having felt it worked up and washed softens like a dream. I am making the Peacock Shawlette  which a made before for my 11 shawls in 2011 so I know its a quick knit and its a bottom up shawl perfect for keeping the momentum going.


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I did the math and I have to knit 9 rows a day to still have some time to block. As of last night I was on row 33, and 49 is the last lace row. So I am about 5 rows ahead of schedule with no Monday knitting yet counted.  We will see the status on weds. There are 9 rows of lace left so 18 total.  Completely doable.




 
 
Blue Gold
06 June 2014 @ 10:32 am

It’s done. And I mean actually done, all ends have been woven in, all holes have been closed, all that remains is blocking and I can’t decide if I should do that now, or wait until I want to wear it. Knowing my luck in six months I will remember its not blocked three hours before I have to walk out the door.


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I was finishing the neck line at geek knitting and I’m quite excited to add another finished sweater to my wardrobe.  The neck line is one of the parts that makes me know that blocking is a necessity as it’s hard to tell right now that its the same Artichoke French stitch going around the neck.


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I added a few inches to the body as I worked and still have some yarn left over so that’s great.  I’m pondering making some Artichoke French fingerless mitts with the leftover yarn, to look like my sleeves.


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If you couldn’t guess in the last month I really love this sweater.  36 days from cast on to cast off.  And knowing the way I knit, I can take a week or more off that easily. A month for a sweater, not too bad at all.




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Blue Gold
04 June 2014 @ 11:18 am

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this photo last night.


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I have 97% of a sweater.  I just have to knit the neck band, and seam the underarms together.  And then I get to put the sweater away for a few months I guess. The down side of finishing a sweater in June.


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The neck band is worked by slowly decreasing along the live neck stitches, but after the Follow Your Arrow KAL this should be speedy. Though its not the easiest to work on a train as I don’t have the pattern memorized. I suppose this means I should get back to poor Bayside. And start working on all the projects I want to get a go on for the holiday season.




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Blue Gold
03 June 2014 @ 11:46 am

For World Wide Knit in Public I will be vending on the 22nd at the Old Stone House. This means quite a bit of work over the next couple of weeks especially since I haven’t ever vended. So I have none of those things prepared.  You know bags, displays, even items to make vending easier. The only things  I have are a Square and Business cards.


This also means I shall be canceling the June update and  closing the shop from the 20th to the 23rd. To get ready and update changes in the shop. Instead the next update will be Friday July 19th.


I’ve been putting together a list of items I need and it just seems to be getting longer.



  • Display

  • Signage

  • Utility Apron – I have a plan of action and jeans that can be sacrificed

  • Change

  • Paper receipts

  • Stock -  I’m dropping off a wholesale order this week so my actual stock is up in the air

  • Bags

  • Time (but don’t we always?)

  • Layout – I will have half of a 6′ table.


I took a try at a display and want to change most things about it.


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If I use it at all it would need, a frame of some kind,  and something more interesting than random colored push pins. I may possibly move to a metal frame and hooks.  So far I’m exploring displays at staples.


Now to work out my schedule and what I shall be doing the next couple of weekends to get ready, and checking on shipping time for any orders I place.


 




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Blue Gold
02 June 2014 @ 11:19 am

Despite the size of it organizing the stash went much faster than the yarn did.  I pulled out the bags that the fiber lived in and got started. I went to the Container store and got two sweater boxes. I figured I used the under the bed boxes for yarn, why not sweater boxes  for fiber.


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Pouring out my tote bags I got a good visual look at my fiber.  I had a lot of Loop batts. Not that I’m really surprised. The Tour de Fleece is coming and I want to see if I can take part in Stash Dash, and 2014 is supposed to be year of the handspun. All good reasons to get my Fiber in order.


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I pretty much had blues, reds, and a dash of greens in my fiber stash. I’m sure everyone is shocked and surprised.


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There was plenty of room in both boxes, and I topped them with some cedar I grabbed from Etsy and it arrived quickly. There’s enough room that I may add my hand cards and blending brush to the pile.  But my spring organization plot continues well, next shall be the beads and the craft room.


 




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28 May 2014 @ 11:01 am

It’s surprisingly  chilly today in the greater tri-state area. Enough so that I pondered using my lunch break to finish my Artichoke French.  I am currently working on the yolk decreases and am fast approaching the end.  A giant tangle of wool that I can still tote around in the fluctuating weather and wonder if I can get the yolk done enough that I can throw it on on the way home tonight.


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The first picture is more for the color of the sweater than anything else. This is looking more and more like a sweater that will be finished in a month. Just in time to start Nerd Wars.  Currently my only issue is that there are an uneven amount of decreases available on either side of the sleeve. I will just work to match them up in the next set of decreases so hopefully that will work out.


IMG_0519Since that photo was taken there have been a couple more inches added to the sweater and I’m getting closer to the point where I can pull it on without dropping a ton of stitches. Not yet though. My new favorite sweater won’t likely get any wear for a while but I for one am amazed at how quick and great a knit this was.




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27 May 2014 @ 11:15 am

So during my mini vacation between graduations, BBQs and weddings I pulled out the entire yarn stash and organized it as well as creating a collection for the next Nerd Wars.  So first step was dumping all my yarn out in the living room. I had  3 under the bed  drawers and a variety of bags and totes holding more yarn.


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Having my stash out in the open for the first time in a while I realized that it really was much smaller than it used to be. And isn’t that scary. I decided I should organize by color.  Yeah…I like red. So the first bin was red, black and dark brown.


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The next bin was actually  Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet and white. So I really like red. The third bin was filled with browns and creams and all my random WIPs.  You can even see the pile of now empty bags near the red yarn that have been boxed with their brethren.


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The box on the left is filled with sock yarn, and sparkle yarn and a couple in progress spinning projects. At 12 o’clock in the photo is a bag on all my acrylic yarn left over from a baby blanket or two and some cotton yarn. To its left is a bag full of the grey yarn from my dying adventure. And completely out of frame, is a  bag filled with yarn for plots for next Nerd Wars and decorating the apartment for Christmas. At some point I will have to do this with the fiber. I will need to grab a couple more under the bed drawers, and more lavender and cedar to arrive.


 




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23 May 2014 @ 05:21 pm

Peredhil which means half-elven in Sindarin, is the name for the one off stitch markers that will be in the shop for now on. In a variety of colors and designs they will each have a looped end and a fixed end via lobster claw. I have made larger and smaller size. Peredhil2


mini_Peredhil2 The sizes will be separate listings.   Also in this update a little touch of summer with Mermaid earrings. mermaid2 And on the opposite side of the weather spectrum Let it Go – Frozen inspired earrings. letgo4 Stay with the cold, in a very different world we have White Walker stitch markers. walker1   A small detour to the Hogwarts Express express1   Another entry into the podcaster set this time Craftstash craftstash2   Minute Hand, Steampunk inspired earrings minutes5   Items Restocked


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A small update this month but it all can be found in the shop.




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