Day 4: Where are they now?

March 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Whatever happened to your __________?

Write about the fate of a past knitting project. Whether it be something that you crocheted or knitted for yourself or to give to another person. An item that lives with you or something which you sent off to charity.

I actually still have a few knitting and crochet projects that I made a long time ago. However, most ended up as gifts. It never really occurred to me, before the age of the widespread digital camera, to take photographs, but over the winter holidays, my cousin mentioned that her two kids love the giraffe and the baby blanket I crocheted (without a pattern) for the birth of her first kid about five years ago. So that’s pretty cool! And then I felt guilty because I had planned to make something for the second baby’s birth but was so busy with school I didn’t have time. Fortunately, I’ve been working hard at making them matching toys (DangerCraft monsters), and here’s even an “in-progress” shot, still somewhat of a novelty for me.

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Day 3: Tidy mind, tidy stitches

March 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

How do you keep your yarn wrangling organised? It seems like an easy to answer question at first, but in fact organisation exists on many levels. Maybe you are truly not organised at all, in which case I am personally daring you to try and photograph your stash in whatever locations you can find the individual skeins. However, if you are organised, blog about an aspect of that organisation process, whether that be a particularly neat and tidy knitting bag, a decorative display of your crochet hooks, your organised stash or your project and stash pages on Ravelry.

I am not a very organized person. Never have been, probably never will be. What I do have is a system that somewhat prevents total madness taking over: a good memory for where I left things last and occasional piques of cleaning. That plus some storage bins have prevented yarn and unfinished objects (UFOs) from taking over, somewhat. However, a significant portion of my yarn resides in paper bags, with sachets tucked in.

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Day 2: Skill + 1UP

March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year.

This past year I learned so much in knitting, crochet, and spinning, and even about yarn in general. Around this time last year I picked up a copy of The Knitter’s Book of Yarn, quickly followed by The Knitter’s Book of Wool, both by the amazing Clara Parkes, which introduced me not only to picking fibers best suited to certain types of projects, but also planted the idea in my mind that, hello, I could use the freaking internet to find not only materials (Etsy helped a bunch here too, since I started typing in sheep breeds into the search to find breed-specific yarn), but also to find other crafters out there. Eventually I guess I became curious enough to figure out what on earth this “Ravelry” thing is and suddenly everything clicked for me. Well, that and my fondness for purchasing knitting magazines helped too — I started collecting them in earnest in January 2010 and now that I have to pack up the stupid things to move, I am somewhat regretting the massive piles I have accumulated!

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Day 1: A tale of two yarns

March 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

This week I’m going to change tacks a bit and join in on Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2011!

Today’s topic is to discuss two yarns, comparing them, or just talking in general about what yarns and fibers one prefers to use.

My fiber focus has mostly centered on wool this past year. Back when I first began to knit, I used acrylic because that’s what my grandmother and my mom used. Later on, when I learned to crochet, I also used acrylic, and every time I took back up knitting and/or crochet I pretty much got sucked (pun intended) into the abyss of acrylic.

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Red velvet cake

March 3, 2011 § 2 Comments

Finally feeling way better and my shawl is complete! It looks so good and the lace really looks crisp and elegant now. Unfortunately, as I’m sure I’ve complained before, my camera is pretty weird/terrible but I got a nice detail shot out of it AND the color is almost accurate. I decided to rename the shawl the Red Velvet Cake shawl since it is almost the same color as my birthday cake.

The yarn I used, Brooklyn Tweed’s SHELTER, is totally crunchy yet soft. I love that I’ve learned and retained at least enough information about sheep breeds that I can totally identify the Columbia in the yarn, or at least the Columbia genetics since the yarn is spun from Columbia x Targhee sheep. « Read the rest of this entry »

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