I followed Linda back when she used to blog, I loved reading about her knitting and spinning adventures, and now I follow her Etsy shop, drooling over the yarns and the photographs.
And I thought it might be nice of me to share her works with you 🙂 (you can thank me later, when your yarn stash is so luxurious and full of handspun yarns that y0u simply can’t shove another skein in there, but you’re going to try anyway).
Who are some of your favorite handspun yarn suppliers?
Remember that swatching I was telling you about? I’ve started working on the garment and lets just say that I’m super excited about it 😀
Can you guess what it is? I’m sure its not all that difficult, but I can’t show you too much right now, as there’s not much to show. Hopefully this will all change in the near future and I’ll have a completed project to share!
And I must say, I love this yarn. The color is changing as I knit it, in the balls it looks like a gray blue, but when I knit it up, the blue is really shining through and making the project into something different!
Remember those hats I was concerned about back here? I decided to talk to the customer and he said to just finish the second hat as best I could, they don’t need to be completely identical. So you know what? That’s what I did.
And I stopped stressing about the imperfection of it all.
Imperfection breeds beauty, no?
So here is a picture of the first hat, post blocking (the second is blocking now), and let me just say how much I love these hats and this yarn after being blocked, it really loosens up the stitches, they are much softer and not quite as stiff.
I’ve now started working on another scarf similar to this wonderful colorful one I knit a while back and decided to keep for myself, the new one is definitely going into the shop:
Here’s a sneak peak into my knitting bag (or one of them at least hehe).
But right now (‘right now’ referring to the past few weeks and probably the next week or two) I have so much school work and work work to do 😦 I’m even at the library right now taking a 5 minute break from homework and studying.
I’ve been steadily working on those matching grey and turquoise hats, although I think I’ll run out of yarn before the second hat is finished. Which puts me in every knitter’s worst predicament – do I find a decent substitute and finish the hat? I can’t find the yarn for sale anywhere online (its Silenzio by Schachenmayr Nomotta, in a darkish grey color) and there are no ‘for sale or trade’ stashed skeins according to Ravelry. I suppose I could always talk to the customer and tell him the situation, find other yarns and make two new matching hats…I’ll keep you informed.
The Epic Adventure as reached its climactic conclusion. The Max Suit is finally complete, and not a moment too soon. Because of recent events, I was thrown into a funk and didn’t knit for over a month. Not a stitch. And seeing as to how this suit needed to be completed for Halloween, this lack of knitting was a massive problem.
It came down to a situation in which I told my friend that there is a chance his suit wouldn’t be finished on time. And you know what he said?
“I’ll wear it one-armed, that’s cool.”
I’ll wear it one-armed, that’s cool.
This statement alone gave me the drive and determination to knit an entire arm in a single day, complete with the distractions of grocery shopping, working and moving some.
The result? A finished Max Suit. A hood, two legs, two soles, two arms. An adult-sized pair of footie-pajamas, basically.
We made a tail out of garland and found some bunny ears to put on top (Kind of lame, but totally cost- and time-efficient)
I bought 15 skeins of Berroco Vintage (Ravelry link) and ended up using a smidge less than 13, so I’ve got two full balls that I can use for other projects. I’m going to call this yarn estimation a success, given the size of the project. There are more Ravelry details here.
This is the biggest project I have completed to date, and I am so glad I did. It was the experience of a lifetime and I am proud of it. What are you’re epic projects? How did you feel during the process and after?
I’m knitting again! Woo! I’m also making some other changes that can be found over here, should you be interested in learning about those.
This week I’m working on two matching slouchy hats based on the Chunky Grey Alpaca Slouch in my shop. Here’s the start:
It feels good to be knitting again. I had some heavy inner struggle about whether to participate in NaKniSweMo or not, but decided that I probably shouldn’t. I have so much going on with classes and my other jobs (yes, I have 3 jobs, its too much sometimes). Regardless, I really hope to be knitting and designing sweaters again, I have so many ideas for them!
What are you working on this Wednesday? Let us all know over on Tami’s blog!