Thursday, December 31, 2009

One door closes and another opens...

Today is the last day of the 2009 Calendar Year and with that comes the tried and true New Years Resolutions. For me, I have set several fiber related goals that I would love to complete in 2009. Honestly, I would happy to have 1 of these completed by the closing of 2010.

For my birthday this past year my mother gave me two gorgeous alpaca fleeces. One is a fawn (light cinnamon brown) and the other is a combination of blacks, browns, and grey. They are gorgeous and they are all mine. They will not be used for my business in any way shape or form. I have been practicing with other fibers a lot lately spinning finer and finery 3-ply yarns. First it was an aran weight, then a worsted, and now I just finished a sport weight! I think that's thin enough for alpaca, right? My goal is to spin the fawn fleece into a sport weight 3-ply yarn and then knit a sweater from that yarn. And not a cropped sweater either. So far that's all I've been able to knit (see left) and it just won't due. I need a real sweater, a sweater that requires 1800 yards of yarn, and I've already begun to drum card the fiber for it.

I want to knit something lacy, like a shawl or table cloth. I never have, and I feel like it's a huge milestone for a knitter because it requires a lot of patience, attention to detail, and commitment to a time consuming project.

I want to knit a pair of socks. I want to knit a pair of socks purely because my mother in law suggested that I might want to consider a career change if I can't manage to knit a pair of socks. Well. I'll show her, won't I? LOL

I have a very short attention span, I hate long projects and tiny needles. I'm hoping that these 3 projects will change all of that.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Look at all the Pretty Handspun

Now that the holiday market is over here in Corvallis I was able to get back all my hand spun. Quite a bit sold, but look at all that's left to go in my etsy shop. I can't believe I spun so much in 1 year!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Who is this mysterious woman?

I found my dream pattern! The new issue of Knitty featured a pattern, Incognito, that may have made my fingerstashe tattoo unnecessary. Within a few days of being published I had knit myself a mustache cowl out of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino and I couldn't be happier! See?