Sunday, July 31, 2011

Jungle Sailing

Remember the lovely Southern Cross Fibre that came the first day of the St. Louis Yarn Crawl? Well, I spun up two separate colors of singles, "Spinnaker" (top) and "Into the Jungle" (bottom), both Corriedale.

Spinnaker and Into the Jungle

Then, I plied it together. It is just over 500 yards of dk-to-worsted. (12-14 wpi). It may be enough for a vest if I do the bands in a contrasting yarn.

Spinnaker and Into the Jungle - Plied

I had to look up, "Spinnaker." I thought it had something to do with ships, but I thought it was nav thing. I was going to call the colorway, "Jungle Navigation." Since a spinnaker turns out to be a sail, I changed the name to "Jungle Sailing."

Happy Spinning.
Lisa Kay

Grass Chia Thing

I'm not even really sure what you call this creature. It isn't a "Chia" pet, which is what we had when I was a kid. Mitchell and Chris started it last week, and I didn't see the packaging. It seems to have grass growing in it. Mitchell gave it a first "mowing" with his little safety scissors, yesterday. Here it is, pre-haircut.


Mitchell squirts it with water every day and seems to enjoy that he is growing something. :)

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

BFF Socks Done

I finished my second BFF sock while we were out-and-about today, going to swimming lessons, getting lunch, and the normal errands.

BFF - Two Done

Previous posts with more pictures and yarn/pattern info are here and here.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Friday, July 29, 2011

Done Crawling

We made it to our last Yarn Crawl stop, The Bead Place. Our friend, Mary Ann, was with us, as often is the case on Fridays, as well as Mitchell, who is out of frame, tugging on the door, impatient to poke around in the beads. He's been here, before...

Crawl - 14 Bead Place
The Bead Place 5200 North Illinois, Suite102, Fairview Heights, IL 62208 (618) 222-0772

I picked up two more books. I know, I should have no such need of books, but I just soak them up.
Crawl - 15 books again

I am really thinking and thinking about how to use my recently completed skeins of handspun... and the ones in my near future...

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

SCF Spinnaker

Remember those Southern Cross Fibre club colors in my previous post? Well, Spinnaker jumped onto my wheel before I went to bed... I just had to try it. Here's a sample.

Spinnaker singles started

Happy Spinning,
Lisa Kay

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Mom and Dad (aka Gma and Gpa E) went with me for the St. Louis Yarn Crawl, which goes today through Sunday. Dad was the driver-photographer. Thanks, Dad! This allowed me to just ride, knit, and relax between shopping stops.

We made it to 11 of the 12 shops. We just have one of the most local (Illinois) shop left to do, tomorrow.

Crawl - 1 Rothschilds 9:10 a.m. at breakfast, Rothschild's Family Restaurant, Washington, MO. (Great biscuits!!!)

Crawl - 2 Bah Yarns
Just before 10 a.m. crawl start time, BAH! Yarns 805 Franklin Ave, Washington, MO 63090 (636) 390-2400

Crawl - 3 Wool Gatherings
10:49 a.m. Wool Gatherings 510 N. West Ave., Eureka, MO 63025 (636) 221-2826

Crawl - 4 Heavenly Ewe
11:41 a.m. The Heavenly Ewe 1716 Old Missouri State Rd., Arnold, MO 63010 (636) 287 1231

Crawl - 5 Hearthstone
12:06 p.m. HearthStone Knits 11429 Concord Village Ave., St. Louis, MO 63123 (314) 849-9276

Crawl - 6 Teds
12:44 p.m. Snack Break at Ted Drewe's

Crawl - 7 Knitorious
1:07 p.m. Knitorious 3268 Watson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63139 (314) 646-8276

Crawl - 8 Ewe Knit
1:51 p.m. Ewe Knit Yarns 7967 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, MO 63119 (314) 961-6933

Crawl - 9 Kirkwoodt
2:20 p.m. Kirkwood Knittery 10724 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122 (314) 822-7222

Crawl - 10 Loopy
3:03 p.m. The Loopy Ewe 2705 Dougherty Ferry Rd. Ste. 107, St. Louis, MO 63122 (314) 835-9944

Crawl - 11 Caboodle
3:51 p.m. Knit and Caboodle 330 S. Main St., Saint Charles, MO 63301 (636) 916-0060

Crawl - 12 Myers
4:28 p.m. Weaving Dept. at Myers House 180 W. Dunn Rd., Florissant, MO 63031 (314) 921-7800

Crawl - 13 K1W2
5:22 p.m. Knit One, Weave Too 303 North Main Street, Edwardsville Il 62025 (618) 692-6950

The one we have left for tomorrow... The Bead Place 5200 North Illinois, Suite102, Fairview Heights, IL 62208 (618) 222-0772

With all of that yarn shop shopping, here is my haul...

Crawl - Fibers
8 oz of Frabjous Fibers BFL Top in "Hespera" and 12 oz of Dragonfly Fibers Merino/Silk 65/35 in "Texas Bluebonnet"

Crawl - Books
It was mainly a book day. I did score one skein of yarn, Dream in Color, Everlasting Sock, in "Amethyst." I obviously love Berroco books... and got some others, too!

I have to go easy on the yarn. I already have so much that I think it is starting to breed.

On top of that, I came home to find my order (shop update and monthly clubs) from Southern Cross Fibre had arrived. Oh, my! I just got into the monthly "club" for SCF this month (after a year+ waiting list), and also ended up reading the Ravelry SCF group and noticing that an update was going up at a certain time (which always sells out in a few minutes). The owner, David, has many great spinning tips on his blog, a clever toe-up sock pattern for any gauge (especially useful for handspun, with several examples like this one), and wonderful handspun sweater pictures.

SCF haul

On the left are the two colors for the monthly club, Tapenade (top) and Spinnaker (bottom), and then the update colors, Uluru, Night in the Forest, Wave Rock, and Into the Jungle

Much spinning and knitting loveliness in my future...

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Gabby the Garden Monster

After making Iris III last week, I received much pressuring from Mitchell in a renewed bid for Gabby. He had picked Gabby out of The Big Book of Monsters when I bought the book a while back, and I hadn't made her, yet. He didn't forget...

One of the fun things about Rebecca Danger's monsters is that they each have a backstory. Here's what the book says about Gabby:

Gabby currently resides in a lovely vegetable garden. She's a socially awkward monster and feels most comfortable talking to fruits and vegetables. In particular she likes tomatoes (I think she sees some family resemblance there, but she denies it every time I ask), but she's more than happy to talk to lettuce, zucchini, broccoli, snap peas, and even carrots. She enjoys cracking jokes with the veggies. Her favorite joke, the one that keeps her rolling on the ground with laughter for hours? "What did the garden vegetables say? Lettuce, turnip, and pea!"

gabby 5
Talking to the Baby Cucumbers

gabby 4
Flirting with the Blackberry Vines

gabby 3
Basking with the Roses

gabby 2
Cabbage Jacuzzi

gabby 1
Coaxing the Tomatoes

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, July 24, 2011

TdF Final Day

I finished plying "Homeward," "Buccaneer" and "Integument," for a total of 982 yards. I had quite a bit of Buccaneer left over, for 92 yards of 3-ply with just Buccaneer.

TdF 2011 Day 23

It isn't quite as much yardage as I was hoping for... I may have to use the Buccaneer yardage for cuffs/trim...

Happy Spinning,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Iris III

Today was my nephew's 2nd birthday party. I wasn't able to attend, given my recovery from surgery (I didn't even go to lunch with Chris and Mitchell when they went out), but I did send a gift. Last week, I made Dane an Iris.

Iris III - 1

Iris III - 2

Iris III - 3

She is made of Dream in Color, Classy, in the color "Bermuda Teal."

You may recall Iris and Iris II, which I made for Mitchell. I've also made Daphne and Delilah by Rebecca Danger. Rebecca recently published a book, "The Big Book of Knitted Monsters," which expands the monster family beyond the individual patterns available at her Danger Crafts shop.

Mitchell still takes his first Iris with him a good part of the time. I hope Dane enjoys his Iris, as well.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

TdF Day 22: Home Stretch

Next to the last day...

I finished the last two bobbins of Southern Cross Fibre, "Homeward," the one in the middle. So I have two skeins of 3-ply left in order to finish with this yarn. I may be able to do it by tomorrow, which is the last TdF day.

TdF 2011 Day 22

In the shot above, the first 3-ply skein is on the upper left, done yesterday. The individual colors, as a reminder, left to right (bobbins on top, rovings on bottom):
Two Sisters Stringworks, “Integument”
Southern Cross Fibre “Homeward”
Southern Cross Fibre “Buccaneer”

And the shot below is everything I've spun during TdF.

TdF Summary

  1. Hedgehog Fibres, Unnamed, 8 oz, 400 yds. (2/3 of singles done before TdF)
  2. Spunky Eclectic “Twilight,” and Funky Carolina, “Some Simple Song,” 16 oz, 725 yds.
  3. Second skein of item 2.
  4. All Spun Up, Nov/Dec 2009 Spin Along Fiber, 8 oz, 330 yds.
  5. Art Club Cuckoobatts, “Meadow,” “Purple Queen,” and “April Showers,” 9 oz, 280 yds.
  6. Pigeonroof Studios Luminosity Club (Red), 8 oz, 415 yds.
  7. Pigeonroof Studios Luminosity Club (Green), 8 oz, 600 yds.
  8. SCF “Homeward” and “Buccaneer” with TSS “Integument”, 12oz, 310 yds (plus another 24 oz of singles ready to ply).

Happy Spinning,
Lisa Kay

Friday, July 22, 2011

TdF Day 21: Challenge Day

TdF 2011 Day 21

Well, I have spun quite a bit over the last 24 hours, which was my particular challenge due to the surgery I had, yesterday. (Prescription painkillers have helped! Hah!)

I finished my first bobbin of SCF Homeward the I started yesterday morning, and then plied it with the SCF Buccaneer and Two Sisters Stringworks Integument. I also spun two more bobbins of Integument, so I only have 2 out of 9 bobbins of singles still to do. I went ahead and plied the one skein of 3-ply because I only have six bobbins.

The first 3-ply skein is about 310 yards of aran.

Happy Spinning!
Lisa Kay

Thursday, July 21, 2011

TdF Day 20: Homeward

Wow, not intentional, but "Homeward" is what I am, today. I'm having my gall bladder out this morning, and so I am about to spend a few days at home. Hopefully, I will feel well enough to spin in short order. Since tomorrow is the "Challenge Day," it may be my challenge to just do some spinning. We'll see. To cheer me up and motivate me, I won a Day 19 prize in the Ravelry daily drawing. There were 498 posts on yesterday's entries, and two numbers were randomly pulled, so this is a fairly lucky thing. I picked, from the prize list, 100g of fiber from Wharfedale Woolworks.

TdF 2011 Day 20

Last night and this morning, I finished the first bobbin of "Integument" (seen in yesterday's post and to the right, above... the green one), and I started Southern Cross Fibre's "Homeward" on Falkland. I only got about a third of the first bump spun. I laid the "Buccaneer" and "Integument" bobbins alongside it on the wheel to see how it would look (shown above). I'm not sure the green goes as well with the blue/purple as I had in mind, but we shall see...

Happy Spinning,
Lisa Kay

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

TdF Day 19: Integument

TdF 2011 Day 19

I started spinning my Two Sisters Stringworks corriedale fiber, colorway Integument. I've never spun corriedale before, and I love it. I had the feeling that I had broken through some barrier in my spinning, but I think it was the wool. It is wonderful!

Happy Spinning!
Lisa Kay

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

TdF Day 18: More Buccaneer

Between late Sunday (after my day 16 post), Monday (which was a TdF day of rest), and this morning, I finished my second and third bobbin of the Southern Cross Fibre "Buccaneer."

TdF 2011 Day 18

I'm planning to ply it with Southern Cross Fibre "Homeward" (blue/white/brown)...

SCF - Homeward (3)

...and Two Sisters Stringworks Integument (green/brown), three each, for a generous sweater quantity.

2sistersStringworks-integument (3)

So, my next step is to get spinning a couple colors of singles...

Happy Spinning!
Lisa Kay

Sunday, July 17, 2011

BFF Progress - One Sock

I finished the first BFF sock in Gradiance. I like the Tinsel Toes yarn. It has a nice shine.

BFF - One done - front

BFF - One done - bzck

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

TdF Day 16: Buccaneer

I received my first Southern Cross Fibre this week, purchased as "destash" on Ravelry... I have three of these. The first bobbin is done. I dropped it on the front porch going out of the house and cracked the bobbin. I'll have to find the wood glue...

TdF 2011 Day 16

Happy Spinning,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, July 16, 2011

TdF Day 15: Green Luminosity Plied

TdF 2011 Day 15

About dk weight...

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Friday, July 15, 2011

TdF Day 14: Green Bobbins Done

I finished the second bobbin of Green Luminosity this afternoon. I'll probably ply it early tomorrow.

TdF 2011 Day 14

The lower picture shows the first bobbin on the right.

Happy Spinning!
Lisa Kay

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

TdF Day 12: More Green Luminosity

I started the second bobbin of the green Luminosity, and I'm happy with the brighter color. The first bobbin of olive will tone it down. I'm posting early in the day because I'm traveling this afternoon and won't get to spin any more today. I'm also going to miss tomorrow (Day 13) for the same trip, getting back around bedtime tomorrow. I'm not really superstitious, but I suppose that if I'm going to have to miss a day, then Day 13 may as well be the one!

TdF 2011 Day 12

Happy Spinning!
Lisa Kay

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

TdF Day 11: Green Luminosity

TdF 2011 Day 11

Day 10 was a rest day. :)

I spun the first half of my green Pigeonroof Studios Luminosity Club yarn. The second bump is brighter and should highlight it nicely. I think the green yarn will look nice with the red in a vest or something striped.

Happy Spinning,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mingus Socks Done

The June/July KAL socks are done. (Previous posts here and here.) I've been a little distracted, spinning... in case you didn't notice! :)

Mingus two done

The July/August sock pattern is BFF, a simple cable design. I've started it using The Unique Sheep's Tinsel Toes yarn in a Gradiance colorway called "Cheer." The Gradiance colors are sets of four colors that are alternated to make the sock change color from one tip to the other.

Gradiance BFF cast on

There are sock instructions for using the yarns on The Unique Sheep site, here. It occurs to me that a person could use four custom-mixed handspun colors following the same basic instructions. Hmmm...

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

TdF Day 9: Red Lumiosity Done

TdF 2011 Day 9

I spun the second four-ounce single bobbin (lower right) and plied the two bobbins together (lower left) this morning. I'm ready for the "day of rest" tomorrow!

Happy Spinning,
Lisa Kay