Friday, October 28, 2011

Fiber Cupcakes

I found another new scrumptious fiber vice... cupcakes. The Cupcake Fiber Company preps batts in one-ounce cupcakes, presented in half-dozen bakery boxes.

They come in delicious flavors like Chocolate and Caramel, although I selected a slightly less edible flavor called, "Remembering Spring." Isn't it gorgeous? It is superwash BFL and nylon, for socks.

Cupcake Fiber Co - SW BFL and Nylon - Remembering Spring

The six-cupcake sets are perfect for sock spinning, beginning with a single from each cupcake, and then three-plying together, ending up with two 3-ply skeins of the same weight. What a clever idea!

Each individual batt looks good enough to eat... even in green. The shades of blue should make the yarn spin up looking a bit like iridescent beads. :)

Cupcake Fiber Co - SW BFL and Nylon- Remembering Spring-cu

Find the Ravelry group here.

Happy Spinning,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Monkey Joe's

Parker invited Mitchell to go to Monkey Joe's after school on Friday, along with Libby and two of her friends, and the five kids had great fun sliding, jumping, and playing air hockey.

Mitchell 2
Parker 4

Libby 1

Mitchell and Libby 1

Parker 6

Libby 3

Jumping 2

Jumping

Mitchell 4

Air Hockey 2

Air Hockey 1

Parker and Libby 1

Parker 5

Mitchell 5

Libby 2

Group

Such a great time! Gma and Gpa E dropped by, and Gpa took all the pictures! :)

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Monday, October 17, 2011

Country Roads

At home this afternoon with "walking pneumonia," I finished up a third bobbin (out of six) of the Fat Cat Knits September Mixed Blessings Fiber Club, "Country Roads."

Fat Cat Knits - BFL - Oct 11 - Mixed Blessings Fiber Club

Above is what the club package looked like when it arrived. It has two separate 5-ounce braids, one mostly blue and one mostly green. I ordered two more packs, for a total of six braids, 30 ounces. It should make a lovely sweater!

FatCatKnits - BFL - Country Roads - Blue Singles

FatCatKnits - BFL - Country Roads - Green Singles

I have one more bobbin of blue to spin, then I will make two bobbins mixed of green and blue. I plan to 3-ply one each of green, blue, and mixed.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Herd of Trolls

I finished my pullover from my handspun Herd of Trolls yarn, using the Neighborly pattern by Jennifer Casa (Ravelry pattern link, JCHandmade blog pattern link for the child's pattern, and Stitches in Play blog pattern link for the adult modification).

Herd of Trolls - 5

Herd of Trolls - 1

Herd of Trolls - 3

I had to increase extra stitches before the arms, I put fewer increases at the waist, and I made the sleeves ten rows longer. Detailed notes and more pictures are included at my Ravelry project page.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Nina and Pinta

Appropriate to Columbus Day weekend, the Nina and Pinta were docked in Grafton, yesterday, and we went up to see them. We saw the Nina in Alton in 2007, but, this time, there were two.

Nina and Pinta 1

Nina and Pinta 2

Nina and Pinta 3

Nina and Pinta 4
No fear.

Nina and Pinta 5

Nina and Pinta 6
I continue to be amazed that people sailed the Atlantic in these. That's just crazy.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Friday, October 7, 2011

A Special Treat

My lovely friend Ellen Lewis sent me a celebration treat for the publishing of the Chatoyant Vest pattern. It is a wonderful yarn bowl, heavy enough to stay put, and curved to let a yarn ball float around, with a slot for the yarn (or a hole, if preferred). Ellen posted about these and the artist on her blog. Thanks, Ellen! What a great celebration!

Yarn cup

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Puppy Dog Tails Cardigan and Mitts

I made a Perpuerium Cardigan for my nephew, expected in about ten days.

SCF - PDT - Cardigan 1

SCF - PDT - Cardigan 2

SCF - PDT - Cardigan  buttons

I also finished up two pairs of fingerless mitts (aka wrist warmers), and gifted one pair to Stephanie, the baby's momma.

SCF - PDT - Toasts (4)

SCF - PDT - Toasts (1)

Previous posts on spinning the yarn, here and here.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Potion Socks Done

I've been concentrating on sweaters and spinning, so my socks have been just a traveling project... but I did finally finish the Potion socks. Previous post on yarn and pattern here.

BFF - Hedgehog - one

BFF - Hedgehog - two-2

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

"We Took To The Woods"

I finished the Ennea Collective Spin-Along, and now I just have the Knit-Along portion to do... See previous post for info on the Two If By Hand "We Took To The Woods" fiber and Ennea Collective SAL/KAL.

I separated the fiber into eight pieces each, lengthwise, and spun four bobbins of singles.

Two If By Hand - Mixed BFL - We Took To The Woods - 4 Bobbins

Two If By Hand - Mixed BFL - We Took To The Woods (1st Bobbin)

I used Navajo-plying to keep the colors as crisp as possible. In these dark, rich colors, I didn't want to blend them too much.

TIBH - We Took To The Woods - Finished

I ended up with about 515 yards at 10 wpi. I should be able to get a vest...
TIBH - We Took To The Woods - Closeup

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay