Paying it forward

January 25th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

I’m not really a process knitter (one who simply enjoys the act of knitting) nor am I a pre-process knitter . Rather, I’m what you call a project knitter – I like to work on a project or two until its completed. Mostly I work on projects that I know I can complete, although there have been just a couple times where I had to give up altogether. And I try to work on projects that I know I will like when fnished.

Except, well, for a certain cardigan. Its not actually true that I don’t like this cardigan, its just that I don’t like it on me!

So what is one to do wth a lovely finished cardigan that one knows none of my friends can fit into given that I am a petite lady? I could give it away to the Salvation Army; I could let it languish in my closet and think, “perhaps I like it in a few more months?” from time to time; or I could find another knitter that is roughly the same size/shape as me and pass it on.

Which is exactly what I’ve done. I noticed in LSG on Ravelry a week or so ago that someone started a forum thread called, “Pass on your Unloved Finished Objects.” I thought – brilliant! So I posted my cardigan and got a response almost immediately!

Here is the photo from my Ravelry projects page.

Cavern Cardigan

And here are some photos of the cardigan being packed up and ready for mail-out:

Cavern Cardigan

And all bundled up and ready to go with fabulous card.

Cavern Cardigan

The lucky lady who will be getting my cardigan is LouieLoui and I hope she likes her new cardigan! Also being a knitter, I know that she will appreciate it for the work I put into it. She’s promised me a pattern from my wishlist, which is awesome of her. Hurrah for paying it forward!

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Weaving a scarf – a blog in pictures

January 12th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Well, here’s my promised blog regarding the handwoven scarf I made for my lovely coworker Ken. He has some sensitivity to wool, so I off to the yarn store I went to find a synthetic yarn that wouldn’t bother him. What I ended up buying was a skein of Lion Brand Homespun in Montana Sky and a skein of Vanna’s Choice in Sapphire.  Both are acrylic yarns, which I don’t usually tend to knit/weave with, but considering my customer is a motocyclist, I figured something practical that can be washed and doesn’t itch him would be the best.  I did however, sneak in a bit of Cascade Eco+ wool yarn as I thought that the warp needed more depth.

Warp: Vanna’s Choice – Sapphire, approximately 150 yards
             Cascade Eco+ – Steel Blue, approximately 75 yards

Weft: Lion Brand Homespun, approximately 100 yards

Sett: 10 dpi on my Ashford Rigid Heddle knitter’s loom

Warp in progress
Warp in progress – about to wind on…

Warped and ready to go
Warped loom – ready to weave

Mid-weave
Shhhh! Weaving in progress!

close-up of the weave
Close up of the weave as I found it hard to get a good pic of the varience of colours

packaged
Ready to roll!

the man and his scarf
Finally, a photo of the finished scarf on the man himself.

Ken has promised me a photo of him wearing the scarf with his motorcycle. Incidentally, I managed to buy yarns that matched the blue of his bike!

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Been sick, but not out of commission

January 10th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Its 10 days into 2012 and I’ve been sick for 9 of them. Grrr! However, I’ve used the time away from work to work on my craft projects at home, and honestly, some serious headway has been made!

First, the hat to restore confidence in my last post is complete :)   I was unable to stretch the finished product over a dinner plate while blocking, so a large mixing bowl had to do. Its a little snug around the brim, but I’m confident that it should fit the owner (who I think may or may not know that this hat is coming to her). I do love surprising people with gifts!

Secondly, I have been spinning like a spider on speed! I haven’t been spinning (hides shame-face) since that day of naked spinning on Wreck for the LSG NSFW Calendar photo shoot. I forgot how much I love the feel of crisp Falkland wool sliding through my fingers as it spins into lovely yarn. This yarn will be a 3-ply worsted-weight and I have yet to decide if I should add it to my shop or if I should keep it for myself to weave or knit into something really fabulous. Either way, I’m really pleased with how its turning out.

Thirdly, I wove a scarf for a commission that has been pending since before the holidays. Another wonderful coworker, who is heartily supportive of my work, asked me to weave him a scarf. The funny thing is, he bought a scarf from me a year ago, only to have his sister-in-law steal it from him!! Hilarious! He wanted blues, and he’s sensitive to wool, so off to the yarn store I went. Its really a lovely scarf, but I’ll save that story for another post – stay tuned!

And lastly, if not most notably :)  I’ve managed to pull myself together and get past the damned thumb increases on that second dreaded fingerless lace mitt. I have one more pattern repeat to go, some ribbing, a thumb, and this thing will be officially done! I really can’t express how relieved I am feeling to know that the end is in sight!

OK, back to healing. Tomorrow’s my birthday, so send healing wishes!

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