The big news for me this week was that I finally got Madelyn moved closer to me. I hadn't seen her for 8 months, since I moved back to Maine. I went to see her yesterday (she's boarding on a farm in NH), and she's completely unperturbed about the move or being in a new place. She's a fairly calm 'paca, anyway, so I didn't expect any problems.
I bought Maddy one week before my ex, Scott, dumped me. If I'd known what was coming, I might not have made such a big investment commitment, but in the end things have worked out very well. I have my first 'paca, I found myself someone who shares my love of the animals, and I have lots of soft fiber and yarn to play with. Plus, I did at least get a spinning wheel out of Scott before he dumped me - best thing to come of that relationship.
I got a kitty and want to spin kitty hair yarn. Her coat is super soft and about an inch in length, which I've read seems to be the minimum for spinning it without needing to blend it with wool.
I found a company that will spin the yarn for you, but that's no fun. Anyone ever spun pet hair?
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Who do knit for the most; yourself or others?
My only complaint since the site changes is that when I come to the site (HOME) it always says PAGE NOT FOUND instead of having all the latest posts. It's been like that for a week or so. It has all the sidebar stuff such as polls and log on window.
When I went home and Christmas my sister told me that she and her partner are going to be mommies in March. I'm thrilled to finally become an uncle. So I came home and started to knit. I made these booties using three plies of recycled lace-weight cashmere that I bought on ebay. I used size 2 double points and a pattern I found online called "Christine's Baby Booties." The color is a bright lilac. The picture looks too blue and too dark on my monitor. I also made a baby blanket in the same color using Mission Falls 1824 superwash. I used a cables and lace pattern that was fun to work.
I just had to show this off because I've been wanting to learn how to do this stitch for awhile now. Well tonight I finally made myself sit down and figure it out. This is the briotch stitch. I call it the bitch stitch because that's just what it was to learn... a bitch! lol..... I think the hardest thing for me to figure out was how to do the yarn over but once I figured that out I was knitting this stitch almost as fast as I can knit a 2x2 rib.
These are the finished felted clogs (men's size 9 u.s.) I am not a very experienced knitter and found these were relatively easy to make and taught me a lot about knitting in the round, picking up stitches, increasing and decreasing and sewing simple seams. Any inconsistencies or mistakes virtually disappear because they shrink so tightly in the washing machine during the felting process. They do take a long time to dry completely (several days). They are knit on circular needles with two strands together. They are very thick and durable and made with a double sole for extra padding and wear. Seude soles can be purchased separately and sewn on after if you want something even sturdier.
These are a pair of clogs I made "before" felting them. I wanted to show what they look like before and after. They are ridiculously large at this stage. I'm sure people must think I absolutely have missed out on what "Gauge" is when they see these!
These are scarves I just made to send to the Bundle Up New Orleans project. The brown one is a moebius scarf and is what I was working on when my tendonitis flared up. I had to finish it while wearing a clunky brace. It's a 100% polyester yarn that I really don't like, but it's easy care and should help keep someone warm. The green scarf is Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, which is a little better. Made that one on the knitting loom and am working on a companion headband to send with it. It's so chunky that you can't tell it's ribbed - just looks like stockinet on both sides.