Monthly Archives: March 2014

Hey look, I’m famous!

Well, maybe not so much.  But you can see me in the background of this photo on LA Times.com.  Check out the article.  It covers the activities at the Los Angeles Fiber Shed Pop-up in Hollywood.  They are having workshops and lectures for the next two weeks.  I went last weekend to demonstrate spinning.  My friend Nina was organizing/helping out with the event and invited me and another girl from the spinning guild to come demonstrate.  I was given some natural alpaca fiber from Water Bear Ranch to spin.  In a few hours I was able to spin quite a bit.  Maybe 4 oz.  I finished the yarn the next day too and now have some yummy lace weight yarn to play with.

I don’t have any pictures of the finished yarn yet.  Just so this post isn’t completely devoid of pictures, did I ever show you pictures of the scarf I knit for Lucas last fall?  I just recently took some rushed finished pictures.

I used the Dudester Scarf pattern and used a long color repeat yarn (Universal Yarns Classic Shades).  We added in a blue stripe in the middle just to mix things up.  My Rav page is here.  I think it looks better in real life than in these pictures.  It wasn’t super exciting of a project, but it was strangely fulfilling.  Simple knit/purl textures are relaxing and effective.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  Come join me at the Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild meeting tomorrow at 10am!

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FO: Koolhaas hat

There were a couple birthdays last week.  My sister had a mini-milestone birthday, and the same day Lucas’s roommate had a birthday too.  I decided to make something for Sky because I felt like it, and it would be his first hand-knit gift.  I knew that he was super particular and was going to be hard to please.  But how can you go wrong with Malabrigo?

When I told Lucas that I was thinking of making this hat in navy blue, he worried that that would be too vibrant.  Navy blue = too vibrant?!?  I happened to have some leftover black Malabrigo worsted that would fit the bill.  I went for the Koolhaas hat since I have been meaning to make it for years.

My Rav page here.

Pattern: Koolhaas by Jared Flood

Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in Black, about half a skein?

Needles: US8 for the body, and US 6 for the ribbing

Start Date: March 2, 2014

Finish Date: March 5, 2014

I didn’t do a gauge swatch.  It is super stretchy, so I would maybe go down a needle size next time.  Even though it was for a guy, I did only 4 repeats instead of the 5.  I have a large head and it fit me perfectly, so I went with it.  I don’t have any pictures of Sky wearing it, I just got some iPhone photos of me.

The yarn is basically pitch black, so it is hard to see the pattern detailing on it.  Also, this black picks up tiny fuzz and hair like crazy!  If I were to make this hat again, I would probably use a crisper yarn for better stitch definition.

Oh, and the response?  Eh.  He was super appreciative to me, but Lucas suspected that when he was wearing it, it wasn’t quite the kind of hat that he would wear.  Oh well.  If it ends up at Goodwill, then hopefully someone will love it.  I probably should have made something for my sister instead because she is super knitworthy!

Oh, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I am currently knitting a green baby sweater.  And if you are looking for a kick-ass St. Patrick’s Day dessert, I would recommend the Irish Cream Bundt Cake from allrecipes.com.  I made it a couple years ago and it was a huge hit.  It is one of those cheater recipes that uses cake mix and pudding mix, but if you love Bailey’s, you will love this crazy moist cake.  I think I will make it for a potluck I am going to on Saturday.

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Spinning FO: Black Bunny Swaledale

Well, hmm.  Not much going on with me.  Not a lot to chat about.  I came up with this problem in my Jazzercise class last night when I couldn’t even come up with any small talk in the beginning of class.

But I did finish some spinning.  I have had this yarn on the wheel for months now.  I think I started it in November…

And five short months later, I had yarn!:

It’s 8 oz of Swaledale fiber dyed by Black Bunny Fibers.  I was in a fiber club with them a number of years ago.  I loved the colors in the yarn.  But the fiber…not so much.  I think it is interesting to try different sheep breeds, but this is pretty coarse stuff.  It is extremely scratchy and very kempy.  As I was writing this, I thought I had uploaded another picture of me wearing this yarn around my neck like a cowl.  It happened to match my turtleneck, tank top, and glasses perfectly.  And it’s also kind of funny because no way would I wear this yarn around my neck.

Now I am at a loss as of what to do with this yarn.  It is 8 oz of a two-ply yarn.  337 yards of about DK weight.  A wall hanging?  Felted slippers?  Not outerwear, because I don’t have enough.  I’m at a loss.  Any ideas?  Not that I need to use it anytime soon.  It is welcome to just chill out in the stash for awhile.

Next I am going to spin up something new and exciting.  Maybe a gradient braid from Spun Right Round.

Upcoming events for me?  I am going to be demonstrating spinning at a Fibershed LA event on Saturday evening, March 15th.  That’ll be 6-9pm at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood.  Tomorrow I’ll be at the Sand ‘n’ Sea knitting guild meeting in the morning at St. Andrews Church in West LA, then the Fairview Library SnB from 3:30-5:25.  And Sunday make sure to tune in to Cosmos on any FOX channel on Sunday night.  Lucas has been working on the animation for that show for almost a year and it should be pretty great.  Well, I’ve already seen the first episode and it is pretty great.

And P.S. I am trying out the 5/2 Diet for the period of Lent.  This involves restricting your caloric intake to 500 calories two days a week and eating normally the other five days.  My parents have been doing this for a while, so I thought I would give it a try.  Today is my first day and right now I am pretty hungry.  I am looking forward to a regular eating day tomorrow and to the Girl Scout cookies that will be delivered to me at the knitting guild meeting. 🙂  I’ll let you know if this diet changes my life.

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