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Cardinal Puppet

Cardinal puppet, knit for my April moms swap partner.

Fiber Optic Merino/Bamboo Yarn Pirate Merino

Spinning- Fiber Optic Honeysuckle Rose #2 merino/bamboo, Yarn Pirate Inky merino.

Herringbone Cowl

Knitting- Big Herringbone Cowl. Knit in Malabrigo.

Lisa Souza Roving

Spinning- Lisa Souza Leaf Pile merino/silk

my view

Gestating- 36 weeks (That was 2 weeks ago!)

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Wrapping Up

In 2010:

I knit 63 finished objects, apparently many of which did not make it to the blog.
2010 knitting projects

Designed 8 new things.  Some of which are still waiting to be released.

I spun 18 3/4 skeins of yarn.
2010 fiber mosaic

It’s been a busy, but productive, year full of exciting things.  We joined a CSA, I got a wheel, a yarn store opened, and a new baby is on the way (and kicking up a storm).  Here’s hoping 2011 is just as great.

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Stash Enhancement

Yarn Pirate had a small shop update the other day, and I took the opportunity to grab a few things.

First up- Neapolitan Woolies Kit.  Each mini-skein is 1oz.  Super cute!

Neapolitan Woolies Kit

Next up- Inky roving.  It’s superwash merino.

Inky

Culture Club roving (also superwash merino)

Culture Club

Which soon became  320 yards of Culture Club yarn.

Culture Club

And finally, some Lisa Souza 50% fine merino/50% bombyx silk roving that I won on Ravelry for my Tour de Fleece contributions!

Lisa Souza roving

I can’t wait to get spinning and knitting!

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The challenge was to spin every day July 3-25.  I did fairly well, only missing a few days here and there.

I spun three different yarns, and had a finished yardage of 1202 yards.

what I spun for tour de fleece

l to r: Crown Mountain Farms superwash merino roving 3 ply sock weight, targhee/merino 3 ply chunky weight, Wild Hare Fiber wool top navajo plied

I’m fairly happy with the way they all turned out, even if I did have to ply the chunky weight twice (first go was way overspun, so I went back and took out some of the twist).  Now to think up projects that will use these yarns…

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I was lucky enough to catch the last Wollmeise update at the Loopy Ewe.  I snagged a skein of Lila Ludmilla, which is a quite lovely purple.

Wollmeise Lila Ludmilla

I’m also doing some spinning for the Tour de Fleece.  Here is my progress so far.

This is a Crown Mountain Farms superwash merino roving.  Colorway is Aqualung!  I spun it at a 12.5 to 1 ratio.  There are 490 yards of three ply, 80 yards of chain ply.  The second pic is a close-up of the three ply.  Turned out pretty nice.

Tour de Fleece Day 2

CMF- Aqualung

The next two are my try at a worsted three ply.  The turquoise is a little uneven, but the chocolate is much more consistent.  I’ve still got a half a bobbin of the chocolate, and a natural white targhee to spin.  Then I’ll ply them and hope for the best.

tdf day 3

Chocolate Merino Roving

And I’ve still got lots of secret knitting going.  Lots.

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Roving- Crown Mountain Farms BFL– 4oz.  I dyed this myself using Paas dyes.  I slightly felted the roving when rinsing, but even so, it spun pretty nicely.  Sadly, you can’t make out how vibrant the orange center is in this picture.  To explain-  if cheetos and yarn made a baby that would be the color of this yarn.  I had planned on using this for a pair of shorties, but I cast on and didn’t love it.  I’m thinking I’ll let it sit for a few days and see what happens.  Maybe I just need some scrap yarn for the waistband…?

Next up- Crown Mountain Farms Superwash Merino.  The colorway is She’s Like a Rainbow, which I made sure to listen to while spinning.  I cannot say enough good things about the roving and the finished yarn.  I did a three ply (courtesy of a ‘home made’ lazy kate- read box with three knitting needles stuck in it) and I love the outcome.  I wasn’t sure I’d like it, but it is so even and feels like ‘real’ yarn.  I have 588 yards and I’m hoping to make knee socks.

And finally, my brother got me an Amazon gift card for my birthday, so I ordered Itty Bitty Toys (and a few other things).  I had read a lot about IBT when it came out, and I love Susan Anderson’s other books/patterns.  I was really drawn to the Noro bear, because a) it’s noro and b)  I thought a bear would be a good introduction to the book.   As with all toys, it was a bit fiddly, but I think it turned out super cute.  Plus, it doesn’t take much yarn at all.  In fact, I made Guinevere with scraps a friends sent after she made a pair of socks.  Guinevere is going to live with a friend who is 8 months pregnant.  I hope she can bring her a little joy.

I’m looking forward to making many more of the Itty Bitty Toys.  H loves the pears and the princess, so I think those are next on my list.  I really like the hippo, so I figure I’ll get around to that one pretty soon too.

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I’ve been hard at work drafting up two new sock patterns.

I’m very happy with the way both patterns are turning out, although I wish I had a bigger sock yarn stash (and the ability to knit while sleeping) to knit up several different versions of each sock.  From a pattern picker’s perspective, I like to see patterns on variegated yarns and solids/semi-solids so there is less chance of being surprised when I go to knit.  One will be for sale, the other free.  One has a short-row heel.  Both are top down, but could be converted to toe up fairly easily.

In spinning news, I got a lovely order from Crown Mountain Farms the other day.  I got some of their superwash merino handdyed roving expressly for the purpose of making socks.  I split it in thirds as evenly as I could without a scale, and started spinning.  It is  so, so soft.  It’s also really fun to watch the different colors go on the bobbin (the colors are washed out in the bobbin picture below).

I also ordered some BFL to spin yarn for shorties.  It came white, so I bought some Easter egg dye when it was on clearance.

It went from this:

To this:

I only wish it had a touch more blue.  I guess I didn’t have it laid out quite as evenly as I thought.  🙂

Superwash Merino Hand Dyed Roving

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