Thursday, February 26, 2004

Finished 3 bags to be felted, 2 using Kureyon and 1 from my own handspun wool. I love this pattern from the Winter 03 issue of Knitters, called Pocketbook purse. The Kureyon bag only used 1 skein each, just for the body. The strap and button closures will use a coordinating color.

My lace knitting is on hold. I have 1 sock on the needles, Regia Ringel bought from Stitches West. I always have to have socks on the needle. Otherwise, I feel incomplete.

I was so disappointed yesterday. Tried to purchase the pattern for the Bottoms up felted hat from Chicknits. I had problems downloading the pattern. She couldn't email me the pattern directly, had to go through Payloadz, so she immediately issued a refund and a "sorry it didn't work for me " note and that's the end of it.

I would have found a way to get my pattern to my buyer, who really wanted the pattern really bad. Really.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

You are interchangeable.
Fun, free, and into everything, you've got every
eventuality covered and every opportunity just
has to be taken. Every fiber is wonderful, and
every day is a new beginning. You are good at
so many things, it's amazing, but you can
easily lose your place and forget to show up.
They have row counters for people like you!

What kind of knitting needles are you?
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Egad!!! Right on target. You hit the nail on the head. This quiz was created for me. And I thought I'd be bamboo dpn!

So tired, came back from Stitches West last night, with feet and lower back aching. I got several magazine, lots of patterns, bargain Regia sock yarn,and one yummy hank of Merino/Tencel sock yarn, handpainted in Autumn colorway.

The rest of the yarns didn't jump out begging, "Buy me!"

There was a ton of handpainted yarns, which I already do. It seems like every store sells them.

What stood out was the Lace Museum booth with the charming gentleman (late 70s) knitting a blue lace bedspread (king sized, mind you) for his daughter.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

You are Merino Wool.
You are Merino Wool.
You are very easygoing and sweet. People like to
keep you close because you are so softhearted.
You love to be comfortable and warm from your
head to your toes.

What kind of yarn are you?
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I'm Merino wool! These quizzes are habit forming. I'm off to Stitches West on Saturday. Luckily it's only an hour and a half drive. Amtrak turned out more expensive this year.

On the needles, the ribbed sweater from Sally Melville's "The Purl Stitch" book , using my own hand dyed superfine Merino, what else!

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

You are Rerun!

Which Peanuts Character are You?
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He, he, I took the Peanuts test, and lo behold! I'm Rerun! Well, I had thought I'd be a Lucy or even Charlie Brown. Tells you what I know.

So, my dear friend, Teresa Simons, hands me this skein of recycled silk waste yarn from Nepal and tells me, "Crochet me a purse!".

"With one skein?". I ask.
"Yes!", she replies. "And write down the pattern."

I go home. An hour and a half later, including my kids' interruptions, I finish this purse. I like the way the crocheted fabric feels. Really tight. No linings needed. And I did it with only one skein. The purse was much smaller than the knitted one. Crocheting eats up a lot more yarn than knitting.

I'm designing this one for Mountain Shadow Ranch and will be available as a kit on Teresa's Ebay store here.

Now, to my dyeing experiment. Here's a handpainted skein of Kona superwash yarn which I have for sale on my own Ebay store here. I used chestnut acid dye. It turned out lovely. I have to dye some for me. Need to play with more colors.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

This silk purse was knitted using only one skein of Recycled Silk waste yarn from Nepal. My friend, Teresa Simons of Mountain Shadow Ranch gave me 4 different skeins of yarn from Nepal last Christmas. This skein has 80 yards and was enough for the entire purse including the strap.

Another one skein wonder! This Feather and Fan scarf took one skein of LB Microspun yarn. The yarn splits like crazy but oh so wonderfully soft. 100% acrylic too! This is one pattern repeat of the F&F pattern.

Two more crocheted socks finished today. About time! The blue Regia ragg one was started 2 years ago and put aside. The Confetti one was started 2 months ago and also put aside. I'm getting there!

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

I've been asked to post my Ebay username. It is " vdsuan '' . Click on the link for my Ebay store .

Monday, February 09, 2004

The Grammy's was last night but I didn't watch it! Yayyy! But I caught the first act, Prince and Beyonce`. I can't believe Prince still looked the same as he did in the 80's. The boy has not aged.

I watched "Pearl Harbor" in its entirety instead. Gorgeous Ben and Josh were fascinating! I liked the movie. Worth missing the Grammy's for.

I finished knitting several bags, one from Recycled Silk yarn that my dear friend, Teresa Simons, gave me for Christmas. Not a very easy yarn to work with but the final product was beautiful. My Valentine's sock is almost finished. I have to finished these UFOs before I start a new one. I'm craving more bags.

I opened up an Ebay Store. Have to get rid of all my stash, make room for more wool. Will post pictures soon.