Thursday, July 17, 2008

Floopy Hat

2013 update: This pattern was one of my older, more amateur efforts, but has been revamped and re-released to meet my current professional standards- I'm pleased to introduce the new and improved Floopy!


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This classic stocking cap is so floppy it’s downright floopy! The striping shown is just a suggestion- try any color combo and stripe scheme you can think of! Makes a great elf hat, or add a pompom and you’ve got Santa! A tassel at the end wouldn’t be unwelcome either (for that ole-timey nightcap vibe.)

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You can check out Floopy on Ravelry here, or...




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Original version





It's floppy, it's goofy, and it's warm as hell. I love it ;-)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The yarns! They multiply!

It seems like no matter how good I am about not buying yarn, it finds its way to me. Not that I'm really complaining...I just end up spending my money on space bags instead so I can get the darn lovely stuff across the country ;-)

My friend Ty's mother does estate sales, and apparently has been saving up yarn, needles, and notions for me:



(please excuse the unattractive plastic bags...until they all have their moth-killing turn in the freezer, they've got to stay in quarantine.)


It's good stuff, too- lots of wool and alpaca, some silk blends, and so forth. Some of it's so old I can't even find info on it online (Berrocco Fleecy, anyone?) and some of it isn't labeled, but most is. The WIPs of the deceased that came with this haul were slightly eerie...I'm not sure if I should frog or what, you know? But hey, it's worth it.


HOLY CRAP A MILLION NEEDLES!

So awesome.


And while by comparison its contribution is meager, my mother also bought me this super lovely locally raised/spun/dyed yarn from a gallery just north of here:



Dig that funky orange. I like local yarns, they make me feel all special and elite :-P

In other news... I've got another free pattern coming your way, probably tomorrow. It won't be useful for another 6 months (unless you live in the southern hemisphere) but hey, that's never stopped me before.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Free Pattern: Ron the Friendly Stash Moth

This pattern is temporarily unavailable while it is revamped



EEEEK! THERE'S A GIANT MOTH IN MY STASH.

Oh wait. That's just Ron. Whew.



The other moths aren't too fond of Ron, because he'd rather to snuggle with wool than eat it- and he won't let anyone else eat it either. Maybe it's his attitude. Maybe it's his size. Or maybe it's the fact that his butt is full of moth-repellent herbs. Who knows? All I know is that Ron is welcome in my stash any day.




Every stash needs a Ron! Yes, I know it'd be way easier to toss your lavendar/cedar/clove/whatever into an old sock and call it a day, but Ron is way cuter (and a good way to use up some scraps.)




Photogenic, innit he?

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

So Pretty

I'm trying not to buy any more yarn for a while, since I'm moving soon and I'm going to have to ship it, but I accidently came across a picture of this stuff online and had to buy a little.



The sunlight made the contrast a little wonky but you get the idea- it's gorgeous. It's Malabrigo's new silk/wool blend, in Indiecita. And believe it or not, those are the same dyelot... but it's alright, I'm striping them. As long as color consistency isn't a huge issue, I absolutely recommend this yarn. It is freakin' awesome. I got mine from Sandra Singh, which I also recommend - I seriously had a tracking number within an hour of ordering.

It was a good day for mail. I also got some free moo cards (I already have a bunch, but hey, why not) for getting a paid flickr account. Speaking of which:


Look! Flickr!


Neato! Now I can do things like this:





Nice.

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