Monday, September 28, 2009

Crafty Wonderland Preview

Oh, just some stuff's I've been whipping up. The pictures aren't great... I just wanted to take some quick shots before I send them off to new homes (hopefully.)






(I am very good at self-shot portraits, obviously. But the top of the hat looks as you would imagine it should.)


The long-awaited sequel to my needle-felted squid hat. Octopus!


One time, I made a recycled sweater owl hat. The results were hilarious.


I actually really love this hat and will probably make more.





I'll honestly be surprised if this sells because it's so confusing when it's not on. But it's cute! I'm selling it with a plastic darning needle so people can relace the lace however they please.


Flattering :-P








I dyed this! It's cashmere and silk. Nomnomnomnom.


Sooo... one more time, that's the Doug Fir, on E Burnside, in the basement, Oct 11th, 11-4. It will be awesome. You don't even have to look at my booth, just come buy pretty goodies and make stuff at the DIY table. But if you DO look at my booth, feel free to bring cookies :-)

(A sidenote: The best booth-draw-er-inner ever award goes to Fly Designs at OFFF, for having FRESH BAKED WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES in their booth. They brought a little toaster oven and were baking 'em fresh all day. Nothing has ever smelled more delicious (at least, not in a barn.))

Sunday, September 27, 2009

OFFFOFFFOFFF!

I went to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival today, in case the title didn't give that away. It was, all in all, a lovely day with fine weather, delightful company, yummy festival food, and pretty, pretty wools.



Also sheep, which are hilarious every time. BLAAAAAAAAAGGHHH!

(I also saw a dog herd some ducks but as usual my good camera is too clunky to take to these things, so the picture is pretty dull.)

I was sorely tempted by the angora bunnies, but managed (no thanks to Miss "I'll take it on weekends!" Vivian,) to leave bunny-free, if not quite empty handed.

And now, the parade of woolies!



The breakdown, for those interested (and let's face it, my own records... Rav's no good for rovings, yet) is as follows:


3.4oz Targhee from Sweet Grass Wools, no color name (it's a one-off, I think.)


Top: Crown Mountain Farms Superwash, 8oz, "Black Magic Woman"
Bottom: Dyelots! 6oz Merino, no color name


Top: Dragonfibers Autumnal, 4oz, Superwash merino, cashmere, nylon, 80/10/10
Bottom three: Maiden Skeins mixed wool, about 2oz of each (split with Vivian)


Top: Plum Crazy Ranch, left is silk/angora, right is silk/cashmere, 10g each.
Bottom: Mink (yes, mink) and cashmere. Only $10! Only 50 yards, but hey. It's friggin MINK.

Mmmmm. Fibery.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Camels and Worms: Made for each other.

Lookie, I made an Ishbel!



(Oh, how I wish I was Ysolda. Damson's been out for, what, a month? And 500 people've already made it! And yes, I will probably make one (or two) as well. Such is the magic. Perhaps I need a cooler name.)



The yarn is Handmaiden Camelspin in a particularly pretty skein of Mineral (I don't like most of them, but I very much like this one.) A gift from Travis last Christmas which has finally been released from the jar of special yarns and let loose into the wild. The wild of my neck.

In other news, for you local folk, I will be at Crafty Wonderland on Sunday, Oct 11th, 11am-4pm. It's in the basement of the Doug Fir (where the music happens.)



I am bringing a bunch of yarn and other fun stuff (I'll put up some pictures later, but the yarn is mostly stuff from the etsy shop, plus a few skeins I never got around to listing.) If you're in Portland you should definitely come, say hi, and check out the wilderness of super-neat crafters. Never too early to Christmas shop, you know. And I think they have a little free crafting table thing that goes on too. So that's fun.

In other, other news... I've decided to scrap my Baby Cables and Big Ones Too and make a Silken Scabbard, a decision that only had a little bit to do with the fact that I wanted the needles for something else. Sorry, Vivian. I'll probably make BCaBOT someday since I paid for the pattern. :-P

P.S. Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival is this weekend! Don't forget! But don't buy up everything good on Saturday 'cause I can't come til Sunday.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Tender Buttons!

(not the literary kind. The soft and adorable kind.)

I've suddenly gone nuts for dorset buttons.



Just in time for craft fair season, too. They are kind of a super amazing use for leftover sock yarn (the smooth stuff works best.)

Here they are on the cards, looking all cute and packaged:



Squeee! It's so much easier to make something like this look nice than it is a hat. Hats are awkwardly shaped at best, when they don't have a head inside them.

Some other things I've been tinkering around with:




(I got one of those little fabric button making kits- SO FUN. SO EASY. I have a bunch I want to put on hair clips, but the backs are recessed and I haven't figured out the best way to attach them yet... the super glue wouldn't take. Perhaps hot glue.)


Recycled film and chain bits.


Vintage loops + leftover Camelspin from my Ishbel (which is blocking in the bedroom as I type) + recycled findings pried off old jewelry = oo, neat.


In other news, I am wearing the most awesomely ridiculous shirt ever:



Hooray for Threadless $9 sales! I should've gotten a size smaller, though... it's not quite as clingy as I like 'em. And sadly it seems that the t-shirt gods have taken my very favorite shirt (Loyal Army, featuring happy planets and a vampire UFO) off into the ether as retribution. I hope it comes back :-(

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Wip it?

Currently on my needles (counting only the things I'm actively working on, anyway,) we have:

1. Another Stella hat that looks just like one I made for a swap last year, because that's what my sister wants for Christmas. Nevermind that I could probably design for her any number of delightful hats, she wants THAT one. (No picture, though...we can at least play at secrecy.)



2. An Ishbel, for me, in super amazing beautiful Handmaiden Camelspin that Travis bought me for Christmas last year



3. A "Baby Cables and Big Ones Too" sweater, the current knit-a-long at Twisted. I wasn't going to make it, but I finally succumbed to the peer pressure (and realized that I didn't actually have to buy all the yarn at once, which I can't afford, but can instead set it aside and buy it skein by skein.) It's probably not something I would've picked for myself, but it's pretty. I think i bungled up the cable on the second row, though, and there ain't no going back now. Whatever. I've also started doing the increases on the knit rows instead of the purl/cabling rows because I can't seem to hold that many tasks in my brain. Still, I should probably be making craft fair things and Christmas presents instead. Hm.

This is weird, because I'm cabling, doing lace, and working from other people's patterns- three things I almost never do.

Ishbel is sort of driving me bonkers. It's a fairly simple lace pattern, and yet for some reason, I've spent more time tinking it than knitting it (luckily knitting is faster, so I'm still making some progress.) Last night, I started on chart C where I should have been starting chart A again, did not discover it until I reached the middle (about 100 stitches in, I'd estimate), patiently tinked back to the beginning of the row... only to discover that the first line of C and that of A are IDENTICAL up until about 8 stitches before the center point.

If you'll pardon my netspeak...FML.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Dandy Scarf- Pattern, yay!


(oh dear, belly shirt! How unladylike.)





This scarf is kind of silly, and I like it.





The stats:
- 2 skeins Debbie Bliss Pure Silk, Taupe
- US 6 needle

Some notes:
- Pure silk is tricky to work with. It's fuzzy and slippery all at once, and if your hands get clammy it sticks to them. But it's kind of totally worth it. It feels sooo good.

- If you don't want to use silk (and I don't really blame you) pick something with good drape, like a silk or bamboo blend, or maybe alpaca. You may want to go up a needle size to maximize drapey-ness in a less drapey fiber. Pure Silk is DK weight, and I'd be hesitant to go up much bigger than that, but hey, it's your scarf.

- You don't have to do tassels. You could do "easy tassels" and just hook on some fringe with a crochet hook like you might for a normal scarf. You could do pompoms, which would look awesome, but are probably not suited to the recommended yarn. Or hang beads on it. Knit bobbles. Do nothing. Whatever you please. (The tassels do add a nice weight to it, though.)

- This is easy to make wider or narrower- just stop knitting wherever YOU want the middle point to be. But if you make it wider, you will need another skein of the DB, since I used up all of mine by the time I'd made the tassels. (Here is a tip: If you have two skeins, and the first one runs out, you are at the middle. Start decreasing now.)

- I am someone who sometimes ignores perfectly good advice like "only attach yarn at the end of the row." DO NOT IGNORE SUCH GOOD ADVICE. My poor scarf looks like it has a scar, if you hold it up to the light. Do as I say, not as I do.

-It will curl like an 80's perm until you block it, after which it will just curl more like a body wave. But don't panic if it looks like a big silk snake while you're knitting it. (That said, I can't speak for other fibers. And if your fabric is fairly tight, you run the risk of increased curl-age, so you might want to go up a needle size. Drape is the name of the game.)






Want it? Here ya go!

(Or you can buy it through etsy, as usual)


(the fine print: Your purchase of this pattern constitutes your agreement to use this pattern only for personal, non-profit use without specific written permission from the designer (just email me!) Items made from this pattern may not be sold without permission, nor may the pattern itself be copied, sold, or distributed in any way. You may print one copy for personal use but may not print multiples to distribute, nor may you share the digital file with others. Thanks guys!)

If you need to contact me with questions, my email address is presentsknits@gmail.com - please email instead of commenting since it's much easier for me to reply that way! Thanks!

Friday, September 4, 2009

I went to the beach again! And there were hats!

Travis hadn't been to the beach all summer, having been at work when I went with Max, so we decided to take a little field trip, on the condition that he'd help me photograph some stuff for Dull Roar (there is still a ton of stuff I need to finish up and photograph...and I need to make more for the craft fairs I'm hoping to do. Eep!!)

So, knits first:

This is an old one, reshot:




Handspun, navajo plied. I can't remember the details of the fiber anymore, but I think it was a bamboo/wool blend.




Road to China in Lapis... I posted a little teaser pic of this cowl a long time ago and promised a pattern. Um. Sorry. I forgot what stitch pattern I used. Errr....

Beautiful yarn, though.





I like this one. It's just some old handspun purple merino, with one of my first attempts at embroidering-on-knitting...some sort of alien dandilion, I think.




An old project finally getting photographed properly- sort of. It's Malabrigo's handspun angora in something like "party pink". I really wanted the earmuffs to stay on properly without a chin tie, but it just wasn't in the cards. They're quite cozy though- there's wool felt inside the layers.



Handspun hat- Lavender Sheep merino in, I think, "chocolate cherry" or "chocolate and cherries" or something like that.



Malabrigo worsted in Sunset and Snowbird, held together. Quite slouchy.



Handspun Chameleon Colorworks in Taos. I, er, accidentally decided to keep this one, I guess...because it was cold on the beach and I needed a hat. I like it, though. Very much into this color combo.


Yay! Now gratuitous other beach pictures!!





I am being Sacagawea like in this sign:



I touched a jellyfish with my toe (not the tentacles, I'm not stupid.) It was squooshy.





This is what it's like to hang out with me most of the time.






(Sorry if I just blew your computer's mind. I sort of assumed that people with dial-up would have given up on me already.)


And one more picture, a little morsel of pattern fun to come (I promise, this time):

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