love making stuff for kids4
August 20th, 2009
I have to say by far my most favorite people to make stuff for is my kids! They love the things I make for them and take them hot off the fingers and never stop loving them. I have a perfect example today to show. I finished my second ever pair of socks today for my oldest Cassy who has not taken them off since. She has been watching me in anticipation for these socks to be done for 5 days. I fear that I could never take longer than a week to make her socks before she would drive me crazy.
I used 2 skeins of Knit Picks Imagination Hand painted sock yarn in color way Unicorn and size 3, 40 in circular needles. I have to say this was my first time using fingering weight yarn. It was a little tricky at first. The socks fit her kid sized 12 feet. I used the pattern Pitter Patter in the book 2-at-a-time socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. It is just a basic sock pattern with k1p1 ribbing.
Here is my first pair of socks I ever made. I have really been wanting to make socks for a while now and thought I would take a crack at it while I was on vacation in Utah. So I searched for a local yarn shop and asked if they had any socks classes available. They thought they might but after a few weeks it wasnít able to come to pass. So I was bummed and later that night went to a craft store to pet yarn and look for dpns so I could just teach myself. Then became even more bummed that they had no dpns. On my way out of the store I passed by the book section and found the 2-at-a-time socks book and realized I already have all the materials needed! So away I went and made my first ever pair of socks at the same time! The book was very easy and the pictures and Melissaís instructions were great. There is also a great 2-at-time socks group at Ravelry. The sample socks were asked to be made in two different colors so you could easily tell which is sock A and B. Lydia doesnít mind at all and they fit her size 6 toddler feet just fine. The book just wanted some worsted weight yarn and I used some naturally Caron yarn.
Now I am off to make my son a pair of socks closely followed by a pair for hubby! One of my knitting pals in our local group takes turns knitting her family a pair of socks. So after everyone has gotten their first pair of hand knitted socks I will have a Socks family order to follow so you can bet I will always have a pair of socks on the needles!
My first handspun yarn!!!!3
August 16th, 2009
So I have made my first handspun yarn!!!! It is sure far from being the most even yarn but it is yarn. Yarn. I actually made yarn! I love my Mach II from Spinolution. I donít think I shared with you all the neat lady who I bought the wheel from. Her studioís name is Wildharefiber. She has a neat studio in which she sells roving, local wool, handspun yarn, for those who donít spin, Spinolution wheels and spindles and also many other fiber related things.
My first skein was made from little samples I received from bee mice elf who just recently had a baby so is taking a break right now. I have already misplaced this skein but do have a picture to share. It is thick and thin for sure! lol
My second skein is huge! I got the fiber from wildharefiber. It is also very thick and thin. I believe I have 70 yards. I already have a pattern I want to make with this.
My third skeinís fiber is also from wildharefiber. I forgot the color way it is just wool top I believe.
I have lot''s of practice ahead of me but I hope to be able to spin fingering weight yarn so I can make socks with my own handspun. Next post I will share my first pair of socks I knit. Thanks for looking!
Found a giveaway1
August 13th, 2009
I am a fan of the Things Mom Like blog over at facebook and they are having a giveaway. Well they always have lots of giveaways but here is one for some yummy candles.
Oh and by the way my first ever HANDSPUN yarn is drying and I hope to take pictures of it tonight. It is not the most beautiful thing you have every seen but I made YARN!
So I got a wheel!3
August 11th, 2009
Hello! It has been awhile. I donít know how you guys do it by writing in your blogs so much. I am such a slacker! Any who I am writing this post to show you my newest toy that my Hubby surprised me with after begging him for 8 months. (Love ya!) I have a lot of things I have done recently but I want to reserve this whole post to my newest love, sorry hubby. My Spinolution Mach II spinning wheel. I bought it from a local dealer here in my town and we had it shipped to her and I picked it up today. Here name is Wildharefiber and she has many wonderful things in her shop. I am trying her roving right now as well and got a niddy noddy that I will be using soon.
I am not very good right now but I am working on it. I have gone through my fiber stash and have tried out three different kinds of roving. I really need to work on my drafting because I am no good at it right now. I will be updating, hopefully, regularly and showing how my progress is going. I hope tonight to finish at least 2 singles so that I can let them rest and ply them together tomorrow. I am a little nervous about all this new stuff but I am going to charge ahead and hope not to screw up to much!
Hereís to hoping for a little piece of quite!
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Well Hi Ya!6
June 11th, 2009
'So for some reason I just felt I''m going to post. Life is crazy and getting crazier but you know what I am going to take the time to post. If there is anybody out there........... hello... hello.... porbably not anymore but what the heck. Life is good, crazy but good. We are in the process of buying our first house, wohooo, oldest graduating kindergarten, 2nd kiddo graduated preschool, 3rd kiddo getting potty trained, and 4th kiddo learning to sit up all by herself!† Hubby and I are going to be celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary and first house, too cool! So during all this mess I still find my self crocheting and knitting and on my way to spinning, now all I need is a wheel. Hopefully soon, fingers crossed.
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