The Uncreative Crafter Episode 4: First in the History of History

Finished Objects:

Fallmas socks in Unwind Yarn Company Journey Sock in Merry Fallmas

Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet socks in colorway 21

Inglenook Fibers spinning

Stash: 

nothing

Working On:

Sockhead Hat in Classic Elite Yarns Alpaca Sox, in colorway 1804 (posted about it on Instagram back in 8/12)

Fiber Stash spin in pink BFL

Name That Colorway!:

Jamie’s Sweater

Ocean Temperature Map

The Long Crawl:

Finally warped the loom! Fiber Stash Twinkle Toes in the colorway StormCoast (no pic in the episode, but there’s one on my Instagram)

You Go, Guys!:

Fiber Stash/Kristie was accepted to CT Sheep & Wool! (She has also offered to sponsor a giveaway – let me know if you’re interested!)

Betsy of PatPat’s Hats was recognized as one of The 100

Shout-out to everyone who has joined the new Ravelry group! (Also, check out yarntalk’s video podcast, Why I Knit)

On the Edge:

Glitter dipped mugs are on my crafting horizon

Birchbox came – I really enjoyed the Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain, but I would purchase in a more neutral color. I also liked the Harvey Prince Hello perfume.

Binge-watching 90s shows, specifically The Sentinel and Frasier

War and Peace – I am back to reading it. Thought I’d gotten out of the war and into the peace, but nope, still war.

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The Uncreative Crafter Episode 3: Beige Donkeys

Finished Objects:

Sockhead Hat in Dream in Color Smooshy, colorway Blue Lagoon

Melody Scarf in Jojoland Melody Superwash, colorway MS16

Good Fibrations 100% merino, named Tequila Sunrise by me, 286 yards Navajo plyed

(I also talk about rehoming the Amanda Hat from the last episode.)

Stash: 

My friend gave me her leftover Plymouth Yarn Neon Now in the 0001 pink/purple colorway

The Long Crawl:

Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet socks (I was using the needles for the Sockhead, so they are up next)

Working on:

Fiber Stash scarf, which needs to be warped, in silver/gray and StormCoast colorways on the Twinkle Toes base

Inglenook Fibers spinning (I mention brown bag spinning, which I slightly modified from brown bag knitting via Just One More Row)

Spinning Group:

I learned how to ply on the fly! I’m awful at it.

Start Saving For:

Support spindles (just saw one in action!)

A new ballwinder – Strauch or Nancy’s Knit Knacks? Any suggestions?

A fringe twister

On the Edge:

Birchbox (just signed up for it – very excited!)

War and Peace – I WILL finish this book

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The Uncreative Crafter Episode 2: Tales from the Blue Lagoon

I seem to have done it again! Welcome to Episode 2 of The Uncreative Crafter, Tales from the Blue Lagoon. I’ve learned my lesson: orange salt lamp + orange shirt = too much orange!

Finished Objects:

Amanda Hat in Punta Yarns Merisoft Hand Painted Aran, colorway HP64

Seasons scarf, woven in Cascade 220 in black for the warp and Ella Rae Seasons in colorway 1 for the weft (I get this wrong in the video, whoops!)

Stash: nothing

The Long Crawl:

100% merino spinning from Good Fibrations

Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet socks (I’ve done the flap, need to turn the heel)

Working on:

Sockhead Hat in Dream in Color Smooshy in the Blue Lagoon colorway (stashed since 3/2009; working on for the Just One More Row podcast’s Clean Slate Challenge)

Weaving a scarf: warp & weft are both Jojoland Melody Superwash in the MS16 colorway (stashed since 9/2010; not eligible for the Clean Slate Challenge as it’s weaving)

Name The Colorway!:

YouTube commenter Rayania suggested I name these kinds of colorways; I dubbed the Jojoland Mermaid Tail

What I Got For Christmas:

12 dent rigid heddle for my Cricket loom

Gleener (first heard about on Ready, Set, Knit!)

Drafting: The Long and Short of It DVD by Abby Franquemont (I also mention her Respect the Spindle book)

Doomsday Knits (I mention Thrumivator by Michele of PDX Knitterati)

The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook (I also mention In Sheep’s Clothing and The Knitter’s Book of Wool)

On The Edge:

Wreck This Journal (I first heard about this on Wovenflame’s blog; here is her first post on it)

I bought art supplies! Oil, acrylic and watercolor paints, which also came with oil pastels

Fitbit Flex (wanna friend me on Fitbit? Let me know!)

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The Uncreative Crafter Episode 1: And There Goes the Bag

Welcome to the first (and hopefully not the last) episode of my video podcast, The Uncreative Crafter. Thanks for giving it a watch, and please feel free to offer up any critiques or suggestions for next time!

Working on:
Stockinette Magic Loop Socks, Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet colorway 21 (work project)
Amanda Hat, Punta Yarns Merisoft Hand Painted Aran colorway HP64
Weaving a scarf: warp is black Cascade 220, weft is Ella Rae Seasons in colorway 1
Spinning: 100% Merino from Good Fibrations (no colorway name; I’m calling it Tequila Sunset)

Stash:
Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage, Manor colorway
Knit Picks Stroll Brights Vibrant Violet
Knit Picks Felici Rainbow
Knit Picks Felici Time Traveler

Conversation Starter:
How did you first learn to do your craft? Tell me your origin story!
Knitting since 2004, crocheting since 2008, spinning with my wheel since 2013, weaving since 2014

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Sockapella

No, not the group from Pitch Perfect (although I watched that for the first time this weekend). Hubs and I went to go see Rockapella last night – was it really only last night? Wow – and of course I’d brought my knitting. I got in a few rows before thing settled down.

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We were almost in the last row, but we were in the dead center, so that was good. We’ve seen these guys before and they put on a great show! I grew up watching Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, and even though many of the group members are not the same, it’s a wonderful feeling knowing that music like this has outlasted much of the other stuff I listened to growing up. Also, the vocal percussionist complimented my necklace at the CD signing, so. I might have squeed all the way home, you don’t know.

P.S. No worries, we’ll be back to our regularly-scheduled lack of posts shortly.

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FO: Pathways

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Pattern: Pathways by Erica Harbin

My Ravelry project page: Here ya go!

Yarn: Tidal Yarns, 48 grams. It doesn’t have much info on the label, and the label is lost on my kitchen table somewhere, but it seems to have been a worsted two-ply. I bought it back in 2010 at Vermont Sheep & Wool.

Timeline: 11.9.14 – ??? (man, I am just really bad at keeping track of finishing things these days)

Needles: US size 6, Magic Loop

Size: indicated in pattern

My Modifications: I think the only thing I didn’t do was read the instructions for the ribbing, so I had to fudge a little in the first row. I Magic Looped with the longest cable in my interchangeable needle set, which was difficult, but doable. I did purchase a longer cable after this knit, though!

Opinions: I had wanted to use old yarn, and 2010 counts for sure! I did want to make a Habitat that fit, but gauge was not in my favor. While watching Once Upon a Time, I really fell in love with all of their knits, and was so excited to find free patterns for many of them. It was a great, easy-to-follow pattern that offers a lot of bang to keep you interested. I would definitely knit it again!

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FO: Christmas Socks

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Pattern: Favorite Socks, by Voolenvine

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the colorway Jingle, 52 grams/approximately 266.7 yards

Timeline: 11.14.14 – ???

Needles: US size 0

Size: 64 stitches

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My Modifications: I did an afterthought heel to preserve the striping. I learned a lot from my last pair of socks. I didn’t micromanage the yarn, and that did lead to a quirky strip on one of the heels, but I don’t care! I also decreased for the heel and then knitted additional plain rounds to try and round it out a bit more. They’re not perfect, but I’m getting there more and more with each pair!

Opinions: Well, so far I’m in the Felici camp. I bought this yarn when I heard it was discontinued, and what a pleasure to knit with! I can’t speak to the sturdiness or washability of the yarn, but it was an enjoyable experience and it was fun to work with self-striping! Would buy again (and did, at the sale, but that’s another blog post …).

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FO: 90s Socks

neonnow

Pattern: No specific pattern, just me playing with numbers.

Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Neon Now in the colorway 01 pink/purple, approximately 57 grams/248.5 yards

Timeline: 6.22.14 – 11.14.14

Needles: US size 0

Size: 64 stitches

My Modifications: Well, it’s easy to modify when you aren’t using a specific pattern. There are specific notes on my Ravelry project page, if you’re interested in the scattered thoughts popping around in my brain. I did an afterthought heel as practice, and I’m not completely sold on it yet. I did end up having to rip out the toe and add an additional 18 rows because I don’t math good. (I did learn that I have the skill to pick up the correct stitches and rip back properly, so that’s something.)

Opinions: I spent most of my formative years in the 90s, so when I saw this yarn at my old LYS, I had to buy it. It seems pretty sturdy, and I think it will stand up to wear well. A word of warning: the wash bled HOT PINK. And then some more hot pink. And then pink. And then muted pink. I finally gave up. These will be hand-wash separate for a while.

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FO: Easy Stripey Gauntlets

Pattern: Easy Stripey Gauntlets, included in a kit by Kama Suutra Fiber Arts

Yarn: Kama Suutra Fiber Arts Skinny Stripes in the Lipstick & Leather colorway, approximately 53 grams (I’d love to tell you yardage, but it’s not listed)

Timeline: 5.15.14 – 11.9.14

Needles: US size 2 bamboo circulars, 120 cm long

Size: Sm/M, elbow length

My Modifications: Not many – I followed the pattern for the most part. I think I made the thumb hole a bit smaller than the pattern said as I felt it was pretty big. I edited a few parts in the pattern to make more sense to me, but as it came in a kit, I don’t think it makes much sense to tell you what I did.

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Opinions: I bought this yarn four years ago at the WEBS tent sale – she was a vendor in the parking lot. Four years ago, I totally intended to wear these, but learning how to Magic Loop was intimidating. I finally got around to starting them and realized they’d be much better for someone else, so off they’ve gone.

The yarn is quirky. I don’t quite know how to describe it – it’s almost like it’s got elastic in it and it’s a bit kinked, but it’s 100% superwash merino. It was enjoyable to work with, and I have enough left over to make a few pairs of mitts, which I’ll probably do. The dye job is quite nice, as well, and I don’t remember any significant bleeding.

This is the pattern I taught myself to Magic Loop on, and while it’s not the first project I finished, it remains the first, warts and all. I’m very glad to have added this tool to my toolbox and I use it frequently. I liked having everything in the kit, as well. I will definitely keep an eye out for more of her yarns.

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FO: Thank God it’s Sock Day

Pattern: Thank God it’s Sock Day (clues downloaded individually), Ravelry-only

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock in the colorway Waterlilies, approximately 51 grams/219.3 yards

Timeline: 5.7.14 – 10.9.14

Needles: US size 0 aluminum DPNs, 5 total

Size: 64 stitches

My Modifications: I used the Twisted German Cast-On over two needles to make sure they were loose enough to fit my calves. When I got to the heel flap, I knit one row plain to get me to the WS. If I knit this pattern again, I would start with the RS for the heel flap. I also misread the toe decreases, so I ended up with  32 stitches – they’re a bit short, but wearable.

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Opinions: I won this yarn in a contest, and wanted to try some more complicated socks. I think I should have let the yarn do the talking, though. I wish now I had made the larger size, as these are so stretched-out on my calves I don’t think they look very good. They are definitely wearable, but I don’t think it was the best yarn/pattern match, and that’s my own fault. The pattern is easy enough to follow, and all mistakes made were my own. I appreciated that it was free, and I would consider using it again with everything I know now.

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