The Uncreative Crafter Episode 6: Whoa, Bam! Glitter

Stash:

Classic Elite Yarns Alpaca Sox in the colorway 1895, approximately 22 g/99 yards from a Ravelry destash

 

Working On:

Ran out of the original color of yarn on my Shortie Socks, hence the stash purchase!

Ziggy Cowl by TChemGrrl Designs in Fiber Stash’s Fiber of the Month 9/2013 colorway

 

The Long Crawl:

Sigh, still no progress with my Fiber Stash weaving

Fiber Stash BFL spinning is making veeeeeeeeeeeeery sloooooooow progress (But I want to finish so I can go to NH Sheep & Wool and feel less guilty!)

 

Let’s Talk About Socks Redux:

I use removable stitch markers to help me pick up the heel stitches for the gusset

Think my next pair will be two-at-a-time toe-up to avoid running out of yarn – any tips?

A viewer posted a link to a tutorial she thought would help with the hole in my socks – it looks to be like knitting a little patch right over it. Have you ever tried it?

 

Conversation Starter: Deep Stash Diving

I have 1128 yards of Araucania Ranco Sock and I want to maximize what I make – any suggestions? I wanted to make a Shipwreck Shawl but I don’t have enough!

What is the yarn you’ve had in your stash the longest? What’s keeping you from using it?

 

Extra Credit

Glitter mugs were a fail! We will try to salvage them but we took away good tips for the second attempt

Glitter letter was a win!

 

On the Edge:

38% done with War and Peace

I’m back to playing World of Warcraft

Birchbox mini-reviews

Got a manicure!

 

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The Uncreative Crafter Episode 5: Merlin Version Conversion

Finished Objects:

Sockhead Hat in Classic Elite Yarns Alpaca Sox, colorway 1804

Red Sox in Cascade 220 Superwash, colorway 893

Sylvia Eyelet Cowl in Noro Cotton Kureyon, colorway 12

 

Working On:

Weaving my Fiber Stash Twinkle Toes scarf

Shortie Socks in the Alpaca Sox leftovers

 

The Long Crawl:

Fiber Stash pink BFL

 

Stash:

Plymouth Yarn Diversity in colorway 0002 from The Knitting Knook

Yarn bowl from Black Squirrel Studio

Ocean Temperature Map

 

You Go, Guys!:

My question was answered on Yarngasm Episode 138

I’ve been watching some podcasts! Notable mentions: Croknitgurl’s Bluegrass Spinner Podcast and yarntalk’s Why I Knit (I also started watching an episode of Cutesypu Creations’ Such Nice Work, but hadn’t finished it by the time I recorded)

 

Conversation Starter:

Let’s Talk about Socks, Baby!

Machine vs. Hand Wash:

I machine-wash my Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun socks (mostly acrylic) and my Lang Yarns Jawoll Silk socks (wool, nylon and silk). I tend to machine-wash my sock loom socks, regardless of fiber content. I used to air-dry, but now they go in the dryer since I use a laundromat.

I hand-wash all other socks, including Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball socks (wool/nylon), Three Irish Girl Adorn Sock socks (wool/nylon), Unwind Yarn Company Journey Sock socks (merino/nylon) and Plymouth Yarn Neon Now socks (wool/nylon) for different reasons – some bleed dye, some are lacy, and most of them I’m just nervous!

There’s a hole and a bunch of dropped stitches in the leg of one of my socks! How do I fix it?

(Spoiler – I don’t go over why my in-progress sock had a bunch of stitch markers on it. Next time!)

 

On the Edge:

I’m 32% done with War and Peace!

Glitter dipped mugs will be happening, but have been pushed back a bit

P.S. Decoupage all the things

Bath & Body Works discontinued my favorite scent, Amber Blush! :-(

(Birchbox is on the way and should be part of the next episode)

 

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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.

concertknitting

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

pathways_hat

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

christmassocksfront

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

christmassocksside

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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