Episode 14: Sudden Death Match

Welcome, all viewers! I will be holding a giveaway when I hit 100 YouTube subscribers (it will take a while!) I need to figure out what the prize will be, but it will probably be yarn, and I will ship internationally.

 

Stash:

Quince & Co Piper in Odessa, 3 skeins (from Nido in Burlington, VT)

Still waiting on my Mad Geek Tour shipment

 

Finished Object:

Scrappy pink socks (Plymouth Yarn Neon Now)

 

In Progress: 

Drop Stitch Scarf (Araucania Ruca)

Knitted Patchwork Blanket – 3 new squares

Toe-up Socks in Knit Picks Stroll in Vibrant Violet using my Chiagoo needles

 

Tour de Fleece:

Finished plying my Contented Butterfly Farm Wee Beastie Batt (wool, mohair, silk). A little under 60 yards, 1 ounce

Still working on my Fiber Stash Polwarth on my Contented Butterfly Farm drop spindle

I started some Cozy Rabbit Farm merino/silk/Tencel/angelina/firestar/angora, 2 ounces

I spun every day of the tour except for yesterday, because we got back home so late. I didn’t take any rest days, so let’s just count that as a belated rest day!

I only finished the one yarn, but feel much more confident with my spindles.

 

On the Edge:

No progress in War and Peace – still 73%

We went to Burlington, VT for a Lake Monsters game – go Connecticut!

Ozy’s a girl!

 

 

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Episode 13: 10-Year Guarantee

I did a Video Knit Night! I met Andrea of The CATT Lady Podcast, Sue from Two Tangled Skeins (who kindly mentioned me in episode 119), and Amanda from Stitching Ewe & More Podcast. (I also met Sarah of The Canadian Knitter Podcast, but totally blanked on her name during the episode.)

Thanks for the mention in episode 16, CutseyPu Creations!

Finished Objects:

Ballband Dishcloth

 

Stash:

Knit Picks: Felici in Glacier, Baker Street & Mosaic. Chroma Fingering in New Leaf. Chart keeper.

My husband shrank (shrunk?) one of my alpaca-blend socks (just one!!!), so I got to go to my LYS and got some Chiagoo needles size US 0, Louet Euroflax Linen in Seafoam Green, and Regia 8-Fadig in 08992.

 

Working On:

Drop Stitch Scarf in Araucania Ruca

Ripped back on my scrappy socks in the Plymouth Yarn Neon Now so I can redo the heel

Ann Budd’s 5 stitches per inch socks in my new Regia for the Knitting Expat’s Rainbow KAL

Tour de Fleece:

Contented Butterfly Farm drop spindle & Fiber Stash Polwarth (I joined the Support Spindlers team & there is an unofficial team in my Ravelry group. I watched a video by Paradise Fibers and learned about parking in your armpit = genius! #teamuctdf

Russian support spindle & Contented Butterfly Farm Wee Beastie Batt (60% wool, 30% mohair, 10% silk)

I bought a zip-tie container and am using that as a storage case. I also bought a smaller bowl at Big Lots. Spinning my singles counter-clockwise. I watched some of Drafting: The Long & Short of It, which is helping with long-draw, but I keep pulling the different fibers away from each other.

Swap:

I sent Lion Brand Magic Stripes, Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball, Dream in Color Smooshy, Red Heart Heart & Sole, Fiber Stash Twinkle Toes, as well as some Stash Chocolate Mint Tea and some stitch markers I made (yes, the return of Extra Credit!) using PDXKnitterati’s tutorial.

She sent me a lovely swap package with more yarn than she should have, including some extras she got from the Sock Yarn Minis/Scraps Swapping Facebook group. She also sent me an adorable notions bag!

On The Edge:

War & Peace is at 73%

We got a new bed!

Birchbox mini-reviews (and I bought some eyeliner at Sephora)

Mad Color Geek Tour coming soon

 

 

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The Uncreative Crafter Episode 12: Nosy Cats Are Nosy

 

Finished Objects:

January 8

Ballband Dishcloth

 

Working On:

Ballband Dishcloth

 Drop Stitch Scarf in Araucania Ruca

 

Stash:

Unknown cones (acrylic?) & maybe some nylon?

 

Tour de Fleece is coming up! I may drop spin. How do you transport your spindles?

I joined the Mad Color Fiber Arts Mad Geek Tour for All of Time and Space

 

On the Edge:

68% done with War and Peace

I went zip lining!

 

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The Uncreative Crafter Episode 11: My Invisible Assistant

Congratulations to AngeliqueArtistry, who won the New To You-A-Long! Prize donated by Kristie of Fiber Stash.

 

Stash:

Peaches & Creme cotton, Mint and Bright Blue

 

Finished Objects:

nothing!

 

Working On:

Mitered square blanket

January 8

Pink scrappy socks

Supported spinning with Contented Butterfly Farm Wee Beastie Batt

 

The Long Crawl:

Fiber Stash weaving

No spinning

Extra Credit:

A smidge of Wreck This Journal

On the Edge:

64% done with War and Peace

Birchbox reviews

 

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The Uncreative Crafter Episode 10: Look On My Works

 

You Go, Guys!:

Betsy of PatPat’s Hats was honored at The 100 gala

Thanks for all the shout-outs! Claire of the NH Knits podcast (episodes 19-21), Kristie of the Bluegrass Spinner podcast (episode 5), Mina of the Knitting Expat podcast (episode 11), and Sarah of the Fiber Trek podcast (episode 35)

Stash:

Fiber Stash BFL

Fiber Stash merino/tencel

sea glass necklace

Hoist Away bag

Brown Bunny Pottery mug

 

Finished Objects:

January 7th washcloth, Crocus Bud

Multnomah

Toe-up socks in leftover yarn

 

Working On:

Mitered square blanket (check out the Sock Yarn Minis/Scraps Swapping Facebook group!)

 

The Long Crawl:

Fiber Stash weaving

No spinning

January 8th washcloth

 

New To You-A-Long:

A quick recap

 

On the Edge:

58% done with War and Peace – only 1% more than last week!

Ozymandias, the kitten!

 

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The Uncreative Crafter Episode 9.5: New To You-A-Long

Recap:

New To You-A-Long has begun!  Enter either on the Ravelry thread OR the official blog post. YouTube comments do NOT count as contest entries! Runs from 5/17 to 6/14 and I will lock the Rav thread before I go to bed (about 10 PM Eastern). Be cool, enter only once.

Prize: 1 skein of Fiber Stash Twinkle Toes fingering-weight yarn in the Cora Crawley colorway (try saying that five times fast). 75% superwash merino, 20% nylon, 5% sparkle. 438 yards, 100 g.

I will be putting all entries into a bag and pulling a winner that way. Good luck!

I am doing:

Mitered square blankie! Pattern is Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis.

Do you use repeats in your scrap blankets or do you participate in swaps to make sure every square is different? (And if you’re interested in a mini-skein swap, let me know!)

My blankie so far:

miteredstart

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New To You-A-Long Official Blog Post

This is the official blog post for the New To You-A-Long that The Uncreative Crafter is hosting. It will run from Sunday, May 17th to Sunday, June 14th. Rules are as follows:

This craft-a-long is for you to try a new craft or technique. If you are a knitter, try stranded colorwork, entrelac, a different knitting style, etc. Or try a totally new craft: origami, scrapbooking, decoupage, painting. You can try as many as you like, but you will only get one contest entry. You don’t have to finish anything in the month. Pictures are appreciated, but I will also accept your telling me what you did!

The prize will be a skein of yarn from Fiber Stash (I will update once I have it in my hands.) I will ship internationally.

You may post EITHER in the Ravelry thread for the contest, or on the designated blog post, which will both be available starting on 5/17. Choose one, not both!

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The Uncreative Crafter Episode 9: Maa! Ooh!

Contest: New to You-A-Long

This craft-a-long is for you to try a new craft or technique. If you are a knitter, try stranded colorwork, entrelac, a different knitting style, etc. Or try a totally new craft: origami, scrapbooking, decoupage, painting. You can try as many as you like, but you will only get one contest entry. You don’t have to finish anything in the month. Pictures are appreciated, but I will also accept your telling me what you did!

The prize will be a skein of yarn from Fiber Stash (I will update once I have it in my hands.) I will ship internationally.

You may post EITHER in the Ravelry thread for the contest, or on the designated blog post, which will both be available starting on 5/17. Choose one, not both!

 

Finished Objects:

January 6th washcloth, Simple Lace Rib pattern

Fiber Stash Corrie Twinkle Batt (?), 228 yards

 

Working On:

Multnomah

January 7th washcloth, Crocus Bud pattern

 

The Long Crawl:

Fiber Stash weaving

David’s Toe-Up Socks Cookbook socks

Technically I haven’t started my next spin yet, but I am working up six mystery batts totaling about 7.25 ounces. Not sure what the fiber content is.

 

Stash:

Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in the Cypress colorway

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Dr. Zhivago’s Sky colorway

-both purchased from Twill Fabric & Yarn in Nashua NH

P.S. If you’re at all into homebrew, check out Incredibrew, also in Nashua

 

NH Sheep & Wool Recap:

Will be stalking Brown Bunny Pottery, for sure.

I bought:

Subito Farm earrings

Natural Specialties lotion in lavender

Contented Butterfly Farm spindle & Wee Beastie Batt (1 ounce), 60% wool, 30% mohair, 10% silk (listen to NH Knit’s interview of Jen & Tim on episode 11)

Dirty Water Dyeworks Lucia Gradient Bundle, 75% superwash and 15% nylon (Dipped Infinity Cowl, I hope!)

Mad Color Fiber Arts 85% BFL superwash and 15% nylon in the Fruity Oaty Bar colorway (I think she does some kind of club with Stitched by JessaLu … must … join)

Russian supported spindle from Spunky Eclectic

 

Podcaster Meet-up:

I met Claire of NH Knits and Sarah of Fiber Trek, along with a bunch of lovely fellow fiber enthusiasts!

 

On the Edge:

56% done with War and Peace – only 1% more than last week!

 

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The Uncreative Crafter Episode 8: Definitely Maybe Interested

Finished Objects:

Grandma’s Favorite washcloths (one done Continental and one done English; it’s interesting that my gauge is looser for the method I’m not as familiar with)

Working On:

Multnomah

Simple Lace Rib washcloth (part of my Great Washcloth Challenge)

The Long Crawl:

Fiber Stash weaving

Fiber Stash spinning (hope you had great luck at CT Sheep & Wool!)

David’s Toe-Up Socks Cookbook socks … I don’t know how to do the heel, so I’m ripping it back and trying a short-row heel instead.

Stash:

Canan Gloria from Big Lots, 1082 yards (it was on sale – I’m thinking a crocheted shawl)

You Go, Guys!

My first episode hit 100 views!

I got shout-outs on Such Nice Work and the Knitting Expat Podcast. Thank you to Kendra and Mina! Kendra is even reading War and Peace!

Shout-out to my friend Angie, who is a great crocheter and just learned how to knit.

Keep watch for an announcement for a craft-a-long starting in May. There will be a prize (or maybe more than one!).

Extra Credit

Glitter mug redux

Yarn bowl

On the Edge:

55% done with War and Peace – past the halfway point!

I walked a 5K.

April Birchbox

Birchbox purchases

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The Uncreative Crafter Episode 7: What’s That Thing I Say At the End?

 

Finished Objects:

Shortie Socks in Classic Elite Yarns Alpaca Sox

Ziggy Cowl in my handspun, Fiber Stash alpaca

Fiber Stash BFL (yardage and weight are ???)

 

Working On:

David’s Toe-Up Sock Cookbook in some leftover Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock in the Waterlilies colorway – I’m having some issues with the heel, not sure I understand what I’m doing. I might rip back and try a short-row heel instead. (I’m also trying to use two partial skeins of sock yarn before starting a pair from a new skein.)

Multnomah in Ellyn Cooper’s Yarn Sonnets Fine Merino (100% merino) in the Aqua Tide colorway (old stash from 9/2010!)

Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth in some coned cotton to practice my Continental knitting

Fiber Stash “birthday batt” (I can’t find the label, sigh)

The Long Crawl:

Fiber Stash weaving, as usual. But I broke my right thumbnail pretty good (below the nail bed), so this might be one of the only things I can do comfortably.

 

Stash:

Peaches & Creme cotton cone in white to continue my Great Washcloth Challenge

Lion Brand Sock-Ease in the Cotton Candy colorway

Boye yardage counter

Loop Bump (5 ounces) in the Into the Woods colorway, merino/nylon/angelina & two bonus fiber thingies

P.S. I have spun 40 ounces since I last stashed fiber in 12/2013! I am so excited to go to NH Sheep & Wool next month – if you are a viewer, please say hi!

 

You Go, Guys!

I got a mention on Why I Knit. Thanks!

I am watching Bluegrass Spinner Podcast, Such Nice Work, and the Knitting Expat Podcast.

I have 22 YouTube subscribers. You guys make my day! Thank you so much!

Extra Credit

I made another glitter letter for my coworker, but no pictures. Sorry!

I am decoupaging a “yarn bowl”.

I found some foam brushes, tissue paper, and a picture frame to decoupage all the things!

On the Edge:

Birchbox is on its way … expect reviews next time

45% done with War and Peace (sigh … not quite halfway done)

Our cat, Serafina, died unexpectedly at the age of six. We are coping.

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