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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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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