Friday, August 15, 2008

My Sweet Turtle

He's finally done! Hooray! I gotta say, I have never knitted a toy before this little guy but I really like the result - something snuggly and cute. I haven't decided where his home will be yet or if I'm gonna keep him for myself. Either way, I just wanted to share with you his cuteness and see if you were as smitten as I was.

Oh and if you're interested you can knit him too. The pattern is Sheldon from

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

That'll be "To Go"

So I have been making these to-go cup sleeves for awhile now and every time I make a different one I like them more. Somehow it give a homemade feel to your purchased cup of coffee.

Recently a friend of mine purchased a to- go cup sleeve for the super cool new cup he purchased. It is so true that somehow the look of those coffee shop paper cups and lids is endearing. Anyhow, I was just thinking what a wonderful and environmentally friendly gift this cup and a hand knit to-go sleeve would be for a good friend so I thought I'd share it with you all. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

For the Love of Scarflettes

Before you know it the chilly winds of autumn are gonna be here and it will be time to dig out all those hats and scarves. For that reason I'm getting started with some new items in my shop. This is my latest scarflette.

I have often had folks tell me they prefer scarflettes to scarves because they are more comfortable to leave on through the day. Personally I work in a chilly office, whether it is summer or winter, and I too like to keep a scarflette or scarf on throughout the day.

This one I knit using a unique herringbone stitch and my own hand spun yarn. The multicolor yarn is a mix of silk and wool, and the orange is Targhee wool. All is hand dyed. I also love the accent from the wooden buttons.

What do you think? Do you like scarflettes?

Friday, August 8, 2008

Rock Star Slub

So I got this bat from a fellow Etisan and I wasn't sure that I was keen on the colorway. I like all the colors separately, red - black - purple, but I wasn't sure how I felt about them all together until I spun this up.

What I like so much is how each color shows the twist of the yarn. Also the bits of razzy sparkle are fun too. Also, it seemed this yarn was perfect for making "slubs". For those who don't spin, "slubs" are the artistic bumps that spinners like to put in funky or art yarns. I find that slubs give a great texture when knitting.

So yes, this is my Rock Star Hand Spun Yarn... what do you think?

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Cabled Fingerless Gloves

These fingerless gloves are knit with 100% Highland Peruvian Wool - beautiful deep aqua with purple flecks! And yes it is the rest of this yarn. I cabled these mitts to remind me of my grandma's retro driving gloves, they had the same type of V pattern on the back. She used to drive a HUGE Impala, it was gray with red interior. I bet about six people could have fit in the trunk!

It was fun to design these gloves. It reminded that me that since that spring I have been doing a lot more patterns rather than designing things for the shop, so my goal is to get back to that. I'll let you know how that goes, but in the meantime, what do you think of the gloves?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Oh the Yarn

I am excited to tell you about this latest yarn, called Lucious, that I posted in my Etsy shop. I spun this up using the last of some mill end roving I had, but the exciting part is I spun it on my Navajo Spindle. So this is my first skein to come from this spindle, and it is my largest skein I have listed in my shop. I was very happy with how the textured turned out. Though it is a thick/thin it isn't slubby. After I finished spinning it I decided to try a new method of dyeing, I baked the yarn. Crazy, I know, but it turned out really well! Thoughts? What do you think of the color combo?

Monday, August 4, 2008

Etsy Work

My Etsy shop was very ignored through the months of June and July. Other than a few sales I pretty much didn't do a thing with it, no relisting or new listings. But now August is here and I have about ten new items to list and I'm ready to gear up for the fall. I think that it is probably okay for a shop full if knit items and yarn to take a little sabbatical in the summer months.

This morning I listed my latest French Press cozy that I made with my own hand spun blend. I used a Turkish spindle, which I was borrowing and now covet, to spin the blend of silk and wool for that cozy.

Also this morning I listed a modern yellow scarf that I knit from an upcycled sweater. The sweater was originally white and I dyed it this pale yellow. As I was knitting this with what I thought might end up a woven pattern it turned out to be a double knit, which is way cooler for this chunky yarn. It is a very snuggly scarf.

So that is what's going on today in my lil' shop, but I'll be adding lots of goodies this week!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Bamboo Razor

I know, I know... I promised so long ago that all have forgotten, but not I! Here it is, my Bamboo Razor Tank Top. This yarn is super nice. I ordered it from Webs on clearance - go check it out, there are some great colors!

I am very happy with how this tank turned out, though I realized I have never worn a knitted top before. In a way it sort of makes me feel "old", but since it is a more modern design I have gotten over that, ha ha. Including this top I now that three wearable clothing items I have knitted - yay! Here are the other two: caplet and shrug. Bust I think this one is my favorite.

I have, of course, have still been knitting away. I have completed four Christmas gifts with at least two more to go, possibly four. I still need to ask my brother and father-in-law if they would like something baked or knit. Oh and I need to find out if a certain boyfriend of someone is coming to Christmas too.

What do you think? Like it?