Knit Pasta

Monday, May 29, 2006

More yarns and an etsy shop!


I need to update this blog more often! I will work harder on it from now on!

I spun up two new yarns since my last yarn post.
Presenting Mr. Grosshopper Serenades Us With Tales of Summer

and
Frog Guts


Frog guts already sold on the Etsy shop I opened up just this week! I am excitied! It is limited as of now, but I am adding more items the next few weeks! Go look at my yarns at Knitpasta.etsy.com!

Knitted things I am in love with (and ONE DAY will start!)

I was browsing through Craftster today and found two KALs that I really want to start.

Firstly, the Psychedelic Squares Afghan. The bf mentioned how much he would love a knitted blanket and it would be such a nice thing to give him before I go away to school, but it looks so tedious! But so lovely! And I know he would love it, it seems right up his ally. I am unsure what yarns would be best for it too. I'm guessing a bulky or worsted really soft wool would be good. I'd have to go check out knitpicks for that.

Secondly, Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater! Calista's version is so gorgeous! But I have never knitted a sweater before and am so nervous about starting with something so ambitious! Also I would love to knit one is baby alpaca as Calista did, but it is scary to spend so much on something I know I will make mistakes on! But I don't want to spend so much time on a FO that won't be fabulously nice. Oh so torn!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

So I have been spinning like a crazy person lately. I've actually put knitting aside for a while for spinning!
I'm dying the pound of white mill ends with kool-aid using a tutorial on the knitting section of Craftster, but I'm already tired of the color selection of kool-aid dyes and I think I'll move on to cake dyes soon!

I'm still learning about how much wool to dye for spinning, but I think I'll get it right next time! The first time I dyed, I dyed enough for 3 spindlefuls and the second time I only dyed enough for 70 yards of really thin wool.

The first one is Strawberry Shortcake Tours the Milk Farm and was my first dying experience. I made two skeins of this and have lots of roving left over that I will use for felted soaps for gifts or somewhat.
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My second skein here is some spun brown freebie mill ends much like the ones I spun before, but I was bored with having the same color and threw some lemon-lime dye on it after spinning and got this strange green color. I call it Frankenstein Goes Trick-or-Treating.
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This third skein I dyed on a whim when I was dying some other wools and had a ton of fruit punch dye left over. I stirred up some grape in it and poured it on the wool and spun it. After spinning it looked nice, but boring for handspun so I plied it with some gold-colored thread to make it more interesting. It was my first time plying and I am happy with how it turned out! It is called The Emperor Gets New Robes.
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I have a bit more roving left from my latest dying experience and some yarn from the same instance I spun really thin to get more yardage that I think I will ply with some natural white wool to get thicker and bring out the lovely flecked colors more!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Spinning for the first time!!

Okay, I have a newfound obsession with spinning.
I ordered a pound of natural white wool from Brown Sheep Mill End Roving which is great quality wool for only $7 a pound!! It came in less than a week and looks gorgeous. Not only did I get a pound of soft, creamy whites, I received several ounces of some brown toned yarn.
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soso gorgeous. As soon as I received them I couldn't wait to start spinning with my homemade cd spindle. However, this was a problem as my spindle was extremely light and unbalanced, I could not keep the spindle spinning. My dad lent me an industrial magnet to add to the weight, but this made it even more unbalanced and I got so frustrated I was ready to turn all my beautiful fiber into felted soap.

UNTIL I came upon a topic on Craftster started by equally frustrated drop spindle pseudo-virgins and found the wonderful spinning, knitting, etc. online store Detta's Spindle. She has so many items in stock and unlike most stores, does not attack you with huge shipping prices. In fact, shipping is included in the cost of the item! I ordered a simple drop spindle and Detta was extremely helpful all during the transaction and I would definitely encourage anyone who loves to knit, spin, weave, or felt to check out her site! I could not find where she mentions it on her site, but you can pay for your item via paypal just by sending money to her email address.

Anyways, she shipped my new spindle the day she got my money and in no time at all I received this much more well made spindle
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I did a test run of spinning using the bit of wool she sent with the spindle and some directions from Interweave.com and it was a lumpy mess, but I loved it anyways! Finally I broke out the free brown wool that I had received from Brown Sheep Mill End Roving and spun this beauty:
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I am so proud and am horrible addicted to spinning from now on! I may dye this with kool-aid to get a more interesting color, but I really like it as it is.

I think I will go spin more right now!

Saturday, April 22, 2006

First Post - More of an update

I've been meaning to get a knitting blog for forever. What better way to document all the mistakes I often make in my knitting!

I've only been knitting since August of 2005, but I am horribly addicted. Most of my bank account goes out to knitting supplies and I have been known to stay up all night just to finish an object I got started on.

Anyways, here is what I have going right now. I am awful in that I have way to many things going on at the same time all the time. None of these pictures are great because it is horribly rainy and dreary outside today, so I had to rely on terrible indoors lighting.

I've been working on these socks for the bf for it seems like forever. It is my first time knitting socks and I am using the very helpful Basic Ribbed Socks Guide to knit them. As it is my first time, the sock looks awfully lumpy, but I am hoping the second one will look much better. I am using Frog Tree alpaca yarn that is so wonderfully soft, but sadly I bought the yarn and started knitting before I thought about the washing needs of alpaca yarn and the will of boyfriends to handwash socks. He is excited about them nevertheless and promises to handwash them with love.

This hat is maybe one of my biggest knitting embarassments. I bought this yarn at the Sedalia Fiber Festival a few weeks ago and the bright colors begged for me to turn it into a Fair Isle earflap hat. I quickly turned to Knitty for the pattern and found that the Vinter Lue was perfect. Problem was, as a new knitter I only had size 7 dpns and circular needles (also I strongly suspect I was on a brain fart when I bought the circulars and purchased size 6 needles) I had used for some hats for Christmas and the pattern required size 8. I knitted a guage swatch using my dpns as straight needles (though I had heard over and over to knit guage swatches in the round for in the round projects) out of laziness and it matched fine. So I began knitting the hat and stayed up late last night to finish it and when I was almost done, I put it on my head to test the size. It was horribly small and far too tight to even block or stretch to the right size!! So you may view my project near the end of completion right before I must miserably frog it. I think I will keep the earflaps as is as they seem like a satisfactory size, but all my hard fair-isle work will be ruined. It was my first time trying fair-isle too, and I was afraid of it being far too hard, but it was so easy! And so addicting! If you have not knitted in fair-isle yet, do so now!!

Anyways, so I went out today to the knitting and embroidery store near my house, Backstitches, to get some proper sized needles and this woman there talked me into buying this interchangable needles set. I am pretty excited about it! I am used to knitting in aluminum and these are plastic, but at least the needles will not slide off on me so much now. They can even double as straight needles, so except for dpns I really don't need to buy needles again! I sure hope they work well, she assured me they knit fabulously.

Also, I have forever been horribly addicted to the spinning board on Craftster.org and after much shameless lurking and drooling over fabulous yarns, I made my own drop spindle using just a dowel rod, some cds, some poly tubing, and a rubber thing I found in the dad's workshop using this great tutorial. I ordered a pound of cheap mill end wool roving and I can't wait for it to come in so I can start spinning! I mostly want to be able to use fabulous luxury fibers that I can't afford already in yarn form.

Anyways, my poor hat is waiting to be frogged so I must roll it back into balls and test my interchangable needles!