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!