Surprise

I wasn’t expecting to have an FO today, so surprise to me (and you!). I picked up Miss A’s Milo Handspun vest and worked on it for just a little bit and all of a sudden it was done! It is perfect size and turned out great! I used US size 4 needles and knit the 3 month size. The pattern calls for US size 6, but I knew with the handspun yarn (and after reading other peoples notes) it would still turn out a bit bigger than the 6 month size. The Milo pattern is a great one if you haven’t seen it. It can work for boys and girls and goes from newborn to size 2. Great variation and I’m sure I will be making more! It fits her perfectly and as you can tell she was very excited! Go check out more FO Friday posts!

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One More Day & A Giveaway

Many of you know what I’m referring to. Any knitters involved in the Ravellenic Games knows (which is more than 12,000 people)! One more day to furiously click those needles till the end of the closing ceremonies! I am curious though and will have to look it up; is it when the closing ceremonies end no matter your time zone, or when
they air? Hmph. I’ll have to check the “rule book”. I’m not quite sure if I will get my Toy Toss entry, Flying Buddy Roo, done in time. But I have finished another item! That’s right….Finally Daybreak is off the needles! At this moment it is actually blocking…..for the second time. The first time I blocked it I did points where the slipped stitches created lines. I then decided I liked how more other people had it blocked, as a semi-circle, like the designer Stephen West himself did. And I knew I’d just feel the need to make another one and block it the other way, so I decided I would just reblock. And I think I’ll be happier. If you remember my last week’s WIP Wednesday Post I was quite worried about the pop of green in the yarn. Well, I got past the stripes and hadn’t reached it yet, so I decided to do the bottom in Color A instead of Color B and avoid the green all together. I’m very happy with the final result!

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Now onto why most of you are probably here…a giveaway! My first actually! Because this is my 200th POST! I cannot believe I’ve had this blog long enough to get to 200! And I’ve kept writing because I’ve had so many such great readers! In a sense, blogging here helps me feel social, so thanks to all of you readers for that! So to celebrate and say thanks I’m giving away 2 skeins of Lang Yarns Alpaca Superlight. It’s a 2 ply lace yarn in a very berry shade of purple, and is one of my purchases left from Germany.

To enter, leave a comment and tell me what your favorite post or project from me has been! I’d love to hear it! I’ll be using a random number generator to pick the winner, and posting again next Friday. So you have a week! Good luck and go check out other FO Friday posts on Tami’s Amis and Other Creations!

From Start to Finish

 

I cast on the Knitted Jewelry Frame during the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics.  I finished it on Day 4 of the games, and blocked it.  Yesterday I got it hung up and put into use.  I absolutely LOVE it.  I can’t believe how well it turned out.  And I get to display some of my hand-spun yarn!  That’s it for my FO’s this week! Go check out more for FO Friday!

A Month Late

I’m very excited to have two FOs this week for Finished Object Friday. I’ve just been pumping out FOs lately. Probably because I’m trying to get things finished up before the games start.

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First on the podium; I have finally finished the Lavendel socks! They may be a month late for my Aunt’s birthday, but the important thing is that they are done. And at least in somewhat of a timely manner too. The way I knit, they very easily could have become a Christmas gift! I will say that I wasn’t all too sure about this lace pattern when I started. The lace patterning on the sock creates a lilac flower, but wasn’t very noticeable when I first started. When they are on though, it looks great. A lot of lace is like that so I really should have known better.

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I also finished spinning my Schoppel-Wolle pencil roving. I must say I’m very surprised at the final result. I like it, but it’s different and surprising. The colors of the roving were so bright but I think they evened each other out when I plied them together. The end result is very muted compared to the original roving colors. I then wrapped it on my new niddy-noddy! I love it so much, even though it’s only made out of PVC pipe!

Tour de Fleece

I’ve mentioned Tour de Fleece here before.  I’ve long surpassed my goal of spinning the fiber I had gotten with the spindle.   I bought my spindle at a farmer’s market in South Haven, MI while on vacation.  It’s not my first spindle, but my other two were very short lived, and I had never actually finished a skein of yarn.  So when I plowed through this fiber in days, it sure surprised me!  I think it is just because the spindle is so nice.  It’s handcrafted, made from walnut, and I believe it only weighs 0.8 oz.  Perfect for spinning nice and thin, which is really what I like to do.   The woman said this was one of the very last her supplier had made because he somehow put his hand through his circular saw.  I was sad to hear that, and I think it is what sold me on buying this particular one.  She had two, and the other was made by a different source.    I wish I could tell you where I got it from, but I cannot find their business card at the moment. So here’s the farmer’s market fiber, which came with the spindle and I’m calling Public Market Pink.

The next fiber was from Tempted Fibers.  I bought this roving well over a year ago.  Actually it was part of The Knit Girllls Spring 2011 Spin-a-long.  I spun it as soon as I got it, started to ply it, put it away for a while, then it got packed in my stuff from Germany and when I pulled it out, the spindle it was on was broken in half.  So I finally pulled it out, finished plying it, washed it and got it skeined up.  I LOVE it!  I’m going to make a sweater for the little babe out of it, and can’t wait to cast on!  Well, I think I’ll have to wait till the Ravellenic Games start.  Go check out other FO Friday posts!

Yarn & Wood

It’s finished object Friday! And I have two things to share with you! I’m very excited about this one. Mainly because I’ve wanted to knit the Hitchhiker for so long, and it’s finally done! I also have something to share, that I wasn’t expecting to be done.

First, the Hitchhiker pattern. I knit this up with some German sock yarn I had dyed. I didn’t realize till I finished that I didn’t have enough yarn. I think because the yarn is part cotton though, it made it very stretchy, so I’m kind of glad that I only was able to knit 35 out of the 42 teeth. As far as I’m concerned, it’s big enough! And I absolutely love my Hitchhiker Pat!

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I also have had the supplies to make a “name plate” or sorts for Miss A’s bedroom wall. I started painting the letters this week. I didn’t expect to be done so soon, but I finished this morning! Mostly because my daughter decided to sleep for 10 hours last night, so I was up before her. So the letters are done, then I will be posting again when they are actually up on the wall.

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