It’s Party Time!

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Lets get drunk on some moonshine! Moonshine Fiber Company, that is! I got a shipment from them this week! I purchased a 4 oz Merino braid from them in the Jungle Juice colorway (top pic) on their last announced update. But oddly enough Etsy decided to ship it to my old Germany address. Well I got into my account and deleted this address when I discovered that. Then Moonshine announced on Facebook that they were posting a few things on the first football Sunday. I shouldn’t have looked, but I did and couldn’t resist. The color Dia de los Muertos – Calaveras (i’m not going to pretend I know what it means or how to actually say it – bottom pic) was just amazing!! I bought a 4 oz braid in BFL. I think it’s the coolest color I’ve ever seen fiber. Oddly enough, my invoice once again had my shipping address as my German one AGAIN! I immediately contacted the shop owner and they of course made a note to send it to my correct address. Funny part of the story? Apparently she screwed up the postage on the one which was sent to Germany. And it was returned to her THAT DAY! So after an odd coincidence and awesome customer service from Moonshine, I got both my braids in one package a few days ago! They are breathtaking! Even more gorgeous in person than they are on camera!

So I might be enabling here, but please go check them out! They are awesome and I love the bags they send the fiber in. Presentation can be important and they do a great job! Like them on Facebook too……you might see a surprise update like I did! It might be worth mentioning that Susan B Anderson also posted about them this week! The more people buying their stuff the less left over for me to purchase! ūüôā

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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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!

Purple

First, the new app I’m using today to make the pretty picture above is called Diptic. ¬†I’ve been looking for a good way to make collage photos and found that one. ¬†Thinking I might put it onto my computer as well as my iPhone. ¬†It’s a nice way to do an overview of what’s going on, rather than having real picture heavy posts. ¬†What do you guys think?

Today’s WIP Wednesday includes something that’s not exactly fiber related. ¬†Me! ¬†I had a baby in January and of course a goal of mine was to lose the baby weight. ¬†6 months later (I know…my baby is 6 months! ¬†I can’t believe it!) ¬†I’ve lost the baby weight plus some. ¬†Plus alot, actually. ¬†I’ve lost 38 lbs and I have about 12 more to reach my goal. ¬†And I truthfully haven’t been doing alot in the way of working out. ¬†That has changed this past week. ¬†Something about seeing how small I’ve gotten has given me the realization that if I really work for it and put a whole lot of effort forth I may be able to get down close to what I used to be. ¬†A year ago I never would have even thought that was possible (aside from hiring a personal trainer and spending alot of money on weight loss). ¬†But now I feel like I can put forth the work and only have to make some minor tweaks in my current lifestyle, and still get there. ¬†Or at least close to there. Yesterday I started a 21 day Cardio Kickstart program. So, needless to say I’m super proud of myself for even getting this far, and hope I can continue the progress!!

I still have got Schoppel Wolle pencil roving on the drop spindle. ¬†Continuing on with the Tour De Fleece, and I’ve only missed one day!! ¬†Yesterday. ¬†I guess I got too pre-occupied with working out (never thought I’d say that!) ¬†But I’m super excited at the colors of the pencil roving. ¬†When you buy it, its different than seeing a braid or batt of fiber. ¬†It’s all wound up, so you don’t really know what the colors on the inside are. ¬†I am pleasantly surprised by the pink since it’s pretty much my favorite color. ¬†I think the finished yarn, once I get it plied is going to be ultra-bright and pretty vivid. ¬†Can’t wait!

Apparently there is a purple theme today. ¬†And these Lavendel socks definitely are a big part of it. ¬†I love this Wollmeise Lavendel colorway. ¬†And the pattern – Lilacs is perfect!! ¬†I can’t wait till I’m done and can gift them over to my Aunt.

Last, what looks like a random pile of PVC pipe really does have some rhyme and reason to it. ¬†It’s going to be a niddy-noddy. ¬†You may not know what a niddy-noddy is if you aren’t a spinner. ¬†Well, it is a tool used to make a skein of yarn. ¬†Here’s a demonstration.

Most are expensive and made out of wood, like the one in the following video. ¬†I’m cheap. ¬†And on a tight budget. ¬†But with all the spinning I’ve been doing I had the need for one. ¬†I followed the directions from this blog post, and had all the right size pieces cut at the hardware store. ¬†But I got the wrong T joins and the ones I bought have threads in them, so I have to go exchange them. ¬†That’s why it is still in-progress. ¬†Hope you enjoyed reading my post today and head on over to Tami’s Amis to check out more WIP Wednesday posts!

PS Keep your eye out for a giveaway for my 200th post!