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Archive for September, 2011

The Stepkids and The Horrors 9-25-11

Posted by Andi on September 27, 2011

Before the show
Before the show

The Stepkids
The Stepkids

The Stepkids
The Stepkids

The Horrors
The Horrors

The Horrors
The Horrors

The Horrors
The Horrors

The Horrors
The Horrors

The Horrors' Set List
Set List

You can see more (worse) pictures here.

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YarnCon 2011, wherein I spent too much money

Posted by Andi on September 25, 2011

YarnCon was yesterday, and even though I spent too much money, I think I showed incredible restraint. For instance, I only allowed myself to buy one item from any one vendor. Even if I wanted every type of yarn a particular vendor had, I stuck with one. Good, right? Also, there were so many vendors I wanted to buy from, and decided to put a cap on it. I’m sorry, vendors I didn’t buy from, I love you and will buy something from you one day, I promise! Plus, I think it’s okay to spend a good chunk of money on stash enhancement once a year when most vendors are local to the Midwest, if not Chicago itself.

So, in chronological order, here is my stash enhancement.

I arrived early help my friend Jen, who was vending, set up her booth. From her spot I had a great view of the Halftone booth, and from afar all of the skeins on her table looked cool. Jen had a sock project on the needles that I felt, and it was so soft! As soon as I could I made a beeline over there and picked out this beauty:

Halftone Artisan Handpainted Yarns One-Pair

A few weeks ago I started digging through my purse and bag stash to find bags to hold projects. That’s when I realized I do not have enough project bags. I started rectifying that situation by purchasing a large box bag from the Piddleloop Sewing Team. I got to scope out the bags early, since this was the booth I helped set up! They have such a lovely variety of fabrics that it was hard to choose just one. I narrowed it down to four, went and bought the Halftone yarn, and when I came back one of the four was gone, which helped me make my choice. Ultimately I chose this one:

Piddleloop Large Box Bag

The mittens I’m making will fit perfectly in here! I also like that it’s a little bigger than my current sock project bag, so if I have a huge cake of yarn it will fit better. Yay!

After walking around and checking out every booth, I narrowed down the vendors I wanted to buy from. First on the list was Another Craft Girl. I was attracted by her colors, and chose a skein of Strong Sock in the Night Fury colorway:

Another Craft Girl Strong Sock in Night Fury

Black and green sock yarn. Can’t get more me than that.

Next I hit the Fleur de Fiber booth. I have seen her yarns at Windy Knitty, but had already spent enough money on yarn that week so I didn’t buy any. The Argentum yarn jumped right out at me (hello, it’s shiny!). Although there were three colors I really loved, I picked up one skein to look closer at and figured if that’s the one I picked up to look at, that must be the one I liked the best. Oh, and the colorway is called Oh, Pumpkin. Perfect!!

Fleur de Fiber Argentum in Oh, Pumpkin

Last, but certainly not least, I went back to the Evermore Studios booth, where I had seen many beautiful colors earlier. I focused in on a basket of self-striping sock yarns, and literally wanted every single skein. I finally narrowed it down to the two colors I liked the best. One was a deep teal, and the other was a rich brown. I realized I have some yarn that is similar in color to the teal already at home (albeit worsted weight) and chose the brown instead.

Evermore Studios Sugar Baby Sock Yarn in Chocolate Gradient

Then I cut myself off, even though there was more I wanted to buy.

There were at least two, if not more, vendors selling small amounts of sock yarn. I was seriously tempted, because it would have been perfect for knitting hexipuffs for my Beekeeper’s Quilt. In the end I decided to take a pass, and made a conscious decision that my Beekeeper’s Quilt is going to be made exclusively of scraps. They don’t all have to be my scraps, but scraps nonetheless. Leftovers from other projects – using up yarn that might be wasted. That said, my purchases yesterday were strategic in that, before buying any of them, I did wonder how each would knit up as a hexipuff, and whether any of the yarns were too similar to something I already had scraps of.

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Hexipuffing, Month 1

Posted by Andi on September 23, 2011

I have decided to take monthly pictures of my hexipuff progress. After one month, here is what I have completed.

Hexipuffs, Month 1

Okay, so I really have four more, but those were made after the one-month point (I took the pic late) so they aren’t included. Next month!

I’ve been pretty good about not buying yarn. I allowed myself a little indulgence while I was in San Francisco recently. I had the time to hit up the Artfibers store and bought two cones of Kanji.

Artfibers Kanji

It’s a bamboo/silk blend and the picture really doesn’t do it justice. It’s gorgeous!

And I will officially be off the wagon tomorrow when I hit up YarnCon.

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WIP: Flocked Mittens

Posted by Andi on September 10, 2011

Flocked Mittens

See, I can do stranded knitting! So far I’m happy with how this mitten is turning out. More details when I’m finished with the project.

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The projects are managed… I think

Posted by Andi on September 6, 2011

The previous post about my inability to properly managed my knitting projects seemed to spur something in me, as in the past few days I’ve been able to set my priorities and when I work on them.

Tim and I went to visit his parents over the weekend and I took three projects with me.

1. The Beekeeper’s Quilt. I made a few hexipuffs throughout the long holiday weekend. It was an easy project to work on while talking or watching television. It was also portable enough to take in the car on our way to a pow wow. I was able to complete three puffs on the round trip.

2. The double knit scarf. As I mentioned previously, this isn’t always the easiest project to work on because it requires constant visual attention. I managed to get a few rows completed while we were watching The Karate Kid Part II, which I saw a gazillion times back in the day. It was scary how many lines of that movie I still have memorized.

3. The laceweight cardigan. I did one significant thing with the cardigan over the weekend. I frogged it. Yeah. It had to be done. I was no longer excited about the process of knitting it. Usually my saving grace in those times is my excitement for the finished object — either giving it as a gift or being really excited to wear it myself. With this cardigan, not so much. I still thought it was cute, but I really watsn’t feeling it anymore, and there was no point in wasting such beautiful Malabrigo Lace yarn on something I was no longer excited about. I found another pattern I want to make with it, and will get started on that one of these days. But not right away, because of…

4. The mittens. Yes, I stared that mittens that go with the scarf and hat(s). I figured I wanted the mittens done before the scarf, especially since they should be a lot quicker, so I leap frogged a little bit. Yesterday I made the cuff of the left mitten. Tonight I started the hand, which is fair isle. I’ve done very little colorwork, and getting used to the two-handed fair isle technique is taking some time. I’ve knit two rows and it was slow going, but it will pick up. Oh, and…

5. The socks. My next portable sock project is ready to go. The pattern is chosen, the yarn is chosen, and I’m waiting to cast on and get a few rounds in before I leave on my next trip.

So far, so good.

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