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April 29, 2010
Uh-Ohhh!

Meet Octavia and Whirlwind - 2 gorgeous Corriedale fleeces from Whitefish Bay Farm!

Octavia and Whilrwind

Thank you to Laurie and Manise for pointing me in the direction of Whitefish Bay, to Jody for nudging me into realizing I wanted to prepare these myself, and to Marcy, my ongoing partner in fiber love, who is the owner of half of this fleece.

A longer post next week, but I couldn't wait to at least put a picture up - I'm so excited!

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April 26, 2010
Home Again, Home Again

My camera died on this trip (got sand in the lens mechanism), but I got a few pictures 1st.

A family shot - minus Matt (in AK) and Kate (home working).

marsh walk

At almost 12 and 14 they still love him!

cookie monster

Dave and I on the ferry.

Ferry

The weather cooperated enough that we even got a few sunny warm beach days. (It's been a while since that pale skin has seen sunshine!)

beach knitting

I only knit about 2 rows on these socks - but had to get at least one knitting picture.

socks at the beach

Of the three in-progress socks that I brought along, Hedera was the only pair that I managed to complete - I've never been much of a vacation knitter.

Hedera

I have wanted to make a pair of green Hederas since the day the pattern came out in 2006 and I finally did it! A simple beautiful lace pattern knit with gorgeous hand-dyed Footnotes yarn in Batik (one of a kind) by Kimber Baldwin of Fiber Optic (purchased at Rhinebeck last year). I recently realized that Kimber also dyes fiber and am hoping to sneak into her fiber club when it reopens in May!

Hedera Hedera

Pattern: Hedera by Cookie A.
Needles: 2 socks on 1 40" circular 2.25 mm needle
Yarn: Foot Notes in Batik one of a kind colorway beautifully hand dyed by Kimber Baldwin of Fiber Optic Hand-Dyed Yarn and Fibers.

I knit this lovely simple 4 row repeat lace pattern pattern exactly as written - no mods. Since I am probably the last person on the planet to knit these socks, there is really nothing more to add - -and I finally have my green Hederas :-)

Now off to buy a camera (as you can tell, I took the modeled Hedera pics with a craptastic camera.)

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April 12, 2010
1 Done and 3 for the Road

These handspun socks have been my take along project since January. I really like the simple but classic cuff - it gives them a special touch. As you can see, I opted for fraternal twins, maybe even cousins, on these socks. They have provided wonderful mindless car, doctor/dentist/orthodonist waiting room, school meeting knitting for the past few months!

FatCatKnits Fiber

Winterscape Socks

Winterscape Socks

Pattern: Winterscape Socks by Kay Redding- who blogs at From the Backyard
(click here for PDF) - Perfect pattern for handspun socks! I'll be making more of these.

Size: Medium (size 7) - 64 stitches

Yarn: Handspun 3ply FatCatKnits fiber (60% sw merino, 30% bamboo, 10% nylon) - 66 grams in Pomegranate. For more spinning info see this post
* PS - I think today is the last day to sign up for the next FatCat Knits fiber club round which will include 2 coordinating colorways of Polwarth for April, superwash Merino for May, and a very special silver alpaca/silk blend for June. Edited to add - fiber club closed today :-(

Needles: 2 socks on 1 40"circular 2.25 mm needle

Winterscape Socks

As you can see, not too much more has happened in the past week on these 3 pair of socks.

Sock Progress

We leave for Virginia on Thursday and I will take all 3 along for the ride!
I don't blog on vacation, so see you in a few weeks...

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April 5, 2010
Playing Catch Up

I have a bit of a backlog and want to return to realtime blogging, so here you have it - I'll try to keep it brief, but you know how I am with pictures...

Kool Aid Dyed BFL Kool Aid Dyed BFL
The Ravelry group Ply by Night had a dye/spin along in Feb/March. Everyone dyed fiber with red and purple Kool Aid. I chose to dye oatmeal BFL, so it started out as this gray/brown fiber before being covered in Kool Aid and turning into 380 yards of 3 ply yarn (106 grams).
Kool Aid Dyed BFL Braid Kool Aid Dyed BFL

I keep meaning to show you the wonderful prize package I won in the Ravelry NaKniMitMo KAL. A beautiful mitten pattern (Mitaines and Moufles by Veronik Avery from The Twist Collective) along with the perfect yarn for knitting them! Not only that, but a beautiful, well constructed project bag handmade by splityarn which is just the perfect size for socks/mittens/hats. Thank you to Ruth and Carol who make this such an inspirational and fun KAL each January!

NaKniMitMo Prize

Next up is gorgeous 75% BFL 25%Silk Fiber beautifully hand dyed by Kristin from AllSpunUp. This is the April/May SAL fiber in Ice Cave (perfect name!) which I spun into 230 yards of worsted 3 ply yarn (110 grams) - also a teeny weeny skein of navajo ply. I'm thinking maybe a hat - probably won't start until the fall.

AllSpunUp bfl silk

AllSpunUp bfl silk

AllSpunUp bfl silk

And the last catch up fiber is this beautiful Crown Mountain Farm Finn Top in Peace of Mind Coloway. I divided it into 3 horizontal pieces and divided each of those in half for 2 skeins of 3 ply sock yarn - 420 yards of fingering wt. yarn (105 grams). I started making Dave some socks from this yarn (in progress pic at the end of this post.)

CMF Finn

CMF Finn

CMF Finn

CMF Finn

OK - All caught up and back to realtime blogging...
I seem to be going into summer sock mode. Here are 3 socks in progress as of this morning, more on all of them later. I've spent way too much time on the computer today already - it is GORGEOUS outside!

Sock WIPs

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