Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas is coming...

I just posted a bunch of new items on my etsy page. Winter is nearly upon us (althought it feels like it's already here) and everyone needs to stay warm. Why not do it with style?! ;)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Yarn for sale!

Check out my etsy page!!! I just posted the Sookie and Pam yarn up for sale!!! :) Grab one for Christmas!!!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Productive me!

So, I went dyeing on Friday night and accomplished three skeins! As I said, two were my first tries for my True Blood collection. The third was for my friend who just had her GORGEOUS little girl on Friday.

The first was "Pam." She's a little bit feminine and a little bit dark, so I wanted to show that in her colorway. I used shades of pink, red, wine, and black. I LOVE the way it turned out. When it dries and I get it re-balled, I'll post pictures.

The second was "Sookie." It didn't turn out exactly how I'd planned, but I like it! Sookie is part sky fairy and she LOVES the sun... so her color has yellow, gold, blues and green. And since her involvement brings a little darkness to her life, her blue is a little dark in places, like dark clouds are rolling in.

The last is "Virginia." I used a tweed yarn for her skein and have three colors: a creamy yellow, a deep brown, and a dark blue. Also fitting for the state! ;)

In addition, I had a burst of inspiration and came up with what my labels will look like! Since I'm the "yarn vixen," I used that. Essentially, it's a ball of yarn with horns and a devil's tail. I love it. :) Once I get it scanned in, you can see my handiwork. I didn't do so badly at all... hand drawn! :)

So, although I have no pretty pictures for you this time... there will be more to come. ;)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Tomorrow night!

I'm SUPER excited because I get to dye yarn again tomorrow (technically today)!!! To keep you waiting with anticipation.. I'll tell you what I'm going to do.. a little tease. I plan on doing three skeins. One is a tweed yarn that I'm going to dye for my friend Jenny (who, by the way, is having her little baby girl tomorrow!). I'm going to do it in three colors: cream, brown, and blue.

The second (and third) skein is a superwash merino and nylon yarn (so soft!) from knitpicks. These two are set aside for my TrueBlood line. The first colorway is going to be Sookie, of course. I'm going to do shades of yellow and blue. The second colorway is going to be Pam, my fave character. It will be dyed pink, red, wine, and black. :) I'm SO EXCITED!!!!!! I'll post pictures later.

On another note, I feel slightly accomplished. After finishing the star baby blanket, I pulled out a hibernating project from last year. I must have been lazy, because I only had the thumb to do.. four rows! So now I have a set of fingerless gloves in red with black stripes (and sparkly silver threads). My vixen gloves are go for cold weather. Maybe I'll be industrious enough to block my cropped cardigan this weekend? It's been sitting there just begging to be worn, but I HATE blocking. *sigh* We'll see.

I'M DYEING YARN TOMORROW NIGHT! SQUEEEEE!

Ok.. I'm done.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Stars and Jessica Dawn

So, I told you that I would update you with pics of Jessica Dawn all balled up. Here's your pictures! I'm using it to make a scarf (and probably some fingerless mittens, too). This is incarnation number three. The first... I didn't like the pattern. Tore it out. The second... didn't like the size it was turning out, needles were too small. Tore it out. So... tada! The pattern I like AND with the correct size of needles. :)




In addition, my friend Jenny is having her second little girl on Friday. I had a "well crap, I have to make something!" moment. I'd made a star baby blanket for her first little girl and decided to do the same thing again. It turned out awesome! My little sister helped me decide on the color of yarn and it only took me two days to crank out. It's a crochet pattern and I'd forgotten how freaky FAST I can crochet! So here's the pretty purple star for the pretty new baby girl. :)


Sunday, July 18, 2010

To dye or not to dye...

So my friend recently started dyeing yarn. And I thought.. "OOoooo.. That sounds like fun, but I'd better not start that or I'll end up obsessed and won't be able to think of anything else." Yeah. So... about 3 weeks ago, I gave in. I dyed my very first bit of yarn. And I liked it... I wasn't "OH MY GOD THAT WAS AMAZING." I used my first two purchased colors (russet and lilac) along with some scarlet and violet.



I should note that the two other girls and I are pooling our dye colors and assets into one girl's home. Much more efficient and handy! Plus, everyone gets to play with an assortment of colors.




I was going for a wine type of colorway, but I ended up calling it First Date. After it dried, I decided I liked it. It's grown on me and now I've decided that it should grow up to be a baby sweater. It'll be sweet.









That very same night, I decided to dye the other half of the yarn that I had purchased. This time, instead of just using some colors that I liked... I decided to give it some thought. And my thought ended up being my little sister. I wanted the yarn to be "her color." So I planned it all out. The main color would be turquoise... because she's just very turquoise. ;) I took two differnt shades and mixed them together. I tyed off two sections tightly so they wouldn't absorb the dye, and then stuck the whole skein in there. The color came out BEAUTIFUL. And that was when I had my "OH MY GOD THIS IS AWESOME" moment. It was exactly what I wanted. What made it even more spectacular was the look in my sister's eyes when I showed her the yarn. And she even said, "That's my color!" Perfect. But I hadn't finished!

It was two more weeks (torture!) before I was able to dye again. I overdyed a section in a sapphire blue and the section with the bare spots I overdyed hot fuschia. At first, I was a little wary of the hot fuschia section. I thought... "oh no, it's too bright, it's too much.. and the pink turned the turquoise too dark." But I took it home and it dried... and.. it started to grow on me. I LOVED the turquoise and the sapphire over turquoise.

Then I went over to my friend's house tonight and we balled it up. And that's it. I'm done for. The color is just magnificent! The pink turned up just the way I wanted.. just spots here and there. And the fuschia over turquoise is sometimes a deep blue and sometimes this vivid purple. I'm head over heels. And it is very specifically "Jessica Dawn." Here is a pic of the hank before I balled it. It's late and I haven't time before bed to take pics of the balled yarn, but I'll post later so you can see what I'm talking about.











So... I am fully and successfully sucked into dyeing yarn. Oh, and I have a dyeing journal in which I've carefully laid out 12 lines for my True Blood colorways. Stay tuned. ;)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Etsy store update

I am currently adding washcloths to my etsy store, so make sure to check it out! Also soon to come to the store... cup cozies and hand-dyed yarn!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Yarn frenzy!

So, I feel very proud of myself lately. I have been a knitting fiend. Yes, I have five or six projects going at a time, but they are all moving towards a state of completion! Yay me! I'm currently working on three different sock patterns and two different scarves. The first sock is the pink "foxglove" yarn from my last post with the Brigid pattern. Sock #1 is finished and sock #2 is soon to be cast-on. The second sock pattern is a Cookie A pattern from her Sock Innovation book (angee). I'm using a Mini Mochi yarn in rainbow colors. They shall be my "Rainbow Brite" socks. :) I'm working on shaping the gussett for Sock #1 of these socks. And I just finished sock #1 of my own pattern with the knitpicks Handpainted Imagination yarn in Mermaid Lagoon.
As for the scarves, there's the dream in color starry scarf in purple that I posted last time.. which is over 50% done. And there's a Dr. Who scarf in the works using knitpicks' Felici yarn in Time Traveler. I bought two skeins for the scarf, but may only need one!

Now I feel like I've been rambling and you have no clue what I'm talking about... but I feel better anyway. I'll try to get some pictures up soon, but with all this knitting... who has time to take pictures!??!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Eat Sleep Knit Yarn :)

So... the yarn arrived and the green yarn is very nearly a purse, with the need of some sewing and such. The purple yarn is on its way to becoming a very pretty scarf. And the pinkish yarn is working on becoming socks. I had to stop the socks this weekend, however, because I broke one of my needles. Poo. :-P


Here's some pics... enjoy!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Oh dear...

So, it seems as though I've been a bad, bad girl... I haven't updated my page since Halloween!!!! That's just crazy talk! Well, I guess it goes without saying that I've been busy. I had a ton of things to knit for Christmas... some were accomplished. Besides that, I've been INSANELY BUSY at work. I've even been bringing work home for a huge project that they pushed the deadline up on. *sigh* So.. maybe I'll have time to breathe next month....

My latest knitting escapades involve finishing sock #2 of my Bengal's socks and starting on a throw for a friend. I just bought three skeins of BEAUTIFUL yarn from www.eatsleepknit.com and I'm anxiously awaiting their arrival. I'm hoping that they'll get here tomorrow. Eep! I can't wait! I ordered this skein of green worsted weight yarn that is going to become a purse with snakes on it (I'm certain the hubby will stay FAR away from it, since he hates snakes... but I think they can be cool). I really haven't decided on patterns for the other two... maybe one will become another pair of socks and one a pretty, lacey scarf.

Ok.. now I feel like I've somewhat updated you. I'll try to be better.... try.